We headed out to the Irvine Regional park so that Claire could do an Easter egg hunt. This is the third year we go, and it was a lot of fun. We went early to avoid the heat and the crowd. This place gets packed. If you want to go, make sure you get there early! They call this: Easter Eggstravaganza.
You can find all sorts of things for your kids to do. I would much rather go to a park with Claire, the beach or the pool, but this is only once a year and as long as Claire likes it, I’m good with it.
They have pony rides, cookie decorating, face painting and a few carnival style games along with Claire’s favorite, a bouncy house. Tickets cost $5 each, and you save $1.00 per ticket when you buy $60.00 or more. All in all, it seems like a racket, but these are Irvine prices and the quality of the event reflects it.
The park is very clean, the staff is friendly for the most part. The kids all seem to be happy. This year was the first year we did the egg hunt because Claire was just too small to do it in previous years. She didn’t really get it last year when we did a couple of small egg hunts in our neighborhood and with some friends.
This time, we had a blast. The egg hunt is managed really nicely, there’s a quick 2 minute “orientation” for the parents and kids. This is when the staff explains the rules of the game. For example, each kid is only allowed to grab a set number of eggs and you’re not allowed to open the eggs while the egg hunt is going on. The reasons for the rules are obvious, all the kids should get a good chance to get some eggs.
Since the hunts are not setup by age groups, it would be unfair for the older kids to grab all the eggs before the smaller kids even get out to the field, so there’s a limit. It also sucks when you find an egg but someone already opened it up and took the candy or surprise out of it.
I was pretty annoyed to see how many parents just completely disregard these guidelines. It’s like a big FU to everyone else attending, but these are probably the same parents that raise kids to be little shits later on anyway, so they’ll get theirs in a few years. But that aside, it was fun, Claire loved it. We plan on going back next year.
One of the other attractions at the park is a train ride that goes around the park. This seems like it would be fun, but we just haven’t gotten around to trying it out. It seems to be one of the most popular attractions there and there’s always a long line.