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From the White House lawn to the family living room, children of all ages will soon be searching behind bushes and couches to find that last treasured egg. If you don’t have an Easter egg hunt to attend in your community this year, consider planning your own and inviting all the neighbors to participate. Here are some tips for planning the perfect Easter egg hunt:
- Find out what kids want: Kids each have their favorite items they’re hoping they’ll find in their baskets. To deliver the best gifts from the Easter Bunny, you have to think like the kids.
- Pick the right eggs: Load up on eggs of all shapes and sizes. Plastic eggs are the best for hiding, because if an egg isn’t found, it won’t spoil and cause a mess later. Plastic eggs are very colorful, making them easier to spot by both little children and older kids alike. If you’re inviting a lot of younger children to the egg hunt, consider placing several eggs in a soft Easter basket and placing it under a tree to make it faster and easier for kids to find.
- Invite the Easter Bunny: Rent an Easter Bunny costume and ask someone to wear it to welcome guests of all sizes to your Easter egg hunt. Ask someone else to be a digital photographer who can email your guests photos taken of their kids posing with the Easter bunny – parents will appreciate the opportunity to have their kids take a picture with the Easter Bunny without having to make a special visit to the local mall. Hang a personalized egg hunt banner in the yard and decorate the area with streamers and balloons to give your backyard a festive feel.
- Prepare for rain: April showers aren’t outside of the scope of possibilities, so prepare for a rainy day situation. You don’t want a handful of disappointed children at the party. Utilize furniture and the garage to hide eggs throughout the house. Prepare a map of the house and how many eggs are in each room so kids who aren’t familiar with the layout of the home can still find their fair share of hidden eggs.
- Consider treats that aren’t candy: Don’t limit your Easter party treats to just sweets. Stuffed bunnies make the perfect companion for young kids, and are a great gift to hide along with the eggs. Parents will appreciate that there are options to take home other than candy, and kids will have something to keep for years to come.
With these tips, you’ll have a successful Easter egg hunt that your friends and neighbors – and their children – will be talking about for weeks to come.
Family Movie Night
“Noah” Rated: PG-13 Length: 138 minutes Synopsis: A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.
Violence/scary rating: 4 Sexual-content rating: 2 Profanity rating: 1.5 Drugs/alcohol rating: 2 Family Time rating: 3. This is sort of your standard PG-13 movie as far as suitability for the family. Also realize that there are some differences from the Bible story you may know. (Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children),” by Ransom Riggs Ages: Young adult Pages: 400 Synopsis: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was the surprise best seller of 2011 — an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.” This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages. - Quirk Books
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