The Easter Egg hunt opens at 9am with the 0-3 year olds in their own little heavily supervised area crawling around and grabbing whatever they can get their tiny little hands on. We give the little ones plenty of time to enjoy themselves, for pictures to be taken, and to clear out before the real chaos ensues. Generally all the parents show up right at 9am and crowd the entrance, so when there is a small mob we stage the area so that it isn't completely out of control. We restock everything after each sweep, and we will not run out, so don't feel like you have to get there right at 9am.
Here are the detailed instructions for our Annual RCNA Easter Egg Hunt! Keep in mind that these instructions represent our intentions, not necessarily exactly how it will all go down the day of. The most important thing is that everyone, kids and adults alike, have a good time. And that of course means the kids getting as much Easter loot as possible. So please be patient with us if we have to make mid-course adjustments!
The Easter Egg Hunt is located in the greenbelt along Tamayo Drive behind the Rattan Creek Park Community Center and Pool. This image just gives you the big overview community center location, in order to get your bearings.
The tiny orange dot represents the Rattan Creek Park Community Center, while the orange blobby mass represents the area where our Easter Egg Hunt and other festivities traditionally happen. That orange blob is your ultimate egg hunting destination!
The second image shows us the streets surround the community center. Parking will be a beast so if possible, we encourage you to walk! If not, parking all along the park on Tamayo, Elkhorn Mountain, and Rankin Trail is totally cool. Just make sure to pay attention to parking signs, and please don't block anyone's driveway!
You'll notice we've blown in on that greenbelt area located next to the community center and pool. The circle here represents the location of the 0-3 year old egg hunting area. This area will be heavily supervised, and will be open from 9am-10am, unless we run out of stuff before 10. Generally all the parents show up right at 9am and crowd around the entrance to the baby. At the open if we feel there are too many people, we will only allow a certain number of people at a time into the area so that it isn't a complete out of control Simpson's mob scene. We restock everything after each sweep, and we will not run out, so don't feel like you have to get there right at 9am. The other activities will be set up in random spots, just walk around, mingle with your neighbors, and enjoy yourself!
We'll also have our various entertainment scattered about, so feel free to wander aimlessly and check out all the various kids stuff that should be available.
Next, somewhere between 10am and 10:15am, we'll have everyone line up and follow the Easter Bunny! The parade route, and marked above, will take about 10 or 15 minutes. That gives us time to put out the eggs for the first of two Easter Egg "Hunts".
You may be asking yourself, why have all the map markings been orange in this set of directions? We know, orange is more of a Halloween color than an Easter color. But we have a very good reason. In the past, and probably again this year, we have used orange temporary plastic construction fencing to hold the kids back until they are let loose, that orange line represents their starting line. That orange line also represents our fencing! And now you know!
At any rate, the Parade is over and it is now time for the main attraction! At the end of the parade we have the 7-10 year olds line up along the construction fencing. And then they are let loose in the direction of the arrows to claim their prizes. It is quite a sight to behold!
After about two minutes of madness and mayhem (kind of like some family dinners) the 7-10 year olds leave the battlefield to swap war stories, while the 4-6 year olds line up and the eggs are replenished. It only takes a few minutes to restock the field with the number of people generally willing to help out. Then the 4-6 year olds are unleashed.
And there you have it! The official RCNA Easter Egg Hunt instructions & directions! Please keep in mind that we, the RCNA, purchase most of the Easter Eggs and the candy and toys. We will have huge boxes set up to take your eggs back to be used for next year, so please, if you can, please gift the eggs back to us to be used again next year!
We really hope you can make it!
We'll have plenty of entertainment for the kids including:
Sometime between 10 and 10:15am, we have our annual Easter Parade. While the kids are following the Easter Bunny on the parade route, half of the remaining eggs will be set out. When the parade finishes, the kids line up and prepare for their mad dash for Easter Glory!
Remember to bring basets or bags for the kids to use to collect their goodies! We've seen Easter Baskets, Halloween Baskets, HEB grocery bags, fanny packs, and just about anything else you can think of for the kids to collect their bounty. Whatever you decide to bring will be just fine.
First we line up the 7-10 year olds. We have found in the past that if they don't go first, they won't be quite as patient and understanding as the 4-6 year olds. Also, they are done in about 2 minutes flat. If you haven't been, you'll discover that the eggs aren't really all that hidden, more just strewn about in the field.. After the 7-10 year olds are done, a huge number of your neighbors go to quickly spread out the remaining eggs for the 4-6 year olds, and then that group has their turn to enjoy the egg hunting festivities.
We will have receptacles out in order to collect and recycle the Easter Eggs for next year. Several thousand Easter Eggs cost several hundred bucks, and we try reuse them as much as we can. Once the kids have their loot, please encourage them to give the plastic eggs back to the Easter bunny so they can be reused next year.
There will be other activities lined up and added to the web page as we determine what those activities are. There is a rumor that there may be some face-painting involved. So don't think if you show up before 10am without an infant or toddler in tow there won't be anything to do - there absolutely will be! Remember to check back here and see what else will be going on besides just the Easter Egg Hunt!
As always, there will be an RCNA booth at the Easter Egg Hunt with your RCNA board volunteering to serve as hunt command and control, answer any questions you may have, and help you out in any way we can.
This is a very family friendly event, with loads of your very friendly neighbors! We hope you can come out and join us! See you around the neighborhood!