Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.  ~Rachel Carson

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Coloring Easter eggs with Aunt Nikki, Kyle, Pappy & me. Kyle mostly dictated what Nicole & I were to do… 3/26/05

Happy spring!  The first day of spring (vernal – Latin for spring, equinox – Latin for equal night) is one of only two days when the sun passes directly over the equator and crosses that celestial equator going from south to north.  The spring and fall equinoxes are the only two times of the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.  Pretty interesting!

Did you also know Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after spring?  I’m no astronomer, but that’s what I’ve read.  Along those fun facts, the egg is a symbol of fertility in spring, and this time of year is also called Lent or Lenten.

With Easter around the corner, everyone is posting their fun Easter ideas and traditions, mostly on Pinterest.  I’ve read about a variety of Easter basket items, and fun activities, and so on and so forth.  These innovative suggestions got me thinking of different ways to enhance our own typical Easter traditions.

Naturally, my mind turns everything into a scavenger hunt!  Yes, incorporating the standard Easter egg hunt with a scavenger hunt!  Why not?  Actually, I wish the idea crossed my mind when Kyle was younger.  Adding another layer to the typical Easter egg hunt would’ve been the perfect challenge for my little man.  He would’ve loved the extra effort on my part, and I most certainly would’ve loved to create something unique for his Easter experience !  What fun!

When I was little, our family tradition was for the “Easter Bunny” a.k.a. mom, to hide our dyed eggs around the house.  The more I think about it, that was risky in the event we missed an egg and it remained hidden, especially with the summer heat fast approaching.  That could’ve been lethal!  I’m pretty sure mom counted the eggs to ensure none were overlooked.  Although, that would’ve made for an interesting story about a rotten Easter egg, but no such luck.

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Me, Nicole & Ryan Easter morning before church. 5/1981

With Kyle, we added another level of excitement by stuffing colorful plastic eggs with quarters and candy, and sometimes Matchbox cars in the larger eggs.  He loved each of those equally.  When the weather wasn’t too shabby, we’d hide the eggs in my parent’s orchard in the backyard.  Early Easter morning, I’m talking about 4:00 am or so, Kyle would attempt to wake everyone for his Easter morning adventure.  No one would budge, except leave it to good old Aunt Heather to give in to my little bundle of enthusiasm.  I’ll admit, it wasn’t too difficult to get up early, since I was like a kid myself, excited for Kyle to find the eggs mom and I hid the night before.

Together, Kyle and I would pull on our rubber boots, still in our pajamas (Actually, I stand corrected, I was in my pjs, while I had to make Kyle dress in some sort of pant, usually sweatpants and a t-shirt.  I was lucky if I got him to wear a coat.) and venture into the early morning hours to run around the yard looking for plastic eggs with flashlights in hand.  That was always fun, watching Kyle dart from one tree to another, looking high and low.  When the weather didn’t cooperate, we’d hide the eggs in the house, not exactly ideal but it worked.

So, back to my idea.  How does an Easter egg scavenger hunt work?  Simple.  Create a map or a serious of riddles and clues to uncover the hidden Easter eggs.  It can even be as detailed or as simple as desired, as per the age range of the participants.  One idea is to give a single clue to one egg, which contains another clue to the next, and so on and so forth.  If I was developing the Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, I’d add scholastic questions to really challenge the child and reinforce his or her school subjects.  I’d also add religious questions to reinforce the true meaning behind Easter.  And if I’m designing the scavenger hunt in the typical Thrill of the Hunt fashion, I’d add online challenges for the child to take pictures and video along the scavenger hunt adventure.  The entire family could join in on the fun for a family fun good time!  This scavenger hunt doesn’t necessarily have to be targeted to young children (I’m thinking 4+), but could be developed for pre-teens and teenagers alike.  That’s one way to include everyone on an Easter Egg Hunt Scavenger Hunt!  This can be accomplished inside or out, or both.

Thrill of the Hunt offers many different types of themed scavenger hunts.  Check them out at (www.ThrillScavengerHunt.com).

Think Team Building … Think Scavenger Hunts
Doggie in Disguise Scavenger Hunt
WannaBe 80’s Scavenger Hunt & a Puppy in a Day
Scavenger Hunt – Getting Our Start At Seton Hill University & Continuing

Now time to promote Thrill of the Hunt.  If you’re interested in a unique custom scavenger hunt or just want to discuss the possibilities, email me at Game@ThrillScavengerHunt.com, Heather@AuntHeather.com or fill out the form on our Contact Us page for a free quote.  We’ll get back to you within 24-business hours. I promise!

Please note, Thrill of the Hunt will be hosting our first ever Dog Gone! Scavenger Hunt in Winchester, Virginia on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  We’re also hosting our annual Doggie in Disguise Scavenger Hunts in local cities including Latrobe, Pennsylvania; Annapolis, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and New Hope, Pennsylvania.  Tickets are on sale now, but are limited.  We’re still accepting local businesses to be added to the actual scavenger hunt to increase foot traffic to these locations.

Thrill of the Hunt is in the planning stages for our Singles Scavenger Hunt in Virginia.  Keep your eyes peeled.

Speaking of different areas, we are always open to hearing suggestions on scavenger hunt themes and hometowns to bring our events.  Please Suggest An Event on our website, or email Game@ThrillScavengerHunt.com.  I seriously want to hear from you!

Please make sure you’re following the hunt on our social sites. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, always using #ThrillofHunt

Remember, everyone needs to … Experience the Game!

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Lighting Up the Holiday

Christmas lights make the whole world beautiful.  ~Kyle Piper  c. 2004

Kyle hanging with santa clause Aunt Heather Piper

Kyle hanging with Santa Clause c.2003 Those are Bob the Builder boots... his favorite at the time.

Christmas is very much a part of my family, as so many others.  Going to Sacred Heart Elementary School, Christmas meant rehearsing for the manger play, not just making snowflakes and Santa Clauses.  Advent meant preparing for our Savior, not the number of days left for shopping.  Christmas has changed a lot, or least from my sheltered perspective.  Not that there is anything wrong with the latter, but it’s nice to get wrapped up in the true meaning of Christmas and enjoy the time of season.

I am certainly no Scrooge, but again I am no Clark Griswold either.  I put up Christmas decorations inside my house and I always decorate a live Christmas tree my dad buys me.  That has turned into our tradition over the years.  But I have always neglected the outside of the house, in terms of Christmas cheer.  Well, this did not sit well with Kyle.  For the last couple of years he has commented on how I am the only house on the street without Christmas lights.  Yes, when you look down the street, my house appears as a big black hole.  Did it bother me?  Nope.  And this year was no exception. That is until Kyle put his foot down.  While Kyle was helping me decorate, he made a comment again about the lights and then said, “Aunt Heather, you need to have lights on your house so you are not the only one without lights.”  My response was, “That’s ok honey, I don’t care.”  Kyle countered, “But your house would look so nice with lights, and the street would be all lit up.”  Obviously he was seeing the bigger picture that I never noticed before.  I buckled and said, “Kyle, will you be happy if I put up Christmas lights this year?”  His response, almost as fast as I could get the words out, was, “YES!”  Then I told him I was not getting up on the roof.  Boy, at this point I do sound like a Scrooge.  He instructed me where the lights would look good and how I should put them up.  After all he knows so much about putting up Christmas lights (sarcasm).

Kyle giving santa his list - Aunt Heather Piper

Kyle running down his list of requests. My guess, Legos and Thomas the Train made the list.

As we dickered about the layout of the lights, I was flooded with such a sweet memory.  When Kyle was about three years old or so, he was out shopping with his Aunt Nikki.  As soon as Nicole got home, she couldn’t wait to tell me what Kyle said.  Eventually, as they were driving, Kyle belted out from the backseat of the car that “Christmas lights make the whole world beautiful”.  It was such an innocent way of looking at Christmas lights.  I should have known then how much he loved the lights and how much they meant to him.

Well,  needless to say, I kept my promise and went to the store to buy outside Christmas lights.  I stood in the dark, in the rain and strung them through my Rhododendrons and shrubbery.  I will admit, they did look nice!  And it did light up the house and showed off the window decorations.  In fact, I was over pleased with the lights and the sense of the season they brought me, I left them on all night and the entire next day, since it was dark, rainy and gloomy.  Not to mention I wanted them lit up so when Kyle and I pulled up to the house, he would see them right away.

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Kyle giving Santa a big old hug! There was a day when he was afraid of the jolly man.

When I picked Kyle up for swimming, I told him I had a surprise at the house for him.  He said, “Did you get Christmas lights?”  What a stinker!  That just proves it, he owns us!  When he saw the lights, he said, “See how nice and bright the lights are?  Now your house won’t be the only one without Christmas lights.”  You know what, he was right!  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

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