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
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.
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.
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!
Remember, everyone needs to … Experience the Game!