Today Tyler Lee and I joined two of my friends and their boys for an Alice in Wonderland Easter egg hunt in the beautiful Fota House & Gardens. I was really looking forward to this hunt as I'm a huge Alice in Wonderland fan and was interested to see the characters and all the fun things they'd have on the grounds. Let me tell you, going on an Easter egg hunt with your toddler who won't stop running off in a crowded place is very stressful! I'm sure Tyler Lee things he's in training for the Olympics because I just can't catch up with him! I can't even tell you how many times I called his name today but it was a lot!
The hunt began with a slide which my boy couldn't get enough of! This was for the children to enter wonderland to let their adventure begin!
We the passed the Queen's crochet game which I sadly couldn't get any pictures of as I had to console my toddler after dragging him away from his beloved slide. We passed a tree with mirrors and frames which was actually pretty cool - I'm as easily impressed as the children!
We then found the Caterpillar who was giving advice on where to find the Easter eggs at the end of the hunt. Tyler Lee loved this part of the adventure was was loving hiding under the toadstools and picking up the small ones on the ground too.
Tyler Lee enjoying a spot of 'fishing' with his friends. Who knew a paddling pool, some balls and a spoon stick could make little ones so happy?! Need to keep this in mind for the summer! I loved the signposts that were dotted around the gardens, they really made the Alice in Wonderland theme feel apparent throughout.
This was my favourite part of the whole Easter egg hunt, there were trees with bottles hanging off them with 'drink me' labels, a tiny little table and chair with hug teacups and saucers which the boys really loved playing with. There were also little 'eat me' and 'drink me' tunnels for the little ones to go through. Finally, our hunt ended at The Mad Hatters Tea Party where the boys were able to collect their Easter eggs and we were all able to get a much needed drink too, we were roasting from all the running around!
I really did love the Alice in Wonderland theme of the hunt, I just wish my toddler hadn't run off so much or that I at least had his father with me to help run after him too so that I could have gotten more pictures of the props, etc. I also was disappointed by the interaction the various characters along the hunt had with the children, after all, it was a children's event. One older man pushed Tyler Lee back from a prop and told him not to touch it, something with upset him a lot, he didn't understand why he wasn't allowed near it when some other children were. Also, it broke my heart to see my boy dancing and wanting to dance with the Tigger and Doc McStuffins characters in the RedFM dance tent but the characters wouldn't so much as look at him before leaving to go and take off their suits in front of the children, including my boy, and complaining about the music. I know we were part of the last hunt of the day but I would have expected the people working there, especially the characters aimed at little ones, to be upbeat and interacting with the children throughout the day.
This was mine and my boys second Easter egg hunt of the season, we had a woodland Easter egg hunt last week and we'll be having another one on Easter Sunday with his father so we'll be all egg and hunted out by next week no doubt!