We went to the Easter ‘Hop’n’Hunt’ in Powerscourt Gardens this year. Having spent Easter Sunday feasting and watching television, a trip up to Powerscourt was a great excuse to get out, stretch our legs and most importantly, to STOP eating chocolate!
We were booked in to the 12.30pm time-slot , and were greeted on arrival by a very friendly Easter chick who chatted to the children and happily posed for photos. We were then directed to the walled garden where two ladies from Imaginosity
were just starting the warm-up exercises to prepare for the hunt. The sun was shining, the children were excited and before we knew it we were donning bunny ears and climbing into sacks to hop around the garden finding clues that would lead to the eventual pay off at the ‘treasure table’.
Our eldest volunteered to hop (a member of the family had to be ‘hopping’ at all times), while her little brother offered to write down all the letters that the clues revealed (good educational fun!) and my youngest was happy just running around in the sunshine following the herd.
The sunshine, the location and the staff from Imaginosity all helped make this a very enjoyable event. There was a slight backlash from the children though. I had told them we were going on an egg hunt, so they were a bit
whingey disappointed that the clues were so easy to find. The pay-off at the end was a bit meagre too – they all received a small (but brightly wrapped) hollow egg, and the parents received a tea cake. My son felt cheated as he thought after all the clue collection and the promise of a Treasure Table, he would be leaving with armfuls of goodies!
So would I recommend it to others? Now, I’m not a fan of adults paying to go to kids events. However, in this case, the €25 family ticket included the egg hunt and full access to the gardens for the day. In my opinion, this ‘package’ makes it well worth the money (particularly as the sun was beaming).There is so much to do and explore in the gardens that even when your child gives out about the small egg, they’re easily distracted by a trip up Pepperpot Tower or to the Japanese Garden.
It may be a thought for next year though to put together a little basket of goodies per family, rather than choosing an egg or tea cake from a plastic tub, but that is just my opinion. Now where did I stash the children’s Easter haul??
Disclaimer: We were invited to attend the Hop ‘n’ Hunt for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.