Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt is a traditional game at Easter time when the Easter Bunny hides Easter Eggs for children and on Easter Sunday the children hunt for the eggs.

The Easter Egg Hunt can be as easy or as difficult as you choose. Easy egg hunts are more suitable for young children where eggs can be easily found. More difficult egg hunts which can include clues might be more suitable for older children leading to hiding places and might keep them occupied for longer! The eggs can be hidden indoors or outdoors, this really depends on your weather. The outdoors Easter Egg Hunt is more fun I think but not very practical here in Ireland if the eggs have to be hidden the night before in time for those keen early-riser egg hunters!

The Easter Bunny hides our eggs indoors and also places the eggs inside plastic egg shells, this keeps the eggs clean is they are not wrapped and makes them easier to find.

Make sure you buy your eggs well in advance of Easter Sunday, I find that the selection of eggs dwindles rapidly during the few days just before Easter.

Each child also needs their own Easter Basket to collect their eggs.

It’s a good idea to know who many eggs have been hidden and keep a count as the children find them. This way you’ll know when all the eggs have been found and the egg hunt is over.

When the egg hunt is over the best part begins – eating the chocolate egg treasures!

Happy Easter!

Easter 2018

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Easter Eggs

It is believed that the word Easter is derived from the Anglo Saxon Goddess Eostre, she is symbolised by the Hare and Egg. Eggs are a sign of new life and Springtime.

Traditionally chicken eggs were painted and decorated.

Painted Easter Chicken Eggs

This custom has been replaced by chocolate eggs.

Chocolate Easter Egg

Traditionally at Easter the Easter Bunny brings Easter Eggs to children.

An Easter Egg Hunt is a traditional Easter Game, eggs are hidden indoors or outdoors by the Easter Bunny and the children hunt for the eggs on Easter Sunday morning.

Easter 2018

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Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny brings Easter Eggs to children on Easter Sunday.

The Easter Bunny is seen as a symbol of Easter and Springtime. The origins of the Easter Bunny are unclear with many different suggestions as to how this tradition started.

The word Easter is derived from the Anglo Saxon Goddess Eostre. Eostre was symbolised by the Hare and the Egg which represented new life and abundance. New life and abundance are central elements of Springtime.

It is believed that German immigrants to Pennsylvania introduced the concept of the Easter Hare in the 1700s. In their legends the Easter Hare or Bunny brought eggs and treats to the homes of children on Easter Saturday night.

When I was growing up we didn’t have the Easter Bunny but she seems to have crept into our Easter Activities in Ireland over the last 10-15 years. As a family we enjoy the excitement of the Easter Bunny visit and the subsequent Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter 2018

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Easter 2018

Easter 2018 is early this year with Easter Sunday falling on Sunday 1 April 2018.

Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after 21 March, Easter always falls between 22 March and 25 April.

I think of Easter as the midpoint between Winter and Summer, the days are starting to get longer, the grass needs to be cut and quite often we manage to have our first barbecue of the year. However not this year, the weather has been unseasonably cold and wet this March, we haven’t cut our grass yet and the first BBQ of 2018 is still a distant dream.

Happy Easter and I hope you enjoy some of these Easter Ideas!

Easter Bunny

Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Hunt

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Brilliant Birr Castle

We had a very enjoyable family day out at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Center last August. There really is something for everyone!

You enter through a Courtyard where can have something to eat in the Courtyard Cafe. There is seating both indoors and outdoors and the food is fresh and seasonal. You can buy your tickets online or at the Reception in the Courtyard. The Reception area also has a Gift Shop. The staff are very helpful and friendly.

From the Reception Area you can visit the Science Center which was very interesting, the center is interactive and you can learn all about Early Photography, Astronomy and the world famous Great Telescope, there is also lots of information about the Parsons Family. They say that the Science Center is the Silicon Valley of 150 years ago!

From the Science Centre you can follow the trails through the Gardens, you can get a very handy map of the trails from Reception. By following the trails you’ll see beautiful plants and flowers, rivers and the Great Telescope.


An astrophysics observation facility is being built by I-Lofar at Birr Castle and it will link Ireland to the International LOFAR Telescope, very cool!


You can finish your walk at the fabulous Treehouse Adventure Area, which the children will thoroughly enjoy and it is home to Ireland’s largest treehouse. There are plenty of picnic areas and also a sweetshop where you can buy sweets, ice-cream and tea & coffee.


When we were leaving we treated ourselves to some delicious whipped ice cream from the half door in the Courtyard, a great day out with something for everyone!

Note: There is no parking at Birr Castle itself, there is a public car park across from the Castle which is pay and display, it can get very busy and we couldn’t get space so we ended up parking in the village and walking the short distance back to the Castle.

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