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Posted on Apr 25, 2011 in Culture, Featured, Fun For Kids | 0 comments

Carmichael & Fair Oaks Easter Events

Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District hosted their annual Easter Eggstravaganza at Fair Oaks Park on Saturday, April 23, 2011. The park, located somewhat on the corner of Fair Oaks Blvd. and Madison Avenue in Fair Oaks, is a nice looking park. It was the first time we’ve been there and even without the event, the park had nice amenities. We visited along with several people associated with a meetup group my wife belongs to and enjoyed the pancake breakfast, Easter egg hunt, bounce house, giant slide, train, carnival games etc. Here’s what the park district’s site has to say about the event:

The Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District presents an “Eggciting” Easter adventure featuring a FREE egg hunt for all ages. Please join us for a morning breakfast, carnival games, choo choo rides, bounce houses, an egg toss competition, and much more!! Calling all adults….please help raise funds for the Fair Oaks Youth Advisory Board by purchasing a ticket for $3.00 each for the Adult Egg hunt. Carnival Tickets are $.50 each or $10.00 for the package deal. No refunds, no exceptions! All ticket sales will end at 12:00pm, one hour before the event ends.

While we had a good time, I’m not sure we’ll be back next year. Here’s why… The games and events were entertaining for the very young children (i.e. 2-5yrs old). Granted, that’s the point, but I think it could have been more enjoyable for everyone… Starting with breakfast, there were pancakes, sausage and orange juice – excuse me, Sunny D, which is no more than maybe 5% juice. Because we got there early, we had to wait around for the various things to open and the egg hunt to start. We couldn’t even buy tickets before the line grew out to the parking lot, but I got to enjoy standing behind an older woman who was rudely smoking a cigarette amongst dozens of children and didn’t seem to know why she was in line… I purchased a $10 wrist band for my son, but doubt we got our money’s worth out of it w/ the various lines and overall quality of games, rides and prizes. The eggs for the youngsters had candy and the children could basically follow the person around who was tossing the eggs to replenish those that had been found already. Oh, and the “train” ride featured a scenic loop through their maintenance area with stellar views of chemical caution signs, fences and work trucks. Apparently, later, there was to be an egg hunt for adults with prizes including gift certificates to restaurants, but we had had enough.

All that said, next year we may check out the Easter event held at Carmichael park. As we understand it, their breakfast had healthier options, including fruit and juice, and the eggs didn’t have sugary candy… Check out the article at Carmichael.Patch.com. Here’s a snippet:

A fire engine from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department was parked nearby and at precisely 10 a.m., the truck’s horn blasted in the park signaling the start of the hunt. Kids and parents rushed to grab eggs like candy from a fallen pinata.

Unlike a fallen pinata, the hunt was sugarless.

“No candy this year, to be more healthy,” Crisante said.

Each golden egg contained a coupon that when redeemed at the Information Booth was exchanged for a gift certificate to Pinkberry, a frozen yogurt restaurant. The rest of the eggs contained stickers for the younger kids and small toys for the older ones.

Did you attend either event? What did you think? Do you have another Easter event to suggest?