"Nope. I'm not going to be an asshole parent and grab eggs for their kid when their kid is perfectly capable of getting the eggs on their own," I answered sweetly.
Natalie blinked at me. "But..I only have one hand."
"You'll improvise." I shrugged.
We were at Sea World and were waiting for the Easter Egg Hunt to begin. It was separated into age groups--Natalie was in the 8 and Up one.
"Technically you can get eggs," Natalie pointed out. "It just says 'and up.' Meaning you can get some eggs."
I shook my head. "Nice try."
"I guess I'll just have to be happy with three eggs." She gave a dramatic sigh.
"Enjoy them," I answered sweetly.
There was an announcement that the hunt would be starting in two minutes.
"I'll try my best," Natalie continued dramatically.
"You do that!" I gave her a thumbs up.
Then the whistle was blown, and kids flew out to the field. I watched as Natalie set her basket down and--started tossing in eggs. She crawled around and was just throwing eggs in her basket. She got more than three.
She figured it out! Yay.
Here are reasons why the Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic at Sea World rocks:
1. There are plenty of eggs.
Seriously, there were a good number of kids, and older kids have bigger hands and can grab more. But my daughter got a fair amount.
2. Age groups are separated nicely.
I was glad the older kids were away from the younger ones. When they get too close, I always worry Natalie will crash into a tiny kid. Or a tiny kid might crash into Natalie.
3. You get all you can drink fountain drinks.
Guys? I had like 5 cups of Diet Coke. Then I filled my re-fillable Sea World cup before I left with Diet Coke. Basically? I was in Diet Coke heaven.
4. The food was tasty.
Even Natalie was pleased. She can be picky.
5. Shamu comes out!
He'll walk around to all the tables.
6. There are prizes in the eggs.
Not ALL the eggs--most are filled with candy. But some are filled with prizes you can redeem at the prize table. Natalie actually got one! She won a free meal voucher which she used to get lo mein on the way out. She is obsessed with lo mein. It also came with a free bottle of water.
7. All the kids looked like they were having a blast.
There goes Shamu!
After they ate, many went to the sand area. My daughter did.
"Don't get sand in your cast," I warned.
(She got sand in her cast.)
Would we do it again next year? Yup! As my daughter pointed out, there's no age limit.