What else would you do on a rare sunny Saturday but be lucky enough to be heading to Rathwood for the Annual Easter Train. There is nothing better than a nice sunny day in Rathwood. It means you can make use of the maze, playground and lovely forest trails. The kids were looking forward to it. The big one knows exactly what an egg hunt is and what she would be rewarded with and the little one, well just say the word choo choo and he is happy.
We cut it quiet short this time so arrived just 10 minutes early. The group before us were just leaving as they were running a few minutes behind. We got to check straight in and go to the waiting area. I always love the cute decorations here. After around 10 minutes Detective Mario makes an appearance. It is our mission to help Mario find the missing piece of the golden egg and bring it to the Easter Bunny.
Before we head on our way we are off over to the crafting area to make special bunny glasses to help find the eggs. Now I have the same issue as the Cinderella Tea Party event with the tables being a bit high for the smaller kids. The glasses were easy enough for an adult to make, they were a bit complicated for an almost 4 year old but meant more fun for me. Glasses on (except for the little guy no way they were going near his face) we were almost ready to go. One more thing before we leave was to get a pair of Bunny ears.
Time to hop on board the Rathwood Express. I do feel like I am now friends with the driver I have been on so many of these adventures. The route is similar to the other events you go past the deers and maze, into the forest, down to goose island and back to base. Before I make this post go on for hours I will sum up this bit pretty fast and leave some surprises for anyone else going to go on the Easter train.
So Mario gets the Golden Egg. Then we stop off in the forest for our egg hunt (I loved this bit). Coloured buckets are waiting for the kids and there is plenty of space to go looking for eggs. Then with eggs in buckets we headed into the barn to put the eggs in the special machine. While in here the kids get some eggs to colour in when we wait for the train to come back.
When we eventually get back to the starting point they announce another mini egg hunt. You just needed to get one egg to bring to the Bunny. Kids running + hard surfaces = eye closing from me! Then we were off to the Bunny house. I am sure my kids favourite part which is the handing over of the chocolate egg!!
This happens to be one of the longest events so far. It lasted well over an hour and they packed a lot in. After the event is over there is an area where you can get coffee or some food. They also have a tea cup ride, walking balloon stand or you can get a professional photo taken with the Easter backdrop. The ticket also included a kids hot chocolate so we headed over to the restaurant to pick it up before it was home time
I have been on the Easter train for the last 2 years so I actually have something to compare this year too. The 1st year we went in it was great I loved it. Chloe would have been a bit small to get the real idea of it but she loved collecting her eggs in a basket. Then last year I really didn’t like it. The egg hunt area was on a paved surface with some Hay Bales and not many eggs scattered so when the said collect some eggs it was a mad dash from the kids. Now when you have an almost 3 year old this sort of running is terrifying! It was a million times better than last year they obviously took on suggestions and comments which was brilliant. The only things I would change would be skip the activity and have more interaction with the bunny. I would remove the paved egg hunt. It terrifies me!! The most important thing was the kids had fun. That’s all that matters, after all it is a kids activity and not purely for my entertainment!
Now for the price. Tickets are €6 for adults, €10 for children and 0 – 12 months are free. The Rathwood Easter Train ends on the 16th of April. You can check out their other events or book the Easter train by looking on the Rathwood website here.
A Teddy Bear Picnic Train is on during the Summer months. This is actually my favourite of the trains. The stuffed toy they got last year was beautiful and the little picnic is lovely.
Disclaimer – I was given complimentary tickets from Rathwood for the Easter Train in return for a review post. As always all opinions are my own and honest.