Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review: Brooklyn Heights Pierrepont Playground Easter Egg Hunt

Last year, for Greyson's first Easter, we went to Trinity Church's Easter Festival and Egg Hunt in Manhattan.  We would have gone back again this year armed with the lessons we learned, but, the church didn't have an Easter party this year.

We found Easter festivities closer to us in Brooklyn, though, and went to the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee's Easter Party and egg hunt.  The location and timing was perfect for us since Greyson has a gymnastics class in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday mornings.

Before the gates to the Pierrepont Playground opened at 10 am, there was an insane line that stretched about three blocks long.  I didn't know what to expect, but once the gates opened at a little after 10 am, the line started moving...and kept moving, which I was happy about.  They let everyone in, so the playground got packed with hundreds of people pretty quickly, but it never got out of control.

Here's what I saw:

-free face painting, which had a huge line (but I've never seen face painting without a huge line)
-a ukelele player singing kids' songs
-free balloons (if you were one of the people to get in before around 10:30)
-bake sale to support the playground
-a separate "under 3" egg hunt in the "back garden" part of the playground
-not that many eggs to be found
-older kids hoarding 10+ eggs each, when there's a 3-egg limit. Parents should teach their kids not to be greedy!
-there wasn't enough room for all the strollers inside the playground, so be prepared to have to leave yours right outside the playground gate
-the plastic eggs have things like little toys, stickers and candies in them.  Greyson got two eggs and one had a little bunny stuffed animal and the other had a tiny plastic skateboard.
-no Easter Bunny

Tips:  Bring your Easter basket and dress warmer than you think you should since the playground is right on the water and it can be windy there.

I'd recommend this Easter party if you live in Brooklyn Heights or live nearby.  I live in Park Slope, the most kid-centric place on Earth and there sadly isn't an Easter Egg Hunt in the neighborhood.  Next year, maybe we'll have our own little egg hunt inside our apartment.  We're also looking for a church in the neighborhood to become members of, so we also have an Easter service to go to. 

If you decide to go to the Brooklyn Heights Playground's Easter Egg Hunt, you can make a nice morning out of it.  After the hunt, take a walk along the river (right next to the playground) with views of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.  And then have brunch at Yemen Cafe on Atlantic and get some hummus and lamb! 

Pita the size of a beach towel at Yemen Cafe in Brooklyn Heights

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