April 5, 2012

This Weekend With Kids

Growing up, when we dyed Easter eggs, my parents used to spread newspaper over the kitchen floor, and then my dad would sit down on top of it with us.

Not just to supervise, but to participate. And not just to participate but to create these little pastel masterpieces with cotton swabs and toothpicks and dabs of tinted vinegar-water. What a good night that always was.

Last year we dyed eggs with Alice for the first time. She was just 1 and more interested in crushing the eggs in her tiny fists than actually coloring them.

We all have our processes, you know?

There's Easter all over the place this weekend, and I really hope it's a lovely one where you are:

Bake a Bunny Cake
Check out Record writer Jo Ann Kirby's instructions for baking and decorating an Easter Bunny cake. Her tutorial includes a template for creating the bunny's face, ears and bow tie that is so simple and clever it kills me. I love what an easy recipe this is - and how many opportunities it gives for kiddos to help out. Toward the end of her story, Jo Ann mentions that the instructions can be adapted for breakfast using two pancakes. Of course they can!

Easter Egg Hunt at Oak Farm Vineyards
Bring your camera, and a blanket or lawn chairs for Oak Farm Vineyards' second-annual Easter Egg hunt. The event will feature a bounce house, games, crafts and balloon animals. Lunch, snacks and wine tasting (for grown ups) is included with the price of admission: $8. Easter egg hunts start at noon for kids 5 and younger, at 12:30 for kids 5 to 7, and at 1 for kids 8 and older. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 23627 N. DeVries Road in Lodi.

Easter Egg Hunt and Barbecue
Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Karl Ross Post of the American Legion will host free Easter Egg hunts for local children. Following the hunts, a barbecue meal will be available for a small price, with proceeds supporting veterans programs. At 2020 Plymouth Road in Stockton.

Easter Egg Hunt at Quail Lakes Baptist Church
"We will be hiding 25,000 eggs this year, and need willing children to pick them up!" Cute. Enjoy egg hunts, face-painting, cookies and crafts during this annual free event held at Atherton Park. As kids empty their eggs, Sacramento magician and puppeteer Tony Borders will perform. 10 a.m. Saturday at Quail Lakes and Grouse Run drives in Stockton.

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