Kids will be looking forward to the main event - the finding and consuming of chocolate eggs. In past years this has involved hunting out a set of Easter egg cards, which are hidden all over the grounds of the estate. When you have a full set you can exchange them for the real deal. The grounds of Rippon Lea are beautiful, so hunting for the cards is a pleasure. My son who was 2 years old when we joined in the hunt had a wonderful time exploring the bridges, gardens, waterfall, cave and all the other hidey holes in the grounds.
Boat trips on the lake are included in your entry cost and the little ones will be very excited to don their life jackets and hop on a quaint rowing boat. Other activities in the past have included baby animals to snuggle with - mostly chicks and bunnies, and art activities which might appeal to slightly older children, as well as old fashioned outdoor games. You might even get to meet the Easter Bunny or Ripplea Bear.
There will be food and drink to purchase but the queues tend to be quite lengthy so packing a picnic might be the wiser thing to do. The Rippon Lea mansion, built in 1868 will also be open to the public, so you can have a sneaky peek at how the other half lived. You can read about the history of the old house here.
The Rippon Lea Easter Fun Day is happening on Sunday 20th April, from 10am until 4pm. The actual hunt is open to children ages 2 - 12. Tickets are priced at $15 per adult, $9 per child, or $35 per family and it might be a good idea to buy them in advance because it does get busy.
After all that hard work, you'll want to sit down and enjoy your spoils