April 3, 2014

The Easter Bunny has made his way to Irvine Regional Park! He didn't hop there, but instead hitched a ride on the Irvine Park Railroad. Now through Saturday, April 19, Irvine Park Railroad will celebrating"  Mr. Bunny in great fashion with its annual Easter Eggstravaganza.

All photos courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad

The egg hunts are a major highlight of the Eggstravaganza, beginning daily at 10 a.m. and continuing on the half hour through 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the hunts are available for purchase at the Irvine Railroad ticket counter, which can be exchanged for wrist bands denoting the time of your child's hunt."  Hunts are broken up into age groups so the little tots don't have to compete with the bigger kids (up to age 12) to find plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes. The egg hunts are very popular so plan on arriving early, especially on weekends." 

" After the hunt, be sure to make time to participate in the events other activities such as hay rides, decorating Easter-themed cookies, face painting, carnival games, bounce houses, and photos with the Easter Bunny himself (coupon here).

All the fun takes place on a tree-shaded grass area encircled by the tracks of Irvine Railroad's 1/3 scale train which passengers can ride for $4.

Paddle boat at Irvine Park Railroad's Easter Eggstravaganza

Irvine Regional Park offers families far more than just the fun to be had at the Eggstravaganza. The park has been entertaining families for over a century, beginning in 1897 when James Irvine Jr. donated the park (then known as Orange County Park) to the county. He wanted to preserve the area which had been used as picnic grounds by German colonists since 1857, keeping the 160-acre oak grove as "natural-looking as possible.'€ Those mighty oaks still provide shaded picnic grounds and natural beauty to visitors today but most folks also find themselves enjoying hiking, biking, water bikes, trail rides, pony rides, and a small zoo which are found on the park's 477 acres.

If you visit Irvine Regional Park during fall or winter, your kids will have a chance to experience the Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Train. Both events have become traditions for many Orange County residents, with train rides always serving as event centerpieces. The pumpkin patch features hay rides, John Deer tractor racers for the little ones, carnival games and, of course, plenty of pumpkins. On the Christmas Train, children depart from the Irvine Railroad Station, which is surrounded by a brilliant display of holiday lights as they head to the North Pole for pictures and a visit with Santa. All the seasonal events the Irvine Railroad has to offer are great fun, but Orange County's perfect weather combined with the multitude of activities at the park to enjoy mean there isn'€™t really a bad time to visit."