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The egg hunt is a fun occasion for children to come along, take part in the egg hunt or just play in the lovely venue. Over the years the egg hunt has grown and adapted to make it more fun and better suited to our members. Each year is a learning curve and we use the experience of each successive year to improve the event the next time it runs.
The event has taken place in several locations over the years, including Hillcrest Primary School, Gay Elms ARB, Oasis Academy New Oak and in 2015 we moved to another new venue, Knowle West Children's Centre. Our new venue was amazing and was perfect for our event. It had lots of places to hide the eggs, a beautiful play ground and plenty of indoor space for arts and crafts. The venue is very safe and secure with just a single point of access which was kept closed during the event.
At the egg hunt children will search their surroundings for colourful plastic eggs. These eggs are then taken to an NAS Bristol team member and exchanged for the child's choice of sweet treat. Last year we introduced a score card system, so children could keep track of how many eggs they have found and the number of sweets was limited for each child.
The fun didn't end there, as to make the hunt more fun, we added a Cyril hunt!
What is a Cyril hunt you ask?
Cyril was a colourful, stretchy, squishy, centipede sensory toy. Several Cyril's were hidden in the lovely play area, hidden in trees, in the long grass and in the sand pit for children to find. He was the unexpected star of the show!
Once everything had been found, the fun continued as children were free to play in beautiful play ground area of the children's centre. Children made use of the climbing equipment, played on the tyre swings or just ran around in the meadow.
Inside the children's centre we had lots of art and craft activities taking place, painting, colouring, modelling clay, loom bands and biscuit decorating. Children were also able to play with some of the toys in the children's centre.
We also had use of a quiet room for children to go to when they felt a bit overwhelmed or just needed a quiet space to chill out. The cosy room was a separate room, which was dimmed and filled with comfy floor cushions and bean bags, a perfect calm zone.
To make the event extra special, we had some lovely (and very tasty) cakes donated for our members by
Towards the end of the event we held a fantastic raffle. With prizes such as large Easter eggs, toys and family days out at local attractions, the raffle was a huge success and I believe everyone came away with something.
On the way out, the children were all given a small goody bag to take away with them.
This year we hope to improve on last years egg hunt.
Every year, NAS Bristol Branch organise a fun family Easter Egg Hunt for our members. Each year the event has grown and grown and become a real highlight of our events calendar.
> Family Easter event for young people with autism and their siblings
> Hunt for colourful eggs to exchange for sweet treats
> Play in a beautiful, safe outdoor space
> Take part in fun craft activities
> Win sensory toy bonus prizes
> Refreshments included
> Goody bags for all the egg hunters!