We are so excited that spring is here because it means the Irvine Park Railroad Stravaganza Easter Eggs open for the season! This is one of our family’s favorite Easter things to do in Orange County. There are so many fun spring activities such as Easter egg hunts, wagon rides, face painting and of course the train.
This year the Easter Eggstravaganza starts on March 26, 2022 and ends on April 16, 2022. It is not open on Easter Sunday.
Things to do at the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza
What makes the Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park Railroad so popular with Orange County families is all the fun spring activities! Not only can you ride the train, but you can also purchase tickets to enjoy Easter and spring-themed games and activities.
Each year, the Irvine Park Railroad offers many of the same Easter activities. These become family traditions…and a fun time to watch kids grow up doing the same activities every year.
Does the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza cost money?
Admission to the Easter Eggstravaganza is free. But spring activities require activity tickets. Activity tickets are $6.00 each. A booklet of 15 tickets costs $80.00 (a savings of $10.00). There are also some free activities.
Here are some of the activities offered this year and how many tickets they require:
Train journeys – 1 ticket
The Irvine Park Railroad is a favorite of so many kids. This is a ⅓ scale train that takes kids and adults on a ride through the beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park. Riding the train is a must when visiting the park.
Train journeys cost 1 ticket for children and adults. Babies under 1 year are free.
Visit the Easter Bunny
Children can with the Easter bunny every day during the Easter Eggstravagaanza. We love this Easter bunny. Isn’t he cute! Easter Bunny hours: Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The cost is $15 per group/tour and includes a free photo of the Irvine Park Railroad. Each additional print of the same photo costs $8. Photos are printed on the spot in minutes.
Decorating cookies – 1 ticket
We always end up decorating cookies a la Easter Eggstravaganza. The cookies are really big and the chemin de fer provides the cookies, frosting and sprinkles. Children can decorate a cookie as they wish. Better yet, the mess stays in the park… not in your home!
Makeup – 2 Tickets
Face painting is always a treat at the Irvine Park Railroad. My kids had some of the most beautiful face paints done at the railroad. You can choose any design you want, and it’s an all-over design…that’s what you want.
Spring Hay Ride – 1 ticket
Taking a hay ride at Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza is also fun. All ages can enjoy this activity. You board a wagon attached to a tractor that pulls you around the park.
It’s a great way to rest your feet while enjoying the beauty of Irvine Regional Park!
Easter egg hunt – 2 tickets
Another Easter Eggstravaganza must-do is the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Egg Hunt. Not only is it a tradition for us, but it’s fun!
One of the reasons I love this egg hunt is that it’s regulated. Each egg hunt is limited to a certain number of children. And each child is allowed to get a certain amount of eggs. That means no tears and no children who can’t find eggs.
Eggs are filled with a variety of treats or prizes (FYI, nothing elaborate). So are even filled with coupons to use at the chemin de fer! Be sure to bring an Easter basket. But if you forget, you can buy one from Irvine Park Railroad.
Important note: Easter egg hunts can sell out…plan to arrive early to redeem your ticket for a wristband for a specific hunt.
Bouncing House – 1 ticket
There are usually a few bouncy houses running around if your kids like to jump. We don’t usually make bouncy houses, so I don’t have any pictures. But they are quite popular.
Carnival games – 1 or 2 tickets
My kids love the Irvine Park Railroad carnival games. Probably because you win a prize, regardless of whether you win or not. There are a variety of ring toss games, egg toss games and one called a paint party where you toss eggs with paint.
The prizes are usually small stuffed animals or inflatable toys!
Free activities at Easter Eggstravaganza
Although most Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza activities require activity tickets, they offer a fun coloring station for kids. Easter themed coloring pages and crayons are available to color and take home to display.
Plus, don’t forget about all the AMAZING photo opportunities. Bring your camera, because there are so many cute photo spots. Check out some of the photos I took during our visits.
Top tips for visiting the Easter Eggstravaganza
Does the Easter Eggstravaganza sell out?
No. The Easter Eggstravaganza does not sell. Easter egg hunts at specific times can sell out. All Easter Eggstravaganza activities are open all day. If you plan to visit the Easter Eggstravaganza on Good Friday and the Saturday before Easter.
When is the best time to go to Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza?
The best time to arrive is as soon as it opens to avoid the crowds. Irvine Regional Park is extremely busy during this time of year and the park may close until parking becomes available again.
Is food available for purchase at the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza?
Yes. There is a full-service snack bar located at the station. Seasonal snacks such as popcorn and cotton candy are available for sale inside the Easter Eggstravaganza.
Where should I park for the Irvine Park Railroad Easter?
If it’s not full, you can park right across from the Irvine Park Railroad in the parking lot. However, if the parking lot is full, Orange County will close the entrance gate and will not allow additional cars to enter.
Additional parking is available at Santiago Canyon College. It’s about a one mile walk from this parking lot to the park entrance. Santiago Canyon College parking and costs are not defined, managed and/or controlled by Irvine Regional Park and/or Irvine Park Railroad.
Are dogs allowed at the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza?
No. Dogs are not allowed inside the Easter Eggstravaganza and photos are not permitted with the Easter Bunny. Dogs are permitted in other areas of Irvine Regional Park and must be on a 6′ leash. Dogs are permitted in other areas of Irvine Regional Park and must be on a 6′ leash.
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