The Great Helicopter Egg Drop

Pre-register your children to participate in one of FIVE age-specific egg hunts with over 15,000 eggs OPENING MARCH 1, 2022!

 

On Saturday, April 2, 2022, we invite the ENTIRE community to join us for the annual Great Helicopter Easter Egg Drop. We’re dropping thousands of plastic Easter eggs from a helicopter…yup, you heard that right – a HELICOPTER! Pre-register your children to participate in one of FIVE age-specific egg hunts with over 15,000 eggs! 

The Great Helicopter Egg Drop is an Easter Egg Hunt open to the first 1,200 pre-registered children in our community between the ages of 2-10. There will be many golden eggs with GREAT PRIZES. If your child would like to participate in the egg drop they can pre-register on Eventbrite for $10, which includes a specific egg drop, unlimited use of the bounce area, and a picture with the Easter Bunny. Face painting & Balloon Art are not included this year, but available for a minimal price.  You must pre register your child on Eventbrite to participate in an egg drop time. Egg drop tickets will not be available at the door, and tend to sell out quick!

The fun doesn’t stop at the Egg Drop! We’ll also have an Unlimited Bounce House Area (included in ticket!), Balloon Artists, Professional Face Painters, Trackless Train Rides, Trampoline Bungee Jumping, Music by DJ Jesse Gavigan, free pictures with the EASTER BUNNY, and a great array of FOOD TRUCKS that will serve lunch, snacks & dessert. Stay for the DAY!

The Great Helicopter Egg Drop will be held at the Beaufort Academy Football Field on Saturday, April 2 from 10am until 3pm. See below for parking information. Please arrive earlier than your scheduled egg drop time for check-in, and to enjoy all of the great activities and food trucks.

Admission to the event is FREE, and open to the public.  Even if you don’t have kids, join us for lunch and watch the fun!

**NEW THIS YEAR** The unlimited Bounce Area bracelet and a picture with the Easter Bunny are included in the egg drop ticket price. Face painting & Balloon Art are not included in the ticket price this year, but available for only $5.  Adults & children of all ages can participate in NEW activities such as the Trampoline Bungee Jump, Trackless Train Ride, Face Painting, and Balloon Artists. Each activity will be 1 TICKET ($5 each), and can be pre-purchased on Eventbrite or at the event. Pre-purchase your tickets on Eventbrite to avoid day-of ticket lines!  

**NEW THIS YEAR** We have added a special egg drop for children with special needs. We hope to give all children a great experience, so please be courteous and select this ticket type if it pertains to your family.  If your child with special needs is between the ages of 2 -12, register for the ORANGE 1pm egg drop.  Parents will be allowed on the field for this drop ONLY, but we ask parents to be mindful while on the field. This drop will only allow 160 registrants to allow a safer experience for the children.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE FIELD** If your child is not 2 years old yet, or cannot go on the field without you, please do NOT register. 

EGG DROP TIMES

11am - Ages (2-5) GREEN
11:30am - Ages (6-10) BLUE
12pm - Ages (2-5) RED
12:30pm - Ages (6-10) YELLOW
1pm - Special Needs ONLY - Ages (2-12) ORANGE


FAQ'S

What is The Great Helicopter Egg Drop?
We created The Great Helicopter Easter Egg Drop as a local event to serve the Beaufort community. The Great Helicopter Easter Egg Drop is free festival with an Easter Egg Hunt open to for pre-registered children ages 2-10. The festival will have food trucks, a bounce house area, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, trampoline bungee rides, trackless train rides, and balloon art. An affordable fun-filled day for the whole family!  This event is put on and hosted by Beaufort Academy.

Where: Beaufort Academy Football Field, 240 Sams Point Road, Beaufort SC 29907

When: Saturday, April 2, 2022 @10am-3pm

Do I need to buy a ticket for everyone who is coming or just my children?
Admission to the festival is free. You only need to pre-register children 2-10 years who are participating in an egg drop.

Do my kids need to pre-register for an Egg Drop?
Yes, every child must be registered for an egg-drop before the event begins. On-site registration will not be available.

How do I register?
Registration is open online only at Eventbrite.com. Event registration will close as soon as we reach max capacity. There will be no on-site registration. This year’s event will be limited to the first 1,200 children between the ages of 2 - 10 and tend to sell out quick.

What does an Egg Drop ticket include?
All registrants will get a colored bracelet during check-in which gives them access to their time-specific egg drop, unlimited access to the Bounce House Area, and a picture with the Easter Bunny.  Face painting & Balloon Art are not included in the ticket price, but available for only $5 each.

How do I check-in?
After you register, you will receive an email with your tickets. You can either print your tickets, or have the mobile code ready to scan when checking in. Check-in starts at 10am at Beaufort Academy, near the tennis courts. Allow enough time to check-in prior to your egg drop. If you miss your egg drop, another ticket will NOT be given out. During check-in, each registrant will get an egg bag/basket, and an age-specific color bracelet that gives access to the bounce house area and the assigned egg drop. There are 5 different egg drop times, please be aware of your selected time

What other activities are available for our family?
We have added awesome activities to this year’s festival. Adults & children of all ages can participate in Trampoline Bungee Jumps, Trackless Train Rides, Face Painting, and Balloon Artists. Each activity will be 1 TICKET ($5 each.) Activity tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the event. Pre-purchase your tickets on Eventbrite to avoid day-of ticket lines!  

How much are Bounce Area Bracelets and Activity Tickets?
Unlimited Bounce Area bracelets are available for any child not participating in an egg drop for $10. Adults and children can participate in any of the exclusive activities for only $5. Pre-purchase your tickets on Eventbrite to avoid day-of ticket lines!  

Should we bring our own basket to collect eggs?
NO! Egg drop bags or baskets will be given to all egg drop registrants when they arrive. We ask that you keep your Easter baskets home for the Easter Bunny, or in the car! Check-in attendants will advise not to bring them into the festival.

Where should I park?
You may park in the Beaufort Academy parking lot, and designated grass areas. We will also have 1 church location for overflow parking at Grace AME Church, 10 Holly Hall Road, Beaufort, SC 29907. The event staff will provide a shuttle service to and from the event in this overflow location. Parking attendants will be wearing bright shirts to guide you to a spot. Please follow directions the day of event, and do not park on Sams Point Road. We suggest you come early to get a better parking spot. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible!

Do I need to be there early?
Registration opens at 10:00am. Stay for the day and enjoy awesome food trucks that will serve lunch, snacks & dessert. Activities include bounce area, face painting, balloon artists, trampoline bungee jumps, trackless train rides, pictures with the Easter Bunny and a few vendors. Come out for the day, and enjoy it all before and after your egg drop time!

Registration is full? What do I do?
We feel your pain! Because this is a safe event put on by Beaufort Academy and staffed by volunteers, we can only accommodate a limited number of children (1,200). For safety purposes we have to stick to this number.

What if there is bad weather?
In the event of inclement weather, please check the Beaufort Academy website for details. If you are already registered, we will email you with any date or venue changes.

I have younger kids; will they be run over by older kids?
We have split the Easter Egg hunt into FIVE age-appropriate zones, and included a time especially for children with special needs:

EGG DROP TIMES

11am - Ages (2-5) GREEN
11:30am - Ages (6-10) BLUE
12pm - Ages (2-5) RED
12:30pm - Ages (6-10) YELLOW
1pm - Special Needs ONLY - Ages (2-12) ORANGE

Each age group will be separated from the other age groups so younger children will be just fine.

If my child has a special need or is handicapped, can they still participate in a safe, fun way?
Yes! We have added an egg drop for children with special needs. We hope to give all children a great experience, so please be courteous and select this ticket type if it pertains to your family.  If your child with special needs is between the ages of 2 -12, register for the ORANGE 1pm egg drop.  Parents WILL be allowed on the field for this drop ONLY, but we ask parents to be mindful while on the field. This drop will only allow 160 registrants to allow a safer experience for the children.

Are parents/guardians allowed to gather eggs with their children?
NO. Parents will NOT be allowed on the field this year. Please do not register your child if they cannot go on the field on their own. We will have plenty of student volunteers who can help the children make sure they get eggs in their bag. This will also ensure over-zealous parents don’t grab all the eggs and ruin the event for other children. Parents from the other age groups will be able to watch and encourage their children from the boundary lines, just a few feet from the actual egg hunt field. Our amazing Egg Drop Volunteers will ensure your children stay safe and have fun during their hunt. 

What if I have children in different age groups? How do I watch them all?
Egg drop sessions are rather quick. We will start the next drop immediately after one ends, which allows you to keep your children close during and in-between drops.

What if my child doesn’t get a chance to put eggs in their basket?
Our awesome volunteer staff will have extra eggs handy this year, to make sure all participants go home with eggs in their basket!

What is in the Eggs?
Candy! If you find the GOLDEN EGGS, they have a ticket for great prizes! If you find a ticket in your golden egg, you must redeem at check-out before departure to receive your prize or gift certificate. (FUN prizes don’t always fit in the plastic eggs!)

 

If you would like to volunteer at the Great Helicopter Egg Drop, please email Lisa Gallagher at lgallagher@beaufortacademy.org.