Best egg hunts to take the kids to this Easter By Mimi Slawoff
Easter egg hunts have blossomed from simple backyard family affairs to full-blown events with thousands of eggs and mega prizes. And while still geared toward younger kids who are thrilled to find plastic eggs stuffed with chocolates and toys, extravagant community egg hunts are often packaged with festive spring celebrations.
Those lucky enough to have snagged tickets several weeks ago for the 137th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll will be among 35,000 people to enjoy festivities on the South Lawn. No worries if you don’t have a golden ticket for the White House. There are plenty of awesome Easter egg hunts around the country.
Here’s a sampling of Easter egg hunts sure to fill your child’s Easter basket.
Easter EGGstravaganza & Helicopter Candy Drop, Northwest, IN
Easter Eggstravaganza (Courtesy: Living Hope Church)
Hosted by Living Hope Church, this free Easter egg hunt features 250,000 eggs, 300 prize-filled eggs (with prizes including bikes, iPods and baskets) and a multiple helicopter candy drop on April 4 at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 9 am and the candy drop and egg hunt begin at 10 am. More festivities include face painting, bounce houses and photos with the Easter bunny!
Easter Egg Dash & Scavenger Hunt, Northstar California Resort, Truckee, CA
Northstar’s skating rink, cabanas and village stage will be filled with over 5,000 candy and toy-filled Easter eggs for the annual Easter Egg Dash April 5. Bring your own baskets. The stage will be designated for kids under age 2. Plus, look for a limited number of golden eggs hidden on the mountain and in the village. The lucky few who find them get a prize. More fun includes an all-day jelly bean contest, complimentary face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, live music and a kids’ Ripperroo Parade in the Village Egg-tivity Zone.
Annual Easter Celebration and Hunt for the Golden Egg, Park City Mountain, UT.
Egg hunt at Park City Mountain Resort (Courtesy: Park City Mountain Resort)
Enjoy spring skiing at its best, scavenger hunts, a carnival, live music, movie nights, s’mores and other festivities the week of March 28. The Annual Easter Celebration and Hunt for the Golden Egg takes place from 9 am – noon on April 5. The Kids Après Party offers an array of activities.
Pershing Square Extravaganza Spring Egg Hunt, Los Angeles, CA
The City of Los Angeles’ Park and Recreation hosts a free egg hunt in age appropriate categories from tots to age 11 in Downtown LA. Face painting, crafts, children’s entertainment, jumpers and food trucks round out a fun-filled day.
Colorado Springs Easter Egg Hunt, CO
Hop on down the bunny trail to Miramont Castle Museum for a Victorian Easter Egg Hunt for ages 2 – 10 followed by an elegant High Tea from 9 am – 3pm April 4. A generous supply of eggs will be hidden for kids to find and there will be a special basket for the child who finds the golden egg.
SpringFest & the 23rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Beaver Creek, CO
SpringFest kicks off Easter festivities with parades, comedy shows, glow stick ski-downs, fireworks, skate nights, complimentary snowshoe tours, teens trampoline tricks class, scavenger hunts, Family FunFest carnivals and more March 21 – 27. The Easter Egg Hunt features over 3,000 eggs in Creekside Park April 4.
Disney character eggs (Courtesy: Disneyland Resort)
Search for special hidden Disney character eggs from March 27 to April 5 for a chance to win a prize at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure or Epcot Center. Buy a map and stickers for $4.95, then when you find a hidden egg, place a sticker on the map. Completed maps are eligible for a special surprise.
Mimi Slawoff of WriteMimi.com contributed this to MiniTime. She is a Los Angeles-based journalist and a seasoned family travel expert who explores the world with her three children and writes about their journeys.