The season of egg hunts has arrived, and there are so many in the Triangle you might get overwhelmed trying to choose just one.
If you would like to cut down on the amount of candy your kids consume this Easter, you might want to go with one of the city of Raleigh’s hunts, which are Saturday at 11 a.m. at 10 parks around the city.
For the first time, Raleigh has decided to emphasize healthy eating and fitness, so its eggs will be filled with healthy snacks and prizes rather than candy.
To make you feel even more virtuous, some of the city’s eggs will be “Eco Eggs.” These greener alternatives are made in the United States from plant material rather than plastic. They contain no BPA and can be composted.
If you want more than just egg hunting, Garner, Holly Springs and Carrboro will host spring festivals Saturday with music, food, bounce houses and other activities.
Most of the events are designed for kids 10 or younger, so if you have older children, Carrboro is the place to go. Tonight at 8 p.m., the town will hold a special nighttime hunt for kids 11-14.
If you’re booked this weekend, or want something novel, your kids can hunt for five types of dinosaur eggs, filled with prizes and movie passes, at the N.C. Museum of Life and Science in Durham any day from March 28 to March 31. They can also participate in dinosaur crafts and fossil hunting.
Read on for details about some of the Triangle’s many egg hunts.
Wilson Park, Carrboro, 8 p.m., ages 11-14.
Bring a flashlight for a nighttime hunt for thousands of eggs filled with prizes and candy. Park opens at 7:45 p.m. and rules will be explained at 8:10 p.m.
More information: 919-918-7364 or townofcarrboro.org
City of Raleigh, 11 a.m., ages 10 and younger.
Hunts will be held at Anderson Point, Brier Creek Community Center, Jaycee Community Center, Lions Park Community Center, Millbrook Exchange Community Center, Mordecai Historic Park, Peach Road Community Center, Pullen Park and Sgt. Courtney Johnson. Call the individual park for details about pre-hunt activities.
More information: raleighnc.gov/arts
Bond Park, Cary, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., age 10 and younger.
Meet at Kiwanis Shelter for the egg hunts. You can also have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at 8:30 a.m. (tickets required) and watch magic shows in Sertoma Amphitheatre at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
More information and tickets: 919-460-4965 or townofcary.org.
Hank Anderson Park, Carrboro 9:30 a.m. to noon, ages 2-10.
Spring celebration with live entertainment, games and a Peter Cottontail visit. Egg hunts begin at 10:30 a.m.
More information: 919-918-7364 or townofcarrboro.org.
Lake Benson, Garner, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Spring Eggstravaganza will include concert by Billy Jonas, nature activities, games, inflatables, food, crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Egg hunt at noon.
More information: 919-773-4442
Womble Park, Holly Springs, 10 a.m.-noon, ages 8 and younger.
Spring Fling will feature music, games and inflatables. Hunt begins at noon.
More information: 919-557-9603 or hollyspringsnc.us.
Apex Town Campus, 10 a.m.
Meet the Easter Bunny and find candy-filled eggs.
More information: 919-249-3402 or apexnc.org.
City of Durham, 10:30 a.m., ages 12 and younger.
Hunts at Campus Hill Park and West Point on the Eno Park.
More information: 919-560-4355 or dprplaymore.org.
South Park, Fuquay-Varina, 10 a.m., ages 10 and younger.
After the hunt, downtown merchants will host a candy hop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Harper Park, Knightdale, 11 a.m., ages 8 and younger.
Includes a visit from the Easter Bunny and hunts divided into three age groups.
More information: 919-217-2236 or knightdalenc.gov.
Zebulon Community Park, 10 a.m., ages 8 and younger.
Easter Bunny and egg hunt.
More information: 919-823-0432 or townofzebulon.org.
Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center, 3 p.m., ages 2-7.
More than 2,000 eggs and meet Peter Cottontail.
More information: 919-934-2148 or smithfield-nc.com.
Thursday, March 28-Sunday, March 31
Museum of Life and Science, Durham, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (noon-4 p.m. on Sunday).
Hunt for five different dinosaur eggs filled with science prizes or passes to Jurassic Park 3D. Also features dinosaur-themed crafts and fossil hunting. Hunt is $5 plus museum admission. Registration recommended.
More information and register: 919-220-5429 ext. 313 or lifeandscience.org
Friday, March 29
Clayton Community Park, 10:30 a.m., age 5 and younger.
More than 10,000 eggs and the Easter Bunny arrives on a fire truck.
More information: 919-553-1550 or townofclaytonnc.org.
Cedar Fork District Park, Morrisville, 10 a.m., ages 3-10.
Kids will be divided into age groups. One golden egg with a special prize for each age group.
More information: 919-463-7110 or www.ci.morrisville.nc.us.
Saturday, March 30
Halifax Mall, Raleigh, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bills itself as Raleigh’s largest hunt, with more than 60,000 eggs plus games, music, balloons and inflatables. Hunts start every half-hour and are divided into zones and age groups. Also a separate zone for children with special needs. Register and get a wrist band when you arrive.
More information: 919-829-7087 or raleigheaster.com.