Where to join an Easter egg hunt

CorrespondentMarch 21, 2013 


Hundreds of children swarm and scour Moore Square Park in Raleigh in search of brightly colored treats as part of "Raleigh's biggest and best Easter Egg Hunt."

2009 NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO - COREY LOWENSTEIN — clowenst@newsobserver.com

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    The hunts at Pullen Park and on Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh are the region’s most popular. Be prepared for crowds – and to spend awhile searching for a parking spot. Here are some parking tips that might help.

    Pullen Park:

    Since the lot is often full, free parking is available on weekends at Cates Avenue Parking Deck on the campus of N.C. State University. You can use pedestrian walkways from the deck to access Pullen Park. (During the week, overflow parking is available until 5 p.m. at the Hunt Drive Soccer Fields on the Dorothea Dix campus.) Although many people do it, street parking is not allowed on Western Boulevard or other roads near the park. You may get a ticket if you park there.

    Downtown Raleigh:

    The closest parking deck is west of Halifax Mall off North Salisbury Street. Another deck is on Wilmington Street, between Jones and Edenton streets. See raleigheaster.com for a map.

    If your kids have special needs

    Two Triangle locales make special accommodations for kids with special needs.

    • At the Raleigh Easter Hunt in downtown Raleigh, there is a separate zone for those children. • In Cary, there is a separate event for special-needs kids on March 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be an egg hunt, a bounce house, a visit from the Easter Bunny and other activities. Hunts start at 6:30 p.m. for kids 7 and younger and 7 p.m. for kids 8-12. Register by calling 919-469-4100. Be on time

    This is the most important tip if you don’t want to leave the egg hunt with a crying child and no eggs. Most egg hunts are over in minutes, so allow plenty of time to find a parking spot and to get in place before the start.

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.

More information: fvparks.org and fuquay-varinadowntown.com.

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.

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