Easter may not be until April 20, but many places are celebrating this weekend with that beloved childhood ritual – the egg hunt. Some hunts are huge, extravagant affairs featuring tens of thousands of eggs, while in parks, church lots and side yards Triangle-wide, dozens of humbler counterparts take place. Whatever your preference, there is a wide variety.
It’s wise to plan ahead: most of these are BYOB (bring your own basket), so be sure your kids have something to put their eggs in. Also, you may want to pack some eggs and candy of your own; if your kid, for whatever reason, finds few or no eggs, it can’t hurt to have some on hand to put in his or her basket anyway. This is supposed to be a fun time, after all.
Below are a few hunts that caught our attention (for more hunts, visit events.triangle.com and search “Easter Egg”).
Raleigh: This is a massive, 58,000-egg affair in Halifax Mall, which is a block from the legislative building downtown. Free hunts take place every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while there is also a dedicated hunt for kids with special needs. As with any big downtown event (last year’s hunt drew some 4,000 kids, according to organizers), plan ahead for parking: use one of the downtown garages, which are free on weekends, and walk. For more information, visit raleigheaster.com.
There are also free egg hunts at parks all over Raleigh on Saturday. Go to raleighnc.gov for the full list.
Cary: It’s Breakfast with the Bunny followed by Easter egg hunts at Bond Park. The egg hunts are free and are broken into morning and afternoon blocks starting at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The 8:30 a.m. breakfast costs $3-$4 for participants ages 3 and up (younger kids are free, but must pick up a pass to attend). Visit townofcary.org and search “Easter” for full information.
Garner: Lake Benson Park is the site of a free Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The hunt itself starts at noon, though there will be games, activities and food vendors for the duration. Call 919-773-4442 or visit garnernc.gov/Events.aspx for more details.
Pittsboro: The Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College is home to an excellent library and walking trail. Saturday, it will also be the site of bounce houses, games, and – yes – egg hunts. This free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hunts for different age designations at 10:30, 11, and 11:30. Visit chathamnc.org or call for more information: 919-545-8555.
Apex: Crowder District Park hosts its seventh annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt 1-3 p.m. These eggs, though, will be filled with dog treats, and the booths and entertainment cater to a distinctly canine demographic. Entry is $10 per dog (plus $2 for additional dogs). Call 919-465-2500 or visit animall.org to find out more.
A dino twist
Durham: The Museum of Life and Science holds its own egg hunt this weekend (and next) – dinosaur eggs, that is. It’s a natural transition into digging for fossils, which kids also will be able to do (and there will be experts on hand to help identify them). The event is $7, plus museum admission for non-members, and it takes place 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Visit lifeandscience.org for more information.
• Thursday (April 17) at the Bond Park in Cary, there’s a free evening Eggstravaganza 6-8 p.m. for children with physical or mental differences. Visit townofcary.org and search “Easter” for full information.
• Friday (April 18) at the Morrisville Community Park, there are four egg hunts – every half-hour from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – each featuring a golden egg with a special prize inside. This free event will also have food trucks, a bounce house, face painting and more. Visit nc-morrisville.civicplus.com or call 919-463-7103 for more information.
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