Easter is March 27, yet many cities and towns are having their egg hunts and spring celebrations this weekend.
We’ve compiled a list of many of the hunts taking place over the next two weekends, but we’re bound to have missed some. If your area is not listed here, contact your local parks and recreation department to see what they have planned.
We found that most of these hunts are free, too (we’ll specify if not).
Saturday, March 19
▪ Raleigh holds 11 a.m. egg hunts at Anderson Point Park, Brier Creek Community Center, Laurel Hills Park, Millbrook Exchange Community Center, Mordecai Historic Park, Peach Road Park, Pullen Park, John Chavis Memorial Park, Spring Forest Road Park and Tarboro Road Community Center. These hunts feature healthy snacks and a number of compostable “eco eggs” rather than plastic ones. Visit raleighnc.gov, or check with your local park or community center for specifics on its hunt.
▪ Durham holds egg hunts at 10:30 a.m. at Campus Hills Park and at 10 a.m. at the West Point on the Eno. Visit nando.com/3mz. and view the calendar.
▪ Chapel Hill holds its community egg hunt 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Southern Community Park (rain date is Sunday). Visit townofchapelhill.org/egghunt.
▪ Wake Forest’s annual Easter egg hunt is at East Carroll Joyner Park, with age-specific hunts starting at 10 a.m. Download a map of the egg hunt areas at wakeforestnc.gov, or install the Town of Wake Forest app on your smartphone and use its Easter egg hunt function.
▪ In Cary, egg hunts will start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Bond Park, with shows by magician Shaun Jay 30 minutes after each. There will also be bounce houses, food trucks, fire trucks and police cars, as well as face painting. Details at nando.com/3m- or call 919-462-3970.
▪ Two egg hunts will be held at the Apex Community Center – one at 9 a.m. for children with disabilities, and another at 10 a.m. The Founders Day 5K is that day as well, so allow extra time for parking. Visit apexnc.org.
▪ Morrisville’s Easter egg hunts run 10 a.m.-noon, with separate hunts for ages 2-4, 5-6 and 7-8. This is at the Morrisville Community Park’s field No. 1 – just look for the food trucks and bounce houses. Visit www.ci.morrisville.nc.us.
▪ Hunt for dinosaur eggs at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. The Dino Egg Hunt features a number of prehistoric activities and is recommended for kids 6 and younger. This costs $7 per little hunter and preregistration is required. Hunts are March 19-20 and 25-27. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit lifeandscience.org.
▪ The Summit Church on Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh holds its Easter festival and egg hunt 9 a.m.-noon. In addition to traditional egg hunts and games for kids, this will also feature egg hunts for adults (the grown-up eggs will contain gift cards). Visit nando.com/3n0.
▪ Cary’s Easter Eggstravaganza is an egg hunt for kids with disabilities or special needs, running 6-8 p.m. at Bond Park, field No. 4. It’s free, but registration is encouraged. More info at nando.com/3m- or call 919-462-3970.
▪ With seven hunts and 50,000 eggs, Raleigh Easter at Halifax Mall is a massive celebration of the season, the holiday and the sweet, sweet taste of candy. Egg hunts will take place every half hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the last hunt starting at 1:30. Each hunt will be divided into age-specific groups and there will be a separate area for kids with special needs’ hunts. Learn more at raleigheaster.com.
▪ Adventure Landing’s Raleigh egg hunt this year benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. Registration for the hunt is 8-8:45 a.m., and the hunt starts at 9. Cost is $3 per child. Visit adventurelanding.com.