There’s still plenty of time for you and your little ones to catch an Easter egg hunt, especially with the grand bunny of all local hunts taking place Saturday at Moore Square Park in downtown Raleigh.
How grand is it? Sixty-thousand eggs will be hidden, and there will be inflatable games, prizes and free balloons. The action starts at 10 a.m. with hunts, divided into age-specific groups, beginning every half hour through 1:30 p.m. The hunts are open to all children through age 12, and it’s all free.
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▪ The Morrisville Egg Hunt takes place Friday at 9:30 a.m., with hunters ages 3-10 are divided into age groups. The free hunt takes place at Morrisville Community Park (1520 Morrisville Parkway). More info: ci.morrisville.nc.us.
▪ The Clayton Egg Hunt is Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Clayton Community Park (1075 Amelia Church Road). The Easter Bunny will arrive by fire truck prior to the hunt, which features more than 12,000 eggs and prizes for kids age 5 and under. And it’s free! More info at townofclaytonnc.org.
▪ The free Spring Egg Hunts at J.C. Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh) continue on Friday (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Sunday (1-4 p.m.). Brightly painted wooden eggs are hidden throughout the Arboretum gardens. Families search for the eggs and write down the letters found on them. Then unscramble the letters to reveal the secret word and claim your prize. Great for all ages. More info: jcra.ncsu.edu.
▪ The Dino Egg Hunts at the Museum of Life + Science in Durham (433 W. Murray Ave.) also take place Friday and Saturday (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) and again on Sunday (12:30-5 p.m.). Hunters (recommended for ages 6 and under) can unearth colorful eggs, take a photo with the museum’s resident dinosaur and dig up some real fossils for their personal collection. There’s also a large-scale dinosaur skeleton puzzle, a chance to make fossil rubbings, and a test to match dinosaurs to their skeletons. The hunts cost $7 per hunter (not including museum admission). Get more info at lifeandscience.org or call 919-220-5429.
▪ You can find the Easter Bunny at Bass ProShops in Cary (801 Bass Pro Lane) Saturday and Sunday. Kids can have a free photo taken with Mr. Bunny from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. From 2-3 p.m. on those days, kids ages 2-10 can take part in an egg hunt (register at main entrance starting at 1:30) and turn in five eggs for some candy. Between 1 and 4 p.m., kids can color a wooden chick (color a wooden bunny Friday 4-7 p.m.). Crafts are while supplies last, but everything is free. Get more info by calling 919-677-5100.
▪ Paws4ever, an animal rescue and shelter in Orange County, will host its first Easter Egg Hunt specifically for adults (21 and over) Saturday at 2 p.m. The fundraiser will take place on the 50-acre Paws4ever campus (6311 Nicks Road, Mebane) and will feature prizes like gift cards to local restaurants, cash and libations. There’s also live music by local bluegrass band The Blue Star Travelers, beer by Mystery Brewing Company, cocktails and games. And of course, guests can meet adoptable dogs and cats. Tickets are $20 in advance and may be purchased online at paws4ever-easter.eventbrite.com or at the Paws4ever ReSale Store in Hillsborough or Learning Center or Adoption Center in Mebane. Tickets at the door are $30. More at paws4ever.org/news-events.
▪ Lemurs host the egg hunt at the LemurWeek Egg-stravaganza at the Duke Lemur Center from 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Maky the Lemur-Rabbit will be on hand for photos, and egg hunts will be designed for little kids and for older ones who need a challenge. There’s also art and dancing, plus the American Meltdown Food Truck and The Parlour bus on-site. It’s $25 per family and reservations are required. More info: lemur.duke.edu or 919-401-7252.
▪ Raleigh’s Adventure Landing (3311 Capital Blvd.) will stuff thousands of eggs with candy and prizes for a Saturday egg hunt for kids ages 4-10 (hunts divided into age categories). The $3 per child donation benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. The hunt starts at 9 a.m. but you must register between 8 and 8:45 a.m. Bring a basket! More info: adventurelanding.com or 919-872-1688.