2017 Easter Fun: Egg Hunts, Festivals, Bunny Visits in Triangle Towns
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Celebrate the arrival of spring and the Easter season at one of many egg hunts taking place across the Triangle this month. Remember: Egg hunts begin and end in a flash, so be sure to arrive early with Easter baskets. Events listed below are free unless otherwise noted. Looking for an Easter Bunny photo op? Check out our roundup of Easter Bunny Mall Visits in the Triangle.
Kids in Zebulon can search for eggs at the Municipal Complex at 10 a.m. townofzebulon.org; 919-823-0432.
Ages 6 and older with disabilities can scour Apex Nature Park for glow-in-the-dark, candy-filled eggs at 7:30 p.m. Take a flashlight. Registration is required online at apexnc.org through PeakConnect. Search for “flashlight egg hunt.”
The Easter Bunny welcomes children in Apex to search for candy-filled eggs at 10 a.m. on the Town Campus. An egg hunt for ages 6 and younger with disabilities begins at 9 a.m. apexnc.org; 919-249-3402.
Join the Easter Bunny for a continental breakfast at the Cary Senior Center at 8:30 a.m., followed by the town’s egg hunt in Bond Park at 10 a.m. for ages 10 and younger. Enjoy bounce houses, face painting and food trucks from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A magic show takes place at 11 a.m. at Sertoma Amphiteatre. The rain date for the egg hunts is April 9 at 1 p.m. Tickets are required for the breakfast and are available at the Herbert C. Young Community Center. townofcary.org (search for “Easter events”); 919-460-4965.
Bond Park in Cary hosts an Easter Eggstravaganza at 1 p.m. for ages 12 and younger with disabilities. Egg hunts are at 1 p.m. for ages 5 and younger and 1:30 p.m. for ages 6-12. Live entertainment, a special magic show at 1:45 p.m., and a visit with the Easter Bunny round out the fun. Registration is strongly encouraged. townofcary.org (search for “Easter events”); 919-469-4965.
Crafts, inflatables, games, an egg hunt and a visit from Peter Cottontail highlight Southern Community Park’s spring festival in Chapel Hill, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The rain date is April 9, 1-4 p.m. townofchapelhill.org/egghunt; 919-968-2743.
In Durham, skilled hunters can search for eggs at Campus Hills Park from 10-11 a.m. and West Point on the Eno Park from 10-12 p.m. dprplaymore.org; 919-560-4355.
Fuquay-Varina welcomes ages 10 and younger to its annual hunt beginning at 10 a.m. in South Park, featuring more than 12,000 candy-filled eggs. Downtown Fuquay-Varina merchants host a candy hop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. fuquay-varina.org and fuquay-varinadowntown.com; 919-552-1400 and 919-552-0848.
An Eggstravaganza at Lake Benson Park in Garner begins at 10 a.m. and features a visit with Peter Cottontail, games, crafts and food vendors. Four egg hunts for different age groups take place every half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. The rain date is April 9, 1-3 p.m. garnernc.gov; 919-773-4441.
Spring Fling, complete with games, music and inflatables, takes place at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, 10 a.m.-noon. An egg hunt for ages 8 and younger begins at noon. hollyspringsnc.us/360/spring-fling; 919-557-9603.
The Easter Eggstraordinaire in Knightdale offers three egg hunts that begin at 11 a.m. for ages 8 and younger at Knightdale Station Park. Enjoy inflatables, music and photos with the Easter Bunny from 10-12:30 p.m. knightdalenc.gov; 919-217-2236.
Morrisville Community Park welcomes families to its annual springtime event featuring separate egg hunts for ages 2-8 that begin at 10 a.m., a bounce house, food trucks and face painting. www.ci.morrisville.nc.us; 919-463-7110.
Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department’s egg hunts for ages 10 and younger take place at 11 a.m. at a variety of community centers and parks throughout the city. Learn more at raleighnc.gov. A specialized egg hunt for children up to age 16 takes place April 9, 2-4 p.m., at Laurel Hills Community Center. Registration is required for the specialized egg hunt at reclink.raleighnc.gov. Choose course #200133.
Ages 10 and younger can scour Rolesville Middle School’s football field for thousands of eggs beginning at 10 a.m., including three that contain a special prize. rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/parks-recreation/special-events.
The Great Egg Scramble in Selma begins at 11 a.m. at Selma Middle School. Ages 3-10 can search the fields for thousands of colorful eggs, including several that contain a special prize. In case of rain, the event will be held in the school’s gym. selma-nc.com/the-great-egg-scramble; 919-975-1411.
Special prizes will be hidden inside colorful eggs at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest. Four egg hunts take place 10-11 a.m. for different age groups. An egg hunt for children with special needs begins at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy Easter-themed arts and crafts and food vendors in the Joyner Park Amphitheater after the hunt. wakeforestnc.gov/easter-egg-hunt.aspx; 919-435-9560.
Kids ages 2-7 can meet the Easter Bunny and collect candy-filled eggs at Smithfield Community Park at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top egg collectors. smithfield-nc.com; 919-965-9841.
Families with children ages 5 and younger can enjoy Breakfast with the Bunny at 10 a.m. at Clayton Community Center. The event features pancakes, crafts and a story with the Easter Bunny. Register at townofclaytonnc.org/parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx; 919-553-1550.
Clayton Community Park hosts its annual egg hunt for ages for ages 5 and younger that begins at 10:30 a.m. The Easter Bunny arrives on a Clayton fire engine and greets families prior to the hunt. townofclaytonnc.org/parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx; 919-553-1550.
Easter Fun Farther Afield
Celebrate the spring season during the North Carolina Zoo’s annual Eggstravaganza April 1-2 in Asheboro. See the zoo’s animals hunt for treats hidden inside decorative eggs in their exhibits. The event is free with zoo admission, $15 for adults and $11 for ages 2-12. nczoo.org; 800-488-0444.
Biltmore House in Asheville welcomes children to canvass its front lawn for sweet treats and enjoy magic shows and photos with the Easter Bunny on April 16. Activities are included with estate admission, $65 for adults and $32.50 for ages 10-16. biltmore.com; 800-411-3812.
Smith’s Nursery in Benson will have an Easter egg hunt for children ages 10 and younger on April 15. Admission is free; however, guests are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items for the West Johnston High School Food Pantry.
Hubb's Farm in Clinton host Topper’s EGG-ceptional Easter Event April 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day includes egg hunts for ages 4-12, farm activities and more. hubbsfarmnc.com.
Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington hosts an Easter Egg Hunt Carnival April 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with egg hunts taking place throughout the day. Pony rides, bounce houses and games round out the fun. Admission is $5/person and free for ages 2 and younger. battleshipnc.com/programs/events/easter-egg-hunt-carnival; 910-251-5797.
Old Salem’s Historic District in Winston-Salem invites families to its annual Easter Festival and Egg Hunt April 15, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The egg hunt is part of the all-day Easter Festival activities and is for children accompanied by an adult who has purchased an all-in-one admission ticket for both, which is required for a parent and child to participate in the hunt. Children under age 6 are admitted free. Purchase tickets online at oldsalem.org/events/event/easter-festival; 336-721-7300.
Janice Lewine is the associate editor of Carolina Parent.