2019 Easter Fun: Egg Hunts, Festivals and Bunny Visits in Triangle Towns

From Apex to Zebulon, find Easter fun near you


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Everyone loves the thrill of going on an Easter egg hunt and seeing Peter Cottontail. Take an Easter basket to these fun events happening across the Triangle. Egg hunts begin and end in a flash, so arrive early. Events listed below are free unless otherwise noted.

 

April 11

Children ages 6 and older who have disabilities can search for glow-in-the-dark, candy‑filled eggs at Apex Community Park. The hunt begins precisely at 8 p.m.; arrive at 7:45 p.m. Dress for the weather and take a flashlight. Support staff welcome. Advanced registration required at apm.activecommunities.com/apexparksrecculres/activity_search/8330; 919-249-3402.

April 13

The Easter Bunny drops thousands of eggs in Apex at 10 a.m. on the Town Campus. An egg hunt for children ages 6 and younger who have disabilities begins at 9:15 a.m. apexnc.org; 919-249-3402.

The Town of Carrboro welcomes children ages 2-10 to enjoy an egg hunt and spring-themed activities, noon-2 p.m., at Hank Anderson Park. The rain date is April 14, noon-2 p.m. carrbororec.org; 919-918-7364.

The Easter Bunny hosts a continental breakfast for families at the Cary Senior Center at 9 a.m. The town’s Easter festival in Bond Park is 9 a.m.-noon and features a magic show at Sertoma Amphitheatre at 11 a.m. An egg hunt for ages 10 and younger begins at noon for two different age groups. The rain date for the egg hunts is April 14, 1-4 p.m. Tickets, $4-$5, are required for the breakfast and must be purchased at the Herbert C. Young Community Center prior to the event. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/holiday-events/easter-events; 919-460-4965.

Magnolia Gymnasium at Bond Park Community Center in Cary hosts an Easter Eggstravaganza, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., for children ages 12 and younger who have disabilities. Take an Easter basket, meet the Easter Bunny and scout the room for eggs. Take a buddy, if needed, and enjoy fun activities and entertainment before the hunt. Registration is required at classweb.townofcary.org (choose event #121684); 919-469-4965.

The Egg Splash at Chapel Hill’s Homestead Aquatic Center features a fun twist on the traditional egg hunt in which ages 1-16 can search for hundreds of floating and sunken eggs in the swimming pool. Egg hunts for different age groups begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required at webtrac.townofchapelhill.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/SPLASH.html; 919-968-2743.

Three Bears Acres in Creedmoor hosts separate Easter egg hunts for ages 6 and younger on the farm side and ages 7 and older in the tree house area that feature one golden egg for each area. Each child is guaranteed a dozen eggs filled with candy. Visit threebearsacres.com for details and to purchase tickets, $20 for kids and $8 for adults.

Kids can search for eggs in Durham, including a golden egg that contains an extra prize, at Campus Hills Park, 10-11 a.m., and West Point on the Eno Park, 10 a.m.-noon. dprplaymore.org; 919-560-4355.

Feed Durham Festival at 100 Pleasant Drive offers egg hunts, face painting, bounce houses and more, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Take a canned food item for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. feeddurham.com; 919-964-0649.  

Skilled hunters ages 10 and younger scour South Park in Fuquay-Varina at 10 a.m. for thousands of candy-filled eggs. fuquay-varina.org; 919-552-1400.

The merchants of the Fuquay and Varina downtown districts host a candy hop, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. fuquay-varina.org; 919-753-1040.

The Town of Garner’s Spring EGGstravaganza at Lake Benson Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., features crafts, games, food vendors and a visit from Peter Cottontail. Four egg hunts for different age groups take place every half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources/events/spring-eggstravaganza; 919-773-4442.

Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs is the site of the town’s annual Spring Fling, 10 a.m.-noon, featuring games, music and inflatables. An egg hunt for ages 8 and younger begins at noon. hollyspringsnc.us/360/spring-fling; 919-557-9603.

Train rides, music, food and a visit with Peter Cottontail highlight the Easter Eggstraordinaire, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater. Egg hunts for three different age groups begin at 11 a.m. knightdalenc.gov; 919-217-2232.

Meet the Easter Bunny and search for eggs, including one that contains a special prize, at Morrisville Community Park. Separate egg hunts for ages 2-8 begin at 10 a.m. townofmorrisville.org; 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; 919-996-3285.  

Hop over to Selma Middle School for the town’s Great Egg Scramble. Ages 2-10 can hunt for thousands of Peter Cottontail’s eggs, including several that contain prizes. The event begins at 10 a.m. selma-nc.com/the-great-egg-scramble; 919-975-1411.

More than 10,000 eggs will be hidden at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest for four egg hunts that take place from 10-11 a.m. for different age groups. An egg hunt for children with special needs begins at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy games and Easter-themed arts and crafts in the Joyner Park Amphitheater after the hunt. wakeforestnc.gov/easter-egg-hunt.aspx; 919-435-9560.

Zebulon hosts its annual egg hunt at the Municipal Complex at 10 a.m. townofzebulon.org; 919-823-1814.

 

April 13-14

Hubbs Farm in Clinton hosts Topper’s EGG-ceptional Egg Hunt, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Take photos with Topper the Bunny. Enjoy multiple egg hunts for ages 2-12 at 1:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., an airplane drops thousands of colorful eggs filled with candy and small toys on a field, including 12 Lucky Eggs that bring a special prize. Purchase tickets, $10 per person, at hubbsfarmnc.com; 910-564-6709.

 

April 14

Kids ages 2-7 can collect candy-filled eggs, including three golden ones that bring a special prize, and meet the Easter Bunny at Smithfield Community Park’s soccer field at 3 p.m. https://www.smithfield-nc.com/page/parks_holiday_events; 919-934-2148.

 

April 16

Families with kids ages 5 and younger can have brunch with the Easter Bunny at 10 a.m. at Clayton Community Center. The event,$5 per child, features pancakes, crafts and stories. Registration is encouraged. https://townofclaytonnc.org/parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx; 919-553-1550.

 

April 19

The Easter Bunny and Clayton Fire Department greet families at 9:30 a.m. prior to an egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. for ages 5 and younger at Clayton Community Park. townofclaytonnc.org/parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx; 919-553-1550.

 

April 19-21

Unearth dinosaur eggs at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets, $7 for ages 6 and younger and $2 for adults, in addition to museum admission fees. lifeandscience.org; 919-220-5429.

 

April 20

Children ages 2-12 with special needs can hunt for eggs, candy and toys at the Egg‑ceptional Egg Hunt at Oakwood Park in Chapel Hill. Registration is required at https://webtrac.townofchapelhill.org (type “egg hunt” in the activity search box) for either the 10-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m. hunt; 919-968-2743.

 

April 20-21

Celebrate spring and watch animals hunt for tasty treats inside colorful eggs at the North Carolina Zoo’s Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event is included in general admission. nczoo.org/experiences/events; 800-488-0444.

 

Updated March 22, 2019

Janice Lewine is the associate editor of Carolina Parent.

 

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Raleigh, NC  27601
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Shop for gently used kids' clothing, toys, furniture, baby equipment and more. See the website for shopping hours.

Cost: Free

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Hayes Barton Baptist Church
1800 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC
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The Cary Kennel Club, Alamance Kennel Club, Durham Kennel Club, Raleigh Kennel Club and Fayetteville Kennel Club join forces to bring dog lovers a variety of dog competitions, obedience and rally...

Cost: $5/person

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North Carolina Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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The Vernal Equinox signals the beginning of Spring. It is the point when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. Mark the change of seasons by heading to the...

Cost: Free

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Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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This high-flying aviation event features displays and flight activities from the Wright Brothers Flyer to modern aircraft of today.  Activities are geared toward students and school groups...

Cost: $4-$12

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Telephone: 704-636-2889
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Enjoy the museum's annual celebration of flowers. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $13/members and $18/nonmembers. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-839-6262
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Do you love owls? If so, join us to learn all about them! Discover these amazing raptors' adaptations and why they are important to the ecosystem. We will be practicing our different owl calls and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Enjoy spring open house featuring seven model homes on the tour, as well as kite-flying demonstration by seasoned professionals. Start your tour at the information center, and get ready for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Briar Chapel Information Center
1342 Briar Chapel Parkway
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Newland Communities
Telephone: 888-249-9429
Contact Name: Cherith Andes
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), kids ages 6 & under: free

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Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Ziggy is a shy boy who would rather stay at home and watch television than explore the island of Jamaica. Over the course of his onstage journey, with some help from his friend Nansi, he...

Cost: $18/adult, $12 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Harris Lake County Park is home to several species of salamanders. Join us as we learn about these elusive amphibians and see some up close. All ages. Meet in the Educational Garden at the picnic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Durham Stake presents a family-friendly show featuring favorite Dr. Seuss books all together in one story. Join the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and many others on a journey through...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Contact Name: Bethany Fager
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is putting on the hilarious, yet sometimes tender, musical production of Seussical on March 15-16 and 22-23. It is a family-friendly show that...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1050 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Durham Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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The Raleigh Boychoir will reach new heights as our choristers and community present Dr. Tim Sharp’s “High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass.” Welcoming area boys to perform in...

Cost: Free

Where:
First Baptist Church
99 N Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Raleigh Boychoir
Telephone: 919-881-9259
Contact Name: Erin O'Hara
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Ziggy is a shy boy who would rather stay at home and watch television than explore the island of Jamaica. Over the course of his onstage journey, with some help from his friend Nansi, he...

Cost: $18/adult, $12 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Register online. Choose course #121675.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage, while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians onto the...

Cost: $43 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Shop for gently used kids' clothing, toys, furniture, baby equipment and more. See the website for shopping hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hayes Barton Baptist Church
1800 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC
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