2018 Easter Fun: Egg Hunts, Festivals and Bunny Visits in Triangle Towns
From Apex to Zebulon, find Easter fun near you
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Easter is right around the corner and that means Peter Cottontail is busy hiding eggs! Take an Easter basket to these fun events happening across the Triangle. Egg hunts begin and end in a jiffy, so be sure to arrive early. Also, find out which malls are offering an opportunity for your child to have a photo taken with the Easter Bunny.
Events listed below are free unless otherwise noted.
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.
Grab your flashlight and search for candy-filled eggs in the dark at Apex Community Park. The hunt begins precisely at 7:30 p.m., so arrive at 7:15 p.m. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Support staff welcome. Advanced registration required; 919-249-3402.
Take a flashlight to search for eggs, including both glitter and golden eggs that award special prizes, at the Town of Carrboro’s Flashlight Egg Hunt in Wilson Park for ages 11-14. Registration begins at 7:45 p.m. prior to the egg hunt, which begins promptly at 8:20 p.m. carrbororec.org; 919-918-7364.
The Easter Bunny drops thousands of eggs in Apex 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.
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 March 25, 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., followed by the town’s Easter Festival in Bond Park. Enjoy live entertainment from noon-4 p.m., including a magic show at Sertoma Amphitheatre. An egg hunt for three different age groups begins at noon. The rain date for the egg hunts is March 25, 1-4 p.m. Tickets, $3-$4, are required for the breakfast and must be purchased at the Herbert C. Young Community Center prior to the event. townofcary.org (search for “Easter events”); 919-460-4965.
Bond Park in Cary hosts an Easter Eggstravaganza, noon-1 p.m., for ages 12 and younger with disabilities. The event includes an egg hunt, magic show and visit with the Easter Bunny. Registration is required for the event. Choose program #109590. classweb.townofcary.org; 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. townofchapelhill.org/egghunt; 919-968-2723.
Kids can search for eggs in Durham, including a golden egg that brings an extra prize, at Campus Hills Park from 10-11 a.m. and West Point on the Eno Park from 10 a.m.-noon. dprplaymore.org; 919-560-4355.
Downtown Fuquay-Varina merchants host a candy hop from 2-4 p.m. fuquay-varinadowntown.com; 919-552-0848.
The Town of Garner’s Spring EGGstravaganza at Lake Benson Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., features a visit with the Easter Bunny, crafts, games 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 March 25, 1-3 p.m. garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources/events/spring-eggstravaganza; 919-773-4441.
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. An optional egg hunt zone will be available for children with special needs. knightdalenc.gov; 919-217-2236.
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.
Ages 10 and younger can dash across a football field to collect eggs, including three that encompass a special prize, during the Egg Rush at Rolesville Middle School at 2 p.m. rolesvillenc.gov/town-departments/parks-recreation/special-events; 919-554-6582.
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 prizes. selma-nc.com/the-great-egg-scramble; 919-975-1411.
More than 10,000 colorful 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.
Kids in Zebulon can search for eggs at the Municipal Complex at 10 a.m. townofzebulon.org; 919-823-0432.
Thousands of candy-filled eggs await skilled hunters ages 10 and younger at South Park in Fuquay-Varina at 2 p.m. fuquay-varina.org; 919-552-1400.
A specialized egg hunt for children with special needs takes place at Laurel Hills Community Center in Raleigh from 2-4 p.m. Registration is required online at reclink.raleighnc.gov. Choose program #216853.
Kids ages 2-7 can collect candy-filled eggs, including three that encompass a special prize, and meet Peter Cottontail at Smithfield Community Park at 3 p.m. smithfield-nc.com/page/parks_holiday_events; 919-934-2148.
Families with children ages 5 and younger can enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny at 10 a.m. at Clayton Community Center. The event costs $10-$15 and features pancakes, crafts and stories. Register at townofclaytonnc.org/parks-and-recreation/special-events.aspx; 919-553-1550.
JC Raulston Arboretum’s Seventh Annual Spring Egg Hunt takes place March 27-31. Families enjoy searching for brightly painted wooden eggs to unscramble the secret word to earn a prize. This is a free self-guided, family activity.
The Easter Bunny arrives on a fire engine and greets families prior to an egg hunt that begins 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.
The Dino Egg Hunt at the Museum of Life and Sciences in Durham takes place March 30-April 1 and has a special hunt for dinosaur fans. Unearth colorful eggs, take a photo with the resident dinosaur and dig for fossils. The Dinosaur Trail will be filled with activity and excitement. This is a ticketed event.
March 31-April 1
The North Carolina Zoo Eggstravaganza takes place 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Celebrate Spring and watch your favorite animals hunt for treats inside colorful eggs. This event is included in general admission.
Durham Easter at Durham Central Park hosts one of the largest egg hunts in Durham, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.. This Easter Egg Hunt is open to children 2-12 years and will be accompanied by inflatable games, face painting, and family activities. Food vendors will also be on site.
Updated March 30, 2018
Janice Lewine is the associate editor of Carolina Parent.