2017 Easter Fun: Egg Hunts, Festivals, Bunny Visits in Triangle Towns


Published:

Photo by FamVeld/Shutterstock

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.

April 1

Kids in Zebulon can search for eggs at the Municipal Complex at 10 a.m. townofzebulon.org; 919-823-0432.

April 6

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.”

April 8

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.

April 9

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.

April 13

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.

April 14

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.

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Week, Dec. 18-21

Make a winter craft, learn about historic toys, explore animal constellations and peek into Durham's history.

Carolina Parent's Biggest Hits of 2017

See our top online articles and social media posts from the last year.

New Scrap Thrift Store Opens in Durham

The store features a variety of gently used clothing, jewelry, fabric, crafts, holiday items, housewares, furniture, electronics, toys and games, vintage items and more.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

December 2017

Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
View map »


Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
Website »

More information

Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
View map »


Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
Website »

More information

Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
View map »


Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
Website »

More information

Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Reynolds Theater, Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC  27708
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy a family Chanukah concert from local band, Mishpacha (Hebrew for “family”). Mishpacha’s music is influenced by a variety of musical genres including folk,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Telephone: 919-834-4001
Website »

More information

Learn about winter. Sip pine needle tea, and observe the ice and snow through hands-on science experiments. All ages with adult. Registration required. 

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

Cary Ballet students presents a condensed version of the holiday story for younger audiences. Join Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends on a...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
View map »


Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
Website »

More information

Build a LEGO menorah, discover chocolate making and enjoy games from 3-4:45 p.m. at the Apex Community Center. At 5 p.m., a menorah lighting and fire show take place at 220 N. Salem Street in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Apex
, NC


Website »

More information

Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


Website »

More information

Enjoy a 3.5-hour bus tour in the heart of downtown Raleigh during the holiday season. Pullen Park Holiday Express tickets included. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $55/adult, $39/child

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
, NC  27601


Website »

More information

The Triangle Youth String Orchestra performs its annual holiday concert. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15/adult, $5/child

Where:
Athens Drive High School Auditorium
1420 Athens Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Website »

More information

Cary Ballet students presents the holiday story of Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends. The Raleigh Boychoir's Resident...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
View map »


Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
Website »

More information

Join in celebration of Hanukkah with a group menorah lighting (bring your menorahs from home), fun crafts for the kids, latkes, jelly doughnuts and more. This fundraising event is open to the...

Cost: $10 children 3-18, $12 adults. At the door: $12 children 3-18, $15 adults

Where:
Beth Meyer Synagogue Social Hall
504 Newton Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Sponsor: Beth Meyer Preschool
Contact Name: Michelle Panek
Website »

More information

Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


Website »

More information

Come experience O'Henry's classic Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi." Be transported back to the Roaring '20s in...

Cost: $25

Where:
Sonorous Road Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 113,
Raleigh, NC   27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Create a snow globe to take home. All ages with adult. Registration not required. Meet at the Cardinal Shelter. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

See 10 unique play homes built by Terramor, with $10 raffle tickets available per play home benefitting Duke Children’s Hospital and the YMCA of the Triangle. The Play Homes include a fire...

Cost: $10.00/raffle ticket

Where:
Terramor Homes Corporate Office
7208 Falls of Neuse Road, #201
Raleigh, NC  27615
View map »


Sponsor: Terramor Homes
Telephone: 919-810-2504
Contact Name: Rebecca Newsome
Website »

More information

Family members join teams to shoot foul shots for a chance to win a holiday ham. See website for age divisions and times. No registration necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Center
73 Hunter St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Telephone: 919-249-3402
Website »

More information

Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

See a family-friendly movie on a big screen. Take snacks and a blanket. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore toys that children enjoy all over the world. Make a toy to take home and read a story. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

Children's Book Buyer Sarah reads stories to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
McIntyre's Books at Fearrington Village
2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro, NC  27312
View map »


Website »

More information

Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Explore creative movement. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/member, $8/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore creative movement. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/member, $8/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore creative movement. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/member, $8/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Kids enjoy crafting and nature while parents enjoy holiday shopping. Take a lunch and water bottle. Ages 6-10. Meet at the park office. Registration required online. 

Cost: $16/child

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
View map »


Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St.Clair
Website »

More information

Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

More information

Learn what the Ingalls family did to survive one especially long winter and how they celebrated Christmas. Taste an old-fashioned peppermint candy stick and take home a homemade holiday craft. Wear...

Cost: $6/child

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

More information

A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
View map »


Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
Website »

More information

The Raleigh Boychoir presents its annual holiday concert. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Edenton Street United Methodist Church
228 W. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come experience O'Henry's classic Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi." Be transported back to the Roaring '20s in...

Cost: $25

Where:
Sonorous Road Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 113,
Raleigh, NC   27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit Module

Magazine

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Directories

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Annual Guides

Education Guide

The 2017-18 Education Guide offers 660 education resources in the Triangle, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

The Triangle Go-To Guide

Our debut Triangle Go-To Guide connects you to family fun resources across the Triangle. Plus, find out who our 2017 Readers' Favorites are.
Edit ModuleShow Tags