Easter may still be a few weeks away, but the time to start hunting for eggs is now! Grab your baskets and get ready to indulge in some jelly beans, because we’ve rounded up 15 of the most family-friendly Egg hunt events the St. Louis area has to offer. From local community egg hunts to citywide “egg-stravaganzas,” each and every one guarantees springtime fun and special memories for children and adults alike.
1. Hare in the Air Egg Hunt
At the annual Hare in the Air Egg Hunt at Logan College of Chiropractic, the Easter Bunny arrives by . . . wait for it . . . helicopter! Kids ages 2-8 can go on an egg hunt, explore a firetruck, a petting zoo and balloon artists, and, of course, have their picture taken with the Bunny. Hare in the Air is set for Saturday, March 29 beginning at 10 a.m., with the Bunny scheduled to arrive at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
2. Easter Egg-citement at Eckert’s
Hop on over to Eckert’s in Belleville to participate in the largest Easter egg hunt in Southwestern Illinois. Hunts take place every hour on the hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 5, 6, 12, 13, 18 and 19, with no advanced registration required. Participants will enjoy face painting and baby chicks and bunnies, and get to meet the Easter Bunny himself. Breakfast with the Bunny also takes place in Belleville on the same dates. For more information about all the Easter fun at Eckert’s, visit eckerts.com
3. Enrichment Eggstravaganza at the St. Louis Zoo
Kids aren’t the only ones who can hunt for eggs; at the Saint Louis Zoo, the animals can do it too! On Sunday, April 20 (yes, that is Easter Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Louis families are invited to enjoy special enrichment activities for both kids and animals. From egg pinatas for the lions to plastic eggs for the lemurs, this will be anything but a typical day at the Zoo. See a complete schedule of the day’s activities here.
4. Hunt for a Cure in Queeny Park
Hunt for a Cure, which benefits the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is one of the largest egg hunts in St. Louis. This year, the well-known event is moving to Queeny Park on Saturday, April 12, where more than 60,000 eggs will be hidden for children to find. Registration, which costs $10 per family, begins at 11 a.m. on the day of the event, or you can pre-register online. The Easter Bunny will also arrive at 11 a.m. so be sure to bring your camera and dress in your Easter best.
5. Breakfast with the Bunny at the Saint Louis Zoo
Forget a picture with the Easter Bunny – why not enjoy an entire meal with Easter's main attraction? On Saturday, April 5, 12 and 19 and Sunday, April 6 and 13, your entire family can have Breakfast with the Bunny (and other costumed characters) at the Saint Louis Zoo. Seatings are available at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and pre-paid reservations are required. To make reservations, call (314) 646-4897.
6. Bunny Hop in Shaw Park
Hop on over to Shaw Park in Clayton for an egg hunt, a visit with Mr. Bunny, and even a petting zoo! The hunt begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, and advanced tickets are available at a discounted price by calling 314-727-8100. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event for $10.
7. Kimmswick Easter Egg Hunt
Take a drive to the charming city of Kimmswick, which hosts an annual egg hunt in the field by its Apple Butter Pavilion. Local merchants donate eggs filled with candy and prize certificates, and the Easter Bunny will be hopping around handing out eggs for the adults. The Kimmswick Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m.
8. Egg-citing Egg Hunt at Purina Farms
Purina Farms has a brand new egg hunt this year, scheduled for Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate in the Egg-citing Egg Hunt, but pre-registration is required at www.purinafarms.com. While you're there, be sure to visit Springtime Village, which features plenty of springtime fun for the entire family.
15. Egg Roll at the Magic House
— STL Parent (@stlparent) April 9, 2014
Alyssa Chirco is a freelance writer, mother and margarita lover, not necessarily in that order. In addition to writing for STL Parent, she is Contributing Editor at Parenting Squad, and covers parenting, health and lifestyle topics for publications across the country. She recently moved from the suburbs of St. Louis to a small town in rural Jefferson County, where she is learning to survive with no Target or Starbucks in sight. Follow her on Twitter @AlyssaChirco
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