This is a different kind of hunting season. Let’s don pastel instead of camo and carry a basket instead of a gun. It’s time for the little ones to search for pastel, candy-filled eggs, and we know where the Easter Bunny plans to stash the sweets. Here’s our list of some of our favorite Easter egg hunts in the Twin Cities:
Egg Programs at Three Rivers Park
There is so much going on at the Three Rivers Parks locations we didn’t want to pick just one. Take, for example, the Eggstravaganza at the Eastman Nature Center in Dayton (April 18 and 19) where you and your children can play games and go on a scavenger hunt, see live bunnies, and (if you bring your own eggs) dye eggs. Also check out the Victorian Egg Roll and other 1800s games and celebrations at the Landing in Shakopee (April 20), or learn how to geocache and find some Easter eggs in Clearly Lake Regional Park (April 20). April 18 through 21 @ various locations, Three Rivers Park District, threeriversparks.org.
Flashlight Egg Hunt
Just north of Northeast Minneapolis, parents and children ages 7 and under are invited to search for eggs with the help of a flashlight. Registration is not required, but participants should be in the Creekview Park building by 8 p.m. to be included. April 19 from 8 to 9 p.m. @ Creekview Park, 5001 Humboldt Ave N, Minneapolis, apm.activecommunities.com.
Bloomington Egg Hunt and Family Fun
Rain or shine, kids ages 8 and under are invited to come and hunt for 9,000 eggs that are scattered around the Normandale Lake Bandshell. Besides the egg hunt, there’s music, information booths, prize drawings, and family-friendly activities. April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon (Easter egg hunt begins at 11 a.m.) @ 5901 W 84th St., Bloomington, bloomingtonmn.gov.
Easter Egg Hunt at the James J. Hill House
The Minnesota Historical Society welcomes kids between the ages of two and seven to search the lawn of the James J. Hill House. Snacks, storytelling, and tours complete the event. April 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. @ James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul, mnhs.org.
Minnesota’s Largest Outdoor Egg Hunt
Minnesota’s Largest Outdoor Egg Hunt knows how to live up to its name with 100,000 eggs—some with golden tickets for raffle prizes—a skydiving Easter bunny at 11 a.m., inflatables, treat vendors, and more. Remember to bring your own basket! April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon (egg hunt starts at 11 a.m.) @ 17297 Glacier Way, Rosemount, mnlargestoutdooregghunt.com.
Outdoor Golden Egg Hunt
In case you missed American Swedish Institute’s indoor egg hunt on April 13, don’t worry: They’re also hosting an outdoor one with golden eggs inspired by its public art piece and functional sauna, “Solar Egg” by Bigert & Bergström for Riksbyggen. The egg hunt starts at 11, but if you want an earlier start to your day, come from 9 to 10 a.m. for ASI’s Kids at the Castle program, Earth Day edition. Then in the hour between, you can grab a bite at FIKA or explore the rest of the mansion and art gallery. April 20 at 11 a.m. @ American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, asimn.org.
Community Egg Hunt at Lake Nokomis
Register online and get ready for a morning of spring-themed activities. There’s treats, face painting, and pictures with Peter Rabbit before the allergy-free egg hunt. April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon @ Lake Nokomis Recreation Center, 2401 Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, apm.activecommunities.com.