Easter Events and Egg Hunts Offered for Children and Pets in Eastern NC

Eggs awaiting the hunt. Source: Town of Knightdale, North Carolina.
Eggs awaiting the hunt. Source: Town of Knightdale, North Carolina.

Easter Sunday this year is April 16, 2017. Towns, parks and recreation departments, and community groups are holding egg hunts around Eastern NC starting in late March.

While some events are Easter-oriented, others are listed as non-religious “egg hunts” offered by government offices.

Pictures With The Easter Bunny (March 31, 2017 @ 4-6pm) — Zebulon NC

Bring canned food to donate, and Kent Massey Photography will be on hand to give you a free 4 X 6 photo from Kent Massey Photography when you bring a canned food item to be donated. Photos will be taken on Friday. Pictures will take place at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC.

Easter Egg Hunt (April 1, 2017 @ 10am) — Zebulon NC

Grab a basket and meet on the front lawn of the Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC, for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year’s hunt will take place on Saturday. Be sure to bring a basket with each child.

Easter Eggstravaganza (April 1, 2017 @ noon-2pm) — Wendell NC

Held at the Kids Educational Center, 7421 Siemens Road, Wendell NC. This is their second-annual Easter Eggstravaganza and Egg Hunt and includes the Easter Bunny, carnival games, inflatables, food vendors, and more. Free admission. Egg hunts available for children ages 1-12 years old.

Paws in the Park Easter Egg Hunt (April 8, 2017 @ 9:30am) — Knightdale NC

The 2017 Paws in the Park event will be held on Saturday. This event is free and no pre-registration is required. The first 125 dogs will receive a Frisbee & Goody Bag. Every Egg will be filled with treats and those who find the “Golden Eggs” will receive prizes. The Easter Bunny will be available for photo opportunities.

For this event, dogs must be on a leash, non-aggressive, and have an up-to-date rabies tag or certificate.

For more information on this event, its vendors, and how to become involved with similar events, visit this webpage for the Ashley Wilder Dog Park, or contact Megan Thornton.

Easter Eggstraordinaire (April 8, 2017 @ 10am-12:30pm) — Knightdale NC

The Knightdale Easter Eggstraordinaire is the Saturday before Good Friday each year. The 2017 event will be held on. We offer 3 Easter Egg Hunts for ages 0-3, 4-5, and 6-8.  The hunt begins at 11am sharp. Hunt for eggs, take photos with the Easter Bunny, grab a snack and enjoy music and activities. The egg hunts will be located in the grassy areas at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater.

East Wake Community Church will be running an area for children with special needs. This will be located under the First Avenue shelter and will include an Easter Egg Hunt (at 11am), activities, and more.

Radiant Church will be giving out 1,500 free hot dogs.

Contact Megan Thornton for more information on the Knightdale Eggstraordinaire event.

Paws in the Park (April 8, 2017 @ 11am-2pm) — Rocky Mount NC

The 7th Annual Paws in the Park is set and scheduled. This year’s event includes new games, vendors, entertainment, and possibly eggs. Bring family and fur kids out to enjoy and afternoon. Held at Best Friends Dog Park, 480 N Lee Street, Rocky Mount NC. See more at here.

Easter Egg Hunt (April 8, 2017 @ 10am) — Wake Forest NC

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, with the first age group hunting at 10am; might be good to arrive early. Presented by Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, the egg hunt will take place at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest NC. See complete details, times, sponsors, and prizes at www.wakeforestnc.gov/easter-egg-hunt.aspx.

Bunny Brunch! (April 8, 2017 @ 10am-noon) — Raleigh NC

Come enjoy brunch and pictures with the Easter bunny at Oak Park Tea Room, 5208 Hollyridge Drive, Raleigh NC. Brunch fee is $20 per person and includes Brunch — rabbit food (celery/carrots), sausage balls, hard boiled eggs, assorted fruits, freshly baked Scones, tea/coffee, and lemonade/sweet tea. Participants get a bunny coloring page and a photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Reservations are required. Call 919.803.2704 or email for reservation! Visit the tea room website at oakparktearoom.com.

Egg Hunt (April 8, 2017 @ 10am) — Rolesville NC

Come join this free annual Egg Hunt on the football field at Rolesville Middle School, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, Rolesville NC. Bring cameras to take pictures with the bunny and a basket to gather eggs. The hunt will be divided into three age groups; 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, and 8-10 years old. Trade in collected eggs for prizes at the pop-up tents.  There will be a grand prize for each age group.  There will be prizes for those with allergies.

Eggstravaganza (April 8, 2017 @ 10am-12:30pm) — Garner NC

New Egg Hunt times this year. Join the fun at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner NC, on Saturday. Each age group will start hunting for eggs and candy at a different time, so early arrival is needed. Ages 2 and under begin at 10:30am; ages 3-5 start at 11am; ages 6-8 begin at 11:30am; and ages 9-12 at noon.

In addition to the egg hunts, there’s entertainment, games, crafts, food vendors and more. Be sure to bring your camera to this free family event and get your picture with the Easter Bunny. No pets are allowed during this event. For more information, contact Kendrick Mayes at kmayes@garnernc.gov or call 919.773.4441.

The Great Egg Scramble (April 8, 2017 @ 11am) — Selma NC

Free Saturday event by the Selma Parks and Recreation Department, held at Selma Middle School, 1533 US-301, in Selma NC (Johnston County). Bring an egg basket and join the hunt for eggs.  Several age groups will hunt for eggs left behind by “Peter Cotton Tail.”  Prizes will be awarded in each age division for children who find the “special” eggs. Parents are not to help children search for eggs.

Peter Cotton Tail will be available for photos with children, so bring a camera. In case of inclement weather, the morning of the event it may be moved inside the school’s gym.

Eggstravaganza! (April 8, 2017 @ 10-11am) — Scotland Neck NC

Stories, crafts, and and egg hunt in Sylvan Heights Bird Park, 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way, Scotland Neck NC. Note that the event tickets are currently sold out and the park is taking names for their waitlist. See more here.

Easter Egg Hunt (April 8, 2017) — Franklinton NC

21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Franklinton Park, 4 Park Ave, Franklinton NC. The hunt is for toddlers through 5th graders. Rain date is April 15. See here for updates.

Uptown Egg Hunt (April 8, 2017 @ 10am-1pm)

Hosted by FBC Uptown Children’s Ministry, held at the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club, 1320 Shepard School Road, Zebulon NC. Lunch provided alongside activities and egg hunts — for pre-K through 5th grade.

Easter Eggstravaganza (April 9, 2017 @ 2-4pm)

See our article on Rocky Mount’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt: greyareanews.com/news/local-nc/rocky-mounts-largest-easter-egg-hunt-scheduled-apr-9.

The Ultimate Eggstravanganza (April 13, 2017 @ 5-8pm) — Tarboro NC

Tarboro Parks & Recreation presents this special, egg event at Braswell Park, 1501 Western Blvd, Tarboro NC. Hunt begins at 5:30pm, with hunters divided into different age groups. Some eggs may contain prizes. There will also be games, music, face painting, an Easter Bunny-Egg coloring contest, and more. For information, call the Braswell Center at 252.641.4210.

Battleship Easter Egg Hunt Carnival (April 14, 2017 @ 10am-2pm) — Wilmington NC

Come on Good Friday for a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt Carnival in Battleship Park, 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington NC. Event incloudes eggs, Buddy the Battleship Easter Bunny, pony rides, bounce houses, and more.  Egg hunts will be continuous throughout the day. Bring a camera and take pictures with Buddy. Fee is $5 plus tax per person (including adults).  Children 2 and under are free. For more information, call 910.251.5797 or visit the Battleship event page.

Bailey Easter Egg Hunt (April 15, 2017 @ 1-3pm) — Bailey NC

Bailey Baptist Beacons is holding its annual Easter egg hunt. There will also be crafts and Dan the Animal Man. Held at Bailey Baptist Church,  6646 Deans Street, Bailey NC. Visit their website at www.welovebailey.com.

Easter Egg Hunt (April 15, 2017 @ 10am-noonish) — Zebulon NC

Hosted by Wakefield Central Baptist Church, 308 Proctor Street, Zebulon NC. Beginning at 10am on April 15, Wakefield Central Baptist will host their annual Easter egg hunt. Come and join the fun with games, crafts, animal balloons, and lunch too. Registration begins at 9:30am. For more information, call the church office at 919.269.9512.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Park (April 15, 2017 @ 10:30am to 12:30pm) — Wendell NC

This free event — sponsored by Passage Church — will be hosted at the Wendell Community Park, 601 West Third Street, Wendell NC. Children are asked to bring a basket or a bag and participate in the fun on the lawn! Contact Passage Church; via email or call 919.901.5195.

Easter Eggstravaganza (April 15 @ 10am-2pm) — Goldsboro NC

Easter Eggstravaganza is an event for the entire family on Saturday. The biggest Easter egg hunt in Wayne County, music and entertainment, free hot dogs, baked goods, and lots of prizes. Held at Herman Park, Goldsboro NC.

Miracle League of Franklin County Egg Hunt (April 16, 2017 @ 9:30-11am) — Franklin County NC

The Miracle League of Franklin County is holding egg hunts on Easter Saturday. The first hunt begins at 9:30am; the second at 10:30pm. Watch their Facebook page for location details and updates. The organization is a “Baseball League for children with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities.”

Bunn Egg Hunt (April 15, 2017)

Join the fun with this egg hunt by Bunn Rural Volunteer Fire Department, Bunn NC. Visit them online at www.bunnfire.com.

Easter Egg Hunt (April 17, 2017 @ 10am)

Join the fun in J. W. Glover Park, 1782 NC Hwy 58, Nashville NC. Children elementary school age and younger are invited to hunt for eggs. Be sure to bring an egg-collection basket.  For more information, call 252.459.9796.

Egg Drop (April 20, 2017 @ 4pm) — Black Creek/Wilson NC

All ages are invited to the Egg Drop and to use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to protect an egg from going splat. Storytime STEM Program and Egg Drop take place at Black Creek Branch Library, 103 Central Avenue, Black Creek NC. Call 252.237.3715 with questions. Note that this library is part of the Wilson County Public Library system.

Easter Egg Hunt (April 17, 2017 @ 10am) — Nashville NC

Each year, the town Parks and Rec holds the Town of Nashville Easter Egg Hunt. Join the fun at J. W. Glover Park, 1782 NC Hwy 58, Nashville NC. Kids elementary school and younger may participate. Three age groups will hunt separately. Call Recreation Dept. at 252.459.9796 for details.

The library may also hold a special story time, as it has in other years. To find out, call the Harold D. Cooley Library at 252.459.2106.

Alligator Egg Hunt (April 8, 14 & 15, 2017) — Kure Beach NC

Sign up your child for our 15th Annual Alligator Egg Hunt at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach NC. Pre-registration required by April 5, 2017. Pre-registration ($21/child) required several days in advance. See more details and sign-up information at reservations.ncaquariums.com/fortfisher.

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