Easter Events Set in Eastern North Carolina 2016

Photo by Frank Whatley.
Photo by Frank Whatley.


Originally published March 3, 2016. Updated with additional Easter events.

Goldsboro NC (Wayne County)

Early Evening Easter Egg Hunt

The Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for March 24, 2016 — that’s a Thursday. All ages are invited to come and look for the golden egg. There will be prizes given out, music, and more.

This event is free. The location is Herman Park, 900 Park Avenue, Goldsboro NC. Fun starts at 6pm.

Be sure to bring a basket! The Easter Bunny will be there too.

Note that there are notices online that list this event as on Thursday, and others that list other dates. The Goldsboro NC Parks and Rec brochure lists the March 24 date.

Wilson NC (Wilson County)

Flashlight Bunny Hunt

Grades K-5 are invited to join in the fun! A Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for March 25, 2016, at 7pm. The location is in the Activity Building, First Free Will Baptist Church, 4865 Nash Street NW, in Wilson NC.

For the younger children, a Toddlers’ Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for the next morning, March 26, 2016, 10am, in “God’s Backyard” at the church.

For more details, call First Free Will Baptist Church at 252.291.6446. The office is open Monday-Thursday, from 7:30am to 5:30pm.

Bailey NC (Nash County)

Easter Eggstravaganza

This family-oriented event is scheduled for March 26, 2016, 1-3pm. Planned are an Easter Egg hunt, crafts, and snacks too. Children 5th grade and under may participate.

Organized by the Bailey Baptist Beacons, this Easter Eggstravaganza is being held at Bailey Baptist Church, 6646 Deans Street, in Bailey NC.

There will be “food, fun and fellowship,” according to Crystal Selvidge, the church’s Youth Director. “But above all, hearing about the Gift of the Greatest Sacrifice. The Gift of Salvation from our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

The church website is www.welovebailey.com.

Bunn NC (Franklin County)

Easter Egg Hunt

The morning of March 26, 2016, the Bunn Rural Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt in downtown Bunn. Kids 10-12 are the maximum age.

The hunt will be at Bunn Fire Station 1, 505 S Main Street, Bunn NC. Be there for the start at 10am.

Middlesex NC (Nash County)

On March 26, 2016, 11am-1pm, the Middlesex Church of God is hosting its annual Easter Egg hunt.

There will be 2 egg hunts, prizes, food, face painting, games, and more. The location is Middlesex Park on Hanes Street, in Middlesex NC.

Whitakers NC (Edgecombe/Nash Counties)

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

Please join Hickory Baptist Church for a time of family fun, fellowship, and food. Children ages 2-12 are asked to bring “a friend and a basket” for the egg hunt.

The hunt begins March 26, 2016, at 11am. The location is Hickory Baptist Church, 12702 NC Highway 48, in Whitakers NC.

To ensure enough eggs and treats for all, the church asks that you let them know you are coming.

Nashville NC (Nash County)

Easter Egg Hunt and Story Time Too

The Nashville Recreation Department will host an Easter Egg Hunt at Glover Park on Monday, March 28, 2016, at 9:30am. The egg hunt will be followed by a special Easter Story Time at Harold D. Cooley Library at 10:30am.

Don’t forget to bring a basket! For more information, call the Recreation Department at 252.459.9796 or Harold D. Cooley Library at 252.459.2106.

For a printable PDF flyer, click here.

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Rocky Mount NC (Nash/Edgecombe Counties)

Egg-xtra Special Hunt

Released by Tameka Kenan-Norman, Public Affairs Manager

This year, the city of Rocky Mount Police Department and the Harrison Family YMCA have come together to host an Egg-xtra Special Hunt specifically for school-aged special needs students ages three to 22. The March 12, 2016, event will be held from 10am to 12pm at the Harrison Family YMCA,  1000 Independence Drive, in Rocky Mount NC. This is a rain or shine event date.

Senior Police Officer Chris Williams, a school resource officer (SRO) at Edwards Middle School, says the idea came about during an SRO meeting when the officers were looking for a way to give back to the special needs community.

“We felt like so many special needs children get overlooked this time of year. Most of the hunts are not geared for children with special needs,” says Williams.
In an effort to get the word out to parents, Williams contacted Christi Grant and Karen Huntington, directors of exceptional children programs with Nash-Rocky Mount and Edgecombe County Schools, respectively.

“Collaboration between the police department, school systems and the YMCA is what will make this successful for the special needs community,” says Williams. “I’m very excited for our officers and for the students. This hunt is going to be special for everyone.”

Williams is hoping for around 400 students and anticipates each child will be able to find about 15 to 30 eggs. Along with regular eggs, special golden eggs will also be hidden. The golden eggs entitle the finder to a special prize. To accommodate the varying ages and capabilities, four hunt times are scheduled: 10:15am, 10:45am, 11:15am and 11:45am.

Students will also have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and McGruff the Crime Dog, enjoy music and have their faces painted during the event. Because baskets will not be provided, families are asked to bring their own basket or bag for egg collection.

For further information, please contact Yvette Jones, community services supervisor for the Rocky Mount Police Department, at 252.972.1436.


Imperial Centre Easter Eggstravaganza

The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will be the new location for one of the largest Easter egg hunts in the city of Rocky Mount NC. Easter Eggstravaganza includes “the hiding of about 24,000 Easter eggs throughout the Imperial Centre grounds,” says Susan Ball, special events coordinator for the City of Rocky Mount.

The Easter Eggstravaganza is March 20, 2016, from 2-5pm.

“We look forward to the Easter Eggstravaganza each year,” says Ball. “This year, we are hoping for about 1,000 children to come out and hunt.”

In previous years, the hunt was held at Sunset Park; however, the new location, the Imperial Centre, is a plus according to Ball.

“We really want to provide a free and fun family activity to kick off spring and to encourage people to visit downtown,” she says. “With this year’s hunt at its new location, we are able to continue, rain or shine. We have such a great facility right here in downtown, holding the hunt here was a natural fit.”

The event is free and open to the public and will include kids’ activities, vendors, arts and crafts, free admission to the Children’s Museum and Science Center, bounce houses and free food while supplies last.

The egg hunt is for children up to 12 years old, and hunting times vary depending on the age group.

  • ages zero to 3 hunt at 2:15pm
  • ages 4-6 hunt at 2:30pm
  • ages 7-9 hunt at 2:45pm
  • special needs hunt at 3pm
  • ages 10-12 hunt at 3:15pm

Bring a basket to hold eggs as found. There will be a grand prize basket for the “golden egg winner” in each age group.

For more information on the Easter Eggstravaganza, please call 252.972.1266.

Knightdale NC (Wake County)

Easter Eggstraordinaire

Released by the Town of Knightdale

The Knightdale Easter Eggstraordinaire is the Saturday before Good Friday each year. The event date is March 19, 2016, and it is being held at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC.

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. Activities and music will be available from 10am-12:30pm.

The egg hunts will be located in the grassy areas at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater and Field One. There will be signage to designate the ages assigned to each area. Remember your basket for this event!

Food vendors attending (the only element of the event where cost is involved): Kona Ice & Dusty Donuts.

Radiant Church will also be on site providing free hot dogs and water!

Hop on over Saturday, this will go on rain, shine or cold weather.


Paws in the Park Easter Egg Hunt

The 2016 Paws in the Park event will be held on March 19, 2016, at 9:30am at the Ashley Wilder Dog Park in Knightdale Station, 810 North First Avenue, Knightdale NC.

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 & have up to date rabies tag or certificate.

2016 Sponsors & Participants include Knightdale Animal Hospital, Wake Veterinary Hospital, Five County Spay and Neuter Clinic, Knightdale Pet Resort, The Soapy Dog, Barking Lot Treats, Smithfield Road Veterinary Hospital, Dogs on Deployment, Buster Brown Doggie Treats, Suite Paws Pet Resort, Banfield of Knightdale, Carolina Boxer Rescue.

Email Megan Thornton for more information.

Rolesville NC (Wake County)

Egg Hunt

The Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the annual Egg Hunt for March 19, 2016, starting at 10am. Local residents are invited to join the fun at Main Street Park, in Rolesville, near teh “Shelter D” area. The bunny will be on hand for those who would like to take photos with it.

The hunt is broken down into three age groups:

  • 0-3 years old,
  • 4-7 years old, and
  • 8-10 years old.

Egg hunters should bring their own basket. Following the hunt, kids can exchange their collected eggs for prizes.  There will also be a grand prize hidden in one egg for each age group.

Zebulon NC (Wake County)

Pictures With The Easter Bunny

Stop by the Zebulon Community Center and get a free 4×6 photo, from Kent Massey Photography, by bringing a canned food item to donate.

This photo opportunity is scheduled for March 11, 2016, from 4-6pm. Don’t forget the canned food!

Easter Egg Hunt

Grab your baskets and hop on over to the Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC for the town’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. This is a family-oriented event. The hunt is on March 12, 2016, at 10am.

Franklinton NC (Franklin County)

Easter Egg Hunt

Franklin County Parks and Recreation is holding this 20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 19, 2016, starting at 11am. Toddlers through 5th graders may participate. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance and available for photos.

The hunt site is Franklinton Park, located at 102 Park Avenue, in Franklinton NC.

In case of rain, the event might be rescheduled to March 26. Check with Parks and Rec with any questions. They may be reached at 919.496.6624.


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