Compiled by Kay Whatley, Editor
It’s time for the Easter story and egg hunting for kids. Hunts planned for the five-county area (and beyond) are included below. Where available, a link has been provided to the organizer or event. Check with the organizers for any event questions, or to check for schedule changes.
For most of the hunts, parents are cautioned to let their children hunt on their own — no adult help in finding eggs. Guarantees are not given for egg-finding. Children should bring a basket with them for collecting eggs, as most organizers do not provide these.
Note that Easter Sunday is April 21, 2019. For the most part, the events below are in advance of Easter Sunday.
Are we missing a public Easter-oriented event or egg hunt? Let the editor know.
UPDATE: The Knightdale and Zebulon egg hunts have been rescheduled. Other hunts may be postponed or canceled. Check with the organizers using the links provided or by contacting them directly.
Nighttime Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 7pm
Hot dog supper at 7pm, egg hunt at 8pm. Join the fun at this unique, after-dark Easter egg hunt for all ages. Held at New Sandy Hill OFWB, 8021 New Sandy Hill Church Road, Bailey NC. The church is on Facebook here.
Bailey Community Eggsplosion
Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 1-4pm
Egg hunt plus food, music, inflatables and games, and a petting zoo. The event is free. Organized by multiple churches. Some concessions will be for sale. Held by the Church of God Walking Track, Smithfield Road and 264-Alt E, Bailey, NC. See the flyer here.
Easter Egg Scramble
Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 3-4:30pm
Children ages 1-10, bring a basket and come for the community Easter egg hunt. Hunts organized by age groups starting at 4pm, but come at 3pm to see the Easter Bunny and play games. Held at Pender Memorial Park, 601 S Smith Street, Burgaw, NC. Event is free, sponsored by the Town of Burgaw and Pender County’s Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information, see Pender County Parks and Rec on Facebook or call 910.663.3771.
Preschoolers Easter Egg Hunt
Good Friday, April 19, 2019 @ 9:30am.
Photos with the Easter Bunny and Clayton Fire Department will start around 9:30am, with the hunt (for age 5 and under) beginning at 10:30am (arrive prior to this with children). Held at the Clayton Community Park, 1075 Amelia Church Road, Clayton, NC. Note that parking is limited. See the town’s event list here.
Note that the town is also holding a “Brunch with the Easter Bunny” for children 5 and younger, with a pancake breakfast, story, and craft. Date and time TBA. See town events here.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 10am-12:30pm
This free event includes egg hunts by age (2 and under, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) along with games and crafts, music, and candy. There will be vendors and food vendors. And the Easter Bunny, of course. Organized by Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Held in Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner, NC. See this Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources event details and hunt schedule here.
Easter Egg Decorating Class
Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 1-3pm
Kids and teens age 6-14 are invited to participate in this Easter egg coloring-slash-art class. Fee per child is $15, with instruction and supplies included/provided. Register by calling the Arts Council of Wayne County at 919.736.3300. Registration is required. Organized and hosted by the Arts Council of Wayne County, 102 N John Street, Goldsboro, NC. See more on the Arts Council of Wayne County website.
Easter Eggstravaganza 2019
Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 10am-1pm
This free event will include hunting for 17,000 eggs, prizes, food, and inflatables. Organized by Bethel Church and held in Herman Park, 901 E Ashe Street, Goldsboro, NC. Follow the church here.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 10am-2pm Rescheduled to Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 6:30pm
The egg hunts will begin at 11am, with hunts divided by age (0-3, 4-5, 6-8). The special needs egg-hunt will be in a separate area. Kids need to bring their own baskets. There will also be entertainment, inflatables, activities, train rides, and food trucks with snacks available for purchase. This event is rain or shine. Held in Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale, NC. Information may be found on this town web page.
Rocky Mount, NC
Paws in the Park (egg hunt for dogs)
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 11am-2pm Canceled
This annual pet event includes an Easter egg hunt for dogs, along with a fashion show, stunt dogs, vendors, and more. Held in Best Friend’s Dog Park, 480 Lee Street, Rocky Mount, NC. See updates at www.facebook.com/rockymountdogpark.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 2-4pm
Get ready for the city of Rocky Mount’s annual event for children ages 12 and under. There will be egg hunts, inflatable games, free admission to the Children’s Museum, and more. Egg hunts will be divided by age groups (0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, special needs) in different locations around the Imperial Centre campus. The child who finds the golden egg during each hunt will win a grand prize. This is a free event. Children must bring their own basket or bag for egg collection. Held at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, NC. Visit imperialcentre.org/events/easter-eggstravaganza.
The Great Egg Scramble
This event has been canceled for 2019.
The Selma Parks and Recreation Department will not be holding the egg scramble this year, and suggests that folks check out the Selma Baptist Church event, below.
2019 Kids Easter Extravaganza
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 10am-noon
Join the fun with egg hunts, inflatables, cotton candy, snow cones, hot dogs, and popcorn, provided for free by Selma Baptist Church. Organized and hosted by the church, which is located at 1500 Webb Road, Selma, NC. See flyer here.
Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 2-5pm
This church eggstravaganza includes hunting for over 1,000 eggs, plus prizes and candy. There will also be games, inflatables, and vendors and food vendors. (Vendor spots might still be available; call 252.235.2128 or email.) Organized and hosted by Nobles Chapel Baptist Church, 7330 Old Raleigh Road, Sims, NC. Follow the church here.
Town Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 3pm
Bring the kids and their baskets and come collect eggs and see the Easter Bunny. Organized by Smithfield Parks and Recreation and held at Smithfield Community Park, 600 E Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield, NC. Follow Smithfield Parks and Recreation for possible updates here.
Spring Hope, NC
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 10am-noon
Easter egg hunt for the whole community plus games, crafts, and a special guest. Open to the public. Held at the Spring Hope Park (near Spring Hope Elementary), 401 McLean Street, Spring Hope, NC. Organized by First Baptist Church of Spring Hope. See church information here.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 2-4pm
Bring kids 1-12 years old for this free, public Easter egg hunt. This second-annual event includes over 15,000 eggs. This family-friendly event also includes inflatables, treats like cotton candy and popcorn, prizes, and a reading/telling of the Easter story. Organized and hosted by First Baptist Church, 605 N Main Street, Tarboro, NC. Follow the church here.
Wake Forest, NC
Easter Egg Hunt 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 10am-noon (approx.)
Join the fun at this annual event in Joyner Park. Over 10,000 eggs will be hidden, with hunts divided by age (3 and under, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, special needs). There will also be games, a free raffle, and arts and crafts in the park’s amphitheater. Held at the E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest, NC. Organized by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department.
Information is on the Town of Wake Forest website.
Hephzibah Baptist Church Spring BBQ Festival
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 10am-3pm
HBC Wendell is holding their Spring festival and all are welcome. Kids can enjoy hearing the Easter story, participate in an egg hunt, ride a pony, bounce in inflatables, and more. See classic tractors/cars, get a blood pressure check, and meet first responders and the Mayor. BBQ plates will be on sale for $8. Held at Hephzibah Baptist Church (HBC), 1794 Wendell Blvd, Wendell, NC. Follow HBC Wendell here.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ noon-2pm
This fourth-annual events will include egg hunting for ages 1-12, crafts and games, face painting, inflatables, a petting zoo, concessions (for sale), and the Easter Bunny. Organized and hosted by Kids Educational Center Inc., 7421 Siemens Road, Wendell, NC. Follow here for updates.
Wendell Egg Hunt 2019
Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 10am-noon
This free, community event is organized by The Passage Church and Wendell Baptist Church, working together to provide an egg hunt with 15,000 eggs, along with inflatables, food trucks, and more. There will be activities for all ages, and egg hunting for ages 0-11. The egg hunt and activities will take place at Wendell Community Park, W 3rd Street, Wendell, NC. A map and hunt times are available on this Facebook image. Follow The Passage Church’s event on Facebook for updates.
Easter On The Farm
Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 10am-noon
Come and enjoy this second-annual farm event. There will be an Easter read-aloud, an egg hunt, the Easter Bunny, and access to the farm playground. Tickets are $10 per person for ages 2 and up including adults. Organized and hosted by Deans Farm Market, 4231 NC Hwy 42 W, Wilson, NC. Follow Deans Farm Market on Facebook for updates.
POUR ART On Easter Eggs Class
Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 6-8pm
Attend this special art class (ages 11 and up including adults) and learn to pour over decorate Easter eggs. Everyone will get a carton of 12 fake eggs and choose three colors and pour, mix, pour. Glitter will be available. Fee is $25 per student; register and pay(pal) by April 6. Organized and hosted by the Horton Morton Art Studio/Gallery, 123 Barnes Street W, Wilson, NC. Follow the studio here.
Flashlight Bunny Hunt
Friday, April 19, 2019 @ 7-9pm
Come and bring a flashlight to this search for the Easter Bunny at this free, public event. Kick-off at 7:30pm; arrive early to sign-in for hunt. “Find Golden Bunny prizes for all age groups.” There will be inflatables and games, food trucks, live music, and The Guardians. Organized and hosted by Wave Church Wilson, 5334 Lamm Road, Wilson, NC. Registration is requested and available via the church website or this event registration page.
Youngsville Community Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 11am-2pm
Join the fun at this Town of Youngsville event, with the egg hunt, inflatables, giveaways, the “chalk zone,” and more. Held in Luddy Park, 218 US-1 Alt, Youngsville, NC. Follow the Town of Youngsville here.
Wakefield CBC Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 10am-12:30pm
The church invites family and friends for this day of egg hunting, free hot dog lunch, and fellowship opportunity. There will als be inflatables. Egg hus is for toddlers through 5th grade. Organized and hosted by Wakefield Central Baptist Church, 308 Proctor Street, Zebulon, NC. Follow the church on Facebook for updates.
Town Pictures With The Easter Bunny
Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 5:30-6:30pm
Bring the kids to get their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Canned food will also be collected for a local food pantry. Pictures will be taken at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC. Photography by Kent Massey Photography, with one 4×6 photo provided for free.
Town Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 10-11am Rescheduled to Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 5:45pm
Bring the kids and their baskets for this annual hunt on the Town Hall grounds. Egg hunt is free. Easter Bunny will be there. Due to rescheduling, will be held in conjunction with “Celebrate the Arts” and there will be inflatables, art activities, and more. Gather at the Zebulon Municipal Complex, 1003 N Arendell Avenue, Zebulon, NC. Organized by Zebulon Parks & Recreation Department. See Parks and Rec programs at www.townofzebulon.org/services/parks-and-recreation/programs-and-events.
Glow Hunt 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 8-9pm
Come for this after-dark egg hunt with glowing eggs. Following the hunt, enjoy “GLOW cones” and snacks, inflatables, and a celebration of the risen Savior. Organized and hosted by Pilot Baptist Church, 8103 NC-39 Hwy, Zebulon, NC. Follow Pilot Baptist Church on Facebook for any updates.
Ed. Note: Originally published March 18, 2019. Updated April 5 with changes to Selma, Wendell, and Zebulon events. Updated April 11 with weather notice relating to Knightdale event.