Beyond the Basket: Easter celebrations that are more than just egg hunts
If the standard egg hunt is getting stale for your kids, no worries! Oklahoma City offers tons of Easter events throughout the end of this month and beginning of April that are so much more than just carrying around a basket of treats. Check out these celebrations for every age and stage and find even more on our calendar starting on page 20.
Babies & Toddlers
Introduce your little ones to the Easter bunny and also enjoy crafts, face painting and an Easter planting at Easter on the Green. This annual spring celebration takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 31 at Will Rogers Park (3400 N.W. 36th St.) and includes an egg hunt from 9:30-11 a.m. Preregister. Admission is $2.
Even if your toddler is on the fence about taking a photo with the Easter bunny, they’re sure to find something to love at the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event at Orr Family Farm (14400 S. Western Ave.). Enjoy hands-on farm activities in addition to a seasonal craft and breakfast at 10 a.m. on March 31. Preregister. Admission is $21.50.
Natural Easter Egg Dying is a favorite Easter pastime and Myriad Gardens (301 W. Reno) is inviting kids to learn a natural method of dying using garden materials. So skip the mess at home and enjoy dying eggs at the gardens from 1-2:30 p.m. March 31. Preregister. Admission is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
The eggs at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W. Memorial Rd.) won’t be filled with prizes, but head to the Bird Egg Hunt on March 31 to find replica bird eggs and use their unique characteristics to match them with their species. Ages 3-6 are invited to hunt from 1-2:15 p.m. and ages 7-9 can hunt from 3-4:15 p.m. Preregister. Admission is $4 in advance and $5 the day of the event.
Teens with pets will love a chance to let their dog do the hunting at the Hound Hunt at Edmond Dog Park (E. 33rd & Rankin). Bring your leashed dog at 2 p.m. April 7 to sniff out eggs filled with treats. The event is free and no preregistration is required.
For a truly unique egg hunting experience, enter the Egg Hunt 5K happening from 9:15 a.m. to noon March 31 at Stars & Stripes Park (3701 S. Lake Hefner Dr.). Eggs are scattered along the course and each egg found by a runner will represent time taken off his or her official race time. Find a golden egg and win a prize. Young runners ages 6-12 are invited to join the Kids Bunny Hop, a half-mile course with eggs hidden along the way. Cost ranges from $5-35.
Kids with special needs and their family members are invited to Sensory Sensitive Easter Evening at Myriad Gardens (301 W. Reno) where eggs will be scattered throughout festive booths and the Easter bunny will be on-site for photos from 6-8 p.m. March 29. Preregister. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and adults are free.
Another opportunity for Easter egg hunters with special needs is being hosted from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 24 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (8140 N.W. 36th St.). The free Kings & Queens Easter Egg Hunt will have Easter-themed games and food all planned with kids with special needs in mind.
Discover more age-specific ideas for local fun at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ages-stages.