With baby number two due a week before Easter I have been working hard to make sure that Aiden still gets to enjoy all the fun around Easter. The Washington DC area has tons of fun Easter egg hunt opportunities. We usually try to hit 2-3 per year. Aiden loves hunting for eggs. This is the first year that he is really excited about it too so you will find us at a few of these 5 fun Washington DC Easter Egg hunts!
5 Fun Washington DC Easter Egg Hunts to Go to this Year
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Meadowlark Gardens
I love Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. The flowers are so beautiful! Last year we tried to do this Easter Egg hunt but it sold out before we could get tickets! We hope the baby will hold off long enough to enjoy the event this year. This event is more than just an Easter Egg hunt. There are crafts, games, snacks, and photos (bring your own camera!) with the Easter Bunny for ages 2-11. You can learn more about the Meadowlark Easter Egg hunt here.
White House Easter Egg Roll
The White House Easter Egg Roll is famous in the DC area. It is so popular you actually have to enter a public lottery to get tickets. You submit your request for tickets online between late February and early March. If you are selected you will join nearly 30,000 adults and children from across the nation on the South Lawn of the White House for egg rolling, storytelling, entertainment, photo opportunities, and other fun. You can learn more about the White House Easter Egg Roll here.
Smithsonian National Zoo Easter Monday & Earth Optimism Celebration
If you didn’t get a ticket to the White House Easter Egg Roll the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Easter Monday event might be the next best thing 🙂 Families can participate in egg hunts, live music, food trucks, and games. The event is free and there are no tickets required; however, that means you will want to get there early. The event includes hands-on learning opportunities featuring Smithsonian conservation success stories, special animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and meet and greets with scientists and conservation partners working to protect wildlife around the world. You can learn more about the Smithsonian National Zoo Easter Monday & Earth Optimism Celebration here.
Great Country Farms Easter Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest
This is one of our favorite Easter Egg hunts. It’s a bit outside Washington DC in Bluemont, VA. It’s usually held a few weeks before Easter on a Saturday and Sunday. It’s usually the official opening of the farm and the first “crop” of the spring which are available for picking – marshmallows (which can be roasted on a bonfire after the harvest)! In addition to the egg hunt, you can also see spring chicks and baby animals and take a wagon ride. Learn more about the Great Country Farms Easter Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest here.
Easter Eggstravaganza at Frying Pan Park
Frying Pan Park is one of my favorite Northern Virginia parks. They have an egg hunt for younger children (ages 1-6). Little ones can hunt for eggs filled with treats and prizes and then visit the animals outside. There are usually lots of little baby farm animals in the spring! You can learn more about the Easter Eggstravaganza at Frying Pan Park and get tickets here.
Visit Dinoland and Hunt for Dinosaur Eggs at Hidden Oaks
I know I said I was writing about 5 egg hunts, but I found this one and wanted to add it in case you have a dino-loving toddler as we do! Each event includes a short dinosaur program, crafts and a hunt for eggs in Nature Playce. This is not only an egg hunt but a learning opportunity too. Little ones between the ages of 1-8 can search for 10 eggs with particular colors or patterns. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, a costumed turtle, and a stuffed, four-foot dinosaur. Families can also visit the pond at Hidden Oaks to see real frog eggs. You can find more information here.
There is no shortage of fun Washington DC Easter Egg hunts this year. If you go to any of these I would love to hear your thoughts in a comment below!
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