So, you (and thousands of other families) didn’t make the lottery cut for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. No biggie; try again next year. But if your kids are still jonesing for the thrill of the hunt, check out one of these just-as-awesome hide and seeks.

Photo: Nikki via Flickr 

Eggstravaganza at Tudor Place
Celebrating its 10th year, this is one of Georgetown’s most treasured events! Tudor Place is famous for its rolling green lawns, beautiful trees and flowers. Join the Easter Bunny for an amazing day. Enjoy an Egg Hunt followed by an exhilarating Egg Roll. Play historical games and design Easter crafts. Self-guided tours of Tudor Place’s magnificent gardens are also available. Bring your own basket, spoon, and one hard-boiled egg per child.

When: April 8 and April 14, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $7/member kids; $10/non-member kids; $5/adults chaperones
1644 31st St., NW (Georgetown)


Fabergé Egg Family Festival
Celebrate spring’s arrival in traditional Russian style at Hillwood Estate and Gardens! Haven’t you always wanted to decorate your own Fabergé-inspired egg?! Get motivated to do that by viewing the delicate imperial eggs and other spectacular Fabergé handiworks collected by Marjorie Post. Listen to festive folk music by Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble and see energetic dancing by Kalinka Dance Ensemble. Enjoy an amusing family play about Russian Easter traditions, produced by Happenstance Theater. Participate in a time-honored Russian egg-rolling game.

When: April 8-9,  10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $5/kids ages 6-18; $18/adults; free/kids under 6
4155 Linnean Ave., NW

Meadowside Nature Center’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
You want a real egg hunting experience?! The search is on at Meadowside Nature Center’s annual Egg Hunt. Search for eggs in Meadowside’s pasture, then dye and decorate the eggs you find! Enjoy other springy activities throughout the day as well.  Don’t forget to bring a basket to collect your eggs. Register here.

When: April 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: $8
5100 Meadowside Ln. (Rockville, Md)

Leesburg Animal Park
Join the hunt at Leesburg Animal Park where you’ll meet the Easter Bunny and search for THOUSANDS of toy and candy filled eggs.  Kids age 2-10 are invited to hunt.  The searching begins promptly at 2 p.m.!

When: April 15-16, 2 p.m.
Cost: $9.95/kids; $12.95/adults
19270 James Monroe Hwy. (Leesburg, Va)

Great Country Farms Easter Egg Hunt
Not only is Great Country Farms a blast, but Bluemont, Va is absolutely gorgeous. If you’ve never been, here’s your perfect excuse. More than 10,000 fun-filled eggs will be individually hidden for four different age groups. And you don’t just get eggs, you also get to enjoy the mysterious Marshmallow Harvest which can be picked straight off the tree! There will even be a bonfire for roasting afterwards.

When: April 1-2, (staggered start times based on age)
Cost: $10
18780 Foggy Bottom Rd. (Bluemont, Va)

Are there any other amazing Easter egg hunts that should be added to this list? Tell us about them in the comments section below. 

—Guiomar Ochoa