If there’s one time that you should put all of your eggs in one basket, it’s during Portland’s busy Easter egg hunt season. From traditional hunts for toddlers to underwater and late night glow-in-the-dark egg hunts for the older kids, March is bursting with enough events to put a serious spring in your step. Read on for 11 of our favorite egg hunts hoppening in and around Portland. Don’t forget your baskets!
photo: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs via Flickr
Rabbit Romp at the Oregon Zoo
For an egg-stra exciting morning, take your little bunnies to the Oregon Zoo’s annual Rabbit Romp. This festive event has candy hunts every 10-15 minutes for kids ages 3-10, featuring compostable “eco” eggs. (Parents are asked to stand by and let kids enjoy the egg hunt searching on their own. However, families requiring special assistance will be accommodated.) After the hunt, stay and enjoy more games, bunny-themed crafts, and plenty of animals to pet at the Family Farm.
For the smallest little peeps, special egg hunts for ages 2 and under will take place in the zoo classrooms, located across from the Bear Walk Café.
Due to Rabbit Romp’s popularity, the zoo asks that each child participate in one egg hunt only, to make sure that there’s plenty of fun for everyone. (Other activities may be repeated.) After you’ve filled your basket, make a stop for lunch at AfriCafe, where you can watch the birds in the aviary while you dine. Then, spend the rest of the afternoon visiting all of the zoo’s furry friends.
Rabbit Romp is free with zoo admission.
Mar. 26, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
$11.50/adults (12-64); $10/seniors (65 & up); $8.50/children (3-11); FREE/members and children 2 & under
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Easter Egg Hunt at Alpenrose Dairy
Since 1962, families have been hopping over to Alpenrose Dairy for their annual egg hunt. Join the fun as they celebrate their 54th year of egg-citement. 3-5 year olds can begin the hunt at 10:30 a.m., and another hunt for 6-8 year olds starts at 12:30. With plenty of prizes (including 6-foot chocolate bunnies!), this is sure to become a new family tradition.
Parking is limited at this favorite egg hunt, so plan to arrive on the early side.
Mar. 26, 10:30 a.m. (3-5 year olds); 12:30 p.m. (6-8 year olds)
6149 SW Shattuck Rd.
photo: makelessnoise via Flickr
White Rabbit Brunch and Egg Hunt at McMenamins Edgefield
Grab your baskets and head to the White Rabbit Brunch and Egg Hunt at McMenamin’s Edgefield. Egg hunts take place at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for children 10 and under, with groups divided by age. Families will also enjoy a delicious buffet brunch with fruit, eggs, ham, sweet treats and more. Reservations are required for this sure to be popular Easter morning, so call ahead to get in on the fun.
Mar. 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$31/adults; $19/children 5-12; FREE 4 & under
2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale
Code Orange Easter Egg Drop
If your little ones love planes, trains and automobiles, you won’t want to miss the much-anticipated Code Orange Easter Egg Drop, hosted by Hope City Church. Watch as over 20,000 eggs are dropped from a real helicopter into Brentwood Park. After the egg drop, the hunting begins! Egg hunts take place every 15 minutes and are divided by age from age 2 to fifth grade. While you wait, enjoy face-painting, carnival games, obstacle courses and photos with the Easter Bunny.
All activities are free, but pre-registration is required. This annual egg hunt is extremely popular, and often fills up within just a few days. Registration opens March 1st for residents in the Brentwood, Woodstock and Ardenwald neighborhoods, and registration for the general public opens March 8th.
Mar. 19, 10 a.m.
FREE (registration required)
SE 60th Ave. & Duke St.
Underwater Egg Hunt at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center
Who says egg hunting is just for outside? Try something different this year, and splash into Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center’s underwater egg hunt. Search for prize eggs in the swimming pool, then dry off and head to the gymnasium for crafts, bunny bingo, a cupcake walk, a photo booth, a coloring contest and more. Parents must accompany children throughout the event, and parents must be in the water if children are under 7. (So break out those swimsuits one more time, Moms and Dads.)
Mar. 18, 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
9985 SW 125th Ave.
photo: JBLM MWR via Flickr
Cedar Hills Artisan Bazaar, Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast
Make it a full morning of spring fun at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center. Start with a breakfast of sausage, fruit, eggs and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Don’t forget your camera—the Easter Bunny may drop by breakfast for some adorable photo ops. Next, let your little ones find some sweet prize eggs during the three fun egg hunts, divided by age. (Pre-registration required for egg hunts.) Then, move to the gym to check out the goods by over 35 vendors showcasing their talents.
Mar. 26, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
$7/egg hunt (pre-register online); $5/pancake breakfast ($3 for children)
11640 SW Park Way
Spring Egg Hunt at Garden Home Recreation Center
Bring your baskets to scoop up some goodies during this sweet egg hunt at Garden Home Recreation Center. Your little bunnies can hunt for eggs, candy and special surprises, followed by donuts, hot chocolate, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Hip Hop Hooray!
Mar. 26, 11 a.m.- noon
7475 SW Oleson Rd.
Alberta Street Egg Hunts
It’s a day full of adventures at this annual event presented by Green Bean Books, Candy Babel, Thicket Garden Center and Alberta Street Umpqua Bank. Start the morning with two exciting egg hunts at Green Bean Books. Children 4 and under start the search at 11 a.m., followed by a hunt for ages 5-9 at 11:45. You’ll also find crafts, egg-spoon races, story time and even a visit from a live bunny!
At 6:30 p.m., older kids (9-14) get a turn with a hunt for glow-in-the-dark eggs at Thicket Garden Center. All hunts are free, but require pre-registration, so call to save your spot. (Call Green Bean Books to register for morning hunts, and Thicket Garden Center to register for the evening hunt.) Don’t forget to bring your own basket!
FREE (advance registration required)
11 a.m.- noon
Green Bean Books
1600 NE Alberta St.
Thicket Garden Center
4933 NE 23rd Ave.
photo: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District via Flickr
Egg Hunt and Easter Teas at Pix Patisserie
Golden tickets aren’t just for Willy Wonka! On Easter Sunday, hop on over to Pix Patisserie to find one of 50 eggs hidden throughout the store, each containing a golden ticket. Will you find a lucky egg worth $50 in treats from Pix Patisserie? This sweet and unique hunt is for all ages. First come, first served, with one egg per person.
While you’re in the spirit of whimsy, combine your visit with one of the three Easter tea seatings. At 2, 3, and 4 p.m., Pix Patisserie will be offering a fun and formal tea service. $34 gets you delicious bite-sized treats, tea sandwiches and a pot of tea from Townshend’s. Put on your most fabulous hat and join the festivities.
Mar. 27, 2 p.m. (egg hunt)
2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. (tea)
2225 E. Burnside St.
Peninsula Park Eggstravaganza
It’s an egg hunt for the tiniest tots at Peninsula Park’s annual Eggstravaganza. This adorable parent/child egg hunt is just for children ages 18 months to 5. Cost is just $3 if registered before March 16th, and $5 until the day of the event.
Mar. 23, 10 a.m.
$3 if registered before 3/16; $5 after
700 N. Rosa Parks Way
Mt Scott EGGstraordinary Egg Hunt and Breakfast
For the fifth year in a row, it’s super egg madness at Mt. Scott Park and Community Center with the annual EGGstraordinary Egg Hunt and Breakfast. Sample the continental breakfast of fresh fruit and pastries and make a few spring-themed crafts to take home. Then, take your basket and make your way into the park to search for 10,000 eggs filled with candy and toys. This egg hunt is always a popular event, so arrive early to find a great parking spot.
Mar. 26, 9 a.m. (breakfast) & 10 a.m. (egg hunt)
$3/breakfast; $3/egg hunt; $5/both
5530 SE 72nd Ave.
What are your favorite egg hunts around Portland? Let us know in the comments below!