With kids scrambling around filling their baskets, egg hunts are some of the fastest events on the planet. Send your kids off to the races at one of these hunts around Portland that offer fun perks like a carousel, pre-race waffle breakfast and hunts divided by age group. Hop on down for our favorites and don’t forget to register in advance and bring your baskets!

Easter3Photo: easter2014 by Franklin Park Library via Flickr creativecommons

Oregon Zoo Rabbit Romp
Compostable “Eco Eggs” filled with candy and prizes are scattered in-store at Rabbit Romp and occur every 10-15 minutes. Kiddos should bring their own basket to collect all their sweet finds, and there is a special hunt for toddlers aged 2 and under. Parents don’t participate in the egg hunts, but accommodations are made for children with special needs or families who want to hunt together. Don’t forget to stop by the Family Farm and visit the bunnies your little ones can pet.

Date: Sat., April 4
Time: 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free w/zoo admission ($8.50/kids 3-11, $11.50/adults 12+, free for kids 2 and under)

4001 SW Canyon Road
Online: oregonzoo.org

Easter1Photo: Finding the Easter Egg by Big D2112 via Flickr creativecommons

Orenco Station Easter Hop
Come celebrate Easter a day early with the Orenco Station community! Kick off your day of scavenging fun with FancyThat by joining in their hopping hunt for treats. After the hunt, stop by New Seasons Market, The Savory Spoon or Orenco’s many other great eats for a late lunch to refuel.

Date: Sat., April 4
noon-2 p.m.
All Ages

1336 NE Orenco Station Pkwy
Online: shop-fancythat.com

alpenrosephoto: Alpenrose Dairy

Alpenrose Dairy Easter Egg Hunt
In its 53rd year, this is one of the biggest (and most anticipated) Easter egg hunts around. There are so many special prizes, including seven 6-foot bunnies (one for each age bracket)! So remember to come early to Alpenrose because there will be a lot of little rabbits scrambling across the field. While your teeny tot can mingle with the big kids, the hunt is also split by age groups to ensure their safety.

Date: Sat., April 4
Time: 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-5) and noon (ages 6-8)
Age: 3-8
Cost: Free

6149 SW Shattuck Rd.
Online: alpenrose.com/easter-egg-hunt

Cedar Hills Spring Egg Hunt and Artisan Bazaar
Head over to this artisan bazaar for a delish pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny, an adventurous spring egg hunt and handmade crafts by local vendors. This year’s event includes a Safety Town demonstration by Beaverton Police Dept. Remember to call to get your kiddo’s name on the list for the hunt!

Date: Sat., April 4
Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Age: 1-9
Cost: $7 for the egg hunt (pre-registration required)

11640 SW Park Way
Online: thprd.org/facilities/cedarhills/specialevents.cfm

McMenamins’ Easter Brunch
Welcome to the wondrous holiday buffet at Edgefield. Bring your friends and family and join McMenamins to a full spread that includes a waffle station. Yum. Kids 10 and under are welcome to join in the free outdoor Easter egg hunts that start at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Reservations are required, so remember to call ahead of time.

Date: Sun., April 5
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Age: All Ages
Cost: $28/adults; $17/kids 5-12; Free for kids 4 and younger

2126 SW Halsey St.
Online: mcmenamins.com

Easter4Photo: Hunting for Easter Eggs by Michael Bentley via Flickr creativecommons

Golden Easter Egg Hunt
Glendoveer Golf & Tennis is opening up their fields for little bunnies to rush onto the driving range to collect Easter Eggs filled with raffle tickets. Golden eggs have a raffle ticket which gives kids an opportunity to win a special prize. Plus there’s a carousel and an Easter Bunny.

Date: Sun., April 5
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Age: All Ages
Cost: Free

14015 NE Glisan St.

Code Orange Easter Helicopter Egg Drop
It’s raining eggs! Watch in awe as a flyby helicopter drops over 20,000 plastic eggs onto the fields to begin the search party mania. Hunt areas are kids only (except the ages 2-4 zones) and sectioned off by age group. Easter eggs are empty but can be used to redeem candy at the registration tents. Wristbands are needed before you join in the fun. This event is currently sold out and on a wait list. 

Date: Sat., March 28
Time: 10 a.m.–noon
Age: 2-11
Cost: Free, registration required

Brentwood Park
60th SE Duke St.

Does your family have a favorite Easter event to attend each year? Let us know in the comments below!

—Marianne Walters