Hop into Portland’s Top Easter Egg Hunting Grounds

If your kids are expert egg-hunters looking for a place to fill their basket with trinkets and treats, you’ll want to keep this list handy. Our picks this year include the Oregon Zoo for maximum exploration, Brentwood Park to see helicopter dropping eggs from the sky, and even a dairy farm where kids can win a six foot chocolate bunny. Read on for our fave places to fill your baskets.

Easter Egg Hunt 2011Photo: Howard Lewis Ship via creativecommons flickr

Bunny Breakfast Saturday
Southwest Community Center brings to you their 4th Annual Bunny Breakfast Saturday: a scrumptious meal of pancakes, potatoes, sausages, granola and fresh fruits. On full tummies, kids can enjoy activities like the petting farm, crafts, games and of course the ever so popular egg hunt. There are two sessions, so remember to register beforehand.

Date: Sat., April 12 Time: 9-11 am; 10:30am – 12:30pm
Age: 1 and up
Cost: $18/resident; $25.25/non resident

6820 SW 45th Av.
Portland, Or 97219
Online: portlandoregon.gov

Oregon Zoo Rabbit Romp
“Eggs” filled with candy and prizes are scattered in-store at Rabbit Romp and occur every 10-15 minutes. Kiddos should bring your own basket to collect all their sweet finds. There’s also a special family hunt for kids with special needs or families who want to hunt together. Don’t forget to stop by at the Family Farm and visit the pettable bunnies!

Date: Sat., April 19
Time: 9am – 3pm
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
Portland, Or 97221
Online: oregonzoo.org/events/rabbit-romp

bunny-petting-zoo-steve-courtney-flickrPhoto: Steven & Courtney Johnson & Horwitz via creativecommons flickr

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 (or early brunch).

Date: Sat., April 19
Time: 12-2pm
All ages

1336 NE Orenco Station Pkwy
Hillsboro, Or 97124
Online: shop-fancythat.com/products/orenco-station-open

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 1-4 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, so remember to register your tots ahead of time!

Date: Sat., April 19
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Age: 1-11
Cost: Free, registration required

Brentwood Park
60th SE Duke St.
Portland, Or 97206

helicopter-egg-drop-dave-matosPhoto: Dave Matos via creativecommons credit

Cedar Hills Easter Celebration
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. Fill your baskets with treasured eggs and goodies like homemade jam from MeeMee’s Goodies, beaded dragons and jewelry. Remember to call to get your kiddo’s name on the list for the hunt!

Date: Sat., April 19
Time: 9am – 1pm
Age: 1-9
Cost: $7, pre-registration is required.

11640 SW Park Way
Portland, Or 97225
Online: thprd.org/facilities/cedarhills/specialevents.cfm

Alpenrose Dairy Easter Egg Hunt
This is one of the biggest (and most anticipated) Easter Egg hunts around for Portlanders. There’s so many special prizes, including seven 6-foot bunnies (one for each age bracket)! So remember to come early to Alpenrose because there’s going to 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 19
Time: 10:30am
Age: 3-8
Cost: Free

6149 SW Shattuck Rd
Portland, Or 97221
Online: alpenrose.com/pages/the_hunt.html

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! Kids 10 and under are welcome to join in the free outdoor Easter egg hunt that starts from 9-11 am. Reservations are required, so remember to call ahead of time.

Date: Sun., April 20
Time: 9am – 3pm
Age: All ages
Cost: $28/adults; $15/kids 5-12; Free for kids 4 and younger

2126 SW Halsey St.
Troutdale, Or 97060
Online: mcmenamins.com/events/123098-White-Rabbit-Easter-Brunch-Buffet-at-Edgefield

rebecca-wilson-flickr-easter-eggPhoto: Rebecca Wilson via creativecommons flickr

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 going to be a carousel and an Easter Bunny!

Date: Sun., April 20
Time: 12:15pm
Age: All ages
Cost: Free

14015 NE Glisan St.
Portland, Or 97230

Easter Brunch Cruise
Switch up the hunt this year by taking it to the seas. Clim aboard the Portland Spirit for a two hour trip down the riverfront. Families big and small will love their impressive brunch buffet, live entertainment, and treats for the kids.

Date: Sun., April 20
Time: 9:30-11:30am, 2-4pm
Age: All ages
Cost: $58/adults;$53/seniors; $29/kids

Salmon Street Springs Fountain
1000 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, Or 97204

Where will you be getting your fill of Easter activities?

—Cheyenne Terbrueggen with Christal Yuen