Your little rabbits are jumping up and down at the prospect of hunting for eggs, but you don’t have to stick to your own backyard (or even just one event). From small and mellow hunts for toddlers to an egg drop from a helicopter and even an underwater adventure, there’s truly something for everybunny. Read on for some of our favorite egg hunts in and around Portland.

                                           photo: MDGovpics via flickr

Easter Egg Hunt at Alpenrose Dairy
Alpenrose Dairy celebrates 55 years of annual Easter egg hunts with another great (free) event at the dairy. 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. This hunt has been an annual tradition since 1962, so how about making it your family’s tradition too?

Parking is limited at this favorite egg hunt, so families are encouraged to arrive early and picnic on the grounds.

Apr. 15, 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-5); 12:30 p.m. (ages 6-8)
Free
6149 SW Shattuck Rd.
503-244-1133
Online: alpenrose.com/easter-egg-hunt/

Rabbit Romp at the Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo’s annual Rabbit Romp is one of the best ways to experience an egg hunt if you have unreliable nap times and need flexibility in your day. 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 (families requiring special assistance will be accommodated.) After getting your hunt on (just once per kiddo, please), families are encouraged to stay for special activities and to enjoy all that the zoo has to offer.

For the tiniest of chicks, special egg hunts for ages 2 and under will take place in the zoo classrooms, located across from the Bear Walk Café.

Rabbit Romp is free with zoo admission.

Apr. 15, 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
$11.50/adult (12-64); $10/senior (65 & up); $8.50/child (3-11); free for members and children 2 & under
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
503-226-1561
Online: oregonzoo.org/events/rabbit-romp

White Rabbit Brunch and Egg Hunt at McMenamins Edgefield
Gather your hungry brunch-goers 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. Refuel with a delicious buffet brunch of fruit, eggs, ham, sweet treats and more. Reservations are required for this popular Easter morning, so call ahead to get in on the fun.

Apr. 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$31/adult; $19/child 5-12; free 4 & under
2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale
503-669-8610
Online: mcmenamins.com/events

                                                                       photo: Michelle Makar Parker via flickr

Underwater Egg Hunt at Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center
Looking for an Easter adventure? Dive into Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center’s underwater egg hunt. Swimmers will search for prize eggs in the 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.)

Apr. 7, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
$7
9985 SW 125th Ave.
503-629-6313
Online: thprd.org/events

Cedar Hills Artisan Bazaar, Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast
Cedar Hills provides breakfast, an egg hunt and a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny all in one. Start with a breakfast of sausage, fruit, eggs and all-you-can-eat pancakes. The Easter Bunny could drop by breakfast for some adorable photo ops, so keep an eye out. 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.) Don’t forget to check out the artisan bazaar, which is free to the public.

Apr.15, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
$7/egg hunt (pre-register online); $5/pancake breakfast ($3 for children)
11640 SW Park Way
503-629-6340
Online: thprd.org/events

                                                                                 photo: Big D2112 via flickr

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 16, and $5 until the day of the event.

Apr. 12, 10 a.m.
$3 if registered before Apr. 5; $5 after
700 N. Rosa Parks Way
503-823-3620
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks/60415

Mt. Scott EGGstraordinary Egg Hunt
The Mt. Scott Park and Community Center annual EGGstraordinary Egg Hunt is in its 6th year and more popular than ever. Enjoy spring-themed crafts as you arrive and wait for the main event. 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 hopping, so arrive early to find a great parking spot.

Apr. 15, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
$3/person in advance; $5/person at the door
5530 SE 72nd Ave.
503-823-3183
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks/60409

What are your favorite egg hunts around Portland? Let us know in the comments below!

—Marianne Walters