The Easter Bunny is coming to town to take selfies with you and hide some colorful, treat-filled eggs at locations around town. Whether you want to kick off spring on the right lucky rabbit’s foot, or you want to celebrate the holiday surrounded by animals, flowers, slides or even the dark of night, there’s an option for you. Make sure to have baskets and cameras on hand and hop over to one of these six events.
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Easter at Morven Park
The city of Leesburg invites kids to romp and roll in Morven Park’s expansive lawn (yes, please!). Other activities include storytime, natural egg dying, basket making, an egg hunt, and learning about healthy Easter treats, topped off with an Easter egg roll on the Mansion lawn. Don’t leave without meeting rabbits from the 4H Leaps and Squeaks Rabbit Club, and taking your own family photo with the Easter Bunny. Bring a basket and large spoon.
Cost: $10/kids, $5/adults
When: Apr. 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Formal Gardens and Mansion Front Lawn, 17195 Southern Planter Ln. (Leesburg, VA)
Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard
Admission includes time to jump on the orchard’s new jumping pad, a hayride down the Bunny Trail, a hunt for colorful eggs, giant slides, pedal tractors, a visit with the Country Bunny and a goodie basket to take home. Want to celebrate a birthday or other event while you’re here? Reserve the Bunnyland Birthday Barn ($125), which can accommodate up to 30 people.
Cost: $9.50/child, $7.50/adult
When: Weekends Apr.13-28; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 22200 Davis Mill Rd. (Germantown, Md)
Easter Monday at the National Zoo
Special event activities include an Easter egg hunt, field games, musical entertainment and a chance to meet Easter Panda. Education booths will also be set up so zoo-goers can learn about wildlife endocrinology, what zoo veterinarians do and how staff keep the zoo running. Animal demonstrations will be held throughout the day and include an elephant training demonstration and meeting ape, cheetah and great cats keepers.
When: Apr. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Roer’s Zoofari’s Easter Eggstravaganza
Already a great place to get up close and personal with many animals, including the goats and sheep in the petting zoo and the parakeets in the Parakeet Adventure – not to mention buffalo, emu, deer and zebra on a safari wagon ride – Roer’s will offer a few bonus activities at this event. Admission includes a feed cup for anyone who’d like to give llamas, giraffes, camels or barnyard residents a snack, and an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 0-12.
When: Apr. 13-14, and Apr. 20-21, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1228 Hunter Mill Rd. (Vienna, Va)
Self-dubbed one of the “most Eggciting Easter events in the Alexandria/Arlington area,” this will have egg hunts, entertainment, games and food. Entertainment includes Groovy Nate, a Wolf Trap teaching artist; the Rainbow Rock Band; and percussionist Uncle Devin. During the two egg hunts for children ages 4-11 and the Tot Hunt for the 3 and under set, kiddos can track down more than 10,000 treat-filled eggs.
When: Apr. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 4131 Mount Vernon Ave. (Alexandria, Va)
Ticonderoga Farms’ Spring Easter Festival
Egg hunts will happen at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and will be divided by age to keep hunters safe and their baskets full; each child should be able to fill a basket with 25 eggs. Other events include meeting the Easter Bunny, riding the giant hill slides, bopping around on jumping pillows, feeding animals and taking a hayride.
Cost: $12.95/adults, $14.95/kids ages 2 and up
When: Weekends through Apr. 28, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 26469 Ticonderoga Rd. (Chantilly, Va)
—Stephanie Kanowitz and Ayren Jackson-Cannady