From orange eggs raining down from a helicopter to eggs hidden under water, Portland will be covered with the colorful little symbols of spring and rebirth this weekend. In addition to candy, candy and more candy, your crew can head out to Big Al’s for low-key bowling without the sensory overload, or road trip it out of town to scenic Stevenson, Washington for some classic games and brunch at Skamania Lodge.

Alpenrose Dairy’s 52nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt is back April 19th, the Saturday before Easter, with new start times. The day’s excitement begins at 10:30 a.m. for kids ages 3 - 5 and 12:30 p.m. for ages 6 – 8. Chocolate eggs, stuffed animals and other fun treats will be hidden across the Alpenrose grounds. The world famous Easter Bunny will also be on site to meet all egg hunters. This free event is hosted by Alpenrose on the pastoral setting of the 98-year old dairy and has become a special tradition for families since 1962. Alpenrose officials are encouraging egg-hunters to arrive early since parking is limited. Alpenrose Dairy is located at 6149 SW Shattuck Road in Portland.

Eastside

Code Orange Easter Egg Drop
More than 20,000 orange eggs will be dropped from a helicopter into the park for the Code Orange Easter Egg Drop.  Eggs will be empty, and can be redeemed after the hunt for candy.  Age zones and hunt times will be staggered to keep it fair for all ages.  Parents are only allowed to help kiddos in the lil’ hunt area.  Face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, games and other activities will take place, as well. Pre-registration is required.  Parents will receive a wristband matching their child’s for added safety.  Show up early to check in. Sat., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Free, Ages 1-11. Event details.

Pajama-Rama Flashlight Egg Hunt
Have fun hunting for eggs in pjs with a flashlight for Montavilla Community Center’s first ever, Most Egg-celent Pajama-Rama Flashlight Egg Hunt.  Crafts, games, snacks and prizes will round out the evening.  Buckets will be provided for the kiddos, but there may not be enough flashlights, so bring one just in case. Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m., $5/person, Ages 8 and under. Event details.

Westside

Underwater Egg Hunt
Join Peter Rabbit in the pool and hunt for eggs under water while you splash around.  Crafts and an inflatable play structure keep the kids busy while waiting for their age group’s hunting time.  One adult must accompany each child under 7 in the pool. Advance registration required. Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m., $7/child, 13 and under. Event details.

Alpenrose Dairy Egg Hunt
If an event’s been around for 52 years, you know they have it down to a science. The Alpenrose Dairy Easter Egg Hunt is, by far and away, one the biggest and most anticipated Easter egg hunts around with different age groups, staggered start times and boatloads of eggs filled with candy and prizes. Arrive super early as parking spaces are limited and get ready for the egg scramble when the whistle blows. Sat., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Free, Ages 3-8. Event details.

Oregon Zoo Rabbit Romp
Rabbit Romp is a celebration of spring for everyone. Eggs will be scattered and hunts will occur every 10-15 minutes on the concert lawn. Toddlers, two and under, will have their very own candy hunt designed just for them. New this year are, “Eco Eggs,”  compostable eggs filled with organic and palm oil-free candy. Don’t forget to bring a basket!  Additionally, the zoo will have a petting zoo with pettable bunnies, along with springtime crafts and games for all of the munchkins. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Free with zoo admission, Ages 10 and under. Event details.

Low Sensory Bowling
Bowling so quiet, you can hear a pin drop.  Really!  Designed for those with sensory sensitivities, Low Sensory Bowling will have no flashing lights, no music, no TVs and no arcade – nothing but the ball rolling down the lane and laughter at Big Al’s Beaverton and Vancouver, Wa locations. Sat., 9-10 a.m., $2/game and $2/shoes, All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Skamania Lodge Bunny, Egg Hunt and Brunch
Take a beautiful drive 45 minutes east for of your Easter fun in one place. Photo opps with the big, fuzzy bunny himself will be available all weekend. An egg hunt for different age groups will take place on Sunday, along with classic family games, like potato sack races, egg rolling and egg-on-a-spoon races, followed by a tasty brunch. Fri.-Sun., various times, Free activities, Brunch $13-$46/person, Free for ages 3 and under, All Ages. Event details.

What’s your favorite egg hunt or Easter tradition?  Tell us in the Comments section below!

–Suzie Ridgway

Photo courtesy of Alpenrose Dairy