Easter is less than a month away (April 8 to be exact) and parks, churches and malls are gearing up for their annual Easter and spring celebrations for families.
I've put 47 events in a database, which you can search by county, community and date. Click here to check Go Ask Mom's Easter event database! I know I don't have them all. So if your event isn't on here, please fill out our submission form.
Most of these events don't require registration, but many do include age limits for the kids. So be sure to check the fine print, so to speak, before you go.
Some egg hunt news:
The Easter Bunny will return to Pullen Park this year. It's scheduled for 11 a.m., March 31, for kids 10 and under. I will have more information about what I suspect will be a very popular event in the coming weeks.
The town of Cary will hold its first Easter Eggstravaganza for kids with special needs. It's from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 5, at Bond Park for kids 12 and under. There will be a bounce house and other activities too. Click here for details (scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on this event).
And organizers for Raleigh Easter, the massive event held by Vintage21 Church in downtown Raleigh, say they will have a record number of eggs this year to handle overflow crowds. In past years, Go Ask Mom readers have complained that the hunt was so packed with people and kids that their children did not receive even a single egg.
Last year, the church hid 30,000 eggs. This year, they plan on hiding 40,000. Hunts will take place at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., April 7, with each divided into zones by age group, as well as a separate zone for children with special needs. It will be in Raleigh's Halifax Mall, which is bounded by Lane, Salisbury and Wilmington streets. For ages 12 and under.
And a word on egg hunts: Some egg hunts are divided by age groups in different locations at the same park, so you may need more than one adult to supervise. And the hunts happen fast. If you get there five minutes after the hunt begins, your kids have probably missed all of the fun. Plan to get to any of these events early.