This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 21, 2019. While it may seem like you have a bit of time before the big day, it will be here before you know it. Whether you plan on taking your kids to a big egg hunt, or doing Easter crafts at home, it’s never too early to start planning.
If you want to do any at-home activities, you might want to plan your shopping now. While you probably have many items at home already, anything you have to buy could sell out. Planning will ensure you have everything you need.
Throughout the Twin Cities, there are plenty of well-organized and fun Easter activities for kids. Do some research now, though. Some hunts require registration. Plus, many of the events happen at the same time, so you will want to decide which ones are best for your family.
Easter Crafts for Kids
A fun twist on decorating eggs are these coloring book easter eggs. As a bonus, it is way less messy than dyeing eggs. To do this fun craft, all you need are hard-boiled eggs (dyed or not), coloring book illustrations, colored pencils or fine tip markers, matte découpage finish, and a paintbrush.
If your kids loved sending a letter to Santa, why not send a note to the Easter Bunny? Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make an adorable envelope complete with rabbit ears to send a letter to your favorite bunny. Plus, you likely have all the ingredients you need at home, already!
If you have a girl who loves accessorizing or any kids who might enjoy a fun headband, check out this Easter Bunny headband. While this one might take a trip to your local craft store to complete, the end product is adorable and should last.
You need felt in several colors, headbands, pom-poms, scissors, and a hot glue gun. Your kids will look incredible in this headband.
For something educational, check out this Easter egg matching game. All you need are plastic eggs, a sharpie, and a basket. Choose a concept kids can match, like upper and lower case letters, numbers and number of items, etc. Write corresponding things on each half of the plastic, mix up the halves, and then let your kiddo match away.
If you want to use Easter as a time to teach kids about generosity and caring for their neighbor, why not “egg” your neighbors? It’s not what it sounds like! In this game, you fill eleven eggs with goodies and leave one empty. Print off the note to tape to your neighbor’s door, hide the eggs around their yard, then ring the bell and run!
If you like the idea of hiding eggs but don’t want to have the religious theme, simply fill all the eggs and write your own note about how you appreciate your neighbors and wish them a Happy Easter. You can do whatever you want with this game because it is versatile.
We all know Easter is a time when our kids get extra candy. Why not get some exercise in between candy bars? Check out this creative Easter Eggs-ercises. Use their template, or make up your own twelve exercises. Place each exercise in an egg, have the kids find the eggs, and then they have to do the exercises.
There are a variety of fun Easter activities for kids you can do at home.
Local Easter Activities for Kids
If you want to brave the crowds and take your kids to an organized hunt, there are MANY Easter activities for kids around the Twin Cities.
Minneapolis and St. Paul Events
- In the City of Minneapolis, there are a ton of activities. Check out their calendar for all the events happening between April 13th and April 21st. On April 13, there are events at Armitage Park, Van Cleve Park, Painter Park, and North Commons Park. On Sunday, April 14 there is an event at Lyndale Farmstead Park. On Friday, April 19 there is an event at East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center and a flashlight egg hunt at Creekview Park. On Saturday, April 20 there are events at Sibley Recreation Center, Audubon Recreation Center, Kenwood Park, Linden Hills Park, Windom Northeast Recreation Center, and Lake Nokomis Park. Many of these have small fees, so research ahead of time.
- The North St. Paul community hosts an annual Spring Egg Hunt Bonanza. This free event includes an egg hunt, the Easter Bunny, firefighters, and police officers, and more. Come by at 10:00.
- A unique place to celebrate Easter is at The Minnesota Historical Society. They are putting on two events. The Eggstravaganza is April 13 and teaches you how to boil and color eggs, then use them in recipes. On Sunday, April 14 they put on their egg hunt. There is an outdoor egg hunt as well as other activities to keep the whole family entertained.
- In Blaine, the largest egg hunt is put on by Renovation Church. Over 30,000 eggs will be hidden, and there will be a hunt after all seven of their services Easter weekend.
- The City of Bloomington puts on its event on Saturday, April 20. Starting at 10:00, there will be family fun and an Easter egg hunt at 11:00. It’s free for everyone and will happen rain or shine!
- The City of Chanhassen has a hunt, a coloring contest, and an Easter Bunny for pictures on Saturday, April 20 at 9:00. You are encouraged to pre-register so check out their website.
- If you live in Maplewood, the City of Maplewood organizes a great event that breaks down hunts by age. Pre-hunt activities start at 10:00 and the hunts are at 11:00 and 11:30. Pre-registration is required, and the cost is $5.00 per child.
- The Hamel Lions Club in Medina puts on a fun Easter event on Saturday, April 20, at 11:00 at the Hamel Community Center. Previous years have boasted games, face painting, and an Easter Bunny.
- In the City of Oakdale, there is a Mystery Egg Hunt on April 20th at 9:00. You must pre-register and pay the $12 fee by April 12th. The hunt takes place around the Oakdale Nature Preserve. There will also be face painting, crafts, games, a petting zoo, and more.
- The City of Osseo and the fire department put on a fantastic hunt on Saturday, April 13th. Bring a non-perishable food donation and find eggs all over Boerboom Park.
- The City of Rosemount will host different hunts for different age groups on Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 sharp. The Easter Bunny is scheduled to make an appearance, too.
- Saint Paul Parks and Recreation hosts a Spring Holiday Party for youth in sixth grade and younger. There will be games, prizes, and activities.
- In the City of Vadnais Heights, there is an egg hunt on Saturday, April 13 at 10:30. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate and enjoy the fun!
- Three Rivers Park District in Hennepin County has a variety of events. Some of the fun activities include Geocaching for Eggs, Egg Trail, and Rabbit Habits, Natural Egg Dyeing, Spring Eggstravaganza: Rock Hunt, and Victorian Egg Roll on Saturday the 20th. On Sunday the 21st there is an Egg Surprise.
Enjoy Easter with Your Kids!
There are plenty of fun Easter activities for kids throughout the Twin Cities and in your own home with Easter crafts! We hope you have a great Easter season with your family.