An Easter basket full of colorful, candy-filled eggs is quite the treat, but for kids (and even their parents), the real prize is the hunt itself! If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday contest, these Easter egg hunts will go above and beyond the much-loved tradition in 2018.
White House Easter Egg Roll – Washington D.C.
Thousands of lucky families are invited (via a lottery system) to compete in the White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. The egg roll consists of pushing a hard-boiled egg with a spoon across the South Lawn of the White House. The event, now in its 140th year, has evolved to include other activities, such as games, music, stories and crafts. The egg hunt will take place on April 2, 2018.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Palomar Washington D.C. – A Kimpton Hotel
Center Village Egg Hunt – Copper Mountain, Colorado
The Center Village Egg Hunt, also known as Colorado’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt, is hosted at Copper Mountain in Colorado. The popular event appeases several age groups — tiny tykes search for eggs around Copper’s Climbing Wall, while 65,000 eggs await children ages 7 to 11 in Center Village. Big kids have even more competition as they hunt for “Copper Eggs” hidden on the mountain. Prizes, an egg decorating party, and visits and pictures with the Easter Bunny complete the fun-filled event. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, April 1.
Recommended Hotel: Crystal Peak Lodge
Egg Hunt at Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte – Maincy, France
About an hour’s drive from Paris, Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte hosts a grand Easter event each spring. Open to children of all ages, it features 35,000 eggs scattered throughout the estate’s picturesque gardens. Other activities include creating decorations, as well as make-up and chocolate-making workshops. Afterward, families can take a tour of the historic castle, built from 1658 to 1661. This year’s event takes place March 31 to April 2.
Recommended Hotel: Le Meurice
The Great Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt – Bowness-on-Windermere, England
With a name like “The Great Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt,” this event can hardly disappoint. Held at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere, England (just under two hours from Liverpool), the hunt features 50 beautifully decorated, limited edition ceramic eggs. Each person searches the Lake District for eggs, and those who find one win a prize. A few lucky eggs even reward families with complimentary hotel stays! Other prizes include passes to the World of Beatrix Potter and Lakes Aquarium.
Recommended Hotel: Low Wood Bay
Easter Egg Hunt – Asheville, N.C.
The beautiful Biltmore Estate, a Vanderbilt mansion, hosts a celebration with three egg hunts for children ages 2 to 9, plus visits with the Easter Bunny. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the historic home’s festivities also include special entertainment for kids, such as magic shows, music and storytelling, and brunch is served in the Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate and at Deerpark Restaurant, also onsite. The annual event returns on April 1, 2018. Kids ages 2 to 9 are free to enter with a ticketed adult.
Recommended Hotel: Inn on Biltmore Estate