Easter Sunday falls on March 31 in 2013.
Easter egg hunts are hugely popular in Minneapolis, St. Paul and around the Twin Cities. Here's a list of Easter egg hunts in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Most are free unless otherwise noted, and many take place the weekend before Easter.
Several Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Centers are holding Easter Egg hunts and bunny brunches with various activities including egg hunts, games, entertainment, petting zoos, and crafts. This year, there is an Easter Event at Windom (free), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center ($2 per person), Kenwood (free), Whittier (free), and Linden Hills ($7). All events begin at 10 am.
The city of Rosemont and the Rosemont Lions Club host an Easter Egg hunt in the Ames Soccer Complex at Dakota County Technical College on Saturday March 23. The Easter Egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. and start times are divided up by children's age. In case of bad weather, the Easter Egg hunt will be moved to March 30. The event starts a1 10 am, but it's recommended to arrive earlier.
The Easter Egg hunt is free, and there will be a collection of non-perishable food for a local food shelf.
Parks and nature reserves in the Three Rivers Park District have events on the weekend before Easter, and on Easter Saturday. You can go on an Easter egg hunt, of course. They also hold several "egg hikes", and offer classes to teach you how to dye Easter eggs with natural dyes. And, you can take part in a classic Victorian egg rolling competition, and even meet real bunnies at parks in the District.
The Vadnais Heights Easter Egg hunt has staggered starting times, sending the smallest children out first, to give everyone the best chance of finding eggs. The Easter Bunny will be there too, visiting with the children as they search for eggs.
Saturday March 23, 10.30 a.m. - 11.45 am at Community Park in Vadnais Heights. The event is free. The Lions Club will be collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to a local food shelf.
As part of the annual Farm Babies celebration, the Minnesota Zoo will have free kids activities on March 29 and 30, including a visit from Peter Rabbit, crafts, face painting, and hands-on activities. And there will be plenty of other things to entertain the kids like baby chicks and other farm animals, tractor rides, and all the other fun of the zoo. Free, with Zoo admission.
If you miss the Easter fun, don't worry: the baby critters are at the Minnesota Zoo for another month - the Farm Babies event runs from March 29 - April 30.
The Valley Creek Church has a novel way of distributing eggs - they organized a helicopter to drop thousands of treat-filled eggs into a field, and then searching will commence. Fields open at 10 am, and the helicopter will arrive to drop eggs at 11.15 a.m. Free but due to the popularity of the event, you'll need to pre-register your children.
Date, location and details to be confirmed: Check the Valley Creek Church website for details.
Carver Lake Park in Woodbury hosts two events for Easter.
A traditional Easter Egg Hunt is at 6 p.m. with separate egg hunting locations for babies and toddlers, for preschoolers and for kindergartners. Free.
And 6-8 p.m, there will be a Flashlight Egg Hunt. Special eggs with hidden messages will win their finder a prize. For ages 6-13 with an accompanying adult. $3 for pre-registered children, $5 at the event.Date to be confirmed: check the City of Woodbury's website for details.