March 25, 2024

Easter eggs–both decorating and hiding eggs–have played a part in Easter celebrations for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. A tradition that is still going strong today, communities across the United States host Easter egg hunts for local families. It's the perfect activity to bring people together, create lasting memories for children, and encourage a dose of friendly competition.

While these events are sure to be fun for everyone, they also require a lot of time and planning to pull off. But where do you even begin? Here's a roadmap to help you plan an egg-cellent Easter extravaganza:

1. Gather Your Chicks (or Co-Organizers)

Recruit volunteers from your neighborhood, local clubs, or even businesses. Chat with friendly faces at the park or spread the word through local online groups. Consider offering volunteer hours to local groups, such as scouts or school clubs. Businesses can sponsor the event, provide treats for the eggs, or even offer discounts to participants. 

Figure out who will take charge of tasks like egg prep, hiding, managing age groups, and setting up refreshments. Community members are often enthusiastic about creating a fun community event.

2. Pick the Perfect Nest (Location)

When choosing your location, consider a park, schoolyard, or spacious field that can accommodate a good number of hunters. Ensure there's enough open space for running and hiding eggs without causing safety hazards. Look for areas with a variety of hiding spots to cater to different age groups.

Be prepared for the elements! Spring weather can be unpredictable. While finalizing your outdoor location, have a conversation about the possibility of using a designated indoor space like a community center in case of rain. This will ensure your event goes on without a hitch, no matter the weather.

3. The Great Egg (& Treat) Round-Up

Decide how many eggs you'll need. A good rule of thumb is 8-10 eggs per child. You can purchase plastic eggs or get creative with eco-friendly alternatives like cardboard cartons or decorated paper mache eggs. 

Fill them with candy, small toys, or coupons from local businesses. Make sure there are no allergens in the treats you use; dairy, gluten, and peanuts are the most common allergens in the US. 

4. Spreading the Word (Like Confetti!)

Promote your event through flyers, social media posts, and local event calendars. Include details like date, time, location, age groups for egg hunts, and any other relevant information. Create a catchy name for your event to grab attention!

5. Setting the Stage for Egg-citement

Arrive early to set up on the day of the event. Clearly mark the boundaries of the hunting area with cones or tape. Designate hiding spots for the eggs, keeping age groups in mind. Easier-to-find eggs should be placed for younger children, while older ones can seek out trickier hiding places.

Safety should be the number one priority. Avoid hiding eggs near hazardous areas, such as electrical outlets or wires, holes in the ground, and questionable plants. Make sure volunteers or organizers are supervising (not helping) each group of hunters as they search.

6. Let the Games Begin!

On the day of the hunt, divide participants into age groups to ensure a fair competition. Establish clear boundaries for the hunting area and set a time limit. 

Don't forget to have an appearance by the Easter Bunny for photo opportunities and extra smiles! Consider setting up a craft station where children can decorate their collected eggs or organize other games, such as sack races (bunny hop), egg spoon races, or cookie decorating. 

With a little planning and some community spirit, you can host an Easter egg hunt that will be the talk of the town!