Utah has no shortage of Easter egg hunts. Your local park, ward and community center will host one this weekend, and your mom is probably setting one up for your kids in her backyard right now. So, we’re pretty confident you already know where to have the kids search for eggs and are now debating if it’s worth the potential fights, stealing and, yep, contamination you’ve also heard about. Consider going beyond egg hunts this weekend. We’ve listed some of our favorite alternatives, from hitting the last day of a farmer’s market to a small town 5K. What’s that? You want to know about egg hunts, too? Really? Fine. We included a couple of our faves at the end of this blog.
Bunny Bop at Station Park
Station Park, Farmington
April 18, 2019, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Station Park, that bustling open-air shopping center left of I-15 and Lagoon, will start the party early with face painting, balloon animals, caricature art, crafts, games and activities put on by retailers. While we can’t promise chocolate bunnies, consider the oversized candy at IT’SUGAR, bratwursts at Farmington Franks and movie munchies at Cinemark, before working it all off at our next suggestion.
Bunny Bop details
2019 Egg Run
Virgil Gibbons Heritage Park, Nibley
April 20, 2019, 9 a.m.
When did you last take time to appreciate one of Utah’s quaint, smaller cities? If you answered “Never,” Nibley’s Egg Run is your opportunity. Get your steps in with a 5K, or sprint with the kids in a 1-mile run. Kids could also chase the Easter Bunny through a “hopstacle” (not our word) course that becomes more challenging as it goes on. Three hopstacle courses will be held, divided by ages: 5–6, 7–8 and 9–12. Smaller “bunny dashes” will be held for ages 0–2 and 3–4. Kids will receive treats at their respective finish lines. After the races, families can join a bevy of Easter-themed activities.
5K run: $15–$20; all other activities: free
Egg Run registration
Party for the Planet
Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City
April 20, 2019, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
As spring brings more green into our lives, Hogle Zoo asks that we start thinking green as well. The zoo will celebrate Mother Earth with crafts and educational activities that promote recycling and reusing, along with animal encounters and other family activities. Along with the zoo, local green-minded organizations will share how they’re doing their part. Afterwards, visit the zoo’s many animal exhibits. Just don’t challenge a rock hyrax to a staring contest (you’ll lose).
Activities included with zoo admission
SLC Winter Market
Rio Grande Depot, Salt Lake City
April 20, 2019, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Pick up fresh, local produce for your Easter dinner, Passover Seder or Sunday barbecue at the last day of the Winter Market. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids where food comes from. Along with a wide range of produce vendors, food trucks will be on hand.
Community Passover Seder
Jewish Community Center, Salt Lake City
April 19, 2019, 6–9 p.m.
A Passover Seder is a traditional Jewish meal that retells the story of the exodus from Egypt, and all are welcome. Join friends, or make new ones, at the JCC this weekend, and nourish your kids’ appreciation for diversity and matzah ball soup.
Adults: $45; kids, ages 4–11: $25
Okay, okay. Here are a couple egg hunts worth checking out:
Wheeler Historic Farm
April 20, 2019, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kids can gather 10 eggs, which will be hidden on the lawn and in the woods, to earn prizes. The Easter Bunny will be on hand, and wagon rides will be held for up to four between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
$15 per head
Wheeler Farm hunt details
Salt Lake City
April 29, 2019, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Kids can search for eggs among Jupiter’s moons, tornado vortexes and black holes. The planetarium will also conduct Easter science, including peeps in a vacuum chamber and Easter egg catapults.
Free, but limited to 500
Planetarium hunt details
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