Once a year in early spring, there is a special kind of magic in the air that allows a fluffy little bunny to lay eggs filled with candy and toys! Get your child out there to take advantage of this annual phenomenon by attending one of the many Easter egg hunts taking place throughout the Des Moines area. The treat for parents is that most of them are FREE!
If you’re looking for other activities, check out our Events Calendar and Spring Fun Guide, which are both filled with seasonal fun for children of all ages. You can also visit the Easter Bunny in person at local events and businesses.
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Easter Egg Hunts in Des Moines:
FREE: Enjoy an afternoon of fun and egg hunting in Good Park. In addition to the egg hunt, there will also be a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, prizes and more. The 1-9-year-old hunt starts at 2:00 pm and then the 10+ group will hunt at 3:00 pm.
When the sun goes down, the fun begins! Hosted by Indianola Parks and Recreation in Pickard Park the hunt takes place from 8:15 to 9:45 pm. Participants need to bring a sack or basket to collect eggs, and their own flashlight. After the hunt prizes will be awarded and then join us for s’mores around the campfire. $7.50 per child (nonresidents) or $6.00 each (residents). Please register by April 5th.
FREE: Debra Heights Wesleyan Church in Beaverdale will host their annual Easter Egg hunt at 9:00 am. They welcome infants through fifth graders from the community to see how many eggs they can “hunt up”.
FREE: Be sure to bring a container for your candy and prizes to Beaverdale Park from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Hosted by the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association this annual community event is for kids ages three to 10 years of age.
FREE: Join Warren County Conservation for this family fun, come-as-you-want event getting outside this spring at their Earth Day Egg Hunt. The egg hunts begin at 10:00 am. Older kids (5-10 years old) search for eggs while enjoying a scenic nature hike with their parent/guardian. There will be eggs hidden on the Annett Nature Center property, and each child will receive a map of where to find them. Little tykes (4 and below) can hunt for eggs with a parent/guardian in the butterfly garden. Registration required.
FREE: Bring friends and family and hop on over to West Des Moines Christian Church. They will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00 am. They will have two different age divisions, kids 0-5 and K through 5th grade. In addition they’ll have some eggstra-terrific games and treats.
FREE: Hop on over to Prairie Vista Village in Altoona from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt! They will have face painting, balloon art, snacks, and an appearance from the Easter Bunny!
FREE: The Special Egg Event is for children with special needs and their families. The fun starts at 3:00 pm and goes until 5:00 pm at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Enjoy food, carnival games, activity areas, and egg hunts that are designed for your child.
Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation Environmental Education on April 14th in Ewing Park for some traditional egg hunt fun with a modern fun twist. At this event, each registered participant will use a hand-held GPS unit to find the location of prizes hidden in the park. Register for either a 1:00pm or 2:00 pm start time.
Your family will love this new-age way of hunting eggs. Learn how to use a GPS and go search Jester Park to find the Conservation Bunny’s nests of hidden treasures, collecting prizes and candy along the way! Be sure to keep an eye out for the “golden egg” containing special giveaways. Pre-registration required; deadline is April 10.
FREE: The Clive Fire Fighter’s Association is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Linnan Park at 9:00 a.m. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children ages 1-10. There will be separate egg hunts for younger kids and older kids. There are special eggs that can be exchanged at the fire station for a prize.
FREE: Be a part of the 2019 Grimes Easter Eggstravaganza sponsored by the Grimes Countyline Kiwanis at the Grimes Community Complex. The festivities start at 9:00 am and go to Noon. There will be Easter egg hunts for kids and a visit by the Easter Bunny.
Welcome Spring with a day of fun for the whole family! The 1875 town of Walnut Hill comes together to celebrate Easter with ongoing egg and toy hunts, starting at 9:00 am, horse-drawn wagon rides, egg rolling, pancake flipping, a visit from the Easter bunny, and more. Discounts are available for advanced ticket purchase.
FREE: Windsor Heights’ annual Easter egg hunt with 7,000 candy and prize-filled eggs is scheduled for 9:00 am in Colby Park. Ages 5 and under will hunt in the tennis courts, ages 6-9 will hunt in the ball fields, and ages 10-12 will hunt in front of the Community Center. You will also be able to have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny and Ember the Fire Dog. The event will take place rain or shine, so dress accordingly.
FREE: Join Meredith Drive Reformed Church for their Annual Easter Treasure Hunt at the Bridge in Johnston. Starting at 9:30 am, this isn’t your typical Easter egg hunt! They don’t focus on bunnies and baskets. At the Easter Treasure Hunt you and your child will participate in crafts and activities that make Jesus Christ the main character of Easter! Children will be grouped according to age, preschool-kindergarten and 1-4th graders. Join them after the treasure hunt for a pancake brunch at 10:30 am.
Join Blank Park Zoo for a hoppin’ good time from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm! Enjoy crafts, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, and a zoo-wide scavenger hunt. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for golden eggs hidden throughout the zoo, filled with prizes you do not want to miss out on! Hints to the golden eggs locations will be posted the week of April 15th to the 19th on the BPZ Facebook page.
FREE: Kick off the day with the Rotary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Then join in some Easter fun at the Dallas Center Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am in Mounds Park. There will be crafts and activities and kids will be able to visit the Easter Bunny and have a photo taken.
FREE: This annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Pleasant Hill Fire Department and Parks & Recreation is for kids 12 and under. The hunt starts at 10:00 am at Doanes Park.
FREE: Tedd’s Garden Center hosts their annual Easter egg Hunt at 10:00 am for kids aged 10 and under. The Easter Bunny hides over 7,000 eggs and stays for the hunt and pictures afterwards. This event typically starts promptly at 10:00 am, don’t be late if you want to make sure your child finds eggs!
FREE: The Great Egg Hunt! hosted by Urbandale Parks and Recreation is for kids ages 10 and under at the Giovannetti Community Shelter. Kids can fill up their baskets with all the candy and eggs they see starting at 10:00 am.
FREE: Hop on over to fill your baskets full of candy at Waukee’s annual Easter Egg Hunt! Three age groups get to take off and grab their share of eggs including, 4 years and under, 5-7 and 8-10 years old. The Easter Bunny greets kids in Centennial Park at 10:00 a.m. Rain or shine.
FREE: Capitol City Church celebrates Easter with an EGGstravaganza at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. There will be Easter Egg Hunts for the following age divisions: Toddlers to 3-year-olds; 4-year-olds to Kindergarteners; First and Second Graders and Third through Fourth Graders.
FREE: Join Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines for games, crafts, Easter egg hunts (age 6 and under), inflatables, snacks and photo opportunities, all one hour prior to each of their Saturday Easter services 10:00 am to 7:00 pm! All kids are welcome!
FREE: Each year, Ankeny First hosts an Easter Egg Hunt for the community on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. The Easter Bunny always attends and is a popular attraction with the children. The egg hunt will start at 10:30 am, for children two years to 4th grade. New this year! There will be a Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt at the Ankeny Aquatics Center Wading Area. Special beeping and magnetic eggs will be provided with prizes. Invite your friends to this community-wide event.
FREE: Join Creekside Church in Urbandale for their 10th Annual Easter egg hunt. Hear the Easter Story and help your kids search for over 4,000 Eggs from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.
FREE: Come on out to Oak Park Elementary School for Revive Church’s 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Activities begin at 10:15 am with games, face painting, and giveaways. The hunts will start at 10:50 am. From Toddler to 6th Grade; there will be something for everyone.
Make a splash at the Urbandale Pool at their Annual Egg Dive. Go early, this popular event starts at 1:30 pm. Children will be divided into age groups to dive for colored eggs in the pool. Each egg will be turned in for a prize. $6.00 per person entering the pool area; only $1.00 for those with an annual pass.
FREE: Join Immanuel United Methodist Church for their annual Easter morning Egg Hunt! The hunt will be hosted in between worship services at 9:45 am, so come early or stay after for worship.
Join Skateland for a fun Easter skating event for the whole family! The fun starts at 5:00 pm and they will host an Easter Egg Hunt Skateland style at 7:00 pm. Admission is $8.00 and Skate rental $2.00.
Where is your favorite Easter egg hunt in Des Moines? Tell us in the comments below!