I remember fondly a childhood hunting for eggs at Easter time, in the house or the yard. It's one of those traditional activities that brings smiles to children year after year and, as a parent, is lovely to watch especially with the race on between siblings and friends to see who can find the most eggs.
The tradition of egg hunts continues today although with many parents time poor it is somewhat of a relief that you can leave it to someone else to do all the organising and cleaning up now with different entities organising egg hunts in parks, at the beach and a host of other venues.
Here are a number of Easter egg hunts around Sydney that are either free or low cost:-
Bigger and better than ever, this Easter egg hunt sees 15,000 eggs waiting to be sniffed out throughout The Grounds of Alexandria's garden and laneways. They're partnering with Cadbury this year and there will also be three Golden Eggs with the lucky hunters that find them winning a prize each to take home.
Entry is free for this hunt on Easter Saturday (31st March) although you will need to register. It's an early one, taking place from 8.30am-9.30am.
Want more? The Grounds have a lot more happening during Easter. There's also an Easter Saturday brunch, a mega 500kg chocolate Freckle Easter egg towering over 3metres tall to be cracked open on Easter Sunday (and you can help and share in the sweet stuff), Easter cookie decorating classes and more. For all that's on, visit the website here.
Location address is 7a/2 Huntley St, Alexandria. Parking is available onsite.
This event is the 'Claytons' egg hunt, that is, the hunt you're having when you're not really having a hunt. For safety reasons, this one is more of a fun Easter quest for children aged 4-8 years (who must be accompanied by an adult) where they are given a trail map that takes them around the garden completing challenges with the reward being chocolate.
The activities in this outdoor quest are egg or bunny related. Children are led to stations where they get their maps stamped and have fun with the likes of egg and spoon races and other similar games. Be sure to bring a bag or a basket to collect your eggs in at each station.
The course will take around 30-45 minutes to complete and then there will be family photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny at the end, so bring your camera too.
A cafe and food vans will be onsite should you need some sustenance.
It's on both Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. Times between 9am-2.15pm can be chosen. Meeting point is the Wild Play Discovery Centre on Dickens Drive, Centennial Park. The cost is $17.70 per child with accompanying adults free.
It's the Year of the Dog and, although Chinese New Year has finished, pooches are the focus for this Easter party hunt with a twist. As part of the Super Furry Festival, both dogs and their owners can scavenge for eggs and hidden treats.
It's on the week before Easter (Saturday 24th March) with a range of doggie cuteness tents and a dress up photo booth, amongst stalls that include Eazydogtraining, Vets on Crown, Underwater Dogs, Happy Healthy Dog and Nigella the Pug.
The festival runs from 9am-2pm with the egg hunt at 1pm (meet time 12.45pm). The hunt will cost you $10. Tickets can be purchased online.
The venue is Shannon Reserve in Crown St, Surry Hills. It is best accessible by bus. Some street parking surrounds the park.
Watsons Bay Egg Hunts
Free daily egg hunts (from Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive) in Robertson Park at 1pm are just one highlight of what you can expect at Watsons Bay this Easter. Keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny who will hop in to see how you're going collecting eggs. Easter Sunday sees a special Aqua Egg Hunt at 12pm on the beach. Bring your snorkel and swimmers and get hunting as there will be chocolate surprises for everyone.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has activities for all ages and entertainment with live DJ's over the course of the long weekend. Food-wise, you'll find banquets, a special hot cross bun ice cream sandwich and an Easter pancake parlour on Good Friday where kids eat free from 10am-1pm.
The hotel is located at 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay. Robertson Park lies beside it. They're easily accessed by ferry from Circular Quay and various bus routes. Parking is also available for those wishing to drive.
Inflatable World Easter Egg Hunt
Sponsored by North Shore Mums, Inflatable World have announced their annual egg hunt as being on 23rd March this year, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. So assemble your adventurers and head to the playground in this jumping world to search for over 1,000 chocolate surprises the Easter Bunny has left.
Be sure to dress up as there will be a prize for the best dressed bunny. Colouring in and guessing competitions also have prizes up for grabs.
Limited to 100 tickets, entry at $15 per person includes the egg hunt and play time on the inflatables. Spectating parents are free.
Inflatable World can be found at 7-15 Gundah Rd, Mount Kuring-Gai.
The Great Garden Egg Hunt
Hosted by Darrell Lea, Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden sees the Easter Bunny arriving on Easter Saturday and Sunday as part of the hunt. Not only do you collect eggs on this trail but you also search for the furry bunny.
Fun challenges will have children moving around these beautiful gardens. In addition to the egg hunt, there will be egg and spoon races and a few other activities to keep them busy. Afterwards, enjoy a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny.
Note chocolate eggs will not be hidden in the garden due to hygiene and safety reasons. Instead chocolate eggs will be given as prizes on completion of each activity and on completion of the trail.
Multiple timeslots are available from 8.30am-1.45pm. Sessions run every 15 minutes with the course taking approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. Tickets are $17.70 per child, with accompanying adult free.
The meeting point is the Children's Fig Tree Lawn, down near the water. Closest entrance is Henry Lawson Gate and closest train station is Circular Quay.
A cafe and food vans will be onsite or you might want to bring a picnic and make a day of it.
Egg-cellent Easter Trail
Elizabeth Farm is putting on a range of activities on Easter Sunday that are inspired by traditional Easter games. Their Egg-cellent Easter Trail will have the young ones participating on a chicken hunt, enjoying egg and spoon racing, egg rolling and a hot cross bun challenge. Upon completion, they claim their chocolate treat.
There's also craft at the Tinkering station, meeting feathered friends at the Kindi Farm and exploring the kitchen garden. You may even find the Easter Bunny.
One can also explore the historic homestead that was home to John Macarthur, pioneer of settlement in Australia and founder of our wool industry. You will be transported in time as you learn about the history and their lives in the early 1800's.
Tick some shopping and an egg hunt off at Macquarie Shopping Centre this Easter Saturday. The adventure begins at 8am at The Vogue Cafe when children collect their baskets and clues. Once they've found all their eggs then they will be invited back to the cafe for games, face painting and Easter crafts.
The cafe is located on level 2, near Country Road, and is renowned for its over the top quirky shakes and smoothies in its buzzy venue with hanging plants and bright decor.
To participate in this free event, contact Sarah on 0414 440 009.
With something in the city as well as north, west, south and east, one of these is bound to be not too far away from most people. So hop on down and treat the kids to some fun and create some memories in the process.