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Published March 14th 2017
Save time shopping this Easter, go egg hunting instead
Easter egg hunting has never been easier or more fun with events all over the city and in the Hunter Valley to keep your family busy on the April long weekend. Start hunting!
The Australian Museum Egg-stravaganza Sat 15 and Sun 16 April, 10am-2pm
Cost: $23-30 for one child and one adult (plus booking fee)
For a fun filled day that lets kids become explorers, the Australian Museum is a great place to go. Kids will be given a trail map to hunt for chocolate bilbies among the museum galleries. They will also have a chance to meet the real Easter bilby and learn about egg-laying animals. It is estimated the trail takes 20 minutes and is recommended for kids aged 4 - 12.
While you're there, take a look at the displays including the new Spiders - Alive and Deadly exhibit where you can enter a spider dome and Surviving Australia which showcases the evolution of our most interesting animals such as the Tasmanian tiger!
Centennial Parklands 'The Great CP Egg Hunt' Sat 15 and Sun 16 April, 9.30am-2.45pm Cost: $17.50 per child, accompanying adults can come for free!
A beautiful place to be on any day of the week, you will also have the added bonus of gathering chocolate eggs this Easter. Children will be challenged with a trail map containing clues to guide them on their trek among the trees. There will also be the classic egg and spoon race to test their dexterity, and well, it's just plain fun! The egg hunt is suitable for children aged 3 - 8 years old and is estimated to take 35-40 minutes to complete.
The Royal Botanic's Great Garden Hunt Saturday 15 April, 9.30am-2.45pm
Cost: $17.50 per child, accompanying adults can come for free!
Royal Botanic Garden
Festivities at the Centennial Parklands (mentioned above) will also be taking place at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Located off Macquarie Street in the CBD, egg hunters will descend on the Band Lawn from 9.30am to begin their Easter adventure. You will be able to select your egg hunt start time when booking your ticket.
Adults will also be able to enjoy the euphoria of chocolate by touring the new horticultural display at the Calyx called Sweet Addiction. Get up close to chocolate plantations (normally only seen on the other side of the world) and stop off at the Lindt chocolate mill for a sensory overload. The self guided tour is separate to the egg hunt and costs $15 for adults, children under 16 years old can enter for free.
Hunter Valley Gardens Giant Easter Egg Hunt Sat 15 and Sun 16 April
Cost: $18 per child and $28 per adult (family pass starts at $65 for 2 adults and 1 child)
If you're looking to get away for the weekend, the Hunter Valley Gardens is only a couple of hours drive from Sydney. There are 8 carefully curated gardens each with a different theme to discover, as well as a very photogenic Italian grotto. On the Easter weekend, the gardens will be hosting an egg hunt as well as gingerbread workshops and other fun Easter activities. There will be no shortage of entertainment here!
The Mercure Resort is located within the gardens so you can walk right up to your room after a day of hunting and exploring.