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Easter egg hunts & chocolatey fun
Easter is a favourite time of year for many families - kids are home from school, chocolate bunnies are getting their ears bitten off and Easter egg hunts are being held in gardens all across the city. There are also much larger Easter egg hunts organised around the region, with kids scrambling under bushes and behind trees to find their chocolately prizes. Each year these events get bigger and bigger, so organisers are now holding session times so that every child gets a chance to find their own yummy eggs. You need to book in early however, as there are limited spots available. The following list has 5 events that have advertised early, but ensure you check back with Canberra Weekendnotes for Part 2 of this list, as even more egg-citing Easter events get advertised - and they will!
1/ ONE GIANT Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, 25th March somewhere on the north side of Canberra - at a secret location to be revealed! Organised by the ONE Agency Kippax, there will be 5,000 eggs hidden - including 6 'special eggs' which will win the finder a giant chocolate rabbit! There will also be prizes for Best Dressed and Most Courteous Hunter. The day will run between 10am - 2pm, with Easter egg hunters to arrive at 9:45am. To avoid smaller kids getting caught up in the rush, the hunt will be split into two separate areas - one area for kids up to 6 years old and the other area is for 6 - 12 year olds. This is a free event, however you need to book your ticket to get in. Don't delay too long however, as places are limited. See here for details.
2/ First Edition Bar and Dining at the Novotel Canberra will be partnering with MollyCoddle Parties for an Easter High Tea - just for littlies! On Monday, 26th March, parents can indulge in a glass of bubbles and delicious food, whilst the kids enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, craft activities, face painting, music, dancing and a High Tea. Adult tickets cost $25, children (aged 2-5) cost $35 and bubs 0-1 are free. See here for details.
3/ Yarralumla Play Station at Weston Park, is a popular area for younger children, with a miniature train ride, miniature animals and two mini golf courses. Each year for Easter, they run an Easter Egg Hunt over their property, with hourly sessions so it doesn't get too busy. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held over two days at Easter, both on Saturday and Sunday, with hourly sessions between 10am - 3pm. Each ticket costs $12 and includes a Cadbury chocolate goodie bag, train ride and a chance to find a special egg with a prize inside. There will also be face painting and a jumping castle. Book your tickets through Eventbrite and see their Facebook for more details.
4/ The Great Easter Egg Trail is a popular Easter event at the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House). This free event will be held on Easter Sunday, with a trail to follow to reach the Easter eggs and children's activities in the courtyards. This year participants will need to book a session time so it doesn't get too crowded. Keep checking the website to book a session time, at one of the most popular hunts in Canberra. See here for details.
5/ Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains, 2.5 hours from Canberra, has a whole weekend of Easter fun planned for all the family. If you want to go away for the weekend, why not book in at Thredbo and take part in all the activities. The main events will be held on Easter Sunday with a Lindt Giant Kids Easter Egg Hunt from 10am at Friday Flat, where there will be over 5000 Lindt chocolate eggs just waiting to be found. Entry is by gold coin donation. At 11am, the egg hunting gets serious with the Thredbo $10,000 Golden Easter Egg Hunt by Lindt. There will be 6 Lindt Golden Bunnies that will be hidden around the area, with a jackpot bunny worth $5,000 and another 5 bunnies are worth $1,000 each! This event is free. See here for all the details.
Have you found an event that sounds perfect for your family? It is going to be a egg-cellent time in the Capital city for family fun, so book in early and enjoy all the activities on offer. Who knows - you may even pick up something more than eggs this Easter! Gold!
Who will win the golden prize at Thredbo? Image: Original photos from Thredbo website