It’s that time of year! With spring comes outdoor activities, such as the annual Easter egg hunt.
Where did this delightful scavenger game derive? Historians point to Germany and the 16th century. It is said that when German settlers came to the United Stated they brought with them the “Easter Hare,” which Americans later adopted. History also speaks to the Protestant reformer Martin Luther who organized egg hunts for his congregation; men would hide eggs for the women and children to find. Nonetheless, Easter egg hunts today are a family-favorite springtime event. They are a joyous occasion where kids can run, play and engage in mystical fun while using critical thinking skills. What’s more, it’s quite easy to find many opportunities to participate in an Easter egg hunt near you this April!
Here is a list of the best Easter egg hunts throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to enjoy with the family – plus they are FREE or low cost. Happy hunting!
Egg-Splorers Contest 2022 and Hoppin’ Egg Hunt; 6-Fairfield Parks, Fairfield, Oh; 513-867-5348; fairfield-city.org
Now – Sunday, April 10, at 8 a.m.; search for six large wooden Easter eggs in six of Fairfield’s 29 parks. Take a fun photo by each of the eggs, e-mail the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org; first 50 winners (must send photos with all six eggs) will win a fabulous prize to be picked up at the Fairfield Community Arts Center! The HOPPIN’ Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Fairfield Greens North Trace (2605 Augusta Blvd.). Collect eggs in designated areas; for ages 2 – 4 years old, 5 – 7 years old and 8 – 10 years old.
Cincinnati Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt; 315 W. Court St., Cincinnati, Oh; 513-621-5553
Saturday, April 9, 9 – 10:30 a.m.; a fun morning of hunting for Easter eggs amongst CFM’s two floors of history exhibits plus take a selfie with the Easter Bunny; tickets $10 per person/all ages; ages one and younger are free.
Sharonville Egg-cellent Adventure; 10990 Thornview Drive, Sharonville, Oh; 513-563-1144; facebook.com/SharonvilleParksRec
Monday, April 11 – April 14, 12 – 3 p.m.; go on a scavenger hunt again! Be on the lookout on their Facebook page for clues for the park’s hidden golden eggs. Find one and return it back to the Community Center for a special Easter treat!
Liberty Township Egg Hunt; 6757 Yankee Road, Liberty, Oh; 513-644-0900; liberty-township.com/243/Township-Events
Saturday, April 16, from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Easter Celebration at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Oh; 513-281-4700; cincinnatizoo.org/events/easter-celebration
Saturday, April 16, from 12 – 5 p.m.; features animals receiving Easter-themed enrichment and a Find the Fiona Scavenger Hunt; Treat Stations will be on-site plus kids can meet and greet the Easter Bunny from 12 – 5 p.m.
Washington Park Easter Egg Hunt; 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati, Oh; 513-621-4400; washingtonpark.org/series/egg-hunt-2
Saturday April 16 & Sunday April 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; a two-day event! Check-in at Washington Park’s Porch, pick-up a scavenger hunt card and crayon and GO! Adventure through the park to find all the hidden eggs shown on your scavenger hunt card; find all the eggs and return to The Porch to collect your Egg Hunt treats; register in advance.
Independence Egg Hunt; Memorial Park, 2001 Jackwoods Pkwy., Independence, Ky; 859-356-5302; cityofindependence.org/Default.asp
Saturday, April 9, beginning at 11 a.m.
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site Easter Egg Hunt; 3380 Beaver Road, Union, Ky; 859-384-3522
Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; bring your best egg collecting basket! Meet at the Mastodon Shelter and go! Turn eggs in for candy or find a golden egg for a bonus prize.