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Easter in Des Moines, Iowa 2021

Easter in Des Moines, Iowa 2021

Easter in Des Moines, Iowa 2021

Eggs, bunnies, and eggs everywhere. There are a ton of opportunities to hunt for eggs in Des Moines this Spring. Check out our list of Des Moines Easter Egg Hunts for 2021. If you have an event you would like to add let me know.

** Note: Click the title to be directed to the website for the event.

Michael’s Kids Club Online

March 9 – April 1

4 p.m.

Virtual – Online

Michaels offers fun workshops weekly for FREE. You do need to register to participate.

  • March 9, 2021 – Create a 3-D Bunny Treat Holder using Perler Beads
  • March 23, 2021 – Layered Easter Egg Art
  • March 24, 2021 – Egg Paint Reveal Canvas
  • March 25, 2021 – Easter Egg Ornaments
  • March 31, 2021 – Watercolor Resist Painting
  • April 1, 2021 – Easter Themed Rocks

Easter Bunny at Valley West Mall

March 12 – April 3

Monday-Saturday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm

Visit the Easter Bunny at Valley West Mall in a social distancing format. While there ride on the Easter train!

Easter Egg Scramble

Saturday, March 20

11 a.m. to Noon

Hy-Vee Altoona

Join Hy-Vee for their annual Easter Egg Scramble in the Civic Plaza Park!

  • 11 a.m. – 1-3 year olds
  • 11:20 a.m. 4-7-year-olds
  • 11:40 a.m. 8-12 year olds

Make sure to swing in for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny between 9-11 a.m. before the big hunt starts! Reservations are highly recommended since we will have limited seating available. To make a breakfast reservation, please contact Rachel Matson by calling (515) 967-7676 or emailing 1011cateringmgr@hy-vee.com.

Family Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

Friday, March 26

8:15 to 9:30 p.m. 

Pickard Recreation Area, Indianola

When the sun goes down, the fun begins! For kids age 2-13 plus family. Dress for the weather, and bring your own flashlight and a sack or basket for eggs that are filled with either candy or prizes from our amazing sponsors. New location this year at the Indianola Activity Center! Registration deadline is Wednesday, 3/24, or when full.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, March 27

8:30 to 10 a.m.

Chick-fil-A (Ankeny)

The Easter Bunny is coming to visit our drive-thru! He will be handing out take-home craft kits while supplies last. Grab some breakfast and see the Easter bunny!

Easter Story Lane

Saturday, March 27

4 to 5 p.m.

Vineyard Church; 2332 Euclid Avenue

Free Community Family Event. Bring your kids and their Easter baskets to collect goodies along an outdoor walk through a large display that tells the Easter story. Masks are required and the story lane is physically distanced to guide families through in a COVID friendly way. In the event of rain, it will be held on Sunday, March 28, 4-5 pm. 

Meet the Easter Bunny

Saturday, March 27

Noon to 4 p.m.

The Theatrical Shop

Hop on over to the Theatrical Shop on Saturday, March 27, to meet our very special, undeniably sweet and fantastically FUN Easter Bunny! Join the Shop Crew for safe family fun with costumes, coloring and candy, and check out the storewide sale while you’re here! Remember, masks are required in our store.

Easter Bunny Coming to Adel

Sunday, March 28

3 to 5 p.m.

Kinnick-Feller Riverside Park

Come see the Easter Bunny and get a picture taken! He will be at the gazebo at Kinnick-Feller Park, March 28th from 3:00-5:00pm. This will be an outdoor event. Pull around the circle from the north. Please wait in your car until it is your family’s turn. This is a free will donation event! Photos will be free and available for download by Heather Schroeder! All donations will go to the children in the ADM community!

GPS Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 28

12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Ewing Park

Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation Environmental Education in Ewing Park for an egg hunt! Participants will use a handheld GPS unit to find the location of eggs hidden in the park. For each correct location that they find, they will get to pick up a small prize to take home with them. We will be offering two egg hunt time slots: 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Cost: $10

Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 3

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blank Park Zoo

Free event with the price of regular Zoo admission for non-members and free to Zoo members“Eggspect” to have a hoppin’ great time in the open air at Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 3rd at Blank Park Zoo from 10-2PM! While the animals are out enjoying their egg-cellent enrichment throughout the day, peeps of all ages can meet and get their photo with the Easter Bunny, all while exploring the entirety of the Zoo on a Zoo-Wide Egg Scavenger Hunt from 10:00 – 2:00 PM!

Eggstravaganza will follow the same enhanced measures as the daily operations of the Zoo, including operating at reduced capacity and requiring masks indoors for ages two and older AND outdoors when you are unable to distance from others. Bring your own bag or basket from home, or the Zoo will provide an egg carton for you to use on your hunt. Get egg-cited! The much-anticipated Golden Egg Hunt has a new look this year! Enjoy our Golden Egg Photo Competition, where guests of all ages can snap a fun photo or selfie with as many golden eggs as they can find stationed around the Zoo. Photos must then be uploaded to the Zoo’s website: blankparkzoo.com.

Easter Family Fun Day

Saturday, April 3

10 a.m. to Noon

Valley Community Center

Grab your peeps and join Midwest Meets Designs + Des Moines Parent for a FREE Easter Family Fun at the Valley Community Center. We will be set up outdoors with plenty of room to space out, play, and celebrate. We ask that you please wear a mask.

What you can expect:

  • A fun family photo opp with All Things Good Bus and local photographer Anna Berry Images. Families are welcome to take photos on their phones, but pictures will be uploaded to an online gallery for viewing. Families will be able to download as many complimentary images as they would like via the gallery link.
  • A scavenger hunt around Valley Community Center
  • Free cookies + lemonade from Chick-fil-a Mills Civic (Limited quantities. First come, first serve)>> Live music for some fun dancing with Stover Eaddy Entertainment.
  • DIY seed planting table to take home.

Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 3

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blank Park Zoo

Free event with the price of regular Zoo admission for non-members and free to Zoo members“Eggspect” to have a hoppin’ great time in the open air at Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 3rd at Blank Park Zoo from 10-2PM!

While the animals are out enjoying their egg-cellent enrichment throughout the day, peeps of all ages can meet and get their photo with the Easter Bunny, all while exploring the entirety of the Zoo on a Zoo-Wide Egg Scavenger Hunt from 10:00 – 2:00 PM! Eggstravaganza will follow the same enhanced measures as the daily operations of the Zoo, including operating at reduced capacity and requiring masks indoors for ages two and older AND outdoors when you are unable to distance from others

.Bring your own bag or basket from home, or the Zoo will provide an egg carton for you to use on your hunt. Get egg-cited! The much-anticipated Golden Egg Hunt has a new look this year! Enjoy our Golden Egg Photo Competition, where guests of all ages can snap a fun photo or selfie with as many golden eggs as they can find stationed around the Zoo. Photos must then be uploaded to the Zoo’s website: blankparkzoo.com. More details to come!

Chaos Free Easter Egg Event

Saturday, April 3

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Howell’s Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch

Tickets sold online only. No tickets available at the door,

Howells Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch invite everyone, young and old, to enjoy Easter on the Farm with us! We had so much fun last year we are doing it again! Come join us for the second year of our “chaos-free” style Easter Egg Hunt.

Take pictures with the Easter Bunny, pet some friendly farm animals, take a spin in our bathtub train, and unlimited access to our Farm Playground!  There’s no better way to spend your Easter than with Howells Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch.

Easter Treasure Hunt

Saturday, April 3

9 to 11 a.m.

Meredith Drive Reformed Church, The Bridge Campus

Their socially distanced Easter Treasure Hunt can be completed at your own pace and is a station-based event geared for kids, with the Easter Story, an egg hunt, and more! Come and go as you please anytime, free to anyone, bring your own basket, and masks are required.

Easter Egg Hunt with Pleasant Hill Fire Department & Parks and Recreation

Saturday, April 3

10 to 11 a.m.

Doanes Park

Join Pleasant Hill for a fun Easter Egg Hunt that promptly will begin at 10 am. This hunt is for children 12 years and under.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 3

1 to 3 p.m.

Best After School and Summer Camp in Waukee, IA

Join Best After School and Summer Camp for are an awesome event for you and your child for FREE! Get a chance to be part of an Easter Egg Event at our Facility Parking lot. They will be doing fun games like Obstacle courses, Dance offs, Karate Moves, Special Prizes and they will have a bounce house! Reserve your spot today.

Family Easter

Saturday, April 3

9 a.m. to Noon

Living History Farms

Purchase timed tickets here.

Welcome Spring with a day of fun for the whole family! The 1876 town of Walnut Hill comes together to celebrate Easter with ongoing egg hunts (divided by age), games, baby farm animals, and more. Living History Farms’ Family Easter is full of traditional holiday activities with a small-town twist.

Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 3

8 to 10 a.m.

Looking for something fun to do this Easter? Look no further! You are invited to our Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt. Hilltop Church has 10,000 Easter eggs to giveaway for the kids along with coupons to local establishments for the adults! They know your kiddos will have a BLAST and know you will too! Almost forgot to mention your chance to take a photo with one of their Princesses or Superheroes.

All you need to do to participate is follow @hilltop.church on Instagram or @thisishilltop on Facebook. The event map will be posted Friday Night April 2nd for you and your family to plan out your trip. (All locations will be in the West Des Moines/Waukee area) Help support local businesses this Easter by participating in this family-friendly event! All Easter eggs have been packed by employees of Sunny Bunny Easter Eggs. Whose mission is to provide meaningful employment to those with disabilities.

Geocache Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 3

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Jester Park Nature Center

Learn how to use a GPS and go search the park to find nests of hidden eggs, collecting prizes and candy along the way. Keep an eye out for the “golden egg” worth a special prize! For the safety of staff and participants, we ask that everyone wear a mask. 

REGISTRATION: Required for each child collector.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://bit.ly/3ltxBlt

DEADLINE: Register by Wednesday, March 31

COST: $5/collector

AGES: 3-14

World’s Longest Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 3

9 to 11 a.m.

Bring your kids, grandkids, and/or neighbors to the NewLife Church parking lot any time between 9 am – 11 am. How does it work?
– Each kid brings a basket
– Drive-up in your car to 6036 NE 12th Ave., Pleasant Hill.
– We provide directions from there.No signups required. This is a FREE EVENT.

Egg My House Opportunities

Not interested in stuffing and hiding a bunch of eggs for the kiddos? Here are some fun ‘Egg My House’ opportunities that support local organizations. Have someone else do the work and support an amazing cause!

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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