Easter is a fun time for children and families in St. Louis. Kids can go on an egg hunt, see baby animals at one of the best zoos in the country, and even have breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Whether you want to attend a religious ceremony or just want to plan something fun with the kids for the holiday, there's plenty to do in St. Louis on your Easter vacation. From festive Easter brunches to city-wide egg hunts, your family is sure to enjoy their trip to St. Louis this spring.
Easter Bunny Visits at the Mall
Throughout the Easter season, children are invited to the West County Center in the Des Peres shopping mall to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Each year, kids get a chance to meet the Easter Bunny on Level 1 of the mall near Macy's. In the past, the mall has also hosted Easter Bunny Pet Nights on Mondays, allowing people to come with their cats and dogs to get photographed with the Easter Bunny.
Hare in the Air, Chesterfield
Unlike other egg hunts, when the Easter Bunny arrives at Logan University in Chesterfield, he does so in a helicopter. During Hare in the Air, the Easter Bunny arrives at 9:30 a.m. and the egg hunt is divided into age groups with special prizes for each group. Parents are not allowed inside the hunt area and everyone needs to bring their own basket. The event also includes other fun activities like balloon artists, costumed characters, and a petting zoo. The event usually takes place on a Saturday two weeks before Easter.
Breakfast With the Easter Bunny
Children in St. Charles County can enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Memorial Hall in Blanchette Park typically on a Saturday a week before Easter. The park is a 30-minute drive west of downtown St. Louis. Kids can also make crafts, go on an egg hunt, and get their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. There is a charge for admission, but children age 2 and under can participate for free.
Easter Egg-Citement and Bunny Breakfast
The biggest egg hunt in the St. Louis area can be found about an hour north of the city at Eckert's Orchards. Hunting for eggs isn't the only fun for kids. There will also be baby chicks and bunnies, face painting, visits with the Easter Bunny, and plenty of Easter treats. There is a cost per child to participate and egg hunts are held on the hour between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
If you arrive early, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, biscuits, and gravy from 8-11 a.m. at the Country Restaurant. You may even catch an early appearance by the Easter Bunny.
Easter Eggstravaganza, Richmond Heights
The neighborhoods of Maplewood and Richmond Heights are hosting a free egg hunt for children at the A.B. Green Athletic Complex located at Laclede Station Road and Dale Avenue. There will be hunting areas for children ages 3 and younger as well as different areas for those aged 4 to 5, 6 to 7, and 8 to 10. In all, kids will have the chance to collect more than 10,000 eggs, and the egg hunt starts promptly at 11 a.m. The event typically takes place a week before Easter on a Saturday. In addition to the children's egg hunts, there will also be special egg hunts for tweens, adults, and even dogs.
Easter Weekend at Six Flags
Six Flags in Eureka, Missouri is joining in the fun of the holiday with an egg hunt for children ages 10 and younger for Easter. Kids will have the chance to find eggs filled with candy before the park opens. The egg hunt is free with Six Flags admission, but you must first get a special wristband to participate.
Every year on Easter Sunday, the St. Louis Zoo switches things up with its egg hunt. Instead of visitors hunting for eggs, the zoo lets the animals have some fun during the Enrichment Eggstravaganza event. Visitors can watch while the animals hunt for eggs and enjoy special Easter treats from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you buy a Safari pass, animal adoption, or membership on Easter Sunday, you may also receive a special gift.
Magic House Egg Roll
In Kirkwood, the Magic House is following in the steps of the White House by hosting an Easter Egg Roll on the Monday after Easter. Children 12 and younger can gather on the front lawn of the museum to roll eggs with large spoons in a race to the finish line. There will also be egg decorating, story time, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The egg roll event is free with admission to the museum.