16 Easter Activities for the Family in Central Arkansas
Easter is full of bright colors. The spring season brings new growth to the bare trees and brown lawns of winter and families can enjoy nature as flowers bloom and the insects begin to buzz about.
During this special time, everyone can get outside and enjoy hunting for eggs, head to the mall for a picture with a six-foot tall bunny or remember the reason for the season at a meaningful Easter service. Here’s what’s going on around central Arkansas to help you celebrate the spring holiday.
Easter Bunny at McCain Mall
Head to the the mall and hop into spring as you visit the Easter Bunny. You can skip the line by reserving a time online! Click here for the full schedule or call (501) 758-6317 for info. FREE!
Easter Bunny at Park Plaza Mall
Hop by to see the Easter Bunny! He awaits on the second floor near Dillard’s East. The visits are free, and photo packages are available for purchase. Bunny visiting hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday with carrot breaks from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.; noon-6 p.m. Sunday with a carrot break from 3-3:30 p.m. For info: (501) 664-4956. FREE!
Easter Egg Hunt at Excell Park in Jacksonville
Bring a basket to Jacksonville’s largest Easter egg hunt! Toddlers through age 10 participate in this holiday tradition in a fun and safe environment. All participants must arrive by 10 a.m. The Easter bunny will make a special appearance and egg hunts include 2,000 eggs per group! The schedule is: toddlers (field 2) at 10:15 a.m.; ages 4-5 (field 3) at 10:30 a.m., ages 6-7 (field 2) at 10:45 a.m., and ages 8-10 (field 3) at 11 a.m. In case of rain, all ages meet at the Jacksonville Community Center at 10 a.m. For info: (501) 982-4171. FREE!
Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Jacksonville Community Center
Dive into spring at this unique Easter egg hunt event! Children ages 3-12 are invited to the community center pool to take the plunge for a chance to win toys, Splash Zone passes and more. For registration information, call or visit the website. Date, location and time are subject to change. 6-8:30 p.m. $5. For info: (501) 982-4171.
Tie Dye Eggs at the Main Library
Create bright and colorful eggs that look as if they've been tie-dyed at this free crafting event at CALS Main Library. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and the activity is aimed at ages 5-12. Call (501) 918-3050 for more info. FREE!
March 30-April 1
Great Escape Weekend and Easter Egg Hunt at Petit Jean State Park
Celebrate spring and the great outdoors at Great Escape Weekend! Enjoy free nature-related and family-oriented activities. The celebration will conclude with an Easter egg scramble for about 2,000 eggs. Contact the park for a schedule. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. For info: (501) 727-5441. FREE!
Eggstravaganza at Oley Rooker Library
Storytime, crafts and an egg hunt with prizes for everyone! Babies and toddlers are first at 10:30 a.m. and ages 6 and up begin at 11 a.m. For info click here or call (501) 907-5991. FREE!
Easter Egg Hunt at Burns Park
At the North Little Rock annual Easter egg hunt, kids will hunt for thousands of eggs in groups according to age beginning at 9:45 a.m. Registration for the event starts at 9 a.m. Drawings will be held throughout the morning for door prizes. There will be coloring areas, opportunities to take photos with the Easter Bunny and more! Call (501) 791-8543 for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt at Allsopp Park
Join Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church for family fun and an egg hunt for children in fifth grade and under. 10:30 a.m. is the Kindersongs Concert and the hunt starts at 11 a.m. For info: (501) 664-3600. FREE!
First United Methodist Church Easter Festival at the Terry House
A free Easter egg hunt with plenty of fun including bounce houses, face painting, a photo booth, door prizes and more! The fun goes from noon-2 p.m. The event is free, but RSVP here so that there is sure to be enough food to go around. FREE!
St. James United Methodist Church Easter Eggstravaganza
A free Easter egg hunt with a chance to win prizes and visit with the Easter bunny! There will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks and a family photo booth. Starts at 10 a.m. For info: (501) 227-6700. FREE!
Maumelle Easter Egg Hunt at Rolling Oaks Soccer Complex
A free Easter egg hunt for ages 10 and under. The fun starts at 9 a.m. sharp; don't be late or the eggs will be gone! In case of rain, the event will take place in the Jess Odom Community Center. FREE!
Egg Bash Obstacle Dash at Christ Little Rock Elementary School
Kids will run in a 22-obstacle fun run collecting Easter eggs along the way. At the end of the course kids will receive a medal and turn their eggs in for big candy! After the obstacle run, take photos with the Easter bunny, enjoy lunch from food trucks, play in bounce houses and more! The fun goes from 1-4 p.m. FREE!
April 1 (Easter Sunday)
Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Catherine State Park
For over 30 years, Lake Catherine State Park has hosted an Easter egg hunt. Join the fun as youngsters and the young-at-heart participate in this event. The hunt is for children 12 and younger. Meet at the Picnic Hill area. The action begins promptly at 2 p.m. For info: (501) 844-4176. FREE!
30th Annual Community Easter Sunrise Service at First Security Amphitheater
Celebrate Easter in downtown Little Rock as thousands gather on the banks of the Arkansas River with music, scripture and fellowship. This is a non-denominational service for all ages. The dress is casual and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Leashed dogs are welcome. 7 a.m. For info: (501) 664-3600. FREE!
Eggshibition at the Jack Stephens Center
Youth Home’s Eggshibition is celebrating its 27th year with live and silent auction items, live music by the William Staggers Trio and delicious food and libations! 7-9:30 p.m. $60, $85 patron access. For info: (501) 821-5500, info@YouthHome.org. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT!