14 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. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 1, 3-8, 10-15; 12:30-6 p.m. April 2; 12:30-8 p.m. April 9. For info: (501) 758-6317. 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: 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 3-4 p.m. For info: (501) 664-4956. 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 all other ages begin at 11 a.m. For info: (501) 907-5991. FREE!
Caring Bunny at McCain Mall
McCain Mall’s Caring Bunny event offers families whose children have special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Easter photo experience. Registration is required on EventBrite. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For info: (501) 758-6317. FREE!
Eggshibition at the Jack Stephens Center
Youth Home’s Eggshibition is celebrating its 26th year with live and silent auction items, original hand-blown glass from James Hayes, delicious food and libations! Craig O’Neill is this year’s auctioneer! 7-9:30 p.m. $50, $75 patron access. For info: (501) 821-5500, info@YouthHome.org. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT!
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 with the Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club to help raise money for programs and activities. 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.
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!
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!
Community Easter Egg Hunt and Hotdog Cookout at Western Hills United Methodist Church
A free Easter egg hunt with plenty of fun, games and hot dogs for the whole family! Separate hunting areas for preschoolers and elementary age children. In case of inclement weather, the events are held inside. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For info: (501) 565-2384, AnneHolcomb@SBCGlobal.net. 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 11 a.m. For info: (501) 227-6700. FREE!
April 16 (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, Steve.Donahou@Arkansas.gov. FREE!
Community Easter Sunrise Service at Lakewood Village Pavilion in North Little Rock
Greet the dawn on this holy day with a community celebration service. The North Little Rock High School band performs and the North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith speaks. The event is sponsored by Lakewood United Methodist Church. 6:30 a.m. For info: (501) 753-6186. FREE!
29th 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!