The closest thing to searching for buried treasure is taking it to the fields and woods for an Easter egg hunt. Here are some picks that your kids (and a few for you too!) will be sure to enjoy.
Saturday, March 28
Pickering Manor North Field (26 N. Lincoln Ave., Newtown): 3,500 candy-filled eggs will be up for grabs starting at 9 a.m. Hunts broken down by age, including an adult and grandparents hunt. (Rain date Saturday, April 4.)
West Laurel Hill Cemetery (215 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd): Chocolate and prize-filled eggs will be hidden on cemetery grounds for the 10 a.m. hunt. Music, raffles, photos with the Bunny, magic and caricatures are also planned.
Knight Park (Park and Collings Avenues, Collingswood): Beginning at the park's gazebo at 10 a.m., kids 8 and under can search for eggs, get a sugar high on candy and take pics with the bunny of the hour.
White Clay Creek State Park (880 New London Rd., Newark, Del.): The only requirement for this one is that you be able to walk. Five age groups, including up to age 9, will hit the hunt starting at 10 a.m. (Rain date Sunday, March 29.)
Glen Foerd (5001 Grant Ave.): Join in any time between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Admission will get tots a chance to grab 10 eggs. Meet the Easter Bunny and munch on treats, too.
Gorgas Park (6300 Ridge Ave.): Broken down by age (1-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-7 years and 8-10 years), hunts go off every 10 minutes from 10 a.m. to noon. Elsewhere, a petting zoo, balloon animals, pony rides, face painting, games and Easter Bunny photos. (Rain date Saturday, April 4.)
Elmwood Park Zoo (1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown): Egg hunt follows an all-you-can-eat brunch and photo sesh with the EB. Sessions are from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Other dates include 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5.)
Freedom Park (86 Union St., Medford, N.J.): Find the magic eggs and win a prize. (Don't worry, standard eggs still up for grabs, too.) Begins at 11 a.m. for preschoolers through 4th graders. (Rain date Saturday, April 4.)
Kohler Park Soccer Fields (1055 Limekiln Pike, Ambler): Show up and smile for the cameras alongside the big bunny and search for hidden treasure. Begins at 11 a.m. for under 8 participants.
Peace Valley Nature Center (170 Chapman Rd., Doylestown): An added twist where each egg contains a (replica of) wild creature that lays eggs. The goal is to find the partner egg with the adult version of that same animal. Starts at 2 p.m. Come at 8:30 p.m. for glow-in-the-dark eggs with trivia questions inside.
11th St.-14th St. Beach (Ocean City, N.J.): Out of the 100,000 eggs, only 5,000 are filled with prizes, so the pressure's on. Young'uns will hit the beach in waves starting at 2:30 p.m. (Rain date Sunday, March 29.)
Bowman's Hill Wildlife Preserve (1635 River Rd., New Hope): Things get interesting around dusk. Starting at 7 p.m., children will learn about animals that come from eggs and then search for some by flashlight in the forest.
Sunday, March 29
The Market at DelVal (2100 Lower State Rd., Doylestown): Gather six eggs and a prize, hop on a wagon ride or jump on inflatables. The fun lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ryerss Museum & Library (7370 Central Ave.): Kids under 10, BYO basket. Parents, get 'em there by 1 p.m.
American Swedish Historical Museum (1900 Pattison Ave.): Swedish traditions abound from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with an in-museum egg hunt, cultural crafts and Swedish Easter Witch dress up.
Saturday, April 4
Awbury Arboretum (1 Awbury Rd.): A rummage among the plants getting underway at 10 a.m.
Cherry Hill West High School (2101 Chapel Ave. W., Cherry Hill.): 50,000 eggs packed with candy or a golden ticket. Kids under age 12 will be broken into four age brackets. Parents can sip on coffee and munch on doughnuts. Starts at 10 a.m.
Franklin Square (200 6th St.): Candy-filled festive vessels and other surprise goodies will be hidden around the park. It's a free-for-all for kids under 10 starting at 11 a.m.
Glasstown Brewing Company (10 Peterson St., Millville, N.J.): Adults-only contest for sweet prizes starting at 11:45 a.m.
19th Avenue Beach (North Wildwood, N.J.): Things are going to get sandy for kids under 11 starting at noon.
Maple Acres Farm (2656 Narcissa Rd., Plymouth Meeting): Kids will take to the farm in waves by age starting at noon. Hayrides are also offered.
Lincoln Avenue Beach (Wildwood, N.J.): Scoop handfuls of beach for eggs filled with prizes. Begins at noon for children ages 1-12. (Rain date Sunday, April 5.)
Momo's Treehouse (205 Arch St.): The toy store will be laden with treat-filled eggs beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Stenton (4601 N. 18th St.): Not only will children search for eggs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., they'll dye them too. Play games and make crafts as well.
Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford): An adult's dream with eggs containing chocolates that pair well with wines. Other freebies include vouchers, free tastings and wine gear. Wine tasting to follow. Runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 5
Ed's Funcade (23rd Ave. and the Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J.): Leave the egg hunts on Easter itself up to these guys. Then play some arcade games. Runs noon to 1:30 p.m. for kids under 12.