Des Moines Easter Egg Hunt Guide


The hunt is on! Find one (or many!) Easter egg hunts and let the kids run wild while collecting candy and prizes.

Leading up to Easter, there are several community hunts around Des Moines. Find the one that fits your family best. And don’t forget to bring along your favorite basket to collect all those eggs!

Easter Egg Hunts and Activities in and Around Des Moines

March 31

Family Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt | 2204 W. 2nd Avenue, Indianola
8:15 p.m.
Kids aged 2-13 are invited to gather as many eggs as they can find, then open them up to discover whether they hold candy or prizes. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight and a sack or basket to collect your eggs. Registration is required for egg hunters.

Saturday, April 1

Easterfest | Howells Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch, Cumming
April 1, 2, & 8
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take your time and play in the farm playland, pet farm animals, enjoy a pony ride, and take pictures with the Easter Bunny (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Eggs will be hidden all day long (rain or shine), and you don’t need to bring a basket. They will supply an egg carton, and when you fill it up you can return it to the barn to receive a prize. Admission for activities for the day is $10 per child. Admission includes an egg hunt and an unlimited playground. Adults are $8. All tickets must be purchased online.

Community Egg Hunt | New Hope United Methodist Church, Des Moines
2 p.m.
Egg hunt areas will be separated by age, kiddos 0-12 are welcome to participate. They expect the egg hunt will go quickly, so be sure to be on time so you don’t miss the EGG-citement. For a little EGG-stra fun, be sure to stop and get your photo with the Easter Bunny!

Bark Avenue Easter Egg Hunt | Bark Avenue, Ankeny
11 a.m.
You, your family, and your pup are invited. First will be the egg hunt for the kids at 11 a.m., then an egg hunt for small dogs at 11:30 a.m., and lastly an egg hunt for big dogs at 12 p.m.!

Special Egg Event | Jacobson Exhibition Center at the IA State Fairgrounds
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Journey Church is putting on a free Easter egg hunt for children with special needs and their families. Enjoy food, carnival games, activity areas, and egg hunts that are designed for all children. There will be a quiet egg hunt for children on the Autism spectrum or children with sensory processing issues. You can also register for a beeping egg hunt for those who have a visual impairment, a magnetic egg hunt for children with wheelchairs or mobility restrictions, assisted egg hunt, or an unassisted egg hunt for siblings of children involved in any other hunt.

Geocache Egg Hunt | Jester Park Nature Center, Granger
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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. Register online by March 29, $5 per collector, ages 3-14.

Easter Bunny, Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast | Lakeside Fellowship, Polk City
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Kiwanis will host their Annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Option to sit down inside or pick up and go. Cost is a free-will donation, Venmo available. Lakeside Fellowship will have crafts. The egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. and the Easter Bunny will be on site.

Waveland Park Neighborhood Association | Perkins Elementary School
10 a.m. 
The Easter Bunny will be on hand to kick off the hunt for thousands of eggs scattered around the playground. The hunt kicks off right at 10, so plan to arrive a little early. We’ll have different areas set for big and little kids.

Sunday, April 2 

Easter Egg Hunt, Naturally | Heartland Chiropractic + Wellness Center, 5521 NW 86th St. Johnston
1 p.m.
Hunt for eggs filled with toys and candy free of dyes and artificial sweeteners. Get pictures taken with the Easter bunny and enjoy fun family activities. 

Friday, April 7

Glowtastic Egg Hunt | Des Moines Children’s Museum, West Des Moines
5:30 p.m.
A special after-hours event featuring a glow-in-the-dark ongoing egg hunt, egg decorating, and a few special surprises. All regular exhibits will be open. $10 for ages 1 – 10; free for infants, adults, and members. Admission at the door.

Saturday, April 8

Granger Community Easter Egg Hunt | Parks and Recreation Field, Granger
11 a.m.
hildren ages 1-11 can find over 8000 eggs filled with candy plus a special visit from the Easter Bunny.

Easter Egg Hunt | Riverview Park, Des Moines
8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Join Highland Park/Oak Park Neighborhood Association for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Arrival is at 8:30 am. Hunt startsat 9 a.m. Visit the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, and have fun in their NEW LOCATION at Riverview Park (710 Corning Ave). All ages are invited!

The GREAT Egg Hunt – Sponsored by MetroNet | Walker-Johnston Park, Urbandale
10 a.m.
How many eggs can you collect? Walker Johnston Regional Park will be filled with eggs and treats! This event is for kids ages 10 and under. Don’t be late for the 10 a.m. send-off, most of the eggs are picked up in less than five minutes!

Ted’s Easter Egg Hunt | Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center, Cumming
9 a.m.
If you’ve ever participated in this event you know that it happens very quickly so you won’t want to be late! The best part about this egg hunt? It’s absolutely FREE! Over 8,000 eggs will be filled with prizes and candy! Rainbow Ray Face Painting from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Community Easter Egg Hunt | Hawkeye Park/Miracle Park, Ankeny
9:30 a.m.
There will be an accessible hunt at the Miracle Park for egg hunters with special needs. Other hunters (ages 1-8) will be divided into four age groups at Hawkeye Park. 

Creekside Easter Egg Hunt | Creekside Church, 2743 82nd Place Urbandale
10:30 a.m.
Seek and you will find at this annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Family Easter | Living History Farms, Urbandale
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Plan a full morning of family fun at Living History Farms. There will be ongoing egg and toy hunts (divided by age) throughout the morning. You can also enjoy strolling through the 1876 town, taking a horse-drawn wagon ride, meeting the Easter bunny, and much more. Tickets are $8/person for non-members and $7/person for members. This event goes on rain or shine!

Easter Egg Hunt | Centennial Park, Waukee
10 a.m.
Fill your baskets full of candy at Waukee’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Waukee Parks & Recreation Department. Keep an eye out for special golden prize eggs. The hunt is divided into three groups by age (up to age 10).

Sunday, April 9

Easter Egg Hunt | West Des Moines United Methodist Church, West Des Moines
10:15 a.m.

The hunt takes place inside the church. Basement – 0-5-year-olds, Third Floor – 6-12-year-olds

Easter at Summerset Winery | Summerset Winery, Indianola
12 p.m.
Enjoy an easter egg hunt for both the kiddos and the adults! Face painting and balloon animals for the little ones will require a ticket.

Send us an email if we missed anything, and we’ll add your event to the list.

We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.

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Content Coordinator Megan doesn’t really fall into any one mom category. With three kids from ages 5 to 12, she’s been a working mom and a stay-at-home mom. She’s breastfed and bottle-fed. She’s kept kids on strict sleeping schedules in their own beds and also embraced the benefits of co-sleeping. She’s a big believer in finding what works for you and your kiddo (and it’s often different for each kid). Megan is an Iowa native and lives in Ankeny with her husband Darren. They love to travel and are often planning their next road trip (even it’s a year away). They also enjoy entertaining and are famous among their friends for throwing big bashes to celebrate the Olympic Games. But her everyday life is mostly comprised of playdates, trips to the park, and trying to stay ahead of the never-ending laundry pile.    


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