Des Moines Easter Egg Hunt Guide

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kid holding easter basket. Easter Egg Hunt Des MoinesEaster egg hunts are a great tradition. Cute kiddos running around and excited over finding an egg. Plus it preemptively burns some of that energy from candies found in the eggs.

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!

Des Moines Easter Egg Hunts and Activities

Saturday, April 2

Community Egg Hunt, Tower Park, Des Moines
10 a.m.
Includes a free pancake breakfast for everyone (starting at 10 a.m.) and a free Egg Hunt with 15,000 eggs (starting at 10:30 a.m. for kids age 1 – Grade 5). Every kid takes home candy with a chance to win over 100 prizes.

Friday, April 8

Family Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, Indianola Activity Center, Indianola
8 p.m.
Add an extra element of excitement (and challenge) with Indianola’s Flashlight Hunt. Bring your own flashlight and a bag or basket for eggs. Gather as many eggs as you can find, then open them up to discover whether they hold candy or prizes from their amazing sponsors. Registration required for child participants, $7.25 (Resident)
$9.00 (Non-resident)

Saturday, April 9

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. Be sure to say hello to the Easter Bunny!

Beaverdale Easter Egg Hunt, Beaverdale Park, Des Moines
10 a.m.
Be sure to arrive early to find a parking place and the starting line for each age group (up to age 10).

Easter Bunny Express, Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone
10 a.m.
Take an approximately one-hour train ride through the Des Moines River Valley with the hippity-hoppity-happy rabbit, as well as a hunt for Easter eggs. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at bsvrr.com/tickets, or by calling (515) 432-4249.

Easter Bunny, Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast, Lakeside Fellowship, Polk City
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.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.

Sunday, April 10

Special Egg Event, Journey Church 4409 121st St, Urbandale
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt, Johnston Town Center, Johnston
1 p.m.
The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 1 p.m. sharp and it goes very quickly, so be on time; otherwise, you might miss out!

Saturday, April 16

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).

Eggstravaganza, Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collect an egg from each of six egg-themed stations around the zoo and redeem a prize at the zoo’s exit. There will also be crafts, animal enrichment, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. The cost is regular zoo admission and free for members.

Chaos-Free Easter Egg Hunt, Howells Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch, Cumming
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 this time. 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.

Sunday, April 17

Easter at Summerset Winery, Summerset Winery, Indianola
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 2 p.m. for kids and 3 p.m. for adults. The Sons of Gladys Kravitz Duo will be playing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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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