Many belief systems, old and new, hold the egg as a sacred sign of the coming of spring, fertility, renewal, and new life. From thousands of years ago in the ancient ways, beyond the medieval period, through the ages of Christianity, to the contemporary celebrations of Easter and spring, many traditions include hunting for the hidden treasures in eggs. But to get to the origin of the Easter egg hunt, you’ve got to look toward Germany.
In the 13th century, following a tradition of eggs being given as offerings for Good Friday, Edward I ordered 450 eggs to be adorned with colors and gold leafing and gifted them to his household.
There are some who say the Easter egg hunt’s origins date to the 16th century. During that time, Martin Luther is said to have established egg hunts in his congregation. For these festivities, men would tuck eggs away into hiding places for the women and children to find. The women finding the eggs was a nod to the women of the Bible who discovered the empty tomb of Jesus.
In the 17th century, the “Easter Hare,” now known as the “Easter Bunny,” made is the first appearance in an essay about Easter eggs by Georg Franck von Franckenau. However, rabbits, like eggs, have also long been associated with fertility and spring.
This is how we got to the place where the Easter Bunny delivers colored eggs for children to hunt.
More than 90 million chocolate bunnies, along with 91.4 billion eggs and 700 million Peeps are produced for the Easter holiday each year just in the United States, according to EliteDaily.com. Clearly, Easter egg hunts are still a beloved activity today. In fact, Americans spend an estimated $14.7 billion on Easter annually.
Easter egg hunts aren’t what they used to be! While there’s still the joy of searching out eggs full of treasures, most of these spring activities now include extras like bounce houses, face painting, petting zoos, interactive villages, and more. There are even water-based egg hunts in swimming pools! And Texas knows how to do Easter and spring festivities.
Note: Prices may vary; some of the events are free while others charge admission.
🐰 Easter Egg Hunts in McKinney, Texas
Let your little ones experience an interactive Easter Village, bounce houses, petting zoo, and other activities for children at the First McKinney Church Eggstravaganza.
The Eggstravaganza is open to the community and welcomes its congregation to “invite the family and the neighborhood.”
The Eggstravaganza is on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., followed by first Easter service at 5 p.m. First McKinney Baptist Church is located at 1615 W. Louisiana Street in McKinney, TX 75069.
Crosspoint Church combines its celebration of Easter with the giving spirit by asking guests to bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry. Everyone is invited to share in the fun and games.
The egg hunt takes place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Crosspoint Church is located at 2101 South Stonebridge Drive in McKinney, TX 75072.
Children and adults from far and wide gather on three beautiful acres to search for eggs. In addition to the Easter egg hunt, guests can visit the butterfly tent, hold a baby chick or goat, or meander through The Passion Walk.
The egg hunt takes place just before noon, immediately after the worship ends. Stepping Stones Church is located at 6828 CR 202 in McKinney, TX 75071.
This unconventional event celebrates Easter with a splash! Take to the waters in the swimming pool to engage in a floating egg hunt!
The event is separated by age group so all children have a chance to participate. In addition to the hunt, children can get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
There’s a $10 charge to attend the Easter egg Splash, which takes place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. The Apex Centre is located at 3003 Alma Road in McKinney, Texas 75070.
🐰 Easter Egg Hunts in Allen, Texas
Perhaps the most well-advertised Easter egg hunt in the area is the Hope is Here Hunt, sponsored by Church Eleven32. The event, described as a candytopia-like experience, features an easter bunny, extreme face painters, hot air balloons, petting zoos, pony carousels, food trucks, vendors, photo booths, a live Easter performance, and – of course – an epic Easter egg hunt.
The event, held at Allen High School, takes place on Saturday, April 11, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. Allen High School is located at 300 Rivercrest Boulevard in Allen, TX 75002.
One of the most anticipated hometown events of the year, the Eggcellent Family Adventure has been evolving since 2008.
What began as a humble easter egg hunt is now a monumental community event hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Allen Civic Plaza.
Rather than searching through grass, shrubs, and trees to hunt for eggs, community members and guests visit tables sponsored by local community organizations and businesses.
Gather eggs from each table for a basket full of surprises. The event also features a unique game called The Great Egg Drop where guests are supplied with straws, tape, and cardboard to construct a case to protect a raw egg from a 20-foot fall. The event takes place Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 9 a.m. through noon.
🐰 Easter Egg Hunts in Plano, TX
Meadows Baptist Church is inviting members, neighbors, and guests to join in their Amazing Eggmania event. Enjoy food, candy, socializing, and, an amazing Easter egg hunt.
The event takes place Saturday, April 11, 2020 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meadows Baptist Church is located at 3001 Los Rios Boulevard in Plano, TX 75074.
The Heritage Farmstead Museum takes Easter and spring festivals to a new level. For its 10th annual Eggstravaganza and spring festival in 2020, the museum is offering egg hunts, house tours, wagon rides, face painting, baby animals, sheep sheering, and weaving and spinning demonstrations as well as exhibits.
The event takes place Saturday, April 11, 2020. The Heritage Farmstead Museum is located at 1900 W. 15th Street in Plano, TX 75075.
The Heritage Farmstead Museum also makes it clear that Easter egg hunts aren’t just for kids anymore! Visit the museum on March 27th at 8 p.m. for an adult-themed egg hunt where every egg has a prize!
Bring your baskets! After Palm Sunday services on April 5, 2020 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., gather eggs by age-level, then celebrate with face painting, a petting zoo, and food trucks. Christ United Methodist Church is located at 3101 Coit Road in Plano, TX 75075.
🐰 Easter Egg Hunts in Frisco, TX
The indoor aquatic center at the Frisco Athletic Center is the place to be on March 28, 2020, for the Aqua Egg Hunt. Bring your swimsuit (and a life jacket for children under 8) and collect eggs in the pool in the nets provided. But bring a basket to tote your goodies home.
Easter crafts are also part of the festivities, as picture with the Easter Bunny. The event takes place in two sessions on the 28th of March: 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., and then again at 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Frisco Athletic Center is located at 5828 Nancy Jane Lane in Frisco, TX 75035.
There’s no crazy race in the Nature Eggsplorers Easter egg hunt at Frisco Commons.
In small groups, children meander through the trees in search of eggs. But while they gather their goodies, they also learn about conservation, nature, recycling, and lessons about health and wellness.
Each path is about 1/3 mile from start to finish. Frisco Commons is located at 8000 McKinney Road in Frisco, TX 75034.
📅 A Nod to Easters Past: 2019 Events
The following festivities were popular for Easter of 2019, but have not yet released dates or information for 2020 events. These are your hot spots to watch for upcoming Easter egg hunts that haven’t yet been announced:
Friendship Baptist Church’s 2019 Easter egg hunt featured more than 5,000 eggs, inflatables, free hot dogs, prizes, and even a custom classic car show! Friendship Baptist Church is located at 270 Country Club Road in McKinney, TX 75069.
The Easter egg hunt and Labyrinth Walk was a combined effort between three churches that involved not only an Easter egg hunt, but also a guided walk through a prayer labyrinth. This event was held at First Presbyterian Church of Allen located at 605 S. Greenville Avenue in Allen, TX 75002.
Geocashe Egg Hunt is the community’s way of taking Easter to new heights (and places!) with digital technology. Engage in a real-world treasure hunt of the future in Allen, Texas. The event took place last year at Bethany Lakes Park.
Last year, the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium hosted an Under the Sea adventure where eager children gathered as many eggs as they could… under water!
Franconia Brewing Company hosted an easter egg hunt for children of all ages with a bounce house, special eggs with prizes, and a few adult-oriented events to make it a truly family-friendly event.
First Christian Church of Plano celebrated Easter in the park with a service, breakfast, and an Easter egg hunt for members and their guests.
Northeast Bible Church put on quite the event last Easter with bounce houses, obstacle courses, bumper ball tournaments, crafts, games, scavenger hunts, live performances, concessions, and more.
Custard Road United Methodist Church also went to work creating awesome Easter festivities for community members in and around Plano. They celebrated their Easter egg hunt and Fun Family Festival with bounce houses, a trackless train, crafts, and pictures with the Easter bunny.
Texas Pool’s Easter egg hunt challenged guests to find the golden egg! The person who found a golden egg got a special prize, but there were fun and games for everyone, and even gift bags for the parents.
Water’s Edge Church in Plano hosted their Easter Family Fun Day last April with a plethora of things to do including bounce houses, face painters, live Christian music, games, crafts, cookie decorating, carnival games, and a “Walk with Jesus” tour. Water’s Edge Frisco Church is located at 5475 Coit Road in Frisco, Texas 75035.
Easter, known in other places by other names, has been celebrated throughout the ages as a festival of spring.
Stories throughout time connect eggs and rabbits to the search for renewal, rejuvenation, and rebirth.
Most of those traditions are now merged into diverse festivities across various faiths that involve Easter egg hunts with Easter bunnies and spring festivals.
Texas is chock full of places to celebrate your love of Easter, no matter your age or background.
In McKinney, Allen, Plano, and Frisco, there are dozens of Easter and spring-related activities to choose from – and they’re not just limited to egg hunts!
Take your little ones to family-friendly events that offer face painting, bounce houses, water festivities, petting zoos, live entertainment, and, of course, lessons about the history of Easter.