For all you local fans looking for some family fun for Easter - here`s some things you can check out around New Orleans!
Longue Vue House & Gardens Annual Easter Egg Hunt Bring your basket and hop on over to Longue Vue on Saturday, March 21st for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Beginning at 12:30, the event will feature family fun such as face painting, lawn games, plant sales, egg hunting and more! Tickets are $8 for non-members.
City Park Carousel Gardens Annual Easter Egg Hunt A canâ€™t miss family event, the City Park annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 28th and begins at 10am. This event features 15,000 eggs hidden around the Carousel Gardens area of the park with special prizes hidden inside the â€œgolden eggs.â€ Kids can also visit with the Easter bunny and enjoy face painting and other entertainment. This event is recommended for kids 8 year olds and younger, with a special toddler area. Be sure to bring your camera! Tickets are $4 and children under 12 months are free.
New Orleans Museum of Art Annual Easter Egg Hunt This popular Easter egg hunt will be held on Satruday, March 28th from 11 am- 1pm at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. This event will feature a petting zoo, spacewalks, crafts and more along with the egg hunt. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $15 at the door. Children under 2 are free.
Lakeside Shopping Center Easter Egg Hunt Meet up at the Veterans Skylight on Saturday, March 7th at 9:45 to participate in the Lakeside Shopping Center Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 9:45, followed by a parade that ends in Center Court. After the egg hunt, there will be an Education Expo sponsored by Kids & Family Magazine that will feature summer camps, after school programs and more. The expo goes until 3pm.
Kids Town 3rd Annual Eggstravaganza and Rubber Duck Regatta The Third Annual Kids Town EGGStravaganza and Rubber Duck Regatta will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2015 on the Green at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, Louisiana. Starting at 11:00 an, this event will be a fun, family-friendly event guaranteed to be a great time! There will be entertainment for all ages, food, Easter egg hunts, and of course, the Rubber Duck Regatta held in the Pond at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. All proceeds will go to the building and upkeep of Kids Town located on Koop Drive in Mandeville, Louisiana. $1 fee.
St.Charles Parish 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Held at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling, this hunt is on Saturday, April 4th. It also features a hat contest along with three egg hunt divisions. For a $2.00 donation to help fund programs for St. Charles Special Athletes, there are prizes for each age group and for the hat contest. Registration is at 9:30; the games and hat contest begin at 10 AM. Also, pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for a $5 fee.
Hammond Square Eggstravaganza Hammond Square Mall with feature its annual FREE Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 28th from 10AM- 1PM. The egg hunt will begin at 10:15 for children ages 2-12, and there will be over 3,000 eggs there to be found! Other activities include carnival games with prizes, a petting zoo, a video game truck and face painters. Also, there will be professional Easter photos on site by Becky Blount Photography for a fee.
Parades & Parties
Hoppinâ€™ Down the River with Bourgeois the Bunny The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen features this fun family event with a lunch buffet as well as Easter treats. Head on down to the river on Saturday April 4th at 1:30 PM. Activities include a balloon sculptor, face painter, story teller, and even a live alligator from the Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour. There will also be pictures with Bourgeois the Bunny as well. Enjoy all this and more while cruising the Mississippi on the Creole Queen. Tickets for kids are $39 and $59 for adults.
Mandeville Market Easter Celebration The Mandeville Trailhead Market in Old Mandeville will once again feature an Easter celebration on Saturday, April 4th. There will be music, magic tricks on stage, a 1917 fire truck and a petting area featuring rabbits and other small animals. Also, the Easter Bunny will be there, along with delicious Elmerâ€™s candy. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. Also, for the parents, mini massages will be offered. Event begins at 10am and will conclude by noon.
Clearview Mall Easter Scavenger Hunt and Celebration This year, Clearview Mall will be sponsoring an Easter Scavenger Hunt on Saturday March 28th. Join them for a riddle based scavenger hunt. Children will get cards with simple riddles on them that lead to stores that have special items. After they collect all of the items, they will come back to the front and collect their goody bags and other prizes. The Easter Bunny will also be there for pictures and wishes, for a fee. This event will be limited to the first 300 participants so arrive early!
Historic French Quarter Easter Parade Started by Germaine Wells of the Arnaudâ€™s Restaurant family in 1956, the historic French Quarter Easter Parade is classic look at how New Orleans embraces all holidays with a magnificent party. At this annual parade, which always begins at Arnaudâ€™s, parade participants and guests don their Sunday best in beautiful Easter bonnets, the latest fashions, and more. This parade is fun for all in the family and has so much tradition behind it. Head on down to the French Quarter on Easter Sunday, the parade begins at 9:45AM.
Chris Owens Easter Parade If you are looking for a parade later in the day, the Chris Owens French Quarter Parade is another option for families. This parade often features many floats, and local entertainer Chris Owens. Floats feature many Easter images from the bunny, to eggs and more, along with throws! This parade is also on Easter Sunday around 1PM, and begins at the corner of Canal and Bourbon Street.
Ponchatoula Easter Bonnet Stroll Held every year on the Saturday before Easter, the Ponchatoula Easter Bonnet Stroll is a family fun event that encourages creativity! Let your creative juices glow and decorate your Easter bonnet however you wish then head on down to downtown Ponchatoula to join the stroll at 9:30 on Saturday, April 4th. Prizes are awarded to the most creative bonnets.