Easter is one of the most colorful, festive holidays to celebrate each spring, especially with kids. Between the adorable pictures with the Easter Bunny, the adventure and reward of finding eggs during a hunt or the delectable culinary delights at Easter brunch, celebrating is a lot of fun. St. Louis is definitely not short on hosting fabulous family-friendly events all over town during this special holiday. Memories are made, treats are savored, eggs are found and precious pictures are taken. Here are the top spots this year for celebrating Easter with kids in St. Louis:
Magic House Annual Egg Roll
Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum
516 S. Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood, MI 63122
Date: April 1
Head down to the front lawn of the Magic House and take part in its festive annual Easter Egg Roll event. Children 12 and under are invited to test out their balance and focus by participating in an awesome egg-in-spoon race. Come cheer on your friends as they try to race to the finish without dropping their eggs. Plus, there will be egg decorating, “Medals of Eggsellence” and entertaining story time. And of course, a special visitor will be showing up to hang with the kids. Here’s a hint: he’s white, hops around and has big, floppy ears. The cost is free with museum admission so enjoy the Egg Roll and then stay and play at the Magic House.
Breakfast with the Bunny
Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive (in Forest Park)
St. Louis, MO 63110
Date: March 30
When kids visit the St. Louis Zoo during Easter, they get to meet someone very special. Besides all the other friendly animal attractions and exciting things to do and see, on Saturday March 30, the Easter Bunny will be in attendance. And he’s ready to have some fun and some delicious food! Join other families with small children and have Breakfast with Bunny. A full meal will be served, as well as other yummy holiday treats. There will be photo opportunities of course and other costumed visitors will be there to entertain as well. Plus, parents can enjoy free parking.
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951 S. Green Mount Road
Belleville, IL 62221
Date: March 29 and 30
No one knows how to plan fun for the kids on Easter like the folks at Eckert’s. Bring the whole family to the Belleville location and celebrate with the annual egg hunt, which Eckert’s will host in hourly intervals on both days until 2 p.m. Besides searching for eggs and filling your basket on the adventuresome bunny trail, there will also be baby chicks and bunnies to play with as well as face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. Plus, kids can plant a seed and enjoy yummy Easter treats.
Kids Cookie and Cupcake Decorating
9200 Olive Blvd. Suite 108
Olivette, MO 63132
Date: March 30
Children love to create. That’s why the chefs at L’Ecole Academy are giving them free reign to do just that. Drop the kids off at L’Ecole Academy and let them go crazy in the kitchen. Kids ages eight to 12 will get the chance to channel their inner baker as they spend the morning decorating all kinds of cookies and cupcakes. With 12 different colors of butter cream icing and plenty of sugars and candy to pile on, this will be one sweet Easter celebration they won’t soon forget. Be sure to not drop them off in their Sunday best, as things are sure to get messy!
Meredith Johns is a freelance writer covering all things St. Louis. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.