This week brought a happy new development to Pittsburgh: WARM WEATHER! As the snow starts to melt, the birds begin to chirp and the breezes become warmer I am reassured that Spring is indeed ON ITS WAY! Like many others, my family ushers in this much-loved season by celebrating the Bunny and his curious habit of laying eggs filled with chocolate. To help your family plan your own Easter festivities, I have created this 2015 Easter in Pittsburgh Family Guide filled with information about egg hunts, bunny breakfasts and other fun adventures:
The Easter season in Pittsburgh always begins with this event held at the Pittsburgh Zoo:
ZooHop to Spring at the Pittsburgh Zoo-March 21
The Pittsburgh Zoo will be holding its annual ZooHop to Spring on March 21 from 11-3pm. Free with admission, this event invites families to celebrate the first day of spring while hopping along the “bunny trail,” collecting stamps for your passport along the way. Kids can learn about animals, make crafts and meet Zoo animals. Then can also enjoy live entertainment, raffles, etc. in Kids Kingdom.
Over the next two weekends there will be a variety of Easter-themed events at various venues within the city before Easter on April 5:
Breakfast or Lunch with the Easter Bunny at the Pittsburgh Zoo-March 28-29, April 4
The Pittsburgh Zoo is hosting its annual breakfast/lunch with the Easter Bunny. Will also include an Easter craft, meeting some zoo animals and an egg hunt. Breakfast is from 9:30-11am and lunch is from 12-1:30pm. Cost is $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers and children under 2 are $7. Advance registration required.
Members-only Bunny Breakfast at the National Aviary-March 28
The National Aviary is hosting a free members-only breakfast of pastries with bunny crafts and Easter Bunny photos before the museum opens.
Eggstravaganza at the National Aviary-March 28-29, April 3-5
The National Aviary will be hosting its annual Eggstravaganza from 11-3pm where children can participate in a unique egg hunt, where they search for bird eggs and then match them up with the birds. There will also be several craft and activity stations, an Easter Parade and visits with the Easter Bunny. All activities are free with admission. Also, the first Brunch of the season starts on April 5 (see below) so might be a good opportunity to do both!
Regent Square Civic Association’s Annual Egg Hunt-March 28
Regent Square is holding its annual egg hunt at 10am at the parklet at the corner of Richmond Street and Sanders Avenue. For children ages 8 and younger. Following the egg hunt, there will be spring-themed activities. Bags are provided, so please leave larger baskets at home.
Great Millvale Egg Hunt-March 28
The Borough of Millvale will be hosting its huge annual free Easter Egg Hunt at the Millvale Riverfront Pavilion on River Front Drive starting at 10 a.m.
Morningside Area Community Council’s (MACC) Easter Egg Hunt-March 29
The MACC is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt in St. Raphael’s Gallagher Hall with crafts, face-painting and other games and goodies at 12:30pm. Open to residents of Morningside and surrounding neighborhoods. Advance Registration requested. Please email Melinda at email@example.com for information.
9th Annual Eggs-cellent Egg Hunt at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History-April 4
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History will host a classic Easter Egg Hunt throughout the exhibits from 12-4pm (or the first 600 children). Activities are free with admission.
The Big Hunt in Arsenal Park-April 4
Encounter Church in partnership with Lawrenceville United and Friends of Arsenal Park are sponsoring the 3rd annual free The Big Hunt in Arsenal Park from 11-1pm with 15,000 eggs, tons of candy, food, a bounce house, the Easter Bunny, a new EC Kidzone and more.
Bunny Fun Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet-April 4
The Gateway Clipper Fleet is hosting its annual “Bunny Fun” Cruise where children can enjoy a DJ dance party and a visit with the Easter Bunny! Board times are 10:30am and 1:15pm. Cost is $25 for adults and $12 for children. Advance registration recommended.
Easter Luncheon Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet-April 5
The Gateway Clipper Fleet will host its annual “Easter Luncheon Cruise” with a large buffet. Board times are 10am and 3pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for children.
Bunny Trail Tyke Hike-April 11
Venture Outdoors will be kicking off its yearly Tyke Hike program with an Easter-themed hike. Volunteer trail leaders will take children on an Easter Egg Hunt through Schenley Park, followed by snacks and Easter crafts. Starts at 10 am and cost is $5 for children and free for members.
The northern suburbs of Pittsburgh also have a variety of Easter events this year:
Photos with the Easter Bunny at the Ross Park Mall-March 6-April 4
Children can visit with the Easter Bunny at the Ross Park Mall and get their photo taken with him!
Photos with the Easter Bunny at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills-March 18-April 4
Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and take a photo with him at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall from 11-8pm on Monday-Saturday and 11-6pm on Sundays.
Jump!Zone’s 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 20
Jump!Zone in Allison Park will be holding two Easter Egg Hunts this year. The first Easter Egg Hunt will be at 9:30am for children ages 1-6 years old. Kids can hunt for eggs and then stay for our open!play session from 10am-1pm. The second Easter Egg Hunt will be at 3:30pm for all ages. Kids can hunt for eggs and then stay for our night open!play session from 4pm-8pm. Admission covers the cost of the Easter Egg Hunt.
Marshall Twp Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 21
Marshall Twp hosts an annual Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny for children up to age 10 at Country Castle Playground in Knob Hill Park starting at 11am. Cost is free.
Ross Township Egg-normous Easter Egg Hunt-March 21
Ross Township will be holding the Egg-normous Easter Egg Hunt from 11-2pm at the Ross Township Community Center. There will be games, crafts, visits with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt. Event is free, but advance registration is required.
Egg Hunt Extravaganza at the Shaler North Hills Library-March 27
Shaler North Hills Library will be hosting its annual egg hunt where hidden eggs are found and turned in for a prize. There will also be spring crafts, bunny games and face painting. Starts at 7pm and is free.
Volunteer Princesses’s Egg-stravaganza-March 28
The Volunteer Princesses are holding an Easter event at North Park from 12-4pm with performers, princesses, an Easter egg hunt and lots of other activities. Event also includes Pittsburgh magician AL Mazing, Debo the Clown and Pittsburgh Magician and Balloon Artist Weird Eric. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Institute.
Franklin Park Lunch with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
Families can enjoy lunch, take pictures with the Easter Bunny, play games, do crafts and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt at Blueberry Hill Park. Lunch starts at 11:30. Cost is $6 for residents, $8 for nonresidents. Advance registration required.
7th Annual Streets of Cranberry Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
Children can visit with the Easter Bunny, pet baby animals in the petting zoo, and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt (4-10yo) from 12-2pm. Event is free.
Hampton Twp Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
The Hampton Community Association is hosting the second Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 1-3pm at the Hampton Community Center. The event is free to all Hampton residents. There will be an egg hunt, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, and balloons. The egg hunt will take place outdoors if the weather is nice or indoors if there is inclement weather. Registration is necessary to make sure there are enough eggs for all of the children. The egg hunt is for children ages 12 years and younger.
Wildwood Highlands Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast Buffet-March 28
Wildwood Highlands will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast Buffet starting at 9am. Tickets are $9.62 for adults and $12.62 for kids. Advance registration required.
Discovery Christian Church’s Easter Egg’stravaganza-March 28
This Easter event is an INDOOR, carnival style event including visits with the Easter Bunny, carnival games, inflatables, face painting, food, and an Easter Egg Hunt! Bring your own basket. Times are 2-4 pm, cost is free and the event is held at Mars Area High School.
Easter Egg Hunt in Bunnyland at Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm-March 28-29, April 3-4
Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Bunnyland from 10-1pm. Kids will get a hayride to Bunny Land where they can hunt for Easter eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Back at the market, they can play in balloon typhoon, have their face painted, participate in a coloring contest and visit with animals. Cost is $7.50/child participating in the Easter Egg Hunt. Adults and older children (not participating in the hunt) will be charged $3.50 for the ride to Bunny Land.
Township of Pine Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
The Township of Pine is hosting its Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Pine Community Center from 10:30-12pm. Visit with the Easter Bunny, do some arts and crafts, and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt. No information available yet on pricing or registration.
West Deer Easter Egg Hunt-March 29
West Deer is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm at Bairdford Park. Registration begins at noon.
Hippity Hop Egg Hunt in Cranberry-March 29
Cranberry Township will be hosting an egg hunt for children ages 1-8 from 10:30-2pm at the Municipal Center. Cost is $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.
Township of Pine Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt-April 3
The Township of Pine is hosting a Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt from 7:30-9:30pm.
The Great Pittsburgh Eagle Egg Hunt at Beechwood Farms-April 4
The Audubon Society of Western PA will be hosting the “Great Pittsburgh Eagle Egg Hunt” at the beautiful Beechwood Farms and Nature Reserve on Dorseyville Road. Children can make crafts, participate in games and activities, and then explore Beechwood Farms on an egg hunt. Bring a reusable bag to collect your eggs. Advance registration required, but event is free.
Aspinwall Riverfront Park Egg Hunt and Spring Planting-April 4
The new Aspinwall Riverfront Park will be hosting its first annual Easter egg hunt. Plus, families can help plant some new greenery in the park! Event is from 2-3:30pm.
Sharpsburg Family Worship Center Easter Egg Extravaganza-April 4
The Sharpsburg Family Worship Center is hosting a large Easter event at Kennedy Park at 10 a.m. Open to the general public and FREE, this event includes a kids stage show, puppets, face painting, petting zoo, games, inflatables, cotton candy, hot dogs and much more!
Easter Egg Geocaching with Venture Outdoors-April 4
Venture Outdoors will lead a 2-3 mile hike through North Park as children use GPS receivers to find the Easter Bunny’s treasures! Starts at 10:30-12:30pm. Cost is $18 for nonmembers and $12 for members.
Annual Bunny Festival at Soergel Orchards-April 4
Soergel Orchards in Wexford will be holding its annual Bunny Festival from 11-4pm with an Easter egg hunt, visits with animals, craft activities and visits with the Easter Bunny!
Now, on to the South!
South Hills Village Photos with the Easter Bunny-March 6-April 4
Children can have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny in the Lower Level North Court of the South Hills Village.
South Park Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch with the Easter Bunny-March 14
The South Park Township Board of Supervisors and Recreation Board are sponsoring an easter egg hunt and brunch in the Community Center of the Municipal Complex. Egg hunt starts at 11:45am with brunch starting at noon. For children up to age 7. Reservations required.
South Hills Easter Egg Hunt-March 21
The Upper St. Clair High School INTERACT Club and the Bethel-St. Clair Rotary Club are hosting their annual free South Hills Easter Egg Hunt at the Rec Center on Mclaughlin Run Rd. There will be crafts, games, a Grand Raffle, photos with the Easter Bunny, etc. starting at 10am. Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11am. Bring your own baskets to collect eggs!
Dormont Easter Egg Hunt-March 21
Dormont will be holding an Easter event at 10am at the Dormont Recreation Center with an egg hunt, crafts, refreshments and a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Photo cost $5 or a donation of canned goods for the Brookline Food Pantry.
Easter Egg Hunt at Simmons Farm-March 28-April 4
Simmons Farm will be holding its 2015 Easter Egg Hunt with craft activities, an easter egg hunt and a visit to the petting zoo. Price is $11.
Bunny Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum-March 27-29, April 3-4
Visitors to this Washington PA museum can take a ride on a restored antique trolley to see the Easter Bunny. There will also be an easter egg hunt and egg decorating.
Breakfast with the Bunny at Trax Farm-March 28-29, April 3-4
Enjoy a morning of Easter fun at Trax Farm starting at 9:30am. Children will have a healthy breakfast, enjoy an outdoor train ride, petting zoo, egg hunt, and a craft! Refreshments are available for purchase for adults. Advance reservations required and cost is $8.
Egg Hunts with the Bunny at Trax Farm-March 28-29, April 3-4
Another option at Trax Farm (without the breakfast). Participate in an egg hunt in 3 age-appropriate egg patches. Hunts leave every 30 minutes from 10:30-1:30pm. Advance reservations recommended and cost is $7.
Mt. Lebanon Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department is hosting its annual free easter egg hunt/visit with the Easter Bunny for children <7 starting at 11 am at the Mt. Lebanon Park. Bring your Easter basket!
Peters Township Public Library Easter Egg Hunt-March 28 at 11am or April 1 at 6:30pm
The Peters Township Public Library is hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages. Children will also participate in a story time and craft. Advance Registration required.
South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company Easter Egg Hunt-March 29
The South Baldwin Volunteer Fire Company is holding its 2nd annual Easter Breakfast/Easter Egg Hunt from 9-1pm at the South Baldwin Social Hall. There will be breakfast, an egg hunt, rides on the fire truck and other “surprises.” No cost, but donations are appreciated. To reserve your seat or for additional information please message us here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Township Easter Egg Hunt-March 29
Scott Township is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 29 at Scott Park. Time not set yet.
Bridgeville Easter Egg Hunt-April 4
Bridgeville will be holding its free annual easter egg hunt at 11 am at Chartier’s Park. Bring a container for Easter eggs.
Grace Community Church Easter Egg Hunt-April 4
Grace Community Church in Collier Township will be holding their free annual community Easter Egg Hunt from 1-3 pm. There will also be inflatables, a fire truck and mascots.
And the West!
Easter Bunny Bash at the Mall at Robinson-March 21
The Mall at Robinson will be hosting an Easter Bunny Bash starting at 10 am. Kids can participate in crafts and Meet-n-Greets with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety. There will also be giveaways.
Pictures with the Easter Bunny at the Mall at Robinson-March 21-April 4
Children can visit with the Easter Bunny and have their photo taken with him from 11-9pm Monday-Friday, 10-9pm on Saturdays and 11-6pm on Sundays.
Kennedy Township Fire Department Pancake (and More) Breakfast-March 22
The Kennedy Volunteer Fire Department and Kennedy Parks and Recreation will be hosting a pancake breakfast with a visit from the Easter Bunny, face-painting, prizes and more. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children less than 10 and the event runs from 9-1pm at the Kennedy Fire Hall.
Findlay Township Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
Findlay Twp will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11 am in Rainbow’s End Playground in Clinton Park. Findlay Twp residents with children aged preschool-grade 5 are welcome to attend. Preschool children will receive a goody bag from the Easter Bunny in lieu of doing the Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your own baskets.
Green Tree’s Spring Magic-March 28
The Green Tree Woman’s Civic Club is hosting their annual Green Tree Spring Magic event at 1pm at Green Tree Fire Hall. Children can enjoy an afternoon with the Easter Bunny, a magic show, crafts, snacks and more. Advance Registration required.
Macaroni Kid’s Bunny Bash at Latitude 360-March 28
Latitude 360 and Macaroni Kid Pittsburgh are offering a Bunny Bash at its huge entertainment complex in Robinson Township from 9-11 a.m. The event will feature a hot brunch, cookie decorating, crafts, an Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Each child will also get a $5 game card. Advance registration required and cost is $19.99 for children and $14.99 for adults.
Sewickley YMCA’s Easter Eggstravaganza-March 28
The Sewickley YMCA will be holding an all-ages Easter Egg Hunt from 12-2pm. The YMCA’s large pool will be filled with Easter eggs for kids to collect and exchange for fun prizes. Following the egg hunt there will be a holiday craft project and games from 1-2pm. All children under age 8 or non-swimmers must be accompanied by an adult in the pool. Cost is $5 for members and $6 for nonmembers.
Easter Egg Hunt at Old Economy Village-March 28
Old Economy Village in Ambridge is hosting its annual easter egg hunt in the village garden from 10-12pm.
Easter Egg Hunt at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden-April 4
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will be offering a full-day of Easter-themed activities for children of all ages including an old-fashioned egg hunt for children ages 2-8 from 10-10:45 am, an egg scavenger hunt for children ages 5-11 throughout the day and a geocaching activity for teens and adults beginning at noon.
Community Easter Egg Hunt at St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley-April 4
St. Stephen’s Church in Sewickley will be holding a Community Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 0-10 years from 10-12pm.
Easter Egg Hunt at HealthSouth Sewickley-April 4
Children of all ages can participate in a free Easter Egg Hunt at HealthSouth Sewickley from 10-12pm. Advance registration requested.
Moon Township Bunny Trail-April 4
Moon Twp Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual Bunny Trail Easter Egg Hunt at Moon Park from 11-1pm with a petting zoo, coloring murals, games, photos with the Easter Bunny and more.
Robinson Township’s Easter Egg Hunt-April 4
Robinson Township sponsors this free event at Clever Park from 1-3pm. The Easter Bunny arrives by fire truck and there will be refreshments, sack races, and an Easter Egg Hunt!
Ingram Egg Hunt-April 4
Ingram will be holding its annual egg hunt at 11am at Ingram Park.
Also, McKees Rocks will possibly be holding an Easter Egg Hunt although details have not been worked out. Check out www.mckeesrocks.com for more information.
Finally, here are some Easter events in the East of Pittsburgh!
The Easter Bunny at the Monroeville Mall-March 14-April 4
Kids can visit with the Easter Bunny and have their photos taken with him at the Monroeville Mall from 10-9pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 6pm on Sundays.
Century III Mall Photos with the Easter Bunny-March 21-April 4
The Easter Bunny arrives at Century III Mall on March 21 at 11am and is available for photos from 10-9pm on Monday-Saturday and Sundays 11-6pm. There is also an Easter train at the mall.
Murrysville’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt-March 27
Murrysville will be hosting a Flashlight Egg Hunt (and a Doggie Egg Hunt, too!) at 7pm at Murrysville Community Park. Following the hunt, there will be refreshments and visits with the Easter Bunny and Yellow Chick.
Monroeville Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
The Monroeville Recreation Department will be sponsoring its free annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Monroeville Community Park for children ages 2-10 at 10 am.
Angora Gardens Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
Angora Gardens in White Oak will be offering its annual free Easter celebration from 12-3pm with food, crafts, face-painting, live bunnies, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt for children <10yo.
McKeesport Annual Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
McKeesport will be holding its annual Easter Egg hunt from 10-4pm at Jacob Woll Main Pavilion at Renziehausen Park.
Edgewood Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
Edgewood will be holding its annual easter egg hunt at noon at Koenig Field.
Duquesne Easter Egg Hunt-March 28
Duquesne will be holding its free annual Easter Egg Hunt at Polish Hill Playground for children ages 2-12. Registration start at 11:30am. Hunt starts at noon. For residents of Duquesne only.
Penn Hills Easter Egg Hunt-April 4
The Penn Hills Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a free Easter event from 12-2pm at Penn Hills Community Park. From 12-1pm there will be arts and crafts, games and visits with the Easter Bunny. Easter egg hunt begins at 1pm.
Swissvale 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt-April 4
Swissvale will be hosting its free annual egg hunt at noon at Les Getz Memorial Park on Church Street. Children can hunt for eggs, get prizes and visit with the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be served.
West Mifflin Easter Egg Hunt-April 4
West Mifflin will be holding its annual free Easter Egg Hunt from 10:30-12 at the high school.
Braddock’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt-April 4
Braddock will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11-12pm at the community playground on Braddock Avenue/Library Street.
Annual Easter Celebration at Penn Hills Lawn and Garden Center-April 4
Penn Hills Lawn and Garden Center will be holding their annual Easter celebration from 8-6pm with free treat bags for the kids, raffles and lots of family fun all day long!
Have a Happy Easter and welcome to Spring!!