Kansas City Easter Fun Guide

2016 Edition

Here comes Peter Cottontail.... it's time for our annual round up of Kansas City's Easter Egg Hunts, Shows, Parades, and Festivities! If you know of an egg hunt in your community that should be added to our list, please email kristina@kcparent.com!

NOTE: Please remember to verify plans BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT.... Weather may cause cancelations or rescheduling for these events!

Easter Events:

Plaza Bunnies & Wonderland Animals Mar. 11 - Apr. 5. The Country Club Plaza makes its annual transformation into an Easter Wonderland this spring . The popular Plaza tradition brings colorful, larger-than-life bunnies and other springtime animals to the Plaza’s courtyards and street corners. Mermaid and Pomona Courtyards, on the west side of Seasons 52, are home to a lively collection of animals for children to play on, while the Easter bunnies line the Plaza’s sidewalks. Visit the Plaza on Easter Sunday for great brunches, live music from noon – 3pm in Mermaid & Penguin Courtyards, and see the Plaza Easter Bunnies and Wonderland Animals.

Naturally Dyed Eggs Mar. 19 at Powell Gardens, 1609 NW U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville. Included with admission: $10/adults, $9/seniors, $4/children 5-12, free/members. Stop by this display to discover the lost art of coloring eggs with natural dyes. Using ingredients such as red cabbage and beets, we’ll show you how to naturally color eggs in almost every hue of the rainbow. Easy-to-follow instructions are available for you to take home--just in time for Easter! And don’t miss the Spring Butterfly Exhibit, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the conservatory!

The Easter Bunny visits Crown Center Mar. 19 & 20, 25 & 26  from 12-4pm at Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. FREE. 816-274-8444. Meet and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Photos available for a fee or you may take your own. Photo sessions from noon to 4 p.m.

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail Mar. 25 from 2-3pm at Mid-Continent Public Library-North Oak Branch, 8700 N. Oak Tfwy, Kansas City. ages 2 & up. FREE. 816-436-4385. Hop right into Easter and spring with tales and tails of famous rabbits. Storyteller Jo Ho presents some hip hop stories of Brer Rabbit and friends, Peter Rabbit, and the ever popular Easter Bunny. This program is for all ears. Registration is required.

Easter Services at Lenexa Baptist (15320 W 87th St Pkwy Lenexa, KS. 913.599.6447) Mar. 25, 7pm: Good Friday Service. Mar. 26, 5pm: Christ is Risen Service in the Koinona Hall. Mar. 27 at 8am, 9:30am* & 11am*.We hope you will join us for Easter as we remember the empty grave and celebrate all Jesus has done! We are excited to have several different service options for you and your family. *We will have services in both the Koinonia Hall & Worship Center at 9:30 &  11am

‚ÄčThe Thorn Mar. 25 at 7pm and Mar. 26 at 3 and 7pm at Lenexa Christian Center. The Thorn is a visually dynamic and heart-stirring theatrical portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not your average Passion play, The Thorn combines martial arts, aerial acrobatics and emotionally powerful performances that have been engaging audiences across the US for almost 20 years. To help bring this timeless story to life, The Thorn recruits large-scale casts of professional and volunteer performers who share in the heart of The Thorn. By joining local casts and a national touring team, we invite the world to engage with the ultimate story of love, sacrifice and redemption.

Brunch with the Bunny Mar. 26 from 10-11:30am at Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Dr., Merriam. ages 2-9 yrs. $4 person until March 21 / $6 person 913-322-5550. Hop, Hop, Hop goes the Easter Bunny…. Don’t miss out on your chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive bunny by celebrating the Easter season and springtime with family and friends. Crafts, face painting, “eggciting games” and a light breakfast will be part of the morning. Don’t forget your basket for some “egg hunting”.

Downtown Bunny Hop Mar. 26 from 10am-12pm at Downtown Lee's Summit, 3rd & Main St, Lee's Summit. Children and their families are invited to join the Easter Bunny in a parade from City Hall Plaza to Howard Station Park. After the parade, kids can visit with the Easter Bunny and visit participating stores to receive free candy. There is also an Easter Bonnet Contest in Howard Station Park following the parade.

Journey to the Cross Mar. 26 from 1-3pm at Blue Ridge Bible Church, 8524 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO. Journey to the Cross is an outreach and educational event. Through activities based on Scripture, participants experience the joy of Palm Sunday, the disappointment of Judas' betrayal, the devastation of the crucifixion, the jubilation of the resurrection, and so much more. This family program invites children and adults to walk the path that Jesus walked. Small groups of people walk to 13 sites for activities that relate to the Passion event. At each station, their senses are engaged through experience-focused activity that teaches the biblical Passion account. This event will be FREE and open to the public.

Road to the Resurrection Mar. 26 starting at 5pm at Colonial Presbyterian. Reserved Tours beginning at 5:00 p.m. Step back in time and follow Jesus’ footsteps through the week leading up to His death and resurrection. Along the path you’ll encounter people who’ve met Jesus and become part of an incredible experience! Your personal tour will last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes but memories will last a lifetime. RSVP by March 19 HERE

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt Mar. 26 from 9am-12pm at Powell Gardens, 1609 NW U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville. All (Kids 10 and younger can participate in the Egg Hunt.). Join the Easter Bunny for a morning of fun at Powell Gardens! Enjoy a Chris Cakes' pancake breakfast, storytelling with Ms. Frizzle (presented by Dawnna Morris, The Fancy Storyteller), make-and-take craft project, Spring Butterfly Exhibit, and--for kids ages 10 and younger--an Easter Egg Hunt that starts promptly at 11 a.m. on the lawn. Prepaid reservations are required for breakfast: Call 816-697-2600 x209

Brunch with the Bunny Mar. 26 from 10-11:30am at Irene B. French Community Center, 571 Merriam Dr., Merriam. Ages: 2-9. Fee: $4 person until March 21/$6 person March 22-26. 913-322-5550. Hop, Hop, Hop goes the Easter Bunny…. Don’t miss out on your chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive bunny by celebrating the Easter season and springtime with family and friends. Crafts, face painting, “eggciting games” and a light breakfast will be part of the morning. Don’t forget your basket for some “egg hunting”.

Easter Sunrise Service at Johnson Farms Mar. 27 from 6:30-7:15am at Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins, 17701 South State Route D, (Holmes Road), Belton.  FREE will donations accepted. 8163311067. Lord of Love Lutheran Church and Johnson Farms are hosting an Easter Sunrise Service at Johnson Farm on Sunday, March 27st at 6:30 am. Everyone is invited to come and ponder the miracle of the empty tomb and hear the good news of the risen Savior of the world! We plan our service for outdoor viewing of the sunrise, but plans are contingent upon the best weather. Dress appropriately for the current outdoor temperatures. Please check the homepage of our website the day prior to Easter for any changes.

Cotton Candy with the Easter Bunny March 27  from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Topgolf 10611 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, KS. Join us for a complimentary photo with the Easter Bunny and a Free Easter-themed gift and Cotton Candy! Available for the first 200 kids playing Topgolf. No registration required. This is a KidZone event and requires at least one (1) child to be present between the ages of 6-12 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Egg Hunts:

Ollie's Egg Hunt Mar. 19 & 26 at 1:30pm at Paradise Park 1021 Ne Colbern Road, Lee's Summit. Join Ollie for an egg-citing good time in the Outdoor Performance Garden as Paradise Park hosts its 10th annual Easter Eggs-travaganza. Hundreds of hidden eggs await to be found! Plenty of Easter-themed fun for everyone. Admission to Children’s EduTainment Center is required to participate.
Easter Egg Hunt: Leavenworth, KS Mar. 19 at 1pm at 10th Avenue Park, Gatewood St, Leavenworth. For children age 12 and under. There will be games, activities, petting zoo, bounce house, food vendors, and more. Come early with your Easter basket and get ready for the hunt. Hunt begins at 2:30pm sharp.
Eggstravaganza Mar. 19 from 10am-1pm at Faith Chapel, 15000 Newton Drive, Overland Park. Ages 1-12. Free. 9138972490. We’ll have games, prizes, food, and an Easter egg hunt for ages 1-12--and it’s all free!
Easter Eggstravaganza Mar. 19 from 10-11am at Grace Christian Fellowship Church, 7230 Quivira Rd, Shawnee. For ages 0-11 years old. Free. 913-268-6300. There will be games, prizes and lots of candy!
Easter-Egg Stravanganza: Blue Springs Mar. 19 from 10am-2pm at Blue Springs Rotary Park, Blue Springs. This FREE annual event is cosponsored with the Blue Springs Rotary Club. Activities include a petting zoo, play structures, and face painting. Egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. with four hunting areas divided by age. Bring cameras for photos with the Easter Bunny. This event is rain or shine.
Under Water Egg Hunt: Gladstone Mar. 19 at Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes Street, Gladstone. Join the Gladstone Community Center Saturday, March 19th for our 7th Annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt. For the safety and enjoyment of our participants we organize our hunts into two age groups. Your age group will enjoy 45-minutes of play time in the pool with like age participants. All participants must be accompanied by an adult dressed and ready to be in the water. Cost $4.00 (Gladstone Community Center Members), $6.00 (Non-Members). Registration: February 1st - March 12th. Register online or at the Gladstone Community Center. Space is limited and program fills fast! For more information about the Gladstone Community Center call (816) 423-4200
Big Bunny Bash - Easter Egg Hunt in Liberty Mar. 19 from 10-11am at Liberty Hospital, 2525 Glenn Hendren Dr., Liberty. Come to the FREE Big Bunny Bash! Bring your camera and snap some photos with the Easter Bunny. Kids up to 8 years of age will be divided into 3 age groups to hunt for 15,000 candy-filled eggs!

Egg Hunt: Belton Mar. 19 at 10am in Memorial Park 602 Maurer Parkway, Belton. The event is free for area youth up to 10 years of age. The event kicks off at 10 am with FREE activities and a photo booth. The Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 11am on the Memorial Park ballfields. The Easter Bunny will be hiding more than 10,000 eggs!

Kid's Spring Jamboree Mar. 19 from 10am-2pm at Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 NE Barry Road, Kansas City. Elementary School Age and Younger. Free. 816-792-2655. Elementary School Age and Younger. Easter egg hunt (Please bring own basket). Crafts and field games. Photographs with Easter Bunny and Mother Nature.
Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt Mar. 19 from 10am-12pm at St. John's UMC and ARNO PARK, 6900 Ward Parkway, Kansas City. 0-10yrs of age. FREE. 816-523-6788. Join us for a FUN and FREE Easter Egg Hunt for the whole family! We will begin the morning at 10:00am with a free "Chris Cakes" Pancake Breakfast for the first 150 people in our warm and welcoming "Brookside Hall" located in St. John's UMC. Starting at 11:00am we will open the registration area for our Easter Egg Hunt right next door in spacious Arno Park. Also sign-up your children for one of our many free door prizes. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin approximately at 11:20am--children 5 and under will hunt for eggs first and then immediately following the older kids will hunt for eggs! Find one of the special "Glitter" eggs and turn it in for a special prize! Following the Easter Egg Hunt stick around for your chance to get a photo with The Easter Bunny (so bring your camera), games, winners of the door prizes will be announced, Kelly Potter of "Full O'Ballooney " will be on hand to twist balloons into your favorite characters or animals and grab a bag of hot popcorn!! ALL FREE! THIS EVENT WILL HAPPEN RAIN OR SHINE--if the weather is rainy or extremely cold we will just have the event inside!!! So plan to come no matter what!
The Big Bunny Bash Mar. 19 from 10am-12pm at The Liberty Hospital, 2525 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty. for ages 0-10. Free. 8167817730. Games, egg hunts, prizes, photos with the Big Bunny. Egg hunt times: ages 4 and under at 10:30am, ages 5-7 at 11:00am, ages 8-10 at 11:30.
Easter For Kids Mar. 19 from 9am-12pm at Mt. Olive Lutheran 9514 Perry Lane, Overland Park. ages 3-12.  Free. 913-375-5842. A fun morning of games, crafts, singing, snacks and story time. Pre-registration is encouraged at mtolivewels.com Bring your Easter Basket and join us for a free morning filled with fun!
Egg Hunt Mar. 19 from 10am-12pm at Church of the Resurrection, Leawood campus, 13720 Roe Blvd, Leawood. ages early childhood & elementary. Free. (913) 897-0120. Grab the KiDS, find the Easter baskets, and join us for an awesome family event! On Saturday, March 19th, from 10:00am to noon (rain or shine), your early childhood to elementary age children will enjoy the egg hunt, food stations (bring $$ to eat), moon walks, pics with the Easter Bunny, petting zoo, photo booths and much more! Invite your friends-no registration is necessary.
Eggstravaganza Mar. 19 from 10am-12pm at Macken Park Festival Shelter, Corner of Clark Ferguson and Howell, North Kansas City. ages 12 and under.  Free. 816-300-0545. Join us for a fun morning of Easter egg hunts, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and carnival games. Abracadabra Extravaganza will perform a magic show and KC Wolf will be there to count down the egg hunt. There will be separate egg hunt areas designate for younger and older kids. Egg hunts start at 11am so don't be late!
Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt from 11:30am-1:30pm at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam. $10 per person ($11 nonresidents) or $27 per family of four or less ($30 nonres). The Easter Bunny has taken the traditional egg hunt to the extreme this year! The only way to find those prize-filled eggs is with a GPS (Global Positioning Systems) unit! The event begins at Antioch Park Shelter #3. Each family is loaned one GPS unit and given instructions on how to use the device to find hidden eggs scattered throughout the park. After finding all the eggs, return back to the shelter for lunch and pictures with the Easter Bunny! This fun family event is just $10 per person ($11 nonresidents) or $27 per family of four or less ($30 nonresidents). Pre-registration required by March 14. Register today by going to www.jcprd.com, and then follow the “Register for Activities” link and do a barcode search for 31857. For more information, call (913) 831-3359.
Western Shawnee Easter Egg Hunt Mar. 26 from 10am-12pm at Garrett Park, W 47th St , Shawnee. All. Free. 713-502-0001. Inflatables, games, and the Easter Bunny!
Easter Eggstravaganza in Science City Mar. 26 from 10am-12pm at Science City, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City. Join us for our Third Annual Easter celebration! Bring the entire family to Science City for a morning jam-packed full of Easter fun!

Raymore Easter Festival Mar. 26 from 10am-12pm at Memorial Park, Raymore. ‚ÄčKids in 4th grade and under will enjoy hunting for 15,000 Easter eggs in age-appropriate areas. Raymore's Parks & Recreation department will also host refreshments, a cupcake walk, face painting, and other activities. Best of all, kids can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny. Spring weather is unpredictable. With that in mind, the egg hunt will be held regardless of weather, so wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Remember to bring a basket.
Easter Egg Hunt: Louisburg Cider Mill Mar. 26 from 11am-12pm at Louisburg Cider Mill, 14730 KS-68, Louisburg. Race at 11 am sharp. Bring your basket and come join us for our 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children will be divided into two age groups: 2 yrs. through 5 yrs. old, 6 yrs. to 10 yrs. old. Maybe YOUR youngster will find the $100 Easter Egg!!
Bunny Eggstravaganza Mar. 26 from 10am-12pm at Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission. All Ages. Free. Bring the family for the annual Bunny Eggstravaganza!! This exciting holiday event features egg hunts for all ages, clowns, balloon artists and a visit from two very special Bunnies!! Bring your camera and a pail to hold all your eggs, candy and prizes. 
Easter Egg Plunge: Olathe Mar. 26 from 8:30am-12:45pm at The Olathe Community Center, 1205 East Kansas City Road, Olathe. ages 1-15. $15.00 (Non-Resident) $10.00 (Resident). Join us at the Olathe Community Center Pool for a fun twist on an old favorite. Plunge, dive, and swim for hundreds of Easter Eggs throughout our three pools. Redeem your eggs for a goodie bag full of great treats, no one walks away empty handed. Special Eggs can be exchanged for Great prizes. After all the eggs are found stick around and free swim until the end of your session, Children under the age of 5 must be accompanied by a swimming adult.

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