Easter fun in Seattle includes parades, egg hunts, concerts, races and cruises for the whole family. Check out these best events to attend this spring in honor of the Easter bunny.
First Free Methodist Church
3200 Third Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Date: April 1, 2012
Hours: 3 p.m.
Prices: Youth under 17 – free, Students – $10, Seniors – $18, Adults – $20
Get ready for the Easter holiday by attending an amazing Easter Oratorio on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012. The concert which combines the 60-member Orchestra Seattle and the 45-voice chorus Seattle Chamber Singers, will be conducted by Darko Butorac. Share a day of spring and music with your family.
Parade begins on First Street between Union Avenue and Avenue D
Snohomish, WA 98290
Date: April 7, 2012
The 32nd Annual Snohomish Easter Parade will be held in downtown Snohomish on Saturday, April 7, 2012. The family friendly Parade is organized by the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by local businesses.
Along with the Parade, there will also be an Easter bonnet contest open to all ages and pets are included. Sign-up begins at 10 a.m. at First Street and Avenue A with contestants either walking the parade route or hopping a ride on the Chamber Float. Judging immediately follows the parade at the sign-up location.
Children 12 and under can search for eggs prior to the parade. The 30,000 eggs Easter egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. and is held at the nearby Harvey field.
Woodland Park Zoo Bunny Bounce and Animal Easter Enrichments
601 North 59th St
Seattle, WA 98103
Date: April 7, 2012
Hours: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Prices: Activities are free with zoo admission or membership
The Woodland Park Zoo’s Bunny Bounce Easter event will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012. This annual celebration includes not only fun egg hunts (for ages 8 and under) but also live entertainment, special zoo animal feedings, arts and crafts, bunny encounters and interactive zoo activities.
The egg hunts for ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 are held every half hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Zoo’s North Meadow. Toddlers 3 and under will have a self-serve ‘hunt’ at the zoo’s picnic shelter from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Along with the entertainment, crafts, egg hunts and fun, kids of all ages can watch the Zoo animals getting their Easter baskets with the Animal Easter Enrichments event. Elephants, monkeys, otters, grizzlies and more chomp into Easter-themed baskets that have been lined with flowers, berries and other edible treats. A schedule of animals and times will be available at the zoo.
Easter Duathlon and Egg Hunt
Horizons Elementary School
4601 67th Avenue Southeast
Lacey, WA 98513
Date: April 7, 2012
Hours: 2 p.m.
Lacey’s Duathlon is the perfect Easter activity for active families. Held on Saturday April 7, the race is open to all ages and skills. Entrants 13 and older will compete in a one-mile run, 11.5-mile bike race and a final one-mile run, while children 13 and under will race in a mini version with a 25-yard run, one-mile bike and 35-yard run.
Trophies are awarded to the top three overall male and females, neck metals for the top three in all 5-year age groups as well as all children who run in the mini course. All entrants will receive a multi-color short sleeve Duathon shirt along with bottled water, soda, soup, sandwiches and treats after the race. Bring a basket for the little ones for the free Easter egg hunt.
Easter Brunch Cruise
1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55
Seattle, WA 98101
Date: April 8, 2012
Hours: Boarding starts at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Prices: Adults – $69, Children ages 5-12 – $20, Children 4 and under – free
Take the family out for an Easter cruise on the Royal Argosy on Easter Day from noon to 2 p.m. Get lost in the scenic waterfront views while enjoying tasty food and Easter fun. There is an supervised kid’s area for arts and crafts, an indoor Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter bunny himself. The Brunch Buffet offers Waldorf, salmon and fresh fruit salads, fresh pastries, egg scramble, country potatoes, cinnamon swirl French toast and a carving station.
Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.