Easter can be one of the biggest outreach times for your church, but maybe you have been thinking this way for a while and need some fresh Easter egg hunt ideas. We have pulled together some ideas that can be used to achieve a kid-friendly, family-driven, and Gospel-centered Easter event.
Easter Egg Hunt Ideas
1. Easter Lesson Egg Hunt
Easter is all about Jesus and we don’t want to lose the life-changing miracle of a risen Savior in the middle of a big event. To focus on the real meaning of Easter, set up several stations that families will rotate through to hear the truths of Easter. (for example: The Last Supper, Jesus praying in the Garden, Jesus’ Trial, The Cross, and the Empty Tomb.) Decorations can be minimized because the message is what is most important at these stations. Kids receive an egg from each station with a scripture and candy included. The last station can be designed as an empty tomb where children can collect several eggs. Checkout out these different Easter station ideas here.
2. Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt
Turn the tables on a morning or afternoon egg hunt and plan a glow-in-the-dark-hunt at night. Purchase cheap glow bracelets at a dollar store or in bulk online and tie them in a knot and put in translucent eggs. Hide these eggs at night challenging kids to look for the light in the darkness. After the hunt, gather kids and talk about how Jesus is the light of the world and because He is alive we can have new life through Him. Kids can leave with a glow necklace as a reminder that Easter is all about Jesus.
3. Around the Church Easter Egg Hunt
This is a great idea for people that are new to your church or have never stepped foot in the door. This hunt will help families tour the building but also learn what takes place in certain areas of the church. When families arrive, give them a card using some the following clues (be sure to add your own) so they can work in any order. It would be great to have greeters on hand to help direct families.
Clue: At our church, we believe all ages are important. In this area, we love to take care of the little ones and sing truths over them. We want even the tiniest of people to know that Jesus loves them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 (Eggs will be hidden in the church nursery areas and the nursery staff can be there to greet families.)
Clue: God is worthy of our worship. There is no one like Him. Go to the location that our church gathers together to sing to God in worship. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Psalm 100:1-2 (You can hide eggs in the kids’ worship room or your church worship room/sanctuary. The worship team can be present to meet families or even leading in worship encouraging families to join them. )
Clue: One way to learn about God is through His Word. Not only do we want kids to learn about Jesus, we want adults to discover His goodness as well. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;” 2 Timothy 3:16 (Hide eggs in the adult education department. Adult teachers can be on hand to meet parents and invite them to a small group.)
Clue: All are welcome here. No matter where you come from, how many times you have been to church, or what you look like, you are loved by our great God. Find the church lobby and meet our pastor. “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7 (Hide eggs in the front lobby of the church. Invite the pastor and other staff there to greet and interact with families. Have extra Bibles on hand to give away to families that don’t own one.)
Clue: Kids rule. Following Jesus’ example, we want to welcome children and point them to Him. Find the children’s area and search for eggs and meet our children’s leaders. “He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-3 (Hide eggs children’s areas and have kids leaders there to meet families. Also have some Gospel tracts on hand to give to families when they are in this area.)
4. At Home Easter Morning Scavenger Egg Hunt
Check out this idea and free printable about how to equip families to have an easy Easter egg hunt at home. This scavenger hunt also makes sure to remind kids who Easter is all about.