CHARLOTTE – Easter is almost upon us, but there are still so many ways to get out and celebrate right here in Charlotte! Check out these family-friendly ways to enjoy the season.
Easter Bunny Express at N.C. Transportation Museum
On April 15 and 16, general admission tickets to the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC, give you access not only to the museum grounds and exhibit buildings but also include a visit with the Easter bunny! Photos are allowed, and professional photos are available for an additional charge. Additional activities include a “Bunny Trail” with a take-home treat at the last stop, coloring sheets and crafts, a balloon twister, inflatable games, and model trains. Upgrade your visit to include a 25-minute ride aboard an Easter-themed train, which includes a visit from the Easter Bunny, who will be passing out treats to kids. Visit https://www.nctransportationmuseum.org/easter-bunny-express/ to purchase your tickets and more information on the activities.
Easter Bunny Photos at Bass Prop Shops
Visit the Easter Bunny at Bass Prop Shops in Concord Mills Mall and receive a free 4×6 photo! Photo packages are available for an additional charge. The Easter Bunny will be at Bass Pro Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Visit https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/easter to reserve your spot today.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Optimist Hall
The second annual Easter Egg Hunt at Optimist Hall will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. There will be three different start times for different ages: children 5 years and under will start at 10:30 am, ages 6 to 12 will begin at 11:30, and a special, adults-only hunt for three golden eggs will take place at 12:00 pm. This unique event is sure to be filled with fun for all. The building features a variety of unique food and retail ventures along with restaurants. For more information on Optimist Hall, the Egg Hunt, and parking, visit https://optimisthall.com/visit/.
Crafting Open House at AR Workshop
On Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, visit AR Workshop in Waxhaw for an Easter Craft Workshop. Participants will craft an Easter sign; 4×8 signs start at just $6. The event will also feature an Easter Egg Hunt in the shop and a visit from the Easter Bunny. This is a drop in, first-come-first-served event; no reservations are necessary. AR Workshop is located at 3905 Providence Rd S. For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/arworkshopwaxhawnc.
2022 North Carolina Easter Festival
On April 16 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, visit the 2022 North Carolina Easter Festival at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. This free, family-friendly festival will feature face painting, games, dance performances, vendors, crafts, an Easter Egg Hunt and free photos with the Easter Bunny! Egg Hunts will be split by age: children 5 and under will begin at 2:00 pm; ages 6-9 will start at 3:00 pm, and ages 10-12 will set off at 4:00 pm. For more information, visit https://www.createamazingllc.com/events-1/2022-north-carolina-easter-festival.
Peter Cottontail’s Bunny Trail
Peter Cottontail is hopping down the bunny trail to Stallings! On Thursday, April 14, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, enjoy an afternoon of games, face painting, Easter basket making, scavenger hunts, live music, food and more at Stallings Municipal Park. Rumor has it the Easter Bunny himself will be making an appearance, so don’t forget to pack your cameras. Visit the Stallings Parks and Recreation Facebook page for more information and to learn about the mysterious golden egg hunt: https://www.facebook.com/StallingsParksandRec.
The Great Easter Eggspedition
Through April 17, participate in The Great Easter Eggspedition presented by Matthews United Methodist Church. Download the GooseChase app on your phone and decipher a dozen clues to find the twelve Easter eggs hidden throughout the Town of Matthews. Take a selfie with all 12 to be entered to win the grand prize, which includes Matthews and Matthews United Methodist Church swag, chocolates, and more. For more information, visit https://www.matthewsnc.gov/calendarview.aspx?cid=44447.
Easter Cake Workshop at Peddler’s Paradise
Need a last-minute cake for Easter Sunday? Make your own at Peddler’s Paradise in Monroe. On Saturday, April 16, at 11:00 am, Gingham Girl Cake Rolls will help you make a fantastic centerpiece for your Easter brunch table. The $40 registration fee includes everything you need to decorate your cake. Visit https://www.peddlersparadisemonroe.com/ for more information.