This will be our first Easter in Paris, and we're still learning the ins-and-outs of how the holiday is celebrated in our adopted city. One thing that is the same here as in Canada is the Easter Egg Hunt! I will admit, I've always been wary of taking my son to one of the public ones because I'm never certain if the eggs are going to be gluten free, but now that our youngest is old enough to participate, I'm starting to rethink my strategy.
I don't want either of my kids to miss out on the fun of a public Easter Egg Hunt, so we've been thinking about how to make the hunts fun and safe for both. Our youngest can eat gluten, so he can keep and eat any eggs he finds. For our older son, we're going to treat it like we do at Halloween: he will join the hunt, and then trade in the eggs he finds for a treat bag of small toys or for gluten free eggs that we buy ourselves. Either way, it's time that he joined in the fun too! Luckily, I managed to find one hunt in Paris that doesn't involve food at all and is for kids in his age group. I can't wait to surprise him!
Are you going to be in Paris over Easter weekend? Here are some traditional (and not so traditional!) Easter Egg hunts for kids of all ages to enjoy. Don't miss out on the opportunity to hunt down Easter Eggs in some of Paris's most famous landmarks!
6 Easter Egg Hunts in Paris
1) Lego Ninjago Hunt
Rather than hunting for chocolate eggs, kids will hunt for eggs that contain Lego figurines. Over 3000 eggs will be hidden for kids to find. FREE
- Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
- Time: 10 am
- Locations: a) Place de la République (Metro: Republique) OR b) Centre Commercial Beaugrenelle (Metro: Charles Michels), in front of the toy store La Grande Recré
This unique space is open year-round and offers timed mysteries that you solve in a team. For Easter, they've put together an Alice in Wonderland themed mystery, where you have 60 minutes to follow the clues and save Alice, collecting Easter eggs along the way. This would be a great alternative to a traditional Easter Egg hunt for families with teens who are no longer interested in looking for eggs with the little kids. Recommended for ages 15+. The website is in French, but it states that the game can be played in either French or English.
- Date & Time: Ongoing, upon reservation
- Location: 28 Bis, blvd. Pereire, 75016 Paris
- Price: Depends on number of people on your team
- Reservations: http://www.leavinroom.fr/escape-game-reservation-merveilles/
3) Giant Egg Hunt at the Hippodrome of Saint Cloud
Saint Cloud is located just outside of Paris, and is easily accessible by public transportation. What I like about this Easter egg hunt is that there are a variety of activities going on all day as well. Over 10 000 eggs will be hidden for children to find, among them 10 "magic eggs" that mean a child has won a prize. Activities are mostly themed around all things equestrian, but there are also games and other fun stuff!
- Date: April 5, 2015
- Time: 11:30-6:30
- Location: 1 rue du camp Canadien, Hippodrome de Saint Cloud
- Price: 5 Euros for adults, free for everyone under 18 years
4) Easter Egg Hunt at Jardin de l'Acclimatation
The Jardin de l'Acclimatation is an amazing family area located in the Bois de Boulogne. There are rides, playgrounds, animals- you name it, they have it! Their egg hunt includes 15 000 hidden chocolate eggs, and runs twice a day. In addition, the hunt takes place over two areas: one for kids 2-4, and one for kids 5-8. There will also be a gigantic pinata egg that is full of surprises. Come for the egg hunt, stay for the various activities.
- Date: April 5, 2015
- Time: 10am-12:15pm, 2pm-5pm
- Location: Jardin de l'Acclimatation, Avenue de Mahatma Gandhi, 75116, Paris
- Price: 3 Euros
- More Info: Check their Website
5) Easter Egg Hunt at the Eiffel Tower sponsored in support of the charity Secours Populaire
First off, who wouldn't want to hunt for Easter Eggs by the Eiffel Tower? Second, 35 000 eggs will be hidden, which pretty much guarantees that your kid will get a few! This hunt is in support of the organization Secours Populaire is a non-profit organization that fights poverty in France and around the world. The cool thing about this for gluten free kids is that the eggs aren't chocolate eggs; you trade them in for a chocolate treat. You could just choose to keep the eggs and leave the treat, or supply your own treat.
- Date: April 5, 2015
- Time: 10am-5pm
- Location: Champ de Mars, directly in front of the Eiffel Tower (Metro: Ecole Militaire)
- Price: 5 Euros, 8 Euros w/face painting, 10 or 20 Euros with extra donation
6) Easter Attack
This one isn't really an Easter egg hunt, but it's so unique and different that I had to include it! Have kids over the age of 10 that are too cool to look for eggs? Why not send them on a chase where they are the hunted? Pacques Attack (literally, Easter Attack) takes place at Le Manoir de Paris, which puts on haunted shows of some of Paris's scariest legends. For Easter, they've created an experience that includes attack bunnies, and you are the prey! I have to admit, I can't wait until my kids are old enough for this!
- Date: April 3, 4, 5, 2015
- Time: Show times vary, from 3pm into the evening
- Location: Le Manoir de Paris, 18, rue du Paradis, 75010
- Price: 20-25 Euros
- To book: See the Website