Depending on where you live, the weather in April isn’t always so nice. In fact, sometimes there’s still snow on the ground. Unless you have a park-like backyard, it puts a damper on traditional egg hunt activities. You don’t want your little ones traipsing around in the cold and shivering — that’s not fun for anyone. So we’ve put together some fun indoor Easter egg hunt ideas for kids (and adults) of any age.
And if eggs are too expensive for you this year, check out these less egg-spensive Easter egg alternatives. From painting potatoes instead of eggs to decorating egg-shaped rocks, some options are practically free! That’s not all. We’ve also got easy-peasy Easter crafts that the whole family can do (indoors!) to stay busy and warm during a chilly April day.
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1. Have an egg-clue scavenger hunt leading to the Easter baskets.
One of the biggest thrills of this holiday is the sweet treats in the Easter basket. Searching for hidden treasures indoors is a creative and fun Easter egg hunt idea.
What you need:
- Slips of paper and pen
- Easter Baskets
- Plastic eggs
- Using plastic eggs, put a piece of paper with a scavenger hunt clue in each egg, leading your crew on to the next. They might have to work as a team to decode the clues and find each one.
- Make the clues age-appropriate — if you have older kids, you can use lines of poetry. (Shel Silverstein is my family’s favorite.)
- The last clue leads them to the grand prize — their baskets — hidden somewhere in your house or garage.
- “Your favorite Grouch lives here” (near garbage cans like Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street)
- “Where you do this for 20 seconds, while you sing the ‘Happy Birthday Song'” (bathroom sink)
- “Where Dad keeps his socks” (Dad’s sock drawer)
Related: Best Free Indoor Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids
2. Play a giant game of Solo Cup memory as an Easter egg hunt idea for kids.
If you lack the energy to come up with creative Easter egg hunt ideas to hide the eggs, then hide them under a sea of 50-100 Solo cups and call it “educational.”
What you need:
- Plastic party cups
- Egg dying/decorating kit
- Have the kids play the memory game, lifting two cups per turn, to find matching eggs.
- When a kid finds a match, she gets to keep both eggs.
- The loser has to wash all the cups.
And, you get to sit back and sip mimosas!
3. Create a yarn trail for a fun Easter egg hunt idea that leads to a prize.
This Easter egg hunt idea is hilarious, especially for younger kids.
What you need:
- Yarn or string
- Easter candy
Tie one end of the string or yarn to the Easter basket handle, then run the other end all over the house — under chairs, around tables, over couches, into and out of closets, tangled together. Kids will love getting all tangled up and following the string to their prize.
4. Turn a word scramble game into an adult Easter egg hunt idea.
Unscrambling eggs as an Easter egg hunt idea? How is that possible, you may ask? Because it’s a word scramble!
What you need:
- Dyed or plastic Easter eggs
- Sharpie to write on eggs
Let’s say you’ve hidden their Easter baskets in the “GARAGE.” Use six eggs and draw one letter on each to form the clue, G, A, R, and so on. Once they’ve found all the eggs, your guests can unscramble the letters and read the clue — then go get their prizes!
5. For the funniest Easter egg hunt idea, blindfold your kids and let them search for eggs.
Maybe all of these Easter egg hunt ideas for kids are just too easy. Up the challenge by blindfolding your participants and having them feel around for the eggs. You can help them to the eggs by saying “getting colder” or “getting warmer.” For this one, all you need is a scarf or a sleeping mask to use as a blindfold. Just make sure you put anything breakable away!
6. Or, use flashlights as an indoor Easter egg hunt idea to search for eggs in the dark.
On Easter day, my kids always got up at the crack of dawn to get their baskets. And, of course, they woke up the entire house. If they’re gonna do that, then fair is fair. They should hunt for eggs in the dark, too. You could even to go back to bed. Happy hunting, kids! This game is also a fun adult Easter egg hunt idea for an evening with friends.
What you need:
- Neon paint (optional)
- Glow-in-the-dark eggs (optional)
- Blacklight flashlights (optional)
- To keep things simple, you can just leave the lights off and give each kid a flashlight to search for eggs. Or…
- Make it even more fun by painting the eggs with neon paint or using glow-in-the-dark eggs and hiding them.
- Use blacklight flashlights to hunt down the eggs with the lights off.
7. More great indoor Easter egg hunt ideas to store eggs.
None of this will be any fun unless you can think of where to hide those eggs. Now, obviously some areas need to be off limits — you don’t want the kids rummaging through your underwear drawer or climbing on objects like light fixtures or ceiling fans. Other than that, anything goes! But, do yourself a favor and count the eggs. I won’t go into the time I hid an egg in a bookcase and we couldn’t find it…until it started smelling. Not fun.
Here are some Easter egg hunt ideas and tips:
- Put eggs in shoes if you take yours off near the door or have a mudroom
- Inside cups in the kitchen cabinet
- Inside the toilet paper rolls, if you have any
- Unlit fireplace
- In the couch cushions (plastic eggs only)
- Junk drawer in the kitchen
- Jacket pockets in the hall closet
- In the fridge, in the egg container
- On your pets (wrap an egg in a handkerchief and tie onto your dog’s collar)
- In your own pockets/under your hat
- In the mailbox
- Under stuffed animals