A Less Dangerous Game

From traditional, family-friendly Easter egg hunts to a paintball safari, here’s where to go this weekend in Northern Virginia.

By Robby Osborne

Northern Virginia Easter Egg Hunts
Photo courtesy of Kostenko Maxim/shutterstock.com

The Easter Bunny has laid eggs throughout the world, often with treats inside. Who will find these eggs? What will be in them? Only you can solve the mystery. Here are a few Northern Virginia hunting grounds.


Herndon Easter Egg Hunt 

On Saturday, the Herndon Parks and Recreation department will be holding an old-fashioned Easter party beginning at 9 a.m. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance, bringing cheer wherever it hops. There will be an baby-animal petting zoo, which will delight festival goers of all ages. The hunt itself is divided by age groups, which stagger start times depending on the age of the little hunters. Children ages 5-to-7 begin their hunt at 9:30 a.m., 3-to-4 at 10:15 a.m., and toddlers-to-2 begin at 11 a.m. The only requirement for children to participate is that they are walking. 

Herndon Municipal Center, 777 Lynn Street, Herndon
April 19, 9 a.m. to noon; $9

Narmada Winery gets into the spirit of the season with their own egg hunt on April 20. Open to children ten and under, the hunt begins at 1 p.m., and while the children stalk their colorful prey, parents can venture into the tasting the room, and hunt for their favorite vintage. Those in the tasting room will be serenaded by the music of Luke Johnson until 4 p.m. Reservations are required, though, so plan early.
43 Narmada Lane Amissville,  20106
(540) 937-8215, 43, narmadawinery.com/
April 20, 1 p.m.

George C. Marshall International Center Easter Egg Hunt

For the fourth time, The Marshall House plants their unique crop of 2,500 treat-filled eggs around the grounds. From 2 to 4 p.m., children will search throughout the area to see how many eggs they can store in their bags. While the day is free, and walk-ins are more than welcome, the house would not turn down a $5 donation per family. Along with the hunt, there will be face-painting stations, bag decorating and a raffle. 

217 Edwards Ferry Road Leesburg, 2017
(703) 777-1301, georgecmarshall.org
April 19, 2 to 4 p.m.; $5 suggested

Hogback Mountain’s Easter Bunny Hunt

For those who feel that they may too old to hunt for eggs, Hogback Mountain adds a more mature element to the great hunt: Paintball guns. Hogback Mountain Paintball is holding their annual Easter Bunny Hunt, who will be making its appearance throughout the day, mixed in between normal weekend games. While providing tempting target, if players pay too much attention to shooting the bunny, they might find themselves shot by the opposing team. Along with the bunny, Easter specific games will be on rotation throughout the day, where players can find eggs that will be filled with anything from vouchers, to raffle tickets, to just plain old candy. 

20267 Hogback Mountain Road Leesburg, 20175
(703) 777-0057, hogback.net
April 19, 10 a.m.; $20