Easter egg hunts are big events in some homes around the Easter holiday. The Arizona Museum of Natural History is no different.
This year, the Dino Egg Hunt expands to two days—Fridays April 12 and April 19—to keep that competitive spirit alive.
“It’s really a fun night at the museum for families looking for a fun Easter,” said Katelyn Jaworski, the museum’s educational programming assistant.
“We have plastic eggs that have prizes. The kids can wander and enjoy the museum. We have some special golden eggs, which offers a special prize if they complete the scavenger hunt.”
The event will also include crafts and live animal encounters with the Arizona Avian Alliance Association.
This family-friendly event is geared toward children in preschool through 10 years old, with a Tiny Tots area for the littlest egg hunters. Crafts are aplenty, and kids can make an Easter basket, a dinosaur headband or color.
Pre-registration is recommended at azmnh.org. Walk-up guests will be accepted if room allows.
“This is one of our largest events,” she said. “It’s great because it’s a fun thing to do around that time. It’s also educational to come to the museum. Easter is about chicken and eggs, but we focus a little more on the dinosaur eggs.”
The Arizona Museum of Natural History has been called the “premier natural history museum in Arizona” by the Smithsonian. Dedicated to inspiring, the museum makes a striking first impression with the dinosaur bursting out of the building. Inside, guests can experience a flash flood cascading down a three-story mountain.
There’s also a real territorial jail. Visitors can pan for gold in the History Courtyard, and wind their way through the Lost Dutchman’s Mine.
Among its special events is the annual Beer N Bones, which is set for 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, October 18, at the museum. The 21-and-older event features local craft beers and food trucks, along with the popular Speed Dating with a Scientist.
Jaworski said museum officials are working on a new gallery and additional dinosaur goodies.
“We are gearing up for fieldtrips, of course, and as summer rolls around, we’ll have summer camp opportunities for kids,” she said.
The Dino Discovery Summer Camp is July 15 to July 19.
“The egg event, though, is just a fun excuse to bring the family to the museum. It’s a great opportunity to talk about dinosaur eggs and fossils and to learn about the past—what kinds of parents were dinosaurs; what would they have looked like? We want families to have something different to do for Easter than the same egg hunt.”