With the possible exceptions of pony rides and Fruity Pebbles cereal, few things are more blatantly child-centric than Easter egg hunts. But this season offers a handful of opportunities for adults to horn in on the action—or to at least be entertained by the proceedings. Be advised that most of these events require advance registration and may have already reached maximum capacity.
If you’d like to do something besides stand around smiling while the tykes feed their candy addictions, drag the family to the egg hunt at Clay Terrace on April 19, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Leave your significant other to watch the kids as they ransack the mall for goodies. You’ve got more pressing matters to attend to—shopping matters.
For those of you who didn’t get enough Easter fun as children, there’s the 7th Annual Indiana House Rabbit Society Adult Easter Egg Hunt on April 19 at 3 p.m. For $5 you can relive the thrill of walking around a wet field with your head down, looking for colorful plastic containers. As you probably guessed from the event’s name, proceeds help buy food and sundries for domestic rabbits in foster care. Because apparently that’s a thing that happens now.
Kids are welcome to attend the April 20 hunt at The Historic Hannah House, but one wonders how many would show up if they knew the big old mansion’s backstory. In brief, Jimmy and Susie get to hunt eggs on the grounds of what the management describes as one of the most haunted places in Indiana. Like, Paranormal Activity haunted. If you go, and your kids complain about how it’s so cold in one particular spot, or ask why that old lady in the black dress (whom no one else can see) keeps staring at them, you’ve got no one to blame but yourself.
If you want to see kids really work for their Easter treats, the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center stages its annual underwater egg hunt on April 19 at 10 a.m. It’s impossible for The Hoosierist to envision how this is done. Or how they get the plastic eggs, one of the floaty-est things in the universe, to stay at the bottom of the pool.
If underwater egg-hunting doesn’t glaze your Easter ham, go the opposite direction and attend a helicopter drop, in which Easter eggs are lobbed from choppers. This happens on April 19 at 10 a.m. at both the Westside Church of the Nazarene and the Imagine Church at Washington Woods Elementary School. In case you’re wondering how they get insurance for this, it’s because the kids don’t stand under the helicopters and get carpet-bombed by candy. They wait on the sidelines until the eggs land, and then move in like disaster victims going after relief supplies. It’s safer that way.