Easter egg hunt at the James J. Hill House

I can't think of a more idyllic backdrop for an Easter egg hunt than the James J. Hill House. It is a family-friendly gathering, ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.

This spring the historic Gilded Age mansion is hosting two egg hunts on the front lawn. We attended the April 9 event; the second one will be on Saturday, April 15 from 10 to 11 am. (Register here. Cost is $8 per person, and each child must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own basket.)

It begins with snacks and a chance to mingle on the first floor. This allows you a little breathing room; if you're running a few minutes late, you won't miss the egg hunt.

The hunt officially commences in grand fashion, with a bagpipe player processing down the ornate central staircase. 

Then everyone heads outside and the search begins.

On April 9, each child was limited to 10 eggs, and all ages searched together. There were plenty to go around. 

In fact, one preschooler saw that Jane didn't have many eggs yet and gave her a few. (As I said, family friendly.)

Later, a mom came up to us and offered to snap a family photo. 

Um, yes, please! 

I cherish every family photo we can capture and was planning to make a sheepish request of someone nearby. This sweet mom spared me!

It's one of our first photos as a family of five. And yes, 1-month-old Archie got in on the bunny action.

After filling their baskets and hanging out on the lawn to uncover their loot, the kids replenished inside with more apple juice and story time in the parlor. 

Happy Easter!

 

Related reading 

  • To see my picks for the prettiest little Easter dresses, click here.
  • To see pictures of our last trip to the James J. Hill House, click here

 


  Christina Ries is a freelance writer who lives with her husband and three young children in Inver Grove Heights. Write her at christina@mnparent.com.