Easter in New England is a precious time, with children in new clothes and the robins shaking off the chill of winter. Manchester, NH and its neighboring communities are no exception, with families and friends coming together to celebrate the return of vibrant life to the earth. My own children and I look forward to the season each year, as it brings Easter egg hunts and a reconnection with neighbors neglected because of snow and freezing temperatures. It is our first real opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, and the excitement and pageantry simply can’t be overstated.
Stark Park Easter Egg Hunt
This traditional commemorative park is closest to our house, and has been a staple with us the past two years. Starting at 11 am the Saturday before Easter, children 8-years-old and under scatter like thirsty butterflies throughout the park grounds looking for painted eggs. The celebration also has a roped off zones by age group with a 4 and under range, 5-6 group, and 7-8 hunting areas. There are always photos available with the Easter Bunny, and the Manchester Police Department mounted patrol is on hand for the kids to meet the horses.
Promise to Nicholas Easter Egg Hunt
This Bedford fundraiser, sponsored by the MOMS Club of Bedford and happening at the NH Sportsplex the Saturday before Easter, is going into its 6th year to support Batten Disease research through the Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation. Starting at 8:30, egg hunters can have fun all for a good cause with music, entertainment, bounce houses, face-painting, games, local exhibitor tables, a bake sale table, raffle baskets, silent auction, and the grand attraction, a ticketed egg hunt.
Charmingfare Farm’ Exciting Egg Hunt
If you know anything about the Southern region of NH, it’s that Charmingfare Farm in a family tradition going back generations. This is where the egg hunt enthusiasts gather each year, and we’ve been among them, with over $75,000 in prizes available to lucky seekers. Pre-registration is recommended, with tickets available online for purchase. Those of the less competitive nature can enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny, as well as rides across the farm on the Tractor Train. This event kicks off the Saturday before Easter Sunday.
Helicopter Egg Drop
For an early Saturday afternoon rush of madness, my kids and I will head over to the Next Level Church Helicopter Egg Drop in Rochester, where this free-to-register cavalcade sees the utter madness of 25,000 plastic Easter Eggs dropped on a hungry crowd from a helicopter, each egg filled with goodies and winning tickets for items such as game systems, flat screen TVs, iPods, and a great deal more. This event always draws an immense crowd so it’s recommended you register early online to ‘skip the lines.’