How to Do Easter Egg Hunts Online: Games and Tips for Holding Virtual Egg Hunts

By practicing social distancing, big Easter egg hunts with extended family and friends aren't feasible this year, but luckily, families can still hold virtual egg hunts online, because even the Easter Bunny should be social distancing too.

For those looking to preserve the Easter tradition, there are options to have egg hunts both via online games and even doing virtual hunts with friends and family using tools like Zoom or FaceTime.

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A general view of atmosphere of Easter Egg Hunt at USPA Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship at International Polo Club Palm Beach on April 20, 2014 in Wellington, Florida. Gustavo Caballero/Getty

Online Games:

A few websites online offer simple picture searches for little ones, reminiscent of Where's Waldo or I Spy.

ABCya offers a simple egg hunt, perfect for younger children and their parents looking for something to keep them entertained. Children have to click all the eggs, placed over seasonal pictures of rabbits, Peeps, and plastic grass within a certain amount of time. As children pass through levels, the number of eggs hidden throughout each photo increase.

Soft Schools offers a similar game to ABCya, but the eggs are all colored to blend into the various background images. Also, this version mixes seasonal images like plastic eggs and pastel color palettes with more general nature photos and pictures of landmarks like Paris' Arc de Triomphe.

A Kid's Heart is probably the most similar to a real life Easter Egg hunt, where users can drag trees, bushes, and flowers to reveal hidden eggs, which they can then drag into an onscreen basket.

Primary Games also offers a very difficult Egg Hunt game, where children click different parts of a picture until finding an egg. The eggs are not visible, but with each click an encouraging message shows up to tell the child if they're getting warmer or not in their search.

Virtual Egg Hunts to Get The Whole Family Involved:

Some churches and magazines have also found ways for people to connect online and host virtual egg hunts with family, friends, and other members of the community.

According to Christianity Today, a church in Ithaca offered "Easter egg hunts to-go" where they'd give families a basket of pre-filled plastic eggs, an egg coloring kit and a coloring book in lieu of their egg hunt which drew 800 attendees in 2019. A Texan church organized an egg hunt in the popular online game Minecraft so families could participate from the comfort of their own computers.

If you already have supplies for your own egg hunt at home, there's no need to let them go to waste. Country Living offered tips to host an egg hunt over Zoom or FaceTime, where your child can greet family members as they log on, while you hide eggs. The magazine said that once all eggs are hidden have the children search for the eggs, while designating certain eggs to various family members for the child to show the camera. This gets the whole family involved while children still get to enjoy the holiday.