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The Most Hoppingest Easter Events for Kids with Special Needs

Egg hunts and Easter Bunny meet and greets

It’s almost Easter, a fun-filled holiday of egg scrambles that can sometimes can be too loud or overwhelming for kids with special needs. So we’ve put together an updated list of Easter activities around Dallas-Fort Worth that are extra gentle for children with disabilities. Read below for local events offering private meet and greets with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts and gatherings for children with sensory, physical or other developmental needs.

IDD Council’s Egg Your House Fundraiser

Prefer to stay home this Easter? Fort Worth-based nonprofit The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Council of Tarrant County hosts this fun offer for families who live in Tarrant and Johnson counties: Sign up to let them “egg your house” with candy and toy filled plastic eggs. They’ll place the eggs on your lawn on either the Friday or Saturday before Easter (April 15 or 16) from 6–11pm. Starts at $30 for 25 eggs. For an additional $20, they’ll hide them in your yard for a more challenging egg hunt for the kids.

You can also request to have them “egg” a neighbor’s house as a surprise—and no worries. They’ll place the eggs in a basket on the porch with an anonymous note. Sign up by Tuesday, April 12 to participate. Reserve your egg surprise here or email rita@iddcouncil.org for questions.

Eggs Hunts for Special Needs

FEAT-NT Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day
RSVP online for this Easter fest hosted by nonprofit Families for Effective Autism Treatment North Texas. The day includes an Easter egg hunt, selfies with the Easter Bunny, a mini train, face painting, balloon artist, crafts, and snacks (gluten-free and dairy-free).
When: Saturday, April 16, 2–4pm
Where: Northwood Church, 1870 Rufe Snow Drive, Keller; located in the Shed Building.
Easter Eggstravaganza at The Helm ABA Denton
Our clinic is hosting a community event for special needs children. There will be an opportunity for pictures with the Easter bunny assisted by trained staff familiar with special needs children from 9:30–11am, a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt, sensory bins and activities, arts and crafts, snacks, and coffee for parents.
When: Saturday, April 2 from 9–11am
Where: The Helm ABA, 1108 Dallas Drive, Suite 300, Denton; 469/663-2238

Keller Parks & Rec’s Egg Scramble
Put on by the City of Keller Parks and Recreation, the sensory egg scramble is specially for kiddos with disabilities. Make sure to arrive by 9am as this is the private time put aside for families with special needs. There will also be egg hunts for typical kids, broken up by age groups up to age 11. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance, so bring a camera to snap some pictures. Other Easter themed games and activities will be around the park along with food trucks and vendors.
When: Saturday, April 9, sensory egg scramble begins at 9am, event through 11am
Where: Bear Creek Park, 400 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller; 817/743-4050
Price: Free

Adaptive Egg Hunt, Hurst
This event is for children under the age of 16 with special needs and their families. Free activities include crafts, face painting, photos with Mr. Bunny, egg hunts, and a petting zoo. Please, no pets or glass containers.
When: Friday, April 8, activities begin at 5:30pm, egg hunt starts at 6:30pm
Where: Central Park, the 700 block of Mary Drive, Hurst; 817/788-7325

Roanoke’s EggAPalooza
Meet at Roanoke Soccer Complex featuring: helicopter Easter egg drop (weather permitting) with 10,000 eggs, Easter egg hunts with 100 prize eggs, a sensory egg hunt just for kids with special needs, pictures with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, hay rides, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, sweets, food trucks, music, and family games.
When: Saturday, April 9, noon–4pm
Where: 505 Roanoke Road, Roanoke

Easter at the Paws for Reflection Ranch
Drive out to the Paws for Reflection Ranch for the annual Easter festival for those with special needs. Bring a basket and join the Easter Bunny in an Easter egg hunt, interact with ranch animals, and enjoy games, activities, and refreshments. Note that eggs will be not be filled with candy but with small toys and erasers.
When: Saturday, April 9, 2–4pm
Where: 5431 Montgomery Road, Midlothian

Sensory-Friendly Easter Bunny

Several area malls, in partnership with Autism Speaks, offer private meet and greets with the costumed Easter Bunny. Here you can bypass the usual crowds and enjoy a calm, welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. Admission is free, and event organizers will snap professional photos you can purchase.

Sensory Bunny at The Shops at Willow Bend, Plano
When: Sunday, April 3 from 9:30–11am
Where: The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 972/202-4900
Reserve a time slot here for a private photo session with Wendell the Easter Bunny at Bunnyville, located in Macy’s Court.

Caring Bunny at Firewheel Town Center, Garland
When: Sunday, April 3 from 9:30–11am
Where: 245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland, at Firewheel, between Old Navy and Buckle; 972/675-1041
Reserve a time slot here for a bunny photo experience.

Caring Bunny at North East Mall, Hurst
When: Sunday, April 3 from 9:30–11am
Where: 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst, at Center Court; 817/284-3427
Reserve a time slot here.

Know other other Easter event for special needs? Let us know at editorial@dfwchild.com.

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