Easter egg hunts are not for the meek. In fact, one hunt in Colorado got so competitive it was canceled this year because there were too many "helicopter parents." For too many years, parents jumped into the hunt at Bancroft Park, even though the egg-hunt area was roped off for their children. Here's hoping the following six Easter egg hunts are left for the kids this year.
The Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte, Maincy, France On Easter Sunday and Monday, this castle outside of Paris hosts an Easter egg hunt for kids in the morning and adults in the afternoon. Some 35,000 eggs are hidden for hunting. There's also face-painting, a chocolate-making workshop and pony rides.
Colorado's Largest Easter Egg Hunt, Copper Mountain, Colo.
At 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday, the search for 50,000 eggs kicks off in Center Village at Copper Mountain. Billed as the largest egg hunt in Colorado, the search is divided by age group and once it's over, there's an Easter egg decorating party for all.
Eggstravaganza, Coconut Creek, Fla.
With 60,000 eggs up for grabs, chances are even the littlest bunnies will find an egg. Eggstravaganza is South Florida's largest free Easter egg hunt. It takes place on April 7 -- the day before Easter -- and the egg hunting is divided into time categories by age group. In addition to the hunt, there are refreshments and bounce houses for the kids.
Fabergé's Big Egg Hunt, London
It's already over for this year, but it's never too soon to start planning for next. Besides, no list of Easter egg hunts would be complete without a mention of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. 200 designer eggs, each over two feet tall, are scattered around the city. This year's contest was an interactive one, with code-word clues participants would text message in order to be entered to win the grand prize: the Diamond Jubilee Fabergé egg, valued at about $160,000. The egg is on display at Harrods in Knightsbridge until April 8.
Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt 2012, Windermere, UK
110 ceramic eggs have been hand-crafted to celebrate Peter Rabbit's 110th birthday and the centenary year of "The Tale of Mr Tod." The eggs are hidden across the Lake District countryside and once they're all found, the hunt is over.
White House Easter Egg Roll, Washington, D.C.
On Monday April 9, 2012, the First Family will host the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. There are 35,000 lucky people -- chosen by lottery system -- who will join the Obamas on the South Lawn for games, stories, singing, dancing and, of course, the traditional egg roll on the Lawn. This year's theme is "Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move," in keeping with the First Lady's initiative to promote fitness and healthy eating.