Eggstravaganzoo

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Things are "hopping" at Nashville Zoo! Collect the kids and bounce over to the Zoo for our 16th annual Eggstravaganzoo! There will be egg hunts for the kids and animals along with games and general merriment all day long! Special guests at the big day will include the Zoo's giraffe mascot Twiga and a white-haired, long-eared fellow lovingly known as the Easter Bunny!

Special Notes about this Eggstravaganzoo

  • This event is typically one of the Zoo's busiest days. Nashville Zoo Members enjoy free parking, free admission and access to a separate members-only line at the gate. If you are considering purchasing or renewing a membership, we urge you to do this in advance online at our Membership page. A printed OR digital copy of the e-confirmation (received minutes after purchase) and a valid ID are all that you need to take part in the eggceptional activities!
  • Eggstravaganzoo is a rain or shine event.

Egg Hunts
Nashville Zoo will be distributing over 30,000 plastic eggs for children to find and redeem for prizes. Because these egg hunts are about having fun and going wild and not about the number of eggs collected, ALL egg-hunting children will receive an egg-cellent prize pack.

Egg hunts will take place on the Zoo's Festival Field, located behind the gift shop. Everyone is encouraged to arrive at least an hour before the egg hunt times. No reservations are required for egg hunts. The times are
2 & under......10 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.*
3 years..........10:30 a.m. OR 1 p.m.*
4-5 years......11 a.m. OR 1:30 p.m.*
6-7 years......11:30 a.m. OR 2 p.m.**
8-10 years.....Noon OR 2:30 p.m**
Please one egg hunt per child.
*Parents can accompany child onto field. PLEASE NOTE: The 2 and under egg hunt is only for ages where children are old enough to retrieve their own eggs.
**Parents DO NOT accompany children onto field. PLEASE NOTE: We ask that all parents stay on the side of the field to ensure everyone's enjoyment and that everyone can keep their children in sight.

Zoo-Wide "Golden" Egg Hunt
Join in a hunt for larger "golden" eggs hidden throughout the Zoo. These select eggs that can be redeemed for a special prize! Limit one "golden" egg per person.

Animal Egg Hunts
Egg hunting at the Zoo isn’t just for the kids. Watch as the animals seek out treats of their own. Don’t miss a chance to see a primate discover a fruit filled egg or a meerkat dashing over to take a bite out of an egg filled with mealworms.
Egg Hunt Schedule
9:30 a.m. Lynx egg hunt/Rhino Iguana keeper talk in Unseen New World
10 a.m. Bat feeding in Unseen New World/Clouded leopard egg hunt
10:30 a.m. Alligator Snapping Turtle keeper talk/ Stork keeper talk
11 a.m. Meerkat egg hunt/Tortoise keeper talk at Critter Encounter
11:30 a.m. Tapir egg hunt/Cassowary keeper talk
12 p.m. Cougar egg hunt/Rhino hornbill egg hunt
12:30 p.m. Camel keeper talk Critter Encounter/Africa keeper talk
1 p.m. Siamang egg hunt/Sheep keeper talk at the Historic Farm
1:30 p.m. Gibbon egg hunt
2 p.m. Elephant egg hunt/Giraffe keeper talk
2:30 p.m. Red River Hog keeper talk/ Horse keeper talk at the Historic Farm
3 p.m. Elephant keeper talk/Tiger egg hunt

Storks, cassowary, rhino hornbill, and animals in the Africa field will be getting eggs as the park opens.

The red river hogs will receive some eggs when the park opens and more eggs during their 2:30 p.m. keeper talk.

Weather permitting, lorikeet keepers will be in the lorikeet aviary 9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. to answer questions.

Bunny Games
Do the bunny hop, play a round of hopscotch and enter the egg and spoon races! Games are free to play and for the purpose of fun; no finish line prizes will be awarded.

Gardens, Gardeners and Other Merriment
Stop by the Grassmere Historic Home's garden to smell the roses and get some great gardening tips from the Master Gardeners.
Face painting will be available for an additional fee near the egg hunt field.

Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in volunteering at Eggstravaganzoo? Contact . Must be 18 years or older.

Family Picnic Options


Annual Bunny Breakfast
Start the big day off right with a full breakfast! Our popular Bunny Breakfast is offered the morning of Eggstravaganzoo by reservation only and for an additional cost. Don't miss this opportunity to avoid the lines and take your picture with the Easter Bunny. Spots limited and advance registration required. Registration opens March 3 and spots fill up quickly.

Bunny Lunch Picnic
Join us in the Jungle Terrace for a picnic lunch and face time with the Easter Bunny. Lunch at the Bunny Café is by reservation only. Registration is now closed.

Eggstravaganzoo is included with Zoo admission, and no reservations are needed. There will be a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Members park free. Bunny Breakfast and Bunny Cafe are by reservation only.