March 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM ET
Easter egg hunts haven't changed much through the years: Groups of eager kids search high and low for colorful (and well-hidden) treasure. But if you're looking for a fresh take on the classic, look no further than these clever ideas for mixing up the traditional Easter egg hunt:
Try a novel twist on the traditional daylight search: Arm your kids with flashlights, and send them out at dusk to hunt for eggs. For even more fun, make it a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt: Just fill plastic eggs with lit glow sticks and candy, tape them shut and hide them.
If you're having a hunt for kids with different age groups or searching abilities, consider ways to ensure the bounty is well distributed. You can opt to assign each child a certain color to hunt for, or a list of different colors to find (i.e. two red, three blue and one green).
Turn the tables on your kids—let them each hide a few eggs for you and the other adults at your party to find. The child who stumps you the most (with the last egg found) gets a prize.
When it comes to filling your Easter eggs with loot, sometimes you have to think outside the egg—check out these clever ideas from Alpha Mom. If you're concerned about your kids getting hopped up on sugar this Easter, check out the fun, sugar-free alternatives that Mindful Momma rounded up, including fizzy dinosaur bath eggs.
A little ingenuity can turn the standard plastic eggs into some spectacular bling—Easter egg rings with a surprise inside, created by Dollar Store Crafts.
Don't forget to get your kids dressed appropriately for the occasion! Consider making super-cute Easter egg necklaces before the hunt; then let your kids wear them as they hit the bunny trail looking for eggs.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.