Easter Excitement

Years before getting married, we enjoyed Easter Brunch at the Catamaran Hotel, getting a table outside just steps from the Bay, enjoying all-you-can-drink champagne and a fabulous brunch buffet. We’ve spent Easter the same way for the past five years as parents, but now the Easter egg hunt on the beach is part of the day.

Mallory & the Easter Bunny at the Catamaran egg hunt

Several San Diego hotels offer great Easter Sunday brunches coupled with egg hunts…The Bahia, The Westgate, The Hotel Del. And there are even more public celebrations happening the day before Easter, so if you’re looking for something fun to do with your little ones, check these out:

Sunday 4/24
USS Midway Easter Celebration: Enjoy an Easter egg roll competition, petting zoo, flight deck safari hunt and more.
 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with paid admission

Saturday 4/23
Santee Lakes Spring Eggstravaganza
: Crafts, inflatables, carnival rides, pony rides, petting zoo, bunny photos, and continuous egg hunts from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Spring Party with Bunny
 at the San Diego Botanic Garden: Children ages 2 to 6 are invited to visit the gentle bunny and make some colorful spring crafts. Children will also parade through the garden, go on a bunny hunt, and enjoy a rabbit snack. Pre-registration required. 2 event time: 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. until 1p.m.

Bunny Drop
 at The Kroc Center: Free Easter Egg hunts, visit with the Easter Bunny, pony rides, arts and crafts, and more!
10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Carlsbad EGGStravaganza Spring Festival
 in Pointsettia Park: (note, $5 activity fee must be purchased in advance to participate in activities). Come celebrate spring with music, fun games, arts and crafts and a Fun Zone with bounce houses, a giant slide, obstacle courses and a chance to “soak the bunny.” Collect eggs in the ongoing “Egg Scramble.” 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Spring Fling
 at Liberty Station: Free festival that includes egg hunts, inflatable slides and bounce houses, face painting, balloon artists, lawn games, crafts and games, raffle with prizes, music and much more. 12p.m. until 5 p.m.

City of Encinitas Easter Egg Hunt Festival in Ecke Sports Park: Free event featuring arts and crafts, entertainment, prizes, jump houses, face painting, pictures with the bunny (for a fee) and of course, 24,000 eggs! 10 a.m. until 1p.m.

Fallbrook Pancake Breakfast & Spring Egg Hunt at the Fallbrook Community Center: Join the Easer Bunny for a pancake breakfast and egg hunting fun. Fallbrook Firefighter’s Association will serve up a pancake breakfast as the Bunny hops around and meets all the kids. After breakfast, egg hunts are arranged by age group followed by games and contests.

Breakfast with Peter Cottontail and Egg Hunt in San Marcos Walnut Grove Park: Come and have breakfast with Peter Cottontail at “The Williams Barn” in Walnut Grove Park. Immediately following the breakfast, toddlers through 5th graders are invited to the community “Holiday Egg Hunt” where eggs with prizes will be hidden by the bunny himself! Come early to have your picture taken with Peter Cottontail, create free craft projects, and enjoy carnival games and party jumps. Bring a bag or basket for each child. New this year….. Special prize for every child who hunts. $5 donation per family.

Looking for something other than an egg hunt as a way to celebrate Easter with the kiddos? Check out the The Pacific Southwest Railway “Bunny Trains,” the Chula Vista Nature Center’s “Eco-friendly Easter” and the Temecula Children’s Museum “Egg-citing Dyeing” event.

Happy Easter everyone!

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