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18 Egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunts & Activities

The Easter bunny is hopping into the Bay Area and is set to bury the area in colorful eggs, baskets filled with candy, and parades. From weekend bunny fests to egg hunts, we’ve rounded up our favorite Easter happenings around town.  Just remember to B.Y.O.B.–bring your own basket.

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San Francisco

Union Street’s 23rd Annual Spring Celebration and Easter Parade
Bouncy houses, carnival rides, games, a climbing wall, an entire area dedicated to kids activities and crafts, a petting zoo, a pony ride, live music to dance to, and costumed characters (Easter Bunny photobomb!) makes this the spring event of the year. Parents will appreciate Union Streets best restaurant’s outdoor, bistro-like setting. Plus a parade like no other, with roller-blading cows, classic cars and art cars, acrobatics, and so much more. Don your best bonnet, too, and enter the Easter Bonnet contest (judging between 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) Parade begins at 2 p.m.

When: Sun., Apr. 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Union Street between Gough and Fillmore
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: sresproductions.com/union_street_easter

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San Francisco Spring Eggstravaganza
It wouldn’t be Easter if we didn’t have an egg hunt in the city’s biggest park! This annual celebration includes carnival rides, games, egg hunts, live entertainment, and a BBQ competition between Rec and Park, SF Police and SF Fire departments!

When: Sat. Apr. 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Sharon Meadows (near the Koret Children’s Playground), Golden Gate Park
Cost: $8
Ages: All Ages
Online: sfrecpark.org/events

Wag Hotels' 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for DogsPhoto credit: Wag Hotel 

Wag Hotels’ 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
Bring your furry friends for an egg hunt all their own. Fun for dogs and humans too, there are prizes, photo ops, a raffle, and more. Kids and dogs encouraged to wear their bunny-best! Check in at 12 p.m., egg hunt is 1 p.m. sharp. Kids admission is free!

When: Sat., Apr. 12, 12 – 2 p.m.
Where: Old Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Cost: $15/adults advance; $20/day of. Kids and dogs are free
Ages: All Ages
Online: waghotels.com/events

East Bay

Bunny Weekend at Fairyland
Fairyland’s annual Bunny Weekend includes tap-dancing Easter bunnies (Apr. 19 only) bunny characters, arts, and crafts, puppet shows, and more!

When: Sat. & Sun., Apr. 19 $ 20
Where: Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave. Oakland, Ca
Cost: $8/person; children 1 and under are free
Ages: All Ages
Online: fairyland.org/events

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The Great Egg Hunt at the Dunsmuir Hellman Estate
Think of it like an Easter egg hunt held at the East Bay version of Downton Abbey. The beautiful Dunsmuir-Hellman makes a perfect backdrop for your Easter pics, and this is the kind of place you can really wear a bonnet!  Dancing bunnies, clowns and stilt-walkers, a petting zoo, crafts, egg dying, face painting, an adopt-a-pet area, and a visit from the Easter Bunny make this an affair to remember! Bonus, you can tour the estate’s historic mansion. The egg-hunt offers a toddler hunt area too! Hunt times: 12 – 2:30 p.m., 3 and under;  1 p.m., ages 4-6: 2 p.m., ages 7-10

When: Sat., Apr. 19, 12-3 p.m.
Where: Dunsmuir Hellman Estate,  2960 Peralta Oaks Ct, Oakland, Ca
Cost: $5/adults; $3/children 4-18; children 3 and under are free
Ages: All Ages
Online: dunsmuir-hellman.com/events

Dunsmuir Hellman Estate, East BayPhoto credit: Dunsmuir Hellman Estate 

Easter Weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
Throughout the Museum of Fun, kids can hunt for eggy treasures, play pinball, check out the Carousel Carnival, magic shows, and many more activities in this museum meets amusement park of a bygone era. All ages are welcome, but take note that there are a few old-timey games that might scare little ones.

When: Sat. & Sun., Apr. 19 & 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Playland-Not-At-the-Beach,10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, Ca
Cost: $15/adults; $10 children
Ages: 3 and up
Online: playland-not-at-the-beach.org

EasterEggHuntMoraga Spring Egg Hunt
Bring your own basket (and bonnet!) to the Moraga Juniors’ Annual Spring Egg Hunt. With kids divied in groups by age, from as young as 1 for some happy hunting, and there will be games, crafts, facepainting, bouncy houses, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring your spare change, too, for a Spare Change Drive for the Moraga Public Library.Egg hunts begin at 10 & 11 a.m.

When: Sat., Apr. 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Moraga Commons Park, Moraga, Ca
Cost: $10
Ages: 1-8
Online: moragajuniors.org/egghunt

The Albany Preschool Spring Fair
With activities including an egg hunt, games, a huge cardboard maze, face-painting, arts and crafts, amazing food, storytelling, dancing, live music, and yummy bakesale goodies, your little ones will be hopping for joy. And be sure and get there early to watch the Bunny arrive via firetruck!

When: Sat., Apr. 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, Albany, Ca
Cost: .50 cents per ticket; bundles available; admission is free
Ages: All Ages, games are geared more toward the 6 and under crowd
Online: albanypreschool.org

South Bay/Peninsula

Gamble Gardens Puppet Show and Egg Hunt
The party will start with fun arts and crafts on the Carriage House Patio, followed by a puppet show. The Puppet Circus features a tight rope walking bear, elephants, lions, and more as members of the Ding-A-Ling Bros Circus. The puppet show is followed by an Easter egg hunt in the garden. Three start times: 9:30 a.m., 11a.m., and 12:30 p.m. 

When: Sat., Apr. 19, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Gamble Gardens 431 Waverly St. Palo Alto, Ca
Cost: $15/adult; $25/child (members $10/adult, $20/child)
Ages: 2-6
Online: gamblegarden.org/easterevent

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San Bruno’s Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt
Start off with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, from 9 -11 a.m. where kids under 6 eat free (with paid adult). From 10-11 a.m. there are lots of activities including a coloring contest, a bunny walk, bubbles, chalk art, a jelly bean count, facepainting and other games and crafts. The egg hunt starts at 11 a.m sharp, with a special area designated for each age group, even for kids ages 1-2 years old!

When: Sat., Apr. 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: San Bruno City Park, Crystal Springs Rd. and Oak Ave. San Bruno, Ca
Cost: Egg hunt and activities are free. Pancake breakfast is $5/adults, 12 and under (and over 65) $3, kids 6 and under are free with paid adult.
Ages: All Ages
Online: sanbruno.com/events

BunnyBreakfastLos Altos Spring Egg Hunt
Kids walking to age 10 will love the hunt, and Mr. E. Bunny himself will be there as early as 9:30 a.m.  to kick things off. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Following the egg hunt, there will be a kid’s concert. Bonus: Any teens in your midst will want to be part of the Egg Launch at the same park, at 10:45 a.m. They supply the eggs, your teen supplies the launcher!

When: Sat., Apr. 19, 9 a.m.
Where: Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: losaltosca.gov/spring-egg-hunt

City of San Mateo Eggstravaganza 2014
Start your day out with a pancake breakfast (9-11 a.m.), then get going on your egg hunt. A special area for kids 1-3 is available. There are multiple hunts throughout the day, plus a parade at 10:30 a.m., and live entertainment including a magician!
Egg hunts: 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, and 11:45 a.m. & 12:15 and 12:45 p.m.

When: Sat., Apr. 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where:  Central Park, 50 East 5th Ave. , San Mateo, Ca
Cost: Event is free, breakfast is $8/adult, $4/child.
Ages: All Ages
Online: cityofsanmateo.org

Marin County

Easter Bunny Breakfast at The Village at Corte Madera 
Kids can dine with the Easter Bunny and enjoy live music by Tim Cain, balloons, and more. Then head over to the Microsoft Store for Easter crafting (DIY egg cup that they fill with chocolate for you!) and face painting with Oliver Twist. Please RSVP to save a spot by calling 415-924-8921. You can pay at the door, cash or check only (make checks payable to Community Action Marin). Breakfast runs from 9-10 a.m., Microsoft Store events are from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

When: Sat., Apr. 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: The Village at Corte Madera, 1618 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera, Ca
Cost: Breakfast is $8/person suggested donation, other events are free
Ages: All Ages
Online: villageatcortemadera.com/events

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Belvedere Community Center’s Brunch with Bunny Brunch and Egg Hunt
This is a perfect Easter event for the 5 and under crowd. Start your morning out right with a  continental brunch which includes muffins, bagels, fruit, cereal, yogurt, juice and more plus photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Once the kids are tanked up, they’ll be ready for some real fun: crafts, music, face painting and an egg hunt in the playground or grass grouped by age. Brunch is from 9:30 -10 a.m. and requires an advance reservation, by calling 415-435-4355. See event listing for egg hunt schedule.

When: Sat., Apr. 12, 9 am. – 2 p.m.
Where:Belvedere Community Center, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere, Ca
Cost: Brunch $5/person; Egg Hunt, $5/person
Ages: 0-5
Online:btrecreation.com

Woodmark Hotel Easter Egg Scramble

Easter Celebrations at the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
Egg-dyeing, meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, baby chicks and a petting zoo, a pony ride, and live music. The Poppy Store will be hosting an egg hunt at 10;30 a.m., and while you’re at the market be sure and pick up some fresh carrots and other healthy and sweet treats for your bunny’s little basket!

When: Sat., Apr. 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m..
Where: Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, California
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: marincountrymart.com/farmersmarket

Sausalito Easter Parade and Egg Hunt
The parade is led by none other than the Easter Bunny, starting at the corner of Johnson and Caledonia Streets. Hop on down to Dunphy Park for an Easter Egg Hunt and then enjoy live music and the sights of many bright, crazy bonnets–or don your own and enter the Easter Bonnet Contest. Rain or shine! The parade begins at 10 a.m., egg hunt at 11:15 a.m.

When: Sat., Apr. 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Dunphy Park, Downtown Sausalito, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: ci.sausalito.ca.us

Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
The Las Gallinas Lions Club will host an egg hunt for the kiddos, and after the egg hunt you can hop on over to the Marinwood Community Center for a hearty breakfast with the Easter Bunny! The egg hunt is free for all, breakfast is a small fee.

When: Sat., Apr. 19, 10 a.m.
Where: Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Rd. , San Rafael, Ca
Cost: $7 Adults, $5 child 12 and under (advance tickets are $6/adult; $4 child); Egg Hunt is free
Ages: All Ages
Online: marinwood.org/events

EasterEggHunt01San Anselmo Children’s Spring Egg Hunt & Camp Fair
A great event for the under 7 crowd to get their Easter Egg Hunting fix. The field is split up by age groups, and the hunt starts after a countdown from 10 with Mr. Bunny. After the hunt, families can relax and enjoy a magic show by The Amazing Jonathan. There will also be other springy activities provided by staff members from San Anselmo’s summer camp programs, so you can also check out what to do with the kiddos this summer. Egg hunt is 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., magic show begins at 11:30.

When: Sat., Apr. 19, 11 a.m.
Where:Memorial Park, 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , San Anselmo, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: 0-7
Online: sananselmochamber.org/calendar

Know of an egg hunt or spring fair not included here? Let us (and our readers) know in the comments below!

–Amber Guetebier

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