Bring your baskets, bunnies and bonnets and head out for one of these events that are guaranteed to get you in the spring spirit. The little ones can hunt for treat-filled eggs and get photos taken with the big bunny himself. Many of these events include extras like carnival rides, parades, face painting and even a mimosa bar for mom and dad (brilliant!).

Photo courtesy of Union Street Easter Parade 

San Francisco

Union Street’s Spring Celebration and Easter Parade
Dubbed the biggest little parade in San Francisco, the Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade is not your run of the mill float-fest. Rather, its organizers describe it as “wonderful, wacky, elegant and fabulous,” featuring everything from “roller-blading cows and creative self-propelled mini-floats to garden areas, sophisticated fashions and beautiful classic and art cars.” Don’t fret, it also includes a bounce house, petting zoo, pony rides and music. The Union Street event, from Gough to Filmore, begins at 10 a.m. The parade starts at 2 p.m.

When: Sun., April 16, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Union St. between Gough and Fillmore in the Marina
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: sresproductions.com

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 the coolest, not-to-miss BBQ competition between Rec and Park, SF Police and SF Fire departments.

When: Sat., April 15, 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/eggstravangza

Pier 39 Spring Egg Hunt
Step into spring at this free egg hunt for kids up to age 10. There are two egg hunts – 4:30 p.m. for kids up to age 5 and 5:30 p.m. for kids 6-10 years old. Enjoy crafts led by the Museum of Craft and Design while you wait.

When: Fri., April 14, 4-6 p.m.
Where: West Park, Pier 39, San Francisco, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: 1-10
Online: pier39.com/event/spring-egg-hunt

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

Wag Hotel’s 8th 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 opps, a raffle, and more. Kids and dogs are encouraged to wear their bunny-best! Check in at 12 p.m., egg hunt is 1 p.m. sharp. Kids admission is free! Proceeds benefit Family Dog Rescue.

When: Sat., April 8, noon-2 p.m.
Where: Old Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Cost: $15/adults in advance; $20/day of. Kids and dogs are free.
Ages: All Ages
Online: waghotels.com/events

Bunny Hop with Main Street Mamas
Local mommy-meetup group Main Street Mamas is hosting a bunny hop at the Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Photo booth, mimosa and coffee stations, lawn games and eggs stuffed with Bitsy’s Brainfood. This year’s event includes two egg hunts. Please RSVP here.

When: Sat., April 8, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. (Two hunts – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
Where: Peacock Meadow (in Golden Gate Park, next to the Conservatory of Flowers)
Cost: $20/per family
Ages: All Ages
Onlinemainstreetmamas.com

Dunsmuir Hellman Estate, East Bay  Photo courtesy Dunsmuir Hellman Estate

East Bay

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 dyeing, 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.

When: Sat., April 15, 10 a.m.–3 p.m
Where: Dunsmuir Hellman Estate,  2960 Peralta Oaks Ct, Oakland, Ca
Cost: $5/ages 11 and older; $3/kids 10 and under
Ages: All Ages
Online: dunsmuir-hellman.com/events

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 bake sale 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., April 15. 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

Alameda South Shore Center’s Eco Easter Eggstravaganza
Satisfy your spring fever at Alameda South Shore Center’s Eco Easter Eggstravaganza. Partake in glitter tattoos, channel your inner butterfly with face painting and enjoy The Conscious Carnival. Hang with the Easter Bunny, who will hoppily pose for photo opps and selfies.

When: Sat., April 15, noon-4 p.m.
Where: Alameda South Shore Center, 523 South Shore West Center, Alameda, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: alamedasouthshorecenter.com

Photo courtesy of Maryland GovPics via Flickr

Splash Into Spring Egg Scramble
There are few places that combine a beautiful beach with a spring shin-dig, but Alameda is one of them. Check out the mobile fish exhibit, do some beach exploration, play lawn games, and keep little hands busy with arts and crafts. There will be photo-opps with the Easter Bunny too ($3, bring your own camera) and snacks for sale. The scramble for eggs starts at 11:15 a.m. with different age areas, so don’t be late! (Note: if it rains, this event will be rescheduled to April 15).

When: Sat., April 8, 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Crab Cove Picnic Area, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: 1-12
Online: alamedaca.gov/recreation/splash-spring-egg-scramble

6th Annual Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast at the YMCA at Camp Arroyo
Start off Easter with a hoppy tummy during the 6th Annual Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast at the YMCA at Camp Arroyo. Kids can load up on pancakes (i.e. energy) prior to the 9 a.m. egg hunt kickoff. Families pay a flat $20 fee for breakfast and the egg hunt is free for kids nine and under. Hunts occur every 30 minutes from 9-11 a.m.

When: Sat., April 15 at 8:30–11:30 a.m.
Where: YMCA at Camp Arroyo, 5535 Arroyo Road, Livermore, Ca
Cost: $20 per family
Ages: All ages are welcome, egg hunts are for children 9 and under
Online: ymcaeastbay.org

Photo courtesy of Gamble Gardens

Peninsula

Gamble Gardens Puppet Show and Egg Hunt
Join this festive tradition as Gamble Garden becomes a treasure of hidden Easter eggs. Children will enjoy a supervised petting zoo with more than 20 animals, arts and crafts, treats, light refreshments, Easter Bunny photos and an Easter Egg Hunt in the garden. Three scheduled hunts last approximately one hour. Start times are 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

When: Sun., April 9, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Gamble Gardens, 431 Waverly St. Palo Alto, Ca
Cost: $10-30
Ages: All ages
Online: gamblegarden.org/easterevent

Los 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. and there will be staggered start times for different age groups. Limit of 5 eggs per child. Enjoy crafts, face painting, a balloon artist and games on Second Street. 

When: Sat., April 8, 10 a.m. – noon
Where: Main and State Streets, Los Altos, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: downtownlosaltos.org

40th Annual City of San Mateo Eggstravaganza 
Start your day out with a pancake breakfast (9-11 a.m.), then get going on your egg hunt. Kids ages 1-3 can visit Peter Rabbit’s Playground, an area set up just for them. Kids 4-9 can go for the Big Egg Hunt. There are multiple hunts throughout the day, plus a parade at 10:30 a.m., photos with the Easter Bunny, 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. Book your ticket to the hunt of your choice here.

When: Sat., April 15,  9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where:  Central Park, 50 East 5th Ave., San Mateo, Ca
Cost: Peter Rabbit’s Playground, parade, and entertainment are free. Breakfast is $8/adult, $4/child. The Big Egg Hunt is $3/child.
Ages: 0-9
Online: cityofsanmateo.org

Photo courtesy of downtowncampbell.com 

South Bay

Campbell Eggstravaganza & Bunnies and Bonnets Parade
Downtown Campbell knows a thing or two about celebrating Easter. Start off at the Eggstravaganza, the annual egg hunt, which includes bouncy houses, face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Kids 1-4 get their own fenced in area. Grab a donut and some coffee, then follow a parade bunny to score a spot along the sidewalk for the Bunnies and Bonnets parade. Kids ages 5-12 can make a stop before the egg hunt for a sidewalk chalk art contest. The egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. sharp.

When: Sat., April 15, 9 a.m.
Where: Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: 1-12
Online: downtowncampbell.com/eggstravaganza

Easter Egg Hunt at Roaring Camp in Felton
Trains, an egg hunt and a visit from the Eater Bunny himself? Whoa, it doesn’t get much better than that. Kids will ride Roaring Camp’s real 1880s Steam Train beneath an ancient Redwood canopy, over Indian Creek Trestle and through the cool Santa Cruz Mountains. The Easter Bunny will hop on through to the top of Bear Mountain where kids will go on the hunt for chocolate eggs. Purchase tickets for the Easter Steam Train. Rides start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

When: April 15 and 16 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Rd., Felton, Ca
Cost: $22/kid, $29/adult
Ages: All ages
Online: roaringcamp.com

Photo courtesy of Union Street Easter Parade

Marin/Sonoma County

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 10:15 a.m.

When: Sat., April 15, 10 a.m.–noon
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., April 15, 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

Photo courtesy of Barney Moss via Flickr

Cavallo Point Lodge Eggstravaganza
Get hoppy at Sausalito’s Cavallo Point Lodge during its Easter Kids Eggstravaganza. With views of the Golden Gate Bridge, festivities include egg hunts, balloon animals, cookie decorating, coloring, a magic show and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Easter baskets, light snacks and beverages are offered to children throughout the event.

When: Sun., April 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Fort Baker, Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate, 601 Murray Circle , Sausalito, Ca
Cost: Admission is $20, but is complimentary for lodge and restaurant guests.
Ages: 0-12
Online: cavallopoint.com

Belvedere Community Center’s Bunny Hop and Egg Scramble
This is a perfect Easter event for all ages, as there are 4 age-specific hunts to ensure everyone leaves with a full basket. The carnival area includes games, a bounce house, face painting, life-sized Candyland, music, crafts and more. To buy tickets call The Ranch at (415)435-4355 beginning Monday, March 6 at 9 a.m.

When: Sun., April 2, 10 am. – 12 p.m.
Where: Belvedere Community Center Park, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere
Cost: $1 Activity Tickets; $5 Egg Hunt Bracelet; $20 All Inclusive Bracelet (includes 1 Egg Hunt, 2 rounds of Candyland and UNLIMITED Carnival Games, Bounce House, Crafts & Face Painting)
Ages: 0-7
Online: theranchtoday.org

Where do you bring your bunnies to hunt for eggs? Let us know below!

–Kate Loweth & Erin Feher