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20 Hop-tacular Egg Hunts & Spring Activities

From eggstravaganzas at sprawling estates to local community gatherings in the park, the Bay Area is home to some of the most scenic and varied egg hunts. Feeling like a bouncy house/parade/mad dash for eggs kind of holiday? We’ve got it. Looking for a mellow place for your toddler to join the hunt? We’ve got that too. Read on for our top 20 egg-tacular events this spring. Don’t forget your basket!

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Photo of Union Street Easter Parade by Steven Restivo Prodcutions

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 rollerblading 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., April 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Union St. between Gough and Fillmore in the Marina
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: sresproductions.com/union-street-easter

Egg Hunt at Harley Farms Goat Dairy
If your city kid is all about the petting zoo, give her a real thrill at Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Pescadero. Visit this real working dairy farm to meet dozens of adorable baby goats, embark on an Easter Egg hunt in the farm’s garden and mingle with other Red Tricycle families.

When: Sat., April 4, 10-11:30 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Harley Farms Goat Dairy, 205 North St. Pescadero, Ca
Cost: $10/person.
Ages: All ages.
Online: events.redtri.com/easter-egg-hunt

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., April 4, 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-2015

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Wag Hotel’s 6th 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., March 28, noon-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

Bunny Hop with Haight Street Mamas
Local mommy-meetup group Haight Street Mamas is hosting a bunny hop a the Dahlia Dell in Golden Gate Park. Music for Aardvarks will entertain and there will be a candy-free egg hunt. Mimosas, coffee, and pastries will be served. Please RSVP here.

When: Sat., Mar. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: The Dahlia Dell, next to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
Cost: $10/per family
Ages: All Ages

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Cookie decorating? Check. Rock climbing? Check. Egg hunts? Yep. It must be SF Rec and Park’s Spring Fling at the Moscone Rec Center in the Marina, which will feature two hours of totally free, festive action including crafts, carnival games, bouncy houses, and a skate park.

When: Sat., Mar. 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Moscone Rec Center, 1800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: sfrecpark.org/spring-fling-community-party

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 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. 4, 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 Bay                                                                                                                Photo courtesy Dunsmuir Hellman Estate

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., Mar. 28. 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

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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-ops with the Easter Bunny too ($3, bring your own camera) and snacks for sale. The scramble for eggs starts at 11:40 a.m. with different age areas, so don’t be late! (Note: if it rains, this event will be rescheduled to April 4).

When: Sat., Mar. 28, 10-11:45 a.m.
Where: Crab Cove Picnic Area, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda
Cost: Free
Ages: 1-12
Online: alamedaca.gov/recreation/splash-spring-egg-scramble

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. We recommend you RSVP early for the hunt.Three start times: 9:30 a.m., 11a.m., and 12:30 p.m.

When: Sat., Apr. 4, 9:30 a.m. – 2 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., Mar.28,, 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

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. After the hunt, enjoy a concert with Oklin Bloodworth. . 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! Register by April 1st to be part of the egg launch. (11-17).

When: Sat., Apr. 4, 9 a.m.
Where: Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: losaltosca.gov/spring-egg-hunt

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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. 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. New this year, you can book your ticket to the hunt of your choice here. The Big Egg Hunt is for kids 4-9.

When: Sat., Apr. 4, 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 $2/child.
Ages: 0-9
Online: cityofsanmateo.org

South Bay

Willow Glen Easter Egg Hunt
South Bay families love the charm and simplicity of Willow Glen’s Easter Egg Hunt. A great community event, especially for the little ones first egg hunt.

When: Sat., April 4, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Willow Glen Town Square, 1100 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
Online: willowglen.org/willow-glen-charm-easter-egg-hunt
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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, facepainting,  and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Kids 1-4 get their own fenced in area. Grab a donught and some coffee, then follow a parade bunny to score a spot along the sidewalk for the Bunnies and Bonnets parade. And kids ages 5-12 can make a stop after the egg hunt for a sidewalk chalk art contest. The egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. sharp.

When: Sat., April 4, 9 a.m.
Where: Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages:1-12
Online: downtowncampbell.com/eggstravaganza  

Marin County


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                                                                                 Photo credit: Maryland GovPics via Flickr Creative Commons

 

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. 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., Mar. 28, 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

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. Seeevent listing for egg hunt schedule.

When: Sat., Apr. 4, 11 am. – 2 p.m.
Where:Belvedere Community Center, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere, Ca
Cost: Brunch $5/person; Egg Hunt, $5/person. $1 carnival games.
Ages: 0-5
Online: btrecreation.com

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. 4, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m..
Where: Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, Ca
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages
Online: marincountrymart.com/farmersmarket

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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. 3, 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., Apr.4, 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

baby easter egg hunt                                                                                   Photo credit: Big D2112 via Flickr Creative Commons

San 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. 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. Kids 8 and up can hunt eggs by flashlight on Fri., April 3.

When: Sat., Apr. 4, 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