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 egg-tacular events this spring. Don’t forget to BYOB! (Bring your own basket)

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Photo of Union Street Easter Parade by Steven Restivo Prodcutions

San Francisco

Union Street’s 25rd Annual Spring Celebration and Easter Parade
Dubbed the biggest little parade in San Francisco, the 25th Annual 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, face painting and music. The Union Street event, from Gough to Filmore, begins at 10 a.m. The parade starts at 2 p.m.

When: Sun., March 27, 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

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: March 26, 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

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Wag Hotel’s 7th 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 19, 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 a the Dahlia Dell in Golden Gate Park. Music for Aardvarks will entertain and there will free kiddie snacks on hand from Fresh Baby Bites as well as yoga for the whole family. Please RSVP here.

When: Sat., Mar. 13, 3 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Where: The Dahlia Dell, next to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
Cost: $15/per family
Ages: All Ages

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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.

When: Mar 26 at 10 a.m.–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. 26. 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 Easter Festival
Satisfy your spring fever at Alameda South Shore Center’s Easter Festival. Partake in glitter tattoos, channel your inner butterfly with face painting and nail the perfect bunny hop in the bounce house. Hang with the Easter Bunny, who will hoppily pose for photo opps and selfies.

When:March 26 at 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where:Alameda South Shore Center, 523 South Shore West Center, Alameda, Ca
Cost:Free
Ages:All Ages
Online:redtri.com

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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 11:30 a.m. with different age areas, so don’t be late! (Note: if it rains, this event will be rescheduled to March 26).

When: Sat., Mar. 19, 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

5th Annual Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast at the YMCA at Camp Arroyo
Start off Easter with a hoppy tummy during the 5th Annual Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast at the YMCA at Camp Arroyo. Kids can load up on pancake (i.e. energy) prior to the 9 a.m. egg hunt kickoff. Families play a flat $20 fee for breakfast and the egg hunt is free for kids nine and under.

When: March 26 at 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Where: Livermore, YMCA at Camp Arroyo, 5535 Arroyo Road, San Francisco, Ca
Cost: $20 per family
Ages: All ages are welcome, egg hunts are for children 9 and under
Online: ymcaeastbay.org

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: Mar 26 at 9:30 am–to 1:30 pm
Where: Gamble Gardens 431 Waverly St. Palo Alto, Ca
Cost: $10-30
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., March 19, 9– 11 a.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 $6/adults, 12 and under (and over 65) $4, kids 6 and under are free with paid adult.
Ages: All Ages
Online: seecalifornia.com

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.Bonus: Any teens in your midst (11-17) 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 March 18 to be part of the egg launch. (650) 947-2790 or recreation@losaltosca.gov)

When: March 26, 9:30–10:30 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 2016
SStart 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: March 26,  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

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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, 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., March 26, 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: Mar 26 and 27 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Rd., Felton, Ca
Cost: $27
Ages: All ages
Online: redtri.com


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Marin County

Spring Festival on Angel Island
Come be a part of the first ever Spring Celebration on Angel Island the Saturday before Easter. Ferry departures from San Francisco (Blue and Gold Fleet Pier 41) and Tiburon (The Angel Island Tiburon Ferry) The day will feature live music sponsored by The Lagunitas Brewing Company, a delicious brunch prepared by The Angel Island Café, egg hunts for children ages 5-11, activities including face painting, balloon art and of course the Springtime Bunny! Portion of proceeds donated to Ceres Community Project Marin.

When: Mar 26 at 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 
Angel Island
Cost: 
Starts at Adult: $35 Kids: $25
Ages: 
All Ages
Online: 
redtri.com

 

Easter Celebrations at the Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
Bring your basket because The Poppy Store at Marin County Mart will kick off its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m in the courtyard on the green. Kids can hunt for eco-friendly eggs filled with Easter treats. Come a bit early to see the baby chicks and bunnies. 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: March 26, 10:30 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: March 26 at 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: March 26, 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

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Cavallo Point Lodge Eggtravaganza
Get hoppy at Sausalito’s Cavallo Point Lodge during its Easter Kid’s Eggtravaganza. Located in Golden Gate Park 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: Mar 27 at 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: redtri.com/san-francisco/

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 Tuesday, March 1st at 9am.

When: Sun, March 20, 10 am. – 12 p.m.
Where: 600 Ned’s Way, Tiburon, Ca
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/bunny-hop-egg-scramble/

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

–Erin Feher