Peter Cottontail is heading to Los Angeles and bringing along an egg-citing assortment of events perfect for your little chickadees this Easter! Follow the fun from Malibu and Griffith Park to El Segundo and Santa Clarita for a hopping good time (and candy eggs for days). Make sure to have baskets and cameras on hand (those adorable outfits aren’t going to photograph themselves!) and keep reading for the most eggstraordinary Easter celebrations this side of the bunny trail!

Eastside to Mid-City

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Big Bunny’s Spring Fling at the Los Angeles Zoo
Where else would the bunny want to celebrate Spring? The zoo of course! Big Bunny’s Easter activities include an “egg-ucation station” featuring fuzzy bunnies for petting, face painting, crafts, musical entertainment, Bubblemania, an all-day dance party and photos with Big Bunny himself (for a nominal fee). Mar. 31 – Apr. 1. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Griffith Park. Free with paid admission to the zoo ($16-$21). All ages. Event details.

Photo: New City Church of Los Angeles via Facebook

Downtown Easter Fest
Kids will love mad dashing to gather as many of the 15,000 eggs on hand into their baskets (grouped by age). Parents will love that a portion of all proceeds raised by this event helps homeless families and kids. Also hoppening that day will be bouncy house fun, arts and crafts, games, face painting and more. Apr. 1. 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. Grand Hope Park. $25 per family (up to 7 people) or $5 per person; 2 and under free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

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Bunny at the Americana
Where else should the Bunny hang out while at the mall but the bunny bungalow of course? Have your family photos snapped so you can immortalize those Easter outfits forever. The best way to bring young ones is to book your time online and avoid the lines. The bunny hops in daily through Easter and is there from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. (with a few carrot breaks so check the schedule before you arrive). Photo package prices vary. All ages. Event details.

Egg-ceptional Celebration at The Arboretum
If your little bunnies have eaten their weight in candy before 9 a.m. and you’re looking for some sugar-free fun, head over to the Arboretum in Arcadia. This beautiful botanical garden hosts an Egg Scramble for kids 10 and under where all eggs gathered can be exchanged for small (non-confectionary) prizes! There will also be refreshments and make-and-take activities, so families can celebrate and have a blast surrounded by lovely signs of Spring. Mar. 31. 9 a.m.–Noon. Arcadia. $5 plus admission. Event details.

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Kidspace Egg Hunt
Your pint-sized peeps will be egg-static to search for hundreds of candy-filled eggs hidden in the museum’s outdoor garden. Egg hunts are scheduled for specific age groups throughout the day so make sure you check out the schedule online ahead of time. Kids can also take part in spring art, bunny hopping and genuine bunny nuzzling! Mar. 24 and 31. 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Pasadena. $6, plus Kidspace admission (pre-registration online required). All Ages. Event details.

Hop to the Bunny Museum
If life-size Easter Bunny photos and candy eggs are not your thing but you’re still hoping to feel festive, this “hoppiest place on earth” is an homage to all things bunny (and fits nicely into an Easter-themed outing). What better way to celebrate and “have a hoppy day” then a stroll through fascinating rabbit-related eggs-hibits and snuggling the museum’s real-live bunnies (cats too!). Mon. – Sat., 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Sun., 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Altadena. $8, kids 4 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

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Malibu Hoppening
Hoppenings are happening everywhere, but the one in the ‘Bu has the best view! It’s an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, photo ops, spring crafts, soccer demos, food trucks, flower crowns and more hands-on fun. Donate a new box of crayons to the Crayon Collection and receive one free event pass! Mar. 23. 3 p.m–6 p.m. Malibu. $5 for an event pass which must be purchased in advance at Malibu Bluffs Park. All Ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

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Calabasas/Agoura Hills Egg-stravaganza
No more mad-dashing for eggs! Your young eggs-plorers will slowly make their way around De Anza Park’s “bunny trail” while enjoying face painting and crafts, a petting zoo and quality time with the Easter Bunny. Eggs will be (not so) hidden along the trail and everyone takes home a treat so this hunt is perfect for the younger set. Mar. 24. 9 a.m.-noon. De Anza Park, Agoura Hills. $3. Ages 8 and under. Event details.

Los Encinos Historic Egg Hunt
Step back in time at this annual egg hunt which has been a popular local tradition for decades. Re-live history at the family-friendly cel-egg-bration with games and activities, historic demonstrations, a blacksmith, face painting, old-time music, performers in period costumes and more. Mar. 31. 1 p.m. Los Encinos State Park, Encino. Free admission. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Springtime at the Adobe
If you already have Easter weekend plans, the Leonis Adobe Springtime Easter Hunt is a perfect option, as it takes place the weekend before! There’s an egg hunt for the kids plus fun spring-themed crafts and activities, live music by local musician Craig Newton and opportunities to feed the ranch animals such as baby lambs, sheep, turkeys, and chickens. Mar. 24. 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Calabasas. $8, kids 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.

Beaches

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El Segundo’s Easter Underwater and Egg Hunt
Splash to this Easter eggs-perience: on the afternoon of Saturday, Mar. 31st there’s an underwater eggstravaganza at The Plunge for $5 (RSVP at the Plunge prior to the event either in person or via phone). For those non-water bunnies, head to Recreation Park that morning for a free Egg Hunt by age from 9:30-11 a.m. Event details. 

Breakfast with the Bunny 
Since Easter Sunday is bound to be busy, let someone else make breakfast the morning before and bring the whole family for a delicious spread (pancakes for the win!). After a festive feast, stay for a magic show, cookie d-egg-corating, Easter crafts and prime photo ops with the BBOC (Big Bunny On Campus). Don’t forget your camera! Mar. 31. 9 a.m – noon. Torrance. $20. Event details.

Huntington Beach Easter Hunt
Locals and tourists alike flock to this beloved annual egg hunt and family fun day. The festivities kick off early, so bring baskets for the kids to fill with some of the thousands of pounds(!) of candy given away each year. Also, check out the pancake breakfast, so there’s something besides candy in those tiny tummies. You can expect entertainment such as game booths, face painting, live bands and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Mar. 31. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Huntington Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Simi Valley

Spring Egg Hunt and Arts & Crafts Show
There is something for the entire family at this egg-stra special event! Kids 10 and under will love the egg hunt, bounce houses, slides, train and mini-ferris wheel (some activities require tickets for purchase). Parents will love browsing the dozens and dozens of vendor booths featuring beautiful arts and crafts items for sale as well as the free egg throw event (ages 10 – adult)! This is truly the way to ring in Spring. Mar. 31. 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oak Park. All Ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Photo by: Irvine Park Railroad via Facebook

Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park Railroad
Get them up early for this festival of fun featuring an egg hunt (eggs are filled with stickers, free train ride tickets or candy), a tête-à-tête with the Easter Bunny, train rides (it is a railroad after all), a bouncy house, hayride, Easter cookie decorating, face painting, carnival games and more. Mar. 10 – Mar. 31. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Weekdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Weekends. Orange. Free admission, $5 per ticket & $12 for pictures with the Bunny. Parking $5 – $7. All ages. Event details.

Underwood Family Farms Easter
Yee-haw, it’s Easter on the farm! Your lil’ bunnies will gladly giddy-up on over to Moorpark for wagon rides, a hay pyramid, Farmer Craig’s chicken show, a bumblebee train and a baby animal corral. For a picture-perfect photo opp, hang out with the Easter Bunny at the Bunny House or snag a pic next to the larger-than-life Easter basket. Other highlights: the Easter storyboard labyrinth, an egg hunt, egg toss, egg dying, egg tattoos and more egg-tivities than you can shake a chocolate bunny at. Mar. 24 – Apr. 8. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Moorpark. $6 on weekdays, $10 on Sat. and Sun. Children under 2 are free. Some attractions require tickets for purchase. All ages. Event details.

Photo by: Filmore & Western Railway Line

Easter Lunch on the Train
Spend Easter day on a scenic ride through the Heritage Valley where the intox-egg-cating fragrance of orange and lemon blossoms are a lovely way to spring into…well Spring! Bring the whole family for lunch as you rail through some of the most beautiful countryside around. It’s not Easter without the Bunny who comes aboard to visit bearing treats for all. Adult menu features an Easter Ham dinner and for kids there are sliders and mac & cheese.  April 1, noon-2:30 p.m. Fillmore. $25-$50, kids under 2 are free. All ages. Event details.

Where do you and your family go to cel-eggbrate Easter? Let us know in the comment section!

—Sylvie Greil & Jenifer Scott

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