With both Easter Weekend and early Earth Day celebrations, there’s a whole bunch of ways to enjoy the spring season. From egg hunts to waterfall walks, read on for some great ways to keep your bunnies hopping all weekend long.
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Easter Egg Basket Decorating at JAMaROO Kids
Get ready for the Big Hunt this weekend! Kids can decorate eggs and make their own Easter baskets to carry them in. Fri., 2-3:30 p.m. (for ages 3-7) and 3:30-5 p.m. (ages 3-7). San Francisco. $15/child; $5 each additional child in family. 1-7. Event details.
Earth Day Celebration at the SF Zoo
Head over to the SF Zoo for a celebration of conservation and caring for the environment. Live entertainment, a scavenger hunt, games, crafts, face-painting, and costumed animal characters for photo ops! Plus keeper talks, wildlife theater, a BikeAbout and more! Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Francisco. $17/adult; $11/child 4-14; children 3 and under are free. (Ticket discounts for members). All Ages. Event details.
Easter Celebration at Ghiradelli Square
Hop over to Ghirardelli Square for a family friendly Easter Celebration that includes hunting for eggs in the plaza, Easter Bunny photo ops, face-painting, henna tattoos, crafts and fun. The first 50 guests will receive free boxes of chocolate from Ghiradelli Chocolate. The first 100 children in the hunt will receive a free Easter basket to collect their eggs. Keep an eye out for golden eggs, as they contain gift certificates for shops and restaurants around the Square. Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Egg hunt begins at 12 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade
The 23rd annual event will live up to your little bunnies’ wildest expectations, with activities like bouncy houses, 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!) Parents will adore the showcase of San Francisco’s diverse community and Union Streets best restaurants serving outdoors in a 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! Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Move Your Bodies at Toddler Ramble
Get those little toddler bodies alive and moving like the spring season: dancing, wiggling, walking, and rambling around the marsh. Learn to walk the spider web line (head over to find out!) Fri., 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Hayward. $5/child. 1-3. Event details.
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! Sat. & Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oakland. $8; children 1 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
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! Sat., 12 – 3 p.m. Oakland. $5/adults; $3/child; children 3 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Earth Day at Lawrence Hall
Celebrate Earth Day with the bugs at the Lawrence Hall of Science by paying homage to all the tiny creatures that roam the planet. Kids can make their own insect robots, cook up edible creepy crawler snacks, and discover inventions that will attract pollinators to the garden. Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Berkeley. $17/adults; $14/children 7-18; $11/children 3-6; children 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Earth Day on the Bay with Marine Science Institute
A shark feeding, a touch-tank with live sharks, crabs, seas stars, anemones, and more, ocean critters art and crafts, a non-profit and local business Environmental fair, Translating the Tides contest winning youth art and poetry gallery, live lunch raffle, the Banana Slug String Band, a cave diving expo, food trucks, and more! Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Fiesta Carnival Fund Raiser for Friends Nursery School
The annual Fiesta at Friends Nursery School is full of crafts, games, music, prizes, food, silent auction, and more fun for young children! 100% of proceeds benefit the Friends Scholarship Fund. Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Palo Alto. Free, fees for tickets for games and food. 1-8. Event details.
Gamble Garden’s Easter Party and Puppet Show
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. Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., three start times at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Palo Alto. $15/adult; $25/child. 2-6. Event details.
City of San Mateo Eggstravaganza
This eggtacular event is packed with food, fun, and, of course, an egg hunt! 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! Sat, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. San Mateo. Breakfast is $8/adult; $4/child; egg hunt and activities are free. All Ages. Event details.
Easter Activities at Marin Country Mart
The Mart Farmer’s Market helps your whole family celebrate spring. Easter 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! Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Larkspur. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Egg Hunt and Easter Brunch at Peacock Gap Golf Course
On Saturday, bring the littles to this beautiful golf course for an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn. Please bring your own Easter basket. The hunt begins at 9 a.m.! And on Sunday, head back to the clubhouse for a posh Easter Brunch, snap a photo with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy facepainting and other kids activities. Sat., 9 a.m., Sun., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Rafael. Hunt is free, brunch is $50/adults; $20/children 12 and under. All Ages. Event details.
Waterfall and Wildflower Hike in Cascade Canyon
Join park rangers on this two-mile stroll through Cascade Canyon along the creek to the waterfall. Wildflowers are in bloom and kids will get a chance to see all the habitats of this preserve. Don’t forget your cameras! Sat., 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Fairfax. Free. All Ages. Event details.
What’s on your family calendar this weekend?
— Amber Guetebier