Coloring eggs, stuffing your face with jelly beans and going on egg hunts are the ideal way to spend any weekend but these festivities only take place once a year. So once you’ve had your fill of sweet treats and deviled eggs then check out all the other happenings this weekend from star gazing to barn dances, kid-friendly marathons and more.
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Brighten Up Your Bike
Warm up before “Bike and Roll to School Day” with a family-friendly lighted bike parade around the Main Post. Bring your lighted bikes, trikes, and scooters to the registration tent and receive a free glow necklace and other goodies. Helmets are required for youth. Fri. Event details.
Hang Out With The Stars
Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the universe through a telescope. The SFAA brings telescopes and amateur astronomers to guide you, unveiling some of the night sky’s most interesting astronomical beauties. See the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close and learn some of the constellations at a star weather cancels. Fri. Event details.
Eggstravaganza at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park
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. Sat. Event details.
Who Wants A Movie? Zoo Do!
Well, jammies aren’t exactly required but more than welcome along with pillows, blankets and chairs for snuggling up beneath the starry sky for a night of nocturnal animal encounters and a movie at Oakland Zoo’s Zoovie Nights. Animal or nature themed movies range from the classic animated “The Jungle Book” to “Finding Dory” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” Popcorn and marshmallow-sprinkled hot chocolate are provided but you can pack your own snacks, too. Movies are limited to 50 people so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Fri. Event details.
Go Night-Night On A Ship!
Families can go on the ultimate overnight adventure on the historic aircraft carrier the USS Hornet. They can explore the decks from the Captain’s bridge to the engine room. Kids and adults can see what it was like to live aboard a floating city while trying it out for one night. Everyone will sleep in original crew bunks, take a personalized tour, go on a flight simulator ride and eat all their meals on the ship! Fri. Event details.
Mother Nature Will Love These Naturally Dyed Eggs
Learn to utilize a rainbow of plant-based colors and patterns to dye festive eggs at this hands-on workshop at UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden. Each participant will get four eggs to color. There are two hour-long sessions starting at 10 a.m. and noon.Advanced registration is recommended. Sat. Event details.
Did Somebunny Say Fairyland?
As if Fairyland couldn’t get any dreamier, now you can hop over to this magical spot to celebrate Easter, too. Over Easter weekend kids will be greeted by characters and even some tap dancing bunnies. There’s more, such as bunny-themed arts and crafts and musical stories told by none other than Mother Goose. And be on the lookout, some Fairyland bunnies will be out and about looking to snuggle somebunny special like you! Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Get Set, Go to Cupertino’s Big Bunny 5K
Bunnies of all sizes can lace up their shoes and hop over to Cupertino’s annual Big Bunny 5K. There’s a little something for all fitness levels including a challenging 5K run to a leisurely paced community walk and even a kid fun run. A portion of all fees will be donated to Charity: Water, which helps provide clean water to communities in the developing world. Sat. Event details.
Eggstraordinary 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. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Get Dirty And Kick Up Your Heels
Give back and live it up at Pie Ranch in Pescadero! Grab your work gloves, gardening tools if you have them, and sturdy shoes and work on the farm tilling soil, pulling weeds, and cutting plants (at 1 p.m.). At 2 p.m. you can join a farm tour ($12-$20/person) to learn about the agriculture of the 27-acre ranch. Visit with cows, goats, chickens, and pigs, too. Then at 6 p.m. trade your work boots for dancing shoes! Bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner and and kick up your heels at the barn dance that follows featuring the Country Line Pickers. Sat. Event details.
Pancakes Plus Egg Hunt Equals Awesome
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., and live entertainment. Sat. Event details.
Have A Reel Good Time Fishing
Ready to catch a big one? Head over to Paradise Park where you can meet up with rangers and local anglers and learn the tips and tricks behind catch fish off a pier. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring your fishing pole and water. Sat. Event details.
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! Sat. Event details.
Fly Away for Open Cockpit Weekend
Get ready to take off to Open Cockpit weekend at the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa. Families can get close up looks at select aircraft and even climb inside (just don’t fly away)! These peeks inside allow visitors to get a real life glimpse of what its like to pilot a real fighter plane, helicopter and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Where are you hopping to this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!