Grab those baskets because it’s open season for hunting Easter eggs! We’ve rounded-up 36 places to gather a bushel of eggs around San Diego and meet the Easter Bunny himself. Beyond the hunt there are bounce houses, face painting, brunches, fire trucks, tea parties and more! So hop to it and read on to find an egg-cellent event in your neck of the woods.

photo: City of Carlsbad

San Diego

Festival Egg Hunt at Doyle Recreation Center
Search for colorful eggs, snap a photo with Mr. Easter Bunny, hop over to the bouncy house, create holiday crafts. Even more, line up and hunt for eggs with your friends then receive a goody bag when done. BYOBasket. Free event. Mar. 21, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Doyle Recreation Center (Near UTC). Event details.

Spring Egg Hunt in La Jolla
A meet and greet with Peter Rabbit, treat bags, egg hunts, face painting and arts and crafts are all part of this spring celebration. BYOBasket and camera. Free egg hunt and five dollars includes Mr. Bunny, arts and crafts and goodie bag. Check the schedule for start time by age. Mar. 31, 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m., La Jolla Recreation Center. Event details.

North Park Spring Egg Hunt
Join this annual spring event and hunt for Easter eggs. Egg hunts will be split into different age groups. Free event. Mar. 25, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., North Park Recreation Center. Event details.

Bunny Tea and Egg Hunt
Littles can hop about the Riviera Terrace searching for eggs, watch a mesmerizing magician and greet the Easter Bunny. Stay for a holiday tea served with wee ones in mind. Reservations required. Mar. 30 & 31, 2:30-5 p.m., Westgate Hotel (Downtown). Event Details.

photo: Belmont Park

Easter Bash at Belmont Park
Celebrate Easter and three different egg hunts at Belmont Park, on the beach, at the park, or at the stores later in the day. 12,000 fun-filled eggs plus 25 with cool surprises. Tots can pose for bunny photos and the crew can stay for Easter brunch. Reserve early. Beach hunt, $5/child, Inside park hunt free. Check the schedule for specifics. Apr. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Belmont Park. Event details.

Eggs Everywhere at Birch Aquarium
Looking for an educational and fun egg hunt? Take part in a special underwater egg hunt, make a shark egg and learn about amazing animal eggs and the arrival of spring. Free face painting and a special appearance by Scuba Bunny. Free with admission. Mar. 24, 25, 31 & Apr. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Birch Aquarium. Event details.

Hippity-Hop Egg Hunt
Spring egg hunt, cake walk, egg toss, coloring contests, games, art and crafts. Egg hunt divided into four age-groups. BYOBasket. Free event. Mar. 31, 9:30 a.m.-noon., Morley Field Sports Complex (Balboa Park). Event details

North County

Easter Eggstravaganza at Piazza Carmel
Little peeps hop all over in a center-wide egg hunt. Even more, there’s face painting, bunny pics, carnival games and a balloon artist. Free event. Mar. 11, noon-3 p.m., Piazza Carmel (Carmel Valley). Event details.

Bates Nut Farm Egg Hunt
Search for Easter eggs, create crafts and take advantage of cute photo-ops with the holiday rabbits. Also, games, farm animals, raffles and more! Mar. 24, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bates Nut Farm (Valley Center). Event details.

photo: City of Encinitas

Encinitas Springtime Egg Hunt
The parks and recreation department will be hiding over 20,000 eggs this year and have egg hunts by age groups. Stay for the music concerts and free activities. Mar. 31, 10 a.m.-noon, Encinitas Community Park. Event details.

Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt
The Fallbrook firefighters will serve up breakfast as Mr. Bunny hops around for photo-ops. Then, it’s time for an egg hunt, fun, games and contests. The egg hunt is free. Fallbrook Community Center., Mar. 31, 8-11 a.m. Event details.

Holiday Breakfast and Egg Hunt
Come and have breakfast with Peter Cottontail. Bring the whole crew to this early morning pancake chow-down. Toddlers through 5th graders are welcome to join the egg hunt, where eggs with prizes will be well hidden by the bunny himself! Mar. 31, 10 a.m.-noon, Walnut Grove Park (San Marcos). Event details.

Spring Egg Hunt
Have your little bunny hunt for eggs and munch down sweet treats. There are crafts, a bouncy, face painter and photo-ops. Perfect for bunnies up to five years. Mar. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nobel Athletic Field (University City). Event details.


Easter Egg Treasure Hunt and Bunny Visit
Hop over to this Easter egg treasure hunt. Eggs will be given out at participating stores. Little bunnies can pick up a treasure map at Center Court. Spring over to a photo-op with Mr. Bunny and wee ones can create a craft. Mar. 31, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Event details.

EGGstravaganza Spring Festival
This festival has two fields for egg hunts for both younger (5 and under) and older kiddos. Family scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, a fun zone with bounce houses and a giant slide. $5 Activity cards and $5 unlimited fun zone wristbands available. BYOBasket. Mar. 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Poinsettia Park (Carlsbad). Event details.

Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Head to this luxury resort for Easter dining and the grand hunt. From fancy ballroom to the Clubhouse Grill you choose what fits your crew best. Then it’s time for the big hunt, cookie decorating, sack racing and face painting. Apr. 1, 11-2 p.m., egg hunt, Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Reservations required. Event details.

photo: Rachel Cobb

Botanic Garden Bunny Party
Even though there’s no egg hunt, there are plenty of Easter activities. From painting baskets and face painting to a bunny petting zoo, Easter Bunny led parade down a garden trail and crafts. March 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $15 per child., San Diego Botanic Garden (Encinitas). Event details.

Egg Hunt by the Sea
Register for an Easter egg hunt at Sea Grove Park, including three age groups. Pack a festive brunch to eat after the search. Reservations required. Mar. 31, 9:30-11 a.m., Sea Grove Park (Del Mar). Event details.

Spring Eggstravaganza
Welcome Spring with County Parks! This free, family event includes 2 egg hunts, arts and crafts, games, face painting and more. There will even be special golden eggs with bonus prizes inside! All ages welcome. Free event. Mar. 24, noon-2 p.m., San Dieguito County Park (Del Mar). Event details.

Spring Festival and Egg Hunt
Kids in third grade and younger are invited to a spring festival and egg hunt in Solana Beach. Also, there are games and refreshments. BYOBasket. Mar. 31, 10:30 a.m.-noon, La Colonia Park (Solana Beach). Event details.

Egg-cellent Hunt at Carmel Valley Park
Enjoy egg hunts, crafts, bounce houses, prizes and more. Photo-op with Easter bunny. BYOBasket. Free event. Mar. 31, 10-11:30 a.m., Carmel Valley Community Park. Event details.

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Eat a grand buffet prepared by their culinary team, then littles can hunt for eggs. Plus, get all that energy out at the bounce house. Apr. 1, $85/adults, $35/children (includes brunch), The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Event details.

photo: Kevin C. via Yelp

Teen Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt
Join the quest to find 1,000 glow-in-the-dark eggs filled with treats and gift cards. Apr. 21, 5-9 p.m., Poway Community Park. Event details.

Easter Egg Hunt at Poway Community Park
Rumor has it that this year’s Easter egg hunt at Poway Community Park will have more prizes and festivities than ever––not to mention 30,000 eggs to hunt! Don your bunny ears and grab your baskets before you hop on down to this good time! Mar. 31, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Poway Community Park. Event details.

Hop Aboard the Bunny Train
All aboard the choo-choo with Mr. Bunny. Little wabbits decorate baskets, treasure hunt and jump in a bounce house. Plus, explore the museum and other cool activities. Mar. 24 & 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Orange Empire Railroad (Perris). Event details.

East County

Eggstravaganza at Kroc Center
Hop over to greet the Easter Bunny, search the fields for eggs during the hunt and kick up your feet in a bounce house. There’s music, free crafts, games and candy. Especially for the wittlest wabbits, there’s an infant egg hunt at the preschool grounds. $1/child. Mar. 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center (College Area). Event details.

Easter Event and Egg Hunt
An egg hunt for all ages, costumed characters, face painting and a train display. Free event. Mar. 31, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Grossmont Center (La Mesa). Event details.

Springtime Hunt and Breakfast
Come for breakfast served by Kiwanis Club and stay for the egg hunt and visit from the Easter bunny. Mar 31, 8-10:30 a.m., Spring Valley Community Center. Event details.

Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes
Colorful egg hunts, a petting zoo, carnival rides, arts and crafts and pony rides make for a hoppy holiday. Tickets for activities are $1 each and activities and rides range from 1-10 tickets; parking, $10. Mar. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Santee Lakes. Event details.

Bunny Train Egg Hunt
Does your little one love trains? Ride the bunny train, meet the Easter bunny and participate in an egg hunt. Mar. 24, 25 & 31., Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum (Campo). Event details.

photo: Aaron Fulkerson

South Bay

Paseo del Rey Egg Hunt
Let wee ones get egg-zosted at this festive egg hunt for toddlers through first graders. Older kids are welcome to participate with their younger siblings. Everyone can enjoy crafts, story time, games and face painting. Mar. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Paso del Ray Church (Chula Vista). Event details.

Cool Campground Egg Hunt
Camp for the weekend and enjoy spring crafts, a holiday movie, an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter bunny. Mar. 31 & Apr. 1, KOA Campground (Chula Vista). Event details.

Spring Egg Hunt
Children ages two to ten years old may bring their basket and collect eggs, take a picture with a bunny and a special treat will be given to each age division. Registration is necessary. Mar. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, Robert Egger, Sr. South Bay Community Park, Event details.

Firefighter’s Annual Easter Hunt
Make your own bunny ears, then hippity-hop through this Easter celebration. Egg hunts, fire trucks to explore and a lesson on fire safety. Stop by the fire department to get your entry ticket. Free event. Mar. 24, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Mt. San Miguel Park (Chula Vista). Event details.

Coronado Easter Eggstravaganza
Ongoing egg hunts by age group and a separate area for toddlers. Bring your camera and take a picture with Mr. Rabbit. Then, play carnival games, construct a craft and play a giant Candyland game. The egg hunt is free and you can purchase tickets for the games.  Mar. 31, 1-3:30 p.m., Coronado Community Center. Event details.

Easter Brunch at the Del
Say cheers to a champagne brunch buffet at the Hotel Del along with an egg hunt on the Windsor Lawn. Snap some cool shots with the Easter Bunny, then cruise over to the arts and crafts zone. Reservations required. Apr. 1, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado. Event details.

Where do your little peeps hunt for Easter eggs? Tell us in the comments below.

—Nikki Walsh


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