Spring is in the air and that means Easter events are popping up everywhere. And, they’re not just all about the egg hunt. That’s right, we’ve rounded up ways to celebrate Easter beyond the traditional treat-filled plastic Easter egg hunt (which of course, we all still love!). From a quest for real bunnies in a botanical garden to searching out animal eggs underwater, these events are sure to spark your little one’s creativity and put an extra “spring” in their step.

easter photoPhoto credit: Morguefile

Campo Bunny Train
We’ve got the perfect way to get up close and personal with the Easter Bunny himself. Hop on a train ride to Campo with him! We’ve been told that the Famous Bunny will pass out Easter Eggs on board the trains. He will also have an Easter Craft Project for the kids in the Museum’s Display Building after the train ride. Your fare includes a one-hour train ride, admission to the Museum, and the craft project. Families with young children will not want to miss this special treat! Advanced registration is required.

Dates: Mar. 19, 20, 26, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 – $18/person

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
750 Depot St.
Campo, Ca

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Berry Best Chocolate Fest
Delight in chocolate creations from San Diego’s best bakeries. Kids will love decorating their own cupcakes a the cupcake station. There’s also a craft vendor village, food trucks, photos with the Easter Bunny, chocolate pie-eating contest and more.

Date: Mar. 19, 12 – 6 p.m.
Cost: $3-$20/person

McMillin Companies Event Center
2875 Dewey Rd.
Point Loma, Ca

Irvine ParkPhoto credit: Irvine Regional Park Website

Easter Railroad Event
The annual Easter Railroad Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park Railroad does not disappoint. They have thought of everything to make sure your little bunny has the best day. Enjoy hay rides, Easter face painting, carnival games and train rides as well as a chance to meet and take photos with The Easter Bunny.

Dates: Mar 5 – 26, times vary by event
Cost: $5/ticket, prices vary by event

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, Ca

Easter Bunny Visits Kid Ventures
The Easter Bunny is coming to Kid Ventures! This indoor play spot has Easter-themed activities the entire week before the big day. There will be photo opportunities (bring a camera!) and an activity (parachute, story, or craft).

Date: Mar. 21 – 26, 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Included with $8-$15/person admission

4S Ranch
10760 Thornmint Rd.

East Lake
851 Showroom Place

Liberty Station
2865 Sims Rd.

egg hunt_RT4Photo credit: Leah Singer

Easter Bunny Tea
For something a bit fancier than a typical festival, consider high tea with the Easter Bunny at the Westgate Hotel. The Easter Bunny Tea will continue in the Hotel’s tradition of beautiful and memorable tea parties. Guests will enjoy a visit from Easter Bunny, see a magic show, and a magician, enjoy lots of fun kid activities, and eat a delicious tea.

Dates: Mar. 25-26, 2:30 – 5 pm
Cost:  $30 – $45/person

Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Ave.
San Diego, Ca.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Afternoon Carnival

Coronado Community Center is hosting a breakfast and the man of the hour will be making a special appearance. The breakfast is a pre-purchase event. Come back for a carnival in the afternoon that includes rides, games, and arts and crafts.

Date: Mar. 26, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $11/adults $9/kids

Coronado Community Center
1845 Strand Way
Coronado, Ca

easter kid with bunnyPhoto credit: Simmworks Family Blog

Eggstravaganza at Birch Aquarium
Celebrate the arrival of spring and the changes it brings by joining the Birch Aquarium at Scripps for Eggstravaganza! Explore animal eggs, discover changes in the sea by making your own plankton, create a shark egg craft, and participate in an underwater egg hunt; no baskets needed.

Dates: Mar. 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $9.50 – $14/person

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, Ca.

Spring Party with Botanic Garden Bunny
There’s fewer settings more ideal for a spring party than the San Diego Botanic Garden, and this year all little ones ages 2 – 6 are invited to the garden for an Easter celebration. Kiddos will get to visit with the garden’s gentle bunny, pet REAL bunnies and chicks and make colorful spring-themed crafts. Worried they’ll miss the traditional egg hunt? Let them know they’ll get to parade through the garden on a BUNNY hunt instead. We think they’ll forget about those plastic colored eggs in no time.

Dates: Mar. 26, Early Party 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Late party 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $18/non-member; $15/member (parties are limited to 50 guests, so pre-registration is required)

San Diego Botanic Gardens
230 Quail Gardens Dr.
Encinitas, Ca.

What Easter events do you enjoy? Tell us in the comments!

— Aimee Della Bitta