It’s that time of year again, to grab your baskets and bonnets and head on out to hunt for some eggs or the Easter bunny himself. From Brunch cruises, parades to egg hunts for days, you’ll find plenty to do in our roundup of family-friendly Easter activities in the Bay. So grab your bunnies and hop on over to one of these jumping local events.

photo: Steven Restivo Event Services

San Francisco

Union Street’s Easter Parade and Spring Celebration
Dubbed the biggest little parade in San Francisco, the Union Street Easter Parade and Spring Celebration is not your run of the mill float-fest. Rather, its organizers describe it as “wonderful, wacky, elegant and fabulous,” featuring everything from “roller-blading butterflies and creative self-propelled mini-floats to garden areas, sophisticated fashions and beautiful classic and art cars.” It also includes children’s activities and music. Parade is at 2 p.m.

When: Sun., April 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Union St. between Gough and Fillmore in the Marina
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages

Hornblower Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise
Hop on board a relaxing two-hour Easter brunch buffet. Enjoy entertainment, free-flowing champagne and mimosas, scenic SF Bay views, coloring sheets for the bunnies, a keepsake photo and a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny!

When: Sun., April 21, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Where: Departs from SF – Pier 3, on the Embarcadero at Washington St.
Cost: $88.50 per person
Ages: All Ages

photo: Wag Hotel

Wag Hotels’ 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
Bring your furry friends for an egg hunt all their own. Fun for dogs and humans too, there are prizes, photo opps, vendors, raffle and more. Kids and dogs are encouraged to wear their bunny-best! Check in at 12 p.m., egg hunt is at 1 p.m. sharp and raffle at 1:30 p.m. Dogs and children under 12 have free admission. 100% of proceeds will benefit Humane Society Silicon Valley.

When: Sat., April 6, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Wag Hotels, 25 14th Street, San Francisco, CA
Cost: $7/early bird; $10/general admission. (Dogs and children under 12, Free.)
Ages: All Ages

Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market
Join the the fun, starting at the information booth. Search for eggs stuffed with coupons, treats and prizes, throughout the market, while getting some groceries done. Event takes place rain or shine.

When: Sat., April 21, 11–11:30 a.m.
Where: Fort Mason Center Farmer’s Market, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages

photo: SF Park and Rec.

San Francisco Spring Eggstravaganza
It wouldn’t be Easter if we didn’t have an egg hunt in the city’s biggest park. The celebration includes carnival rides, games, egg hunts, live entertainment, and the highly anticipated annual Rib Cook-Off between SF Rec and Park, SF Fire, SF Police and other city departments.

When: Sat., April 13, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Robin Williams Meadow, (formerly Sharon Meadows, near the Koret Children’s Playground), Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Cost: $10, 2 and under free
Ages: All Ages, *No Pets Allowed

3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Imagination Playhouse
Join the folks at Imagination Playhouse and hunt for eggs every two hours. Enjoy art, appetizers and playhouse fun! Event sells out, so book your admission in advance by calling 415-463-6623 or online.

When: Sun., April 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Imagination Playhouse, 5628 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Cost: $13/early bird, $15/after March 21st, $13/siblings, $9/crawlers, $12/per child in group of 8 or more
Ages: 0-10

photo: Red and White Fleet

Red and White Fleet Easter Cruise
Hope on board the Red and white Fleets award winning, new hybrid-electric vessel, the Enhydra for a 2.5-hour, family-friendly, Easter  cruise. Boarding pass includes: breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, meet and greet with the Easter bunny, an egg hunt, bottomless champagne and mimosas for mom and dad and a complimentary keepsake photo with the bunny.

When: Sun., April 21, 2:15 p.m.
Where: Pier 43 1/2, (at Taylor and Embarcadero) San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf
Cost: $85/Adults, $53/Youth ages 4-17, Children 3 and under are free
Ages: All ages

Angel Island Spring Festival
This festival kicks off with an egg hunt, where children in various age groups can win prizes if they find a golden egg. From noon to 2 p.m., adults will get their own prize in the form of locally-sourced, complimentary wine and beer tastings—courtesy of Jam Cellars and 21st Amendment Brewery—in the café, which will host a special Spring Fling menu for purchase all weekend. Innovative string band Rusty String Express band will accompany the festivities on the café deck bike rentals (first-come, first-served). For those who prefer to take in the views on foot, several hiking trails await exploration.

When: Sat., April 20, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Angel Island
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages

 photo: Alameda Park and Rec. 

East Bay

Splash Into Spring Egg Scramble
There are few places that combine a beautiful beach with a spring shin-dig, but Alameda is one of them. Check out the mobile fish exhibit, do some beach exploration, play lawn games, and keep little hands busy with arts and crafts. There will be photo-opps with the Easter Bunny too ($3, bring your own camera) and snacks for sale. The scramble for eggs starts at 11:25 a.m. with different age groups, so don’t be late. (Note: if it rains, this event will be rescheduled to April 20).

When: Sat., April 13, 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Crab Cove Picnic Area, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, CA
Cost: Free
Ages: Walking-12

The Jumpin’ Bunny Festival at the Dunsmuir Hellman Estate
Think of it like an Easter egg hunt held at the East Bay version of Downtown 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 to. Bounce houses, dancing bunnies, entertaining clowns, a petting zoo, crafts, face painting, games, food 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. Bring your own basket.

When: Sat., April 20, 10 a.m.–3 p.m
Where: Dunsmuir Hellman Estate,  2960 Peralta Oaks Ct, Oakland, CA
Cost: $5/ages 2-10; $10/11 and older
Ages: All Ages

Piedmont Bunny Blast Egg Hunt 
Bounce into Spring with the Piedmont Rec. Department, as they host their annual egg hunt for children 2-7 years old. There will be 4 hunts every 15 minutes, starting at 9:45 a.m. with the 2yr. olds and ending at 10:30 a.m. with the 6-7 crowd. Hunt for treasures and enjoy a morning full of festivities in the park.

When: Sat., April 6, 9:30–11 a.m.
Where: Piedmont Main Park, 711 Highland Ave., Piedmont, CA
Cost: $5
Ages: 2-7

Photo: JBML MWR via flickr

Oakland YMCA Tropical Pool Egg Hunt
Swimmers ages 3-12 can splash and dive at this pool Easter egg hunt. There are limited spots in the pool, first 30 participants on deck will swim. Must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Sat., April 20, 2:30–5:30 p.m.
Where: Oakland YMCA Pool, 2350 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Cost: Free
Ages: 3-12

The Albany Preschool Spring Fair
With activities including an egg hunt, games, a huge cardboard maze, face-painting, arts and crafts, food, storytelling, dancing, live music, and bake sale goodies. Your little ones will be hopping for joy, be sure to get there early to watch the Bunny arrive via firetruck!

When: Sat., April 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park, Albany, CA
Cost: 50 cents per ticket; bundles available; admission is free
Ages: All Ages, games are geared more toward the 6 and under crowd

25th Annual Eggster Egghunt and Learning Festival
Start off at the start booth and pick up your egg hunt tickets (two per child). Enjoy age appropriate, designated hunt areas, family-friendly learning activities, music, live performances, raffles and more. Bring a hat, your own basket and don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

When: Sun., April 7, 1–5 p.m.
Where: Campanile Esplanade (Sather Tower), UC Berkeley
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages

photo: Gamble Gardens


Gamble Garden’s Easter Egg Hunt
Join this festive tradition as Gamble Garden becomes a treasure of hidden Easter eggs. Children will enjoy a supervised petting zoo, arts and crafts, treats, light refreshments, Easter Bunny photos and an Easter Egg Hunt in the garden. Three scheduled hunts, starting at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

When: Sun., April 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Gamble Gardens, 1431 Waverley St. Palo Alto, CA
Cost: $15-40
Ages: All ages

Los Altos Spring Egg Hunt
Kids walking to age 10 can enjoy the hunt, as well as Mr. E Bunny himself.  Carnival games and activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. and there will be staggered start times for different age groups. Don’t forget your basket, event held rain or shine.

When: Sat., April 20, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Where: Hillview Park, Soccer Field, Los Altos, CA
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages

41st Annual City of San Mateo Eggstravaganza 
Start your day 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., photos with the Easter Bunny, and live entertainment including a magician. Egg hunts: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., every half hour.

When: Sat., April 20,  9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where:  Central Park, 50 East 5th Ave., San Mateo, CA
Cost: Peter Rabbit’s Playground, parade, and entertainment are free. Breakfast is $8/adult, $4/child. The Big Egg Hunt is $3/child.
Ages: 0-9

San Bruno Easter Egg Hunt 
Enjoy an all you can eat pancake breakfast from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Free Children’s games and activities between 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Hunts will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be staggered every 15 minutes by ages 1-8. Event takes place rain or shine.

When: Sat., April 13, 9–11 a.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Recreation Center, 251 City Park Way, San Bruno, CA
Cost: Hunts and childrens activities/Free, Breakfast is $6/adult, $4/Over 65 and under 12. 6 and under Free with paid adult.
Ages: All Ages

Half Moon Bay Easter Egg Hunt
Bring your bunnies out for a morning of, treats, fun and a visit with the Easter bunny. There will be four hunt sections, for ages 1-10. Fun kicks off at 10:45 a.m., bring your own basket.

When: Sat., April 20, 11–11:30 a.m.
Where: Cunha Middle School Soccer Complex, 600 Church St., Half Moon Bay, CA
Cost: Free
Ages: 1-10


South Bay

39th Annual Campbell Eggstravaganza & 21st Annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade
Downtown Campbell knows a thing or two about celebrating Easter. Start off the Eggstravaganza with the annual egg hunt, which includes bouncy houses, face painting, petting zoo and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Kids 1-4 get their own fenced in area. Grab a donut and some coffee, then follow a parade bunny to score a spot along the sidewalk for the Bunnies and Bonnets parade. The egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. sharp.

When: Sat., April 20, 9–11 a.m.
Where: Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA
Cost: Free
Ages: 1-12

Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt at Roaring Camp in Felton
Trains, an egg hunt and a visit from the Eater Bunny? It doesn’t get much better than that! Kids will ride Roaring Camp’s real 1880’s 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.

When: April 20 & 21, 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Rd., Felton, CA
Cost: $23/child, $32/adult
Ages: All ages

photo: Michelle Makar Parker via flickr

Epic Easter Egg Drop
50,000 Easter eggs will drop from the San Jose sky over the San Jose Giants Stadium this Easter, via hot air balloon! Southridge Church invites the community to come out and enjoy food, bounce houses, pony rides for the kids and have a hopping good time. Egg hunt begins at 10:00 a.m. with the special needs group, followed by the 0-4, 5-7 and 8-10 crowds. Registration is free and recommended.

When: Sun., April 21, 10 a.m.–noon
Where: SJ Giants Stadium, 588 E. Alma Ave., San Jose, CA
Cost: Free/$3 suggested donation per child
Ages: 0-10

Almaden Lake Park Spring Egg Hunt
Welcome Spring at Almaden Lake with their 6th annual Spring Egg Hunt! Bring the family for a day full arts and crafts, face-painting, egg hunts for age groups 1-12 and special prizes for those that find the GOLDEN EGG. First hunt kicks off at 9:30 a.m., for ages 3-4, following various age groups ’till 2:00 p.m. Check in is at 9:00 a.m. and arts and crafts from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please bring your own basket.

When: Sat., April 20, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Almaden Lake Park, 15652 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA
Cost: $12/pre-registartion here, $15/day of
Ages: 1-12

photo: Sausalito Parks and Rec. Department 

Marin/Sonoma County

39th Annual Sausalito Easter Parade and Egg Hunt
The parade is led by none other than the Easter Bunny, starting at Johnsons Street Fire Station, on the corner of Johnson and Caledonia. Hop on down to Robin Sweeney Park for an Easter Egg Hunt, enjoy live music and the sights of many bright, crazy bonnets–or don your own and enter the Easter Bonnet Contest. The parade begins at 10 a.m., egg hunt at 10:10 a.m.

When: Sat., April 20, 10 a.m.–noon
Where: Robin Sweeney Park, Sausalito, CA
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages

Egg Hunt at Marinwwod 
40th annual Las Gallinas Lions Club Egg Hunt will feature a free egg hunt for the kiddos and Johnny Doughnuts for purchase. Egg hunt starts at 10:00 a.m. sharp.

When: Sat., April 20, 10 a.m.
Where: Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Rd. , San Rafael, CA
Cost: Free
Ages: All Ages

Belvedere Community Center’s Bunny Hop and Egg Scramble
This is an Easter event for all ages, there are 2 age-specific hunts to ensure everyone leaves with a full basket. The carnival area includes games, bounce house, face painting, life-sized Candyland game, music, crafts and more. To buy tickets call The Ranch at (415)435-4355. Event takes place rain or shine.

When: Sun., March 31, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Where: Belvedere Community Center Park, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere, CA
Cost: $1 Activity Tickets; $5 Egg Hunt Bracelet; $20 All Inclusive Bracelet (includes 1 Egg Hunt, 2 rounds of Candyland and UNLIMITED Carnival Games, Bounce House, Crafts & Face Painting)
Ages: All ages

photo: jpellgen via flickr

Mill Valley Spring Eggstravaganza and Bunny Breakfast
Join Mr E. Bunny for a hearty Spring time breakfast of french toast, sausages, orange juice and coffee. After breakfast follow him out to the Friends Field for the annual Egg Hunt starting promptly at 10:00 a.m. There will be four different hunts between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., to accommodate ages 0-12. Be sure to look for the “golden eggs” that hold special surprises!

When: Sat., April 13, 8:30 a.m.–noon.
Where: Mill Valley Recreation Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 
Cost: Breakfast: $6/adults, $4/children, 3 and under Free. Egg Hunt is Free.
Ages: 0-12

San Anselmo Spring Egg Hunt and Flashlight Hunt
Come be a part of this annual tradition, where children 7 and younger can run loose at Memorial Park, the Saturday before Easter, in search of treats, eggs and the coveted golden eggs-redeemable for prizes. Bring your camera to snap a shot with the bunny. The 8 and older bunch can test their night vision at the exciting flashlight hunt, the Friday before Easter. Wear good running shoes, bring your own basket and flashlight.

When: Fri. and Sat., April 19 and 20, Fri-8:15 p.m./Sat-11 a.m.
Where: Memorial Park, 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages

Easter at the Mart
Come for an egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 and under and 10:45 a.m. for ages 4 and up. Meet some chicks and bunnies. Parents can enjoy a mimosa bar. There will be a puppet show from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

When: Sat., April 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Marin Country Mart
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Easter Carnival
Visit the winery for some Easter family fun. Although there will not be an egg hunt, kiddos can enjoy arts and crafts, games, face painting, an animal show and more. Enjoy a special menu for purchase, at the Pool Cafe, while watching the little ones play. 100% of the days profits will go to a local charity, space is limited, reservations are required, 4 tickets per customer.

When: Sat., April 20, 10 a.m.–noon
Where: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA
Cost: $12/per child, adult free with paying child
Ages: 12 and under

—Nella DuBon-Koch, Kate Loweth & Erin Feher