Spring has officially landed, folks. With this flick of the seasons comes spring break and, of course, all things Easter. The weekend is brimming with festive revelry from a parade to pancakes breakfasts and a Peter Rabbit puppet show. There’s a fun run, train rides, egg dying, cool hunts and plenty of opps for seeking out the big bunny himself for a memorable selfie.
An 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 cook-off between Rec and Park, SF Police and SF Fire departments. Sat., 11 a.m.- 3p.m. Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. $8. All ages. Event details.
March to the Beat of the Union Street Easter Parade
Dubbed the biggest little parade in San Francisco, the 25th Annual Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade 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 cows and creative self-propelled mini-floats to garden areas, sophisticated fashions and beautiful classic and art cars.” Don’t fret, it also includes a bounce house, face painting and music. The Union Street event, from Gough to Filmore, begins at 10 a.m. The parade starts at 2 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Marina, Union Street, Gough to Fillmore. Free. All ages. Event details.
Science Bites: Bay Predators
Take a bite out of science and discover Bay predators at Aquarium of the Bay. Find out what’s on the menu as we explore three of the Bay’s top predators – from unassuming sea stars, keen river otters, and awe-inspiring sharks, these predators rule their ecosystems. Have fun with hands-on science experiments and activities, while learning all about what it takes to be a top predator. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pier 39. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Take a Spin on Fairyland’s Refurbished Flecto Carousel
Giddy up, kiddos. Fairyland’s famed Flecto Carousel is re-opening following a restoration and you can be there for the ribbon cutting. The 20-horse carousel was originally built by Oakland’s Flecto Paint Company to demonstrate their cool rainbow of bright hues. It was donated to Fairyland in 2002 and the company that acquired Flecto, RPM International, assisted with this beautiful carousel re-do. Sat., ribbon cutting is at 10:30 a.m.. Children’s Fairyland. $10 ages 1 to 100. Event details.
Mother Nature Will Love These Colored 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. Registration is required in advance. Sat., 10 a.m. and noon. UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley. Cost $12-15. All ages. Event details.
Pop into Fairyland for a Peter Rabbit Puppet Show
Beatrix Potter’s “Peter Rabbit” is a classic story to you but all new to your tots. This timely tale is retold with a humorous new twist, so see what lessons this famous rabbit learns when he hops on into Mr. McGregor’s garden. The shows features original songs adapted from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and the beautiful scenery is based on Beatrix Potter’s watercolors. Shows start at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open and will feature festive activities from noon to 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Children’s Fairyland. $10 ages 1 to 100. Event details.
Wildflower Hike with a Side of Baby Tarantula
We get it. Wildflowers and baby tarantulas aren’t your typical hike combo but that’s why we’re into it. On this epic hike little adventures can explore the habitat of local tarantulas and spring’s bounty of colorful wildflowers. The two mile hike, which dances along the north face of Mount Diablo, is lead by naturalist Jim Holmes. Hiking shoes, sunscreen, snacks and bottled water are recommended. Sun, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mitchell Canyon Visitors Center. $10-$15. All ages. Event details.
Get set, Go to Cupertino’s Big Bunny Run
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., 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cupertino Civic Center. 5K run is $49; Kids Fun Run $14. All ages. Event details.
City of San Mateo Egg Fest
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., photos with the Easter Bunny, and live entertainment including a magician. Egg hunts: 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, and 11:45 a.m. & 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. New this year, you can book your ticket to the hunt of your choice here. The Big Egg Hunt is for kids 4-9. Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central Park. Cost $2-$8. Ages 0-9. Event details.
Spring Egg Hunt in Los Altos
Kids walking to age 10 will love the hunt, and Mr. E. Bunny himself will be there as early as 9:30 a.m. to kick things off. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. and there will be staggered start times for different age groups. After the hunt, enjoy a concert with Oklin Bloodworth. Bonus: Any teens in your midst (11-17) will want to be part of the Egg Launch at the same park, at 10:45 a.m. They supply the eggs, your teen supplies the launcher! Register by March 18 to be part of the egg launch. (650) 947-2790 or email@example.com) Sat., 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Hillview Soccer Field. Free. All ages. Event details.
Go on a Magical Egg Hunt at Gamble Garden
Join this festive tradition as Gamble Garden becomes a treasure of hidden Easter eggs. Children will enjoy a supervised petting zoo with more than 20 animals, arts and crafts, treats, light refreshments, Easter Bunny photos and an Easter Egg Hunt in the garden. Three scheduled hunts last approximately one hour. Start times are 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Gamble Garden. $10-$30. All ages. Event details.
Catch a Spring-Themed Double Flick
Most Sundays Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose presents Big Screen Sundays, showing educational flicks for children. This is the last weekend to catch a special double feature of “My Garden,” about a girl who dreams of creating a magical garden full of chocolate rabbits and color-changing flowers. Also showing, “The Curious Garden,” an environmental-themed film about one boy’s determination to make the world a greener place one garden at a time. Sun., at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Cost $12-$13. All ages. Event details.
Chug Over the Hill for a Forest Egg Hunt
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. Sat.-Sun. Rides start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Roaring Camp Railroads. Cost $27. All ages. Event details.
It’s Gonna Be Hopping at Marin County Mart
Bring your basket to the Saturday Farmers Market because The Poppy Store at Marin County Mart will kick off its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m in the courtyard on the green. Kids can hunt for eco-friendly eggs filled with Easter treats. Come a bit early to see the baby chicks and bunnies. 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., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Marin County Mart Farmers’ Market. Free. Ages 0-5. Event details.
This Sausalito Parade is Top Hops
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., The parade begins at 10 a.m., egg hunt at 11:15 a.m. Downtown, Dunphy Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
An Egg Hunt with Epic Views
Get hoppy at Sausalito’s Cavallo Point Lodge during its Easter Kid’s Eggtravaganza. Located in Golden Gate Park with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, festivities include egg hunts, balloon animals, cookie decorating, coloring, a magic show and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Easter baskets, light snacks and beverages are offered to children throughout the event. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fort Baker, Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate. $20. Ages 0-12. Event details.
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