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Easter Egg Hunts & Other HOPpenings 2016

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Find Easter Egg Hunts and Other Activities  Celebrate Easter in San Diego with these fun, family-friendly activities! You'll find egg hunts, bunny visits, crafts, brunches and worship services. Happy Easter!

Things change. That’s why we’ve included phone numbers and websites when available. Please call to confirm dates, times and admission prices. Tell them you heard about their event from Family Magazine!

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2016 Egg Hunts, Bunny Visits & Spring Activities

March 18-20

Easter for Kids at Shepherd of the Hills. Free crafts, popcorn, a movie screening and an egg hunt in the dark! March 18, 6 pm. Bring your own flashlight. 9191 Fletcher Pkwy., La Mesa. 619-469-4197. 

Hunt for Eggs in Carmel Valley. Plus photos with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, and inflatables. March 19, 10 am-2 pm. Free. Carmel Valley Community Park, 3777 Townsgate Dr. 858-552-1616.

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum’s Bunny Train. Ride the train, meet the Easter Bunny and join an egg hunt for prizes and treats. March 19, 20 & 26, 10:30 am, 12:30 & 2:30 pm. $5-$18. For tickets, visit website. 750 Depot St., Campo.

“We Are All a Little Wonka” at Adams Recreation Center. Egg scrambles, face painting, oompa loompa games, Wonka crafts, music and more. March 19, 11 am-2 pm. Free admission. Please bring a basket. 3491 Adams Ave., San Diego.; 619-235-1149.

Egg Hunt at Paseo del Rey Church. This free, annual event for children, toddlers through first grade, also includes a story and craft, games, snacks and face painting. Children older than 6 are welcome to participate with their younger siblings. March 19, 9:30-11:30 am. 900 Paseo del Rey, Chula Vista. 619-421-7733.

Easterpalooza. This fun-filled event offers egg hunts (9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 am), petting zoo with live bunnies, music and magic, prizes, a local artisan and crafter showcase, and portraits with the Easter Bunny. March 19, 9 am-1 pm. Free admission.Handlery Hotel, 950 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley.

Berry Best Chocolate Fest. Delight in chocolate creations from some of San Diego’s best chocolatiers and dessert shops. Also, a cupcake decorating station for kids, a craft vendor village, food trucks, photos with the Easter Bunny, a chocolate pie-eating contest and more. March 19, noon-6 pm. $3-$20; ages 2 & under free. Liberty Station, McMillin Companies Event Center, 2875 Dewey Rd., Point Loma.

Easter Treats at Standley Recreation Center. For ages 10 & under. March 19, 10 am-noon; egg hunt begins promptly at 10 am. Bring a basket and meet in the gym. 3585 Governor Dr., San Diego.; 858-552-1652.

Easter Treasure Hunt & Photos with the Easter Bunny. Kids, ages 12 & under, can pick up an Easter Treasure Map at the Easter Bunny photo booth, and have the map stamped at various restaurants to receive a gift bag with goodies. March 20, noon-2 pm. Free. Old California Restaurant Row, 1080 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos.

March 23-27

“Benito Bunny’s Great Easter Egg Hunt” at Balboa Park’s Puppet Theater. March 23-27. Wed.-Fri., 10 & 11:30 am; Sat. & Sun., 11 am, 1 & 2:30 pm. $5; under 2 free.

Easter Weekend at San Diego Metro KOA. Registered guests can enjoy spring crafts, an egg hunt, movie and a visit from E. Stir Bunny. March 25-28; visit website for more information. 111 N. 2nd Ave., Chula Vista.

Easter Bunny Teas. Traditional European afternoon tea with treats plus an Easter egg hunt, a magic show and the Easter Bunny. March 25 & 26, 2:30-5 pm. $30-$45 plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations online. The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., downtown San Diego.

Children’s Spring Festival & Egg Hunt. Eggs with treats, games and refreshments. March 26, 10 am. Free. For grades 3 & under. La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach.; 858-720-2453.

Pancake Breakfast & Spring Egg Hunt. The Fallbrook Firefighter’s Association will serve a yummy pancake breakfast, and kids of all ages can enjoy egg hunts (arranged by age group), contests and games. March 26, 7:30-11 am; egg hunts at 10 am. Breakfast: $4-$5; egg hunt free. 341 Heald Lane.; 760-728-1671.

La Jolla Egg Hunt for ages 2-12. March 26, 10 am-12:30 pm. Egg hunt is free; $5 includes meet-and-greet with Peter Rabbit, goodie bag, face painting, and arts and crafts. La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. 858-552-1658.

Breakfast with Bunny & Easter Eggstravaganza in Coronado. Breakfast plus egg hunt, crafts, a prize wheel and more, starting at 9 am on March 26. $9-$11; tickets must be purchased in advance. From 1-3:30 pm, egg hunts, a life-sized Candyland game and visits from the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts free; fee for some activities. Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. 619-522-7342.

Spring Egg Hunt at Morley Field Sports Complex. Also, games, arts and crafts, egg toss, sack races and cake walks. March 26, 9:30 am-1:30 pm; egg hunt at 11 am. Free. 2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego. 619-525-8262.

Spring Party with Bunny. Meet a friendly bunny, pet real chicks and bunnies, and have a blast with spring crafts, a parade through the garden and a bunny hunt. March 26, 10-11:30 am & 11:30 am-1 pm. $18 per child; regular admission fees apply to accompanying adults. Pre-registration required. For ages 2-6. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas.

Oceanside Egg Hunt. Find the golden eggs and win prizes, and see the Easter Bunny. March 26, 10 am. Free. Buddy Todd Park, 3000 Mesa Dr. 760-435-5041.

Breakfast with Peter Cottontail and Spring Egg Scramble. On March 26, have a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs at the Williams Barn, then toddlers through fifth graders are invited to join the egg scramble with 10,000 prize-filled eggs. Breakfast, 8-10 am ($4-$5); egg scramble, 10:15 am ($5 per family). Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr., San Marcos.

Eggs & Treats at Pacific Beach Recreation Center. Egg hunts plus a 40-foot obstacle course, face painting, bounce house, and arts and crafts. Egg hunt starts at 10 am on March 26. $3 wristband includes activities. Returned eggs will qualify participants for special goodie bags. 1405 Diamond St. For details, call 858-581-9927.

Spring Eggstravaganza in Santee. Continuous egg hunts for ages 8 & under, petting zoo, carnival rides, food and crafts, pony rides and live entertainment. March 26, 9 am-3 pm. Ride/activity tickets $1 each (cash only). Santee Lakes, Lake #5, 9310 Fanita Pkwy.

Torrey Hills Spring Egg Hunt. Also, games, music, jumps and face painting. March 26, 9 am-noon. Free admission. Torrey Hills Community Park, 4262 Calle Mejillones, San Diego. 858-552-1687.

Egg Hunt at Poway Community Park. Also, a pancake breakfast and a Fun Zone at this event hosted by Living Way Church. March 26, 8 am-12:30 pm. Breakfast $4; other activities free. 13094 Civic Center Dr. 858-486-1441.

North Clairemont Recreation Center’s Egg Hunt. March 26, 9:30 am (ages 1 & 2); 10 am (ages 3-5); 10:30 am (ages 6-8) & 11 am (ages 9-12). Free; $2 bracelet for food and entertainment. 4421 Bannock Ave. 858-581-9926.

Eggs Galore in Linda Vista. Be part of the egg hunt and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Participants will be grouped by age. Egg hunt starts promptly at 11 am on March 26. Linda Vista Recreation Center, 7064 Levant St. 858-573-1392.

Bunny Visit at Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. Get treats, join a free treasure hunt for kids, and meet and pose with the Easter Bunny. March 26, 11 am-1:30 pm. 10380 Spring Canyon Rd.

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs at Willie Henderson Sports Complex. Plus jumps, photo booth and petting zoo. March 26, 10 am-2 pm. Free. 1035 S. 45th St., San Diego. 619-527-3407.

EGGstravaganza Spring Festival. Featuring an ongoing egg scramble of multiple egg hunts plus a noncompetitive field for young children and children with special needs. Also, enjoy a family scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny and a Fun Zone with bounce houses, a giant slide and a chance to ‘soak the bunny.’ March 26, 10 am-1 pm. $6 activity cards and $6 unlimited Fun Zone wristbands can be purchased in advance. Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Rd., Carlsbad.; 760-434-2843.

Kroc Church Presents Easter Eggstravaganza. More than 17,000 eggs are up for grabs! Get hoppin’ with a visit from the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, games, music and more.        March 26, 10 am-1 pm. Free. Also, Easter service on March 27 at 10 am; free breakfast at 9 am. Recreation Field, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego.

Spring EGGStravaganza at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Welcome the arrival of spring and the changes it brings as you explore animal eggs, participate in an ‘underwater egg hunt,’ make a shark egg craft and more. March 27, 11 am-3 pm. Note: Scavenger hunt available from March 20-27. Free with admission. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla.

Belmont Park’s Easter Bash. On March 27, go egg hunting on the beach (9 am-noon; sign up online) for only $5, or join a free egg hunt in the park at 12:30 pm. Indulge in sumptuous meals at Wavehouse (9 am-1 pm) or Draft (9 am-3 pm). And of course, don’t forget to pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny from 2-4 pm. 3146 Mission Blvd. For dining reservations, go to Other details at              

Easter Worship Services

Family Easter Worship Service. During this pint-sized, 45-minute service, learn about Easter – the best surprise ever – with the help of puppets and children’s choirs. March 26, 5 pm. Also, traditional Easter services on March 27 at 8:30 & 10 am. San Carlos United Methodist Church, 6554 Cowles Mountain Blvd., San Diego.

Easter Service at Kroc Church. March 27, 10 am; free breakfast at 9 am. The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego.

Sunrise Service at The Flower Fields presented by The Fields Church. March 27, 6:30 am. Free breakfast follows. Please dress warmly. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad.

Easter Sunday Worship at First United Methodist Church of San Diego. On March 27, attend the 8, 9:30 or 11 am sanctuary worship with the Chancel Choir accompanied by a brass ensemble and timpani. Also, modern worship at The Water’s Edge service in The Cove at 9:30 am. 2111 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley.

Easter Sunrise Service at Balboa Park. Live music and an inspiring message. March 27, 6:30 am. Spreckels Organ Pavilion. 858-454-7324.

Easter at City View. Free continental breakfast for all including door prizes, petting zoo, family photo booth, carnival games, endless bubble station and Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, starting  at 9 am on March 27. Then kids of all ages can join small group classes and receive a bag of candy and prize eggs. Worship services at 9 & 10:45 am. City View Church, 8404 Phyllis Place, San Diego.

Easter Brunches

Easter Brunch Buffet at the Zoo. Spend the day at the San Diego Zoo and indulge in a lavish buffet in the Treetops Banquet Room of Albert’s Restaurant. Continuous seating starts at 11 am on March 27. $18.95-$44.95 plus tax, gratuity and zoo admission. Call for reservations. Balboa Park.; 619-557-3964.

Easter Champagne Brunch at The Westgate Hotel. Made-to-order omelets, carving stations, seafood, kids’ entertainment and a visit from the Easter Bunny. March 27, 10 am-3 pm. $35-$79 plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations. 1055 Second Ave., downtown San Diego.; 619-557-3655.

Easter Celebration at The Del. On March 27, savor a champagne brunch buffet at the Crown Room or at the oceanfront Ballroom with live musical entertainment. Also, six egg hunts for hotel guests (call 619-522-8815 for times and to register), photo ops with the Easter Bunny and a fun zone with crafts from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. For details, visit

Easter Champagne Brunch Cruises. Have your fill of breakfast classics and holiday staples, free-flowing champagne and rich desserts, plus have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. March 27, 11 am-1 pm & noon-2 pm. For fees and reservations, visit website. Departs from Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego.

Easter Brunch at Grand Tradition. March 27, 10 am-1 pm. Don’t miss an egg hunt on the grounds at noon plus Easter Bunny photos. $25-$49. Call for reservations. 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook.; 760-728-6466.

Things change. That’s why we’ve included phone numbers and websites when available. Since most activities require advance reservations or have limited space, don’t forget to call first to confirm dates, times and admission prices.

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Updated: February 2016