11 Activities and Things to Do for Easter 2017 in San Diego

From egg hunts to a bunny train, here's what is happening around town.

Spring is in the air, and with that comes the beloved Easter celebrations across the county. Families with little ones have an overabundance of different Easter egg hunt options to treat their kids to. I also have several recommendations for brunches at fabulous San Diego restaurants and hotels that the whole family can enjoy.

1. La Jolla Egg Hunt

The hunt is on at the La Jolla Recreation Center! Families can enjoy an excitement-packed morning with a lively Easter egg hunt, crafts and more. Make sure you have your cameras ready to capture Peter Rabbit who will be hopping around for a photo shoot with his adoring fans.

Get your baskets ready for Saturday April 15th. Price is $5 per child. Find all the details here.

2. EGGstravaganza at the Aquarium

Prepare to go down under to celebrate the launch of spring. Yes, the Birch Aquarium is hosting an “underwater egg hunt” and craft festivities. The beloved iconic bunny might need to move over in favor of the mysterious shark as children can make a shark egg craft.

The fun kicks off Sunday, April 16th. More details here.

3. A Spring Party at the Botanic Garden With Bunny

What better way to celebrate the spring season than a jaunt through the San Diego Botanic Garden? For the special Easter event, expect photo ops with the infamous bunny, children adorning hand made bunny ears (complementary of the event) and whiskers thanks to the face painting team. As if that’s not enough, there will be real bunnies in the petting zoo.

The garden gets an animal twist on Saturday, April 15th. See all the event specifics here.

4. All Aboard for the Bunny Train

If you’re looking for a fun spin on the traditional Easter egg hunt, head to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum. They take the entire family on a special hour-long Bunny Train ride through San Diego’s beautiful east-county mountains. Yes, the Bunny Rabbit himself joins along for the ride. Don’t forget about their Easter egg hunt!

Dates and times vary. See here for more information.

5. Free Linda Vista Egg Hunt

Join the Linda Vista Recreation Center for a free Easter egg hunt. They have different times for different ages, so make sure to join them early to see all the different groups find their treasures.

Festivities kick off at 10am on Saturday, April 15th. More information here.

6. Belmont’s Easter Bash

Talk about upping your Easter egg hunting game! Belmont Park will have 12,000 eggs hiding throughout the park and along the beach. Each one will hold delightful surprises for their finders.

The games start Sunday, April 16th at 9:00am and they have different festivities throughout the day. Tickets are $5 per child. The adjoining Wavehouse will also be hosting a special brunch option for families.

See event specifics here.

7. Easter Bunny’s Basket at the Zoo

Head on over to the San Diego Zoo if you’re looking to ramp up the animal style festivities. Peter and Paula Cottontail will be there posing for photos in the heart of the animal kingdom from April 1st-16th. Check out the details here.

8. Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Hike with The NAT

If it’s time to retire your egg hunting baskets, consider joining the San Diego National History Museum for a hike through Hollenbeck Canyon. This intermediate hike is 4 to 6 miles and lead by volunteers who can share vibrant details about the terrain, plant life and the history of the region.

Hike kicks off early on Sunday, April 16th. See event details here. 

9. Brunch on the Open Seas

Join Hornblower Cruises for a spectacular new Easter tradition exploring the Pacific. Blending vibrant colors, luxurious dishes and vibrant colors, this event could become your new favorite way to welcome in spring.

Hornblower Cruises is hosting three different cruise options.

10. Ocean Views Brunch at La Valencia Hotel

For a mix of scrumptious brunch options, a plethora of kid-friendly activities and sweeping views of the ocean, consider brunch at the La Valencia Hotel. Check out our experience there from a few years ago.

11. Champagne Brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado

For a lavish brunch experience at one of the most iconic buildings in California, consider champagne brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado. They seamlessly blend cuisines with an international flair, locally inspired dishes and an enviable mimosa bar with stunning waterfront views. For little ones staying at the hotel, they offer a fun egg hunt.

Reservations recommended for this Easter Sunday brunch. More information here. 

Where Will You Be Spending Easter?

There are a lot of different fun activities and lip-smacking brunches in every neighborhood. Leave me a comment as to what you and your family decide to do this year.

See also: 40 Best Things to Do in San Diego with Kids

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