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10 Things to Do for Easter 2019 in San Diego

Easter brunch in San Diego, egg hunts, and more

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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 Spring Egg Hunt

The hunt is on at the La Jolla Recreation Center! Families can enjoy an excitement-packed morning with a lively Spring 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 20. The price includes arts & crafts, the meet-and-greet with Peter Rabbit, and a goodie bag! The egg hunt happens every half hour, separated by age group. If it rains, the hunt will be held indoors.

Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Cost: $10 per child
Details: La Jolla Recreation Center spring programs

2. Eggstravaganza at the Birch Aquarium

Prepare to go down under to celebrate the launch of spring. Yes, the Birch Aquarium is hosting an “underwater egg hunt,” craft festivities and extra activities. The beloved iconic bunny might need to move over in favor of the mysterious shark as children can make a shark egg craft. Appearances by the Scuba Bunny at the Eggstravaganza-themed dive shows.

Dates: Weekends, April 13-14 and 20-21
Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: Included with aquarium admission
Details: Birch Aquarium Eggstravaganza

Note that on weekdays during this time frame, guests will enjoy spring scavenger hunts and Scuba Bunny dive shows, too. Check the schedule for times.

3. Spring Party With Bunny at the Botanic Garden

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, and a bunny face painting team. Plant a spring flower to take home as well. For ages 2–6.

Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $15/child (excluding admission)
Details: Spring Party with Bunny

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 in Campo. 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. Tickets can be bought on the day of the event at the Campo Depot.

Date: April 13, 14 and 20
Time: Various
Cost: Tickets range from $5–26 depending on age and preferred car
Details: Bunny Train

5. Belmont Park’s Easter Bash

Belmont Park will offer different festivities throughout the day including free photos with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt on the beach (purchase the beach egg hunt tickets in advance) with times staggered based on age groups (for ages 12 and under only).  A separate Egg Hunt inside Belmont Park will begin at 1:00 p.m. and is free to children 12 and younger.

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: Check website for details
Cost: $6 per child for the Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny photos are free.
Details: Easter at Belmont Park

Note: It’s better to have an unlimited ride wristband or unlimited ride and attractions wristband when attending Belmont Park. Also, remember that Belmont Park is an option with Go San Diego Cards.

6. Flagship Cruises Easter Brunch Cruise

Join Flagship Cruises for a special Easter Brunch harbor cruise. Sip champagne and mimosas, in addition to a wide array of foods, including made-to-order omelets. Boards at 990 North Harbor Drive in Downtown San Diego. Choose from either a morning or afternoon cruise.

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (boards at 9:30 a.m.) or 2–4 p.m. (boards at 1:30 p.m.)
Cost: Tickets are $74.50 for adults and $44.70 for kids ages 4–7
Details: Flagship Cruises Easter Brunch

7. Easter Bunny Teas & Champagne Brunch at The Westgate Hotel

Easter Bunny Teas: On Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, The Westgate will transform its traditional Parisian-style afternoon tea service into its annual springtime Easter Bunny Teas. This special Easter edition will feature a scrumptious selection of house-made sweet delicacies, kid-friendly petit-fours, delicious tea sandwiches, and pastries. After this splendid tea service, families are invited to participate in a colorful egg hunt on the Riviera Terrace followed by an exciting magic show that stars the Easter Bunny.

Easter Champagne Brunch: On Sunday, April 21, guests can toast the holiday and honor spring with a delicious Easter brunch marked by French elegance, and, of course, champagne. Dishes include fresh seafood, made-to-order omelets, carving stations, a special children’s buffet selection, as well as a full array of quintessentially European gourmet dishes. While adults will delight in this sophisticated Parisian experience, children will love the entertainment which includes face-painting and a special visit from the Easter Bunny.

Date:  April 19–21
Time: 2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (teas) and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (brunch)
Cost: $55 for adults and $35 for children ages 4–12 (tea); $99 for adults and $35 for children ages 4–12. Special event parking is available for $12.
Details: Westgate Hotel Easter Tea and Champagne Brunch

8. Hornblower’s Easter Brunch Cruises

On Sunday, April 21, Hornblower Cruises will offer four different harbor cruises, featuring bottomless champagne and sparkling cider, the Easter Bunny, and a narrated tour of the harbor. A VIP cruise option allows guests to enjoy a few extra perks such as a meet and greet with the captain and priority boarding.

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: Either 11 a.m.–1 p.m. or 12–2 p.m.
Cost: $44.70–$99 (kids ages 3 and under are free)
Details: Hornblower Easter Brunch Cruises

9. Ocean Views and Easter Brunch at La Valencia Hotel

La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla’s pink lady, gets into the Easter spirit with panoramic ocean views, an incredible buffet, and bottomless mimosas and sparkling wine. There will also be an egg hunt and appearance by the Easter Bunny. Guests can choose from items such as quiche, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, a seafood selection of freshly shucked oysters, crudo, crab claws and jumbo shrimp, fresh salads and crudité, as well as action stations such as omelets, meat carving, and dessert. Reservations are required.

Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cost: $89 for adults and $39 for children
Details: Easter Brunch at The MED

10. Easter Brunches, Egg Hunt and More at Hotel Del Coronado

Multiple Easter events are happening at the Hotel Del Coronado, one of the most iconic buildings in California. Choose between lavish Easter brunch in the Crown Room including carving stations, international cuisine, live music, and free-flowing champagne or Easter brunch at Sheerwater with an omelet bar, taco bar and carving station in addition to classic brunch favorites.

You can also attend an Easter Service in the Carousel Room, an Easter petting zoo, and egg hunts (complimentary for brunch and hotel guests).

Then take a photo with the Easter Bunny in the Garden Patio. Easter egg hunts, segregated by age groups, are scheduled from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended for Easter Sunday brunch and egg hunt (which can be done through the details link below).

Date: Sunday, April 21
Times: Varies based on events
Details: Easter at the Hotel Del Coronado

Where Will You Spend Easter in San Diego?

Let us know especially if anything is missing from this list.

From egg hunts to brunches, here are the best things to do on Easter in San Diego.

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