10 Things to Do for Easter 2018 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 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, March 31. 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.

Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 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” 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. Appearances by the Scuba Bunny at the Eggstravaganza-themed dive shows.

Dates: March 24, 25, 31 and April 1
Time: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Cost: Included with aquarium admission
Details: Birch Aquarium Eggstravaganza

See also: A Detailed Guide to Birch Aquarium

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.

Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 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: March 24, 25 and 31
Time: Various
Cost: Tickets for children are $14. Adult tickets are $18. Senior tickets are $15.
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.  A separate Egg Hunt inside Belmont Park will begin at 1:00 p.m. and is free to children 12 and younger.

Date: April 1
Time: Check website for details
Cost: $5 per child for the Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny photos are free.
Details: Easter at Belmont Park

See also: 12 Things to Do at Belmont Park

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.

Date: Sunday, April 1
Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (boards at 10:30 a.m.)
Cost: Tickets are $74.50 for adults and $44.70 for kids
Details: Flagship Cruises Easter Brunch

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

Head to The Westgate Hotel for Easter Bunny Teas that feature kid-friendly pastries and an egg hunt. And, on Easter, they’ll host an Easter Champagne Brunch, including a visit from the Easter Bunny and a face painter for kids.

Date:  March 30 and 31;  April 1
Time: 2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (teas) and 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (brunch)
Cost: $55 for adults and $35 for children (tea); $89 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under (brunch)
Details: Westgate Hotel Easter Tea and Champagne Brunch

8. Hornblower’s Easter Brunch Cruises

On Sunday, April 1, 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 1
Time: Varies
Cost: $44.40–$94 (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. Reservations are required.

Date: Sunday, April 1
Time: 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cost: $89 for adults and $39 for children
Details: Easter Brunch at The MED

10. Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at the 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 or Ballroom including carving stations, international cuisine, live music and free-flowing champagne. 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 1
Times: Varies based on events
Details: Easter at the Hotel Del Coronado

See also: 15 Things to Do 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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