Easter marks different celebrations.Christians celebrate the end of Lent and the resurrection of Jesus. It follows the cycle of the moon so Easter never falls on the same day every year but it is always between late March and late April. Jewish people celebrate Passover in honor of the Exodus from Egypt. For students, it is synonym of Spring Break vacation.
We celebrate Easter by hiding chocolate treats and having children go on the look for them. In the US, the Easter Bunny brings chocolate eggs. In France, the bells do. The belief is that Church Bells go to Rome the days before Easter to get the chocolates that they will drop in the gardens for the children to find them. My bi-cultural children were always amazed that bells could drop chocolates but never questioned the bunny doing the same thing with eggs!
They are many places in the Bay Area to hunt eggs on April 11th and 12th. In our family, with a child who finds every treat in a minute and a child who would not find an egg to save her life, I will keep the egg hunt drama in the privacy of my own garden and will go out to enjoy the rest of the festivities.
Visit with the Easter Bunny
2:00pm and 4:00 pm
Jelly Belly Visitor Center, One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield CA
Join Wendy or Wendell Bunny in the cherry room (second floor of the visitor center). Bring your own camera to capture the moment, there will be no professional photographer on site.
Spring Egg Hunt
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster, Oakland, CA (corner of MacArthur and Broadway by Kaiser)
Live entertainment, basket decoration, Easter Hunt for youths, free kids lunch, jumpers
Walnut Creek Breakfast with the Bunny
Delicious breakfast of hotcakes, sausage, juice, and coffee will be served from 8:00-9:45 am at the Heather Farm Community Center on.
Admission is $5.00 and free to children 12 months and under.
Bring your camera for a picture with the Spring Bunny available for $1.00 donation. Proceeds benefit the Walnut Creek Youth Council.
Walnut Creek Spring Egg Hunt
10:15 a.m. (promptly)
Preschoolers through fifth grade and all disabled children are invited to participate in the egg hunt at Heather Farm Park and preschoolers through fifth grade at Larkey Park. Bring your camera for a picture with the Spring Bunny available at both sites for $1.00 donation. Proceeds benefit the Walnut Creek Youth Council.
Heather Farm Park 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek
Larkey Park, 2771 Buena Vista Ave, Walnut Creek, CA
Old-Fashioned Egg Hunt at Dunsmuir House
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland
Children of all ages can greet the Bunny and take a close-up photo. Bring a basket to collect a variety of colored eggs that cover the great meadow, play games, enjoy tap dancing bunnies & puppet shows while you picnic on the grounds. Take a mansion tour with a costumed docent and spend your day transported into a world with expansive lawns, chattering streams and countless places to sit and enjoy the merriment of the day.
Adults $5, Children $2, Under 5 Free. Family Price (two adults and two children) $12. Tour/Games included.
Mansion Tours: 12:30pm to 3:00pm Ongoing
Puppet Show: 12:30pm & 1:30pm
Tap Dancing Bunnies: 2:30pm
Toddler's Egg Hunt: Ongoing
4-5 Year Old Egg Hunt 1:00pm
6-10 Year Old Egg Hunt 2:00pm
Egg Dying & Crafts: Ongoing
Redwood City HUNT
Red Morton Park, 1400 Rosevelt Avenue, Redwood City, CA
Gates open at 12:30
Pink Zone (0-4 years old) Open 12:30pm-3pm
Easter Egg HUNT (5-12 years old) Starts at 1:30pm
Andy Z Concert 2:00pm
You need to sign a weaver before your kids start egg hunting. Check all the information here.
Come See the Easter Bunny Fly in San Carlos
601 Skyway Road, San Carlos, CA
How do you think the Easter Bunny gets around so fast to deliver those eggs? By helicopter of course! Join the Hiller Aviation Museum in welcoming the bunny arrive in a personal helicopter at 10:30am on April 11. Now if you think that is fun then you are in for an even bigger surprise. Stick around and get an egg straight from the bunny and get your face painted by the Magic Princesses.
To top it off, the popular European Model Train display will also be open for everyone to enjoy.
The event is included with museum admission. Click here for admission prices and get a $1 coupon.
Union Street Spring Celebration & Easter Parade
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Union Street (from Gough to Fillmore), San Francisco, CA
The parade begins at 10a and the street-long family celebration goes until 5 pm. The fair includes street vendors, Easter bonnets, special performances, outdoor dining and children's activities.
Easter Egg Roll at Ardenwood Farm
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA
Bring a picnic and enjoy holiday fun!
Miwok Stables Center
701 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley, CA
OPEN HOUSE and Easter Egg Hunts
Egg Hunts at 12:00 & 1:00
The Miwok Stables Center will host the third annual Open House and Egg Hunt on that day.
If you live in Marin Count, check out the Marin Mommies website and you will find lots of information on what’s happening there for Easter.Lydie Thomas is a Travel Whisperer and mother of two little avid travelers. She is sharing her tips and tricks on visiting the San Francisco Bay Area with children. She also loves to share her French culture and tips on vacationing in France with little ones. Subscribe to her blog www.travelismorefunwithkids.com or follow me on twitter @lydiethomas.