Ready, Set, Easter Egg Hunt!
Written By: Jeannette Swanson Where to Go for Epic Easter Egg Hunts in OC
While some parents may remember searching for Easter eggs in their living rooms, today’s children have more exploratory egg trails to travel upon. As we near the time of chocolate bunnies wrapped in colorful foil and baskets lined with scented grass, it’s time to start planning which egg hunts to brave. From egg hunts to crafts to pancake breakfasts, here are 10 of our favorite Easter events in OC. One of these springtime events is sure to please your little bunnies this year.
Don’t be late for a very important date at El Toro Park. The Spring Bunny, Nectar, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit request your presence for a very Alice inspired day. A variety of activities will be available including a New Orleans train ride, Ferris wheel, merry go round and a giant slide. Those who would like to participate in the Bunny Blast’s unconventional egg hunt can gather cards from surrounding ticket booths for an opportunity to collect up to 10 eggs at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 19th 11 a.m.
El Toro Park
23701 Los Alisos Blvd
Lake Forest, CA 92630
The Placentia Library will host their annual Easter Eggcitement and Spring Carnival Saturday, March 19 at Kraemer Park. Four egg hunts are arranged for specific age groups throughout the day. Everyone is invited to stick around after their designated egg hunt for crafts, games, vendors and a visit with the Easter bunny. Springtime stories will be told throughout the day.
Saturday, March 19th 9 a.m.
201 N Bradford Ave
Placentia, CA 92870
Hundreds of children, thousands of hidden Easter eggs and 1 celebrity – the Easter Bunny himself – will take center stage at a free Easter Egg hunt open to the community, where more than 6, 000 eggs will be hidden with a variety of goodies contained inside ranging from candy and toys to cash prizes and a token for a new bicycle. The Easter Bunny will be available for family photos. Catch the fun during Saturday brunch at Back Bay Bistro offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 19th 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Activities here stretch beyond the traditional egg hunt with fire department displays, community service displays and a hot lunch in addition to the pancake breakfast. The egg hunt is pretty spectacular though, since thousands of pounds of candy await sweet-toothed children and their parents. With that much candy on the premises, event hosts have smartly created nine age divided egg hunts between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Luckily, there’s plenty of space at this location for children to burn off some energy before heading home.
Saturday, March 26th 9 a.m.
The Sports Complex at Huntington Central Park
18002 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, CA
Yorba Linda’s Crosspointe Church has arranged for 10, 000 eggs to fall from the sky Sunday, March 27th. A helicopter will release eggs over the Yorba Linda High School Football Stadium for children and their hungry baskets. In addition to airborne eggs, 20, 000 more eggs will be up for grabs on the grounds. Upon exit, children will exchange their eggs for a bag full of candy. This spectacular event is free of charge.
Sunday, March 27th
Yorba Linda High School Football Stadium
19900 Bastanchury Rd
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Jeffrey Trail Middle School Principal Scott Bowman has given the Rabbit Run full access to the school grounds because of his desire to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for children. New this year is the OC Challenge for competitive and advanced runners. OC Challenge runners can first compete against their age division and then join in for fun in the subsequent Rabbit Run. Strollers, bikes and trikes are welcome during the Rabbit Run and children can expect to collect eggs and other surprises along the way.
Saturday, March 26th 8 a.m.
Jeffrey Trail Middle School
Irvine, CA 92620
Hop on over to Pretend City Children’s Museum for a Member’s Only Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26th. Bring your little peeps promptly at 9a.m., since the hunt begins immediately upon opening. Stay and play until 10 a.m. or later for the subsequent Celebrate Easter event. Children will have the opportunity to snap a photo with Mr. Bunny, search for paper eggs throughout the city, do the Easter Bunny Hop and decorate eggs using a variety of mediums and materials.
Saturday, March 26th 9 a.m.
Pretend City Children’s Museum
Irvine, CA 92618
Parents and children should come with an appetite, as the Buena Park Noon Lions will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. Pancake gobblers will have an hour to sop up the syrup before the festivities begin. Children can participate and be entertained by crafts, field games, stage entertainment, a petting zoo, moon bounces and the Spring Bunny. The candy scramble for children 12 years of age and younger will begin at noon.
Saturday, March 26th at 8 a.m.
Henry Boisseranc Park
7520 Dale St
Buena Park, CA 90620
The San Clemente Kiwanis Club will dish up a pancake breakfast before children are let loose to participate in the festivities. Enjoy festive décor, entertainment, face painting, festive activities, the bunny and the coveted egg hunt. The egg hunt is broken up into age groups to allow every child an equal chance to collect eggs. After the Easter bunny has hopped away and all the eggs have been collected, participants are invited to swim, groove out to music and play games at the San Clemente Aquatics Center. Standard recreation swim fees apply for the “Splashtacular” event.
Saturday, March 26th 9-11:30 a.m.
Vista Hermosa Sports Park
987 Ave Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, CA 92673
Celebrate Easter early at the largest free skatepark in California. Eggs with small treasures will be ready to be collected into baskets at 11:15 a.m. The park will remain closed to riders during event hours so that a safe environment will be present for egg scavengers. The Easter bunny will be camera ready immediately after the hunt. If you plan to stick around for the Festival of Colors, remember to bring clothes that won’t suffer from being dyed.
Saturday, March 26th 11 a.m.
Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest
20028 Lake Forest Dr
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Between March 5th and March 26th, the Irvine Park Railroad will host a slew of entertaining events. Set aside an entire day for train rides, moon bounces, hay rides, picture stands and Easter cookie decorating. The Eggstravaganza’s egg hunts are divided by age so each child will have a fair opportunity of collecting eggs filled with candy, stickers, free train tickets and more. All activities require a ticket. Tickets are $5 each or a book of 15 tickets for $60.
Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Rd
Orange, CA 92869