Hoppy Easter!

April 3, 2012

Easter is arriving on little bunny feet, and there is a lot going on to keep you and the little ones entertained! From decadent chocolate feasts to eggs-cellent egg hunts to sightings of Mr. E. Bunny himself, there is fun for all.

Unfortunately, Filoli’s not offering it’s famous egg hunt this year, but other local venues are stepping up. SF Rec and Park is offering up it’s annual Eggstravaganza! in Sharon Meadows in Golden Gate Park. With the theme of ‘Alice in Recreation Land’, the event will feature egg hunts, rides, and bounce houses – and more! Saturday, April 7th, 11 am to 3 pm.

More locally, Belmont, San Mateo, Menlo Park, and Los Altos are all offering Easter Egg Hunts and other Easter fun on Saturday, April 7th.

Nothing says “Easter” like dyeing eggs, and many of us have fond memories of that tradition. Here are two unique takes on the practice that just might become family favorites! The Botanical Gardens in Berkeley is offering a workshop on decorating eggs with natural, vibrantplant-based color dyes. April 7th.
For a sweet treat, Autumn Press in San Francisco is hosting classes on April 3rd and 4th on decorating eggs made of sugar – delicious and beautiful works of art!

If your kids are at that magic age where seeing the Easter Bunny in “person” will make their day, at least three local shopping centers are hosting Mr. Bunny (or his representatives!) for photo ops. Serramonte Center in Daly City, Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, and Stanford Shopping Center are hosting these events from now through Easter Sunday.

We’d definitely be in big bunny trouble if we didn’t mention the San Francisco Zoo’s Big Bunny Spring Fling! During Easter Weekend, the Zoo is offering crafts, puppet shows, and entertainment for kids.

On Easter Sunday itself, San Francisco is hosting a wonderful party for kids and their parents, including a parade! The 21st Annual Union Street Spring Celebration and Easter Parade includes all this and more: “kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a hands-on children’s activities area, costumed characters, a petting zoo, a pony ride and entertainment from some of the Bay Area’s best musicians.”

Now, after the kids have gotten their Easter candy, how about adults? Why not check out the San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour? An easy, flat walking route takes you to seven stops filled with the most delicious gourmet chocolates. Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the tour’s seven stops provide enough samples for even the most dedicated chocoholic!

And finally, if your thoughts turn to horses instead of rabbits this time of year (or every time of year!), Woodside’s own Folger stable is hosting Spring Horse Camps this week. Starting on Monday, April 2nd, kids age 7-16 can learn how to take care of and groom horses and how to ride – kids will ride every day of the camp. For more information, see Folger’s website.

From all of us here at COW, have a safe and hoppy Easter!

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