Easter egg hunting is back in person across San Diego County

Yoshiko Yap

San Diego County is hopping with Easter egg hunts and festivities. Here is a sampling of egg hunts coming up over the next two weeks across the county. Many of the family-oriented events are back in person this year, some are drive-thru and some are underwater.

CAMPO
Bunny Train: Ride a train, meet the Easter Bunny and join an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 9, 10 and 16 at Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St. Tickets are $14–$40. Visit psrm.org.

CARLSBAD
EGGstravaganza Spring Festival: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at Poinsettia Community Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road. Multiple egg hunts with groups of 20-30 kids scrambling for eggs. Separate fields for children ages 6 and older; ages 5 and younger; and young children or kids with special needs. Family scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, fun zone with bounce houses and giant slide. $5 activity cards and $5 unlimited Fun Zone Wristbands available at city community centers through April 15. Visit carlsbadca.gov.

CARMEL VALLEY
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny: Free Easter-themed activities noon to 3 p.m. April 2 in the food court of Piazza Carmel, Carmel Creek Road and Valley Center Drive. Activities include magic show, crafts, balloon art, face painting, photos with Easter bunny and train rides around the outdoor shopping center. Free cotton candy and scavenger hunt. Visit piazza-carmel.com.

Easter crafts: Stop by The Log at One Paseo, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at 3725 Paseo Place and pick up a free art kit and participate in making an Easter art activity led by the New Children’s Museum. Visit onepaseo.com/events/childrens-museum.

CHULA VISTA
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny: Children can meet costumed characters from noon to 3 p.m. April 16 at the Terra Nova Plaza outdoor shopping center, 394 E. H St. Highlights include magic show, Easter craft, rock climbing wall, giant slide obstacle course and bouncer along with balloon artists, face painters and free cotton candy and churros. Visit @terranovaplaza on Facebook.

Special Needs Egg Hunt: Family-oriented egg hunt from 1 to 4 p.m. April 9 at Cottonwood Park, 1778 E. Palomar. Free. Visit allevents.in/chula%20vista/easter-egg-hunt.

CORONADO
Breakfast with Easter Bunny: Breakfast buffet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. April 16 at the Coronado Community Center, Nautilus Room,1845 Strand Way. Highlights include egg hunt, Easter crafts, games and visit with the Easter Bunny. Bring camera and Easter basket. Tickets are $16; $12 for age 12 and younger. Call (619) 522-7342 or visit coronado.ca.us.

EL CAJON
“Eggstravaganza”: Parkway Plaza shopping center holds event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. April 12. Students from four Cajon Valley Elementary schools have been chosen to paint 4-foot-tall Easter eggs, and a poll will be shared to @visitparkwayplaza for the community to vote on their favorites. The winning school will receive a $500 donation to its art program. For those not participating in the egg painting contest, there will be craft stations, face painting, a bunny hop sack race, a DJ and more. Also, the Easter Bunny will be available for photos at Parkway Plaza from April 2-16. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Reservations are required for a spot and date; make them at https://amusemattebookbunny.com/parkway-plaza. Parkway Plaza is at 415 Fletcher Parkway. Call (619) 579-9932.

ENCINITAS
Easter Egg Hunt Festival: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at Encinitas Community Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive. Hunt times are 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:45; Children ages 4 and younger will hunt in the upper field and kids 5 and older hunt in the lower field. Free. Additional children’s activities. Visit encinitasparksandrec.com or call (760) 633-2740.

ESCONDIDO
Easter egg hunt at church: Community Lutheran Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt with crafts for children up to fifth grade at 9:30 a.m. April 9 at 3575 E. Valley Parkway. Visit clcfamily.org.

FALLBROOK
Egg Hunt & Pancakes: Egg hunt is 10:30 a.m. April 9 for children at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane. Games and prizes; pancake breakfast for all ages is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Fallbrook Community Center. Breakfast: $5. Visit [email protected] or call (760) 728-1671.

Annual Easter Jam: Games, food and music for families along with egg hunt for children 12 and younger, 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 16 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1620 S. Stagecoach Lane. Register at ctkfb.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/855565.

IMPERIAL BEACH
St. James Lutheran Church invites all to its annual Easter Sunrise Service at 8 a.m. April 17 at Imperial Beach Pier Plaza, followed by a free community breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Another service follows at 10:45 a.m. At noon, all children are invited to the Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn. The church is at 866 Imperial Beach Blvd. (Ninth and Imperial Beach Boulevard) Call (619) 424-6166.

LA MESA
Easter Bunny and more: Parkway Plaza hosts the Easter Bunny from April 2-16 with family photo packages offered by Boffo Entertainment. Appointments encouraged at https://boffo-entertainment.square.site. The center also hosts a special day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 with free, family-friendly fun. Find face painting, balloon animals, games and more in the Courtyard, plus a mall-wide scavenger hunt going on all day. Kids can pick up a clue sheet from the Guest Services booth, which will guide them to stores where they can collect stamps. Completed sheets can be returned to Guest Services for an Easter prize. Grossmont Center is at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive. Call (619) 465-2900.

LEMON GROVE
Eggstravaganza: Starting at 9 a.m. April 16 at the Lemon Grove Recreation Center, 3131 School Lane. Bring your own basket The egg hunt is organized into four age groups with different starting times: Ages 0-2, 9 a.m.; ages 3-5, 9:10 a.m.; ages 6-8, 9:20 a.m.; ages 9-12, 9:30 a.m. Each age group has a special egg to find. Also, game booths, face painting, obstacle course and other activities until 11 a.m. Bring your camera to take a photo with Benny the Bunny and Lemon Grove’s famous City Kitty. Email [email protected] or call (619) 825-3800.

OCEANSIDE
Easter Bunny at Mission Marketplace: Free Easter-themed family event noon to 3 p.m. April 9 at Mission Marketplace, 471 College Blvd. Magic show, Easter craft, train rides around marketplace, climbing wall, giant slide obstacle course and jumper bounce along with balloon artists, face painters and free cotton candy. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny and join Scavenger Hunt with chance to win prizes. Visit missionmarketplaceoceanside.com.

Community Easter Egg hunt: Hosted by Lighthouse Christian Church for children age 2 to fifth grade and their families, 10 a.m. to noon April 16 at 4700 Mesa Drive. Egg hunts will be divided into age groups. Crafts, jumpers, inflatables, cupcake hop and food. Free; bring basket. Visit lightcc.org or call (760) 726-0590.

Easter Egg Hunt: The city of Oceanside’s free annual Easter Egg Hunt is for ages 3-11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at Mance Buchanon Park, 425 College Blvd. Come early; event starts promptly at 10 a.m. Candy, prizes, entertainment and Easter Bunny. Bring an egg basket or bag. Visit oceansideca.org.

Easter Jam Celebration: 2 to 4 p.m. April 9 with songs, games, crafts, egg hunts and photos with Easter Bunny at Oceanside First Presbyterian Church, 2001 S. El Camino Real. Register for free tickets at https://bit.ly/3u0neeC.

Easter Morning Egg hunt: After the 10 a.m. service April 17 at the Salvation Army, 3935 Lake Blvd. Visit oceanside.salvationarmy.org/oceanside_corps.

RANCHO SANTA FE
Eggstravaganza: Free Easter celebration at 9 a.m. April 9 for kids 2-10 at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. The Rev. Jack Baca, Village Church senior pastor, will tell the Easter story. Highlights include egg hunt, breakfast, craft and balloons along with petting zoo. Reserve a spot at villagechurch.org/eggstravaganza.

SAN DIEGO
Aquarium’s Eggstravaganza: The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, hosts a celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9-10 and April 16-17 featuring an exploration of the diversity of eggs in the ocean and how ocean animals take care of their eggs. Participants create an egg-themed craft and go on an “underwater” egg hunt. Eggstravaganza included with admission: $24.95; $19.95 for children ages 3-17. Advanced reservations are required at aquarium.ucsd.edu.

Spring Egg Hunt: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 9 at Azalea Rec Center, 2596 Violet St. Egg hunts by age up to 12, arts and crafts and raffles. Bring your own basket. Visit sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/azalea

Underwater Egg Hunt: Kids ages 2-11 can hop into the pool and dive for Easter eggs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Plunge Pool at Belmont Park, 3115 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach. After the egg hunt, each child receives an Easter goodie bag. Highlights include Easter Bunny, crafts and open swim access to a giant floating obstacle course. Tickets are $20. Visit eventbrite.com/e/plunge-underwater-easter-egg-hunt-tickets-292553133297

Egg hunt: 10 a.m. to noon April 16 at Pacific Beach Recreation Center, 1405 Diamond St., Pacific Beach. Egg hunt times vary: ages 2 and younger at 10:30 a.m.; ages 3-6 at 11 a.m.; ages 7-9 at 11:30 a.m.; and ages 10 and older at noon. Games, prizes, raffles, photo booth and entertainment. Free. Visit sandiego.gov.

Cadman Park Spring Scavenger Hunt: 2 to 4 p.m. April 6 at Cadman Park. Make a craft, finish the scavenger hunt and get a goodie bag for ages 3 and older. Free. Visit sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/cadman

Community Egg Hunt: Free community celebration from 10 a.m. to noon April 9 at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive. Visit sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/mlk

Spring Egg Hunt 2022: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 8 at South Bay Recreation Center, 1885 Coronado Ave., San Diego. Free family event with jumper, face painting and craft. Egg hunt times/ages: 4 p.m., ages 0-3; 4:15 p.m., ages 4-6; 4:30 p.m., ages 7-13; 4:45 p.m., ages 14-17; 5 p.m., adults. Bring your own baskets. Call (619) 424-0470.

Easter Eggsperience Drive-thru: 1 to 3 p.m. April 10 outside the Kroc Center, 6845 University Ave. Children visually hunt for large Easter eggs while their families drive them around the outside of the Kroc Center campus. Along the route, children receive an Easter basket with goodies to take home. There are various 10-minute time slots. Tickets are $5 per child and pre-registration is required at https://sd.kroccenter.org/kroc-san-diego/search?query=egg+hunt&limit=12

Standley Park Egg hunt: 10 a.m. to noon April 9 at Standley Park, 3585 Governor Drive. Egg hunt for different age groups up to 10 years old. Also arts & crafts, spin art. Bring your own basket. Visit sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/standley.

Spring Egg Scramble: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 with lots of eggs and crafts at Carmel Mountain Ranch/Sabre Springs Recreation Center field, 10152 Rancho Carmel Drive. Pre-scramble activities start at 10 a.m. and Egg Scramble starts at 10:45 a.m. Free. Visit bit.ly/3DAxHAO.

For egg hunts at your local City of San Diego Recreation Center, visit sandiego.gov/parks-and-recreation or sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/2022-spring-easter-egg-hunt-flyer.pdf.

SAN MARCOS
Egg Scramble: The city of San Marcos hosts a free egg scramble and carnival games along with inflatables from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 16 at Williams Barn at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive. The egg scramble for babies through age 12 starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. and continues by age group until 10:45 a.m. Families are encouraged to come early. Food will be sold. Call (760) 744-9000 or visit www.san-marcos.net.

SANTEE
“Hop Down the Bunny Trail:” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 at Santee Trolley Square, 9850 Mission Gorge Road. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos, along with Primo DJ, fun crafts, carnival rides and a bunny trail egg hunt. Visit https://bit.ly/3N13Eq1.

SOLANA BEACH
Children’s Spring Festival & Egg Hunt: 10:30 a.m. to noon April 16 at La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave. Children in third grade and younger can collect eggs filled with treats at 10:30 a.m. From 10:45 a.m. to noon, there will be games and refreshments. Bring a basket or bag. Free. Visit ci.solana-beach.ca.us.

VISTA
Easter Egg hunt: 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 16 at Brengle Terrace Park ball fields and surrounding areas, 1200 Vale Terrace. Festivities include Easter bonnet contest, face painting, music and egg hunt for children ages 2 to 10. The event is sponsored by “Santa” and Pride of Vista Lions Club. Visit https://bit.ly/3wT7iwF.

To add an egg hunt, email [email protected] or [email protected]

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