When it comes to the Easter weekend, there are attractions and activities beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs. Here are some highlights.
SATURDAY, March 26
Easter Egg Express Train
Hop on board the Easter Egg Express for a three-hour train ride. There will be an egg hunt in the park for kids, and photos with the Easter Bunny on the trip back. Sacramento RiverTrain, 400 N. Harbor Blvd., West Sacramento. $39; $29 children. 800-866-1690.
Easter Egg Hunt
Fremont Presbyterian Church hosts a free Easter event featuring crafts and activities, bounce houses, face painting, egg hunts for all ages, and more. 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento. 916-452-7132.
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunt
Bunnies will be the main attraction at this spring festival. Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue will be on hand with its rescued rabbits. Other highlights include an egg hunt starting at 11:30 a.m., bounce house, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and a Bunny Breakfast Buffet (9-10:45 a.m.). Legends at Woodcreek Sports Bar and Grill, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd., Roseville. Free. 916-771-5161.
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bayside Church holds its annual Easter Eggstravaganza at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. New this year, a ventriloquist. The family event includes egg hunts, inflatables, free food, games and crafts. El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Free. 530-626-7288.
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Easter in the Park
Eggs, games, prizes, photo booth, and more. Leataata Floyd Elementary School, 401 McClatchy Way, Sacramento. Free. 916-468-4545.
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Easter Run & Fun
The 12th annual Easter Run at Lodi Lake is a 5K and 10K Run/Walk. Proceeds benefit the Lodi Salvation Army’s Hope Harbor Family Service Center. It’s followed by an Easter Carnival at 9 a.m. at Bear Creek Community Church, which includes games, crafts, face painting, a cake walk, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast ($5). Bear Creek Community Church, 11171 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi. Easter Run: $10, $30. 209-951-9229.
Scheduled egg hunts for age ranges 13 and younger, and adults, too. Grab a $10 wristband for unlimited carnival games and inflatables, one choo-choo ride, and one face painting (single carnival tickets available). But first, start your morning with breakfast at the McMillan Center hosted by the Fair Oaks Lions Club ($5 general, $3 children). Fair Oaks Park, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. Bring own basket or $2 Easter bags for purchase. 916-966-1036.
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Kids Easter Celebration
Offering more than egg hunts for children, the Sunrise Community Church will provide Uncle Al’s magic show, along with bounce houses, crafts, face paintings, and food (for purchase). Sunrise Community Church, 8321 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks. 916-726-4642.
Folsom’s festivities at Lembi Community Park include free carnival games and vendor activities, a magic show, pancake breakfast (for a fee). Egg hunts for ages 10 and younger start at 10 a.m. 1328 Riley St., Folsom. Bring a canned food item to donate to Folsom's Twin Lakes Food Bank. Find a list of most-needed items at www.twinlakesfoodbank.org. 916-355-7200.
Easter Egg Hunt
Three golden eggs with hidden prizes will be placed among the thousands of eggs scattered throughout Harry Crabb Park as part of the Active 20-30 Club’s seventh annual Easter Egg Hunt. Don’t forget your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Harry Crabb Park, 1000 Scarborough Drive, Roseville. Free. Bring a pair of socks for the sock drive. 916-774-5748.
Hoppin’ & Huntin’
Rancho Cordova brings the wow-factor to Hagan Community Park with its family-friendly activities: free egg hunts for ages 10 and younger (10 a.m.); pancake breakfast ($1); contests and prizes; inflatable houses for kids; games; music; face painting; “Bunny Bolt” fun run, and more. Hagan Community Park and Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Free. 916-369-9844.
Carmichael celebrates its traditional egg hunt and pancake breakfast ($5 general, $3 children ages 12 and younger), with hands-on arts and crafts, vendors, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael. 916-485-7826, Ext. 25.
Hunt starts at 10 a.m. Pancake breakfast is 7-11 a.m.
SUNDAY, March 27
Easter Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt
Murphys Angels Lions Club hosts a free Easter egg hunt. A hunt for ages four and younger takes place at 11:30 a.m., ages 5-8 is at noon, and ages 9-noon at 12:30 p.m. Brunch seating begins at 10:30 a.m. Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys. Free. 209-728-1251.
11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m.
Easter Egg Express
A kid-friendly three-hour train ride, with Easter egg hunt in the park, and meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny. Sacramento RiverTrain, 400 N. Harbor Blvd., West Sacramento. $39; $29 children. 800-866-1690.
Learn more about types of animals that hatch from eggs in a free program. Examine egg collections, then hit the trails in search of nests. Sign-ups taken the day of the event. Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael. Donations accepted. 916-489-4918.
Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District puts on its sixth annual event at the Swanston Community Park and Center. Expect a magic show, plus games, crafts, prizes, and an egg hunt. Swanston Community Park and Center, 2350 Northrop Ave., Sacramento. $1 general, free for ages 2 and younger. 916-333-6464.
Easter Weekend Family
Experience an underwater Easter egg hunt at Squaw Creek’s pool on Sunday, March 27 (for kids ages 12 and younger). There’s also the classic backyard egg hunt. On Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, find family movies, crafts, s’mores around the campfire, and more. Resort at Squaw Creek, 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley. Activity prices vary; see event page for schedule and cost. 530-581-6610; www.squawcreek.com/events/easter-weekend-family-activities.
8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, March 25-Saturday, March 26; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 27.
Brunch with the Easter Bunnies
Join Mr. Jelly Belly, Wendell and Wendy Bunny for a private brunch and Easter treats. Visit the Easter Bunny in the Tangerine Room for pictures 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 25-Saturday, March 26 ($10, or bring own camera). Jelly Belly Candy Company, One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. $19.99. 800-953-5592.
10-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 25-Saturday, March 26.
Fairytale Town features egg hunts, prizes, spring-themed hands-on activities and visits with Peter Cottontail. Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. Included in admission. 916-264-5233.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 26-Sunday, March 27.
Compiled by Genny Howe