The month of April can symbolize many things, but for a lot of us it's a reminder that the Easter long weekend is just around the corner. Kids and adults alike can look forward to four days of chocolate eggs, family gatherings, and giant bunny costumes. Santa Cruz is a great place to embrace this spirit, as there are a variety of family-friendly events in and around community. From Easter egg hunts to photos with the Easter bunny to Easter-themed brunches, we've outlined some of the most popular Easter Events in the Santa Cruz area for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Roaring Camp Railroad's Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt
All aboard the Roaring Camp Eggspress train for an Easter egg hunt in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Families can take a fun ride on the 1880s steam train from Roaring Camp in Felton up to Bear Mountain, where kids can hunt for chocolate eggs hidden in a redwood forest. During the train ride, you can hear the story of Peter Rabbit, combining the fun of train rides with the spirit of the Easter Bunny. Kids are advised to bring their own egg basket to collect as many treats as possible!
Easter on the Farm
The annual Easter on the Farm event hosted by the Agricultural History Project is back to not only celebrate Easter, but also the beginning of spring. There are activities for both children and adults that include hat and basket making, hayrides, tractor driving, a puppet show, and mural painting. Of course, there will also be several age-based Easter egg hunts at 11:15am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, and 2:15 pm. Please note that this event takes place on the Saturday before the Easter long weekend.
Capitola Mall Bunny Bash & Photos
Your family can hop over to the Capitola Mall to get their taken photo taken with the Easter Bunny every day from now until April 15th. There's also a Bunny Mash happening with the Easter Bunny at the mall on Saturday, April 8th, for fun activities such as balloon twisters, face painting, a marionette show, and various crafts. Free Easter buckets will also be handed out to those who arrive early.
- Dates: Bunny Bash on Apr. 8 (11am-1pm), Bunny Photos daily until Apr. 15
- Location: 1855 41st Ave., Capitola
- Website: Capitola Mall Events
Capitola Village Easter Egg Hunt
Enjoy an Easter Egg hunt on the beach near Capitola Village! The annual event is for kids 12 and under, as candy-filled eggs will be places on the sand of Capitola Beach, in front of the Venetian Hotel. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance to pose for photos and celebrate with your child. Please note that there is a limit of three eggs per child.
- Date: Apr. 15
- Time: 11am-12pm
- Location: Capitola Beach in front of Venetian Hotel
Gateway Bible Church Easter Eggapalooza
Following the Sunday gatherings at Gateway Bible Church, a special Easter celebration will take place, featuring bouncy houses, a photo booth, and a massive Easter egg hunt. Aunt Lali's Mobile Cafe will be providing tasty cinnamon rolls and coffee.
- Date: Apr. 16
- Time: After the 9:30am and 11:00am gatherings
- Location: 5000 Granite Creek Rd., Scotts Valley
- Website: Gateway Bible Church
Chaminade Easter Sunday Brunch
If you're craving an upscale meal on Easter Sunday, Chaminade Resort & Spa has you covered. Their Easter Brunch menu features a wide array of dishes, from traditional breakfast options to salads, seafood, and more elaborate dishes. There is also a menu for the kids, so you can enjoy the meal with the entire family. Five separate Easter egg hunts will also take place at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.
- Date: Apr. 16
- Time: 9am-3pm
- Location: 1 Chaminade Ln., Santa Cruz
- Website: Chaminade Events Page (with link to reservations page)