Celebrate Easter: Egg Hunts and Family-Friendly Festivities

Easter Egg Hunts and Holiday Family Activities

There are many churches in the Greater Phoenix area which have Easter celebrations for their own congregation members and guests, but here the details about various Easter festivities, mostly community events, where you and the kids can enjoy parades, carnivals, photos with the Easter Bunny, and Easter Egg Hunts. Check back often, as I add new Easter activities as they are reported to me right up until the holiday.

Interested in Easter Brunch? These restaurants have special Easter Brunch and Easter Dinner menus.

The actual date for Easter this year is April 16, 2017. Events on this page appear in date order.

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    Photos with the Easter Bunny

    Westgate Easter Bunny
    ••• Courtesy of Westgate Entertainment District

    Westgate Entertainment District
    Glendale (map)
    Tuesday, April 4 - Saturday, April 15, 2017
    Mon. through Sat. from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Fountain Park (near AMC Theatre) 
    Families will receive one free downloadable photo. Photo sessions are limited to one pose only per family. Multiple poses and packages are available for purchase. 
    Bunny takes a carrot break from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Mon-Sat) and 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Sun).

    “Furry Friend Photo Night” on Monday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can bring their dogs (only) to get a free downloadable photo with the Easter Bunny. Photo packages are available for purchase. Dogs must remain on a leash (6 feet or less) at all times or contained in a carrier.

    More: Westgate Entertainment District

    Arizona Mills
    Tempe (map)
    Friday, March 24 - Saturday, April 15, 2017
    The Easter Bunny will pose for photos near the food court.
    Schedule

    SanTan Village
    Gilbert (map)
    Thursday, March 23 - Saturday, April 15, 2017
    The Easter Bunny will be...MORE posing for photos in the Children's Play Area near the Disney Store.
    Schedule, Pricing, Reservations

    Arrowhead Towne Center
    Glendale
    Now - April 16, 2017
    The Easter Bunny will be posing for photos in JCPenney Court. reservations are available but not required.
    Schedule, Pricing, Reservations

    Scottsdale Fashion Square
    Scottsdale
    Now through April 15, 2017
    Upper Level, Nordstrom Wing. Purchase a special photo of your child with the Easter Bunny. While supplies last, children will receive a complimentary children’s activity booklet featuring Macerich’s Kids Club partner National Geographic Kids. Suggested parking: Green Garage on Camelback & Goldwater.
    Schedule, Pricing, Reservations

    Desert Ridge Marketplace
    North Phoenix
    Now through April 15, 2017
    Meet the Bunny near the AMC Fountain to snap a few photobook-worthy pictures. Each family gets one free downloadable digital image, plus a gift while supplies last. (One pose per family is included for free. Multiple poses and packages available for purchase.) Bring your pup to Desert Ridge Marketplace on Monday, April 3 or Monday, April 10 for a festive photo.
    Schedule, Pricing, Reservations

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    Peter Rabbit

    Peter Rabbit Great Arizona Puppet Theater
    ••• Courtesy of Great Arizona Puppet Theater

    March 29 - April 16, 2017
    Presented by Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Preschool through 3rd grade. Told entirely to music (no words) by lively hand puppets and a large rod puppet farmer. Phoenix.

    More: Great Arizona Puppet Theater

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    Easter Pageant in Mesa

    Easter Pageant at the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    April 5 - 15, 2017
    The world's largest annual outdoor Easter Pageant. English and Spanish-language performances. It is a musical production depicting the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Performed on the grounds of Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Free admission. Parking is free.

    More: Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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    Eggstravaganza in Fountain Hills

    Eggstravaganza in Fountain Hills
    ••• Courtesy of Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce

    Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    Open to children up to seven years old, who must be accompanied by an adult. Hundreds of kids will scramble to pick up over 15,000 eggs stuffed with candy and other prizes. Bring your own basket. Arrive early as the “main event” starts promptly at 9 a.m. Hoppy Bunny will serve as Master of Ceremonies and will be available for hugs and pictures throughout the event. Extended Hands Food Bank will be at the park serving breakfast treats. The Fountain Hills Fire Department will have trucks to climb on and firefighters to show the kids their gear. Inflatable bouncers and fun crafts. Golden Eagle Park, Fountain Hills.

    More: The Town of Fountain Hills

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    Easter Eggstravaganza in Florence

    Easter Eggstravaganza Florence, AZ
    ••• Courtesy of Town of Florence

    Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    Activities at the Easter Eggstravaganza include crafts, inflatables, and the egg hunt. The egg hunt, for children up through 12 years old, begins at 10 a.m. Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Hip Hop at 7 a.m. Pancakes and orange juice are $3 or $2 for pancakes (bring cash). Heritage Park, Florence. 

    More: Town of Florence

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    Easter Egg Hunt at Shamrock Farms

    Easter Egg Hunt at Shamrock Farms
    ••• Courtesy of Shamrock Farms

    Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 2017
    The Easter Egg Hunt will take place during the tours on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the regular guided farm tour, added features include an Easter Egg Hunt at Roxie’s Outdoor Adventure, a face painter, and a craft for the kids at the Welcome Barn. The Easter Bunny, a known BFF of Roxie, Shamrock Farms spokescow, will attend. Reservations and pre-payment are required.  Shamrock Farms, Stanfield.

    More: Shamrock Farms

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    Hop and Shop at Shops at Norterra

    Shops at Norterra Easter
    ••• Courtesy of Shops at Norterra

    Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    A fun, family street fair. Get a free photo with the Easter Bunny, plus enjoy a petting zoo, scavenger hunt, face painting, kids crafts, and more. Fill your Easter baskets with candy and prizes from participating shops. North Phoenix.

    More: Shops at Norterra

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    Easter at Dave & Buster's

    Dave & Buster’s Westgate
    ••• Courtesy of Westgate Entertainment District

    Saturday, April 8, 2017 (Tempe and Desert Ridge)
    Saturday, April 15, 2017 (Westgate)
    All three Dave & Buster’s locations will be hosting their Breakfast With the Easter Bunny event where they will be offering exciting promotions such as opportunities to take photos with the Easter Bunny, unlimited video game play, $10 complimentary Power Play card, Easter egg hunt, and breakfast buffet. The cost of admission for all Valley locations is $20per person and a portion of the proceeds from the Westgate location in Glendale will be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Desert Ridge 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tempe 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Westgate 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    More: Dave & Buster's

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    Easter at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

    Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
    ••• Courtesy of Pointe Hilton

    Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Cookie Decorating)
    Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 9 a.m. (Egg Hunt)
    Grab your camera and enjoy cookie decorating with Giggles the Bunny, at Hole-in-the-Wall on Saturday. Locals and resort guests are invited to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at River Ranch on Sunday. Pools accessible by resort guests only. Free. Registration is required, call 602-997-2626. Rico's American Grill is also hosting an Easter Buffet brunch.

    More: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

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    Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt

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    ••• At the Dolly Sanchez Easter Egg Hunt. Courtesy City of Peoria

    Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon
    Admission to the Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt is free when you bring canned food to benefit the St. Mary's/Westside Food Bank Alliance. The event will feature candy hunts for eight different age groups as well as one for those with disabilities. Highlights of the event include Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, a petting zoo, pony rides, make-and-take crafts, face painting, carnival games, inflatables, and more. Admission and parking are free when you bring canned food, which benefits the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance. Some activities have a nominal fee. Food and beverages available for purchase. Peoria Sports Complex.

    More: City of Peoria

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    Easter Egg-Citment at Schnepf Farms

    Easter Egg-Citment at Schnepf Farms
    ••• Courtesy of Schnepf Farms

    Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Easter egg hunts will be divided into age groups. Includes a photo opportunity with Easter Bunny (take your own photos), Easter Egg Hunt, train rides, carousel rides, hay rides, petting zoo, Easter cookie and hot dog lunch. Rides extra, wristbands offered. Make a reservation, as space is limited. Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek

    More: Schnepf Farms

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    Easter EGG-stravaganza at The Wigwam

    Easter Egg Roll at The Wigwam in Arizona
    ••• Courtesy of The Wigwam

    Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon
    The Easter EGG-stravaganza features an Easter Egg roll on the front lawn, games, music, egg dying, face painting, animals from Arizona Wildlife Zoo, a kids’ zone with inflatables, as well as photos with the Easter Bunny. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring their camera to capture the special moment with the Easter Bunny. Map and directions.

    More: The Wigwam

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    Family Easter Celebration in Chandler

    A Happy Easter Egg Hunter
    ••• Courtesy City of Chandler

    Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon
    Easter egg scrambles for kids up to age 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. Find the Golden Egg and receive a backpack full of goodies. Everyone joining the hunt can pick up an entry ticket for a chance to win an eggs-citing family Easter basket before the event concludes at noon. Information booths, displays, rides, interactive amusements, musical entertainment, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Admission free, charge for photos and some activities. Bring cash.  Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 S. Basha Rd., Chandler

    More: City of Chandler

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    Easter Egg-sperience at Vertuccio Farms

    Vertuccio Farms
    ••• Courtesy of Vertuccio Farms

    Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The Easter Egg-sperience includes an egg hunt, a train ride, hay maze, jump pad, and farm animals. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance for greetings and photos. Bring your own baskets. Pancake breakfast available to purchase. Maximum 500 children. General admission at the gate is $11 per child. Infants and adults free. 4011 S. Power Rd, Mesa.

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    Easter Egg Hunt at Enchanted Island Amusement Park

    Enchanted Island Amusement Park at Encanto Park, Phoenix
    ••• Courtesy of Enchanted Island Amusement Park

    Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, 2017
    Easter Egg Hunt with prize-filled eggs plus 40 Grand Prize eggs. Age-appropriate egg hunts for ages 1-10. Bring your own basket. Arrive early as all children must register. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for ages 1 - 10. Enchanted Island Amusement Park at Encanto Park, Phoenix

    More: Enchanted Island Amusement Park

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    Easter Egg Hunt at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

    Wildlife World Zoo
    ••• Otters playing with Easter Eggs in a pool at Wildlife World Zoo. Courtesy of Wildlife World Zoo

    Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, 2017
    Egg Hunts will be held at 1:30 p.m. for children 7 years and under and at 3:30 p.m. for all children. New Easter babies at Wildlife World in the Animal Nursery include a pair of Patagonian Cavys, Jackal pups, and a baby Wallaby.  Other new youngsters on exhibit include several species of primates, deer, alpaca, a llama and baby otters. Regular admission charges apply. 

    More: Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

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    Easter at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

    Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
    ••• Courtesy of Pointe Hilton

    Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon
    Resort guests and locals are invited to an Easter celebration with special appearances by the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt featuring over a thousand toy-filled eggs. Visits with the Easter bunny start at 9 a.m. at the Falls Water Village and the Egg Hunt kicks off at 10:30 am followed by egg decorating, arts and crafts and the Easter Bunny Ring Toss. Free. Pools accessible by resort guests only.

    More: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

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    Easter Egg-stravaganza at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

    Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
    ••• Courtesy of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

    Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon

    For $10 per child, resort, holiday brunch, and all local guests will be given wristbands to enter to enjoy a large-scale Easter egg hunt, action stations including; egg dying, face painting, a balloon twisting artist, a bounce house and a complimentary beverage station with light snacks.  Reservations are required by Monday, April 10 through the Adventure Club at 480-393-6183. Map/directions to Wild Horse Pass.

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    The Easter Bunny at Butterfly Wonderland

    Butterfly Wonderland
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    The Easter Bunny will be visiting Butterfly Wonderland this year on Guests are invited to dress their best and take pictures. Photo packages will be available to purchase.

    More: Butterfly Wonderland

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    101 Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising

    Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, AZ
    ••• Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, AZ. © Judy Hedding

    Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.
    10,000 years of Irish History in prose, poetry, image, and song will be presented for free in an engaging and entertaining two and a half hour presentation, including live musical performances from local artists and a traditional Irish Seanachie, story teller, to guide the way. Learn the stories behind well known Irish songs like “The Croppy Boy,” ‘The Patriot Game,” “Grace,” “Come out Ye Black and Tans,” “There Were Roses,” and others. Learn how traditional music helps us understand the creation of the Irish Republic and Irish history. In addition, the McClelland Library’s exhibition “Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy,” currently showing through June 30, will be free to all visitors on the day of the commemoration. Complimentary soda bread, scones and tea will be available (while supplies last) as well as a full cash bar.

    More: Irish Cultural Center

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    Easter Parade and Spring Fling in Ahwatukee

    Easter Parade and Spring Fling in Ahwatukee
    ••• Courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee

    Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Ahwatukee's Easter Parade and Spring Fling includes a parade (10 a.m.) followed by entertainment, rides, kids activities. Proceeds from The Spring Carnival and the parade benefit local children’s programs and charities. Ahwatukee Community Park, Warner & 48th St., Phoenix.

    More Information: Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee

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    Bunnyland at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    Easter Egg Hunt at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Hotel and brunch guests may participate in complimentary Easter egg hunts, taking place on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunset Lawn. 

    After brunch, guests may visit Bunnyland, with rides on the Bunny Express train, performances by the high-energy comedic acrobatic jugglers, Something Ridiculous magic shows by Craig Davis, a petting zoo, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, a bounce house slide and appearances by Alice and her Wonderland friends.

    More Information: Easter at The Princess

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    Easter Egg-Stravaganza Celebration at Rawhide

    Rawhide Western Town Easter
    ••• Courtesy of Rawhide Western Town & Event Center

    Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. to close
    The annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza Celebration will include a variety of family activities including Easter egg hunts, candy corral, water balloon toss, “Cowboy Cottontail” (Rawhide’s own Easter Bunny) pictures and visits from nursery rhyme friends. Easter Egg Hunts for each of three age groups up to 12 years old and an all ages hunt. There is a $5 charge for parking. Admission is free, some activities have a charge. Rawhide's Steakhouse will also host an Easter Buffet. See a map and get directions to Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, Chandler

    More Information: Rawhide

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    Old Fashioned Easter at Maricopa County Fair

    Maricopa County Fair
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 11 a.m.
    The Maricopa County Fair is hosting a traditional Easter Sunday beginning with a non-denominational outdoor church service on the fairgrounds. The picnic area next to the fairgrounds will open early (8 a.m.) for families interested in bringing their Easter lunch or dinner and/or purchasing classic Fair food from vendors on the fairgrounds. Free pictures with the Easter Bunny on the SRP Safety Zone Stage will be available, as well as egg hunts for all ages and an adult scavenger hunt where one lucky adult can win a grand prize of $3,000.  The Carnival rides and other Fair attractions will open at noon. Gates will open at 10 a.m. with free admission until noon.

    More: Maricopa County Fair