Celebrate Easter in Denver with one of these popular activities. The morning starts early with a sunrise service at Red Rocks, and there's plenty of fun events for children all day long. Some events are held the day before Easter.
Early birds will appreciate the sunrise Easter service at Red Rocks on Easter Sunday. The outdoor amphitheater hosts a non-denominational service at sunrise, with gates opening at 4:30 a.m. There is no charge for parking. If you feel like sleeping in, you can also just visit the restaurant at Red Rocks, the Ship Rock Grille, for Easter brunch.
The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus hosts this "eggstravaganza" for kids of all ages usually on the Saturday before Easter. Children can dye eggs and create Easter-themed arts and crafts. Children and adults can also enjoy story time with the Big Bunny. Admission prices depend on age. Children under one year of age receive free admission.
The Capital Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) host an annual Easter egg hunt at the Tears-McFarlane House located at 1290 Williams St., on the northern edge of Cheesman Park. It's usually held the Saturday of Easter weekend. The hunt, which includes refreshments and prizes, is for children up to 8 years old, who need to be accompanied by an adult. Children should bring their own baskets.
The Downtown Aquarium hosts the Easter Bunny for breakfast on Easter Sunday. The cost of tickets for this event vary by age. Children ages 2 and younger receive free admission with a paid adult. Reservations are recommended for the event, which is very popular and sells out early.
Copper Mountain hosts one of the largest Easter egg hunts in the state, with the Easter bunny dutifully scattering 65,000 eggs throughout the village and the mountain. The event features different times for each age group. The event on Easter Sunday is free and open to the public.
Hop to the bunny slopes at Winter Park with the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday, in this annual tradition that dates back more than four decades. Young skiers age 10 and under with a valid lift ticket can hit the slopes for an Easter candy hunt. Non-skiers under age 5 can also search for candy at the base of the mountain. A Golden Bunny Fun Race will also be held to work off that candy.
The Easter Bunny has to visit the shopping mall several times for all those chocolates. Catch the Easter Bunny in between shopping trips at Park Meadows Mall, and you can get photos with the erstwhile rabbit. The Easter Bunny will hop to the mall for several weeks ahead of Easter Sunday.
Several restaurants around town offer special menus for Easter brunch, ranging from the traditional ham to the all-you-can-eat meat at Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse. Reservations are recommended for most establishments on Easter Sunday. Restaurants offering special Easter menus include the Denver Tea Room, Cool River Cafe and the Second Home Kitchen & Bar.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Support local business by visiting one of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's locations in the Denver area for your chocolate Easter bunnies. The chocolatier started in Durango, Colo., in 1981, and now has more than 300 locations worldwide. Don't miss sampling the fudge, which is made fresh daily. The stores also carry a wide selection of caramel apples.
Colorado House Rabbit Society
The Colorado House Rabbit Society offers bunnies for adoption into good homes this Easter. If you do not want to adopt a bunny, you can sponsor a bunny at the shelter for a monthly donation. The Colorado House Rabbit Society is a nonprofit staffed entirely by volunteers.
Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.