As we approach Easter, I thought I’d share with you a moment from my childhood. Not only did I meet what MAY be the world’s scariest Easter Bunny, I sat on it’s lap. I must have been a very brave little boy, as I don’t look the least bit frightened in this picture! This surprises me, as jolly ole’ Santa Claus made me bawl year after year! Thank God he still showed up with gifts
Here are some things to do with your kids this week…
These are all courtesy of the Arizona Republic:
THROUGH APRIL 3
Easter Bunny Photos: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, Kids and families can visit the Easter Bunny at the food court. Professional photos of kids or the entire family are available for purchase. $14.99-$34.99. Arizona Mills, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe. 480-491-7300. www.arizonamills.com.
Eggstravaganza: 8 a.m. This event includes breakfast, an egg hunt and inflatable bouncers for age 7 and younger. Stop by the library table for a craft and surprise. In the event of inclement weather or poor field conditions, the event will be rescheduled for 8 a.m. APRIL 3 at Golden Eagle Park. Free. Fountain Hills Branch Library, 12901 N. La Montana Drive. 602-652-3000. www.mcldaz.org.
Family Eggstravaganza: 1 p.m. The Eggstravaganza features the play “The Palm Sunday Parade,” crafts, Christian comedy and two Easter egg hunts. Lunch begins at 2 p.m., and the egg hunts follow at 2:30 p.m. Bring your own Easter baskets or bags. Free. Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 8801 N. 43rd Ave., Phoenix. 623-934-3286. ctrlutheran.org/.
Cookie Decorating Workshop: 2 p.m. Children and adults assemble and decorate a chocolate bunny and bunny sugar cookies. Desserts for sale include carrot cake, ribbon cakes, coconut cakes, cream puffs, mini French macaroons and assorted Easter candies. $5.50 for cookie decorating kit. Bakery Cafe, el Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-488-4100. www.elpedregal.com/dining.
Cottontail Tea: Seating times at noon and 3 p.m. in the Tea Lobby. Peter Cottontail visits children at this annual event. Adults can enjoy a traditional tea while children are served hot chocolate, miniature sandwiches and a basket of treats. $35. Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, 2401 E. Camelback Road. 602-468-0700. www.ritzcarlton.com/phoenix.
Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny: 10 a.m.-noon. Kids search for colorful eggs that are filled with goodies and can get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Free. Bookmans, 8034 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. 602-433-0255. www.bookmans.com.
Celebration: 9:30-11:30 a.m. This event features carnival games, activities, crafts, a live bunny and a bouncy house. Some of the other highlights include egg hunts and the Stillman Park Railroad Club train demonstration. Bring 12 plastic Easter eggs filled with treats for each child participating in the Easter egg hunts. Also, bring diapers of any size or diaper wipes to be donated to a homeless center. Free. Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive. 602-840-8360. www.pvumc.org/.
Egg Hunt: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids of all ages meet the Easter Bunny while hunting for eggs throughout the shopping center. A light breakfast, including coffee and coffeecake, is provided. Bring a camera. One Easter egg basket per child is provided while supplies last. Free. The Borgata, 6166 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 602-953-6538. www.borgata.com/
Egg Hunt: 9 a.m. This event features an egg hunt by age group: 2 and younger, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and “big kids” ages 11 to adult. Special prizes for those who find a token in the egg during the hunt. Bring an Easter basket. Pancake breakfast starts at 7 a.m., and the egg hunt starts at 9 am. Free admission, pancake breakfast $3.50, $1.50 per child. Prospector Park, 3015 N. Idaho Road, Apache Junction. 480-983-2181. www.ajcity.net/.
Family Celebration: 9 a.m.-noon. This event features egg scrambles for ages 9 and younger. Other highlights include information booths, displays, interactive amusements and performances. There is a family Easter basket giveaway at 11:30 a.m. Free. Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Road, Chandler. 480-782-2735. www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=283.
Eggventure: Participants search for more than 20,000 candy-filled eggs in this event, which also features craft projects and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. The hunts are held on streets between Palmaire and Myrtle avenues at 58th or 57th avenues. Check the Web site for times and locations. Free. Downtown Glendale, 59th and Glendale avenues. 623-930-4500 or 877-800-2601. www.visitglendale.com.
Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt: 8 a.m.-noon. This event features hunts by age group, carnival games, puppet show, petting zoo and train rides. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny are available for photos. The event is named after a single mother of seven, who more than 30 years ago started an Easter egg hunt for neighborhood children. Parking and admission are free with a donation of canned food to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave. 623-773-8720 or 623-773-8700. www.peoriaaz.gov/events.
Eggceptional Easter Egg Hunt: 10 a.m.-noon. This event features age-appropriate hunts, a pancake and sausage breakfast, pictures with the Easter Bunny, bouncers, Bubbles the clown and petting zoo. Participants must bring their own baskets. Free. Desert Life Church, 15650 N. 83rd Way, Scottsdale. 480-926-6752. www.desertlifechurch.com.
Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. The event features age-appropriate hunts with prize-filled eggs, including 20 grand prizes. The Easter Bunny is available for pictures all day. Bring your own basket. Free for ages 1-10. Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix. 602-254-1200. www.enchantedisland.com.
Egg Hunt: 9 a.m. Children 6 and older and 5 and younger have separate hunts. Children ages 6-8 get a half-minute lead over the older kids. Bring a basket or bag for candy eggs. More than 100 special eggs can be redeemed for prizes. The Lake Pleasant Easter Bunny is on hand for pictures with the kids. Inside the park, “Easter Egg Hunt” signs lead you to the Road Runner Campground play area. $6 per vehicle. Lake Pleasant Regional Park, 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road, Morristown. 928-501-1710 or 602-372-7460. www.maricopa.gov/parks/lake_pleasant.
Egg Hunt and Egg-tastic Children Activities: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This event features three age group hunts: 1-3, 4-7 and 8 and older. One grand prize egg includes a Kids’ Cabana Pool Party for eight at the Wigwam. Other activities include pictures with the Easter Bunny, egg decorating, egg toss, egg relay and an egg putting challenge. Free. Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. 623-935-3811. www.wigwamresort.com.