Easter weekend is upon us. Egg hunts and festive events are set for both kids and adults this weekend in Santa Barbara.
Elings Park will transform its softball fields into a sea of 15,000 candy-filled eggs for Saturday’s Great Egg Hunt. It’s organized by ages: Baby Bunnies (up to age 3) go first at 10:30 a.m.; Daring Ducks (4 to 6) at 10:45 a.m.; and Jack Rabbits (7 and older) at 11 a.m. BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) to this free event, which also includes live music, a bounce house, face painting and much-appreciated Starbucks coffee for parents. The Easter Bunny promises to attend. Parking is $5. (569-5611, www.elingspark.org/great-egg-hunt)
Trinity Gardens, a community garden, offers its Springtime Celebration on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. The egg hunt, for ages 2 to 10, is held promptly at 9:30 a.m., followed by crafts, garden explorations and more. In the five years since it began, Trinity Gardens has donated more than 10,000 pounds of organic produce to nonprofit groups that feed the community’s hungry. Local families also grow their own food at 28 garden plots. Support Trinity Gardens’ programs by buying vegetable seedlings for sale at this free event. (909 N. La Cumbre Road, 705-3422, www.trinitygardenssb.org)
Saturday’s EGGstravaganza now has a second location in addition to Chase Palm Park’s Great Meadow -- Bohnett Park, on the Westside, is near the corner of San Andres and West Victoria streets. Both events are free and both include a 10 a.m. hunt for prize-filled eggs. BYOB here, too. This wild dash for toddlers to kids aged 8 is hosted by Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department, United Boys and Girls Club and local police and firefighters’ associations. Enjoy fire trucks and photos with the EGGstravaganza Bunny.
All aboard for the Goleta Bunny Express at the South Coast Railroad Museum on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids love the half-mile-long miniature train ride, special treats and fun activities -- and it's going strong after 25 years! Tickets are $4 for both kids and adults; kids must be 45 inches tall to ride. New this year: actual bunnies available for adoption through B.U.N.S (Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter). They sure are fluffy! (300 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta, 964-3540, www.goletadepot.com)
Paseo Nuevo shopping center hosts an egg hunt for grown-ups, aged 18 and older, on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. More than 100 eggs containing candy and free prizes are hidden throughout the outdoor courtyards and walkways. Prizes include free pizza, appetizers, small plates and beverages from nearby restaurants, beauty treatments and more. Only one prize per participant, so if you find two eggs with prizes, hide one of them! But the candy is unlimited. Claim a spot by texting PASEOHUNT to 41487 and pick up your wristband any time after 3:50 p.m. Friday. The wristband also entitles you to discounts at Paseo Nuevo restaurants that night. More details at http://paseonuevoshopping.com/events.