By Jeremy Los
April 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Spring is in the air, the grass is green, the birds are chirping and Easter Sunday is right around the corner. This weekend provides ample opportunities to bask in the wonderful spring weather while enjoying a multitude of holiday activities for the whole family including Easter egg hunts, Easter brunches, a sunrise service atop Mt. Helix, bunny train rides and more.
Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes: You’ll find many fun activities the 8th annual Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along lake 5 atf Santee Lakes. Egg hunts will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day in 25-minute increments. Easter egg hunts will be split between three age groups: 3 and under (taking place at the horseshoe pit), 4-5 year olds, and 6-8 year olds (both take place at the island). Each hunt will cost $0.50, and for each hunt participated in children will receive a goodie bag. The eggstravaganza will also include game booths, crafts booths, bumper cars, inflatable slides and obstacle course, petting zoo, pony and elephant rides, a DJ, and food. Parking for the event will cost $5. For more information, call the special events hotline at (619) 258-4100 ext. 201. For more information visit www.santeelakes.com .
Mt. Helix Sunrise Services: Take in awe-inspiring views of East County as the Calvary Church of La Mesa provides Easter sunrise services on Sunday atop Mt. Helix. This popular event will begin with inspirational music at 6:30 a.m. followed by the service at 7 a.m. Shuttles for the service will begin running at 6 a.m. from the Brigantine parking lot and the fire station at 10105 Vivera Drive. For more information visit www.mthelixpark.org.
Ride the Bunny Train: Take an hour-long excursion this Saturday, on the Bunny Train at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo. Located at State Highway 94 and Forest Gate Road, the PSRM will have trains departing at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The $10 fare for children ages 3-12 includes the train ride, egg hunt, admission to the museum, and a craft project with the Easter bunny. Adults ages 13-64 may also take part in the train ride for a $15 fare. For more information and ticket buying options visit http://sdrm.org/events/easter.
Salvation Army Egg Hunt: Easter eggs will be in abundance, as a bevy of children will embark on a hunt for thousands of the spring colored gold. Over 10,000 eggs will be spread out around the Kroc Center Recreation Field for children 11 and under to hunt down this Saturday at the 8th annual Kroc Hop Bunny Drop. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center located at 6845 University Avenue. Along with the egg hunt, the event will also include a petting zoo, bounce houses, arts and crafts, climbing wall, various games and pictures with the Easter Bunny. For more information visit www.kroccenter.org
Easter festivities at Viejas: The Viejas Outlet Center will look to cater to those seeking to do some shopping while also partaking in Easter festivities. The outlet center will host an Easter scavenger hunt from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday; scavenger hunt maps will be available on a first come first served basis at the Viejas General Store. Photos along side every one’s big-eared friend, the Easter Bunny, will only be $5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information visit www.shopviejas.com or call (619) 659-2070
Jamul Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt: The Kiwanis Club will host their annual Easter egg hunt Saturday April 23 at Jamul Primary School. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast followed by an Easter bonnet parade at 8:30 a.m., children 10 and under will begin their hunt for Easter eggs at 9 a.m. The Easter celebration will also include face painting, an air jumper, and an appearance by Peter Rabbit. For more information contact Fran Darroch at the Kiwanis Club at (619) 669-6349. The address for the Jamul Primary School is 14567 Lyons Valley Rd, Jamul
Carnival Games, Crafts and Egg Hunt In Poway: The Living Way Church will host a free Easter egg hunt at the Poway Community Park on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hunts will be broken down by age group beginning with 3 year olds at 9:30 a.m. and culminating with 9-10 year olds at 12 p.m. The event will provide fun for the whole family with: carnival games, bounce houses, slides, face painting, crafts, cookie decorating, and a bubble interactive station. A pancake breakfast will also be served for $4 starting at 8 a.m. Located at 13094 Civic Center Drive, the event will be B.Y.O.B. (bring your own basket). For more information contact the Living Way Church at (858) 672-1107.
Brunch and Egg Hunt at Pine Hills Lodge: Bring the family and enjoy an Easter brunch and egg hunt on Saturday at the beautiful Pine Hills Lodge in Julian. Starting at 11 a.m. the brunch cost $15 for adults and $12.95 for children 10 and under. Following brunch, breath in fresh mountain air and take in the scenic nature of Julian as children partake in an Easter egg hunt outside the lodge. For reservations call (760) 765-1100; for more information visit www.pinehillslodge.com
Lemon Grove Easter Festivities: Kids of all sizes are welcome to take part in the Lemon Grove Lutheran Church Easter egg hunt on Saturday at 10 a.m. Live music and snacks will be on hand as the whole family is urged to join the revelry. The Easter celebration continues on Sunday with a youth production of the play “He Is Risen,” at 3 p.m. The Lemon Grove Lutheran Church is located at 2055 Skyline Drive.
Alpine Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast: Pancakes will be cooking and sausages sizzling Saturday morning, as the Kiwanis Club of Alpine will be hosting an Easter pancake breakfast. Beginning bright and early at 7 a.m. and concluding at 12 p.m. the breakfast will be prepared and served by members of the Kiwanis. Proceeds will be used to help support local youth programs and numerous community projects in Alpine. For more information visit www.alpinekiwanis.org
Brunch on the Links: Indulge in an Easter brunch before or after hitting the links on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Steele Canyon Golf Course. At $34.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 13 and under, the brunch provides a buffet by the Steele Canyon Grill filled with traditional breakfast items, omelette stations, seafood, and unlimited champagne and mimosas. Reservations are required for the brunch, to make reservations call Barry Rice at (619) 441-6907. For more information visit www.steelecanyon.com
Easter Egg Hunt at Sonrise: Sonrise Community Church at 8805 N. Magnolia in Santee will host a 10,000 Easter egg hunt from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday.
Brunch at GIO: Enjoy an Easter brunch at GIO Bistro Wine Bar on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Indulge on your favorites from the menu of this highly acclaimed restaurant while partaking in a mimosa or glass of wine. For reservations call (610) 462-9100. For more information visit www.giowineanddine.com