This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 30th – April 1st, 2018

West Cliff flowersThis weekend is all about egg hunts, Sunday brunches, and Easter bunny sightings.

Plus, don’t miss a milestone celebration in south County…Watsonville’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary!

Happy Easter!

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:



When: 3/30 at 5:30 pm
Where: Watsonville City Plaza 

Happy birthday, Watsonville! The city turns 150 this Friday and everyone is invited to the party at the historical city plaza. There will be live music, cake and special activities for the whole community to enjoy. Look for more celebrations to come throughout the year including a Wine, Beer, and Art Walk, a community concert, and a time capsule event.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Easter on the Farm


When: Saturday, March 31 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Agricultural History Project Center and Museum
Cost: Free

Celebrate the beginning of spring on the farm! Age-based egg hunts will be held every hour starting at 11:15 am and that is just the beginning. Enjoy hat and basket making, hayrides, a puppet show in the new puppet theater, tractor driving, mural painting, and more!

Get more info here.

Capitola Village Easter Egg Hunt


When: Saturday, March 31 at 11:00 am
Where: Capitola Beach – on the sand, in front of the Venetian Hotel
Cost: Free

Kids 12 and under are invited to join in the hunt for candy-filled eggs on the sand in front of the Venetian Hotel. Parents are asked to make sure their children adhere to the 3 egg per child limit. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance so don’t forget your camera.

Get more info here.

Roaring Camp’s Eggstraordinar Easter Egg Hunt


When: March 31 – April 1 at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm
Where: Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, Ca
Cost: $29 for adults, $23 for children

Take the Eggspress steam train through the redwoods up to the top of Bear Mountain.  Once at the top of Bear Mountain the kids will enjoy searching for chocolate eggs at the Eggstraordinary Easter egg hunt.  Kids should bring their own Easter egg baskets.

Get more info here.

Kennolyn Camp’s 12th Annual Easter Event

When: Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Kennolyn Camps
Cost: Free but RSVP

Hundreds of families will descend on Kennolyn Camps’ property to take part in one of the area’s largest hunts. Families can choose from two hunts at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.  After your kids have found all the eggs they can carry, stick around for a complementary tour of the campgrounds. RSVP for your free ticket and a chance to win a week of summer day camp.

Get more info here.

Boulder Creek Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt

When: Saturday, March 31 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Redwood Elementary School
Cost: Free

Bring your little egg hunters for an age-based hunt as well as a field hunt free for all. Enjoy food, games, crafts, a jump house, petting zoo, and bunny photo opps!

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday

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Chaminade Easter Sunday Brunch

When: Sunday, April 1 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort & Spa
Cost: $64.95 Adults, $18.95 Children 6-12, Under 6 dine free

Chaminade’s Easter Sunday Brunch Menu will include a variety of signature brunch and buffet specials, along with a children’s menu just for your little ones.  Choose from special entrees or visit the omelet, seafood or carving stations.

The fun doesn’t end at brunch.  Guests will enjoy special Easter activities, including Easter egg hunts and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Get more info here.

Easter Sunday Tea Time

When: Sunday, April 1 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Buttercup Cakes

If Easter brunch isn’t your thing, a spot of tea at the delightful Buttercup Cakes might be what you’re looking for. Enjoy afternoon tea service complete with petite sandwiches and plated desserts.

Make a reservation here.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

When: Sunday, April 1 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Westside Film and Cultural Center/Westside Video – 111 Errett Circle

Come check out Westside Video’s new location (at the circle church) and take part in an egg hunt with a twist! All ages are welcome to participate in both a physical egg hunt as well as a contest to find hidden Easter eggs in movies. Here’s a breakdown of the day’s events.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday

Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Watsonville Earth Day – Day of the Child

What: Earth Day – Day of the Child
Where: Watsonville City Plaza
When: April 22 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission

Come out and celebrate youth and the environment! There will be 50 organizations and community services joining together at the event, each with booths offering fun activities for kids and information about local resources. There will also be a number of local children and teen musical and dance acts to enjoy on the main stage, affordable food options, raffle prizes, and bounce houses!

Get more info here.

Ocean Dream Fair

What: Ocean Dream Fair
Where: Dream Inn
When: April 28 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission

Ocean-loving dreamers, this one’s for you: A day of artisans, local food and drink favorites, and family fun! The Ocean Dream Fair will strive to be a zero waste event and features a community beach cleanup at Cowells’s from 12-2pm.

Get more info here.

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About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.