By Heather Crivellone
As we look outside our windows and see the raindrops falling this week, it seems as if Mother Nature is playing tricks on us. Spring is officially here- and even though the clouds have come in to greet us, the springtime festivities are still right around the corner! And with springtime here, that means we will be greeted with bunnies, butterflies, baskets and all the wonderful things that come with spring and Easter.
This weekend, March 30th-April 1st, Funderland Park (located at 1350 17th Avenue in William Land Park) will be hosting their annual “Easter Bash” (weather permitting of course). For children 12 and under, they can enjoy hunting for Easter eggs ($3 per child), coloring contests, arts and crafts, and riding on some of Funderland’s famous kiddie rides. Entrance to the park is always free and tickets for the amusement rides are available for purchase.
Next weekend (April 7th and 8th), join locals at a family favorite- Fairytale Town (located in William Land Park) will be hosting their annual “Spring Eggstravaganza”. Watch as your children run through a park where nursery rhymes come to life and while they enjoy egg hunts, spring- themed activities and may even meet “Peter Cottontail”! Daily egg hunts will be held at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. There will also be puppet shows throughout the day to enjoy. Admission into Fairytale Town is $5 and children under the age of 1 is free.
Some local parks are also getting “Spring Fever” with egg hunts, games and fun for the family. On Saturday, April 7th from 11am-12pm at Southside Park (2115 6th Avenue, Sacramento), you can enjoy an afternoon of egg hunting (with 15,000 eggs to be found!), crafts for the kids, raffle drawings and more. This event is free, and since it is located at one of the most popular parks in town- this event is sure to be fun for the entire family!
Saturday, April 7th from 8:30am-2pm at the Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove), the Easter Bunny will make an appearance and kids can hunt for eggs, have thier faces painted, play carnival games and enjoy yummy food. Event is free, but each activity will be a small fee.
In Rancho Cordova at Hagan Park (2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova)- on Saturday, April 7th thier annual Spring Extravaganza will begin at 10:00am. They will have a pancake breakfast to get the kids ready for the big egg hunt and then the family can enjoy the “Kid Zone” and craft faire after.
For an adventure “on the rails”, visit the Sacramento River Train at thier “Easter Egg Express”. Located in Woodland, board the train and take a special train ride along the river with the Easter Bunny. There will be hundreds of eggs for hunting and entertainment and snacks will be provided along the way. The trip will take about 3 hours and the cost is $36 for adults and $29 for children 2-12 years of ages.
There are plenty of events and activites happening around town to keep you and your family entertained during this spring season. Now, let’s just hope that Mother Nature cooperates with us. Either way- I’m hoping you and your family have a “hopping good” holiday!