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Easter happenings in and around Palm Desert
Visiting for Easter? Whether you’re looking for a place to visit the Easter bunny or a place of worship, Palm Desert is ready for you. Here are a few of the fun and festive activities you may want to add to your Easter holiday plans.
Visit the Easter Bunny
What’s a trip to the mall without a visit with a really big bunny? Join the Easter Bunny for photos and treats in the Main Court, Level 1 (across from World Gym) on a daily basis from March 9-31. You’ll find the Easter Bunny there from 11am-7pm daily; until 6pm on Sundays. For something extra special, plan to partake in the Bunny Breakfast, March 17 from 10am-11am. Enjoy crafts and face painting, Cinnabon and Easter Cocoa from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and a special gift with a Bunny photo purchase.
Hop into Spring
The Gardens on El Paseo
Join The Gardens on El Paseo and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert for their annual Hop Into Spring event on Saturday, March 31 from 10am to 12 noon. Enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, arts and crafts, refreshments and more. A $15 donation to participate benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert.
The Living Desert
Hop on over to The Living Desert for their Easter “Eggstravaganza” from 9am to 12pm on March 31. This year the holiday-inspired event features a park-wide scavenger hunt. Guests will receive a map and then hop off to answer questions and collect stickers at various locations. Once the map has been completed, it can be redeemed for an Easter egg with a special prize. Prizes include behind-the-scenes tours or even a family membership! The entire family will also enjoy games and activities including a maze, crafts, face painting, keeper chats, animal encounters, and the Wildlife Wonders Show. Children can have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny and his friends or take their photo amongst 10,000 eggs. There will also be a rematch of the Tortoise and Hare race when The Living Desert’s Easter bunny takes on the zoo’s tortoise mascot. Easter Eggstravaganza is free for members and included with paid admission to the park for non-members.
Easter Egg Hunt
YMCA of the Desert
Bring the kids to a free Easter Egg Hunt at the YMCA of the Desert on Saturday, March 31 at 10am. There will be plenty of eggs to go around, as well as lots of prizes and giveaways. After the Egg Hunt stick around for “Healthy Kids Day.”
Easter Sunrise Service plus Ride ‘n Dine Specials
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
One of the most breathtaking places to watch the sunrise on Easter is at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Mountain Station, elevation 8,516 feet. The Tram opens at 5am on Easter Sunday to accommodate folks wanting to attend the Sunrise Service at 5:45am with a special inspirational Easter message by Pastor Robert Sneed. Early risers also get to take advantage of special Tram pricing until 7:30am and Ride ‘n Dine Breakfast specials, as well, served until 10am. For those who prefer a midday meal, Ride ‘n Dine Easter Dinner specials will be served after 11am.
Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
Palm Desert Aquatic Center
Join the YMCA of the Desert and the Palm Desert Aquatic Center for a decidedly different Easter Egg Hunt geared at kids from 3 to 13 years of age (parents must accompany children ages 3-5 into the pool). With all the eggs hidden underwater, it’s going to be a challenge to find them all. The Aquatic Center opens at 12:30pm, with a $3 per person admission. There will be four different egg drops at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, so swing on by any time after the gates open at 12:30pm.
Indian Wells Arts Festival
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
The Indian Wells Arts Festival, one of the best art shows in the country, is happily overlapping with Easter this year. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is transformed into an artisan village and festive outdoor marketplace featuring the work of over 200 artists. Don’t think that you have to miss out on Easter Brunch by visiting this great event—they’ll offer their "Eggs + Champagne in the Garden" brunch menu till noon on by Saturday and Sunday.
Mission Hills Country Club
The final round of the ANA Inspiration, the first “major” of the season on the LPGA tour, plays out on Easter Sunday. The competition is tough--who will take the coveted prize and make the celebratory leap in Poppy’s Pond? Join the crowd in the gallery and find out.
Both of the Coachella Valley’s local polo clubs will have their final matches of the season on Easter Sunday, April 1. Pack an Easter-themed picnic for some in the general admission section, or give yourself an Easter upgrade to a reserved seat in the VIP sections. Either way it’s bound to be a rousing way to spend the holiday.