Easter is a wonderful time of the year when Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and that is not an event to be diminished, however, there are many folks that enjoy the Easter season for other reasons. Think candy, chocolate bunnies (or real ones), egg decorating and more. One of the reasons I look forward to Easter each year is because it seems to be the unofficial start to spring and what is not to love about that. Aside from traditional church services, there are many ways families can get out and enjoy the Easter weekend in Southern Ontario and here are just some of them.
Easter at The Toronto Zoo
Every year the Toronto Zoo treats not only it’s two-legged friends to fun at Easter, but it’s four-legged friends as well. During the course of the Easter weekend the zoo has a whole host of activities going on including serving up special Easter-themed enrichment treats to some of the animals. You can watch as the animals take on special challenges to find these treats and keep themselves busy. Don’t worry though, there is plenty for you and your kiddos to enjoy at the Toronto Zoo. You can meet the Keepers and take a Greenhouse Tour, decorate cookies to share, plant some spring flowers and even get a photo op with the Easter Bunny! Best of all is the Golden Egg. At each of the Wildlife Care Keeper Talks the person who asks the best question will get the golden egg which can be redeemed for a surprise Easter plush! Don’t forget that the Toronto Zoo is an amazing place to visit all year long.
Downtown Brampton Easter Egg Hunt
The third annual Downtown Brampton Easter Egg Hunt is being held on Saturday, April 20th from 11am-1pm! There will be treat bags for the first 1000 kiddos, containing fun surprises from the local businesses! Throughout the day the Kids Zone will have a photo-booth with opportunities to decorate your own treat bag. Make sure to grab a map so you can find all the eggs! There will be lots of prizes to be won and new this year is the Dancing Flower Parade in Garden Square! The parade will begin in Vivian Lane and proceed into Garden Square for a march. Join us to kick-off spring! Wear your Easter bonnets, floral gear, pastel colours or Easter attire. This parade is in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Peel, lead by Mayor Brown.
Easter Eggstravaganza in Wasaga Beach
Easter Eggstravaganza cracks opens in Wasaga on Saturday, April 20th! The Easter Bunny joins the GIANT egg hunt at 10:30 am behind the RecPlex (at 1724 Mosley Street), with eggstrodinary prizes kids can win if they find some very special eggs! Enjoy incredible kids’ activities, a rock wall, petting zoo, wagon rides, inflatables, crafts, face painting and games for loads of family fun! There is a colouring contest and a surprise BIG feature everyone is invited to help create! There may be some small fees that apply. Cash only. *We have attended this event several times and have always had a wonderful time!
Easterfest at Downey’s Farm
Starting on Saturday, April 13th and running until Sunday, April 21st, Downey’s Farm in Caledon is celebrating their 18th Annual Easterfest! There are tons of things to do at Downey’s Farm, like wagon rides, crafts, face painting and checking out the baby farm animals. There will also be a puppet show and entertainment like a magic show! Several times a day there is also an Easter Egg Scramble, which you do not want to miss and there is even a Mini Hunt for the little ones (ages 3 years and under.) Make sure to dress for spring weather on a farm as the ground can get a big soggy!
Family Workshop at Todmorden Mills: Easter Eggs
This spring, at select times on April 13th, 14th and 20th, embrace an artistic tradition and create your own beautiful Ukrainian-style Easter egg at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site in the Don Valley area! Learn the steps and techniques involved as well as the history of pysanky, wax-resist egg decorating. Use dyes, wax and kistkas (traditional wax-resist tools) and your choice of colours & traditional or original designs. Advance tickets are required so check the events site for details.
London Children’s Museum Spring Bunny Hop
Held on Saturday, April 13th at the London Children’s Museum, the Spring Bunny Hop is the time to put on your best ears and prepare for a hoppin’ good time! You can dance the day away with DJ Alpha, explore spring art activities, collect eggs that have been hidden through the entire museum, experiment with STEAM, investigate artifacts from the Beatrix Potter collection and engage in spring-themed sensory play.
Easter in the Village at Blue Mountain
Celebrate Easter in the Village with Easter egg scavenger hunts, horse and wagon rides, groove dancing and more! Pick up your scavenger hunt at the Visitor’s Information Centre and find the pictures of the Easter eggs that are scattered throughout the Village! Find them all? Hand in your scavenger hunt to redeem your prize! There will also be a Magic Show with Sawyer Bullock, Free Professional Photos and Interactive Drumming! Plunge Aquatic Centre will have a special Easter Egg Dive and you can create your own button at Creation Station. There is also the Woodlot Low Ropes and Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster to keep you on your toes.
Annual Bunny Trail in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Crystal Bunny will once again be making an appearance on the Bunny Trail in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Saturday, April 20th. The days events will include the traditional Touch-A-Truck where children can check out vehicles like a firetruck, harvester and more. The child-oriented activities will also include face painting and an egg hunt.
Chappell Farms Spring Festival in Barrie
Chappell Farms Spring Festival is five days of fresh air fun! Leave the winter blues behind when you and your family enjoy a Spring day on the farm. You will see baby farm animals, go on a wagon ride, watch a magic show, enjoy plenty of play areas and jumping castles. The best part is the large candy hunt done every hour! You can collect as much candy as you like.
Do you have another Easter/Spring event you can share with us in the comments? We would love to hear it!
**If you are looking for a way to celebrate Easter at home, check out this round-up of 12 Fun and Easy Easter Crafts!