Easter traditions vary. Every family has their own: sunrise services, Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. It’s a time for new beginnings, so start a new holiday family tradition this year while you’re in Scottsdale. Here are a few suggestions for Easter in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Easter Egg Hunts and That Bunny
Many Easter traditions include egg hunts, and there are several to choose from in the Scottsdale area. Shamrock Farms’ Easter Egg Hunt has includes an egg hunt, guided tours of the farm, Easter crafts and the Easter Bunny. Check their website for times and ticket prices.
Grab the entire family and head out to OdySea for the free Great Egg Hunt and Family Fair. From 10am to 4pm, your kids can meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy bounce houses, coloring contests and Easter Crafts while you can peruse the local vendors’ booths. Nearby Fountain Hills has it Eggstravaganza; their egg hunt has over 15,000 festive eggs stuffed with candy and prizes, and Hoppy Bunny will be on hand for pictures with your kids. You’ll need to bring your own basket and get there early!
Every resort and restaurant in the area will be having a special Scottsdale Easter Brunch and you can have your pick of special meals. Here are just a few options of brunch locations with family oriented activities included. Just check the location websites for times and costs.
Hotel Valley Ho will host Easter brunch and dinner at Sands and ZuZu. Enjoy smoked prime rib or a slow braised lamb shank—it’s all great. The Easter egg hunt starts at 9am on the ZuZu patio, and there are prizes! RSVP on their website. The Fairmont Scottsdale’s four restaurants will combine for an amazing brunch in the Palomino Ballroom – plus Easter egg hunts will take place every half hour from 10am to 4pm our on the Sunset Lawn. There are annual Easter buffets at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North and at Proof, and the kids can enjoy a bouncy house, Easter crafts, egg decorating and Easter egg hunts. Just check the location websites for times and costs.
Easter Breads & Cakes
If your family Easter traditions include a home-cooked meal with special Easter breads and desserts, don’t worry, there are several bakeries in town that can provide anything you need for your holiday meal.
If you didn’t have time to shop for groceries and cook the big meal, have it catered! Try Benedict’s Caterers. They have a special Easter menu, whether you want a full traditional Easter meal, or some lite bites, they can provide everything, even the table centerpiece. And, if you just need that special Easter cake to make things perfect, try Jana’s Bakery in nearby Phoenix. They have 10 varieties of babka, not to mention sweet rolls, almond horns, bismarks, croissants, coffee cakes and yeast dough coffee cakes, layer cakes and cookies – everything you’ll need for the perfect Easter meal.
Most Scottsdale churches will be having a special service for Easter in Scottsdale, and all will welcome visitors to their celebrations. If you can’t find a church service to fit your needs, try having your own private family service – what could be nicer than heading out to the desert on one of the nearby hiking trails while the sun has just risen, then spending a few moments with your family quietly communing with God and nature.