With the eggstravaganza of Easter events happening throughout Phoenix, you will have an egg-citing time hunting colorful eggs and candy or finding the perfect Easter brunch to enjoy with friends and family. Many of the hotels and resorts will host Easter Brunch events to please each bunny in your household.

Photos with the Easter Bunny

3/30/2012-4/1/2012; 4/6/2012-4/7/2012

Free Photo with the Easter Bunny at Desert Ridge Marketplace

Take the kids to the Barnes and Noble Fountain at Desert Ridge Marketplace for a free professional downloadable photo with the Easter Bunny.

Details: Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 30th, 31st, April 1st, 6th and 7th. Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.

3/30/2012-4/1/2012; 4/6/2012-4/7/2012

Photo with the Easter Bunny at Westgate City Center

Take the children to Fountain Park at Westgate City Center to get a free downloadable photo with the Easter Bunny on the weekend before Easter and Easter weekend. The Easter Bunny will not be available Easter Sunday.

Fountain Park is located across from AMC, set in a perfect square and made of lush gardens, picturesque Fountain Park provides a serene environment in a true paradise setting. Centered by an interactive fountain (splash pad), families and friends alike can share in laughter and fun as they pop into the streaming shots of water and enjoy a sunny afternoon.

Details: Fountain Park at Westgate City Center 6770 North Sunset Boulevard, Glendale. Admission: Free, March 30th, 31st, April 1st, 6th and 7th. Friday’s, Saturdays 11:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt/ Festivals

3/31/2012

Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt in Fountain Hills

Watch as hundreds of children scramble to pick up over 15,000 eggs stuffed with candy and other prizes. Held on the ball fields, this event is a sure way to begin the spring season. Hoppy Bunny will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Clucky the Chicken will join again this year to hang out with kids and take photos.

The event is open to children up to seven years old who must be accompanied by an adult. Arrive early as the “main event” starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. The Kiwanis will be at the park again this year for their popular “Pancake Breakfast”. Get to the park early and have a hearty breakfast before the main event. You can also visit with the Fountain Hills Fire Department, which will have trucks to climb on and firefighters to show the kids their gear. No event would be complete without inflatable bouncers to play on and lots of egg-citement.

Details: Golden Eagle Park, 15900 East Golden Eagle Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ. 85268, Admission: Free, Saturday March 31st, 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

3/30/2012-4/1/2012

Culinary Festival of Chocolates, Confections and Fine Art

A culinary marketplace, fine art sale and Easter festivities including an Easter Egg Hunt for the children will be found at the Culinary Festival of Chocolates, Confections and Fine Art.

Creative confections, decadent chocolate creations and a variety of delicious delectable’s will be woven throughout the four acre botanical park located in the heart of downtown Carefree, with a large variety of fine art and crafts also available for purchase, directly from the artist. Musical and other entertainment will take place on the Carefree Amphitheater stage throughout the event.

Easter Egg Hunt for the kids will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with an Easter Bunny Kid’s Craft and Play Zone.

Details: Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, Carefree. Admission: Free, Friday — Sunday, March 30th to April 1st, 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. (480) 488-2014

4/7/2012

Peoria Sports Complex Easter Egg Hunts

Dolly Sanchez Memorial Annual Easter Egg Hunts at the Peoria Sports Complex featuring inflatable activities, carnival games, arts and crafts, magic show, petting zoo, a pony ride, the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre and much more.

Bring your Easter Basket for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, starting at 8:20 a.m. from ages 1-10 years with a 15 minute window per age group.

Details: Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria. Admission: Free with canned food donation, Saturday, March 7th, 8:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

4/7/2012

Easter Egg-Citement at Schnepf Farms

Easter Egg Hunt for children at Schnepf Farm starting at 11:00 a.m.  will be divided per age groups. Admission includes a wristband for unlimited rides including train and carousel, entrance to the petting zoo and honeybee ride also an Easter cookie and hot dog lunch per child admission.

Details: Schnepf Farms, 24810 South Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. Admission: $25.00 per child, adults free, Saturday, April 7th, 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Reservations recommended (480) 987-3100

4/7/2012

Ahwatukee’s 36th Annual Easter Parade and Spring Fling

The Ahwatukee’s Annual Easter Parade will start at 10:00 a.m. and begin at 48th Street and Warner Road in Ahwatukee and end at Cheyenne and Warner Road. The Spring Fling will begin at after the Easter Parade and will include entertainment, rides, kids Easter activities.

Details: Ahwatukee Community Park, 4700 E. Warner Road, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Saturday, April 7th, 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. (480) 893-1942

Family Easter Celebration

The Easter Celebration in south Chandler provides some of the most enthusiastic Easter Egg Scrambles in the Valley for kids up to 9 years of age. In addition to the egg hunts there will be information booths, displays, and interactive amusements. There will be a Family Easter Basket Give-Away.

Details: Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 South Basha Road,Chandler. Admission: Free, Saturday, April 7th, 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

4/8/2012

Easter Egg Hunt at Tumbleweed Park

Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt where the hunts will be grouped by age. Children ages 2 to 12 are invited to participate in the egg hunts starting at 9:00 a.m… There will be fantastic door prizes as well as many activities for the children. Free breakfast will be provided for all parents and children who attend. There will also be additional children’s activities after the egg hunt.

Details: Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Admission: Free, Sunday, April 8th, 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

4/8/2012

Easter Egg Hunt at Encanto Park

Take the children out for one of the largest Easter egg hunts in the Valley. With age groups starting every 15 minutes your little ones to the oldest have a chance to collect as many colored Easter eggs as they can. Filled with prizes and 20 golden egg prizes, everyone will have a fantastic time. Bring your own basket and ready to hunt. The Easter Bunny will also be available all day for pictures.

Details: Enchanted Island Amusement Park at Encanto Park, 1202 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ. 85007, Admission: Free, Sunday, April 8th, 10:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m., (602) 254-1200

Easter Brunch

The Westin Kierland Resort

The Westin Kierland has long been known to host one of the best Easter egg hunts in town, but now guests can enjoy an innovative Easter brunch experience inside the resort’s prestigious Trailblazer’s Ballroom. Featuring sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of the Kierland Golf Course and McDowell Mountains, the 2012 Easter champagne brunch offers delectable dishes from a carving station, seafood, sushi and nigiri station, risotto station and more. The Marshall’s Pavilion will have a petting zoo, hot air balloon rides, bounce house, face painting, and games with the Easter Egg Hunts at 9:00 am for ages 2 to 12.

• $79.00 per adult, $25.00 per child age 5-12, children under 5 eat free

• Event and Brunch from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

• Reservations: (480) 624-1000480 624-1000

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa

If your family is all about fun, then Ko’Sin Restaurant at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Chandler may be just what you’re looking for. This non-traditional meal will feature a circus like atmosphere, with various different food stations set up throughout the lower lobby. In the Ko’Sin Marketplace you will be able to create customized gnocchi, ceviche, and omelets, or simply stop by the tamale or meat carving station. If you have a sweet tooth, you can enjoy traditional French toast, or hot and freshly made doughnuts. Ko’Sin knows you can’t have a circus without cotton candy, and they will be serving it up with a twist. Paying homage to the Pima cotton fields on the Gila River Indian Community they will be serving an ‘Orange-Guajillo’ version.

• $70.00 adults, $63.00 seniors, $35.00 children 4-12, Children under 4 free

• Serving: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (602) 225-0100

Wrigley Mansion

Enjoy valley views while dining at the Wrigley Mansion Club on Easter Sunday. It is a champagne brunch with all-you-can-drink champagne or mimosas.

• $75.00 for adults, $37.50 for kids 6-12, 5 and under eat for free

• Seatings at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 3:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (602) 553-7395

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

A full breakfast bar with honey glazed ham and pastries, oysters, seafood, and both omelet and mac and cheese stations where you can customize your creations. The kids can enjoy green eggs and ham and a complimentary craft, where they can decorate their own Easter basket. For the adults, there will be a bottomless Bloody Mary Bar and bottomless mimosas to enjoy.

• $29.00 adults, $14.50 for children

• Brunch: 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (602) 817-5400

McCormick Ranch Golf Club

Celebrate Easter with a champagne brunch at the Golf Club S. Menu highlights include, Scrambled eggs and eggs Benedict, assorted breakfast meats, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruits, baskets of fresh-baked pastries, signature salads, slow-roasted prime rib, chicken piccata, baked ham, baked salmon hollandaise, decadent dessert table, sparkling wine and mimosas.

• Brunch will be served 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

• $39.95 for adults, $18.95 for children 6-12

• Reservations: (480) 948-0260

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

The Easter brunch at Blue Sage  includes a festive Easter grand buffet featuring fresh fruit and berries station, variety of salads, seafood items like shrimp and oysters. Hot buffet with Belgian waffles, blue corn pancakes, omelet station. Lunch include a pasta station, with Alfredo, penne pasta with mushrooms, a carving station of maple glazed ham, herb rubbed New York strip steak and salmon wellington and sushi roll station. Desserts include a chocolate fountain and Cold Stone ice cream with waffle cones.

• Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Lunch 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• $65.00 per adult, $32.50 per child under 12

• Reservations: (480) 293-3988

Hotel Valley Ho

Special Easter entrees will be served including lobster and crab salad sandwich and smoked salmon Quiche. Diners may also enjoy the Bloody Mary Bar, where they can make their own cocktail. Special Easter entrees with slow-roasted herb-crusted prime rib with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, creamy horseradish and au jus.

• The annual Easter Egg Hunt will start at 9:00 a.m. on the ZuZu patio; participants should meet under the pink and purple balloons. Prizes will be awarded to those who collect the most eggs, and to the lucky child that finds the golden egg.

• A la carte menu

• Brunch from 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (480) 421-7997

The Phoenician

Attend an elegant Easter brunch in the Camelback Ballroom at The Phoenician with a classic menu of enticing favorites and artisan specialties including garlic-rubbed leg of lamb, mesquite-rubbed prime rib of beef, glazed ham, pasta, a breakfast favorites like omelets, waffles, pancakes, crepes and other breakfast fare, Seafood, including a sushi, raw bar, antipasti and an assortment of imported and domestic cheeses; all complemented by a variety of house-made pastries and desserts.

• Brunch served 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

• $89.00 per person, $44.50 for children 3-12 years of age

• Reservations: (480) 423-2449

The Heard Museum

Make this Easter holiday special and dine at the Café at the Heard Museum. Enjoy a special prix-fixe brunch menu, music and performances. Celebrate Easter with friends or family without cooking a thing. Soda, coffee and iced teas are included; beer, wine, champagne and cocktails are additional.

• $30.00 for adults, $25.00 for Heard Museum members, $15.00 for children age 12 and under

• Brunch served 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (602) 252-8840

Aunt Chilada’s

Easter brunch at Aunt Chilada’s will include a Mexican and Southwestern style Easter brunch will be served with classic favorites like pancakes, fresh fruit, omelet’s, and Latin flavors like El Pollo Fundido, Red Chile con Carne with Gordita’s and much more. You’ll find plenty to eat for Easter Brunch.

• $24.95 Adults and $10.95 Children 10 years and under

• Brunch: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Regular Menu after 2:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (602) 944-1286

Hyatt Regency Phoenix

Enjoy Easter brunch at Compass Arizona Grill with a view of the city in this rotating restaurant.  The menu includes herb roasted prime rib, roasted garlic leg of lamb, pan seared fresh fish and achiote chicken with grilled pineapple and al pastor sauce to name just a few. Favorites you won’t want to miss include the Danish style pancakes and eggs benedict, cocktail shrimp, crab claws, assorted sushi, salads, artisan breads and handcrafted cheeses. Final temptations include assorted bread puddings, cakes, pies and tortes, ice cream sundae bar and chocolate fondue with peeps, sweets and treats. There will be a children’s activity and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

• $69.00 for adults, $30.00 for children ages 5 – 12, and free for children 4 and under

• Reservations: (602) 252-1234 ext 4510

The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

Enjoy a panoramic view of the Valley for Easter brunch featuring a menu of fresh waffle and frittata stations, and carving and grill stations with slow-roasted prime rib, grill baby lamb chops, Kurobuta pork loin and grilled oysters on the half shell. A medley of seafood including snow crab claws, marinated green lip mussels, little neck clams, lemon tea poached shrimp, and smoked and poached wild salmon. The restaurant also will feature its signature lobster bisque, roasted game hens, braised short ribs and an assortment of desserts.

• $59.95 per adult; $29.95 per child

• 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (602) 866-7500

El Chorro

In addition to El Chorro’s legendary Eggs Benedict, the menu highlights will include a host of entrees including honey baked ham with dried cherry glaze, green chile chicken enchiladas, a carving station with slow roasted turkey with cranberry mayonnaise, and New York strip loin with au jus and horseradish cream. El Chorro’s Easter Brunch will include a dessert station with seven different indulgences including lavender chocolate-dipped strawberries, strawberry shortcake, and Easter cupcakes.

• $49.00 for adults and $16.00 for children ages 4 to 12

• Brunch at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (480) 948-5170

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

La Hacienda, The Grill at the TPC Scottsdale, Bourbon Steak and LV Bistro collaborate for one Easter Brunch at La Hacienda Plaza. The Easter Brunch features Latin and traditional American favorites to give guest the best Easter Brunch in town. Don’t forget their pastry team will have Easter Egg Cookies, a chocolate fountain and a kid’s dessert station. The resort will have a Bunnyland Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m., a petting zoo and a live band.

• $70.00 for adults, $29.00 for children ages 6 – 12 and children 5 and younger for free

• Services 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (480) 585-4848

Arizona Biltmore

There’s no place like the celebrated ambiance of the Arizona Biltmore, with its historic architecture and beautiful flowering gardens, to celebrate a traditional Easter. Choose from lavish brunches or special lunch and dinner menus, while the resort’s colorful annual Easter Egg Hunt will put a beaming smile on your kids’ faces.

The warm and gracious Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom will be the setting for the most extravagant Easter Champagne Brunch – stations include breakfast, omelet & frittata, antipasti, salad, entrée, seafood, carving and dessert stations, plus the “Kid’s Korral” offering the gamut of favorite children’s foods. Prepared by Executive Chef Todd Sicolo. Each guest will receive a take-home present of an Easter cookie.

• $75 for adults, $36 for children 12 and under, infants free, plus tax and gratuity.

• Served 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Last seating time is 3:00pm).

• Reservations: (602) 381-7632

Easter brunch at Wright’s features a cornucopia of buffet and plated stations including breakfast, farm fresh eggs, omelets and frittatas, carving boards, iced seafood bar, entrees, small plates, salads, pastas and from the bakery with an array of breads and desserts.

• Adults are $95, children 12 and under $40, not including tax and gratuity. Infants are free.

• served 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

• Reservations: (602) 381-7632

Served 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., Executive Sous Chef Conor Favre is preparing a three-course tasting menu for this special occasion.
The menu is $80. Reservations required.

The Biltmore’s newly opened restaurant, Frank & Albert’s features Arizona comfort foods and American classics prepared with the freshest indigenous ingredients, is offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options on Easter.

• $19 for adults, $10 children under 12, free for infants (buffet); $55 for adults, $29 children under 12, free for infants (lunch and dinner)

• Buffet Breakfast served 7:00 – 11:00am; Three-course, pre-fixe Easter menu for lunch (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or dinner (5:00 to 11:00 p.m.)

• Reservations: (602) 381-7632

The Buttes, Marriott Resort

The Market Cafe provides diners with views of the relaxing, lush resort while they enjoy a delicious Easter Brunch. Favorite brunch items include Belgian waffles, an omelet station, and variety of meat and fish entrees, domestic and imported cheeses, salads, vegetables and never forget the desserts.

• $48.95 for adults and $29.95 for children 5 – 12

• Service: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

• Reservations (602) 225-9000

Top of the Rock

Easter Brunch at Top of the Rock featuring a carving station, made-to-order omelets and frittatas, a selection of seafood and sushi, farm greens, entrees and desserts. Menu items also include: Smoked Prime Rib with Jalapeno Horseradish Cream, made to order crepes with cinnamon, traditional pancakes and masa corn cakes with triple berry compote and goat cheese, assorted sushi and nigiri. Top of the rock salad with apple, pecan, grilled zucchini, pepper feta, and maple lime vinaigrette, pastrami, smoked, and cured salmon with citrus aioli, cream cheese and mini bagels.

• $64.95 per person

• Service: 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (602) 431-2370

The Boulders: A Waldorf Astoria Resort

An Easter Brunch featuring an assortment of salads, a chilled seafood station, Chef Tables with carved meat and omelets, specialty entrees and house made desserts. Easter Brunch includes: Orange Infused Ricotta Cheese Stuffed Crepes Topped with Savory Fruit Salsa; Jumbo Prawns, Crab Claws, Clams on the Half Shell, Cocktail Sauce, Tabasco, and Minuet Sauce; Carved Strip Loin of Beef with Creamed Horseradish Sauce, Organic Garden Rosemary Au Jus, with Artisan Rolls; Pan Seared Sea Bass with a Truffle Beurre Blanc served with Wild Rice and Mushrooms; Basil Infused Broccolini with Baby Carrots; Petit Pastries; Danishes; Muffins.

• $62.00 per person; $25.00 per child age 6-12; children 5 and under free

• Services: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Reservations: (480) 488-9009

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

On Easter Sunday Rico’s American Grill will feature made-to order omelets, made-to-order pancakes and French toast, a “Little Italy” pasta station, salad bar, carving station and specialty items including Southwestern eggs Benedict, three chili marinated pork loin, and slow-roasted top sirloin with roasted onion au jus.

• $49.00 for adults, $29.00 for children and free for children age 8 and under

• Dining hours: 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (602) 997-2626

Easter Dinners

The Phoenician

Enjoy a scenic view while celebrating Easter at J and G Steakhouse. In addition to the a la carte menu, there will be the following three course prix fixe meal: Sweet Pea Soup, Vegetable and Croutons or Spicy Tuna Tartare with Black Olive and Cucumber or asparagus risotto, lemon, Parmesan and herbs; Salmon truffle vinaigrette Sugar snap peas or Grilled lamb porterhouse, caramelized Brussels sprouts and pistachio pesto or Parmesan crusted chicken, artichoke, basil and lemon butter. Desert will be a warm chocolate cake or Pavlova passion fruit or Raspberry soup with mixed berries and from age blanc sorbet.

• $58.00 per person

• Served: 4:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (480) 941-8200

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

Enjoy Easter Dinner at Meritage Steakhouse with a choice of Easter carrot soup, Caesar salad or spring greens salad with Easter egg radish, roasted corn, cucumber and pistachios in citrus vinaigrette. Entrees include a choice of roasted lamb chops served with mint chimichurri, house-smoked prime rib, and northern halibut in a lemon caper butter sauce with blood orange slaw. Family-style side dishes include a spring vegetable assortment of peas, yellow beans, carrots, zucchini, squash, wild mushrooms and smoked shallot mashed potatoes. Desserts include a duo of triple chocolate Napoleon with wild strawberry, peach and Sicilian pistachio gelato.

• $55.00 per adult; $27.50 per child under 12

• Service: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

• Reservations: (480) 293-3988

Cask 63

Toast the holiday with the Cider Bellini or Bitter Grapefruit Martini while dining on specialty menu items by Executive Chef, Brian Feirstein including: carved, whole roasted leg of lamb; BBQ pork flatbread with pepperjack cheese, Scottish king salmon with green peppercorn and smoked sea salt, barbecued lentils and sweet corn demi. Desserts include key lime chevre cheesecake with vanilla red wine reduction, flourless chocolate cake with warm chocolate Ganache, vanilla bean ice cream and cherry chutney.

• Serving from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

• A la carte pricing

• Reservations: (480) 922-5666