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The onset of spring in the Pikes Peak region means that Easter Sunday is imminent. On April 1 — no foolin’ — children throughout Colorado Springs will awaken to find that a mysterious lagomorph has broken into their home and inexplicably left baskets of candy for them to turn into the world’s unhealthiest breakfast. Still others will dress up in their fanciest gear and try really, really hard not to get dirty all morning as they attend sunrise church services with their families. Best of all, there will be loads of activities going on all weekend long, and we’ve got the breakdown of the hoppiest happenings for you and your clan to enjoy.
Miramont Castle’s Royal Victorian Easter Egg Hunt
One of the coolest things about this annual Easter egg hunt is that it’s by reservation — which means there will be plenty of eggs for everyone who attends and no clamoring across a field elbow to elbow with other kids. The other? It includes a three-course Victorian tea party! That means your kids will get extra mileage out of their Sunday best as they sip and snack post-hunt.
9 Capitol Hill Avenue; Manitou Springs, CO
Date: March 31
Time: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Cost: $50, 1 Adult + 1 Child ($28 for additional adults, $20 for each additional child)
BY RESERVATION ONLY: 719-685-1011
Egg-cellent Overnight and Family Fun at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is hosting an overnight for kiddos 5+ on the evening of March 31. Fun perks include pizza, s’mores and a continental breakfast, all for $60.75pp. It’s pretty popular, so you definitely want to register right away. If the event is full, don’t despair. You can still have a fun adventure. The zoo is open on Easter Sunday and the animals are anxiously awaiting a visit! Feed giraffes and budgies, ride the carousel and meet all the cool critters (maybe even a bunny!).
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs
Cost: Overnight, $60.75; regular admission, $19.75; child, $14.75
OVERNIGHT BY RESERVATION ONLY: Reserve here
Easter Sunrise Service at the Royal Gorge
This free sunrise service at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is one of the most-loved Easter events in the Pikes Peak region. The north entrance of the park will open at 5:30 a.m., allowing guests to walk or shuttle across the bridge. The event offers seating for 400, but you can bring your own chairs if those seats are full. Cowboy preacher Grant Adkisson will lead the service and you can enjoy hot cocoa and coffee before it begins. Bring chairs and blankets and dress warm!
4218 County Road 3A, Canon City
Date: Sunday, April 1
Time: Gate opens at 5:30 a.m. Service begins at 6:30 a.m.
Easter Brunch at Briarhurst Manor
Kids may be satisfied chocolate bunnies and jelly beans, but adults will probably looking for something a bit more filling for their Easter meal. Bonus if they don’t have to cook it. Briarhurst Manor’s Easter buffet is loaded with hearty, delicious food ranging from traditional pastries to seafood and everything in between. And we mean everything. Waffles. And omelet station. A pasta station. Dessert. It’s definitely an event where you will want to be hungry when you get there.
404 Manitou Ave.; Manitou Springs, CO
Date: April 1
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $49 adult, $23 child
BY RESERVATION ONLY: 719-685-1864
Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt
Bear Creek Nature Center puts a new twist on the standard egg hunt by combining it with a fun nature hike led by a bunny guide the day before Easter. The name of the event means you’ll get some sweets. Even better, kids can meet a real bunny and learn all about rabbits. Just like the Miramont Castle hunt, this even requires pre-registration, which means you’ll have a nice time because it won’t be too crowded. Outdoor adventure, adorable bunnies and sugary treats. Sounds like great Easter fun.
245 Bear Creek Road; Colorado Springs, CO
Date: March 31
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $6 child/$5 member child
BY RESERVATION ONLY: Reserve here
We hope you have a lovely Easter Sunday here in the Pikes Peak region. We’re always hesitant to be too excited about the weather (since it can change in an instant), but it looks like it’s going to be a lovely day to be outside enjoying the sunshine and any one of these fun activities with your loved ones. Happy Easter!
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