This is such an egg-ceptional time of the year for Easter egg hunts, bunnies and making family memories. Easter is Sunday, April 16, 2017, and we’ve gathered a few of our favorite places to take the kids for fun times right here in the East Valley. Included is a variety of community and church events. Most are free, though some have an admission charge, as noted by $$. Please check the date on each event, as some are held the weekend or Saturday prior to Easter Sunday. Hope you find an event that is perfect for your family’s celebration! easter egg hunts in the east valley Mesa Easter Egg-Sperience at Vertuccio Farms We love Vertuccio Farms and their Easter Egg-Sperience doesn’t disappoint with a 12,000-egg hunt, train rides that are great for younger kids, plus a hay maze, jump pad, and farm animals that are good for all ages. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance if you want to grab some photos. Bring your own baskets. The also offer a yummy pancake breakfast for a small fee. Location: 4011 S. Power Rd, Mesa. Saturday March 31st from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 3 Egg Hunt times are available: 10 a.m, 11 a.m and 12 p.m. $$ General admission at the gate is $11 per child. Infants and adults FREE Presale discount tickets on sale now. Use this link to buy tickets. Great Surprise at First Presbyterian Church east valley easter egg huntsI love that this event combines the spiritual side and playful side of the holiday on the actual day. Great Surprise is a fun filled event where families will visit 7 different stations with hands on activities and experiences. There will be Easter eggs along with the discovery that Jesus is Alive! Choose from three worship services: 6 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Location: First Presbyterian Church, 161 N. Mesa Dr., Mesa. Sunday, April 16, 6 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free  Chandler Family Easter Celebration at Snedigar Sportsplex in Chandler The Easter Bunny is making an egg-citing return to Chandler for the city’s annual Family Easter Celebration the Saturday before Easter. Come out to the Snedigar Sportsplex for multiple interactive children’s activities, an Egg Scramble and photos with the famous bunny. Location: 4500 S. Basha Rd, Chandler Saturday, March 31 9 a.m. – noon. Egg Scramble/Hunt at 10:30 a.m. Free;, minimal charges for some interactive children’s activities and photos with the Easter Bunny. Rawhide Easter Buffet and Egg-Stravaganza Hunt east valley easter**Note: Buffet is sold out** The world Famous Rawhide Steakhouse hosts a delectable Easter Buffet and Easter celebration with a variety of family activities including Easter egg hunts, candy corral, water balloon toss, pictures with “Cowboy Cottontail” (Rawhide’s own Easter Bunny) and a visit from the Easter Bunny’s friends! Location: 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler Sunday, April 1. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Schedule of Egg Hunts on the website. $$$ Adults $23.95 (includes buffet), Children 4-12 $9.95, Egg Hunt is free, $5 parking. Gilbert Easter at Discovery Community Church in Gilbert: There is tons of fun planned by Discovery Community Church, including breakfast, church service and an egg hunt. Games, inflatables, face painting and more at this event that has something for everyone. Location: 1644 S Lindsay Rd, Gilbert Sunday, April 1. Festivities begin at 9 a.m., Church Service at 10:00 a.m. Egg Hunt follows the Church Service. Free Queen Creek Easter Egg-Citement at Schnepf Farms Schnepf Farms keeps this event small so participants have plenty to hunt and parents or grandparents can enjoy taking numerous photos. Tickets include a cookie to frost, hot dog lunch, unlimited ride wristband (swinging lady bugz, train ride, jumping pillows, petting zoo, carousel rides, flying farmers) and of course – the Egg Hunt. east valley easter eventsLocation: Farm Park, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek Saturday, March 31. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Egg Hunt begins at 11 a.m. $$$ Buy tickets in advance. Cost: $25.00 with lunch, $20.00 without lunch, Parents $3 entry or $10 to include ride wristband. Fountain Hills  Town of Fountain Hills Eggstravaganza This fun event boasts 15,000 eggs stuffed with candy and other prizes in a beautiful setting at Golden Eagle Park in Fountain Hills. Hoppy Bunny will serve as Master of Ceremonies and will be available for hugs and pictures throughout the event. Breakfast, bounce house, crafts and more on April 8. Location: 15900 E. Golden Eagle Blvd, Fountain Hills March 24. The event begins at 8 a.m. with three specific fields for different ages. Free If an egg hunt isn’t top of your Easter Activity List, AZ Central has a few suggestions for photos with the Easter Bunny, and other Easter events: Feast Out On Easter Sunday: We also love this Easter Basket 101 blog from our favorite gals at East Valley Mom’s Blog: Interested in more tips for East Valley living or new homes in the growing Mesa Gateway, Arizona corridor? Sign up at