11 ways to celebrate Easter in the Valley

Above: t Hearth ’61, celebrate the holiday with a special brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Easter egg hunt. Lifestyle | 14 Apr |

Looking for a way to make this year’s Easter a memorable one? Look no further. Here are some notable brunches, egg hunts and Easter-related entertainment options throughout the Valley.

Easter Bunny Photos & Free Gelato at Luci’s

Luci’s at the Orchard will be celebrating Easter a day early. The Easter Bunny will be handing out eggs filled with candy and vouchers for free gelato from the Splurge at the Orchard. Your kids can take pictures with the Easter Bunny for free as well. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., families can enjoy the festivities surrounded by over 80 citrus trees.

Royal Palms Annual Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt

The resort’s signature restaurant T. Cook’s is serving an Easter buffet. The extensive menu was created by their new executive chef Alex Robinson. This brunch will be hosted from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include a chilled starter buffet, an entrée of choice and a dessert buffet. However, this is not the only option. You can also partake in a traditional Easter Buffet in the resort’s elegant ballroom which includes a full, classic holiday buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch guests are also invited to participate in their annual Easter egg hunt on Vernadero Lawn from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you find the golden egg prize, you get a free one-night stay.

Mountain Shadows brunch and egg hunt

At Hearth ’61, celebrate the holiday with a special brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Easter egg hunt. Savor a starter buffet featuring smoked salmon, seasonal salads and more, a prime rib carving board and savory omelet station. Choose from a selection of made-to-order entrees, with a specialty dessert buffet to conclude the holiday dining experience. For dinner, enjoy the seasonal dinner menu from 4 to 9:30 p.m. with a Yankee Pot Roast as the Roast of the Day for $24. The second annual Easter egg hunt at Mountain Shadows will begin at 9 a.m. for kids to enjoy and win an assortment of special prizes. More information about Easter can be found here.

Easter Brunch at Voila French Bistro

Want to celebrate Easter like the French do? Voila French Bistro is hosting a three-course Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Try some snails as a starter, or maybe French onion soup is more your style; the starter is followed by an egg-related dish such as quiche or eggs benedict. Finally, you can finish with a traditional Crème Brûlée. With the brunch, adults can have their choice of wine, but there will also be traditional breakfast drinks such as coffee, tea and juice.

Maricopa Easter Egg Hunt

On April 19, you can take the whole family to one of Maricopa County’s largest egg hunts. Kids will have the opportunity to hunt for the eggs, meet the Easter Bunny and play many carnival games. It takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Community of Hope. And, it’s free.

Easter Egg-sperience at Vertuccio Farms

Spend the day before Easter on a farm and help Vertuccio Farms celebrate with its annual traditions. Admission is $11 per child ages 1 to 16 years old, and adults are free. All tickets must be purchased in advance. This admission includes a candy-filled egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny and a train ride. The egg hunts are separated by age group. The events will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, it’s BYOB – Bring Your Own Basket.

Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt

Pony rides, crafts, carnival games and, of course, Easter egg hunts are what await you at this festive event. There are Easter egg hunts for every age group, and an Easter egg hunt for children with disabilities. Admissions and parking are free if you bring any canned food item to donate to St. Mary’s and Westside Food Bank Alliance. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sat. April 20 at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Easter Sunday Musical Lunch

Organ Stop Pizza will be hosting this musical lunch alongside an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, including salad and soft drinks. Listen to some music on a traditional organ and divulge in a non-traditional Easter meal. The fun starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Make sure to get your tickets early to this popular event.

Hotel Valley Ho Brunch, Dinner and Egg Hunt

The Hotel Valley Ho has multiple dining options for your Easter celebration. Their Sands Venue will be serving a savory buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It includes smoked prime rib and made-to-order omelets. Their restaurant ZuZu will also be serving brunch, which will be served from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They’ll have their famous Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar open at 9 a.m. Then the restaurant will serve Easter Dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On top of all this food, the kids can participate in their annual Easter egg hunt starting at 9 a.m.

Tale of Peter Rabbit

From now until Easter, the Great Arizona Puppet Theater will be telling the story of Peter Rabbit and his escapades into Mr. McGregor’s farm, based on Beatrix Potter’s classic tale. This puppet show will be told to music with very little dialogue. The performances are at 10 a.m. from Wednesday to Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

True Food Kitchen’s Easter Brunch

True Food Kitchen prides itself on creating dishes that is good for your taste buds and for your body. They will be hosting a healthy alternative to the typical Easter brunch with Strawberry Quinoa Pancakes, Vegan Chorizo Bowls and Smashed Avocado Toast. There will also be tasty mimosas along with other non-alcoholic beverages.

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