A good Easter looks like this: classic egg dye from the supermarket, a backyard egg hunt, baskets of chocolates and jellybeans, and a simple quiche for brunch. But, if you want to take the holiday up a notch, you'll find loads of fun festivities slated for the next two weekends.
We've put together of guide of local Easter Bunny visits, egg hunts (in the water, from the air and everything in between), a silly parade, the best brunches and a whole citywide celebration just for you. So get hoppin'!
Visit with the Easter Bunny
March 24 & 31 @ 10 am-1 pm
60 E 8th St, Holland
Hop on into Tip Toes for a friendly meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. Don't forget your camera. Free.Visit the Easter Bunny12:00 p.m. - 5: 00 p.m. | South Bend Chocolate Cafe | 122 S. Michigan St.
Easter Bunny at the Chocolate Cafe
March 24 @ noon-5 pm
Meet the Easter Bunny at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe. Bring your camera for a sweet snapshot. Free.
Kids' Night: Arts & Crafts
March 26 @ 5:30-7:30 pm
66 E 8th St, Holland
New Holland Brewing Pub hosts a fun evening of arts and crafts provided by Carolyn Stich Studio. The Easter Bunny will be hopping by too. Free.
Easter Egg Coloring Night
March 29 @ 6-8 pm
4110 Red Arrow Hwy, Benton Harbor
Bring a dozen hardboiled eggs and explore your creative side at Vineyard 2121. Decorating options will include dyes, paints, markers and accessories. $5 per adult; kids are free
Easter Egg Colorfest
March 31 @ noon-3 pm202 E Main St, Fennville
Forever Curious Children's Museum hosts fun methods for coloring hard-boiled eggs, including marbling, tie-dyeing, natural and traditional dyes, paints, glitter, stickers and more. BYO hard boiled eggs. $5 per family (plus regular admission).
Easter Egg Hunt at the Orchard
March 24 @ 1-3 pm
6431 107th Ave, South Haven
McIntosh Cellars hosts an Easter egg hunt for kids ages 3-12 in separate two groups. Juice and snacks will be served afterward. Bring a basket.
South Bend Egg Stravaganza
March 24 @ 7 am-5 pm
Don't miss downtown South Bend's spring celebration, with activities, crafts, Easter Bunny visits and fun throughout the city.
New Buffalo Easter Egg Hunt
March 24 @ 1 pm
Enjoy a fun-filled time with the Easter Bunny and the annual American Legion egg hunt. Free and open to children ages 1-12. Refreshments served afterward.
YMCA Egg Hunt
March 24 @ 1-2 pm
3665 Hollywood Rd, Saint Joseph
Head to the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA to hunt for eggs and play games. For ages 5-12. Free and open to the public.
Easter Egg Drop
March 25 @ 1 pm
Central Park, Mishawaka
A bounce house, face painting, games and a helicopter candy drop are in store for participants of this unforgettable event. Free. RSVP required.
Crystal Springs Easter Egg Hunt
March 25 @ 3 pm
33774 Crystal Springs St, Dowagiac
Hunt for colorful eggs that can be redeemed for candy at Crystal Springs Resort. Free. For ages 0-12.
Easter Egg Hunt
March 31 @ 1 pm
563 Monroe Blvd, South Haven
Head to Kids' Corner in South Haven for a community egg hunt. Free for ages 0-12.
Easter Egg Hunt at Golden Orchards
March 31 @10 am-noon
2464 55th St, Fennville
Golden Orchards in Fennville hosts an Easter egg hunt, cookie decorating, crafts, and visits from Fennville Police and Fire and the FPS Robotics Team. Free.
Paw Paw Easter Egg Hunt
March 31 @ 10:30 am
Paw Paw, MI
Join the 10th annual egg hunt for children up to 12 years old. Find a golden ticket, get a great prize.
Underwater Egg Hunt
500 Maple Ave, Holland
Holland Community Aquatic Center
March 31 @ 2-3:30 pm
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids
Go on a hunt to find eggs hidden in the forest at Blandford Nature Center, learn about different animals getting ready to lay their eggs for the season, and make a craft.
Easter Egg Hunt
April 1 @ 1 pm
Children of all ages are invited to join the hunt for Easter eggs after the bonnet parade in downtown Douglas.
Easter Hat Parade
April 1 @ 1 pm
Show off your over-the-top Easter bonnets during a fun, festive procession through downtown Douglas. An egg hunt will take place in the park afterward.
Easter Brunch Buffet at Tabor Hill Winery
April 1 @ 10 am-4 pm
185 Mount Tabor Rd, Buchanan
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant hosts a delicious holiday brunch with a special visit from the Easter bunny.
Easter Brunch at Henderson Castle
April 1 @ 11:30 am-2:30 pm
100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo
Celebrate Easter with an exquisite plated brunch.Adults: $62. Kids: $20
Easter Brunch at the Bistro
April 1@ 11 am-3 pm
521 Lake Blvd, Saint Joseph
Join the Bistro on the Boulevard for its annual Easter brunch. RSVP recommended. Adults: $38; kids 5-12: $20; kids 0-4: free.
Easter Brunch at Fernwood
April 1 @ 10 am-3 pm
13988 Range Line Rd, NilesCelebrate Easter with delicious dishes at Fernwood Botanical Garden. Adults: $20.95; kids 6–12: $9.95; kids 0-5: free
Easter Brunch at Boatwerks
216 Van Raalte Ave, HollandHoney glazed applewood smoked ham, smoked salmon, spiced peel & eat shrimp, smoked whitefish dip, antipasto platter and more. Adults $30.95; Seniors $26.95; Kids (5-10) $15.95; kids 4 and under free
Easter Brunch at CityVu
April 1, 11-3 pm
61 East 7th Street, Holland
Enjoy made-to-order waffles, omelets, a chef-attended carving station, and numerous entrees and side dishes. Sip on a handcrafted Bloody Mary or Mimosa in addition to your meal, and top it all off with your choice of delicious dessert.
For more details, check the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar. Did we miss any of your favorite Easter traditions? Let us know in the comments!