We’ve hopped on in to Easter time in Southwest Michigan! Here’s where you can find egg hunts (even geocaching ones!), basket fillers, and brunch on the big day.  

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EASTER EGG HUNTS & FAMILY FUN

Here’s where you can go for Easter egg hunts, bunny sightings, and more! 

4/8/17 – 11:00am - Egg Hunt @ BH-SJ YMCA

For kids 0-11, there’s a hunt at the Y! Register by 5:00pm on April 7th for this free Easter egg hunt. 

4/9/17 – 1:00-4:00pm - Geocache Egg Hunt @ Sarett Nature Center

The Sarett Nature Center has a high-tech and awesome Easter egg hunt happening! Exploring the 5+ miles of trails, the Geocache Egg Hunt uses preprogrammed GPS receivers for kids and families to hunt for eggs. There’s an easier and shorter course for younger egg hunters and their families, and a challenging one for the more experience egg hunters. Admission to the nature center is $3 per person for non-members, and $1 for the egg hunt. 

4/15/17- 10:00am - Easter Egg Hunt @ Peace Lutheran Church

There’s more than 1,000 eggs to hunt at Peace Lutheran Church! It’s open to children through fifth grade (divided by age for the hunt), with additional snacks, crafts, and a photo booth. Be sure to bring a basket, and dress for the weather!

4/15/17 – 11:00-5:00pm - Eggstravaganza @ the Silver Beach Carousel

Join the egg-citement! The Easter bunny will be on site for visits from 11:00-3:00 (kids up to age 12), along with free prize eggs. Kids can ride the carousel for just $2, and have a chance to golden eggs (for ice cream cones from Kilwin’s!). There’s also giant egg coloring outside. 

4/15/17 – 11:00am-1:00pm- Eggstravaganza @ St. Joe First UMC

This Easter egg hunt includes classic egg-finding…and also a chance for awesome prize drawings (like Curious Kid’s Family Membership)! For kids 5th grade and under, this free event includes a hunt (divided by age group), a “King’s Crown” puppet show, and lunch provided by the congregation at the St. Joe First United Methodist Church. Email Youth Pastor Dan Colthorp at dancolthorp@sjfirstumc.org if you’d like to attend! 

 

EASTER BASKETS

We know the bunny is busy this time of year. If you’re planning on helping him out to stuff a few baskets, check out some of these ideas! 

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"EGGSTRAVAGANZA" at Olive Cart; dog treats from Fuzzybutz Pet Bakery

Chocolate Café- 300 State Street St. Joseph, MI 49085

Treats are a necessity to any Easter basket, and The South Bend Chocolate Café in downtown St. Joseph is the place to find them! There’s a variety of tiny treats for eggs, and 1lb solid chocolate bunnies are 2 for $25! While you’re there, try to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar…you could win some free treats, too!  

Fuzzybutz Pet Bakery – 306 State Street St. Joseph, MI 49085

Don’t forget your furry friends! Fuzzybutz has their doggie bakery case fully loaded with seasonal treats, and some pre-made baskets, too (all safe for pets!).  

Olive Cart – 421 State Street St. Joseph, MI 49085

Visit the downtown St. Joseph store during their Eggstravaganza, April 1st to the 15th! Draw an egg from the basket and crack it open to discover your Easter surprise. You could win various various free items, as well as a chance for up to 20% off your total purchase. Hop in soon to see them! 

The Christmas Tree – 2675 Mitzpah Park Road  Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Lots of awesome finds at “behind the red door”! The “Room of Good Things To Eat” has plenty of tasty basket fillers, and unique toys (check out this video). Owned by sisters Kathleen and Madeline, this store has been a staple of the community for unique gifts in all seasons! 

 

EASTER BRUNCHES- APRIL 16th 

Celebrate the holiday with family and friends over a relaxed brunch (that someone else prepares!). Here’s our list of where to find brunch, along with prices, times, and special offers. 

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Photo courtesy of the Bistro on the Boulevard

Bistro on the Boulevard

Featuring French desserts, a chilled seafood bar, and a chef’s omelette station, Easter Brunch at the Bistro on the Boulevard is an elegant way to celebrate the holiday. It is $38 for adults, $20 for children ages 6-12, and children under 5 are free. Reservations are required; call (269) 983-3882. 

Hilton Garden Inn

Offered at one of the newest hotels in town, Easter Brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn is $24.95 per adult, $12.95 for 12 and under, with ages 4 and under dining for free. Reservations and pre-payment required; call (269) 926-5000 ext. 4605. 

Fernwood Botanical Garden

Celebrate spring in Fernwood Botanical Garden’s beautiful setting! Chef Tim Carrigan is hosting an Easter brunch from 10:00am-3:00pm, with adults at $19.95, children 6-12 at $9.95, and children 5 and under free. Admission to Fernwood is included in the price of brunch, so it’s easy to explore the beautiful botanical garden after brunch. You’ll want reservations for this one; call (269)695-6491. 

Plank’s Tavern

Featuring a mimosa bar, Plank’s Tavern is offering a fun and delicious way to celebrate the holiday. They are offering the earliest brunch time, too, beginning at 9:00am! It’s $32 for adults, $14 for kids 7-12, and free for kids 6 and under. Reservations are required at (269) 408-9108. 

Lakehouse Restaurant

There’s a tasty brunch buffet at LakeHouse…and there’s also an Easter egg hunt, and a guest appearance from the Easter Bunny himself! Brunch kicks off at 11:00, with the Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 11:30 (for kids 12 and under). The buffet features ham and prime rib carving stations, gouda mac ‘n’ cheese, as well as and $8 bloody mary bar! Call (269) 982-8020; reservations are strongly recommended.