How to Celebrate Easter in the Grand Rapids Area

Easter egg hunts and celebrations have already started in Grand Rapids, MI, and the surrounding areas, but Easter weekend poses the most fun things to do for families. If you want to ensure your children have a little extra fun this Easter, here are a few plans you should be making.

The very first step in celebrating Easter here, no matter what age you are, is to make sure to put on your bunny ears!

Eater Egg Hunts on Saturday, March 26

The Wallin Congregational Church, on Oswego NW, is hosting a pancake breakfast and an Easter egg hunt. Breakfast runs from 9:30 am to 11 am, and is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 5 to 10, and free for those under 5. The Easter egg hunt is free, and starts at 11 am, following breakfast.

The Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding hosts a wonderful family event, "Easter with the Equest Bunny. This event runs from 9:30 am to 1 pm. You will find all sorts of things to entertain the little ones, from Easter egg hunting, arts and crafts, photos with the Easter bunny, and live music, to a petting zoo and time meeting the therapy horses. It's definitely a memorable event. The business is located in Rockford, and tickets are limited, so get them now.

Hudsonville has a community Easter egg hunt that offers some extra fun, with face painting, balloon animals, fun and prizes, plus videos to watch. It's all free and hosted at the Hillcrest CRC.

Want to do something a little different with the family this Easter? Join the Family Feast-er at the Downtown Market on Ionia. From 10 am to 12 pm, parents and children will work together to create wonderful meals, and eat them. The cost is $45 for one adult and one child.

Byron Township Recreation is hosting their annual Easter hunt at Whistlestop Park, and it starts at 11 am. As always, the event is free. It's for children ages 2 to 10. Kids not only get to find eggs and prizes, but they can have a chance to visit with the Easter bunny as well.

The Bunny Hop at Gymco is another fun and unique event. They host Easter egg hunts, the gym is open, and there will even be face painting and stories. Make sure kids bring along their own Easter baskets! Cost is $12 a child, or $25 a family. Contact Gymco for more information.

Easter Egg Hunts on Sunday, March 27

Want to do something a little different on Easter day, instead of just staying home with the family gathering? There are still a couple events to check out that will offer the kids something a little extra fun on Easter day.

Head over to Hudsonville for Daybreak Church's Eggstravaganza Egg Races. This event has two races, one at 9:15 am an one at 10:45 am, both lasting 15 minutes. The event is free, and there will be food and fun for all.

Nothing beats an Easter carnival, and that's just what you'll find at the Wyoming Junior High School with the Easter Experience & Carnival. It runs from 10 am to 1 pm. You'll hear great music, find a fun bounce house for the kids, enjoy lots of free candy and more. There will also be arts and crafts and face painting, and it's all free.

There are many other events, at churches and more, in the Greater Grand Rapids area. This is just a mere taste of the Easter candy that awaits!

Yvonne Stegall is a Michigan-based freelance writer, currently located in Grand Rapids. She loves music, nightlife, healthy food, and the hustle of city life. Learn more about Yvonne at her website and follow her on Facebook.