‘Tis the weekend for family fun. If you haven’t been paying attention at your local grocery store, you may not have realized that this Sunday, April 21st, is Easter. Those who gave up something for Lent may have a laser focus on the upcoming date, when they can start indulging again, but for others, it might be a surprise that it is coming up so quickly.
The big day itself is a great opportunity to get together with friends or family for brunch or dinner, but what if you have too many places to go, and too many people to see, to fit it all into just a few hours? Luckily, many places are making it easier to enjoy Easter activities on other days this weekend. See below for some FREE or cheap ways to celebrate.
FREE Easter Egg Hunt at OdySea in the Desert
Head out to OdySea in the Desert for their Annual Great Egg Hunt and Family Fair on Saturday. They will have an Easter egg hunt with grand prizes, professional photos with the Easter Bunny (for $5 per photo), a live DJ, and all of their usual fun things like face painting, bounce houses, a coloring contest, and more. The festival is free, but if you register on their website, you can be entered into the drawings. You can also purchase additional raffle tickets at the door.
- Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm
FREE Easter Eve Party
In the East Valley, if you don’t want to deal with the daytime heat, head to SanTan Village Marketplace on Saturday late afternoon for their Easter Eve Party, with face painting, balloon twisting and FREE photos with the Easter Bunny.
- Saturday, April 20, 2019, 4 pm to 6 pm
FREE Easter Egg Hunt at Enchanted Island
Bring even your littlest children, ages 1 up to 10, out for free Easter egg hunts on both Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, 2019. The eggs are prize-filled with toys, hard candy, or Enchanted Island coupons for free rides and more. Each age group will start at its own time, so be sure to check their website for the schedule, and arrive early to be sure you can register in time. Bring your own basket.
- Youngest kids start at 10 am, Saturday, April 20, 2019, and Sunday, April 21, 2019
Less Traditional Easter Weekend Ideas
Carnival Easter Celebration
Would you rather ride exhilarating carnival rides, than run about on the grass looking for Easter eggs? Then this Carnival Easter Celebration is for you. On Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday come and enjoy rides, games, and delicious food at the corner of East Roeser Road and Central Avenue, just south of downtown Phoenix. You can get an unlimited ride wristband for $20, or get four wristbands for $60 ($15 each).
- Friday, April 19, 2019, 5 pm to 10 pm
- Saturday, April 20, 2019, noon to 10 pm
- Sunday, April 21, 2019, noon to 10 pm
FREE Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Herberger Theater
Have a dramatic friend or child who’d love to know what goes on when the curtain is closed? Go backstage on a FREE behind-the-scenes tour of the Herberger Theater. No need to sign up for the one- hour tour, where you can learn about the history and see the 4-story performance spaces where the public usually doesn’t get to go.
- Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10 am to 11 am
Southwest Cajun Fest
Bring some spice to your date at the Great Southwest Cajun Fest. Admission is $8 in advance ($12 day of, or $10 for military and first responders for up to 4 tickets), but it’s cheaper than a ticket to New Orleans. Downtown Chandler at Dr AJ Chandler Park.
- Saturday, April 20, 2019, noon to 9 pm