(Photo credit Calgary Farmer’s Market)
Easter not only celebrates the resurrection of Jesus but is it also a sign of Spring and new beginnings. Aside from the holiday being a religious one it is also a time of Easter egg hunts, family brunches and of course the Easter Bunny. Churches have a full slate of events, restaurants are busying themselves for the Easter brunch crowd and of course, there are plenty of family friendly activities to take in this month.
In the religious vein there is Saviour-An Oratorio which is a unique and interesting option this Easter. It blends classic, pop, inspirational and traditional styles of music together and is a joint effort by the New West Symphony & Chorus and the First Alliance Church Choir & Orchestra. There will be two performances of this oratorio, the first Sunday April 9th at 7pm at the Bow Valley Christian Church and the second on Wednesday, April 12 at 7pm at First Alliance Church. This is a family friendly event with no admission charge.
The Calgary Farmer’s Market is having Easter photo and fun days on April 14 and 15th from 10am-2pm. You can get your picture taken with the Easter bunny, decorate cookies and take in the other activities. It is a free event, but they are accepting donations of food and/or cash for the Calgary Food Bank so no one goes hungry this Easter.
In Airdrie on April 16 is the Family Easter Egg Hunt that goes from 9:30-noon. It takes place at East Lake Park and it is a free family event. There will be half a ton of chocolate eggs to hunt for, face painting, crafts and other activities to enjoy and new this year, there will also be the Butterfield Acres petting corral to check out. They too are taking donations of food and/or cash for the local food bank.
Speaking of Butterfield Acres, they are having their annual Legendary Easter Hunt over two weekends this year, April 8 and 9th from 10am-1:40pm and again April 14 and 15th from 10am-1:40pm. Kids will learn the legend of the Easter bunny and then go out and hunt for eggs. They then will visit the farmyard to see all of the new baby animals before checking in to see if the bunny himself left them a little take home treat. Fun for the whole family, this event is $12.99 for kids and $14.99 for adults.
If you like animals you won’t want to miss the Calgary Zoo’s Easter Eggstravaganza being held this year on April 14 and 15 from 9am-2pm. It is included with your general admission to the zoo and includes treats, face painting, bunny races, crafts, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations. It doesn’t matter the weather, as all activities have indoor venues at the ready if needed.
Easter bunnies and Easter brunch. While there are special brunch menus at restaurants all over Calgary and surrounding areas, there isn’t enough room to list them all here, but two are a bit more special because of where they are being held.
The first is the Heritage Park Easter Brunch at the Wainwright Hotel. It is on Easter Sunday April 16 with seating available from 9am-2pm at the Hotel which is a historical landmark at the park and a place where you can step back in time while enjoying some delicious menu items. If you can’t make it there for Easter don’t worry, they have a Mother’s Day brunch and many other events planned throughout the year.
Fort Calgary is also having an Easter brunch this year. It too is on Easter Sunday and has available sittings at 9am, 11:30am and 2pm. It is being held in the Officer’s Mess and the ticket price for the brunch also includes access to the museum and grounds for the day.
Just because it’s Spring doesn’t mean you can’t take another trip to the mountains. Sunshine Village is still open for Spring skiing and are having a visit from the Easter bunny and an egg hunt on April 15 and 16th from 10am-1pm. There will also be a non-denominational church service to mark the occasion.
Over at Lake Louise, you can ski and visit with both the Easter bunny and Griff the grizzly as they hand out eggs April 15-17th and at Mt. Norquay on April 16th you won’t want to miss the fun of an Easter brunch, and digging in the snow for Easter eggs. The fun starts on April 16th at 10am.
Whether you are in the mood for hunting for eggs, having a day out with the family, enjoying a delicious meal that you don’t have to prepare (or clean up after) or attending a church service to mark this Easter and all that it stands for there are as always plenty of options available. Happy Spring and have a blessed and happy Easter.