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Easter Parade | Arts & Entertainment | Salt Lake City

The Easter season was definitely a bit…weird in 2020 and 2021. While some seasonal activities took place, most didn’t, and even the ones that did might not have happened. attractive destinations, with herds of unvaccinated children.

If you and/or your family are looking for Easter weekend events as you return to the world, here’s just a sampling of what’s available. (Information correct at time of publication; please check with each site as circumstances may change.)

Thanksgiving Point Easter Eggstreme: The beautiful grounds of Thanksgiving Point Electric Park become a happy hunting ground for Easter eggs on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with age-specific hunting times on the half hour between 10 a.m. 30 and 1 p.m.; accessibility flushes are also available upon request. Enjoy additional family activities, including games and bouncy houses, plus a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $9-$14; while at Thanksgiving Point, consider admiring the pretty blooms of the annual Tulip Festival (separate entrance). 2650 N. Ashton Blvd., Lehi, thanksgivingpoint.org

Gardner Village Easter Activities: For an a la carte selection of seasonal themed activities, head to West Jordan for a wide range of options at Gardner Village, through Saturday, April 16. The baby animals of the farm. The Cottontail Express offers a trackless train ride all around the village, while those looking to stretch their legs can sign up for the April 16 Eggs Legs 5K/10K/Half Marathon along the Jordan River Trail. 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan, gardnervillage.com/easter-activities

Easter Activities at Historic Wheeler Farm: If you’re looking for an Easter week activity for your fur baby, Wheeler Farm offers a unique option with its Easter Dog Bone Hunt on Thursday, April 14, from 3-7 p.m. Dogs are divided by size (small, medium, and large), and go in search of treat-filled Easter eggs; all participants receive a goody bag and a chance to spend time in the off-leash area. And on the more conventional side, an Easter egg hunt for kids with Easter bunny photo ops is also available on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 6351 S. 900 East, Murray, slco.org/wheeler-farm/events

Draper City Easter Egg Hunt: Bring the family to a free, no-registration event for all ages on Saturday, April 16 starting at 10 a.m. Children will be separated into four general age groups for their egg searches, with special needs accessibility accommodations available. Make-up and photos of Easter bunnies will also be available on site. Arrive early, as eggs are collected on a first-found, first-served basis. Galena Hills Park, 12500 S. 550 West, Draper, draperutah.gov/931/Easter-Egg-Hunt

Cottonwood Heights Easter Egg Hunt: Start Saturday, April 16 with a food truck breakfast starting at 9 a.m. and balloon animal art offerings starting at 9:30 a.m. The egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East, facebook.com/events/664907354658024

West Valley City Egg Dive: For a slightly different spin on the traditional Easter egg hunt, get the family into swimming gear on Saturday, April 16, as the West Valley Family Fitness Center’s indoor activity pool becomes the location for the basket. Age-appropriate start times for children up to 15 years old begin at staggered times from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An adult must be in the pool at all times with children under 8 years old. Pre-registration before Thursday, April 14; no registration on the day of the event will be accepted. 5415 W. 3100 South, West Valley City, facebook.com/events/510641370635732

Easter show at Place de l’Université: Not all Easter events possesses go on an Easter egg hunt. University Place at Orem is hosting an Egg-Free Party on Saturday, April 16, 2-4 p.m., featuring DJ music at The Orchard, Easter Bunny pictures, hot air balloon, petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, games and treats for the kid in all of us. 575 E. University Parkway, Orem, universityplaceorem.com/events/easter-extravaganza-4/

Gateway Social Media Easter Egg Hunt: Just in case you don’t mind large group activities, you can always participate in a virtual search. Head online to start searching for Easter egg images in photos posted to The Gateway’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, earning bonus points on their TikTok. Earn points for each egg you find, then email your “basket” to [email protected] on Friday, April 15. The top three points will receive culinary prizes like dinners and lunches at Gateway restaurants, as well as a hand-picked Gateway. present. Facebook.com/atthegateway; Instagram.com/atthegateway; tiktok.com/@atthegatewayslc

Many other cities and towns in Utah will also be hosting their own local events, most of them on Saturday, April 16. Visit your location’s official website to learn more about additional options.

Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes