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Easter Top Picks: Bunnies to Egg Hunts

Ready to see some long ears and pastel eggs? Hop in this direction.

We've had it in our collective, nature-loving minds for well over a century that rabbits are incredibly concerned with clocks, and what time it happens to be.

Thank the White Rabbit from "Alice in Wonderland" for encouraging we humans to forever picture hares holding timepieces. But the image does hold water — er, time — for there's another famous bunny who rather needs to stick to a schedule.

The Easter Bunny is the chap we're referring to, that long-eared merrymaker who hops around not just on Easter proper but in the days leading up to the holiday. This is all to say that if you and your young'uns hope to go out for an egg hunt, or train ride, or bird walk, over Easter Weekend, best check the schedule and make sure it isn't a Saturday-only deal, with no Sunday hours.

So twitch your ears and hop for the springtime celebrations at ...

Los Angeles Zoo: Big Bunny's Spring Fling, the annual rabbit-cute hullabaloo, is a three-day fest that includes a "Pet a Fuzzy Bunny" area as well as an Egg-cellent Adventure search, live entertainment, treats, and photos with the Big Bunny himself (for "a nominal fee"). Dates? March 25 through 27

Irvine Park Railroad: The Easter Extravaganza has been hopping at this Orange-based family destination for a few weeks now, and the good times continue through Saturday, March 26. The main bunny will be busy on Sunday, so get there the day before Easter for train rides, photos, and more.

Kidspace Children's Museum: Two days of egg hunts, and bunny-cuddling opportunities, and art making, and bunny hop lessons hop into this Pasadena favorite. Will your tot find some of the candy-filled eggs? "Hundreds" of the colorful orbs will be hidden for kids to locate. Be there on March 26 and 27

Westchester Recreation Center: Several regional LA City parks will do the whole happy egg hunt scene, including Westchester on Saturday, March 26. Make for the part for "arts and crafts, games and treats" as well as the all-important egg search. There's a big list here, with lots of destinations to celebrate, get some sunshine, and roll with your basket. Just check the date, to confirm, and you're good to go.

Olvera Street: The Blessing of the Animals isn't an egg hunt, but it is one of the most beloved of Southern California traditions. That's because people show up with their pets — dogs, cats, goldfish, horses, snakes, and, yes, sometimes rabbits — for a kindly benediction. It's an afternoon-fun party, with lots of seasonal sweetness, and it happens on Saturday, March 26.

Disneyland: The theme park's annual Egg-stravaganza continues through Sunday, March 27. You'll search for "eggs" around the Happiest Place on Earth, but these aren't traditional eggs to stow in a basket. Rather, they're character eggs, and once you see one you'll note its spot on a map. Turn in the map, get a surprise. Maps are a pinch under six bucks, and stickers are included.

Catalina Island: Searching for eggs just steps from the sand? It isn't often that we spend our special occasions on an island, but the Easter doings are ready to delight the Descanso Beach Club. Best hop a boat to Avalon for the traditional-sweet search, and book plans for brunch at the club post-hunt. Sunday, March 27

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