Spring is here and Easter is on its way! Find egg hunts in and around Marin, spring and Easter crafts, breakfasts with the Easter Bunny, and other seasonal family events here in our special Spring and Easter section.
Easter Day is on Sunday, April 16. Brunch is always a popular Easter outing and here are a few of our favorite family friendly spots for a Easter brunch in Marin. All information is correct at time of publishing, but please check with the restaurant to confirm. You should also make your reservations soon, as brunches fill up pretty quickly. Click on highlighted links for more info.
Sunday, April 16
Angel Island Cafe
Angel Island State Park
10 am–4 pm
As part of Angel Island's Hop to It! Spring Festival there will be a special spring brunch menu at the Angel Island Cafe, as well as live music from noon–3 pm.
11:30 & 2 pm
Cavallo Point's Easter brunch buffet with seatings at 11:30 am and 2 pm. Enjoy a wide selection of brunch dishes and live jazz. Adults $110 adults, kids 4–12 $55. Make reservations online or by calling (415) 339-4700.
If you haven't been to check out the beautiful and picturesque Slide Ranch in Muir Beach, now is your chance! Come to this non-profit teaching farm overlooking the ocean this Saturday to celebrate food, family, and fun at this year's Spring Fling. It all takes place on April 29, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.
This year's Spring Fling features live kid-friendly music, local organic cuisine, hikes and tours, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Learn where your food comes from by milking goats, feeding chickens, and touring the garden, or making bread, butter, and cheese. See how a sweater is made through sheep shearing, carding and spinning wool, and other wool crafts.
Every Easter, we always end up buying one of those egg-dying kits at the supermarket (tradition dies hard in our house), but that doesn't stop us from trying out different ways of coloring our Easter eggs, like making and using natural egg dyes. Recently, a friend mentioned that her family likes to paint their Easter eggs with watercolors, so we thought we'd give it a try.
Old fashioned coconut cake is an Easter favorite. We decided to give this classic treat a kid-sized spin and made a fun mini cupcake version.
These light and sweet little cakes with a marshmallow-like frosting are great for parties, playdates, and get-togethers, and of course as dessert on Easter! Sure, you can use fresh toasted coconut on the outside, but we love the old-school white flaked sweetened coconut from the grocery store's baking aisle.
This recipe makes about three dozen mini cupcakes. You can use it to make regular-size cupcakes, too, but of course you'll need to increase the baking time by a few minutes.
This year, Passover begins on the evening of Monday, April 10 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 18. For many, Passover is the most important of all Jewish holidays, and it's easy to see why: it's a family holiday that's celebrated with a festive meal that recounts the story of Exodus from slavery in Egypt—a foundational story of the Jewish people. Passover is also a spring holiday that celebrates the rebirth of the earth.
Deborah Burg-Schnirman, the Kesher Marin concierge, put together this fantastic list of Marin County and San Francisco Bay Area Passover resources and events for families. Kesher is offering free Passover kits for families, filled with Passover goodies from the Marin Jewish community. These reusable fabric bags will bring extra joy to your family's holiday celebration, and include a LEGO frog kit, seder plate, matzah, grape juice, crafts kits, Kesher's Passover @Home guide ,and more. Sign up to get yours here. Supplies are limited and priority goes to families who haven't received a bag in the past.