Whether you celebrate Easter at church or with brunch, the East Valley offers a number of holiday activities for the entire family. From egg hunts to pageants, here are some egg-speriences you'll want to put on your calendar.
Kick off your Easter weekend at the world's largest, annual, outdoor Easter pageant. From Tuesday, April 11, to Saturday, April 15, Mesa Arizona Temple puts on the production “Jesus The Christ.”
More than 475 cast members reenact the story of Jesus, including his life, death and resurrection, in a 65-minute professionally produced musical play.
The show starts at 8 p.m. each night and cost nothing to attend. However, you should show up a few hours early to get a seat. The Mesa Arizona Temple is at 525 E. Main St., Mesa. Learn more at easterpageant.org.
On Thursday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids under 8 can enjoy the Trick-or-Treat-style Tiny Tots Egg Hunt along Mesa's Main Street. Stop at businesses flying a balloon to receive one egg per child. The Easter Bunny will also be around for photos. Learn more at facebook.com/kidtasticmesa.
If you aren't averse to a drive, Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek hosts its annual Easter Egg-citement on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can enjoy egg hunts, Easter cookies, rides, a hot dog lunch and photos with the Easter Bunny.
Tickets cost $25 per kid and $3-$10 per adult. If you plan to go, however, you'll want to buy soon as tickets go fast. Learn more at schnepffarms.com.
Snedigar Sportsplex in Chandler offers its free Family Easter Celebration. From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, kids up to 9 years old can participate in age-divided egg hunts.
Plus, enjoy interactive activities, rides, photos with the Easter Bunny, food and a Family Easter Basket Giveaway. The complex is at 4500 S. Basha Road, Chandler. Learn more at chandleraz.gov.
If you're looking for an Easter play that isn't of a religious nature, check out “Who Stole My Eggs?” The fun free mystery play courtesy of East Valley Children's Theatre scrambles to capture an egg thief (possibly a chicken burglar?). It takes place at Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road, Mesa, from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday. You can call 480-644-3100 for more info.
On Easter Sunday itself, scoot over to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler for the annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza (tired of the egg puns yet?) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rawhide offers an Easter buffet at the Steakhouse that ranges from pancakes to top sirloin. Then the kids can wear themselves out in an egg hunt. Tickets cost $21.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids 4-12. Register your spot at (480) 502-5600 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at rawhide.com.
If you want an event not traditionally Easter-related, head over to Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa on Easter Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You can partake in all-you-can-eat pizza and salad while you enjoy a special concert from the Mighty Wurlitzer. Lunch costs $12 for adults, $10 for kids 3-9, and you do not need to purchase tickets in advance.