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Easter festivities happening across Southern AZ

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There are several Easter events happening around Southern Arizona this year. 

We have put together a list of events to celebrate the season -

-Good Friday procession and Easter Sunday sunrise service at 'A' Mountain - April 18 - 20 

(Sentinel Peak Park Tucson 85701)

Access will be restricted to 'A' Mountain on April 18 through 20 for the Good Friday procession (La Procession de Viernes Santo) and the Sunrise Easter Services (La Misa al Amaneser).

Public access will be closed on Sentinel Peak Road at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 18, and will reopen for normal hours on Saturday, April 19 at 8 a.m. for pedestrians and bicyclists, and at 9 a.m. for vehicles. 

The road will close at 8 p.m. on April 19 for the Easter Sunrise Services and reopen again on Sunday, April 20 at noon. 



-Avalon Gardens' Annual Easter Celebration - Sunday, April 20, starting at 9 a.m.

Avalon Organic Gardens & Eco Village - (2074 Pendleton Drive, Tumacacori, AZ 85640)

Visitors will enjoy a hayride to the Easter egg hunt (from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) After the hunt stick around and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment until 2:30 p.m. There is no entrance fee, but suggested donations are $7 for adults, $5 for teens and $3 for 11 and under. There will also be pony rides from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at $5 per ride. Proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit Global Community Communications Schools for Teens & Children.
For more information call (520) 603-9932 or visit http://avalongardens.org/events


-14th Annual EGGstravaganza presented by Tucson Water and Tucson Parks and Recreation - Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mansfield Park (2000 N. Fourth Ave.) 

This free annual community-wide event is about having family fun! Family activities to include music, carnival games, inflatables, prizes, egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny. A variety of foods will be available for purchase through local vendors.
Hunt Times:

Ages 2 and under: 10:30-11 a.m. - Ages 3-4:  11-11:30 a.m. - Ages 5-7: 11:30 a.m. - noon - Ages 8-12: Noon-12:30 p.m.

(Don't forget to bring an empty basket for the hunt)

Parking will be available at the Donna Liggins Center, Mansfield Park Pool, Tucson Symphony,

For more information please call 837-8032.


-Colossal Cave - Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - Saturday, April 19

Colossal Cave Mountain Park (16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail 85641)

Breakfast hours: 9 a.m. to noon; Park hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Give the kids an Easter treat and come talk to the Easter Bunny! Enjoy Breakfast, Photos, Easter Baskets, Easter egg hunt, Pony Ring (fee), Wagon Rides (fee), and Petting Zoo.

Breakfast Menu - Western Breakfast Casserole; Pigs in a Blanket; Waffles with Prickley Pear Syrup; French Toast Sticks; Milk, Coffee, Orange Juice

Breakfast Prices - Adults (13-up) $9; children (3-12) $6; Under 2 free

Park Use Fee applies ($5/car up to 6 people). Children must be accompanied by paying adult.


-First Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Apple Annie's Country Store - Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Apple Annie's Country Store (1510 N. Circle I Rd. Willcox, AZ 85643)

There will be Easter Egg hunts for kids of all ages every hour on the hour, the Easter Bunny will also make several appearances throughout the day. Visitors will also have a chance win a real live Easter Bunny!

The cost is just $5 per hunter which includes one round of egg hunting and a bag of Easter goodies. No reservations are required.

The Country Store is located just off I-10 exit 340 in Willcox.

For more information call 520-766-2084 or visit www.appleannies.com.


-Huachuca Oaks Christian Camp & Conference Center - 4th Annual Biker Sunrise Service - April 20, sunrise

Huachuca Oaks Christian Camp & Conference Center (9502 S. Hwy 92 in Hereford, AZ)

Live music, great teaching and a pancake breakfast complete with bacon/sausage, fresh strawberries and whip creme! All are invited to attend and please bring your family. It's a great time!  Look for the biker sign and colored flags just past Stump Canyon Rd. coming from Sierra Vista. 

For more information please call Dan at (520) 732-9537


-Easter Egg hunt at Children's Museum Tucson - Saturday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children's Museum Tucson (200 S. 6th Ave. Tucson, 85701)

Join the Easter fun - visitors will be making Easter baskets, bunny masks, ornaments, frames and much more!  The Easter Egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. with separate areas for children 4 and under, and children 5 and older.  Watch out for those golden eggs (there might just be a coupon inside for a special prize). Easter activities are included in the museum admission price.


-United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Easter Egg hunt - Sunday, April 20 from noon to 2 p.m.

Rancho Sahuarita Clubhouse (15455 S. Camino Lago Azul, Sahuarita, 85629)

This free Easter Eggstravaganza is for all Rancho Sahuarita families with special needs children.  It is happening at the Rancho Sahuarita Clubhouse.  Included in this event will be arts and crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Registration is required for this free event. Please arrive between 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. and don't forget to bring those Easter baskets. The egg hunt begins promptly at 1 p.m.

For more information please call (520) 207-7730


-Spring Festival at Rancho Sahuarita - Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anamax Park (17501 S. Camino De Las Quintas, Sahuarita 85629)

Thanks to the Town of Sahuarita and Rural/Metro Fire Department, Sahuarita families will enjoy this annual spring festival which includes an Easter Egg hunt, a visit with the Easter bunny and lots of crafts and games.


-Tucson Botanical Gardens - Garden Egg hunt - Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tucson Botanical Gardens (2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, 85712)  

Egg Hunts, Story time, and a special guest appearance from the Garden Bunny! (Free with admission to gardens)

EGG HUNTS in the Children's Garden 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

STORY in the Children's Garden 10:45 a.m. 

CUTE CRAFT in the Children's Garden Starting at 10 a.m. 

Photos with the GARDEN BUNNY!

Cost - Oct. thru Apr. $13 Adults | $12 Student/Senior/Military | $7.50 Children 4-12 (included entrance to Butterfly Magic) Children 3  and under and Members are always free!



-Easter holiday brunch at Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain - Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain (15000 North Secret Springs Drive, Marana, 85658)

Easter weekend will offer an exceptional dining experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, as the return of holiday brunch CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar is set for Sunday, April 20.

Presented from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday, the CORE brunch experience will feature both traditional and holiday buffet favorites.

Prices - $80 for adults and $35 for children under 12 years of age, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, please contact The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain at (520) 572-3000. The resort is located in Marana, just north of Tucson, Arizona.


-Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort Easter Brunch and egg hunt - Sunday April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort (10000 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson 85704)

Join the fun on Easter Sunday for a most memorable brunch buffet and Easter Egg hunt.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a sumptuous array of seasonally inspired culinary delights sure to please everyone. There will also be two 'golden' egg hunts, one at 11 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. in addition to an Easter Bunny for the kids. 

For the full menu click here - http://www.hiltonelconquistador.com/d/hiltonelconquistador/media/PDF/Easter_Tucson_HiltonConquistador2014.pdf

Cost is adults $48, children 6-12 $17, children 5 & younger are free*. 

Reservations can be made by calling (520) 544-1244 or clicking on the following link to email the resort concierge -  EMAILING.


-The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa Easter Buffet and Egg hunt - beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa (3800 E. Sunrise Dr. Tucson, 85718)

AZuL Restaurant will be serving up southwestern fare, all while taking in the views of the Catalina Mountains.  There will be an Easter Egg hunt at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. led by the Easter Bunny in the Fiesta area. 

Prices are $49 for adults and $19 for children 5 to 12, while those under 5 eat for free.

Seating is limited so call ahead for reservations at (520) 577-5868, there are seatings at 9:30 a.m.; 10 a.m. ; 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m.

For more information and the extended buffet list click here - http://westinlapalomaresort.com/event/easter-brunch/.


-Lodge on the Desert Easter Brunch - Sunday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lodge on the Desert (306 North Alvernon Way, Tucson 85711)

The whole family is invited to this traditional Easter Brunch.  There will even be a special buffet set up for the youngsters.  For those 21 and older a complimentary mimosa is included in their buffet meal.  To view the full buffet menu click here - Easter Sunday Brunch.

Prices are $49 for adults; $22 for children 6 to 12; $10 for children 5 and younger.

Call (520) 320-2014 for do so online.



Casino Del Sol Resort will be closed beginning April 17 through 20 in observance of Lenten season and Pascua Yaqui Easter Cultural ceremonies.  Also closed will be Casino of the Sun and the Sewailo Golf Course.  All will reopen on Monday, April 21 at 8 a.m.

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