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Kenzie Bucklin, 2, of San Juan Capistrano, shows off her Easter outfit and basket at last year’s Easter Fair at South Shores Church. Photo: Allison Jarrell

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Looking for some family-friendly Easter events in South Orange County? We’ve rounded up some annual events and restaurant specials below, such as the free Easter Fair and egg hunt at South Shores Church and a free Easter Bunny photo op at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.

Saturday, March 26

Capo Beach & Dana Point Egg Hunts
9 a.m.–10 a.m. Hop on down to Pines Park in Capistrano Beach or Sea Canyon Park in Dana Point for the annual Easter Egg Hunts. The events begin at 9 a.m. with a marionette show, kids’ games, petting zoo and Easter Bunny visits. The Egg Hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m. for ages up to 10 years old. Bring an empty basket to collect the plastic eggs and candy. For more information, call the City of Dana Point Community Services & Parks Department at 949.248.3530. Pines Park, 34941 Camino Capistrano, Capistrano Beach; Sea Canyon Park, 33093 Santiago Drive, Dana Point,

Free Gardening Class: Terrific Tomatoes
9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. Take advantage of free gardening classes at the Reata Park and Event Center. The day’s featured topic is growing tomatoes. 28632 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.606.6386.

Easter Fair at South Shores Church
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this free Easter event at South Shores Church. The fair will include egg hunts, telling of the Easter story, carnival games, bounce houses, crafts, lunch and music. South Shores Church, 32032 Del Obispo Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.4991,

Easter Bunny & Grand Prix at the Riding Park
10:30 a.m. Blenheim EquiSports presents a chance to take photos with the Easter Bunny at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A Grand Prix jumping show follows the photo opp at 1:30 p.m. Free parking and admission to both events. 30753 La Pata Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.1841,

Easter at the Outlets
11 a.m.–4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will feature food trucks, face painting, balloon artists and crafts, in addition to visits with the Easter Bunny. Families can also try out larger-than-life games in Center Court, including cornhole, checkers, chess, Connect Four and dominoes. Guests are encouraged to bring their own cameras for free photos with the Easter Bunny. Pets are welcome. 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.535.2323,

Sunday, March 27

Easter Brunch at 19 Sports Bar & Grill
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 19 Sports Bar & Grill will be featuring a special Easter brunch including breakfast and lunch stations serving up savory entrees, salads and spring sweets. “Bottomless” mimosas will be offered for $7. Call for reservations. 32120 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.1919,

Easter at the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley
10 a.m. Easter at the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley will feature professional performances and an upbeat musical. Easter activities will also include an egg hunt for the children. 1201 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente, 949.463-6461,

Easter at Salt Creek Grille
10:30-9 p.m. Salt Creek Grille will be serving a special menu on Easter Sunday with plated brunch specialties until 2 p.m. Brunch items include beignets, hueveos rancheros, breakfast pizza and a chef’s scramble. Call for reservations. Salt Creek Grille, 32802 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

Easter Champagne Buffet & Brunch at Vue Restaurant
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment and discount valet parking along with an array of soups, salads, desserts, beverages and brunch entrees including prime rib, fine herb egg scramble, French toast and eggs benedict. $80 per adult, $35 per child age 5-12. Vue Restaurant Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7555,

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