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A basketful of Easter activities will happen this weekend, from Huntington Beach to Laguna Beach.

April 04, 2012|By Candice Baker

So the kids want to hunt for eggs, eat ham and raise the roof this Easter, but you just want to sleep in.

Relax. There are myriad opportunities for merriment this year, with no tree climbing or oven manhandling necessary. Enjoy your beauty rest, then head to one of the below events.

Surf City residents and aficionados love to hop to the huge 22nd Annual Easter Hunt and Family Fun Day, sponsored by the city of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the city Sports Complex, 18000 Goldenwest St.

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Enjoy a hunt for kids ages 8 and under, staggered by age (bring a basket); games; entertainment; exhibits; and refreshments also provided. Information: surfcityusa.com.

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach is offering a variety of Easter happenings this weekend for its restaurant and hotel guests, including a waterslide relay race and egg spoon relay race at 3 p.m. Sunday; appearances from the Easter Bunny; two Easter egg hunts for hotel and restaurant guests, divided into sessions for kids 5 and under and 6 and over; the second annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at noon for hotel guests; and egg decorating at 2 p.m.

Enter a contest for a one-night stay at the concierge desk throughout the weekend. Information and participation details: hyattregencyhuntingtonbeach.com.

Pop by the Orange County Market Place swap meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday for its sixth annual Easter Festival & Treasure Hunt. The free hunt will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; bring an Easter basket to fill with candy and toys.

The first 500 kids in line also will receive a free gift. A special gold ticket redeemable for a giant prize will be hidden in a plastic egg. Free face painting will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; the Easter Bunny will be available for photos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; free puppet shows are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; free craft opportunities will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and stilt walkers will be on-hand in the morning.

Admission is free for kids 12 and under, and $2 for those ages 13 and up. Information: (949) 723-6616 or ocmarketplace.com.

The Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar at the Wyndham Orange County, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa has planned a lakeside Easter brunch with live jazz featuring Sharon Marie Cline for $39 per adult (plus an additional $10 for bottomless mimosas) and $19 for kids ages 7 to 16.

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