Easter Sunday is March 27th this year, and for many Novato families, that means Easter Sunday brunch at one of our town’s popular brunch spots. Remembering that so many get-togethers take place on this spring day, reservations are recommended.
As to where to visit, everyone will have their own favorite, but we would be remiss not to mention Hilltop 1892 , with spectacular views and “classic Easter brunch and dinner” on the menu, the Wildfox Restaurant, family-owned Grazie on Grant, and the HopMonk Tavern all putting their own signature spins on brunch classics. If you’re looking for the full-on Easter experience, including Easter Egg hunts, face painting and a full brunch spread, consider making a reservation at Rickey’s.
Pioneer Park on Wilson Avenue is host to Novato’s annual free Easter Egg Hunt, which takes place on Sunday March 20th (that’s the weekend before Easter Sunday, don’t show up a week too late). There will be bounce houses, Easter Bunny photo ops, a toddler fun area and of course egg hunts for kids ten and under, starting at 1:30pm.
On Saturday the 26th, you can also join in the easter fun at All Saints Lutheran Church, where the San Marin Improvement Association is holding an Egg Hunt and family picnic, from 11am. They’ll have potato sack races, an Easter egg race and more, with BBQ for sale to benefit the San Marin youth group.
Want to dye some easter eggs without resorting to commercial dye kits? Marin Mommies has a great article on using things like beets and turmeric to achieve colorful egg effects. If you’re picking up locally-sourced organic eggs from Nugget Markets, taking the natural approach to your colorful egg decor is a great way to stick with the organic theme and a fun craft project that teaches kids something about food science that doesn’t involve chemicals.
If you’re planning on your own backyard egg hunt, don’t forget to help the Easter Bunny out by picking up some hollow plastic eggs to hide around the year — you can usually find them at stores like CVS and Lucky. For fillings, pick up some stocking-stuffer style gifts from Five Little Monkeys. They have a great selection of small trinkets that kids will love.
However you spend your Easter weekend (and don’t forget the Pioneer Park egg hunt the weekend before), spend a little time with your local retailers and restaurateurs.