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2018 Easter weekend events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and the surrounding areas

(File photo) Children rush the field for Easter Eggs during the Scheels Easter Egg Drop at Lower City Park in Iowa City on Saturday, April 15, 2017. All of the eggs were scooped up in a couple minutes. Bill Adams/Freelance
(File photo) Children rush the field for Easter Eggs during the Scheels Easter Egg Drop at Lower City Park in Iowa City on Saturday, April 15, 2017. All of the eggs were scooped up in a couple minutes. Bill Adams/Freelance

From egg hunts to bunny meet-and-greets to brunches, here are 7 events to check out in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and the surrounding area this holiday weekend. 

This list was curated from user-submitted content our sister site, hooplanow.com, which features events and things to do. Sign up for Hoopla's email newsletter to get fun ideas delivered weekly. 

1. LONGBRANCH EASTER BRUNCH

Sunday, 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Best Western Plus Longbranch Hotel & Convention Center: 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids

A very special Easter Brunch Buffet, featuring Tender Carved Easter Ham, Carved Roast Baron of Beef, Longbranch Baked Chicken, Broiled Cod with Dill Sauce, Whipped Potatoes and Gravy, Sugar Glazed Carrots, Fresh Fruit Assortment, Freshly Baked Pecan Rolls, Fresh Dessert Assortment and more. Adults - $25.99,  Seniors - $24.99, Children under 12 - $10.99, Children under 4 - free. For Reservations: Call 319-377-6386 or thelongbranch.com

 

2. HD YOUTH CENTER'S ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.

NewBo City Market: 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids

The HD Youth Center Easter Egg Hunt is a springtime community tradition for youth to gather to find hidden eggs filled with candy.  Since 2013, we have held our event at the NewBo City Market.  This years Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 31, 2018, at 1:00 PM. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their own baskets and bags.  

 

3. CEDAR RAPIDS MARRIOTT CELEBRATES EASTER

Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Marriott: 1200 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids

Spend your Easter focused on family & not food preparations by reserving your spot for Easter Brunch at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. Focus on family; while enjoying a delicious meal and none of the clean up! $28.00 Adults, $10.00 Bottomless Mimosa Bar, $15.00 Children (5-11). Reservations Required: 319-393-6600. 

 

4. BIG GROVE'S BREWERY EGG HUNT & BRUNCH

Sunday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Big Grove Brewery & Taphouse: 1225 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City

The brunch menu features: Spiral ham, asparagus cheese frittata, Potato au gratin, roasted spring vegetables (asparagus, radish, carrot, shallot, parsley, chives), lemon poppy seed bread, milk rolls, house butter and strawberry jam 

Egg Hunts by Age Groups: 11:00am- 0-3 years, 11:15am- 4-6 years, 11:30am- 7-9 years, 11:45am- 10-12 years, Noon- Adults. 

Adults: $14.99, Children (4-12): $7.99, Children 3 and under: Free. 

 

5. BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY

Saturday, 9 a.m, - 1 p.m.

Bloomsbury Farm: 3260 69th Street , Atkins

Join us for a fun-filled morning at Bloomsbury Farm. The Easter Bunny will be here to join you for a delicious breakfast and a romp around the Farm. There will be Cookies to Decorate, Hayrack Rides, Barrel Train Rides, Barnyard Buddies to pet, and even a Photo Op with the Easter Bunny himself!

Breakfast will be served in the following time slots: 9:00-9:45am, 10:00-10:45am, 11:00-11:45am, 12:00pm-12:30pm. Activities will be taking place anytime in-between. You are welcome to arrive early to play on the Farm, and stay after the meal to play. However, please refrain from getting in the serving line until within your designated time slot. Register in advance at bloomsburyfarm.com

 

6. SPRING SUNSHINE SPECTACULAR

Saturday, 10 a.m. - noon

Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library: 450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids 

Come and join us for our annual Spring Sunshine Spectacular. Play games, craft, hunt for eggs, dance and listen to seasonal stories. Don't forget that the Easter Bunny will be here and is ready to have his picture taken with you! It's sure to be a fun-filled day!

 

7. EASTER SHOWCASE AT NOELRIDGE GREENHOUSE

Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Noelridge Greenhouse: 4900 Council Street NE, Cedar Rapids

The annual Easter Showcase is Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Noelridge Greenhouse. Admission is free. The first 500 children age 12 years and under will receive a free plant.Visitors will enjoy many educational displays including those by the Eastern Iowa Aquarium Association and the Harshbarger Hosta Society. Houseplants, honey, handcrafted jewelry and pressed flower greeting cards will be available for sale.

 

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