Santa Monicans who are hunting for Easter activities this week need look no further than their own backyard, as the Westside is offering plenty of ways to celebrate this egg-cellent holiday.

On Friday the Pico Branch Library (2201 Pico Blvd.) will offer an egg hunt for ages 4 and up, with spring stories, a craft and, of course, a hunt for eggs. Space is limited, but free tickers are available for pick up 30 minutes before the program. The event goes from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Also on Friday is a special Good Friday service at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church by the Sea (1823 Michigan Ave.). The service, “Good Friday: 7 Last Words,” will take place at 12 p.m.

On Saturday the Santa Monica Junior Chamber (Jaycees) will host the 24th annual Peter Rabbit Day at Douglas Park (2439 Wilshire Blvd.) This free community event will run from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Families will enjoy egg hunts (separated by age groups), egg dying, sack races, face painting, balloon animals and more. The Westside Family Health Center will host a healthy eating game and the Easter Bunny and local law enforcement will be making a special appearance. Families are encouraged to come early, as activities are on a first come, first served basis.

Grown ups can also get in on the fun on Saturday during a natural egg dyeing (and eating) class at 1450 Ocean Ave. from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Chef Rachael Narins will be there to help attendees learn how to dye and decorate eggs – for Easter or any occasion – with all-natural ingredients, such as beet juice, coffee, turmeric and more, with the farmers market as an inspiration. Each student in the class will learn to design and stencil their eggs using classic techniques, arranging them into a basket to be used as a gift or centerpiece. During the class there will also be a discussion on safe food handling and the chance to make a simple recipe for an open faced egg salad sandwich with creme fraiche and spring herbs. Students should bring an apron, but gloves will be provided. Attendees will also need an empty egg carton or basket to transport your creations home.

And on the big day itself, Del Frisco’s Grille’s will be taking on the task of serving up an Easter brunch. Restaurant-goers will enjoy a 16 oz. prime rib for $42 for brunch, lunch or dinner, and can top it off with a lemon cake jar for $9. Classic brunch items like the Grille Benedict, fried chicken and waffles, red velvet Belgian waffles, and the new breakfast burrito will also be available as Easter treats. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for the littlest bruncher-goers.

jennifer@www.smdp.com