Egg-Citement and mermaids at Ventura Harbor Village

Mermaids have been spotted seaside at Ventura Harbor Village. Photo by Dan Harding

Hop on over for family fun at Ventura Harbor’s Cottontail Day Festival, Saturday, March 19th from 10 AM – 3 PM, featuring egg hunts, petting zoo, kid’s crafts, and children’s entertainment; all geared towards families with kids ages 1 – 7 years old.

The Cottontail Day festivities give children a chance to take a photo or grab a hug with the Cottontail Bunny.  Children ages 1 –7 can join in the $2 Egg Hunt held every 15-30 minutes from  11 AM – 2 PM (includes free coloring book while supplies last).  Kids that find a “Golden Egg” will happily hop away with extra prizes.  A Village Scavenger Hunt offers clues leading guests to a Hoppy Surprise!  More family fun activities include:  pony rides, petting zoo, henna and glitter tattoos, face painting, tumbling fun

Come early and enjoy breakfast or lunch at one of the many harbor-view restaurants, and visit Harbor Village boutiques for unique gift items.  Stop by the Village Arcade and play a fun family game or explore sea-life on a Harbor cruise or pedal boat rental with the family.   Need an extra treat for Easter baskets?  Take home delicious homemade fudge, French pastries, or waffle cone gift certificates.

On Sunday, March 27th  from Noon – 3 PM the Harbor Is Hopping with Easter brunches, Cottontail Bunny, free kids’ crafts, Village Arcade & Carousel, boutique shops, and live Dixieland Jazz band, “Main Street Jazz” at the Village Carousel Stage.

In March mermaids have been spotted seaside at Ventura Harbor Village. From nautical finds to coastal décor, fashion and artwork inspired by the sea, Ventura Harbor Village pays homage to the mermaid in all of us to celebrate seaside with Mermaid Madness!

A colorful Mermaid People’s Parade will kick off the month long festivities on Sunday, March 6 at 1 pm at the Fisherman’ s Memorial , followed by a Ukulele Jam at the Ventura Harbor Village Carousel Stage.

Mermaid  Meet & Greets Sunday, March 6, 13, 20 from 1-4 pm, complimented with special sales, classes and culinary delights through the month.

Sip on a Blue Mermaid Margarita or savor a Seafood Scramble at the Boatyard Café or homemade Seafood Crepes on special for month of March at Le Petit Café.  For a sweet treat taste the Sea Monster Oreo Shake or Mermaid Dream Sundae at Coastal Cone Ice Cream this March, or mermaid-inspired spun cotton candy at Village Carousel & Arcade on weekends. Beautiful jewelry, coastal finds for kids and adults are found throughout the locally owned boutiques and galleries at Ventura Harbor Village.

March features various classes and art activities as well, such as Tina O’ Brien Gallery & Studio Mermaid Painting or Drawing Demo every Wednesday and Friday in March from noon-2pm or adult coloring days and kids’ crafts, and Sunday, March 13th  from 6-8pm attend a Mermaid Paint Party at The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood hosted by The December Store and More (Reservations and fee apply).

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