Spring may be the best time of year for a resort getaway: the flowers are in bloom, but summer crowds (and high-season prices) have not yet arrived. With Easter just around the corner, kid-friendly resorts are offering a shower of spring savings along with bunny-themed events, and thousands upon thousands of hidden eggs. Here are 11 resorts planning special fun-filled egg-stravaganzas, plus a special Easter train with Peter Cottontail as conductor:

Hershey Lodge
Where: Hershey, PA
Why: Because while the smell of chocolate wafts through the air all year here, at Easter the lawn is literally covered with cocoa. This elegant hotel right outside Hershey Park offers Easter weekend cookie decorating, egg hunts, bingo, pool games, s'mores, character appearances, a non-denominational sunrise service and a Hershey's Kiss Hunt. The Easter package starts at $375 a night for a family of four and includes park admission, two breakfasts and a few other area attractions -- but you can also enjoy the resort festivities with the room-only rate, which starts at $219 a night.

The Homestead
Where: Hot Springs, VA
Why: Because this family-friendly luxury resort has something for everyone in its Easter basket of activities. Kids can skate for free on the resort's ice rink, get their pictures taken with the Easter bunny, watch a magic show, or paint wooden Easter eggs. For quality family time, there will be hayrides, family bingo, lawn chess, and horseback rides. Sunday morning kicks off with an egg hunt of 4,000 eggs -- including one golden egg bearing a prize -- followed by a traditional Easter brunch. The Easter Escape package starts at $289 a night and includes most activities, a breakfast buffet, and an Easter basket -- as well as a 25 percent discount on any outdoor activities that carry fees, such as pony rides or fly-fishing.

Copper Mountain Resort
Where: Copper Mountain, CO
Why: Because this family-favorite ski resort (see's review) is hosting Colorado's largest Easter-egg hunt with over 50,000 eggs scattered throughout the resort and village -- including special "copper" eggs that kids can redeem for prizes such as ski lessons, gift cards, t-shirts, and perhaps even a season pass for next year. This year's Easter festivities include egg decorating, egg roll races, and visits with the Easter Bunny. Rates start at $216 a night for a family of four with the Third Night Free, Kids Ski Free deal.

Marina Inn at Grand Dunes
Where: Myrtle Beach, SC
Why: Because the Grand Strand is notorious for family fun (see Myrtle Beyond-the-Beach), and the Marina Inn at Grand Dunes is offering a roster full of eggcellent activities. Start off the weekend on Friday with egg and cookie decorating, and a family movie night with s'more roasts under the stars. During the rest of the weekend, there's an egg hunt, a savory Easter brunch, and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Cottontail. In between all the Easter activities, families can rent bicycles, take in a round of golf, or go for a swim in the indoor pool. Two-night Easter packages start at $409 and include an Easter brunch for a family of four (a $96 value) and a family Easter basket.

Grand Traverse Resort
Where: Acme, MI
Why: Because this award-winning resort and spa is celebrating Easter with an egg-coloring contest, cookie decorating, breakfast with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt. Kids will love the video arcade and indoor water playground, which features a 70-foot long waterslide, water-walk, and water basketball nets. On Saturday, there will be a live magic show followed by a family movie. The resort also offers a Kids' Night Out with swimming, arts and crafts, and a pizza party. The Family Fun package starts at $297 for two nights and includes breakfast for four, most activities, an in-room movie and a variety of goodies from the on-site candy and ice cream shops. (Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Kids' Night Out are an additional charge.)

Pinehurst Resort
Where: Pinehurst, NC
Why: Because this hallowed golf resort is surprisingly kid-friendly (see's review), and Easter weekend offers myriad opportunities for families to have fun together. The weekend roster includes a resort-wide scavenger hunt, bouncies, face-painting, an egg toss, and a birdhouse-painting workshop. Aside from the usual Easter Sunday egg hunt, there's also a flashlight egg hunt on Friday night to give bigger kids a challenge, followed by a family movie. The Easter package starts at $224 per person and includes a breakfast buffet, commemorative family photo, Easter dinner and most scheduled activities. Kids 12 and under eat, stay and golf for free with an adult.

Barton Creek Resort
Where: Austin, TX
Why: Because this luxurious golf resort has a stellar lineup of Easter weekend activities both indoors and out. At Saturday's Easter Carnival, there is face painting, balloon art, and a huge egg hunt. All weekend, families can play giant volleyball, race with kickboards, or go diving for golf balls in the pool. Indoors, there's a games room with Nintendo, Wii, Ping-Pong, and foosball. Kids get their own Easter baskets, and plenty of chances to see the Bunny roaming the grounds. The resort's Honeys & Bunnies package starts at $225 a night and includes a free round of golf as well as 2-for-1 spa treatments on Sunday.

Heidel House Resort and Spa
Where: Green Lake, WI
Why: Because this lakefront resort offers a quiet retreat for the whole family. If snow is still on the ground, families can go ice skating, cross-country skiing, and sledding, or head indoors to the pool, spa, and game room. The holiday weekend will offer egg dying, an Easter egg hunt, and craft workshops. The Easter package starts at $179 a night and includes a Sunday brunch for a family of three (a $50 value), activities, and an Easter basket delivery by the Bunny himself. For additional children, add $25 per night.

Wintergreen Resort
Where: Wintergreen, VA
Why: Because this 11,000-acre mountain resort, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, has a lush spring setting and a fabulous Easter version of toasting marshmallows: a Peeps Roast. The resort has 30 miles of hiking trails, a 900-foot zipline, tennis, golf, and a kids club. Over the weekend you can take part in bonnet-making, egg decorating and a Bunny Hop 5K, as well as the Peeps roast. On Sunday there's a bonnet parade and brunch. We found three-night rates for a two-bedroom condo that average out to $182 a night with the resort's Buy 2, Get 3 special.

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort
Where: San Diego, CA
Why: Because this bayside San Diego resort -- featuring water sports, easy access to the beach and a big pool complex with slides -- combines theme park fun with holiday festivities. Holiday weekend activities include meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny, egg-decorating crafts and both a grass-based and underwater egg hunts. With the Family Adventure Package, we found weekend rates of $279 a night that include most activities, breakfast for four and 20 percent off tickets for a family of four to the famous zoo, SeaWorld or Legoland.

Mohonk Mountain House
Where: New Paltz, NY
Why: Because this Victorian-castle-turned-resort, 90 miles outside NYC, offers a grand holiday as well as all-inclusive rates that let the kids stay and eat for free. As part of the Spring Family Festival, weekend activities include an Easter egg hunt, Lego building, instrument-making, an interactive parade, and lots of family-friend evening entertainment. Rates start $302 per adult, per night, and include three daily meals as well as most resort activities and afternoon tea with cookies. There's a limit of two kids per room for the free rate.

Easter Bunny Train Ride
Where: Strasburg, PA
Why: Because a hotel stay isn't the only way to celebrate Easter with a fun getaway. Over the Easter weekend, the Strasburg Rail Road will have Peter Cottontail playing conductor on a historical steam train that chugs through the Pennsylvania countryside. During the 45-minute trip, kids will have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny as he passes out treats. Back at the station, kids will have a blast riding the miniature train, and propelling themselves down the tracks on either the "pump" or "cranky" cars. Easter train tickets cost $17 for ages 12 and up, $11 for ages 3 to 11, and $3 for toddlers 3 and under. is an award-winning family travel site, featuring reviews of kid-friendly hotels and resorts, expert planning advice, readers' travel tips, and more. Want an easy way to find out about vacation deals? Sign up for our family travel e-newsletter. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.