Egg-citing Springtime Festivities Taking Place at OC Simon Malls

Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities at Brea Mall and The Shops at Mission Viejo, offering families the chance to participate in traditional and unique seasonal events.


“We love to hold family-friendly events and we always look forward to watching children interact with the Bunny at Easter,” said Nate Weirbach, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Brea Mall.


Bunny Photo Experience

The Bunny Photo Experience gives children the chance the visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion.


Hop on in to the following locations:

  • Brea Mall:Begins Saturday, February 20 at 10 a.m. and runs through March 26, at 7 p.m. in Fountain Court, near JCPenney and Nordstrom.
  • The Shops at Mission Viejo:Saturday, March 5 and runs through Saturday, March 26 on the lower level, near Nordstrom.


Save time and avoid the line with Bunny by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Bunny online at


The presenting sponsor for the 2016 Bunny Photo Experience is The Gymboree Corporation – including its Gymboree and Crazy 8 clothing brands.


Caring Bunny™

The Shops at Mission Viejo’s Caring Bunny™ event will offer families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny has been developed by Simon and is guided by, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 90 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. Promotional assistance for Caring Bunny has been provided by Autism Speaks.


On Sunday, March 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):

  • Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the

lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event.

  • Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
  • Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.


Families can reserve a spot for Caring Bunny at


Pet Photo Night

The popular Pet Photo Night makes its debut for the Easter season at Brea Mall this year on March 6 and March 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Center Court. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting



About Brea Mall

Brea Mall is a modern shopping center that features some of the best names in retail including Nordstrom, Macy & Macy Men Children & Home, jcpenney, and Sears, and more. In addition the mall offers more than 175 specialty shops, a full service day spa, and several popular restaurants. Brea Mall is highlighted by Italian tile walkways, vaulted skylights, fountains and original art sculptures which produce an unforgettable Southern California shopping and entertainment experience. A multi-million dollar property renovation has recently been completed. The project included: New light fixtures at the centers two primary entrances, elevation and redesign of the mall’s four entrances and new signage at the main entrance, new landscaping at all mall entrances, a new Children’s Play Area, restroom upgrades including a new family restroom by the new Play Area, larger elevator at Center Court and improved stairways throughout the mall, cosmetic upgrades to the surfaces of Food Court, new flooring throughout the center, and new overhead lighting. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call (714) 990-2732.


About The Shops at Mission Viejo

Among the 150 stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo, this indoor mall features Nordstrom, H&M, Macy’s, Apple, Sephora, and The Cheesecake Factory. The Shops at Mission Viejo serves many nearby communities such as Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano and the city of Mission Viejo. The Shops at Mission Viejo is conveniently located at the intersection of the I-5 and Crown Valley Parkway in the city of Mission Viejo. With over 150 stores and restaurants, The Shops at Mission Viejo is south Orange County’s main shopping destination. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 949-364-1771.

 Credit: Simon.



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