Hooray for the season that brings blooms, warmer temps, and puts a spring in everyone’s step! We found an Easter event in every NYC borough, so find your bunny fun, and then consider donning a bonnet and strolling Fifth Ave. in springtime style. The city’s festive annual Easter Parade takes place this year on Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between 49th and 55th Streets. Go strut — and spring forward!

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photo: Michael Fleshman via Flickr

Manhattan

Inaugural Rockefeller Center Easter Celebration
Whoa! Rock Center is rolling out a free Easter celebration this year for the first time! The event will feature an egg hunt for kids ages 2 to 10, live music, Easter bonnet making stations, and prize giveaways. Did we mention it’s free?

Sat., March 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Between 49 and 50th Street and 5th and 6th Ave
Rockefeller Center
Midtown
Online: rockefellercenter.com

Egg decorating and Nest Making at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
Don’t want to embark on the messy endeavor of Easter egg decorating at home? Boil two hard-boiled eggs and take them to this egg-cellent crafty workshop. (No egg hunt, FYI.) Kids will use tissue paper, glitter, glue, paint and more to decorate their eggs. Plus, they’ll make an nest for them to sit in using twigs, feathers and clay. Recommended for kids ages four to eight. Note: This is one of the Cathedral’s most popular programs so reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 866-811-4111.

Sat., March 24, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10/per child; buy in advance
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
Upper West Side
212-316-7540
Online: stjohndivine.org

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Skate with the Easter Bunny at Rockefeller Center
The Rink at Rockefeller Center’s swan song of the season is this annual event, during which the Easter Bunny takes to the ice with families. (Skating sessions take place before your meal, and skate rental is included.) A special three-course brunch or dinner at The Rock Center Café or The Sea Grill—with views of the festivities on ice—is part of the experience. The Rock Center Café will feature items such as Beef Carpaccio with Truffle Vinaigrette and Colorado Lamb with Baby Artichokes while The Sea Grill will feature items such as a Maine Lobster Roll on Toasted Brioche with Lemon Aioli and 1/2 Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell. Prices for these Easter-only prix-fixe meals range from $40 for children to $85 for adults.

Tickets: $40-$85
Skate times: 8:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
Brunch times: 10:30 a.m., Noon, & 2 p.m.
Sun., April 1
600 5th Ave.
Rockefeller Center
212-332-7620
Online: therinkatrockcenter.com

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Macy’s Stella Trattoria
Santa’s pal the Easter Bunny picks up where St. Nick left off with a festive Easter Sunday brunch complete with photo ops (hard copy pic and digital to share), Easter activities like a balloon artist and a take-home gift. Brunch is family style at your table (new and improved this year!), and also includes chef’s stations like a bagel bar and Neopolitan pizza station. Plus:  Seating and pricing is by zones; brunch is 90 minutes in length.  


Sat., March 31, 9:30 a.m.; Sun., April 1, 9:30 a.m.; Noon & 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $35/kids; $40/adults
Macy’s Herald Square
151 34th St.
Midtown
212-967-9251
Online: stella34

photo: via Think N Fun Facebook page 

Think ‘N’ Fun Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Fun
If you like your egg hunt organized and orderly, check out Think ‘N’ Fun’s hunts in Riverside Park (March 24) or Sakura Park (March 31). The hunts are done in “waves” to keep things sane, and special “Wee-hops” are offered for kids 2 and under. In addition to the hunt, a ticket gets you a basket for collecting (which you must use), a “meet and greet” and photo op with the E.B. himself, and your own set of bunny ears.  You must register in advance.

March 24, 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Tickets: $13/non-walkers; $32 for walkers (select your wave carefully, there’s a fee to change it)
Riverside Park
North Riverside Dr. and 74th Street
917-830-6485
Online: eventbrite.com

March 31, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tickets: $13/non-walkers; $32 for walkers (select your wave carefully, there’s a fee to change it)
Sakura Park
North Riverside Drive across from Riverside Church
Morningside Heights
917-830-6485
Online: eventbrite.com

photo: NYC Fire Museum Facebook page

New York City Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt
Search for Easter eggs at the Engine 30 firehouse! Kids search for eggs on two floors of the fire museum until all eggs are gone, and FDNY mascot Hot Dog and EMS mascot Siren will be on hand for photo ops. Event is for children ages 3 -12; tickets price includes admission to fire museum. You must register in advance; buy tickets here.

Sat., March 31, 10 a.m.
Tickets: $10/adults; $5/kids
278 Spring St.
Soho
212-691-1303
Online: nycfiremuseum.org

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The Children’s Museum of Manhattan Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
CMOM is hosting its annual Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt on three days this year. Pick up your official Hunting Booklet at the Visitor Information Desk, then search each of the museum’s floors for Easter egg sculptures. Bring the completed booklet to the lobby to claim and Easter prize!

The museum is also hosting Easter craft workshops Saturday through Monday. Kids five and younger can make their own Easter egg sun-catcher in a drop-in session, while kids six and older can register for a basket-weaving workshop.

Sat., March 31 – Mon., April 2
Tickets: Free with museum admission
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd St.
Upper West Side
212-721-1223
Online: cmom.org

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Brooklyn

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Brunch with the Easter Bunny at Aviator Sports and Events
A sellout every year, the Brunch with the Easter Bunny event at Aviator Sports and Event Center doubled its seating capacity to meet demand.  Enjoy a full brunch buffet, photo with the Easter Bunny, cupcake decorating, crafts and a complimentary mimosa for adults.

Sun., March 25, 9 – 11 a.m. and Noon- 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adults: $32 for members, $34 non-members; kids 3-12: $30 members, $32 non-members; kids two and under: free
3159 Flatbush Ave.
Mill Basin
718-758-7500
Online: aviatorsports.com

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Ukranian Easter Egg Decoration Workshop at Private Picassos Park Slope
Participants in this family workshop will learn how to decorate their own Easter eggs, using the traditional Ukrainian technique of beeswax and dye resist.  Each student will create their own Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg) and leave with directions for how to recreate this experience on their own! Recommended for kids age six and up (it involves using a lit candle). Pre-registration is required; buy tickets here.

Sun., March 25, 3-5 p.m.
Tickets: $60/one parent and child; $20 for additional participants
Private Picassos
237 5th Ave.
718-215-0589
Online: privatepicassos.com

Easter Party at Twinkle Playspace
Twinkle will again rock out for Easter with a big party. Expect music from Funiki Jam Music, a bunny hop parade, fancy face painting, the Easter Bunny himself, tea cup pigs, pizza, raffles, and more. Click here to buy tickets!

Fri., March 30, 4 – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $35/non-members; $15/members (two adults per child)
Twinkle
144 Frost St.
Williamsburg
718-349-1300
Online: twinkleplayspace.com

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7th Annual McGolrick Park Egg Hunt — Now at fourfivesix
If you’re a fan of this neighborhood tradition, historically held in McGlorick Park, listen up!: it’s moved inside to venue fourfivesix. Beginning in 2012, Town Square’s annual egg hunt has become a much loved community event, and the perfect way to celebrate spring. The hunt also includes photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, face painting, arts & crafts, and live music, this year from Esther Crow of Thunder and Sunshine. Bloody Marys and mimosas will also be available at extra cost for grownups. Everyone must have a ticket, and $5 mom, dad, grandparent tickets are available. Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines and get a $5 discount.

Sat., March 31, 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at door
fourfivesix
199 Richardson St.
Greenpoint
Online: townsquareinc.com

Raiders of the Lost Ark at Nitehawk Cinema
If you like your Easter with a side of Indy, Nitehawk Cinema is the place for you. Enjoy a matinee and brunch, complete with kids options like scrambled eggs, chicken tenders, breakfast corn dogs, etc.

Sat., March 31, 11:30 a.m. & Sun., April 1, 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $12/adults; $9/kids
Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave.
Williamsburg
Online: nitehawkcinema.com

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Queens

Barnyard Egg Hunt at Queens County Farm Museum
Bring your basket to hunt for eggs in the museum’s orchard! The try your hand at old-fashioned games like egg-rolling and egg-tossing, and meet whiskers the bunny, who will be on hand for the festivities. Also in tap: hayrides and saying hi to the resident farm animals. Note: this is a cash-only event; food vendors will be on site throughout the day.

Sat., March 31, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tickets: $10/person
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral, Ny
718-347-3276
Online: eventbrite.com

2nd Annual Easter Eggstravaganza at City Owlets
Don a bonnet, grab a basket and head to City Owlets for egg hunting, photo ops with the Easter bunny, crafting, open play and more. Kids will search in waves of 10 to keep things under control. Two-hour slots are at 9 a,m,, 11: 30 a.m., and 2 p.m.

Sat. March 24, various times
Tickets: $30/child; $15/siblings
10-42 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City
718-786-OWLS
Onlinewww.cityowlets.com

Easter Bunny at Queens Center
In need of a spring portrait? The Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst is offering photos with the Easter Bunny, with packages starting at $27.99 with unlimited digital downloads. Reservations are not required, but they are encouraged. (Worth it, as you get to skip the line.) You can find the bunny on Level 3 in the JC Penney Wing, next to Champs. Reserve your spot here: shopqueenscenter.com

Through April 1
Mon. – Thurs.,  11a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat.:  11a.m.-9p.m.; Sun.,  11a.m.-8p.m.
90-15 Queens Blvd.
Elmhurst, Ny
Online: shopqueenscenter.com

Shops at Atlas Mall: Glendale, Queens
Meet and greet the Easter Bunny at the Shops at Atlas Mall, and snap a photo with him too! Click here to reserve a spot: celebrateyourholiday.com (Photo packages start at $27.99)

March 24 & 25, Noon- 7 p.m.; March 29, 4 – 8 p.m., March 30 & 31, Noon- 8 p.m.
The Shops at Atlas Mall

8000 Cooper Ave.
Glendale, Ny
Online: shopatatlaspark.com

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Bronx

Bartow Pell Mansion Museum Easter Egg Hunt
How often do you get to search for eggs in the midst of a formal garden surrounding a Grecian-style stone mansion on land that was purchased from Siwanoy Indians in 1654? Bring your own basket and start hunting at this event for kids ages two to 12! Then have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny,  and try your hand at some arts and crafts. Registration is required; buy tickets here.

Sat., March 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (rain date Sun., March 25)
Tickets: $15/child; $10/members
Bartow Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Rd.
Pelham Bay Park
Bronx
Online: bartowpellmansionmuseum.org

 

photo: James Williams via Flickr

5th Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Head to the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center for a free springtime celebration. Children ages three to 10 years old may take part in this egg hunt, but note that there’s a limited amount of spots. Kids ages 3 to 6 years old will go from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and those ages 7 to 10 will hunt from noon to 1:00 p.m. Other activities include carnival games, potato sack races, arts & crafts, Urban Park Rangers on site, and more.

In addition to the egg hunt and spring fun, free bike helmets will be distributed (with complimentary fittings) for both kids and adults. Bring a canned good, pasta or rice for the local food pantry to give back.

March 31, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tickets: free
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East
718-543-8672
Online: nycgovparks.org

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Staten Island

Historic Richmond Town Easter Egg Hunt
Bring an egg carton to Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town on April 15 to decorate in high Victorian style and transform it into a festive egg-holder for six candy-filled eggs. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand as kids search a Victorian town house decorated for spring. Recommended for children ages three and up.

Sat., March 31, 11 a.m.  – 3 p.m.
Members: $9/kids, free/adults; non-members: $10/kids; $5/adults
Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Ave.
Staten Island
718-351-1611
Online: historicrichmondtown.org

What’s your favorite NYC egg hunt? Tell us in the comments below! 

— Mimi O’Connor