See-ya snow — spring is here! The season brings blooms, bunnies and big hunts for eggs of all colors. 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 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between 49th and 55th Streets. Go strut — and spring forward!
photo: Michael Fleshman via Flickr
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.
photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Skate with the Easter Bunny at Rockefeller Center
Who can resist a rabbit one ice? A longstanding tradition, kids can join their favorite bunny at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Bunnies and families alike can skate beneath the charm of midtown Manhattan and under the famous bronze gilded statue Prometheus statue. The Easter Bunny entertains guests as he skates and spins in celebration of this festive holiday.
Sun., April 16; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets: $25 admission; $10 skate rental
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
photo: Minus 5 NYC
Frozen Easter Egg Hunt: Minus5 NYC
Minus5 Ice Experience, located inside the New York Hilton Midtown, will host its fourth annual Frozen Easter Egg Hunt this season. It’s an ice attraction where literally everything inside the bar is made of ice: the walls, the bar, the seats and even the glasses holding signature refreshments. Kids 14 and younger will receive a complimentary frozen (not the Disney movie!) refreshment upon entry and can partake in NYC’s only Frozen Easter Egg Hunt featuring custom Easter eggs and goldfish frozen throughout the winter wonderland for guests to find. If you find all the eggs and goldfish you receive a treat! Walk in only, before 8 p.m., after which it becomes a bar for grownups. Minors (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by an adult.
Fri., April 14- Sun., April 16; Fri., 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.,: 11am-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Ave.
photo: Stella 34 Trattoria
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Hop to it! Enjoy an Easter breakfast at Stella 34 Trattoria, with a special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself. This magical event features an Italian breakfast, with awe-inspiring 6th floor views of the Empire State Building. You’ll get a keepsake photograph with the Easter Bunny, and there will be Easter activities for kids of all ages. Breakfast is family-style served at your table, there will be a make-your-own-sundae bar, a bagel bar, Prosecco for mom and dad, and more.
Sat., April 15, 10 a.m. & Sun, April 16 at 10 a.m.
Tickets: $49/adults; $40/kids (plus tax and gratuity) $40 for children and $49 for adults (plus tax and gratuity)
Stella 34 Trattoria
Located inside Macy’s Herald Square
151 W 34th St.
photo: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs via Flickr
Think ‘N’ Fun Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Fun
Head to Sakura in Morningside Heights for Think ‘N’ Fun’s egg hunt and “meet and greet” with the E.B. himself. Participants receive special bunny containers for egg collecting; light snack and beverage; the egg hunt, a fun hand or cheek stamp and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Several waves will take place to keeps things relatively orderly. You must register in advance.
April 15, multiple times, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: $25/child in “walking wave” until April 1; $30 until April 14 and $40 day of); $13/child in “non-walking wave” (0 to 11 months); advance registration required
New York City Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt
Search for Easter eggs at the Engine 30 firehouse! Event is for children ages 3 -12; tickets price includes admission to fire museum. Register in advance.
April 9, 10 a.m.
Tickets: $8/adults; $5/kids
278 Spring St.
photo: Personal Creations via Flickr
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
CMOM is hosting its annual Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt on four 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 icons featuring the museum’s popular characters. Bring the completed booklet to the lobby to claim and Easter prize!
Sat. April 15 – Tues., April 18
Tickets: Free with museum admission
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd St.
Upper West Side
photo: make less noise via Flickr
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 2017 demand. (Still, the later seating is already full.) Enjoy a full brunch buffet, photo with the Easter Bunny, cupcake decorating, crafts & a complimentary bloody mary or mimosa for adults.
April 2, 9 – 11 a.m.
Tickets: Ages 13 and up: $24; ages 3-13: $22; two and under: free
3159 Flatbush Ave.
6th Annual McGolrick Park Egg Hunt — Now at tbd Brooklyn
If you’re a fan of this neighborhood tradition, historically held in McGlorick Park, listen up!: it’s moving inside to tbd Brooklyn on Franklin Avenue. 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. Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines and a $5 discount.
Sat., April 15, 11 a.m., noon and 1pm
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at door
224 Franklin Ave.
Easter Party at Twinkle
Twinkle’s Easter Party will feature a Bunny Hop Parade, the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunt, face-painting, raffle prizes, teacup piggies (what?) and more! For kids six and under only. Tickets must be purchased online; no tickets will be sold at the door. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code.)
April 14, 4 – 6 p.m.
Tickets: Non-members: $35 per child, 2 adult limit per family; Members: $15 per child, 2 adult limit per family (Member tickets are for members only and cannot be bought for non-members.)
144 Frost St.
Easter Bunny at Queens Center
The Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst is offering photos with the Easter Bunny, and kids will also receive a free gift. Reservations are not required, but they are encouraged. You can find the bunny on Level 3 in the JC Penney Wing, next to Champs. Reserve your spot here: shopqueenscenter.com
March 23- April 15
Mon. – Thurs., 11a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11a.m.-9p.m.; Sun., 11a.m.-8p.m.
90-15 Queens Blvd.
photo: Alan Light via Flickr
Egg Decorating Workshop at Knockdown Center
Take part in this workshop dedicated to the art of pysanka egg decorating, which uses beeswax, a tool called a kistka, and dye to create intricate designs. (Ukranian Easter eggs featuring the technique are perhaps the best-known.) The workshop is recommended for kids ages 10 and up, and all participants receive a dozen eggs, beeswax and a kistka to try the technique at home.
April 2 & 9, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10/one child and non-participating adult
52-19 Flushing Ave.
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
Sat., April 8 – Sun., April 9: Noon-7p.m.; Thurs., April 13, 4-8p.m.; Fri., April 14 – Sat., April 15, Noon-8p.m.
The Shops at Atlas Mall
8000 Cooper Ave.
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 looking at this event for kids ages two to 12! Then have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, try your hand at some arts and crafts and sample the light refreshments. Registration is required; buy tickets here.
Sat., April 1, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Rain date April 2, 1 – 3:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $15/child; $10/members
Bartow Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Rd.
Pelham Bay Park
4th Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Head to the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center for a free springtime celebration. Children ages three to 11 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 11 will hunt from noon to 1:00 p.m. Other activities include arts and crafts, potato sack races, dancing, yoga, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny!
Sat., April 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East
photo: Steven Depolo via Flickr
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; refreshments will be served. Pre-paid advance registration required; click here to buy tickets.
Sat., April 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Members: $9/kids, free/adults; non-members: $10/kids; $5/adults
Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Ave.
What’s your spot for egg-hunting and bunny fun? Tell us in the comments below!
— Mimi O’Connor