Break out the bonnets and baskets because it’s Easter weekend in NYC. Strike a Pose with the Easter Bunny, don’t miss the 4th Annual Frozen Easter Egg Hunt, or step back in time for a Victorian-era twist on an egg hunt at the Historic Richmond Town Easter Egg Hunt. It’s not all bunnies and candy, though. Be Amazed at the Universoul Circus see The Princess, The Emperor, and the Duck come to life puppet style, or score brownie points with your little budding gearhead with a trip to the Auto Show at Jacob Javitz. Check out the rest of our top picks for family fun this weekend.


Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival
Celebrate Easter with one of the city’s most spectacular parades, or shall we say, parade spectacle. Parade marchers will be wearing the most festive, outrageous and downright amazing bonnets you’ve ever seen. The pageant has been an NYC tradition since the 1870s. Watch from 5th Ave between 49th St. and 57th St. Sun. Event Details.

The Princess, The Emperor, and the Duck
Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck retells Andersen’s world famous fairy tales: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling. The kid-friendly show brings the Theatre to life with new marionettes and hand-painted scenery. Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly to each story, and as with the original tales, learn important lessons still relevant to children today. Fri. – Sun. Event Details.

Magical Creatures Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans
The wizarding world is full of fantastical beasts and it’s up to you to find them! Inspired by the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films and books, this new adventure unveils the extraordinary—and the seemingly ordinary—at the Museum of Natural History. On your quest, you’ll find tiny cousins to dragons, meet the animal inspirations for Hogwarts Houses and discover the power of dressing like a magic monster. Advance purchase is required. Fri. Event Details.


4th Annual Frozen Easter Egg Hunt
There are a lot of egg hunts to choose from in the city but this one is definitely the coolest (no pun intended). Your kiddos will receive a complimentary mocktail upon arrival and then get to hunt through this bar made entirely of ice (walls, seats, glasses) in search of Easter eggs and goldfish frozen throughout the winter wonderland. Find all the eggs and you’ll win a treat basket! Oh and while your little bunnies are on the hunt, you can sample some cool vodka. Fri. – Sun. Event Details.

Cruise Over to the Auto Show
Bring your little hotrods to  the auto show to see awesome cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. Be on the lookout for kid-centric activities including video games, simulators and movie cars. Fri. – Sun. Event Details.


Hop into the Kitchen to Whip Up Bunny Cupcakes
Celebrate Spring and make Vanilla Bunny Cupcakes from scratch. Not only are these cupcakes delicious but they’re also adorable. Learn the trick to making a perfect cupcake: moist, delicious and addictive. While they bake, try your hand at some cool decorating tips! Sat. Event Details.


Be Amazed at the Universoul Circus
A global circus explosion is coming to town! Unlike any traditional circus you’ve ever seen, UniverSoul Circus is interactive, multicultural, and emphasizes global pop culture. Bend, flip and fly with the Havana Company from Cuba, gasp as the Caribbean Dynasty dancers literally dance with fire, watch in awe as West Africa’s Bone Breakers contort their bodies into unimaginable positions and so much more. This might actually be the greatest show on earth. Fri., Sat., & Sun. Event Details.

Skate with the Easter Bunny
Looking for something to do after that delicious Easter Sunday brunch? How about skating off all those desserts with the Easter Bunny himself?! Head down to Brooklyn Bridge Park to skate some laps and snap some pics at this fun party. Sun. Event Details.


Creative Spectrum Art Social
Engage in a creative project where families can enjoy making hands-on art projects together. This program, designed for families affected by autism, provides a creative space for children with disabilities, where they can explore a variety of creative outlets of expression. Creating projects with a multi-modal approach helps to build visualization skills, creativity and thinking within a social context. Sun. Event Details.

Spring Eggstravaganza at the Queens Zoo
Celebrate Easter weekend with an egg hunt, appearances by the zoo’s Easter Bunny, and crafts for the kids. Egg hunt starts at 10 a.m., get there early, it’s a popular event. And while the bunny is the clear star of the day, don’t forget to visit all the other animals that live at the zoo! Sat. – Sun. Event Details.

Strike a Pose with the Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny is hopping into town and he wants your little rabbits to pay a visit! Head over to Queens Center to snap a pic with your furry friend and find out if he’ll be stopping by your house to hide eggs on Easter morning. Fri. – Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Historic Richmond Town Easter Egg Hunt
Looking for an egg hunt with a historical twist? Look no further than Staten Island. At this Easter event, bring an egg carton to decorate in high Victorian style and transform it into a festive egg-holder for six candy-filled eggs. Then the Easter Bunny will be hopping around as you and your little bunnies search for eggs in a Victorian town house decorated for spring. Pre-paid advance registration required. Sat. Event Details.

How will you be spending the weekend? Share it with us in the comments!

—Jesseca Stenson