This weekend the city is essentially one big Easter egg hunt. Your little bunnies can search for eggs at a barnyard, a firehouse, or a bar made of ice, to name a few. And if you’re feeling bunnied out, swing by the Met for a playdate, let your little ones show off their temper tantrum skills (on purpose), or cruise over to the auto show. Whether your family is celebrating Easter or just the fact that it’s the weekend, we’ve got you covered.
Playdate at the Met
Drop your little New Yorkers off for a scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each explorer will be equipped with a notepad, colored pencils and an explorer’s map to take on a quest to find treasures and masterpieces that are hidden throughout the museum. Your kiddies will enjoy a packed lunch on the steps of the Museum and have some play time at the Ancient Playground. This fabulous playdate all wraps up with a delicious ice cream party. Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Upper East Side. $105/first child; $85/sibling. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Think ‘N’ Fun Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Fun
Head to Riverside Park 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 beverages, 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; directions and exact location sent upon registration. Rain date April 2. Sat. 10:30 a.m. Upper West Side. $25/child. All ages. Event details.
3rd 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. 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 frozen throughout the winter wonderland. Find all five eggs and you’ll win a gift basket! Oh and while your little bunnies are on the hunt, you can sample some cool vodka. Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Midtown. $20/person. All ages. Event details.
Cruise Over to the Auto Show
The New York International Auto Show is offering sneak peeks to new ’16 & ’17 production models and concept vehicles. Bring your vehicle lover along to see awesome cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. Be on the lookout for kid-centric activities including video games, simulators and movie cars. Fri.-April 3. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Midtown West. $16/adult; $7/child ages 3-12; children under 3 are free. All ages. Event details.
Hop into the Kitchen to Whip Up Bunny Cupcakes
Celebrate Spring and make Vanilla Bunny Cupcakes from scratch. Learn the trick to making a perfect cupcake: moist, delicious and addictive. And not only are these cupcakes delicious, but they’re also adorable. While your tasty treats bake, you and your tiny chef can practice some cool decorating tips. Sat. 9-10 a.m. Chelsea. $40/parent, caregiver pair. Ages 2-5. Event details.
Easter Parade and 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. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Full Bunny Contact Family Hour
Looking for an original way to celebrate Easter weekend? How about an egg hunt with a twist, giant bunnies blocking the eggs. While this event generally caters to an adult crowd, this year they’re holding special family hours all weekend long so your little kiddos can take the challenge. Stop in around 2 p.m. on Sunday and you can even enter your “little darlings” into a Who Can Throw the Best Tantrum for Easter Sweets Contest. That’s right, for once you won’t be embarrassed when your kids flip in public! Fri. 4-5:45 p.m.; Sat. 1-2:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Lower East Side. $10/person. Ages 12 and under. Event details.
New York Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt
If you’ve got a little one that loves fire trucks, this is the egg hunt for you. Your kiddos can search for Easter eggs at the Engine 30 firehouse! Ticket price includes admission to fire museum so come before or hang after and take a tour of all the cool NYFD gear. You must register in advance to attend this hunt. Sat. 10 a.m. Soho. $8/adult; $5/child. Ages 3-12. Event details.
Green Meadows Farm Easter Egg Hunt
Whiskers, the resident Bunny, will scatter Easter eggs around the lawn, and your little bunnies get to find them. Take a photo with Whiskers, enjoy a hayride, play in the Tiny Tractors Corn Box, cruise down the Giant Hay Wagon Slide and operate the Bulldozer. Plus, ride a pony or explore the petting zoo for an additional fee. Thurs.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Floyd Bennett Field. $8/person. All ages. Event details.
Sunset Park Cinema Club for Kids
Bring your little inventors to Industry City to build a robot with Sunset Spark. Then your kiddos can kick back with their new buddies and watch the 1999 award-winning movie The Iron Giant. Come early or stay after and swing by Smorgasborg for some tasty treats and get in a little shopping at Brooklyn Flea, all right in the same hood. Sun. 10 a.m. Industry City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt
It’s all things eggs at the farm museum: egg hunting, egg tossing, egg rolling. Plus, visits with the farm animals, hayrides and dancing the bunny hop. They’re hard-core here, which means their mascot for Easter is a good, old-fashioned bunny named Whiskers, who will be spending the big day hopping around the farm and stopping for photo ops. Arrive early, this is a popular event! Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Floral Park. $5/person. All ages. Event details.
Historic Richmond Town Easter Egg Hunt
Bring an egg carton to Staten Island 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. Pre-paid advance registration required. Sat. 11 a.m. Historic Richmond Town. $10/adult; $5/child. Recommended ages 3 and up. Event details.
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