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Hooray for the season that brings blooms, warmer temps, and puts a spring in everyone’s step! We found an Easter event in every borough, from the best NYC Easter egg hunts to Easter Bunny brunches, as well as Easter Bunny photo ops and Easter crafts. 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 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between 49th and 57th 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.
Sat., April 4, 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
photo: Mimi O’Connor
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 Sakura Park on April 4, and Riverside Park April 11. 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.
Sat., April 4 & 11
Click here for more info!
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 -8; ticket price includes admission to fire museum and entertainment from Blue Balloon Parties on the third floor. You must register in advance; buy tickets here.
Sat., April 4, 10 -11 a.m.
278 Spring St.
photo: Emily Munro
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
CMOM is once again holding its egg hunt, and the Playworks dragon Alphie is hosting the event this year! Search for Alphie’s colorful hidden eggs around the museum to decode a color wheel Easter puzzle. Complete the challenge to receive a special prize!
The museum is also hosting holiday craft workshops such as make your own “funny bunny ears” (for kids five and younger) or Easter basket weaving for kids of al ages.
Sat., April 11 & Sun., April 12
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 demand. Enjoy a full brunch buffet (carved ham, bacon, eggs, sausage, parfait, oatmeal and more), photo with the Easter Bunny, cupcake decorating, crafts, candy bag, and the option of unlimited mimosas or bloody marys for adults for an extra $15.
Sat., April 4, 9 – 11 a.m. and Noon-2 p.m.
Tickets: Adults/$34; kids 3-12/$32; kids two and under: free
3159 Flatbush Ave.
photo: NickyPe from Pixabay
Easter Eggstravaganza at Beyond at Liberty View & Easter Bunny Brunch at Bay Kitchen
Stop by the Sunset Park shopping center for lots of free fun on April 4. Activities will include face-painting, egg decorating, a temporary tattoo station, DJ and free pictures with the Easter Bunny. All kids will receive a free bunny tote, while supplies last. Due to limited space you must RSVP to reserve your spot.
Sat., April 4, Noon-4 p.m.
You can also have brunch with the Easter Bunny at the shopping center’s Bay Kitchen. Everyone gets a free photo with the bunny of the hour! Space is limited.
Sat., April 4, 10-10:45 a.m.
Easter Party at Twinkle Playspace
Twinkle will again rock out for Easter with a big party. Expect music from Rock n’ Lolo, a bunny hop parade, fancy face painting, the Easter Bunny himself, tea cup pigs, pizza, raffles, and more
Fri., April 10, 4 – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $35/non-members; $15/members; email firstname.lastname@example.org for discount code (two adults per child)
144 Frost St.
photo: Barney Moss via Flickr
9th Annual McGlorick 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. You can even sip on a Bloody Mary if you want. Everyone must have a ticket (it’s $20 per kid), and $5 mom, dad, grandparent tickets are available. Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines and get a $5 discount. P.S. It’s a benefit for local Boy Scout troops.
Sun., April 5, 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 at door
Nitehawk Cinema Easter Brunch
If you like your Easter with a side of popcorn, Nitehawk Cinema is the place for you. This year, the Prospect Park location is screening Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Enjoy a matinee and brunch, complete with kids options like scrambled eggs, chicken tenders, breakfast corn dogs, etc.
Sat., April 11 & Sun. April 12, 11 a.m.
Nitehawk Prospect Park
188 Prospect Park West
photo: NickyPe from Pixabay
photo: Bruno N. via Yelp
Barnyard Egg Hunt at Queens County Farm Museum
Bring your own 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 on tap: hayrides and saying hi to the resident farm animals. (Petting zoo is $8 and pony rides $5.) Note: this is a cash-only event; food vendors will be on site throughout the day. If it looks like rain, check the web site for rain date.
Sat., April 11, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
photo: City Owlets
City Owlets Playcafe Easter Eggstravaganza
Grab your baskets, bonnets, and little ones and hop on over to City Owlets Playcafe on Saturday, April 11th for its 4th annual Easter Eggstravaganza. The fun includes Easter egg hunts, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, story-time, spring crafts and open-play. Things are well-organized here: there are 20 kids max per play session with waves of 10 children “hunting” every hour. Spots tend to fill up quickly once registration opens, so book ASAP! Click here to book your spot!
Sat., April 11, 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $30; $15/siblings
City Owlets Play Cafe
10-42 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City
photo: Jack via Flickr
Easter Bunny Photos and Free Easter Bunny Breakfast 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 $29.99 with unlimited digital downloads. Reservations are not required, but they are encouraged. (Worth it, as you get to skip the line.) Reserve your spot here: shopqueenscenter.com and find the bunny on Level 3.
Note: there will be a Sensory-friendly Photo Experience on Sun, March 29, 2020 9am-11am
You can also enjoy a free breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 4 in the food court from 8-10 a.m. In addition to breakfast courtesy of Applebee’s there will be music, dancing, prizes and contests with DJ Omar. Plus: an arts and craft project and special surprises. More info here!
March 20-April 11
Mon. – Thurs., 11a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat.: 11a.m.-9p.m.; Sun., 11a.m.-8p.m.
90-15 Queens Blvd.
Shops at Atlas Park: Glendale, Queens
Meet and greet the Easter Bunny at the Shops at Atlas Mall, and snap a photo with him too! Find him on Level 1. Click here to reserve a spot: celebrateyourholiday.com (Photo packages start at $29.99)
April 3-11, various times
The Shops at Atlas Park
8000 Cooper Ave.
Atlas Park’s Laser Bounce will host breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 5, from 8 – 10:30 a.m.. Pay $5 and get breakfast and a $5 game card. Call 347-599-9199 to make a reservation. This event sells out, so don’t delay!
On April 11, Atlas Park will hold an Easter egg hunt with an Earth Day spin. The event will include a hunt (with slots for little and bigger kids) as well as face-painting and story-time. Stop by the sustainability table to decorate a flower pot and take home some seeds to grow your own flowers.
Sat., April 11, 1 -3 p.m.
The Shops at Atlas Park
photo: Shari W. via Yelp
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., April 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain date April 5)
Tickets: $16/child; $12/members
Bartow Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Rd.
Pelham Bay Park
photo: Mimi O’Connor
Highbridge Easter and Spring Festival
The Highbridge Park and Recreation Center celebrates spring the week after Easter on April 18. The free event features and appearance by the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, arts and crafts, face painting, jumbo games, and more!
Sat., April 18, Noon-3p.m.
Highbridge Recreation Center
2301 Amsterdam Ave.
Spring in Richmond Town
Historic Richmond Town welcomes spring in a big way with this celebration. Kids can hunt for eggs in a Victorian House (book a 20-minute slot in advance for $5), and the Easter Bunny will also be on hand. Plus: sowing heirloom seeds, making a faux floral crown maypole dancing, and bites from local food trucks.
Sat., April 11, Noon-4 p.m.
Tickets: $10/adults; $5/kids
Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Ave.
photo: Edwin R. via Yelp
Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch with the Easter Bunny at Stew Leonard’s-Plus a Free Easter Egg Hunt
In addition to its wildly popular Easter Egg hunt Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers offers numerous opportunities to dine with the big bunny of the hour (as well as friends like Wow the Cow). Expect a farm fresh menu including eggs, fresh fruit, pancakes and sausage (breakfast) and salad, chicken, pasta and more for brunch/lunch. Plus everyone gets a photo with the Easter Bunny.
The store also hosts a wildly popular Easter Egg Hunt every year. Kids are given a map and a bag, and collect eggs from characters throughout the store. Each egg contains candy and every child will receive one Golden Egg with prizes ranging from plush toys and bubbles to children’s DVDs and Easter activity books. Four lucky children will find this year’s grand prize inside their Golden Egg, courtesy of Rye Playland: a four-family pack of day passes (two prizes) and a season pass for one person (two prizes).
This year’s hunt is April 7, from 4-5 p.m. Click here to register. (Don’t delay! It fills up fast!)
Sat., April 5 & Sun. April 6, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16.95/adults; $14.95/kids 12 and under
1 Stew Leonard Dr.
— Mimi O’Connor