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 21 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.
Sat., April 13, 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: Stella Trattoria
Breakfast or Lunch with the Easter Bunny at Macy’s Stella Trattoria
This year, you can have brunch OR lunch with the Easter Bunny at Macy’s Herald Square sixth floor restaurant. The festive Easter events come 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 and also includes chef’s stations like a bagel bar and egg station. Lunch is similar, with a Neapolitan pizza station. Seating and pricing is by zones; brunch is 90 minutes in length.
Brunch: Sat., April 20, 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Sun., April 21, 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: starting at $35/kids; $40/adults
Lunch: Sun., April 21, 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: starting at $40/kids; $45/adults
Macy’s Herald Square
151 34th St.
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 20. 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 20, 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Tickets: $13/non-walkers; $30 for walkers (select your wave carefully, there’s a $20 fee to change it)
North Riverside Drive across from Riverside Church
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; 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 20, 10 -11 a.m.
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 Saturday and Sunday. Set off on a search of each of the museum’s floors for colorful hidden eggs—then use those to decode a color wheel Easter puzzle. Complete the challenge and win a prize! (Hunt is free with museum admission.)
Sat., April 20, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun., April 21, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd St.
Upper West Side
photo: Mimi O’Connor
Hop In @ Hudson Yards
A perfect excuse to head west, the brand new mega mall on the Hudson is hosting free activities for kids and families on April 20. Enjoy face-painting, music, balloon-twisting, and even a Kidz Bop dance class. Freebies and discounts (many spring- and Easter-related) will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there bright and early! (Haven’t been yet? Check out our Guide to Hudson Yards with Kids before you go!)
Sat., April 20, 9-11 a.m.
34th Street and 10 Avenue
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.
Sat., April 13, 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.
photo: Petful via Flickr
Brooklyn Bark Easter Bunny Photos & Carnival Sean Casey Animal Rescue and Benefit
Brooklyn Bark is raising money for Sean Casey Animal Rescue with an Easter Carnival. Bring your child (human or doggie) for a FREE photo with the Easter Bunny taken by the Westminster Dog Show portrait photographer. (Buy a timed ticket to skip to the head of the line.) There will also be games, crafts, face painting refreshments, a prize wheel, dog treats and cotton candy.
Sun., April 14, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
153 E. 3rd St.
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
photo: James Seattle via Flickr
Photos with the Easter Bunny with kids—and dogs—at The Old Stone House at Washington Park
Bring the whole family for a snap with the EB as part of a fundraiser for the Old Stone House gardens and parks. Professional photographer Anna Rathkopf will be shooting and offering digital prints for sale, but you can also bring your own camera and snap away.
Sat., April 13, 10 a.m.- Noon
Old Stone House at Washington Park
336 3rd St.
Easter Party at Twinkle Playspace
Twinkle will again rock out for Easter with a big party for kids six and under. Expect live music from Funikijam, an egg hunt, fancy face painting, the Easter Bunny himself, pizza, raffles, and more.
Tues., April 16, 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
8th 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. Bloody Marys and mimosas will also be available at extra cost for grownups. Everyone must have a ticket (it’s $15 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.
Sat., April 20, 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at door
199 Richardson St.
photo: MS via Flickr
Ukranian Easter Egg Decorating Workshop
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. For kids ages six and up (a burning candle is involved.)
Sun., April 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tickets: $60/one adult, one child
237 Fifth Ave.
Nitehawk Cinema Easter Brunches
If you like your Easter with a side of popcorn, 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.
Sun., April 21
Tickets: $13/adults; $10/kids
136 Metropolitan Ave.
photo: Bruno N. via Yelp
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. (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 look like rain, check the web site for rain date.
Sat., April 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
3rd 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., April 20, three time slots
Tickets: $30/child; $15/siblings
10-42 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City
photo: Jack via Flickr
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.) Reserve your spot here: shopqueenscenter.com
March 28-April 20
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 Mall: 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 by Five below. Click here to reserve a spot: celebrateyourholiday.com (Photo packages start at $27.99)
April 13-20, various times
The Shops at Atlas Mall
8000 Cooper Ave.
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 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain date April 14)
Tickets: $15/child; $10/members
Bartow Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Rd.
Pelham Bay Park
photo: James Williams via Flickr
Highbridge Recreation Center Easter Celebration
This year’s Easter Celebration at Highbridge Recreation Center and Park will feature a visit from Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, arts and crafts activities, traditional games, and more. It’s free!
Sat., April 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
2301 Amsterdam Ave. (at 172nd St.)
photo: Steven Depolo via Flickr
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 15-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 even a live butterfly exhibit (for an extra fee).
Sat., April 20, 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
In addition to its wildly popular Easter Egg hunt (already sold out) 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.
Sat., April 13 & Sun. April 14, 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.
photo: Mimi O’Connor
Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt at the Ritz-Carlton, New York Westchester
Dine on upscale brunch fare such as buttermilk flapjacks, pecan Niman Ranch smoked bacon, chicken apple sausage, spring vegetable frittata, Spanish tortilla Española, artisanal cheeses and cured meats, an omelet station, and more in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge. The Easter Bunny will be on hand, and an egg hunt takes place at 11:30.
Sun., April 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3 Renaissance Sq.
— Mimi O’Connor