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Easter 2012 events for New York City kids

Easter is on April 8---read all about egg hunts, bunny sightings and other holiday activities taking place around the city.

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    Easter Eggs: A Family Eggstravaganza at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

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    Easter at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

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April 5--8

Great Kills Library Egg Hunt
Little ones can take advantage of their time off from to school to hone their egg-finding skills at this free neighborhood Easter egg hunt. Registration required. Thu Apr 5 at 4pm. Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln at Margaret St, Staten Island (718-984-6670, nypl.org). Free. Ages 5 and up.

Easter Egg Hunt & Party
Peruse Greenpoint's McGolrick Park for brightly colored Easter eggs with a party to follow at the Church of the Messiah! Families are invited to enjoy music, dancing, arts and crafts, refreshments and more. Sat Apr 7 10am--1pm. McGolrick Park. $5, $3 if you bring a group snack. All ages.

Easter Egg Hunt
Kids can hunt for some eggs and hit some balls at this tennis-themed Easter party. A special tennis clinic follows arts and crafts, an egg hunt and an Easter basket competition for the youngsters. Prizes abound, including one week of summer camp, free court time and a family prize for the most original tennis-themed basket. Preregistration required; kids should bring their own Easter baskets. Sat Apr 7 9am--noon. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. $15 if registering before March 30; $20 thereafter. Ages 8 and under.

Brooklyn Heights Spring Egg Hunt
This neighborhood's annual egg hunt includes a bake sale to help the playground committee, face painting and plenty of sweet Easter treats. Sat Apr 7 at 10am. Pierrepont Playground at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Free. All ages.

Historic Richmond Town Easter Egg Hunt
Anyone can decorate an Easter egg, but at this historical Staten Island site, kids transform egg cartons into Victorian-style holiday holders suitable for containing a half-dozen candy-filled orbs. (Decorations are provided, but participants should bring their own egg carton.) Later, the Easter Bunny shows up for a traditional egg hunt. Prepaid reservations required. Sat Apr 7 at 11am, 2pm. Historic Richmond Town$5, children under 18 $10. Ages 3 and up.

Easter Eggstravaganza
Little ones in fifth grade and under are invited to celebrate the springtime holiday with an egg hunt, arts and crafts activities, popcorn, cotton candy, bounce houses and a telling of the Easter story. Plus, the Easter bunny is expected to hop by! Sat Apr 7 11am--1pm. McDonald Park (between Queens and Yellowstone Blvds). Free. Ages 12 and under.

Eggstravaganza at the Queens Zoo 
In addition to the usual activities, such as egg hunts, themed arts and crafts, and a photogenic Easter Bunny, the animal sanctuary's two-day celebration features meet-and-greets with its giant Flemish rabbit (Herman weighs in at almost 20 pounds!). Sat Apr 7, Sun Apr 8 11am--4pm. Queens Zoo$8, children ages 3 to 12 $5, children under 3 free. All ages.

Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt
At this alfresco event, families can take part in an egg toss, snag a spot on a hayride, dance the bunny-hop and seek out colored eggs in the farm's orchard. Costumed character Whiskers the Bunny will be on hand for a meet-and-greet photo op as well. Sat Apr 7 noon--4pm. Queens County Farm Museum. $5. All ages. 

Easter Egg Decorating Class
In this "egg-stravagant" event, the Peninsula Hotel invites kids and their families to decorate eggs with the help of the hotel's culinary team. While parents enjoy an afternoon tea buffet, kids will have a "teatime" of their own, complete with hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, cookies and a candy station. Kids can also meet the Easter bunny and the Peninsula's Peter the Bear during this event. Sat Apr 7 noon--2pm. Peninsula Hotel. $65 per adult or child. Ages 7 and up. 

Easter Egg, Egg, Egg Hunt
Celebrate Easter at the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx! Among the day's activities, kids can go on a self-guided scavenger hunt tour of the exhibit "This Side of Paradise," check out the Bronx Children's Museum's River on the Go bus and even attend the Bronx Museum of the Arts' "Family Affair" event, in which kids can participate in crafts and food making. RSVP required at programs@nolongerempty.org. Sat Apr 7 1pm--4pm. Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, (718-293-8100, nolongerempty.org). Free. All ages.

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival
The outlandish haberdashery on display—ten-foot-tall hats, costumed pets, bonnets with live birds nestled inside—more than makes up for the lack of floats at this annual see-and-be-seen event. Sun Apr 8 10am--4pm. Fifth Ave, from 49th St to 57th St. Free. All ages.

Easter at the Children's Museum of Manhattan
Frolic through the museum in search of Easter activities—and eggs, too! Kids can collaborate on a holiday-themed collage (ages 1 to 4; 10am, 1pm), hunt for six paper eggs hidden throughout the museum (ages 5 and up; 10am--4:30pm) or craft a blingy Easter egg with paint and glitter (ages 5 and up; 11am, noon, 2, 3, 4pm). Sun Apr 8 10am--4:30pm. Children's Museum of Manhattan. $10, children under 1 free. All ages.

West Village Egg Hunt
After Easter mass lets out, the West Village congregation will hold an egg hunt open to all members of the public. Sun Apr 8 at 10:15am. Church of St. Luke in the Fields. Free. All ages.

Easter Lunch Cruise
Celebrate Easter on the high seas—er, on the Hudson. This boat blowout features a buffet, dancing and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Sun Apr 8 11:30am--2pm. Chelsea Piers, Pier 61. $30, children under 3 free (price does not include tax and tip). All ages.

Gansevoort Park Easter Petting Zoo
Enjoy an Easter brunch at Gansevoort Park Ave followed with a visit to a petting zoo on the hotel's lobby level outdoor patio. There will be bunnies, chicks and turtles galore and of course, a visit with the Easter Bunny! Reservations suggested. Sun Apr 8 11am--2pm. Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC. Free to families with a brunch reservation. All ages.

Ascension Presbyterian Church's 6th Annual EasterFest
The Queens church sponsors a day of crafts, music and stories, as well as refreshments and an egg hunt. Sun Apr 8 12:30--2pm. P.S. 101. $5. All ages.

Easter Fun Fest at Trinity Church
At this classic Easter egg hunt, little ones (under age 6) run through the churchyard searching for candy-filled plastic eggs. Older children (ages 6 and up) can take part in a more challenging scavenger hunt. And everybody can snuggle up to the Easter Bunny for a photo op, craft Easter hats and watch a puppet parade. Sun Apr 8 12:30--2:30pm. Trinity Church Wall Street. Free. All ages.

 

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With the arrival of spring comes every kid's favorite reason to ingest copious amounts of chocolate: Easter (which takes place on April 8)! Luckily for city kids (and their chocolate-loving parents), we've rounded up a selection of our favorite Easter happenings around town where little ones can go hunting for and decorate eggs, make festive craft projects, meet and have their pictures taken with the Easter bunny and, of course, eat plenty of chocolate, jelly beans and other sweet treats. Happy hunting!

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