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Easter events for kids in New York

Hippity-hop on over to fun-filled Easter events for kids in New York, including Easter egg hunts, Easter brunch and the annual bonnet parade

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Easter Egg Hunt

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Easter Egg Hunt Photograph: Richard Warren


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Springtime has been a bit of a later bloomer this year, but Easter events for kids are still popping up like daisies throughout New York City. Boycott the chilly seater by breaking out your pastels and enjoying all the things to do in NYC with kids this spring. Cheerful activities like Easter egg hunts, street fairs and festivals or Easter brunch with the family are sure to get everyone in spring-y spirits.

Easter events for kids

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Easter Egg Hunt

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Try to keep the little ones from trampling the flowers as they scurry through the historic manse's gardens and grounds scouting for eggs. (Be sure to bring your own basket!) Once they've got their candy, kids can enjoy arts and crafts, refreshments and snap a photo with the Easter bunny. Reservations required. Light refreshments included. Ages 2 to 12.

  1. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum 895 Shore Rd, at Pelham Bay Park
  2. Sat Mar 28
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Green Meadows Farm Easter Egg Hunt

  • Price band: 1/4

Families can celebrate spring with some outdoor fun at this annual Easter event, organized by a Queens farm and petting zoo. For six dollars, little ones can hunt for colored eggs, explore the parakeet house, play in the tiny tractors corn box (like a sandbox with corn kernels), whiz down the giant hay wagon slide and operate a real bulldozer. And because no egg hunt would be complete without him, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. All ages.

  1. Floyd Bennett Field 50 Aviation Road, at Flatbush Ave
  2. Until Sun Apr 5
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La Maison du Chocolat Tasting Afternoon

Go on a luxury sugar rush at one of La Maison du Chocolat's five NYC locations (Madison Ave, 30 Rock, Wall St, The Plaza Food Hall and The Shops at Columbus Circle), which are all holding tasting events on April 1st. Sample a selection of the French chocolatier's renowned treats, including decadent handmade truffles, chocolate bars, caramels, eclairs, macarons and cakes. While you're there, enter the raffle for a chance at winning a confectionary gift worth $60.

  1. La Maison du Chocolat 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10020
  2. Until Wed Apr 1
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New York City Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt

The egg hunt is on! The New York City Fire Museum is hiding colorful easter eggs all around the apparatus floor of the Engine 30 firehouse for your kiddos to find, and it's gonna be awesome. Before the treasure hunt, little ones can decorate paper bags to put their treasures in and meet the FDNY's fire safety mascot, Hot Dog. He'll be on site for photo ops with families. Ticket price includes admission to the museum. Ages 12 and under.

  1. New York City Fire Museum 278 Spring St, between Hudson and Varick Sts
  2. Until Sat Apr 4
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Queens Botanical Garden Spring Egg-stravaganza!

  • Price band: 1/4

Basket-toting tots can participate in an egg scavenger hunt and play old–fahioned games at this spring celebration. The fun continues with a visit from the garden's mascot, Flora the Flower. Pre-registration required. Rain or shine. All ages.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Until Sat Apr 4
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Milk & Cookies Easter Party

  • Price band: 3/4

Prep your little ones for Easter Sunday with a mini–makeover at kiddie salon Milk & Cookies. The UES beauty parlor is offering holiday–themed packages for little ladies (including a manicure, pedicure and temporary colored hair chalk) and gents (including a spring haircut and style plus a temporary Easter tattoo). As part of both packages, kids will get their picture snapped with the Easter Bunny and a gift bag to take home. All ages.

  1. Milk & Cookies Kids Spa and Salon 1196 First Ave, 64th St and 65th St, 10065
  2. Until Sat Apr 4
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Think 'N' Fun Annual Easter Egg Hunt

  • Price band: 3/4

Join Think 'N' Fun for an Easter–themed celebration in scenic Riverside Park. There will be egg hunts during three separate time slots (10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pm) so everyone can get in on the fun, as well as a photo op with the Easter Bunny. Participants will get special containers for egg collecting, as well as a light snack and beverage. Registration is required; visit http://thinkfunnyc.eventbrite.com to sign up. Ages 8 and under.

  1. Riverside Park Riverside Dr, between 72nd and 158th Sts
  2. Until Sat Apr 4
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The Annual Easter Sunday Jewish Lower East Side Tour

Tots can learn about 150 years of Jewish history as they visit the Eldridge Street Synagogue, the Jewish Daily Forward building, and the founding site of the B'nai B'rith. Meet at the southwest corner of Essex and Delancey Sts. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Until Sun Apr 5
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Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

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  • Free

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 parade. The tradition started in the mid-1800s, when high-society ladies would promenade in their Easter finery after church, and has since evolved into a showcase for chapeau artistry. Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts. All ages.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Until Sun Apr 5
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Chocolate Easter Egg Decorating at The Peninsula

  • Price band: 4/4

With the help of this luxury hotel's confectionary pros, kids will decorate their own seven–inch–tall chocolate Easter eggs, then enjoy a pint–sized tea service complete with hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, cookies and a candy station. There will be an afternoon tea buffet for adults as well, with scones, pastries and hot drinks. Expect a special appearance from the Easter Bunny himself. Reservations required. Ages 3 to 12.

  1. The Peninsula New York 700 5th Ave, 55th St, 10019
  2. Until Sat Apr 4
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Easter at The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Before reserving your spot for the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, go on a family skating outing at The Rink at Rockefeller Center—the first 25 people who arrive for the 8:30 to 10am session in their Easter Sunday finest will get to hit the ice for free! (A festive Easter bonnet will also get you free skate rentals all day.) Everyone who comes to skate on April 5 will get the chance to meet the Easter Bunny himself, who will be showing off his skills on the ice between 9:30am and 2pm. Satisfy your post–skate hunger with a special prix–fixe kids' menu at the Rock Center Cafe that features yummy dishes like Cinnamon Brioche French Toast Sticks and Chicken Tenders. All ages.

  1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Until Sun Apr 5
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Full Bunny Contact

  • Price band: 1/4
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If your family is looking for more excitement than bonnets and pastels this Easter, take an alternate approach with this quirky four-day carnival by the creator of Nightmare Haunted House. Games like "Egg Putt," “Hare-y Up” (where you can race an actual rabbit while wearing a giant tortoise shell) and “The Keister Bunny” (which involves pulling candy from an Easter bunny’s backside) lead up to the main event, an egg-hunt cage match where participants must battle rabbit-costumed challengers in a 16-by-20-foot steel cage. Collect as many eggs (filled with cash and prizes!) as you can while outwitting your competitor.There will also be food trucks, game booths and live entertainment. Ages 6 and up.

  1. Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center 107 Suffolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Until Sun Apr 5
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Easter Weekend at Morey's Piers & Beachfront Water Parks

Wildwood, NJ's classic seaside destination is opening for the season on Easter weekend this year and offering a special holiday–themed package that's perfect for a family spring getaway. The "Bunny Hop Doo-Wop" package includes a continental breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, April 5th, along with one night accomodations at The Starlux or Blue Palms Resort, two ride wristbands, a game voucher and 15% off at several of the attraction's eateries. Little ones can get their photo taken with the Easter Bunny at the pier between 1 and 5pm and participate in a holiday raffle. Use the code EASTER when booking. All ages.

  1. Morey's Piers & Beachfront Water Parks 3501 Boardwalk, 08260
  2. Until Sun Apr 5
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Easter Kids' Event at Coco Le Vu

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids can stop by the uptown sweets shop to make Easter crafts (many of which are edible), take photos with the Easter Bunny and get their faces painted. Activities include decorating a tote bag, making chocolate–dipped pretzels and doing a sand art project. Reservations required. Purchase an hour-long time slot for your child online or via phone. Ages 3 to 12.

  1. Coco Le Vu 202 E 110th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Until Sun Apr 5
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Easter Weekend at The Palm Court and The Lambs Club

  • Price band: 3/4

Celebrate Easter at one of two NYC landmarks, The Palm Court at The Plaza and The Lambs Club, with special menus prepared by famed chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The Palm Court is offering three holiday–themed versions of their famous teas over Easter weekend, complete with a deluxe candy cart stocked with seasonal confections like chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, house–made marshmallows and candy eggs. At the Eloise Easter Tea on Sunday, April 5th, little ones (under age 16) get a sweet gift bag to take home. For a more substantial feast, venture to The Lambs Club in Midtown for a prix fixe brunch or family–style, traditional lamb dinner dinner on Easter Sunday, April 5th. All ages.

  1. The Palm Court The Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave, at Central Park South, 10019
  2. Until Mon Apr 6
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Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store Easter Egg Hunt

Scour the backyard of this curated general store in Park Slope for cleverly-hidden Easter eggs, then hop on into the shop for arts & crafts. While you're there, check out the adorable array of holiday items to fill your Easter baskets. RSVP by March 25 to jennifer@blueribbongeneralstore.com. All ages.

  1. Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store 232 Fifth Ave, between Carroll and President Sts
  2. Until Sat Mar 28
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