Easter events for kids
In addition to the usual activities (think egg hunts, themed arts and crafts, and a photogenic Easter bunny), the animal sanctuary's two-day celebration features meet-and-greets with giant Flemish rabbits Olivia, Flip and Blue—a new "blue-coated" male. All ages.
Little ones can hope through Whole Foods' cafe to look for hidden eggs at this unique egg hunt, then they'll get to decorate their own eggs to take home. All proceeds benefit the Whole Planet Foundation. Event located at Whole Foods Market, 1 Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers (914-378-8090, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/yonkers). Ages 3–13.
If your family is looking for more excitement and mild terror than bonnets and pastels can provide this Easter, take an alternate approach with this quirky carnival by the creator of Nightmare Haunted House. In 2016's rendition, guests can participate in Bunny Fu Fu's Sumo Wrestler Ring (where guests will rock 40lb rabbit fat suits), a Wabbit Warrior Jousting Arena (you'll try to knock a bunny off the podium) and (perhaps the most terrifying of all) challenge some Easter Bunnies in "The Cage." You'll be trying to collect as many eggs as you can while outwitting your furry competitors, and the amount you collect determines the prize you get. There will also be food trucks, game booths and live entertainment. Normally ages 16 and up, but special family hours are available; see site for details.
For an icy spin on Easter celebrations, head to the unique Midtown ice bar with the family for the chilliest egg hunt in the city! Bundle up in a puffy parka to keep warm (included in entry fee) and track down all five custom Easter eggs frozen around the ice bar to receive an Easter treat basket, then enjoy a complimentary mocktail. Ages 4 and up.
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.
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.
Pack a picnic lunch for old-fashioned Easter fun at McGolrick Park. Bigger kids can keep an eye out for special eggs with prizes and raffle tickets inside, while babies and toddlers are free to romp through their own special egg area (don't forget to bring your own baskets!). Music, arts and crafts and a chance to meet the Easter bunny are in the mix as well. Ages 10 and under.
The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering is hosting a fun-filled family day where kids can enjoy a live animal show, petting zoo and balloon artists. Don’t miss entertainment provided by the Big Apple Circus including the Clown Care doctors as well as juggler Alexander Koblikov, hula hoop master Chiara Anastasini and African Acrobatic Troupe Zuma Zuma. All ages.
CMOM's ensuring your kids have the best Easter weekend ever with fun family programming! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10am, there's an egg hunt in the museum. Send the kids off with a scavenger hunt booklet to record where you spot the egg icons you find, then bring your completed booklet to the lobby to claim an Easter prize! On Friday only, there's a Turkish Ceramics craft project (various times, sign up in the lobby one hour prior) where kids can design an egg inspired by Turkish ceramic plates. On Saturday and Sunday only, there's an easter basket weaving craft (various times, sign up in the lobby one hour prior) where the littles can make their own baskets from recycled materials. Egg hunt all ages, Turkish Ceramics craft and Easter basket craft ages 6 and up.
Head to Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum for an exciting search for Easter eggs in their formal garden. After you fill your basket with some brightly-colored eggs, check out the arts and crafts tables or pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny! Registration required. Ages 2 to 12.