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11 Easy Ideas to Celebrate Easter with Kids This Year

11 Easy Ideas to Celebrate Easter with Kids This Year

Plus, find where to take photos with the Easter bunny and Easter egg hunts in NYC, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island.


It’s Easter season again! Time to bring out the pastels and Peeps®. Easter is a cherished time to be with family. With everything happening in the past year due to the pandemic, Easter is a wonderful opportunity to relax and spend special time together. Here is a list of 10 activities you can do as a family to celebrate at home this year, plus where to find Easter egg hunts, take photos with the Easter bunny, and other Easter activities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island.

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11 Ideas to Celebrate Easter at Home This Year

Make easy Easter crafts for kids.

There are tons of ways you and your children can create DIY decorations for Easter. After all, art is a great way to promote brain plasticity and spend relaxing time with your family to promote healing from this challenging year, according to Isabel Shecter, M.A. in art therapy. It will help you enter Spring with a creative new mindset.

Cute hatching chicks out of paper plates

Sarah Dees, of Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls, created a cute “Hatching Chicks” paper plate craft that you can easily copy at home. Using felt, feathers, and googly eyes, cut out and glue a chick or bunny onto a paper plate. You could also paint or draw the animal if it is more age-appropriate for your child. Take a second paper plate and cut a zig-zag design across it so that it looks like a cracked egg. Glue one half of the “cracked egg” over the bottom of your paper plate with the animal on it, and use a pushpin to stick on the top of the egg so it can open and close. Peek-a-boo!

Potato stamp Easter eggs

For a more colorful activity that allows kids to design their own Easter basket, check out Potato Stamp Easter Eggs designed by The Best Ideas for Kids. The instructional video is mesmerizing and it’s an eco-friendly craft (it’s also a great conversation starter about upcoming Earth Day!). Just make your stamps (with a parent’s help, of course!), paint different designs on your egg stamps, stamp them on a piece of paper, add some glitter, and voila, Easter egg without the cooking and cooling of hard-boiled eggs! 

 

Dye Easter Eggs

Dyeing easter eggs is a rite of passage for Easter time fun. You may be familiar with the easy method of dipping the eggs into dyed hot water, but if you’re looking to take your eggs to the next level watch this Crafty Panda video, which has 25 creative ways to dye your egg with little touches such as using a toothbrush or shaving cream (and more!) for fun designs.

Or try this collaged version courtesy Children’s Museum of Manhattan:

Materials

  • Hard-boiled eggs (brown or white)
  • Newspapers or circulars
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Small bowl
  • Crayons and/or markers
  • Scrap paper (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)

Instructions

  1. Hard boil eggs that you will decorate.
  2. Look through old newspapers or shopping circulars you get in the mail or from the neighborhood supermarket.
  3. Use scissors to cut out all your favorite images of fruits, veggies, and toys that you can find.
  4. Place a little bit of glue in a small bowl and mix in a tiny bit of water. Mix it well.
  5. Using a paintbrush or your fingers, brush the glue onto your hard-boiled egg and then choose an image from your collection. Place your image on the egg and brush glue on top until it lays flat.
  6. Do this with different colored images. You can do a lot of different layers. Let it dry and enjoy your collaged Easter egg design!
  7. Using the same process cut up scraps of white paper and collage them onto your egg.
  8. When it’s fully dry, color it in with your favorite markers and crayons!
  9. Decorate a few eggs and hide them around your house or apartment to have your own Easter egg hunt!

Tip: For little artists with sensory sensitivity, try wearing gloves while collaging your egg.

Create an Easter Treat Candy Carton

With all those eggs you’ll be dyeing, you’ll have some empty cartons lying around. As an alternative to a large Easter basket, you can make Easter egg cartons. Have your kids decorate their own, or personalize the cartons yourself. Then on Easter eve, fill each container with plastic Easter eggs full of treats or simply add in your favorite Easter candies like Peeps, Cadbury chocolate eggs, Cadbury Mini Eggs, and jellybeans. Your cute little egg carton will be a fun surprise for a loved one.

Make an Easter Basket

Show others that you’re thinking of them by making an Easter basket as a family and dropping them off with your friends and other family members. Add a touch of personalization by adding some fillers that are relevant to the recipients. Chocolates and nail polish for your teenage daughter’s friend. A bottle of wine or a candle added for your own best friend’s basket. Maybe some carrots (ha!) for your health-nut brother. Candy and a toy truck or stuffed animal for a toddler. Have fun with this timeless tradition by making each basket unique!

Cook up a delicious Easter brunch

All that Easter chocolate may have you craving a healthier option for your Easter brunch. Try this Spring Frittata from The Food Network, or whip up one of the below recipes:

Mild-Mannered Deviled Eggs

Recipe courtesy Maggie Moon, registered dietician

Sweet deviled eggs become inspiring palettes when the kids get to add edible decorations. If you don't mind colored egg whites, you can even use up your excess Easter eggs. Makes 24.

Ingredients

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, cooled, and peeled
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoonsDijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoonscider or malt vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mild mango chutney (optional)
  • 1-2 cups baby greens (optional)
  • Your choice of toppings (see Topping Options below for ideas)
  • 1 gallon-size zip-top plastic bag

Directions

  1. Cut the eggs lengthwise in half. Gently scoop out the yolks, placing them in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Blend the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar and mango chutney (if using) into the yolks. Taste and adjust the mixture (if necessary) by blending in a little more vinegar or chutney.
  3. Spoon the yolk mixture into a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag, carefully squeezing it into one of the bottom corners. Use scissors to clip a small opening in the corner and squeeze out any air pockets. Squeeze the bag to pipe the yolk filling into the egg cups.
  4. Sprinkle or decorate with toppings as desired. Optional: present the deviled eggs nested on a platter sprinkled with the baby greens.

Topping Options:

Thinly sliced carrots, beets, bell peppers, or radishes, halved or quartered cherry tomatoes, sweet paprika, mild curry powder, fresh herbs (dill, tarragon, chives, or basil), sliced pitted black olives, or Spanish olives.

Glazed Pineapple Ham Bites

Recipe courtesy Musselamn’s Apple Butter

Prep Time: 10 minutes • Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 36

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup apple butter
  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1 pound cooked ham, cut 3/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple
  • Wood toothpicks

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400oF. Pour apple butter, barbecue sauce, and mustard into bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Cut ham and pineapple into 3/4-inch cubes, about 36 each. Place one pineapple chunk on each toothpick, followed by a chunk of ham. Stand the picks up on baking sheet and brush each one with BBQ sauce mixture. Cover all sides.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Serve warm with remaining sauce for dipping.
     

Apple Butter Breakfast Cake

Courtesy Musselman’s Apple Butter

Prep Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 1 hour

Serves: 9

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups apple butter

Topping

  • 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  1. In bowl, stir together baking mix, milk, 1/2 cup sugar, egg and 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
  2. Pour two-thirds of batter into 8-by-8-by-2-inch glass baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover with apple butter. Drop remaining batter by spoonful on top.
  3. Combine coconut, pecans, 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle on top of cake.
  4. Bake at 350°F for approximately one hour, until cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Note: Pan will be very full so do not substitute a smaller pan. You may want to place a cookie sheet under the pan in the oven in case of drips.

 

Cheesy Bacon & Egg Brunch Casserole

Recipe courtesy McCormick

Prep Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 40-50 minutes

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 loaf (8 ounces) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk*
  • 2 teaspoons mustard, ground
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside. Remove all but 2 tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add onion to skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened.
  2. Spread half the bread cubes in 13x9-inch baking dish. Layer with half each of the onion, bacon, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Spread evenly with cottage cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes, onion, bacon, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Beat eggs in medium bowl with wire whisk. Add milk, mustard, pepper, and nutmeg; mix well. Gradually pour into baking dish. Press bread cubes lightly into egg mixture until completely covered. Let stand 10 minutes. (*To prep the night before, add an extra 1/2 cup of milk and refrigerate overnight.)
  4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown.
 

Individual Cheese & Herb Stratas

Courtesy Safest Choice Pasteurized Shell Eggs

Prep Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 thin slices prosciutto or deli ham
  • 2 cups French or Italian bread pieces (1-inch pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (see note)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (see note)
  • 8 eggs
  • Salt
  • Coarse ground black pepper
  • Minced bell pepper (optional)
  • Chopped fresh herbs (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter bottom and sides of four 10 to 12 ounce ramekins or spray with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Line each ramekin with 2 slices prosciutto or ham with some extending over sides.
  3. In large bowl, toss bread pieces and melted butter together. Stir in cheese and herbs. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins pressing down lightly. Break 2 eggs into each ramekin. Add salt and pepper, as desired. Sprinkle bell pepper around eggs, if desired.
  4. Place ramekins on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until whites are set and yolks begin to firm, or to desired doneness.
  5. Garnish with additional herbs, if desired.

Notes: Other cheeses, such as cubed mozzarella or cheddar, may be substituted for goat cheese. One or a combination of herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, chives, or parsley may be used.

 

Ham, Apple, & Cheddar Crepes

Courtesy National Pork Board

Prep time: 20 minutes • Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 3 cups ham, shredded and warmed
  • 1 3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, halved, cored and thinly sliced

Cheese Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Pour milk, butter, eggs and salt in blender. Mix until well combined. Add flour. Mix for 15 to 20 seconds or until smooth. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat an 8-inch crepe pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat well with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan, swirl to fully cover bottom of pan. Cook for 1 minute or until crepe begins to curl around edges. Carefully flip and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until set. Transfer to plate. Repeat with additional cooking spray and remaining batter. Layer cooked crepes between pieces of wax paper to prevent sticking.
  3. Lay a crepe on clean work surface. Arrange few slices of apple on quarter of crepe; top with shredded ham. Fold crepe in half to cover filling and fold in half again to create triangular shape. Repeat with remaining crepes, apple and ham. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and hold in warm oven until ready to serve, or up to 30 minutes.
  4. For cheese sauce, melt butter in saucepan set over medium heat. Stir in flour until well coated. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until pale and smooth. Whisk in milk, a splash at a time, until smooth; stir in mustard, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until thick enough to coat back of spoon. Remove from heat. Whisk in cheese, a small handful at a time, until melted and smooth.
  5. Place filled crepes on each plate. Spoon cheese sauce over each crepe and sprinkle with chives.
  6. Serving Suggestion: All the elements of the recipe can be prepared a day in advance and gently warmed before assembling.

Make a Sweet “Cinna-Bunny” Treat.

If you’re looking for a fun treat to make with your kids, try Cinna-Bunny treats: Bake three cinnamon rolls. Stick two together, forming a snowman-like body, and cut the other in half. Place the two halves near one end of the cinnamon roll, making bunny ears, and then use cream cheese frosting to color your bunny white. You can use chocolate chips or blueberries for eyes.

Have a Virtual Egg Hunt!

The pandemic may have paused some community wide Easter egg hunts, but there are tons of ways to still have one around your home, your yard, or even virtually! A virtual egg hunt is a great way to spend time with family or friends that you can’t see in person while also maintaining tradition. Beforehand, the adults can decide where they will hide their plastic eggs filled with treats. The day of the event everyone can log onto Zoom (or whatever your video chat device preference is) and each adult can take turns reading out a clue for the children in their house. The kids will then run around searching for their treasure and whenever they find an egg they can excitedly show it to everyone else on the call. Keep people engaged by ensuring your child is shown on the camera screen (i.e. don’t hide eggs in locations that will be hard for people on the camera to see, or make sure to follow your child on their treasure hunt). This is also a great way for children to get some fresh air and run around outside if you have your own yard to hide eggs in. Don’t forget to give the winner a well-deserved chocolate bunny!

Spend Some Family Time Outside

Easter is often seen as a time for rebirth and a celebration of life. Feel at peace by kicking off Spring with a family hike in the area and use it as an opportunity to get back in touch with nature and all the rebirth of plants happening around you. Use it as a conversation starter for the various things you are all grateful for this season. You can also plant something new as a celebration—either plant something together in your garden or pick up a houseplant from a local shop (did you know they’re good for your family’s health?!).

Dance to some Easter tunes.

Burn off your child’s Easter candy high by dancing to this 27 minute compilation of Easter music and videos on The Kiboomers YouTube channel. The music is appropriate for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Watch an Easter-themed family movie.

Once your child is tired out from the day’s festivities, you can all hunker down and watch Hop, a PG rated family comedy movie (it blends animation and live action) with a top cast. Fun for all ages, this movie is about E.B. the teenage son of the Easter Bunny who runs off to Hollywood to become a drummer and befriends a slacker played by James Marsden.

Where to stream Hop: Netflix, Prime Video, iTunes, DIRECTV, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube

Read Easter- and Bunny-themed books.

If your children need a distraction while you hide those Easter eggs they can visit @StorytimeAnytime on YouTube to listen to read alouds their favorite Easter stories, such as Pete the Cat: The Big Easter Adventure, with videos of the book’s pages.

At the end of your fun day, curl up with some Easter themed stories. Infants will enjoy the classic Pat the Bunny for some tactile fun. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy Llama Llama Easter Egg and How to Catch the Easter Bunny. Children ages 7-10 can read Emma the Easter Fairy on their own while you put your younger ones to bed, and children who are ready for chapter books will enjoy Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny.



Easter Egg Hunts, Photos with Easter Bunnies, and More in NYC, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island

 

Easter Activities for Kids in Manhattan

ONLINE Hop to It, Kids! The New Online Easter Egg Hunt

WHEN: March 27, 4pm; March 29 and March 31, 2pm

WHERE: Watson Adventures, Online

AGES: 10 and older

WHAT: Join Watson Adventures on a virtual Easter Egg Hunt! Chickens—or is it bunnies?—have laid eggs everywhere and it's up to you to find them! They're almost hidden in art museum paintings, in royal homes as Fabergé eggs, or in natural history museums as giant dinosaur eggs and tiny hummingbird eggs. Your host will meet with you on Zoom and send you hopping off around the world, following clues that lead you to websites where you must find eggs and answer fun questions about them.

WANT TO GO? $19 per person. Advanced reservations required.

 

IN PERSON Celebrate Easter

WHEN: March 31-April 4, 10am-5pm

WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side

AGES: Newborn to 8

WHAT: Join the Children's Museum of Manhattan to celebrate Easter with two great programs!

Easter Bunny Ears & Dance Party (Superpowered Creators Tours, 9:45am, 10:45am, 12pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm): Build your own pair of easter bunny ears, then hop along to the beat during an Easter parade and dance party!

Funny Bunny Ears (Playful Explorers Tours 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm, 3pm): Make floppy bunny ears and practice your bunny hop!

WANT TO GO? $15; $12 seniors 65 and older and visitor with disabilities. Make reservations in advance.

 

ONLINE Easter Eggs and Decoration Workshop

WHEN: April 1, 11am-12pm or April 2, 3:30-4:30pm

WHERE: Speakitaly NYC, Online

AGES: 4-12

WHAT: Celebrate Easter and welcome the Easter Bunny with fun DIY projects!

In this Easter themed class, students will decorate their own easter eggs using food coloring, sparkles, and other fun mediums to make beautiful designs. Students are free to decorate their eggs as they choose, and can pick any design such as tie-dye, stripes, shapes, glitter and more.

WANT TO GO? $25. Students will need eggs with a white shell, food coloring, and any other materials they would like to use to make colorful easter designs. Advanced registration required.

 

FREE. IN PERSON NYSoM Easter Eggstravaganza 2021

WHEN: April 3, 2-6pm

WHERE: Rodale Pleasant Community Garden, 174 E 114th Street, East Harlem

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: Winter is over and spring has arrived! NYSoM is proud to present Easter Eggstravaganza 2021! The event will feature an Easter Egg Hunt ( Group of 5 Hunters At A Time, Social Distancing and All Attendees Must Wear A Mask), Easter Activity Village ( Painted Easter Egg Giveaway, Easter Crafts and Activities, the Easter Bunny and friends and much more!

WANT TO GO? First come first served. Groups of 5 children participate every 10 minutes. There will be 25 hunts altogether.

 

ONLINE Easter Centerpiece Workshop

WHEN: April 3, 1pm

WHERE: Zoom & Bloom, Online

AGES: All

WHAT: Create a beautiful Easter centerpiece with family and friends near and far. A luxurious box of blooms, a vessel and the tools you need to make a lush arrangement will arrive the morning of 4/2. Simply follow the instructions on the enclosed care card and hydrate your flowers. On Saturday, join a live, virtual workshop. No experience is needed to create a centerpiece you’ll be proud to put on your table. Flowers will be both seasonal and spectacular - sourced from our favorite farms worldwide. Gather a group of friends, log on with distant family and safely celebrate the upcoming holiday with style.

WANT TO GO? $265. Advanced registration required.

 

IN PERSON Easter Fun Day Cruise with Egg Hunt 2021

WHEN: April 4, 12:30-2:30pm

WHERE: Pier 36 (NY), 299 South St, Lower East Side

AGES: All

WHAT: Join Easter Bunny on our Easter Fun Day Brunch Cruise featuring Egg Hunt, Easter basket decorating, fun Easter crafts for kids, and a delicious Easter Sunday brunch in 2021.

WANT TO GO? From $59.

 

IN PERSON The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

WHEN: April 4, 2-4pm (1:30pm registration)

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue, Chelsea

AGES: All

WHAT: A series of clues leads you around the Highline, Chelsea Market and Hudson Yards performing physical and mental challenges along the way.

WANT TO GO? $25 per person. One member of the team should have a smartphone (either Android or I-Phone). The hunt is run through an app called ScanQuest. Please download that before you come to the event.

Easter Activities for Kids in Brooklyn

FREE. IN PERSON Easter Eggstravaganza

WHEN: March 27, 10am-12pm

WHERE: Crossroads Christian Church, 6921 4th Ave, Bayridge

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: This year's event will begin at the Crossroads Christian Church offices where your child can get a free photo with the Easter Bunny! There, you will receive a map and to go on a Quest (scavenger hunt) around the neighborhood. If you choose to go on this Quest, the locations on the map will lead you to new games, Easter eggs, and a chance to decode a secret message!

WANT TO GO? Register in advance online.

 

IN PERSON Pen To Paper Your Magic & KD'scomfortfood Easter Extravaganza

WHEN: D'Event Room, 634 Remsen Avenue, Canarsie

WHERE: April 4, 12-3pm or 4-7pm

AGES: All

WHAT: Spend Easter creating your own Easter Basket, Going on an Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting, games, dance contest, raffles, giveaways, and more! Plus, enjoy all you can eat!

WANT TO GO? $50 kids; $40 parents. Purchase tickets in advance.

 

IN PERSON EASTER EGG HUNT: Weekends at the Farm

WHEN: March 27-April 11, 10am-4pm, weekends

WHERE: Green Meadows Farm at Aviator Sports & Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Floyd Bennett Field

AGES: All

WHAT: Join the Green Meadows Farm for a fun-filled day with Whiskers, the Easter Bunny, and all his friends at the farm! Your children will love the search for colorful eggs filled with treasures, exploring the Bunny House, discovering the farm playground, and so much more!

WANT TO GO? $12 per person ages 2 and older. Purchase tickets in advance.

 

IN PERSON Easter Hedgehog

WHEN: April 2, 1-2pm

WHERE: Pinot's Palette, 7518 13th Avenue, Dyker Heights

AGES: 5-12

WHAT: Paint a hedgehog that’s ready and excited to go on an Easter egg hunt!

WANT TO GO? $32. Advanced registration required.

 

IN PERSON Kids Paint Easter Egg-stravaganza

WHEN: April 4, 3-6pm

WHERE: Colors Effect, 1454 St Johns Pl., Crown Heights

AGES: 5-12

WHAT: Grab your little bunnies for this fun event. It will include games, music, snacks and a photo with the Easter bunny. All paint supplies are provided.

WANT TO GO? $35. Limited seating. Purchase tickets in advance.

 

Easter Activities for Kids in Queens

FREE. IN PERSON JCPenney MARCH KIDS ZONE EVENT

WHEN: March 13, 11am-12pm

WHERE: Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst

AGES: All

WHAT: Kids can stop by to pick up a Decorate an Easter Basket craft kit to take home, and Mom & Dad receive a special 1 day coupon offer.

WANT TO GO? While supplies last.

 

IN PERSON Barnyard Egg Hunt

WHEN: March 27-April 3, Sundays, 11am–4pm with timed tickets for egg hunting

WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: Kids and their grown-ups will enjoy the thrill of this springtime tradition on the farm with social distancing built in. Spread out on the grass as you dance the bunny hop and enjoy 47 egg-cellent acres of outdoor space. Visit with the farm's animals and hop on a hayride to top off your day. BYOB (bring your own basket) is encouraged. Food vendors will be on the farm all day selling their treats.

WANT TO GO? $12. Purchase tickets in advance.

 

IN PERSON Painting with the Easter Bunny

WHEN: April 3, 1-2:15pm

WHERE: Bee's Arts and Crafts Studio at The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave., Glendale

AGES: All

WHAT: Paint with the Easter bunny during Easter weekend! The bunny will be visiting Bee's Arts and Crafts Studio as you create a canvas painting suitable for children of all ages. There will be dancing, listening to music, painting, and photos of the Easter Bunny.

WANT TO GO? $29.99. Call to RSVP.

 

IN PERSON Easter Gingerbread House Workshop

WHEN: April 4, 1:30-3pm

WHERE: Young Chefs Academy, 108-10 72nd Ave., 2nd floor, Forest Hills

AGES: 4-10

WHAT: An Easter gingerbread house is a charming and sweet tradition for your family! Make this colorful dwelling for your own Easter Bunny and display it during the Easter season.

WANT TO GO? Admission includes one parent per child: $45 per person, $80 for two

 

Easter Activities for Kids in Westchester

IN PERSON Photo Op Pit-Stop: SPRING AND EASTER PHOTOS

WHEN: March 4-April 11, Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30-7pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-7pm

WHERE: Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights

AGES: All

WHAT: This year Easter pictures are going to look a little different. Jefferson Valley Mall has partnered with Dogwood Event Design to create a Spring and Easter Experience including dozens of photo opportunities for you and your family, including a traditional Easter set! Great for selfies, family and friend photos, social media content and adorable Easter pictures!

 

WANT TO GO? $25. Purchase tickets in advance.

FREE. IN PERSON Easter Egg-Stravaganza

WHEN: March 24-25, 3pm; 4pm; 5pm

WHERE: Stew Leonard’s, 1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers

AGES: Newborn to 8

WHAT: Stew Leonard’s invites children to join the farm fresh food store’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Egg-Stravaganza. Once inside the store, children will visit five stations where Stew’s Team Members will distribute the eggs via a “picker” or candy chute. The Easter Bunny will be joined by just a few of Stew Leonard’s famous costumed characters so that participants may take a socially distanced photo to commemorate the holiday. Stew Leonard’s will supply each child with a cellophane bag in which they can collect their eggs. All eggs will contain small trinkets and candy, however two lucky children will each win a $100 gift card to a locally owned toy store and ten children will each win a special Easter Basket.

WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required. Stew Leonard’s is also asking Egg Hunt participants to donate a canned good item.

 

IN PERSON Egg Hunt

WHEN: March 27-April 3, Saturdays and Sunday, 10am-4pm

WHERE: Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Bronx

AGES: 2-12

WHAT: This is the one day when it’s okay to put all your eggs in one basket! Bartow-Pell is strictly following the CDC and New York State and New York City COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Children 2–12 hunt for eggs in the formal garden and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Please bring your own basket.

WANT TO GO? $10 children; Adults free when accompanied by a child. Advanced registration required.

 

IN PERSON EASTER EGG HUNT

WHEN: March 27-April 3, Fridays-Sundays, 10am-4pm

WHERE: Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem

AGES: 3 years and under, 4-6 years, or 7-8 years

WHAT: Join Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard for an Easter Egg Hunt. Each child's ticket includes: One egg hunt session., Egg carton for collecting eggs, A set of bunny ears! A visit with the Easter Bunny!

WANT TO GO? $15 children; $5 spectator ticket. Advanced registration required.

 

IN PERSON Easter Class for Kids & Parents

WHEN: March 14, 10-11am

WHERE: A Maze in Pottery, 76 N State Road, Briarcliff Manor

AGES: Newborn to 5

WHAT: HOP in with you little BUNNY for a spring adventure! Catch those tiny prints before they grow! Your child and you will paint a stylish round shaped dinner plate using various pottery painting techniques together .The plate will be personalized with your child's hand or footprint (footprints are suggested for children ages newborn to 1). Such an excellent gift or decoration for your holiday table and a keepsake for years to come! (The involvement in the actual painting will vary depending on the age of your little one, so the moms of babies will basically paint the plate by themself and using the child footprint for the final touch.)

WANT TO GO? $36.50. Advanced registration required.

 

Easter Activities for Kids in Rockland

IN PERSON Hop, hop, hooray, it’s Easter picture time at Center Court

WHEN: March 18-April 3, Mondays-Saturdays, 11am-7pm

WHERE: Paramus Park, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus, NJ

AGES: All

WHAT: Don't miss out on a contactless, socially distant visit with the Easter Bunny! Reserve your spot and hop to the front of the line to capture egg-citing moments of your little ones and have Easter Bunny pictures that will last a lifetime!

WANT TO GO? Photo packages are $34.99-$44.99. Make your reservations online.

 

IN PERSON It's Bunny Photo Time!

WHEN: March 18-April 3, Mondays-Saturdays, 12-7pm; Sundays, 12-6pm

WHERE: Newport Centre, 30 Mall Drive W., Jersey City, NJ

AGES: All

WHAT: It’s Bunny Photo Time! Bring your little one or the whole family for a socially distanced Easter Bunny Photo Experience!

WANT TO GO? Photo packages are $34.99-$44.99; Reservations strongly encouraged.

 

IN PERSON Egg Painting Party

WHEN: April 2-3, 12-4pm

WHERE: Color Me Mine at Palisades Center, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack

AGES: All

WHAT: Join Color Me Mine for ceramic egg painting with acrylics! Don’t worry about not finding these ones in your hunt, they’re not going to go rotten! Time slot includes 4 eggs, 4 colors, and a set of brushes. Eggs can be taken home when you’re finished painting!

WANT TO GO? $40; $7 additional eggs. Advanced registration required.

 

IN PERSON Natural Egg Dyeing

WHEN: April 3, 1-2pm or 2:30-3:30pm

WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ

AGES: All

WHAT: Join Tenafly Nature Center for a new twist on coloring eggs! Transform plain white eggs into a rainbow of colors using natural ingredients commonly found in your kitchen. Each participant will be provided with two eggs to decorate and take home instructions to continue the fun at home.

WANT TO GO? $14; $10 members. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held under cover. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

 

IN PERSON Annual Easter Egg Hunt

WHEN: April 10, 3am

WHERE: Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: Children will explore the grounds of Liberty Hall, searching for plastic eggs hidden throughout the landscape and filled with holiday treats. A surprise visit from the Easter Bunny caps off the event.

WANT TO GO? $10 per 1 adult and child; $5 additional adult. Space is limited. Purchase tickets in advance.

Easter Activities for Kids on Long Island

IN PERSON It's Bunny Photo Time!

WHEN: March 17-April 4, Mondays-Saturdays, 12-7pm; Sundays, 12-6pm

WHERE: Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City

AGES: All

WHAT: Have a socially-distant photo session with The Bunny! Walk up visits will be accepted as time allows between reservations. Enhanced cleaning will take place between visits. Guests are required to wear masks. The Bunny’s helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of your visit. The Bunny will be doing his part and wearing a concealed mask.

WANT TO GO? Photo Packages are $34.99-$44.99. A reservation is strongly encouraged.

 

IN PERSON Pictures with the Easter Bunny

WHEN: March 20-April 3, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm; April 2, 4-6pm

WHERE: DEES' NURSERY & FLORIST, 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside

AGES: All

WHAT: Take a family photo with the Easter Bunny! While seated for photographs masks may be taken off as social distancing guidelines will be followed. Extra measures have been taken to ensure that every family has a special experience with the Easter Bunny.

WANT TO GO? $24.99 per photo package.

 

IN PERSON Spring Photos

WHEN: March 20-April 3, 12-4pm

WHERE: Tanger Outlets Deer Park, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park

AGES: All

WHAT: Spring is in the air! Hop into the season with fresh portraits of the family. Join the fun for a safe and exciting Virtual Easter Bunny Meet and Greet. Prints and a digital high res copy delivered via email. Capture an Easter family photo memory that will last a lifetime!

WANT TO GO? Packages start at $25.

 

IN PERSON Spring Market

WHEN: March 20, 10am-5pm

WHERE: St. Markella, 1960 Jones Ave., Wantagh

AGES: All

WHAT: Meet the Easter Bunny (12pm-2pm) while supporting small buinesses. Whether you’re in the mood for some yummy Gourmet treats or looking for that one of a kind find we’re sure to have something for everyone! OVER 40 UNIQUE VENDORS Home Decor, Jewelry & Accessories, Boutique Clothing, Health & Beauty, Kid Crafts, Gourmet Treats, Customization & more.

WANT TO GO? Admission is free. Follow the signs to the Church parking lot, event will be hosted in a heated tent. All CDC Guidelines will be adhered to.

 

FREE. IN PERSON Easter Egg Hunt Egg-Stravaganza

WHEN: March 24 and March 25, 3pm; 4pm; 5pm

WHERE: Stew Leonard’s, 261 Airport Plaza Boulevard, Farmingdale

AGES: Newborn to 8

WHAT: Stew Leonard’s invites children to join the farm fresh food store’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Egg-Stravaganza! Stew Leonard’s will supply each child with a cellophane bag in which they can collect their eggs. All eggs will contain small trinkets or candy, however two lucky children will each win a $100 gift card to a local store and ten children will each win a special Easter Basket. Participants are kindly asked to open their eggs in their cars or at home. Socially distanced pictures will be available with Wow The Cow and the Easter Bunny!

WANT TO GO? All participants, adults and children must have a ticket to enter the event. Stew Leonard’s is also asking Egg Hunt participants to donate a canned good item. Reservations can be made online.

 

FREE. IN PERSON Annual Easter Egg Hunt

WHEN: March 27, 11am-2pm

WHERE: Registration in front of Fitness Incentive at 157 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon Village

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: Join the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce for their annual Easter Egg Hunt! After you have collected your eggs, stop back at the registration area for your chance to take a socially distanced photo with the Easter Bunny! (Bring Your Own Camera). Bunny will be at registration from 1-2pm.

WANT TO GO? Registration is open from 10:30am-1pm.

 

IN PERSON Easter Party

WHEN: March 27 and April 3, 11am-12:30pm or 2-3:30pm

WHERE: OPEN STAGE WORKS, 1745 Expressway Dr. N., Hauppauge

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: Celebrate Easter with Coloring Activity, Music & Raffles, Story Time, and Pictures with the SPECIAL GUEST! Each ticket also includes a goodie bag made by the SUNSHINE FORGE.

WANT TO GO? $60 first child, $40 per sibling. Advanced registration required.

 

IN PERSON Easter Bunny Bonanza 2021

WHEN: March 27, 11am, 12:30pm or 2pm

WHERE: Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Ave., East Rockaway

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: Hop on over to the Easter Bunny Bonanza 2021 co-hosted by Rolling River Events and Impressive Rentals. Ticket price includes complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny from professional family photographer Jodi Applebaum, an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, and more! All safety protocols will be followed including temperature checks upon arrival. Masks are required for ages 5 years old and up. Masks may be removed when taking pictures with the Easter Bunny. This is an outdoor event so please dress accordingly. You are encouraged to come dressed in your best bunny attire.

WANT TO GO? $35 per adult and child; $20 additional adult. Purchase tickets in advance.

 

IN PERSON Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

WHEN: March 27-April 3, Saturdays and Sunday, 9am-12pm seatings every half hour

WHERE: The Milleridge Inn, 585 N Broadway, Jericho

AGES: All

WHAT: Enjoy a delicious Easter themed breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Easter Bunny will be socially distanced, and as a proper protocol for safety, the bunny will be behind plexiglass.

WANT TO GO? Advanced registration required.

 

IN PERSON Vandy Land

WHEN: March 27-April 3,10am-4pm, daily

WHERE: Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport

AGES: All

WHAT: The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Redmax Events are proud to present Vandy Land! A special outdoor-game-day with something for everyone! And… they’ve added something super-special to your Vandy Land experience: enjoy a round of golf on the newly created mini-golf course (in addition to admission fee). Enjoy kid-friendly characters, local food and craft vendors, musical entertainment, and a scavenger hunt. Of course, Mr. Bunny will be hopping by for photo-visits too. Spring ballet performances from the Posey School of Dance will be taking place on March 31st through April 3rd throughout the day!

WANT TO GO? $20; $18 members; $14 children; $12 child members. Tickets must be purchased in advance. As this is a fundraiser tickets are non-refundable. The museum will make sure to accommodate you in the best way possible.

 

IN PERSON Easter Fun at the Animal Farm

WHEN: March 27-April 4, 10am-5pm

WHERE: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: Celebrate Easter with White Post Farms! Admission includes the visiting animals, bird aviaries, monkey barn, playground areas, picnic areas, safe visiting with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera to take pictures) and the Easter Egg Hunt.

WANT TO GO? $20.95

 

FREE. IN PERSON Huntington Egg Hunt Trail 2021

WHEN: March 27-April 11, Anytime

WHERE: Begins at Cold Spring Harbor Village Rt 25A, Cold Spring Harbor

AGES: All

WHAT: Head east down 25A for a drivable 6 mile egg hunt... tell your friends for a fleet of fun! Can you spot all the eggs from Cold Spring Harbor Village to Centerport?

WANT TO GO? Starting point in Cold Spring Harbor Village, and ends in Centerport. Stop at one of the merchants listed on the website for a special $10 goodie bag when you metiong "lucky to live here".

 

IN PERSON Easter Event

WHEN: April 2, 6:30-8:30pm

WHERE: Xplore Port Commack, 54 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Commack

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: The Xplore Easter event includes an Easter Bunny Photo Shoot. Bring your cameras! Appearances by Poppy & Branch, Judy Hops and Max & Ruby, plus a goody bag for each child upon exiting.

WANT TO GO? $22 children; $15 children members; $12 one year old; $6 adult attending with child. Childrens admissions includes a $5 game card. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

 

IN PERSON Roller Skate with the Easter Bunny

WHEN: April 3, 10am-12pm

WHERE: United Skates of America, Inc., 1276 Hicksville Rd, Seaford

AGES: All

WHAT: Enjoy time on the rink and skate into Easter with a visit from the Easter Bunny!

WANT TO GO? $5 per person. Skate rental included with admission. Purchase tickets in advance.

 

FREE. IN PERSON Easter Egg Hunt

WHEN: April 3, 11am

WHERE: Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden, 663 Wading River Road, Manorville

AGES: Newborn to 12

WHAT: Bring the family to the Waterdrinker’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Field! FREE Admission. Masks Required for anyone over 2.

WANT TO GO? Greenhouse and Barn will also be open for Easter Plants, Local Baked Treats and gifts!

 

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