Easter Egg Hunts for Kids in New York City 2016

Where Are Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Activities in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens

Easter is just a hop, skip and a jump away, falling on Sunday, March 27 this year. One of the best ways to celebrate with kids is to attend one of NYC's treat-filled egg hunts. Most are outdoors in playgrounds and parks, zoos and gardens, but a few are indoors at museums and other cultural spots. Many offer additional spring fun such as seasonal crafts, face painting and live entertainment.

Remember, Easter egg hunts in NYC are extremely popular so arrive early and expect hordes. If you dislike crowds, avoid the free hunts and opt for one that carries a small fee as those usually have a cap on participants.

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Note: Easter's early arrival has forced a few spots to skip their traditional egg hunts. Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store, the Queens Botanical Garden, Downtown Brooklyn, the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, the National Tennis Center in Queens and the Fourth Universalist Society have all let us know their hunts will not take place in 2016.

Manhattan

Carl Schurz Park Egg Hunt – Upper East Side
Saturday, March 19
FREE but donations accepted
Head to the beloved Carl Schurz Park for egg hunts divided by age, including one just for toddlers. East Side West Side Music Together will provide on-site entertainment. Rain date: Sunday, March 20.

Frozen Easter Egg Hunt – Midtown West
Friday, March 25-Sunday, March 27
$20
Head to the Minus5 Ice Experience for a new take on this traditional seasonal activity. Your admission grants each guest a mocktail to enjoy as they hunt through the City's only ice bar to search for five eggs frozen throughout the venue. Guests who find them all will leave with a gift basket.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt – Tribeca
Saturday, March 26
FREE
The Lower Manhattan Community Church sponsors this annual holiday fest featuring egg hunts for children up to the third grade. Face painting, carnival-style games and pictures with the Easter Bunny are also on tap.

Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Festival – Harlem
Saturday, March 26
FREE
Enjoy face painting, games, arts and crafts, a visit from the Easter Bunny and an outdoor egg hunt at this community fete in St. Nicholas Park.

Easter Eggstravaganza – East Harlem
Saturday, March 26
FREE
Join community organization NYSoM for its fourth annual egg hunt in the Target and Home Depot East Harlem Gardens. Additional fun includes an egg race, egg decorating, crafts and face time with the Easter Bunny.

Egg Hunt and Bunny Fun – Upper West Side
Saturday, March 26
$21 before Saturday, March 12; $25 thereafter
Riverside Park is the place to be for Think 'N' Fun's annual Easter egg hunt. After you've gathered your eggs, take a picture with the bunny and enjoy some springtime treats. Advance registration required. Rain date: Saturday, April 2.

This event is sold out as of 3/24.
NYC Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt
– Soho
Saturday, March 26
$8 adults; $5 children
Head to the popular NYC Fire Museum to hunt for eggs inside the firehouse. Bags are provided to collect the treats and museum admission is included. When you're done, pose for photos with Hot Dog, the FDNY mascot.

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Enjoy a picturesque egg hunt on Central Park's Heckscher lawn. Photo courtesy of Our Saviour New York.

Our Saviour New York Central Park Hunt – Central Park
Saturday, March 26
FREE
Join Our Saviour New York for its annual egg hunt on the Heckscher lawn in Central Park. Children ages 4-11 can gather thousands of treat-filled eggs and the Easter Bunny will be on hand for free photo-ops.

Unfortunately, this event is SOLD OUT.
Creative Kiddie Easter Cruise
– Stuyvesant Town
Saturday, March 26
$35 in advance; $40 at the door
Sail the high seas (or the East River) as you party with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs aboard The Lucille. The cruise will take you down the East River for striking views of Lady Liberty, and includes lots of fun like balloon animals, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy and arts & crafts.

Children's Museum of Manhattan Easter Egg Hunt – Upper West Side
Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27
Free with $12 museum admission
Instead of looking for traditional stuffed eggs, participants go on a scavenger hunt for egg icons hidden throughout the Children's Museum of Manhattan. At the end, show off your completed booklet to collect a prize.


The First Presbyterian Church of New York hosts its annual hunt in its yard directly following its Easter morning service. Photo courtesy of the church.

Community Easter Egg Hunt – Greenwich Village
Sunday, March 27
FREE
The First Presbyterian Church of New York hosts this fun Easter fest directly following its morning service. Bring your own basket. 

Bonus Option
Although there's no egg hunt at the annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, there are plenty of gorgeous holiday bonnets, frocks and a bunny or two, so it's a great way to celebrate.

Brooklyn

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – Floyd Bennett Field
Sunday, March 6
$24 adults; $22 children ages 3-12, FREE for children younger than 3
Head to the Aviator Sports and Events Center for a full Easter experience. Dine on pancakes, eggs and other goodies with the Easter Bunny, enjoy cupcake decorating and holiday-themed crafts before going on a fun-filled egg hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt – Gravesend
Saturday, March 12
$5
Bring a bag or basket and hunt for candy and surprise-filled eggs in the grassy grotto of Our Lady of Grace Church. Plan to spend an extra $5 if you'd like to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

Easter Egg Hunt – Marine Park
Saturday, March 19
FREE
State Sen. Marty Golden hosts this annual egg hunt and celebration for families at Marine Park.

Kaiser Park Egg Hunt – Bed-Stuy
Saturday, March 19
FREE
Grab your basket and head to Kaiser Park for this annual community egg hunt.

SkipKid's Spring Party & Eggstravaganza – South Slope
Sunday, March 20
$5 per person
Head to Greenwood Park for this rain-or-shine Easter shindig. In addition to the hunt, there will be live entertainment, arts & crafts and food provided by The Greenwood Park Kitchen.

Easter Egg Hunt Weekend – Floyd Bennett Field
Daily, Thursday, March 24 through Sunday, March 27
$8
If you didn't make it to Aviator Sports' Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, find your way there the following week for an egg hunt and springtime farm adventure. Admission lets children hunt eggs, take a photo with Whiskers the bunny, embark on a hayride, ride the giant hay wagon slide and more. There are additional fees for the petting zoo and pony rides.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Bay Ridge
Saturday, March 26
FREE
State Sen. Marty Golden hosts another outdoor egg hunt for Brooklyn families, this time at Shore Road Park.

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Brooklyn Boulders puts on an egg hunt for climbers! Photo by Caitie McCabe/courtesy of the venue.

Brooklyn Boulders​ Easter Egg Hunt – Gowanus
Saturday, March 26
$20
Hunt through the nooks and crannies of this awesome rock climbing gym. This is the most athletic egg hunt out there and will force kids ages 4-12 to search low and high. Every child goes home with a Brooklyn Boulders tote bag.

McGolrick Park Egg Hunt – Greenpoint
Saturday, March 26
$15
Enjoy live music, spring-themed crafts and face time with the Easter Bunny, then search for more than 500 eggs hidden in the grass at the pretty Greenpoint McGolrick Park. Bring your own basket and buy tickets online to avoid lines and getting shut out. The hunt moves indoors in case of rain.


Many egg hunts also include a chance to meet the Easter bunny like at the Queens County Farm. Photo courtesy the farm.

Queens

Barnyard Egg Hunt – Glen Oaks
Saturday, March 26
$5
Head to the Queens County Farm Museum for a country-style hunt through the orchard. While there, meet Whiskers the bunny, take a hayride and participate in egg tosses and races.

Easter Egg Hunt – Rego Park
Saturday, March 26
FREE
Head to Our Saviour New York for a full-filled hunt in the church's yard. Thousands of treat-filled eggs will be up for grabs along with special prizes.

Astoria Community Easter Egg Hunt – Astoria
Saturday, March 26
FREE
Connections Church hosts a community egg hunt at two Astoria locations, with more than 10,000 eggs for kids to collect in age-specific hunts. A major bonus: There will be a coffee bar for the adults!

Queens Zoo Spring Eggstravaganza – Corona
Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27
Free with zoo admission: $8 adults; $5 children ages 3-12
In addition to a traditional egg hunt, kids can get up close and personal with the Queens Zoo's live rabbits, as well as the Easter Bunny. Arts and crafts and other springtime fun round out the day.

EasterFest 2016 – Forest Hills
Sunday, March 27
$5 per child, $2 for those who attend service
Head to Forest Hills Ascension Church for Easter Services at 11am and stick around for this indoor egg hunt. Those who don't attend church can join the fun at 1pm, which includes games, crafts vendors and food.

Staten Island

Historic Richmond Town Easter Egg Hunt – Staten Island
Saturday, March 26
$5 adults; $10 children
Bring a cardboard egg carton to Historic Richmond Town and transform it into a fancy Victorian-style craft. Afterward, hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Prepaid reservations required.

Egg-straordinary Hunt! – Staten Island
Saturday, March 26
FREE
The Mariner's Harbor Library hosts a fun egg hunt for children ages 11 and under. Light snacks and a festive craft will round out the day's fun.


The egg hunt gets underway at Bartow-Pell Mansion. Photo by Richard Warren/courtesy of the venue.

The Bronx

Bronx Zoo Easter Weekend – the Bronx
Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27
Included in zoo admission
The city's favorite zoo hosts an animal take on the traditional Easter egg hunt. This one is a self-guided scavenger hunt that tours several animal exhibits where kids learn which creatures do the egg-laying, collecting stamps and eventually a prize for their efforts. A funky "Endangered Species Parade" with colorful costumes and dancing puts a twist on the traditional Easter bonnet parade, too. Create your own animal-themed hat at the craft station.  

Easter Egg Hunt at Bartow-Pell Mansion – the Bronx
Saturday, March 19
Free for adults; $15 children ages 2-12
Bring your own basket to hunt for eggs on the grounds of the historic Bartow-Pell Mansion. Visitors can enjoy a light snack, arts and crafts and photo-ops with the Easter Bunny. Rain date is Sunday, March 20. Advance tickets required.

Egg Hunt – the Bronx
Saturday, March 19
FREE
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center hosts this spring eggstravaganza, complete with an egg hunt, potato-sack and egg races, music, carnival games and tons of springtime fun.

Top image: Kids dash to collect as many treat-filled eggs as they can at the Queens County Farm Museum’s annual hunt. Photo courtesy of the venue.

This post, originally published in March 2009, is updated annually.