30 Easter Egg Hunts for Kids in New York City 2013
Easter is coming up on Sunday, March 31, 2013 and what's the holiday without an outdoor egg hunt? You don't need a backyard to have one. There are plenty of egg hunts all over NYC, where kids can run through the soft spring grass searching for brightly colored orbs hidden amongst bushes and blooms.
We've got the scoop on the best Easter egg hunts in NYC. Most are outdoors in parks, zoos, gardens and farms, but a few are indoors at museums and other tot spots. Plus a lot of these fetes come with extra seasonal fun, like face painting, family concerts and spring crafts. Arrive early! The eggs never stick around for long.
If you'd rather do it yourself, you can always bring your own Easter eggs and set up a little private hunt in a quiet corner of your local playground. If you opt for an egg hunt in your home, we recommend using plastic or blown eggs. You don't want to stumble across any stinky hard-boiled surprises come summer!
Here are our top Easter egg hunts in New York City.
The Great Easter Egg Hunt – Tribeca
Saturday, March 16 11am-1pm
PS 89, 201 Warren Street near West Street
The Lower Manhattan Community Church sponsors this 10th annual Easter fest featuring egg hunts for children of different ages, photo ops with the Big Bunny and other holiday activities.
Egg Hunt – Roosevelt Island
Saturday, March 30 10am-noon for children ages 5 and younger, 2-4pm for ages 6-12
Suggested donation $2 per child and $10 per family; half-price for Roosevelt Island residents
Head to the isle for a pair of hunts. Tots hunt the landscaped garden in front of the Manhattan Park complex in the morning, while older kids search in Firefighters Field during the afternoon. There will also be visits from the Easter Bunny, an Easter bonnet contests for tots, and games with prizes for grade-schoolers. Advance registration required. Afterward, spend the day exploring the island.
Fort Tryon Park Egg Hunt – Inwood
Saturday, March 23 10:45am-noon
Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park, enter at Cabrini Boulevard and Margaret Corbin Drive
Hit Billings Lawn for an egg hunt, face painting, raffles and games, all organized by local nonprofits and parents.
Carl Schurz Park Egg Hunt – Upper East Side
Saturday, March 23 at 11am
East End Avenue and 87th Street
Families can decorate egg collecting bags before participating in one of three hunts, at 11:15, 11:30 and 11:45am. There will also be face painting by Art by Melissa, Easter Bunny photo ops and a rockin' live concert by the Funky Town Playground Band. Rain date is Sunday, March 24.
4th U Easter Egg Hunt – Upper West Side
This egg hunt is sold out. Saturday, March 30 1-3pm
The 4th Universalist Society, 160 Central Park West near 76th Street
$5 per family
Meet at the 4th Universalist Society and then go searching for eggs in nearby Central Park. This hunt features three separate hunts for each age group. In the event of rain, the hunt will be held inside 4th U's church. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clifford's Egg Hunt – Soho
Saturday, March 30 at noon-4pm
Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway between Prince and Spring Streets
Celebrate Easter with everyone's favorite big red dog. Search for eggs throughout the store, settle in for a Clifford's First Easter storytime and pose for pics with the crimson canine.
Easter Activities at the Children's Museum of Manhattan – Upper West Side
Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 10am-4pm
212 West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway
Free with admission: $11
The tot spot offers a trio of holiday activities. Preschoolers can create Easter collages while school-age kids decorate actual eggs. CMOM also hosts a twist on the usual egg hunt: Visitors search for half a dozen paper eggs that are hidden throughout the museum. Once located, kids can redeem their completed hunt sheets for Easter prizes.
Easter Egg Hunt – West Village
Sunday, March 31 at 10:30am
Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street near Christopher Street
Right after services let out, families can follow the Easter Bunny into the garden to join in a festive egg hunt that's open to the public.
Dinosaur Egg Decorating & Egg Hunt – Upper West Side
Sunday, March 31at 2pm
Bank Street Bookstore, 610 West 112th Street at Broadway
An egg hunt with a prehistoric twist: Instead of looking for plastic or hard-boiled chicken eggs, kids can search the bookshop for dinosaur eggs, and then work on dino-themed arts and crafts.
Bonus: Although there is no egg hunt at the annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, there are plenty of gorgeous holiday bonnets, frocks and a Big Bunny or two, so it's a great way to celebrate. And if you're wondering about Trinity Church's annual Easter Fun Fest, sadly it's not happening in 2013.
Brooklyn's Great Easter Egg Hunt – Canarsie
Saturday, March 9 1-4pm
Brooklyn Plantology, 26 Brooklyn Terminal Market near East 86th Street
Don't worry if it's cold outside. Kids can hunt for eggs in the warmth of this balmy greenhouse and garden store. There will also be live rabbits, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, face painting, and arts and crafts.
Easter Egg Hunt – Gravesend
Our Lady of Grace R C Church, 430 Avenue W near East 4th Street
Saturday, March 16 1-2pm
Bring a bag or basket and then hunt for candy and surprise-filled eggs in the church's grassy outdoor grotto. Photos with the Easter Bunny cost an additional $5 and begin at 2:30pm.
Easter Egg Hunt – Marine Park
Saturday, March 23 noon-2pm
Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place
State Senator Marty Golden hosts this annual egg hunt and celebration for local families.
Eggs-Travaganza Easter Egg Hunt – Crown Heights
Sunday, March 24 9-11am
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place
Bring your own basket and go hunting for eggs filled with prizes, treats or special golden tickets throughout the museum's lower level. Egg hunts are timed and kids are grouped by age, so even little ones will be able to snag some orbs. Afterward, stay and enjoy holiday crafts. Advance reservations are a must. Bonus: On March 30-31, Peter Rabbit pops by BCM to say hello to his young fans.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – Marine Park
Sunday, March 24 10am-2pm
Aviator Sports and Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Avenue
$22 for adults, $20 for children ages 3-12
The Brooklyn sports complex offers a lot more than just an egg hunt. Families can also enjoy cupcake decorating and Easter-themed crafts, and dine on pancakes, eggs and other goodies with the Easter Bunny. RSVP by Monday, March18.
Easter Egg Hunt – Gowanus
Saturday, March 30 9am-noon
Brooklyn Boulders, 575 Degraw Street near Third Street
Hunt through the nooks and crannies of this awesome rock climbing gym for eggs filled with pennies that are redeemable on site for candy. Or skip the sweets and add to that college fund.
Brooklyn Heights Spring Egg Hunt – Brooklyn Heights
Saturday, March 30 at 10am
Pierrepont Playground, Columbia Heights and Pierrepont Streets
Candy, face painting, balloons and an egg hunt are all on tap at this annual neighborhood fete. There will also be a bake sale to benefit the playground committee. Rain date is Sunday, March 31.
Egg Hunt – Williamsburg
Saturday, March 30 at 11am
Msgr. McGolrick Park, Russell Street and Nassau Avenue
Kids can enjoy live music and spring-themed crafts, and search for more than 500 eggs hidden in the grass. There's even a separate tots-only hunting ground.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Bay Ridge
Saturday, March 30 2-4pm
Shore Road Park, Shore Road and 79th Street
This is the second of two public Easter celebrations hosted by State Senator Marty Golden.
Easter Egg Hunt – Corona
Saturday, March 24 12:30-3pm
USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Before Sunday, March 17: $15; after $20
At this sporty Easter fete, kids can make arts and crafts, hunt for eggs, meet the Big Bunny and participate in a tennis clinic. There will also be a family Easter basket competition with lots of prizes, including a chance to win one week of summer camp.
Spring Egg Hunt – Flushing
Saturday, March 30 11am-2pm
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street near Dahlia Avenue
Bring a basket to search for eggs among the garden's crabapple trees. Afterward, enjoy crafts, face time with Flora the Flower and strolling through the lovely grounds.
Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt – Glen Oaks
Saturday, March 30 noon-4pm
Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway
A full afternoon of Easter fun. Kids can search for eggs in the apple orchard, or try their hand at egg tossing or egg rolling on the lawn. Whiskers the bunny will be hopping around, greeting children. Families can also do the Bunny Hop, visit with the animals and go for a hayride.
12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Jamaica
Saturday, March 30 noon-5pm
St. Albans Memorial Park, Merrick Boulevard and Sayres Avenue
Billed as the largest egg hunt in New York City, this Affinity Health Plans-sponsored event anticipates a crowd of more than 5,000 people. In addition to the hunt, the day promises live music, pony and carnival rides, arts and crafts, and lots of candy.
Spring Eggstravaganza – Corona
Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 10am-5:30pm
Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Free with admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12
In addition to a traditional egg hunt, kids can get up close and personal with live giant Flemish hares Ruby, Flip and Olivia, as well as the Easter Bunny. Arts and crafts, and other springtime fun round out the day.
Forest Hills Ascension Presbyterian Church's Easterfest – Forest Hills
Sunday, March 31 11am-2pm
2 Russell Place near Ascan Avenue
The church's annual holiday celebration includes kids' games, crafts, refreshments and a traditional Easter egg hunt. Kids that attend that morning's Easter church services are admitted for $2.
Easter at Bohemian Hall – Astoria
Sunday, March 31 2-5pm
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue between 29th and 31st Streets
Free admission but food purchase required
Spend Easter Sunday at the family-friendly beer garden enjoying an egg hunt, arts and crafts, photo ops with the Easter Bunny and live polka music.
Easter Egg Hunt – Jamaica
Sunday, March 31 3-5pm
Forgiveness Assembly, 139-35 88th Avenue between 139th and 144th Streets
Immediately following Easter services, kids can search the church for Easter eggs.
Egg Hunt – Staten Island
Thursday, March 21 4-5pm
Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Lane near Margaret Street
Hunt for eggs among the bookshelves of the library's children’s room. There will be two hunts for little kids of different ages. Preregistration required. Call 718-984-6670.
EGGStravagant Breakfast with the Bunny – Staten Island
Saturday, March 23 9-11am
Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway at Colonial Court
$24 per person, free for children under age 3
Families can enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with the Easter Bunny, pose for photos and search for eggs throughout the zoo. Bonus: Every child receives a commemorative gift. Reservations required. Call 718-442-3101 ext. 33.
Easter Egg Hunt – Staten Island
Saturday, March 30 at 11am
Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue near St. Patrick's Place
$5 for adults, $10 for children
Bring a cardboard egg carton to transform into a fancy Victorian-styled craft. Afterward, hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Best for children ages 3 and up. Prepaid reservations required. Call 718-351-1611 ext. 281.
Easter Egg Hunt – the Bronx
Saturday, March 23 10:30am-1pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park
Free for adults, $12 for children ages 2-12
Bring your own basket to hunt for eggs in the historic mansion's formal garden. Visitors can also enjoy a light snack, arts and crafts, and photo ops with the Big Bunny. Rain date is Sunday, March 24. Register by calling 718-885-1461.
Don't forget, there's a lot more fun in our Event Calendar.