Easter Egg Hunts for Kids in New York City 2014
Easter is coming up on Sunday, April 20, which means the outdoor egg hunt season is about to begin. 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 playgrounds and parks, zoos and gardens, 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. Kids too old for traditional egg hunts? Then check out the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt featuring more than 250 egg sculptures hidden throughout the five boroughs. If you haven't seen one yet you probably will soon!
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!
So get your baskets ready! Here are a few dozen Easter egg hunts to hit this spring in New York City.
Remember to arrive early! The eggs rarely stick around long at these annual family favorites.
Mini-Easter Egg Search and Jewelry Making – Tribeca
Friday, April 11 3:30-5:30pm
Torly Kids, 51 Hudson Street near Duane Street
Free for egg hunt, $10 for jewelry making
Hunt for tiny eggs at the sleek children's boutique, and then make seasonal crafts or create your own bracelet with KanDi Jewelry.
Carl Schurz Park Egg Hunt – Upper East Side
Saturday, April 12 11am-1pm
East End Avenue and 87th Street
$10 suggested donation per child
Families can decorate egg collecting bags on the Mayor’s Lawn before participating in hunts for different age ranges, including a separate one for toddlers. At noon, kindie band Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights rocks the park's Catbird Playground. Rain date is Sunday, April 13.
The Great Easter Egg Hunt – Tribeca
Saturday, April 12 2-4pm
PS 89, 201 Warren Street near West Street
The Lower Manhattan Community Church sponsors this annual holiday fest featuring egg hunts for children up to third grade. Face painting, carnival-style games and pics with the Easter Bunny are also on tap.
Spring Eggstravaganza – Chelsea
Saturday, April 19 at 11am
St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
The Chelsea outpost of the famous Trinity Grace Church sponsors this public fest featuring an egg hunt, crafts, face painting and snacks.
Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Festival – Harlem
Saturday, April 19 noon-4pm
St. Nicholas Park, 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue
Enjoy pastry decorating, face painting, games, dancing, a visit from the Easter Bunny and an outdoor egg hunt at this community fete.
4th U Easter Egg Hunt – Upper West Side
Saturday, April 19 12:30-4pm
The 4th Universalist Society, 160 Central Park West near 76th Street
This egg hunt is completely sold out.
In advance: $7 per family; at the door: $5 per family; some activities cost extra.
Go searching for eggs in Central Park with the 4th Universalist Society. This gathering features four separate hunts for different age groups as well as face painting, a live magician and other festivities. In the event of rain, the event will take place inside the org's church.
Easter Egg Hunt – Upper West Side
Sunday, April 20 10am-noon
Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway
Free with admission: $11
Head to CMOM for an egg hunt inside the galleries. Some plastic eggs will be stuffed with stickers, others will contain a pass for a free return trip. Afterward, stick around to learn about Easter traditions from around the world and decorate your own egg.
Easter Egg Hunt – West Village
Sunday, April 20 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, April 20 at 10:30am, 1 and 3pm
Bank Street Bookstore, 610 West 112th Street at Broadway
An egg hunt with a prehistoric twist! Kids can decorate dinosaur ova (a.k.a. egg-shaped rocks) and then search for them throughout the store's bookshelves. Preregistration required.
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.
Brooklyn's Great Easter Egg Hunt – Canarsie
Saturday, April 5 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 games with prizes and photo ops with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Egg Hunt – Gravesend
Saturday, April 5 1-3pm
Our Lady of Grace R C Church, 430 Avenue W near East 4th Street
Bring a bag or basket and then hunt for candy and surprise-filled eggs in the church's grassy grotto. Photos with the Easter Bunny cost an additional $5 and begin at 3pm. Rain date is Sunday, April 6.
Easter Egg Hunt – Marine Park
Sunday, April 6 at 2pm
Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place
State Senator Marty Golden hosts this annual egg hunt and celebration for local families.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Bay Ridge
Saturday, April 12 at 2pm
Shore Road Park, Shore Road and 79th Street
This is the second of two public Easter celebrations hosted by State Senator Marty Golden.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – Marine Park
Sunday, April 13 10am-2pm
Aviator Sports and Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Avenue
$22 for adults, $20 for children ages 3-12
Head to the Brooklyn sports complex for a full Easter experience. Dine on pancakes, eggs and other goodies with the Easter Bunny, enjoy cupcake decorating and holiday-themed crafts, and go on a fun-filled egg hunt. RSVP by Monday, April 7.
Easter Egg Hunt – Gowanus
Saturday, April 19 9-11am
Brooklyn Boulders, 575 Degraw Street near Third Street
Hunt through the nooks and crannies of this awesome rock climbing gym for eggs and redeem them for prizes. The most athletic egg hunt out there!
Brooklyn Heights Spring Egg Hunt – Brooklyn Heights
Saturday, April 19 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.
Egg Hunt – Williamsburg
Saturday, April 19 noon-2pm
Msgr. McGolrick Park, Russell Street and Nassau Avenue
Enjoy live music, spring-themed crafts and face time with the Easter Bunny, then search for more than 500 eggs hidden in the grass. There's even a separate tots-only hunting ground. Bring your own basket! Save time by buying your ticket in advance.
Luncheon with the Easter Bunny – Middle Village
Sunday, April 6 11am-1pm in Polish; 2-4pm in English
St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-10 80th Street near Juniper Valley Road
Enjoy a fun-filled lunch and egg hunt with the Easter Bunny at this Catholic church. Other festivities include holiday crafts, nail and face painting, sports, chess and photo ops with the rabbit of the hour.
Primitive Christian Church Community Easter Egg Hunt – Jamaica
Saturday, April 12 noon-4pm
Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street
Hunt for eggs at this big neighborhood shindig, which also includes games with prizes, live music, a puppet show, snacks, balloon twisters, face painting and face time with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Egg Hunt – Corona
Sunday, April 13 10:30am-12:30pm
USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
$20 and preregistration is required
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 tennis summer camp.
Spring Egg-Stravaganza – Flushing
Saturday, April 19 noon-1:30pm and 2-3:30pm
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street near Dahlia Avenue
Garden admission of $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 3 and up plus $5 per child
Bring a basket to search for eggs hidden under the garden's crabapple trees. Afterward, enjoy crafts, face time with Flora the Flower and strolls through the lovely grounds.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Jamaica
Saturday, April 19 noon-5pm
St. Albans Memorial Park, Sayres Avenue and 173rd Street
Billed as the largest egg hunt in New York City, this Affinity Health Plans-sponsored usually attracts crowds 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, April 19-Sunday, April 20 10am-4pm
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, April 20 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 the morning church service are admitted for $2.
EGGStravagant Breakfast with the Bunny – Staten Island
Saturday, April 12 9:30-11am
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. Reservations required by April 9. Call 718-442-3101 ext. 33.
Sp-EGG-tacular Day! – Staten Island
Tuesday, April 15 11am-2:30pm
Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Avenue between Arlington Place and Brabant Street
The borough's newest library hosts a fun egg hunt with two sessions, one for children ages 6 and under, the other for ages 7 to 11. There will also be crafts and face painting.
Greenbelt Easter Fest – Staten Island
Wednesday, April 16 4-6pm
Greenbelt Recreation Center, 501 Brielle Avenue
Search for the Golden Egg at Staten Island's Greenbelt Rec Center. Face painting, arts and crafts, egg decorating, games and a special appearance by Peter Rabbit and his pals round out the afternoon. RSVP by April 11 required.
Easter Egg Hunt – Staten Island
Saturday, April 19 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-style 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
Sunday, April 13 1:30pm-4pm
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 Saturday, April 19. Register by calling 718-885-1461.
Dinosaur Eggstravaganza – the Bronx
Saturday, April 19-Sunday, April 20 11am-2pm
The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard
Free with Total Experience Ticket: $33.95 for adults, $23.95 for children ages 3-12
Search for dinosaur eggs throughout the zoo in honor of the return of Dinosaur Safari.
Don't forget: There's lots more fun to be found in our Event Calendar.