Happy Easter and happy spring, New Yorkers! There are Easter festivities in every NYC borough this long weekend, including classic egg hunts and Fifth Avenue's spectacular Easter bonnet parade. If egg hunts aren't exactly your Easter thing, check out a Beatles-themed Easter bash, or take time to skate with the Easter bunny at Rock Center (ice) or Brooklyn Bridge Park (roller).
There is plenty of non-Easter entertainment on tap, too, like the New York International Auto Show and engaging new museum exhibits including Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs or Ian Cheng's Emissaries at PS1. Meanwhile, a massive, miniature model of New York City and beyond, Gulliver's Gate, can be previewed in Times Square before its formal opening in May. Plus, there's a superhero meet-and-greet in Bushwick, and a preschooler's dream of a story time at the Lincoln Center Atrium,
These are just a few of the great activities happening this Easter weekend. Our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide, as well as our April GoList. And with schools closed on Friday, April 14, check our Weekday Event picks for more Friday family activities.
Egg Hunts — Citywide
Kids can search for brightly colored eggs in every borough this weekend. While there are dozens of egg hunts listed in our Event Calendar, the "eggs-tra" special ones include:
The American Museum of Natural History has a new Mummies exhibit with some interactive features like the digital touch table. Photo By Roderick Mickens courtesy of the museum.
Mummies: New Secrets From the Tombs — Upper West Side
This new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History doesn't stop at ancient Egypt when it comes to mummification practices; it includes in-depth looks at Peruvian mummies, animal mummies, secret tomb doors, forensic busts, and CAT scan techniques.
New York International Auto Show — Midtown West
Head to the Javits Center to check out the latest cars, trucks, and cutting-edge concept vehicles at the annual auto show, which in recent years has upped their family programming with a slew of family tours, art projects, and special kid-friendly activities and exhibits. Preschoolers crazy for trucks and earth-moving machines should head for Diggerland at 10am on Saturday and Sunday.
Hunt, Design, Weave: Easter at the Children's Museum of Manhattan — Upper West Side
Head to CMOM for an indoor Easter egg hunt with a twist—instead of looking for candy-filled plastic eggs, participants go on a scavenger hunt for egg icons hidden throughout the galleries. Plus, kids can enjoy designing Easter eggs, or they can weave an Easter Basket from recycled materials throughout the weekend. At the same time, take advantage of CMOM's daily superhero-themed events every day during spring break.
Get a bird's eye view of Times Square and see what's below the street. Photo by Mommy Poppins staff.
Gulliver's Gate — Times Square
In anticipation of a full opening in May, previews have begun for this football-field-sized, Lilliputian rendering of New York City and other destinations across the globe in miniature, with working parts and intriguing detail crafted by some of the best model makers in the world. See our preview of Gulliver's Gate.
Queens Zoo Spring Eggstravaganza — Corona
More zoo fun! Celebrate Easter at the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows Corona Park with egg hunts, crafts, visits from the Easter Bunny, and face time with some of the zoo's animal residents. Included with admission; pre-registration required.
At PS1, Ian Cheng’s Emissaries produces self-generating video game environments, like VR-room versions of Monet’s “Water Lilies.” Photo above shows Emissary Forks at Perfection. Photo courtesy of the venue.
Ian Cheng: Emissaries — Long Island City
Using a video game engine, Cheng creates self-generating environments he describes as "video games that play themselves," complete with wildlife and changing ecological features.
The Super Cirque Hero's Play Time and Show for Kids at The Muse Brooklyn. Photo by Ely Kay
Saturday, April 15
The Super Cirque Hero's Play Time and Show for Kids — Bushwick
Join the Muse in their new space for a circus adventure play circuit and a bounce house, as well as a superhero show and a superhero meet-and-greet.
LC Kids Storytime: You Don't Want a Unicorn — Lincoln Center
Kids and parents considering a unicorn as a pet should first attend this reading of Ame Dickman's funny children's book. Unicorns aren't exactly trouble-free. FREE
Guess What? PG Rated Comedy Show & Brunch for Families — Long Island City
Mix that Easter brunch with some yuks of the non-culinary kind at this regular comedy show for families that also allows kids to come up and tell a joke.
See all Saturday events.
Serving you Easter bonnet realness on Fifth Avenue. Photo by Michael Fleshman / CC BY 2.0
Sunday, April 16
Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival — Midtown East
Happy Easter! This April GoList pick is one of our 50 favorite things to do over spring break, and we also rank it as one fo the 100 things to do in NYC with kids before they grow up. Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th streets is closed to traffic and opened to beautiful bonnets, snappy hats, and jaw-dropping headdresses. Show off your craziest hat, or just come and take photos. FREE
A Special Easter Beatles Bash — Williamsburg
Brooklyn Bowl throws a Fab Four-themed Easter bash with two special, live guests: Mike Messer from the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, and a large, furry, floppy-eared guy. FREE
Skate with the Easter Bunny — Midtown
The final weekend of ice skating at Rock Center offers kids a chance to skate alongside their favorite egg-bringing rabbit. If you've had enough of ice and cold, you can also roller skate with the Easter Bunny at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sunday.
See all Sunday events or read our 21 Things to Do with Kids in NYC on Easter Sunday roundup!
Don’t forget: there are lots of other kid-friendly NYC activities in our Event Calendar.
Top photo: Ladies with some attitude at NYC's annual Easter bonnet parade. Photo by Michael Fleshman / CC BY 2.0