Dressing up for Easter? Make sure to capture the moment for prosperity. Photo by Jody Mercier
Dressing up for Easter? Make sure to capture the moment for prosperity. Photo by Jody Mercier

20 Things To Do With Kids in NYC on Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, many New York City families enjoy a neighborhood egg hunt or watch the wildly popular Easter bonnet parade and festival, which is virtual again this year. But there's plenty of other springtime fun to be had, too.

Read on for 20 ways to spend Easter Sunday with kids in NYC. Find even more inspiration in our Event Calendar or Spring Fun Guide.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Please plan your outings in advance, as many venues require timed-entry tickets or reservations to limit crowd size.

The New York Botanical Garden's Daffodil Hill is a springtime must-see. Photo by Jody Mercier

1. Pack a picnic and visit the New York Botanical Garden, where you can visit Daffodil Hill, check out Spotlight on Orchids, or explore the rest of the family-friendly fun therein.

2. Gape at the amazing millinery at the virtual Easter Bonnet Parade and Festival. FREE

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Easter egg hunts abound all weekend long, or you can host your own.

3. Grab some baskets and the kids and head to one of NYC's egg hunts happening on Easter Sunday, like the Easter Egg Hunt With City Kinder: Ostereier Suchen.

4. Scared of the possible crowds? Stage an at-home hunt instead.

5. Catch an open-air concert outside the Chelsea Market at this series of performances by musicians from The Chelsea Symphony. FREE

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Witness the rebirth of the season at the Bronx Zoo. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher for WCS

6. Explore one of the many fascinating exhibits at the Bronx Zoo and get up close with hundreds of different species.

7. Craft your own pair of bunny ears, and then debut your creation at the Easter Bunny Ears and Dance Party at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

8. Pull out your craft bin and tackle one of these kid-friendly projects.

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Wave Hills bucolic grounds make you forget you're in the city at all. Photo courtesy of Wave Hill

9. Celebrate Mother Earth at the beautiful Wave Hill.

10. Enjoy searching for eggs at a Green Meadows Farm in Brooklyn.

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Visit Reflect at Domino Park, which closes on Thursday, April 15. Photo by Sara M.

11. Dance your way through the new Reflect installation at Domino Park. FREE

12. Visit one of these 10 newly renovated playgrounds in NYC. FREE

Breathing Pavilion
Breathing Pavilion, from artist Ekene Ijeoma, is public art meant to calm your soul. Photo courtesy of the Van Alen Institute

13. View some public art like the South Street Seaport's Electric Dandelions or the Breathing Pavilion in Brooklyn. FREE

14. Take in a classic fairytale with Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp at Puppetworks in Park Slope.

15. For a truly special treat, set sail with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy an onboard Easter egg hunt.

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See David Bowie in Labyrinth at the Queens Drive-In. Photo courtesy of Columbia/TriStar

16. Catch a flick at the Queens Drive-In's showing of Labyrinth.

17. Explore ecosystems and rock out at the Earth Rocks event at the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

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Pose with the larger-than-life pieces at the Brooklyn Museum's KAWS exhibition. Photo by Diana Kim

18. See the recently opened KAWS: What Party exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

19. Get crafty at the Kids Paint Easter Egg-stravaganza event in Park Slope, where kids can decorate their own Easter eggs and pose for a photo with the Easter bunny.

20. Dress the kids up and pose for spring pictures; a little bribery might help! Take them to FAO Schwarz to purchase some of the best Easter goodies in town.

This post was originally published in April 2013, but it is updated annually.

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