20 Things To Do With Kids in NYC on Easter Sunday

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

On Easter Sunday, many New York City families enjoy a neighborhood Easter egg hunt or watch the wildly popular Easter Bonnet Parade and Festival, which returns in 2022. But there's plenty of other springtime fun to be had, too.

Read on for 20 ways to spend Easter Sunday—which falls on Sunday, April 17, 2022—with kids in NYC. Find even more inspiration in our Family Activity Calendar or Guide to Spring Fun in New York City.

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1. Marvel at the Millinery

Don your best hat and head to the Easter Bonnet Parade and Festival. FREE

2. Visit the Dinos

The Bronx Zoo's popular Dinosaur Safari is roaring back to life, featuring 52 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, and it's open on the holiday. The walk-through experience covers a 1/4 mile-long path and traverses more than 2 acres of forest. While you're there, explore one of the many fascinating animal exhibits and get up close with hundreds of different species.

3. Hit the Rink

Join the roller skating party at Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace at Rockefeller Center.

 


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

4. Pack a Picnic

Visit the New York Botanical Garden, where you can visit Daffodil Hill, check out the Orchid Show, or explore the rest of the family-friendly fun therein.

5. Get Crafty

Craft your own pair of bunny ears, learn how to weave a basket, join an egg hunt, hear live music, and more during Easter at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

6. Hop Aboard

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

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Girl holding an Easter basket
Easter egg hunts abound all weekend long, or you can host your own.

7. Bring a Basket

Gather up the kids and head to one of NYC's Easter egg hunts happening on Easter Sunday, like the Easter brunch and egg hunt at Veranda.

8. Skip the Crowds

Or stage your own Easter egg hunt at home hunt instead.

9. Enjoy Farm-Inspired Fun

Green Meadows Farm in Brooklyn holds its annual Easter event including an egg hunt, photo-ops with the Easter Bunny, and a visit to the Bunny Barn.

10. Rock Out with the Easter Bunny

Get your groove on at The Easter Bunny Hop featuring an egg scavenger hunt, a sing-along, and after-show photos with the Easter Bunny.

11. Play Outside

Spend the day exploring one of our favorite playgrounds.

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Family at wave hill
Wave Hill's bucolic grounds make you forget you're in the city at all. Photo courtesy of Wave Hill

12. Celebrate Mother Earth

Head to Riverdale to explore the beautiful Wave Hill. This 28-acre public garden offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and sprawling grassy lawns where guests are encouraged to play and relax. On Easter Sunday, join the Family Art Project: Shell-y Friends program, where kids use recycled cardboard and fabric strips to make their own shell backpack.

13. Play at BCM

Head to the Brooklyn Children's Museum where kids can explore some of the museum's favorite exhibits including Totally Tots, World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, and The Nest, or enjoy its special Earth Rocks spring break programming.

14. Catch a Flick

Drive (or walk-in) to the Skyline Drive-In's showing of Fantastic Beasts the Secrets of Dumbledore.

15. Meet the Easter Bunny

Hang out with Abby the Bunny in front of the Atlantic Mall in Downtown Brooklyn. While you're there, score an Easter basket filled with candy eggs plus an instant print-out photo with the bunny.

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Wake Up, Daisy at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater.
See a performance of "Wake Up, Daisy" at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater. Photo by Sean Jamal

16. See a Puppet Show

Take in a classic fairytale with Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi's 1883 Adventures of a Marionette at Puppetworks in Park Slope. Or see Wake up, Daisy! at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park.

17. Go Cosmic at CAMP

The City Point CAMP launches Cosmic CAMP–an intergalactic space journey where kids can explore the cosmos through interactive games, physical challenges, and other cosmic-themed experiences.

18. Stick Around to Celebrate

City Point is also home to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Downtown Brooklyn, which features bouncy houses, spring craft projects, bunny pics, and a magic show.

19. Paint Some Eggs

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. Strike a Pose

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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