It's not hard to make Easter 2017 an egg-stra memorable event. Grab your bonnets and bow ties, and hop on over to a fun photo-op with the Easter Bunny. We've got the scoop on where you can meet the long-eared guest of honor and take part in activities like bunny brunches, egg hunts, parades, storytimes, and crafts. Looking for a more straightforward meet-and-greet? Check out our listing of professional photo setups at malls throughout the Garden State. And if you'd rather take a train ride with your favorite hare, you can always hop aboard the Easter Express.
Freehold YMCA – Freehold
This fun event hosts the Easter Bunny for breakfast and features fun activities like crafts, an egg hunt, and more.
Imagine That! – Florham Park
April 1, 2, 16
Munch on a breakfast snack with the Easter Bunny, and participate in an egg hunt and a parade. All paying kids get a free Easter basket. Note that this breakfast menu is light; it includes bagels, juice, and coffee. Pre-purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets include admission to the museum.
Meet the Easter Bunny at historic Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center.
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center – Bloomfield
Head over to this historic mansion for brunch, craft time, photos with the Easter Bunny, and other special treats. Reservations are required.
iPlay America – Freehold
Meet the VIB (very important bunny) at a breakfast with Sonny the Bunny. The menu includes an omelet station, bacon, breads, yogurt and granola, pancakes, fruit, and more. A professional photographer will be on hand to snap pics with your crew and Sonny (one free digital download!), and entertainment will include music, balloon artists, face painting, and a photo booth. And don't miss the Sonny the Bunny Colossal Carrot Adventure to collect eggs filled with treats and prizes.
The Garlic Rose – Cranford
The Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce is again hosting its popular Easter Bunny Breakfast at the Garlic Rose. Reservations are a must.
Toast marshmallows at Alstede Farm's Easter brunch.
Alstede Farms – Chester
April 8, 9, 14, 15
Pick-your-own favorite Alstede Farms has an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet with the Easter Bunny, where you’ll enjoy French toast, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and more. Admission includes access to all activities in the Festival Area, including hayrides, continuous egg hunts (five eggs per child), a moon bounce, pony rides, and more. There's also a campfire with complimentary marshmallows, free apple cider, a walk-through reading of the book Jelly Bean and the Unbreakable Egg, and a scavenger hunt where top prizes include a family day pass. Reservations are required.
Rainforest Café – Edison and Atlantic City
Enjoy the Easter Adventure at the Rainforest Café, where kids can take photos with both the Easter Bunny and Cha Cha, the restaurant’s red-eyed tree frog mascot. The ticketed brunch will feature eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, fruit, cereal, and breakfast treats. Included in the ticket price are an egg hunt, Easter basket raffle, goodie bags, and more.
The Bernard's Inn – Bernardsville
For a bit of a fancier atmosphere, hop on over to The Bernard's Inn for brunch. The spread will include omelets and a pastry-decorating station, and kids will have the chance to enter contests and win prizes. Reservations are required.
Try and snag the bunny on the carousel at Camden Children's Garden.
Camden Children’s Garden – Camden
This annual event includes a Bunny Brunch, egg hunt, carousel ride, and crafts.
Easter Bunny Storytime
Turtle Back Zoo – West Orange
The Easter Bunny will make a special stop at the zoo, where the fun will include stories read by zoo staff followed by a meet-and-greet with the E.B. You'll also have a chance to meet one of the zoo's resident animals. Light refreshments will be served.
Follow the Bunny returns to several Simon Malls in NJ for Easter photos. Avoid the wait by making an appointment online for a $10 fee, which will be deducted from your photo package.
Worldwide Photography is springing into action to offer some special Easter Bunny photo-ops. Order a package online to avoid the wait and save 30% off packages (starting at about $30 per package). Look for discount days online for additional savings, and bring the pets on April 3 and 10 for their turn with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Bunny photos will also take place at:
Originally published 2014; updated for 2017.
Top photo: Hang out with the Easter bunny at Alstede Farm. Photo courtesy of the venues/events.