The Easter Bunny is making appearances all over the city this spring, including Easter Sunday on March 27, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to snap a picture with your kid cozied up to the rabbit of the hour.
We've rounded up dozens of NYC Easter egg hunts, as well as brunches with the bunny, and now we're bringing you a list of the best places in the five boroughs to take a picture with the Easter Bunny from professional shots to DIY opportunities at your local egg hunt.
Click through for the complete information on each event and remember that these events tend to be packed, so make a reservation where possible.
Big Apple Portraits will let you get that picture perfect custom shot. Photo courtesy the studio.
Big Apple Portraits — Upper West Side
Thursday, March 17 - Saturday, April 10
Want a different kind of experience this Easter? Bring your kids to Big Apple Portraits, where they can take pictures with real chicks and fluffy bunnies. All the little critters are relocated to a loving farm home after their career is over, and part of your payment goes toward their care. Prices are on the higher range, so save this one for a splurge, maybe baby's first Easter shot?
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Hunting for Eggs at the Think ‘N’ Fun Easter Egg Hunt. Photo courtesy of Think N' Fun.
Riverside Park — Tribeca
Saturday, March 26
$21 by March 12; $25 thereafter
No need to bring your own basket here: participants of this egg hunt will receive a special Think ‘N’ Fun basket to use during the hunt. Light snacks will be served, and children will receive a festive stamp and accessory, and, of course, a chance to take a photo with the celeb bunny. The exact event location will be revealed only to those who register. Tickets purchased before March 12 will receive a discount.
Aviator Sports and Events Center — Marine Park
Sunday, March 6 & Sunday, March 29
$24.20 adults; $22.09 ages 3-13 years; FREE 2 and under
There’s lots to do at Aviator this Easter, but one of the biggest draws is the popular Brunch with the Easter Bunny event, back with double the seating spots after years of fast sellouts. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, but he’ll also be there with you for crafts, cupcake decorating and a brunch that includes eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, and fruit. While kids are having their fun, adults can enjoy a bloody mary or mimosa on the house. Aviator's annual egg hunt also allows for photo-ops with a rabbit named Whiskers, as well as a full petting zoo and pony rides (for additional fee). If you can't find a great Easter photo here, we can't help you!
Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church — Gravesend
Saturday, March 12 - Sunday, March 13
$5 per child for hunt; $5 for picture; $10 per person for breakfast
Photos with the Easter Bunny are only the beginning here. Children can also participate in an Easter egg hunt or paint Easter eggs (the latter event is free). Come back the following day to complete the celebration by having breakfast with the Easter Bunny.
St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy — Greenpoint
Sunday, March 20
This event makes hunting for eggs even more exciting with the addition of the rare golden egg. Find it to earn a special prize. Bring a camera for the DIY Bunny photo-op and a basket for egg gathering. Face painting, hot food and raffles ramp up the fun factor. You might even win a Disney vacation for the family.
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Kid feeling nervous? Get the whole family into the Easter Bunny shot at the Msgr. McGolrick Park hunt. Photo courtesy of Town Square.
Msgr. McGolrick Park — Greenpoint
Saturday, March 26
Hosted by Town Square, this Easter egg hunt promises long-lasting fun with thousands of eggs, many arts and crafts, festive kid-friendly music and plenty of photo-ops with the Easter Bunny. Proceeds from the event will go toward the local Brooklyn Boy Scout Troop 26. Bring your camera!
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum — Pelham Bay
Saturday, March 19
$15 children 2–12
The gorgeous grounds of the 19th century Bartow-Pell Mansion open up for Easter egg hunts divided by kid ages each year, but you can also snap a photo with the Easter bunny at this popular event. Just bring your camera. A crafts table, games and some light refreshments will be available for when the kids are all egged-out.
Queens Center — Elmhurst
Through Saturday, March 26
You’ll find the Easter Bunny on the third floor in the JCPenney Wing, nestled between PretzelMaker and Champs. Everyone who pays the bunny a visit for a photo also receives a free gift. You might want to get there early, though: the price jumps up for Easter weekend, March 24-26.
Real-life and costumed bunnies will be on the scene at the annual egg hunt at the Queens County Farm Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum.
Queens County Farm Museum - Little Neck
Saturday, March 26
$5, FREE for farm members
Little bunnies can dance the bunny hop, play an egg toss (or roll) and hunt for eggs in the orchard at this affordable Easter event. Pose with the Easter Bunny or meet the real live barnyard animals at this working farm. Go for hayride or attempt the bunny hop and other games. Get there early to beat the crowds.
Staten Island Mall – Staten Island
Through Saturday, March 26
Starting at $30.99 (prices vary with discounts online)
The Easter Bunny will be hanging out in the JCPenny area in this mall too, located on the Lower Level. Photo packages range from digital downloads to printed and framed options. Pre-order your photos for a 30% discount and more prints. Make a reservation before March 24 and you save even more. Neither of these are necessary, though. The mall Bunny welcomes drop-ins. Have a special pooch? This bunny will even sit for a photo with the family dog or cat!
If you're hitting the surrounding suburbs to visit friends or family or just for a fun spring day trip, consider signing up for an Easter egg hunt on Long Island, nearby Westchester or Northern New Jersey where you're sure to spot the bunny. For something a little different, board an Easter Bunny Express train, departing from various New Jersey locations.
Top image: The Easter Bunny visits the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum's annual Easter egg hunt that attracts hundreds of kids of all ages.
This post originally published in March 2010.