Let the hunts begin! From train rides to photo shoots and brunches, the Easter Bunny is hopping through the Garden State—and he's hiding thousands of eggs from Cape May to Ridgewood and beyond.
Grab your baskets and head to one of New Jersey's fabulous Easter egg hunts this spring. We've rounded up more than two dozen eggs-traordinary events happening throughout the state.
NOTE: Several hunts were postponed due to last week's snowstorm; we've noted them below, along with their new dates!
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Search for colorful eggs in the non-competitive Easter egg hunt at Johnson's Corner Farm.
Johnson’s Corner Farm – Medford
Hop aboard an egg hunt hayride that drops passengers off at a field to play hopping games and search for five colorful eggs each in this non-competitive hunt. Exchange the eggs for a goodie bag filled with treats and surprises, then take pictures with Peter Rabbit. Several rides are scheduled daily, and they run every 15 minutes on weekends.
Search the farm for special Easter eggs at the Oasis Family Farm.
Easter Egg Hunt at Oasis Family Farm – Robbinsville
March 24–25, March 31–April 1, and April 7–8
Bring your favorite basket, win prizes, and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Five hunts are offered each Saturday/Sunday from March 24 – April 8 on the farm. Also, try out this year's Hoppin' Bunnyville Game and take home some special treats.
Easter and Springtime Family Festival – Chester
March 24 – April 8 (except Easter Sunday)
Egg hunts are part of the fun during Alstede Farms' Easter and Springtime Family Festival. You can also visit with baby farm animals, enjoy a cozy campfire with marshmallows to toast, meet the Easter bunny, and lots more.
Easter Egg Hunt at Paws Discovery Farm – Mt. Laurel
March 24–25 and 31
The kids will have an egg-cellent time at Paws Discovery Farm's Annual Egg Hunt. Children who participate in the egg hunt can redeem eggs for prizes in the Welcome Center. The hunt is included with admission.
Storybook Land Easter Egg Hunt – Egg Harbor Township
March 31 – April 1
Join Mr. and Mrs. Bunny for and Easter egg hunt that's designed especially for young children.
Easter Egg Hunt on Horseback – Flemington
Through April 30
Kids can take a 15-minute, hand-led ride through the woods to spot eggs filled with chocolate, candy, and little toys. Parents can ride or walk alongside. After the ride, visit the petting zoo to meet baby farm animals. (If you want to leave the kids at home, there's also an adult ride where you hunt for eggs filled with chocolate and mini bottles of alcohol.)
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More than 2,000 treat-filled eggs are up for grabs at the Easter Egg Hunt at Hanson Park.
Hanson Park – Cranford
The 7th Annual Colin Maher Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Hanson Park. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Colin and are used for research projects and awareness of Ewing's Sarcoma through the Georgetown University Hospital. Register or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Eggstravaganza – Middletown
At the Middletown Arts Center's fun-filled Easter celebration, the first 500 children will receive goody bags and the Easter Bunny will be on hand for photo ops. Enjoy arts and crafts, an egg decorating contest, and more fun activities. FREE
P.A.L. Egg Hunt – Summit
This annual egg hunt on the village green features music, entertainment, prizes, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Three different age categories: toddler, preschool, and kids up to 8. FREE
Indoor Egg Hunt – Jefferson
In case Old Man Winter is still lingering, this annual egg hunt will be held inside the Jefferson High School gym. Open to children up to age 9, limit of 10 eggs per child. The student council will be holding a bake sale, too! FREE
Great Egg Hunt – Jersey City
*RESCHEDULED to MARCH 31 at 10am; see more info below.
Cape May Zoo – Cape May
Head to Cape May County Park and Zoo for an EggstravaganZoo, where you'll find environmentally friendly eco Easter eggs packed with candy. Note that parents are not allowed to enter the hunt's perimeter with their child. Four hunts (0 to 10+) will be held; afterward, stick around for educational events, live animal encounters, Easter Bunny pics, and more. FREE
Hoboken Grace's Easter Egg Hunt has 30,000 eggs to be found.
Hoboken Grace Community Church’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Hoboken
There will be 30,000(!) candy-filled eggs hiding at Mama Johnson Field. Additional activities will include face painting, arts and crafts, bounce houses, carnival games, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Two hunts are planned. FREE but registration is required.
Woolwich Township Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Woolwich Township
With more than 10,000 eggs filled with candy, stickers, and trinkets to find, kids will have a blast at this annual event hosted by the Swedesboro Woolwich Parks and Recreation Committee and the Crossbridge Community Church. Scrambles will take place outside every 20 minutes at the Charles G. Harker School. FREE
Indoor Easter Egg Hunt at Deptford Skating Center – Westville
Kids 9 and under can hunt for eggs around the rink and then take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Admission to the hunt is free if you stay to skate afterward.
Jenkinson's Boardwalk – Point Pleasant
*RESCHEDULED to MARCH 31 at 1pm; see more info below.
Maplewood Spring Egg Hunt – Maplewood
Maplewood Recreation hosts its 34th annual egg hunt in Memorial Park. Bring a basket for the hunt, and stick around to enjoy a petting zoo, music, flower pot painting, and a special guest. FREE
Marty's Place Spring Egg-stravaganza – Upper Freehold
Bring your pooch to Marty’s Place, a senior dog sanctuary, for an afternoon of egg hunts, dog photo sessions, crafts, Easter Bunny visits, a jelly bean counting contest, homemade doggy treats, and other egg-citing activities. FREE
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Search the sand at Seaside Heights for 15,000 eggs.
Seaside Heights Boardwalk – Seaside Heights
*RESCHEDULED to MARCH 31 at 1pm; see more info below.
Alan Augustine Village Green – Scotch Plains
Kids 8 and under are invited to bring a basket and hunt for eggs on the green. The event will also include face painting, balloon art, washable tattoos, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. FREE
Demarest Nature Center – Demarest
Bring your toddlers through fourth-graders to Imaginative Playground in Wakelee Field for an egg hunt and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Rain date is April 1. FREE
Easter at the Pier – Long Branch
Celebrate Easter at Pier Village with an Easter Bunny meet-and-greet, entertainment, amusements, an Easter bonnet parade, egg hunt, and much more. FREE
Easter Egg Hunt at Allaire Village – Farmingdale
The Allaire Village Easter Egg Hunt offers separate hunts for five age groups and special needs kids, with start times every 15 minutes. Hunt times are assigned upon arrival, so while you wait, enjoy the historic buildings, make a craft, participate in the jelly bean counting contest, and watch the handmade Easter Bonnet Parade with prizes at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended. Kids under 3 are FREE.
Don your best bonnet and hunt for eggs at Heaven Hill Farm.
Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Contest at Heaven Hill Farm – Vernon
Head to the picturesque Heaven Hill Farm for a rural egg hunt. The fun includes an Easter bonnet contest, hayrides, and a visit and photo-op with the Easter Bunny himself. Multiple hunts are held throughout the day. FREE
Easter in the Park – Ridgewood
Enjoy DJ music as the kids hunt for candy-filled eggs at Ridgewood's Easter in the Park celebration, intended for ages 4–7. The event will include painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and various activities in the business district at participating stores. The hunt will be held at Memorial Park. FREE
The Great Egg Hunt – Ocean City
This egg hunt may well be the biggest in all of NJ, with more than 100,000 candy-filled eggs to find. There is some serious loot at stake, with 5,000 prize eggs hidden among the mix. Grand prizes in past years included bikes and more. Children will be divided into five age groups. FREE
*The Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park – Jersey City
The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association's annual egg hunt for kids age 8 and under will feature live dance performances, music, and food vendors. FREE but registration is required for specific start times for each age group, including a special needs time slot.
*Jenkinson's Boardwalk – Point Pleasant
Hunt for candy-filled eggs Jersey Shore–style: on the beach! Kids ages 10 and under will be divided into four age groups and let loose to find up to three eggs on the sand. Event held rain or shine. FREE
Liberty Hall Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Union
Liberty Hall Museum, located on Kean University’s campus, will host its annual Easter egg hunt with a “surprise” visit from the Easter Bunny. Search the grounds for eggs filled with holiday treats. Space is limited. If your teens are game, the evening before is an egg hunt for adults. Bring a flashlight!
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Fill a basket with colored eggs at the annual Lidgerwood Park Easter Egg Hunt.
Lidgerwood Park – Morristown
Kids of all ages can search for eggs and take home candy, courtesy of the Morristown Recreation Department. Eggs will be hidden outside, but the event will be moved to Morristown High School in the event of bad weather. There will also be face painting, balloon animals, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. FREE
*Seaside Heights Boardwalk – Seaside Heights
Expect the lovely beaches of Seaside Heights to be glistening with 15,000 eggs holding prizes from boardwalk merchants. Kids ages 9 and younger will be divided into five groups, plus one for special needs children. FREE
Triangle Road Athletic Fields – Hillsborough
At this hunt, sponsored by the Hillsborough Rotary Club, children 8 and under can search for candy-filled eggs in the fields and meet the Easter Bunny. FREE
Watchung Plaza Green – Montclair
Kids 6 and under are invited to this egg hunt hosted by Family Chiropractors of Montclair. The hunt starts at 11am sharp—don't forget your basket!
Easter Sunday Family Skate and Egg Hunt – Camden
Bring your camera to snap a selfie with the Bunny at this event, held at Millennium Skate World.
Diggerland USA – West Berlin
Included with admission on April 1 is a massive hunt with 4,000 eggs. Every egg has a prize, but 20 lucky hunters will find golden eggs with grand prizes. The hunt (divided into two age groups) is intended for ages 12 and under.
Top photo: Alan Augustine Village Green in Scotch Plains. Photos courtesy of the organizers.
Originally published 2012; updated for 2018.