Happy Easter and Passover NJ! This weekend, hop right into all of the great festivities the Garden State has to offer, including egg hunts, train rides, and even brunch with the Bunny himself. You can also celebrate the arrival of spring at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, home to the country’s largest collection of cherry blossom trees. In non-Easter entertainment, Sesame Street Live! brings a new friend to town to teach kids about friendship and cultural similarities.
Read on for our top holiday weekend picks, and find more activities in our Events Calendar and Spring Fun Guide.
Easter and Springtime Family Festival – Chester
Bring the family to Alstede Farms this weekend to enjoy scenic hayride egg hunts, pony rides, and more. Saturday features an all-you-can-eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny.
Storybook Land Easter Egg Hunt – Egg Harbor Township
Join Mr. and Mrs. Bunny for an Easter egg hunt that's designed especially for little ones.
Bunny Chase – Princeton
Hunt for clues to find a surprise at the end of Terhune Orchard's scavenger hunt. Afterward, little ones can make a bunny craft to take home and enjoy pony and wagon rides around the farm.
Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival – Newark
The second weekend of the three-week celebration is the perfect opportunity to see the country's largest collection of cherry blossom trees in full bloom. FREE
Chamki and Grover in Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend. Photo courtesy of Sesame Street Live.
Sesame Street Live!: Make A New Friend – New Brunswick
Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and their furry friends as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing to sharing cookies.
Johnson’s Corner Farm supplies everything you'll need to decorate two large Easter cookies. Photo courtesy of Johnson’s Corner Farm
Easter Egg Hayride and Cookie Decorating – Medford
Take a scenic hayride to an open-field egg hunt at Johnson's Corner Farm. The day also includes a meet-and-greet and photo op with the Easter Bunny. Stick around to decorate cookies to take home for a holiday treat.
Brunch with Bunny – Camden
Hop on over to Camden Children's Garden for a buffet brunch and carousel ride with the Easter Bunny.
Easter in the Park – Ridgewood
Memorial Park at Van Neste Square plays host to the Easter Bunny, a DJ spinning music, and a sweet egg hunt sponsored by Ben & Jerry's. Pinot's Palette will also be there with Painting in the Park. FREE
Easter Egg Hunt at Allaire Village – Farmingdale
Five separate hunts for different age groups and special needs kids start every 15 minutes. While you wait, enjoy the historic buildings, make a craft, participate in the jelly bean counting contest, and watch the handmade Easter Bonnet Parade. Kids under 3 are FREE.
Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Contest – 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. Multiple hunts are held throughout the day. FREE
Swing Into Spring Easter Egg Hunt – Chesterfield
Little kids can participate in a Great Lawn egg hunt, while older kids search the forest for hidden treasures. 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.
The Easter Bunny Express – Flemington
Departing from the Flemington Station, the Easter Bunny Express includes a visit from the Bunny, who'll pose for pictures and give out small candy treats. The ride stops at Ringoes, where you can browse in the gift shop and visit the railroad museum car.
Easter Bunny Train Ride – Phillipsburg
Enjoy scenic views choo-choo along the Delware River to Carpentersville. Upon arrival, everyone is welcome to take pictures with Mr. Bunny and participate in an egg hunt. The ride also features a banjo-playing hobo and a juggler.
Easter Pageant Parade – Asbury Park
Take a stroll down Asbury Park's boardwalk at the Paramount Theater for the 82nd annual event, a Jersey Shore tradition dating back to the 1930s. Individual prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed, as well as Best Dressed Family, so come wearing your Sunday best.
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.
Hunt for eggs and then do some digging at Diggerland. Photo courtesy of Diggerland.
Diggerland USA – West Berlin
Included with admission is a massive hunt with 2,000 eggs. One hundred lucky hunters will find golden eggs with prizes worth $10–$60. The hunt (divided into two age groups) is intended for ages 12 and under.
Storytime with the Easter Bunny – West Orange
Hurry, tickets are still available for Sunday's 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. meeting with the Easter Bunny at Turtle Back Zoo. Admission also includes storytime, light refreshments, and the chance to meet a live animal up close.
Easter Bunny Breakfast – Florham Park
The Easter Bunny hops into Imagine That! this morning for a breakfast of bagels, juice and coffee. All children will receive a special Easter basket following an egg hunt and holiday parade.
Top image: Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch Brook Park in Newark. Photo by Barry Solow / CC BY 2.0