Easter Egg Hunts for Kids in New York City 2018

Get Your Basket and Bonnet Ready, Here Are the Best Egg Hunts in the Five Boroughs

Easter Sunday is April 1 this year – no joke! It's just a hop, skip, and a jump away. One of the best ways to celebrate with kids is to attend one of NYC's treat-filled egg hunts. Most are outdoors in playgrounds and parks, zoos, and gardens, but a few are indoors at museums and other cultural spots. Many offer additional spring fun, including seasonal crafts, face painting, and live entertainment.

Remember, Easter egg hunts in NYC are extremely popular so arrive early and expect hordes. If you dislike crowds, avoid the free hunts and opt for those that carry a small fee as they usually cap the number of participants. Or get your photo op with the Easter Bunny in ahead of time at these brunches.

Note: We're still in the process of updating this post for 2018, so please check back as Easter gets closer.

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More than 30 hunts are listed, but we will continue to update this post as we confirm details with additional community egg hunts.


Carl Schurz Park Egg Hunt – Upper East Side
Saturday, April 8
Head to beloved Carl Schurz Park for a wave of egg hunts. The line forms early along East 87th Street. FREE

NYC Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt – Soho
Sunday, April 9
Head to the popular museum and hunt for eggs inside the firehouse. Bags are provided to collect treats and museum admission is included. This popular event sells out early and advance tickets are required.

Frozen Easter Egg Hunt – Midtown West
Friday, April 14-Sunday, April 16
Head to the Minus5 Ice Experience for a new take on this traditional activity. Admission grants each guest a mocktail as they hunt through the city's only ice bar to search for five eggs frozen throughout the venue. Guests who find them leave with a gift basket.

Easter Eggstravaganza – East Harlem
Saturday, April 15
Join community organization NYSoM for its fourth annual egg hunt in the Target and Home Depot East Harlem Gardens. The fun includes an egg race, egg decorating, crafts, and face time with the Easter Bunny. FREE

Egg Hunt and Bunny Fun – Upper West Side
Saturday, April 15
Riverside Park is the place to be for Think 'N' Fun's annual egg hunt. After you've gathered your eggs, take a picture with the bunny, and enjoy some springtime treats. Advance registration required. Rain date: Easter Sunday, April 16.

Children's Museum of Manhattan Easter Egg Hunt – Upper West Side
Saturday, April 15-Tuesday, April 18
Instead of looking for traditional stuffed eggs, participants go on a scavenger hunt for egg icons hidden throughout the museum. At the end, show off your completed booklet to collect a prize. Icons are hidden throughout, including at exhibits Hello from Japan and America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, which are enjoying a limited run at the tot spot.

Creative Kiddie Easter Cruise – Stuyvesant Town
Saturday, April 15
Sail the high seas (or the East River) as you party with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs. The cruise takes you down the East River for striking views of Lady Liberty, and includes balloon animals, face painting, clowns, magic shows, and more. Note: The Easter Sunday cruise has sold out already, but a Saturday one is available. 

Bonus option: Although there is no egg hunt at the annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, there are plenty of gorgeous holiday bonnets, frocks, and a bunny or two. It's a great way to celebrate.


Easter Egg Hunt – Gravesend
Saturday, April 1
Bring a bag or basket and hunt for candy and surprise-filled eggs in the grassy grotto of Our Lady of Grace Church. Plan to spend an extra $5 if you'd like to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Rain date: Sunday, April 2.

Annie's Blue Ribbon Store Annual Egg Hunt – Park Slope
Saturday, April 8
Head to this local shop with basket in hand to search for treat-filled eggs in the shop's backyard. FREE

Easter Egg Hunt – Marine Park
Saturday, April 8
State Sen. Marty Golden hosts this annual egg hunt and celebration for families at Marine Park. FREE

Easter Egg Hunt Weekend – Floyd Bennett Field
Daily, Thursday, April 13 through Monday, April 17
If you didn't make it to Aviator Sports' breakfast with the Easter Bunny, find your way there for an egg hunt and springtime farm adventure. Admission lets children hunt eggs, take a photo with Whiskers the bunny, embark on a hayride, operate a bulldozer, and more. There are additional fees for the petting zoo and pony rides.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Bay Ridge
Saturday, April 15
Golden hosts another outdoor egg hunt for Brooklyn families, this time at Shore Road Park. FREE

Ashford Learning Center Egg Hunt – Brownsville
Saturday, April 15
Join Ashford Learning Center for an afternoon of arts, crafts, and a treat-filled egg hunt. FREE

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Climb your way to an Easter egg prize at Brooklyn Boulders. Photo by Caitie McCabe/courtesy of the venue.

Brooklyn Boulders Easter Egg Hunt – Gowanus
Saturday, April 15
Hunt through the nooks and crannies of this awesome rock climbing gym in the most athletic egg hunt out there. Kids 4-12 search low and high for treats. Each child goes home with a Brooklyn Boulders tote bag.

Easter Egg Hunt – Gerrittsen Beach
Saturday, April 15
Head to the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department to hunt eggs, hang with the Easter Bunny, enjoy arts and crafts, a magic show, and play holiday-themed games. FREE

Easter Egg Hunt – Red Hook
Saturday, April 15
Join Redemption Church in Coffey Park for its second-annual hunt. In addition to the namesake treat, there's candy, music, and loads of family fun. FREE

Evergreens Cemetery Eggstravaganza – Bushwick
Saturday, April 15
The Easter egg hunt is the beginning of the fun at Evergreens Cemetery. A visit from the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, and refreshments round out the afternoon. Bring your own baskets; registration is appreciated but not required. FREE

Town Square's Egg Hunt – Greenpoint
Saturday, April 15
Enjoy live music, spring-themed crafts and face time with the Easter Bunny. The annual hunt moves from the local park to the backyard of t.b.d. Brooklyn in 2017. You' must bring your own basket. Space is limited so buy tickets online to avoid getting shut out. There will be rain-or-shine tents, so the fun goes on no matter the weather.

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Many egg hunts, including this one at the Queens County Farm Museum, include a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Photo courtesy of the farm.


Easter Egg Hunt – Astoria
Saturday, April 8
City Council member Costa Constantinides sponsors this egg hunt in Raimonda Park. Children are divided into like-age groups. Bring your own pail or basket to collect your wares. FREE

Astoria Community Easter Egg Hunt – Astoria
Saturday, April 15
Connections Church hosts a community egg hunt at two Astoria locations with more than 10,000 eggs to be collected in age-specific hunts. A major bonus: There is a coffee bar for adults. FREE

Barnyard Egg Hunt – Floral Park
Saturday, April 15
Head to the Queens County Farm Museum for a country-style hunt through the orchard. While there, meet Whiskers the bunny, take a hayride, and participate in egg tosses and races. A petting zoo, pony rides, and food can be purchased for an additional fee. Note: Tickets MUST be bought in advance. None are sold at the gate.

Brooklyn Boulders Easter Egg Hunt – Queensbridge
Saturday, April 15
Just like the original location, the Queensbridge branch of Brooklyn Boulders opens its doors for a gravity-defying egg hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt – Rego Park
Saturday, April 15
Head to Our Saviour New York for a fun-filled hunt in the church's yard. Thousands of treat-filled eggs are up for grabs along with special prizes. FREE

Queens Zoo Spring Eggstravaganza – Corona
Saturday, April 15-Sunday, April 16
In addition to a traditional egg hunt, kids get up close and personal with the Queens Zoo's live rabbits, as well as the Easter Bunny. Arts and crafts and other springtime fun round out the day.

Easter Egg Hunt – Flushing
Wednesday, April 19
If you didn't get enough candy on Easter proper, head to the historic Lewis H. Latimer House for a midweek hunt. After-school hours make it bigger-kid friendly, but the event is aimed at kids ages 11 and younger. FREE

Staten Island

The Great Egg Hunt & Easter Bonnet Parade – Dongan Hills
Saturday, April 8
Give your bonnet a test run before the big parade down Fifth Avenue at this fun event. There are eggs to find and the Easter Bunny makes an appearance. FREE

Egg Hunt – Port Richmond
Sunday, April 9
Head to the Joe Holzka Community Garden for a fun-filled egg hunt. FREE

Easter Egg Hunt – Port Richmond
Friday, April 14
Egg hunts are held in age-group waves beginning at midday for the preschool set, and include after-school sessions for kids up to age 15. Registration is required, either in person or via the phone. FREE

Historic Richmond Town Easter Egg Hunt – Staten Island
Saturday, April 15
Bring a cardboard egg carton to Historic Richmond Town and transform it into a fancy Victorian-style craft. Afterward, hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Prepaid reservations required.

Arrive early to ensure your place at the popular Bartow-Pell Mansion egg hunt. Photo by Richard Warren/courtesy of the venue.

The Bronx

Easter Egg Hunt at Bartow-Pell Mansion – Pelham Bay
Saturday, April 1
Bring your own basket to hunt for eggs on the grounds of the historic Bartow-Pell Mansion. Visitors enjoy a light snack, arts and crafts, and photo-ops with the Easter Bunny. Rain date is Sunday, April 2. Advance tickets required.

Sedgwick Library – Morris Heights
Saturday, April 15
Pint-sized egg hunters 5 and younger search the library stacks for colorful eggs before settling in for a special storytime with the Easter Bunny. FREE

Top image: Kids dash to collect treat-filled eggs at the Queens County Farm Museum’s annual hunt. Photo courtesy of the venue.

This post, originally published in March 2009, is updated annually.