Get ready to put all your eggs in one basket; New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is picking out the best events for this Easter weekend. On top of the traditional Easter brunches and church services, there is a giant parade and enough egg hunts to leave the kids on a sugar rush for days. After all, New York always goes big during the holidays!
Here are some egg-cellent Easter egg hunts and events taking place around the city:
Fabergé Egg Hunt – April 1-22, 2014
An age-old tradition with a modern day twist! The world’s biggest egg hunt is coming to New York City this spring. From April 1-17, 2014 nearly 275 egg sculptures will be hidden around the city as a part of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. The 2.5 ft. eggs will be designed by some of the world’s most respected designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Jeff Koons, Ralph Lauren and many more. The public will be able to hunt for the eggs using a smartphone application. Once 10 people have checked in at the egg location, the information is released to the public. On April 18, 2014, all of the eggs will be brought together to Rockefeller Center and then on the 22nd there will be a Grand Auction for which all proceeds from the eggs will go to charity. For more information, visit www.thebigegghunt.org.
Spring Eggstravaganza at Queens Botanical Garden – April 19, 2014
The annual Easter egg scavenger hunt is held (weather permitting) in the Arboretum’s Crabapple Orchard. Divided into two sessions the maximum capacity for each session is 500 children. Children can bring their own basket for the hunt and afterwards they are invited to play old-fashioned games. You might even get a visit from Flora the Flower, the garden’s official mascot, so don’t forget your camera! There will be two sessions; 12pm-1:30pm and 2pm-2:30pm. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org/Eggstravaganza.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan Egg Hunt – April 19, 2014
This annual egg hunt is divided into age categories from ages 1 to 9. While children wait for their group they are able to play on the 1st floor of the museum with the Easter Bunny until they are called to the 2nd floor for their turn. Following their hunt, each group heads up another floor for a special Toys program. Once all of the children have completed the hunt they will be invited up to the 4th floor where more fun awaits, including a real airplane display.
Brooklyn Heights Easter Egg Hunt – April 19, 2014
This annual Egg Hunt invites hundreds of children to Pierrepont Playground at 10am for family fun. On top of the typical holiday candy, there will also be a bake sale to fundraise for the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee. For more information, visit www.bhplaygrounds.org.
Spring Eggstravaganza at the Queens Zoo – April 19-20, 2014
From 10am-4pm guests are invited to embark on a Safari hunt to find colorful wooden eggs placed throughout the zoo grounds. Kids will get a stamp on their special event passport at each egg sighting and afterwards they can hand in their passports for a surprise. Visitors are also invited to visit the ‘Farm’ at 11am, 1pm, and 2:30pm to meet the Zoo’s Flemish giant rabbits. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without an Easter Bunny encounter. The Easter Bunny will be available all day for photo opportunities. For more information visit, www.queenszoo.com/plan-your-trip/events-calendar/easter-egg-hunt.aspx.
Bank Street Bookstore Easter Egg Hunt – April 20, 2014
Children are invited to decorate dinosaur ‘eggs’ (egg-shaped rocks), with provided chalk, which are then hidden among the bookstore’s books and bookshelves for the kids to find. There will be three session; 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm. For more information, visit www.bankstreetbooks.com/event/hop-along-easter-fun.
Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival – April 20, 2014
The annual Easter Parade is one event you won’t want to miss as it makes its way along Fifth Ave. Also known as the Easter Bonnet Festival, you’ll be privy to seeing all sorts of wacky bonnets. Not only will people be donning crazy decorations on their heads, but some dogs will also be taking part in the festive tradition. For more information, visit www.nycgo.com/events/easter-parade-and-easter-bonnet-festival1
Be sure to pre-register and grab a basket before heading out to the city’s best Easter events. Hoppy hunting!