Spring brings rain, but it also brings a sense of renewal. Many rites of spring celebrate traditions created hundreds of years ago. Whether you visit with the Easter Bunny on a train ride, slide down the bunny hole or check out some very cool egg hunts, Easter offers wonderful opportunities to continue AND start new family traditions. There is something fun and exciting for everyone this Easter!
At Mommy University, we love finding holiday events that not only possess true holiday spirit, but also offer ways for kids to play, learn and grow. This season, we are sharing a list of amazing Easter events that also inspire learning. We have broken the list down into categories: museums, zoos, trains, farms, beaches and unique experiences. We will be updating this list as more events become available so keep checking back for more Easter fun!
2017 Family Fun Easter Events in NJ
SpEGGtacular Hunt at Bergen County Zoo: On April 8th visit the Bergen County Zoo for some Easter family fun. Enjoy refreshments, story telling and crafts, then watch the zoo animals participate in their own egg hunt. Bring your own basket to collect eggs and take a picture with the Easter Bunny.
EGGstravaganZOO at Cape May County Zoo: On April 8th 10am-2pm, families can enjoy a fun and FREE Easter event at the Cape May County Zoo. The event includes an egg hunt, crafts, education stations, scavenger hunt, live animal encounters and more. Families can also take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Storytime with the Easter Bunny at Turtle Back Zoo: On April 14-16, children can enjoy stories, admission to the zoo and an animal demonstration at the Turtle Back Zoo to celebrate Easter. Children will also take photos with the famous bunny.
Easter Bunny Breakfast at Imagine That Museum: Visit Imagine That on April 1, 2 or 16, 2017 for a special Easter Bunny Breakfast including an Easter Parade and an Egg hunt. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Brunch with the Bunny: Head over to the Garden State Discovery Museum on April 2, 2017 for a fun brunch provided by Silver Diner. Have your cameras ready for a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny too. When you’re done, have fun exploring the museum!
Delaware River Railroad Excursions: Ride the Easter Bunny Train Ride and visit with the Bunny. Your ride will wind along the scenic Delaware River leaving from Phillipsburg. The destination will be the site of the historic Lime Kilns. Near the Lime Kilns is a beautiful little glade filled with Easter Eggs where each child selects four eggs.
Easter Bunny Express at Whippany Railway: Join the Easter Bunny and train crew for a fun train ride through northern New Jersey! The Easter Bunny will greet everyone during the 45-minute round trip train ride.
Black River and Western Railroad: The Easter Bunny Express is a laid-back round-trip ride from Flemington to Ringoes and return. On board the train Peter Cottontail will visit each child, posing for photographs upon request. Each child receives a small candy treat. Your train ride is about 25 minutes from Flemington to Ringoes, followed by a 10-15 minute stop at Ringoes. During the layover you may use the restrooms, browse the gift shop, and visit the museum car. You will then re-board your train for the return trip to Flemington.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Battleview: On April 8, Battleview Orchards hosts it’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Starting promptly at 1pm children ages toddler to 10 can seek out some of the 4,000 stuffed eggs in a designated area. The event is free but they do request a donation of non-perishable food that will be given to a local food bank.
Hayrides to Visit the Easter Bunny: Duffield’s Farm Market invites families to take a hayride to visit the Easter Bunny on April 1, 8 from 10 am-4 pm, April 10-12 from 12-4pm, and April 13-15 from 10am-4pm.
Easter and Springtime Family Festival at Alstede Farms: Beginning April 1st Alstede Farm presents Easter and Springtime Family Festival. Admission to the festival includes pony rides, wagon train, corn kingdom, easter egg hunt, visiting baby farm animals, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and much more.
Breakfast with Easter Bunny at Alstede Farms: New for 2017, families can enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny and then enjoy a fun day on the farm! Meals take place on April 8, 9, 14 and 15 with various seating times. It is recommended on their website.
Easter Bonnet Contest Heaven Hill Farm: Get creative this Easter by entering the homemade Easter Bonnet Contest at Heaven Hill Farm on April 15th. Located in Vernon, this farm offers a full day of fun on the farm for the entire family. Join the Easter Bunny for an exciting visit with farm animals, an egg hunt and hayrides. Other fun activities include pony rides, carnival rides, sand art, face painting and more.
Easter Egg Hunts at Oasis Family Farm: Oasis Family Farm Easter Egg Hunts take place on April 8, 9, 14 & 15. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy a safe, organized egg hunt while also enjoying a day on the farm. Registration is not required but highly encouraged.
Hoppin’ Bunnyville Game: New for 2017, Oasis Family Farm offers young children the opportunity to play Hoppin’ Bunnyville Game with an accompanying adult. Children will walk down a trail to locate all the clues and then unscramble the hidden message.
Easter Egg Hunt On the Farm: On Paws Discovery Farm in Mt. Laurel will be hosting egg hunts on April 8 and 9 which is included with admission.
Egg Hunt Hayride: Join Johnson’s Corner Farm as they offer families a fun hayride that will take little ones to a field where they can select five colorful eggs from March 31-April 15. After the Egg Hunt, children can take a picture with the Easter Bunny and receive a complimentary goodie bag.
Easter Egg Hunts at Brookhollow’s Barnyard: Brookhollow’s Barnyard Easter Egg Hunts take place on April 8 at various times 10:30 am and 12 (are both nut free), 1:30, and 3 pm in Boonton. Prior registration is required for this event. Children will have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny!
Bunny Chase at Terhune Orchards: Easter weekend families will have a fun FREE day on the farm as they follow treasure hunt clues around the farm that lead to a surprise. Kids can also make a bunny craft to take home, take a wagon ride, see farm animals and more!
Easter Egg Hunt at Belmar: On April 8 be there at 11 am Sharp! The Easter Egg Hunt at Belmar Beach will be organize different age groups at different street entrances. Over 3,500 eggs are on the beach and some include special prizes. The Easter Bunny will also stop by for the fun!
Brigantine Beach Easter Egg Hunt: On April 8, children can enjoy the beaches of Brigantine as they find Easter Eggs! At the 42 St. Community Center starting at 1pm make sure to bring your own basket.
Easter Egg Hunt: On Seaside Heights Beach families can enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt on the beach on April 9 at 1pm. Girls and boys up to 10 years of old can help the Easter Bunny find lost eggs in the Palm Sunday Egg Hunt. Follow the signs to the “Age Groups” to uncover the hidden eggs…up to 15,000 eggs can be found! Earn prizes like FREE ride tickets, skeeball games and food. There will also be golden eggs with seasonal beach badges in them from the Borough of Seaside Heights, and it’s all FREE!
The Great Egg Hunt: On Ocean City Beach, the Great Egg Hunt takes place on April 8 and 15 at 2:30pm. The event will broken down into 5 age groups: ages 0-2 and 3-4 at 11th Street, ages 5-6 at 12th Street, and 7 year olds at 13th Street.
Easter Egg Hunt on the Boardwalk: Families can enjoy a fun Easter Egg Hunt on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk on April 9 at 1pm. Children, ages 10 and under, will not need digging equipment but will be limited to three eggs each. While there, why not head over and explore the aquarium for some brain boosting fun with family and friends?!
Elks Annual Egg Hunt: This fun egg hunt will take place in North Wildwood at 19th Avenue on April 15 at 12:00pm. This is a FREE event where kids under 11 collect eggs and can win prizes.
Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt: Children, ages 1-12, can dig into the sand to find some Easter Eggs! At noon, be at the beach on Lincoln Ave. where they can find eggs that contain toys and gold eggs have a special prize.
Ed’s Funcade Easter Egg Hunt: This event will take place on the boardwalk on 23rd avenue on April 16. Children ages 1-11. Each egg contains a toy and a golden egg is worth a bigger prize.
Easter Celebration: Take a trip to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood to attend this special Easter Celebration on April 16 from noon-6pm. The Easter Bunny will be at the Parent’s Pavilion from 12-3pm.
Brunch with the Bunny: At Camden Children’s Garden, children can enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny catered by Tortilla Press. Seating times are available at 10 am an 12:30pm, however purchase tickets in advance! Afterwards, children can run through the garden, look at butterflies or ride on the train or carousel.
Easter in the Park at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square: On April 15, in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square in Ridgewood from 11am-2pm the Easter Bunny will arrive and families will be able to take pictures. There will be lots of activities for the children in the park and maps available for locations of the in-store activities. Ben & Jerry’s will be sponsoring the Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 4-7. For more information please visit Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce.
Easter Bunny Fly By at Solberg Airport: The Easter Bunny flies into Solberg Airport to visit with children on Saturday, April 15 at 3:00pm. Besides pictures with the famous bunny, there will also be airplane rides, static aircraft displays, walk-throughs of hot-air balloons, face-painting, sand-art, a cookout, and much-much more. Gates open at 1:30-2:00pm. As always, admission is free so bring your family out and enjoy!
Easter Egg Hunt at Diggerland: Families will love digging into this Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th at Diggerland. The event takes place from 11am – 6pm, but there will be one giant egg hunt starting at 12pm with over 2000 eggs hidden throughout the park. You can collect as many regular eggs but you can only keep one golden egg. If you’re lucky enough to find a golden egg, bring the contents to our retail store and they will give you your Grand Prize!
Hoboken Grace Community Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Hoboken Grace Community Church’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on takes place this year on April 8. Their will be two hunts with over 30,000 eggs. Children can also enjoy free face painting, music, games, crafts, bounce houses and pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Historic Smithville: Visit Historic Smithville on April 15th for breakfast with the Village Greene Easter Bunny. Then, on April 16th, put on your Easter best for the parade and stroll through this historic NJ town.
Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs: Drumthwacket hosts an Easter Egg Hunt for children with special needs ages 3-8 years old. You will need to contact them to request a code to register.
Easter Egg Hunt at the Historic Village of Allaire: On April 15, 2017 from 11am – 4pm, families can explore this historic village while looking for over 10,000 hidden Easter eggs. Kids will also enjoy story time with Clifford the Big Red Dog, a bonnet parade and contest, a tour of the historic building and craft demonstrations.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt: Nutley residents are invited to find Easter Eggs in this unique twist where the hunt begins at dusk! On April 13 at 7:30 pm, children can meet at Reinheimer Park. Bring your own bag and flashlight!
Sonny the Bunny Colossal Carrot Adventure: On April 8, 2017 from 9 am-12pm, head over to iPlay America to hop along the bunny trail, collect Easter eggs, enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, play games and more!
Camouflaged Egg Hunt: Enjoy a unique egg hunt experience as you explore the Tenafly Nature Center to find naturally dyed Easter eggs in camouflage colors. This event takes place on April 9 11-12pm or 3-4pm.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt: On April 15 from the Liberty Hall Museum hosts two time slots for a Easter Egg Hunt! Afterwards visit this historic museum that teaches us about American history.
Easter Egg Hunt at an Amusement Park: At Keansburg Amusement Park, your kids can enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt on April 9 from 1-2pm. Afterwards enjoy the rides on the park.