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!
Family Fun Easter Events in NJ
SpEGGtacular Hunt at Bergen County Zoo: On March 19th 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.
Storytime with the Easter Bunny at Turtle Back Zoo: On March 26 and 27th, children can enjoy 2 stories 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 March 12 or 13, 2016 for a special Easter Bunny Breakfast including an Easter Parade and an Egg hunt. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. On March 26-27, 2016, kids also make an bunny craft while visiting the museum.
Easter Egg Hunt at the Museum: Head over to the Garden State Discovery Museum on Saturday March 26, 2016 for a fun Easter egg hunt. Have your cameras ready for a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny too. When you’re done, have fun exploring the museum!
Easter Egg Hunt: Spend the day at the historic Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum and enjoy their Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This event takes place March 26, 2016 at 11am. It will be a fun learning adventure!
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. Our destination will be the site of the historic Lime Kilns. Near the Lime Kilns is a beautiful little glade filled with Easter 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.
Easter Bunny Train Ride: During the ride on New Jersey Transit Bergen Line, the Easter Bunny will hop through the train and visit each child, giving them a special gift from his basket. The train will be leaving from Glen Rock. During the approximately 60 minute ride the train will pass Ridgewood Junction tower, Waldwick tower, continue to Suffern New York Rail Yard in Rockland County NY, pause and then head back to Glen Rock.
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.
Easter and Springtime Family Festival ay Alstede Farms: Beginning March 19th 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.
Easter Bonnet Contest Heaven Hill Farm: Get creative this Easter by entering the homemade Easter Bonnet Contest at Heaven Hill Farm on March 26th. 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 March 19, 20, 25 & 26. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy a safe, organized egg hunt while also enjoying a day on the farm.
Easter Egg Hunts at Brookhollow’s Barnyard: Brookhollow’s Barnyard Easter Egg Hunts take place on April 23 at various times 10:30 am (nut free), 12, 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!
Seaside Heights Beach: Families can enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt on the beach on March 20th 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!
Ocean City Beach: There will be a Great Egg Hunt on March 19th 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.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk: Families can enjoy a fun Easter Egg Hunt on the beach on April 2 at 1pm. While there, why not head over and explore the aquarium for some brain boosting fun with family and friends?!
Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt: This even will take place on the beach at Lincoln Avenue, Wildwood at noon. Children ages 1-12 years old are invited to dig for eggs buried in the sand. Each egg contains a toy and a golden egg is worth a bigger prize.
Elks Annual Egg Hunt: This fun egg hunt will take place in North Wildwood at 19th Avenue on March 26th at 12:00pm. Kids under 12 win prizes.
Easter in the Park at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square: On March 26th 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 more information please visit Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce.
Discover the Rabbit Hole at The Magic Shop: This Easter try something a little different by discovering the rabbit hole at The Magic Shop in Oldwick. The Magic Shop has a special slide that leads to a magical Easter area. The theme changes every year. The Rabbit’s hole is one of the town’s oldest traditions, dating back to 1948. For more information please call The Magic Shop at 908-439-2330.
Easter Egg Hunt at Diggerland: Families will love digging into this Easter Egg Hunt on March 27th 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!
Easter Bunny Fly By at Solberg Airport: The Easter Bunny flies into Solberg Airport to visit with children on Saturday, March 26, 2016 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!
Hoboken Grace Community Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Hoboken Grace Community Church’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on takes place this year on March 19th. Their will be two hunts with over 20,000 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 March 26th for breakfast with the Village Greene Easter Bunny. Then, on March 27th, put on your Easter best for the parade and stroll through this historic NJ town.
Easter Egg Hunt at the Historic Village of Allaire: On March 26, 2016 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.
Bunny Brunch Fundraiser: At Verona High School, children can enjoy a brunch with the Easter Bunny on March 19! For the small cost, children get to take a photo with the famous rabbit, get a goody bag, and participate in some crafts from 9:30-11:30 am.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt: Nutley residents are invited to find Easter Eggs in this unique twist where the hunt begins at dusk! On March 24 at 7:30 pm, children can meet at Reinheimer Park. Bring your own bag and flashlight!
ShopRite of Flemington: The Easter Bunny is coming to ShopRite. On Friday, March 18th from 5pm-7pm. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, games, crafts, plant a flower and win prizes.
Easter Egg Hunt & Meet the Easter Bunny: This free event is open to everyone at Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in West Caldwell. The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 10am and make sure to bring your camera to snap a photo with the Easter Bunny.
Watchung Plaza Easter Egg Hunt: Visit Watchung Plaza on the Plaza Green for an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 6 and under on March 26th at 11 am. Children just need to bring their own baskets for this local event!
Sonny the Bunny Colossal Carrot Adventure: On March 19, 2016 from 9:30am-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 M arch 26 1pm-4pm.
Easter Bunny Visit: Meet and take a photograph with the Easter Bunny at The Learning Express in Verona on March 25 at 11am. You also have the option of meeting the Easter Bunny in The Learning Express in Upper Montclair on March 26 at 11am.
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