Updated for 2019!
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!
2019 Family Fun Easter Events in NJ
SpEGGtacular Hunt at Bergen County Zoo: 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. Date to be announced soon!
EGGstravaganZOO at Cape May County Zoo: On April 13, 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.
Easter at Rizzo’s Wildlife World: Rizzo’s Wildlife World children can take photos with the Easter Bunny and for the children who are waiting can enjoy the exhibits, live animal show, and an egg hunt!
Storytime with the Easter Bunny at Turtle Back Zoo: This spring, 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. This event takes place: April 13, 14, 20 and 21.
Brunch with the Bunny: Head over to the Garden State Discovery Museum on April 14 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!
Annual Easter Egg Hunt: On April 20 (2pm-3:30pm), the Liberty Hall Museum hosts an incredible Easter Egg Hunt! There will also be a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny! Afterwards, visit this historic museum that teaches us about American history.
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. Read our review here!
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.
Easter and Springtime Family Festival at Alstede Farms: Beginning April 6th, 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.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Battleview: On April 13, Battleview Orchards hosts its 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.
Breakfast with Easter Bunny at Alstede Farms: Back by popular demand! Families can enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny and then enjoy a fun day on the farm! Meals take place on April 6,7, 13, 14 and 19. It is recommended t0 purchase tickets 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 20. 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 13, 14, 19 and 20 11am-4pm. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy a safe, organized egg hunt while also enjoying a day on the farm. Egg hunts are broken down into zones based on age making it an even more enjoyable experience for kids!
Easter Egg Hunt On the Farm: On Paws Discovery Farm in Mt. Laurel will be hosting egg hunts on April 6, 7, 13, 14 and 20 (10am-6pm). This event 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 April 5-20. After the Egg Hunt, children can take a picture with the Easter Bunny and receive a complimentary goodie bag. Purchase tickets onsite.
Easter Egg Hunts at Brookhollow’s Barnyard: Brookhollow’s Barnyard Easter Egg Hunts take place on April 13 at various times. Children will also have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny! Prior registration is required for photo shoots.
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!
Hayrides to Visit the Easter Bunny: Duffield’s Farm Market invites families to take a hayride to visit the Easter Bunny on April 13-20. Kids can also gather eggs!
Easter Egg Hunt at Sugar Sweet Farms: On April 19-20, Sugar Sweet Farms in Lafayette will be offering a fun egg hunt. Families can also meet animals, play games and more!
Ort Farms Easter Egg Hunt: Head over to Ort Farms in Long Valley on April 20 for an exciting Easter Egg Hunt. The event is open to children ages 2-6 years old. Other activities include cow train rides, hay rides, meeting farm animals and more! The event costs only $5.
Easter Egg Hunt at Belmar: On April 13, be there at 11am sharp for a fun Easter Egg Hunt at Belmar Beach will be organize different age groups at different street entrances. Two eggs in each age group with include a ticket for a special prize. The Easter Bunny will also stop by for the fun!
Brigantine Beach Easter Egg Hunt: On April 13, children can enjoy the beaches of Brigantine as they find Easter Eggs! It takes place at the 42 St. Community Center starting at 1pm, and 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 14 at 1pm. Girls and boys up to 10 years of old can help the Easter Bunny find lost eggs. Last year, kids earned prizes like FREE ride tickets, skeeball games and food. There were also golden eggs with seasonal beach badges in them from the Borough of Seaside Heights. This event is FREE!
The Great Egg Hunt: On Ocean City Beach, the Great Egg Hunt takes place on April 13 and 20 at 2:30pm. The event will broken down into 5 age groups: ages 0-2 and 3 years old at 11th Street, ages 4-5 at 12th Street, 6-7 year olds at 13th Street and special needs at 14th Street.
Easter Egg Hunt on the Boardwalk: Families can enjoy a fun Easter Egg Hunt on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk on April 14 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?!
Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt: Children, ages 1-12, can dig into the sand to find some Easter Eggs! At noon on April 20, 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 in the Hay: This event will take place on the boardwalk on 23rd avenue on April 21 and is for children ages 12 and under. 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 21 from 12pm – 5pm. Guests can take pictures with the Easter Bunny, enjoy an Easter Egg Contest and watch strolling entertainers.
Spring Forest Egg Hunt: Essex County Environmental Center is hosting this unique Egg Hunt which begins with a story time, a visit from a live rabbit, and an egg hunt at ECEC grounds. Children will be encouraged to turn in eggs for special prizes and a special golden egg will have a wonderful reward.The cost is $15 and advanced registration is required for this event which takes place on April 13 from 11am – 12:30pm.
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 14 at various times.
Brunch with the Bunny: On April 20, at Camden Children’s Garden, children can enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Kids will enjoy crafts, rides, and egg hunt and more!
Easter Egg Hunt at Diggerland: Families will love digging into this Easter Egg Hunt on April 21 at Diggerland. There will be one giant egg hunt starting at 12 pm with over 4,000 eggs hidden throughout the park. You can collect as many regular eggs but you can only keep one golden egg (there are over 20 golden eggs!). 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 will take place on April 13. There will be two hunts with over 33,000 eggs. Children can also enjoy free face painting, music, games, crafts, bounce houses and pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Sonny the Bunny Colossal Carrot Adventure: On April 13, from 9am-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!
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt: Nutley residents are invited to find Easter Eggs in this unique twist where the hunt begins at dusk! On April 17 at 7pm, children can meet at Reinheimer Park. Bring your own bag and flashlight!
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Historic Smithville: Visit Historic Smithville on April 20 for breakfast with the Village Greene Easter Bunny. On April 21, 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 April 20 from 11am – 4pm, families can explore this historic village while looking for over 15,000 hidden Easter eggs. Guests will also enjoy meeting with the Easter Bunny, balloon animals, music, games, a tour of the historic building and craft demonstrations.
Easter in the Park at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square: On April 20, 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. 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! Canceled due to weather. Date to be announced soon!
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 on April 13 and make sure to bring your camera to snap a photo with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Cupcake Decorating Class: Head over to Chef It Up in Mount Olive on April 18 at 6pm to decorate 6 Easter themed cupcakes. This class is for ages 6-12 and advanced registration is recommended.
Easter STEM Weekend: Genius Gems in Millburn is offering a fun, interactive STEM themed Easter weekend April 20-21. Kids will conduct egg experiments, find hidden eggs and more! Activities are included with general admission.
Easter egg Hunt and Brunch: On April 20, families can enjoy a fun time at Ticklez Play Center. Baskets will be provided! Admission is $15/child.