Updated for 2021!
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!
2021 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 2-11, 10am-3:30pm, families can enjoy a fun and FREE Easter event at the Cape May County Zoo. The event includes an I Spy Easter Egg Hunt, Scavenger Hunt, live animal encounters and Easter Shout Outs.
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!
Brunch with the Bunny: Head over to the Garden State Discovery Museum 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! *Currently closed.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt: On April 3, 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. *Currently suspended.
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: Each year Alstede Farm presents an 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. Dates to be announced soon.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Battleview: On March 27, Battleview Orchards hosts its Annual Easter Egg Hunt. 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.
Easter Bonnet Contest Heaven Hill Farm: Get creative this Easter by entering the homemade Easter Bonnet Contest at Heaven Hill Farm on April 3. 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 27- 28 and April 2-3. 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 Hunts at Ort Farms: Head over to Ort Farms in Long Valley on April 3 at 10am for an exciting Easter Egg Hunt. Other activities may include cow train rides, hay rides, meeting farm animals and more! The event is FREE.
Egg Hunt Hayride: Join Johnson’s Corner Farm March 19-April 3 as they offer families a fun hayride that will take little ones to a field where they can select five colorful eggs. After the Egg Hunt, children will be provided 2 Easter themed cookies to decorate. Guests will also be able to meet Peter Rabbit. Reservations are required.
Easter Egg Hunts at Brookhollow’s Barnyard: Brookhollow’s Barnyard Easter Egg Hunts will take place on April 10-11 and 17-18 with 3 time slots available each day. There will be 40 children per time slot and pre-registration is required. The event costs $11/child which includes a bucket and 10 eggs. Adults are only $5.
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 March 20, 27, 29, 20, 31, and April 1-3. Kids can also gather eggs!
Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny Visit at Demarest Farm: On March 20, 21, and 28, Demarest Farm is partnering with Lucky Den Photography Studio to bring families a fun and unique Easter event. Families have 2 options: 1- visit with Easter Bunny and egg hunt; 2-photo session with Easter Bunny and egg hunt. Tickets are required.
Easter Egg Hunt at Belmar: A fun Easter Egg Hunt at Belmar Beach will be organized in 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! *Cancelled for this year.
Brigantine Beach Easter Egg Hunt: This spring 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. Date to be announced soon.
Easter Egg Hunt: On Seaside Heights Beach families can enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt on the beach. Girls and boys up to 10 years of old can help the Easter Bunny find lost eggs. In 2019, 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! Date to be announced soon.
Easter Egg Hunt on the Boardwalk: Families can enjoy a fun Easter Egg Hunt on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. 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?! Date to be announced soon.
Easter Celebration: Take a trip to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood to attend this special Easter Celebration. Guests can take pictures with the Easter Bunny, enjoy an Easter Egg Contest and watch strolling entertainers. Dates to be announced soon.
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. Date to be announced soon.
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 will NOT take place in 2021.
Easter Egg Hunt at Diggerland: Families will love digging into this Easter Egg Hunt at Diggerland. There will be one giant egg hunt 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! Date to be announced soon.
Easter Weekend at Storybook Land: On April 2-4, families can enjoy visit the Easter Bunny while also exploring Storybook Land. On April 2-5, you can also enjoy the Bunny Trail where kids can hunt for treasure. These events are included with admission.
Hoboken Grace Community Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Hoboken Grace Community Church’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on March 27. There will be two hunts with over 33,000 eggs. Children can also enjoy free face painting, music, games, crafts, and pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Sonny the Bunny Colossal Carrot Adventure: Head over to iPlay America to hop along the bunny trail, collect Easter eggs, enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, play games and more! Date to be announced.
Colonial Easter Bunny at Historic Smithville: Visit Historic Smithville March 27-28 or April 3-4 for a chance to see the strolling Easter Bunny. There will also be a parade on April 4.
19th Century East Celebration at the Historic Village of Allaire: On April 3 11am-4pm, families can explore this historic village while enjoying fun Easter activities like a scavenger hunt, egg dying, bonnet decorating, and more. Guests can also enjoy 19th century demonstrations and visit the historic buildings. Tickets are $8/person and must be purchased in advance.
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 Walk In Event: Head over to Chef It Up in Mount Olive on April 3 4pm-7pm to make a cookie carrot bunny patch. This event is $10/person and advanced registration is recommended.