Easter arrives just as March departs (Sunday, April 1)—so although the Easter Bunny is due only a couple of weeks after St. Patrick’s Day, he still has plenty of time to hop around Long Island. And it wouldn't be Easter without egg hunts, breakfasts with the Easter Bunny, spring festivals and more.
Here's where you can hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny in Nassau and Suffolk.
“Easter Egg Hunt on the Green” in Montauk
The Montauk Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual free egg hunt on Saturday, March 31 on the village green in the center of downtown (742 Montauk Hwy.) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Kids can also take part in races, bunny ears and baskets will be provided; the Easter Bunny will be present for meeting and greeting; . Price: Free. Open to children up to 10 years old; more information at 631-668-8038 or montaukchamber.com.
"Eggs-Travaganza" at Stew Leonard’s
The Stew Leonard's in Farmingdale (261 Airport Plaza, Farmingdale; 516-962-8210) and East Meadow (1897 Front St., East Meadow; 516-394-9001) are hosting "Eggs-Travaganza" Easter egg hunts on Tuesday, March 27 from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. for kids ages nine and younger. Each child will receive a bag for collection and map of the store to find eggs that may hold toys, gift cards or candy (may contain peanuts)--with one lucky egg holding a $200 Toys R Us gift card. The Easter Bunny will be on-hand after the hunts and available for photos. Admission is free; visit stewleonards.com for more information.
The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos at Stew Leonard's on Saturday, March 24 during holiday brunches at 10 a.m. and noon; guests ages 12 and older: $14.99, 11 and under: $11.99, advance reservations are required.
Cold Spring Harbor Hatchery egg hunt
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Rt. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor) is hosting its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31 from 10:30 a.m.-noon for children up to 6 years of age, including a "tot garden" for kids ages 2 and younger. Participants should bring baskets for collection; limited tickets will be sold. Price: $6, children ages 3-12: $4, ages 2 and younger are free. For more information, call 516-692-6768-6768 or visit cshfishhatchery.org.
Easter Bonnet Parade in Sag Harbor
The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce is presenting its annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. Open to the public, participants are invited to wear decorative holiday bonnets and then follow the Easter Bunny down Main Street from Muse in the Harbor (16 Main St.) to the Sag Harbor Garden Center (11 Spring St.) to take part in a free petting zoo. For more information, visit sagharborchamber.com.
Egg Scramble and Bagels with the Bunny event
Adventureland (2245 Broadhollow Rd.) in Farmingdale opens for the season on March 24. The park is hosting a free Egg Scramble, where kids will receive a bag with a booklet filled with coupons to be redeemed at vendor tables for giveaways and candy. The Easter Bunny, Alfie and SUNY Farmingdale's Rambo will be there as well. Additionally, at 9 a.m., families can purchase tickets for a breakfast with the Easter Bunny, which includes bagels, photo with the bunny, a preloaded Arcade player card, a POP bracelet and early access to the Egg Scramble and early ride time. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Price: $45, $20 parent ticket, which does not include a POP bracelet. For more information, visit adventureland.us.
Deepwells Farm County Park
The St. James Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual free Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 on the grounds of the Deepwells Farm County Park in St. James (Route 25A and Moriches Road) at 1 p.m. Open to children up to 10 years old; the Easter Bunny will be present (bring your own camera) and kids should bring baskets. Price: Free. More information at 631-584-8510 or stjameschamber.org.
Easter activities at Bayville Adventure Park
Bayville Adventure Park (8 Bayville Ave., Bayville) is hosting Easter events on March 30-31 and April 1 from noon to 5 p.m. During this time, families can meet and take photos with the Easter Bunny, participate in the Great Easter Egg Hunt as well as Easter arts and crafts. There's also brunch with the Easter Bunny (adults will get a three course meal, children will get a lunch entree, soft drink and dessert). Price: $15 for Easter events only; $36.75 for Easter events and access to the park's other activities. Brunch: $29.75 for adults, $16.75 children. For more information, visit bayvilleadventurepark.com.
Port Jefferson's Annual Easter Parade and Egg Hunt
The Port Jefferson Village Center is leading an Easter bonnet walking parade down Main Street in Port Jefferson on Sunday, April 1 from noon-1:30 p.m. that also features a free 12:30 p.m. egg hunt on the Great Lawn at Harborfront Park (101-A East Broadway) for children ages 2-5 and 6-8. Call 631-473-1414 or visit portjeffchamber.com.
Meet the Easter Bunny at Dees' Nursery (69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside) on March 17-18, March 24-25 and March 31 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with two photo packages call for pricing), but guests also may sit with the Bunny and take their own pictures for free. Call 516-678-3535 or visit deesnursery.com.
Families can meet the Easter Bunny daily in the North Court at Roosevelt Field (630 Old Country Rd., Garden City) through Sunday, April 1. Photo packages will be available for purchase; visit simon.com for hours and to reserve an appointment for photos.
Walt Whitman Shops
Spend time with the Easter Bunny at Walt Whitman Shops (Route 110, Huntington Station) from March 2-March 31 and will be located near Center Court. Photo packages will be available for purchase; visit simon.com for hours and to reserve an appointment for photos.
Easter brunch at Woodbury Country Club
Woodbury Country Club (884 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury) is hosting an Easter brunch buffet on Sunday, April 1 from noon-3 p.m. In addition to the food, the event will feature an Easter egg hunt, petting zoo and an opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny. Price: $59.95; children ages 3-12: $25.95 (children ages 1 and younger are free). Call 516-692-6200 or visit woodburycc.com for reservations and additional information.
Smith Haven Mall
Head to the Smith Haven Mall (313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove) through Saturday, March 31 to meet the Easter Bunny in Center Court. Photo packages will be available for purchase; visit simon.com for hours and to reserve an appointment for photos. (Sundays in March also feature designated hours for pet photos and "Caring Bunny" appointments for children with special needs; check ahead to make reservations for these added hours.)
The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury) on March 25-25 and March 30-31 from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Price: Taking photos with the Easter Bunny is free, but keep in mind the big rabbit will be set up outside for picture-taking, so dress accordingly.
Easter Egg Hunts at Benner’s Farm
Benner's Farm (56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., Setauket) will host egg hunts on March 31-April 1 at 12:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days. Bring baskets for collecting; spots are limited. Price: free with farm admission fee ($6 ages 16 and younger, $8 older); call 631-689-8172 for more information.
The Easter Bunny will be hopping in to Atlantic Nursery (250 Atlantic Ave., Freeport) on March 17-18 from noon to 3 p.m. Pets are also welcome; all proceeds will benefit Bobbi & the Strays Animal Shelter. Call 516-378-7357 for photo pricing.
Head over to Westfield Sunrise (One Sunrise Mall, Massapequa) to meet the Easter Bunny March 9-March 31 daily on the lower level (in the Macy's Court). Photo packages are available for purchase; visit westfield.com for pricing and hours.
Westfield South Shore
The Easter Bunny will be at Westfield South Shore (1701 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore) March 9-March 31 daily in the Lord & Taylor Court. Photo packages are available for purchase; visit westfield.com for pricing and hours.
Easter Bunny at Green Acres Mall
The Easter Bunny will be visiting Green Acres Mall (2034 Sunrise Hwy., Valley Stream) daily March 16-March 31, seated in front of New York & Company. Photo packages are available for purchase; visit greenacresmallonline.com for pricing and hours.
The annual Mad Hatter Egg Hunt at CMEE
All ages are welcome to take part in a hunt for "eco" eggs (that contain health-minded treats) at the Children's Museum of the East End (376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton) on Saturday, March 24. Participants also get to decorate hats and meet the "March Hare;" event runs 10 a.m.-noon and again 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $12 per non-member guest (museum members score free admission); space is limited; advance registration is strongly recommended. Register online at cmee.org or call 631-537-8250.
Spring Egg Hunt at Belmont Lake State Park
Belmont Lake State Park (Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon) is hosting its annual "Spring Egg Hunt" on Saturday, March 24 from noon-2 p.m., and will feature pony rides, a petting zoo and an appearance from the "Spring Bunny." Egg hunts will be broken up into age groups (four and younger, 5-6, 7-9), with a limit of three eggs found per participant. Price: free. For more information, call 631- 667-5055 or visit parks.ny.gov.
Spring EGGstravaganza 2017 at LICM
"Peter Rabbit" will be visiting the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave. off Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City) on Saturday, March 24 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. for an event also featuring face-painting, egg-hunting, craft-making and games. Open to all ages, admission is $11 per person, or add $4 to also see a show with "bubble magician" Jeff Boyer and his presentation in which he sculpts and juggles soapy spheres (shows at 6:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.); purchase tickets in advance at licm.org and call 516-224-5800 for more information.