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.
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, April 13 from noon-2 p.m., and will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, an inflatable bounce ride, an environmental display 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 one egg found per participant every fifteen minutes. Price: free. For more information, call 631-667-5055 or visit parks.ny.gov.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Cathedral of the Incarnation
On Easter Sunday (April 21), head to the Cathedral of the Incarnation (36 Cathedral Ave., Garden City) at 10 a.m. for their annual hunt featuring thousands of eggs hidden around 10 acres. There will be a special area for toddlers to look for eggs, a visit from the Easter Bunny and Cornelia the Unicorn, who is the mascot for the "Cathedral for Kids" program. Price: Free. More information: 516-746-2955; incarnationgc.org.
Penguin Egg Hunt and Easter Brunch
Come down to the Long Island Aquarium (431 E Main St., Riverhead; 631-208-9200) on April 20-21 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.; free with admission) for the "Penguin Egg Hunt," which will include prizes like sweets, a free try at making sand art, button making; the one grand prize is a complimentary birthday party (restrictions apply). Sunday, April 21 also features an Easter Brunch in the aquarium's Sea Star Ballroom, with seating at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; children ages 3-12: $26.95, 13 and older: $54.95, children ages 2 and younger: $5. Reservations required, brunch fee includes aquarium admission; visit longislandaquarium.com for tickets.
Easter buffet brunch at Maxwell’s
Maxwell's (501 Main St., Islip) is doing a special Easter buffet brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at which the Easter Bunny will be available for photos; buffet will include baked goods, omelette station, salad, tea sandwiches, wraps, dessert station and more. Price: $28.95, kids age 11 and younger half-price; for more information call 631-210-0011 or visit maxwellsny.com).
Meet the Easter Bunny during painting classes
Pinot's Palette in Bay Shore (61 W. Main St.) is hosting the Easter Bunny from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. April 13 and 20, but he'll also be appearing Friday, April 19 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Paint classes are $25-$38 to participate, but guests can take free photos with the Bunny on each occasion. All ages welcome; 21 and over (with ID) at the bar. Visit pinotspalette.com/bayshore to register; call 631-446-4777 for more information.
Meet the Easter Bunny at Dees' Nursery (69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside) on April 6-7, 13-14 and 19-20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with photo packages available (call for pricing). Guests also may sit with the Bunny and take their own pictures for free. Kids can also take part in a "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" at 9 a.m. April 13-14 and 20 (reservations are a must), which includes a pancake breakfast, craft-making session, egg hunt and, of course, a meeting with the Bunny. Call 516-678-3535 or visit deesnursery.com.
“Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt” in Montauk
The Montauk Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual free egg hunt on Saturday, April 20 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. Price: Free. Open to children up to 10 years old; more information at 631-668-8038 or montaukchamber.com.
Cold Spring Harbor Hatchery "Spring Egg Hunt"
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (1660 Rt. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor) is hosting its annual spring egg hunt on Saturday, April 20 from 10:30 a.m.-noon for children up to 6 years of age, including a "tot garden" for kids ages 2 and younger; limited tickets will be sold. Price: $7, children ages 3-12: $5, ages 2 and younger are free. For more information, call 516-692-6768 or visit cshfishhatchery.org.
Pets can pose with the Easter Bunny
Healthy Pet Grooming & Supply (563 Muncey Rd., West Islip; 631-539-7988) is hosting an opportunity for children and pets to pose with the Easter Bunny on Sundays April 7 and 14 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. No appointment necessary; all pets must be in a carrier or on a leash. Price: $10 (with all proceeds to benefit the nonprofit group Lisa's K9 Rescue, Inc.). For more information, call 631-647-8474.
Easter Bonnet Parade in Sag Harbor
The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce is presenting its annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Saturday, April 20 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 sagharborkids.org.
Egg Scramble, 'Breakfast with the Bunny'
Adventureland (2245 Broadhollow Rd.) in Farmingdale is hosting its annual Egg Scramble 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at which kids will get treat bags with coupon booklets to be redeemed at vendors placed around the park. Alfie and the Easter Bunny (pictured L-R) will also be in attendance; the 'Scramble is free to attend, but rides will be open at regular prices. Next week, "Breakfast with the Bunny" goes down at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20 and features an unlimited breakfast buffet and bunny ears for kids, as well as a donut decorating session and a chance to take a photo with the Bunny. Price: $24.99 (POP bracelet not included). For more information, visit adventureland.us.
'Spring Egg Hunt' at Deepwells Farm County Park
The St. James Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual free Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13 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 April 19-21 from noon to 5 p.m. During this time, families can meet and take photos with the Easter Bunny, participate in Easter Egg hunts and take part in 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: $17 for Easter events only; $36.75 for Easter events and unlimited use of all park attractions. Brunch: $29.75 for adults, $17.75 children. For more information, visit bayvilleadventurepark.com.
White Post Farms
Head to White Post Farms (250 Old Country Rd., Melville) on March 30-31, April 6-7, 13-14, 18-21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to meet the Easter Bunny. Photos are free to take with paid admission, which also includes the farm dry bouncers, the bird aviaries, the giraffe station and the monkey barn, as well as an Easter egg hunt, a chance to pet an actual bunny and live entertainment from magician Jim McClenahan. Price: call ahead for admission (farm is cash only). For more information, visit whitepostfarms.com.
Take a picture with the Easter bunny
Families visiting the "Bunny Fest at Eagle's Nest" (9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Saturday, April 20) at the Vanderbilt Reichert Planetarium and Rose Garden (180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport; 631-854-5579) can view a planetarium show, enjoy coffee, cakes, and juice boxes, have fun with a bubble machine, go on an egg hunt and even take photos with the Easter Bunny. $25 (members pay $20); buy tickets in advance at vanderbiltmuseum.org.
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 21 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.
Families can meet the Easter Bunny daily in the North Court at Roosevelt Field (630 Old Country Rd., Garden City) from March 15 through Sunday, April 21. Photo packages will be available for purchase; visit simon.com for hours and to reserve an appointment for photos. (Pet photos with the Easter Bunny will be available on March 24, March 31, April 7 and April 14 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.)
Walt Whitman Shops
Spend time with the Easter Bunny at Walt Whitman Shops (Route 110, Huntington Station) from March 22-April 20 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. (A session for children with special needs will take place on 9 a.m.-11 a.m. March 31 and April 7, and pets can take photos with the Bunny from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. March 24 and April 14.)
Smith Haven Mall
Hang with the Easter Bunny at the Smith Haven Mall (313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove) from March 8-April 20 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. (A session for children with special needs will take place on 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. March 31 and April 7, and pets can take photos with the Bunny from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. March 24, 31 and April 7, 14.) The mall is also hosting an Easter Bunny Breakfast 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30; advance registration required, space is limited.
The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures at Hicks Nurseries (100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury) on April 13-14 and April 19-20 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 April 20-21 at 1 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. both days. Bring baskets for collecting; spots are limited. Price: free with farm admission fee ($6 ages 2-16, $8 older); call 631-689-8172 for more information.
The Easter Bunny will be hopping in to Atlantic Nursery (250 Atlantic Ave., Freeport) on April 6-7 from noon to 3 p.m. Pets are also welcome; small fee 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 daily through April 20 on the lower level (in the Macy's Court). Photo packages are available for purchase. Skip the line by reserving a time with the Bunny; visit westfield.com for pricing and hours. The Easter Bunny takes a break Monday-Saturday from 1:15-2 p.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. and on Sundays from 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Westfield South Shore
The Easter Bunny will be at Westfield South Shore (1701 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore) daily through April 20 in the Lord & Taylor Court. Photo packages are available for purchase. Skip the line by reserving a time with the Bunny; visit westfield.com for pricing and hours. The Easter Bunny takes a break Monday-Saturday from 1:15-2 p.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. and on Sundays from 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Easter Bunny at Green Acres Mall
The Easter Bunny will be visiting Green Acres Mall (2034 Sunrise Hwy., Valley Stream) daily April 6-April 20, seated in front of New York & Company. Photo packages are available for purchase; visit greenacresmallonline.com for pricing and hours.
Easter Brunch at Stonebridge Country Club
The Easter Bunny will be on hand as part of an Easter brunch at Stonebridge Country Club (2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, 631-724-7500) on Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The occasion will feature unlimited mimosas, with a brunch station from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and a pasta bar from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Price: Ages 11 and older: $54.95; children ages ten and younger half-price. Reservations are required and can be made at lessings.com or by calling 631-656-6899.
Easter brunch at Swan Club
The Easter Bunny will be at the Swan Club (90 Glenwood Rd., Roslyn; 516-621-7600) on Sunday, April 21 for meeting and photos as part of an Easter grand buffet from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. that will also feature an egg hunt. Price: $49.95 adults, $29.95 ages 3-12, kids two and younger are in free; purchase tickets in advance at eventbrite.com.
“Easter Egg Hunt Eggs-Travaganza” at Stew Leonard’s
The Stew Leonard's in Farmingdale (261 Airport Plaza; 516-962-8210) and East Meadow (1897 Front St.; 516-394-9001) are each hosting an "Easter Egg Hunt Eggs-Travaganza" on Tuesday, April 16, starting at 4 p.m. Children ages nine and younger will receive a map of the store and a collection bag in order to collect eggs containing prizes or candy (costumed characters "Wow the Cow" and the Easter Bunny will be at the Farmingdale store), with a grand prize of a $200 gift card to Amazon at East Meadow and two lucky kids may each find a $100 Target gift card at Farmingdale. (Some of the candy may contain peanuts.) No fee to participate but advance registration is a must; space is limited. For more information, visit stewleonards.com.
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 April 13. Participants also get to decorate hats and meet the "March Hare;" event runs 10 a.m.-noon and again 1-3 p.m. $14 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 EGGstravaganza at LICM
Peter Cottontail will be visiting the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave. off Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City) on April 13 from 6-9 p.m. Families will make a carrot-themed bag, a bird's nest hat, a chick puppet, egg necklace, spring tulips and a treat. There will also be egg relay races, face painting and egg hunting. Open to all ages, admission is $12 per person ($10 LICM members), or add $4 to also see Nappy's Puppet show 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.