Easter Activities in NYC
If you’re one of the few New Yorkers who haven’t gone to their local chocolate shop for sweet treats and jellybeans, here’s a news alert! We’re having an early Easter this year, which falls on Sunday, April 1st (also, April Fools Day). As New Yorkers, we have the added advantage of being able to indulge in Easter-themed activities well before the actual date. Below, we’ve rounded up the best ones, all taking place within your very own Glenwood neighborhood.
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Experience the History of Easter Egg Decorating at The Ukrainian Museum
Every year around Easter, the Ukrainian Museum has a special event in which artists come in and decorate eggs (which they call pysanky, a little cultural tip for you!) This technique is done using a wax resistant batik, and is very intricate and amazing to watch in person. While you’re there and in the Easter spirit, you can also visit their Easter Egg exhibit, and watch a short film about the history of their egg decorations. The exhibit is open to people of all ages, but may be most enjoyable for adults. It’s the perfect activity to attend after an Easter themed brunch!
The Riverside Park Egg Hunt in the Upper West Side
Think ‘N’s Fun will be hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Fun this year in Sakura Park (located within Riverside Park) on the Upper West Side. On March 31st from 9:30am to 3pm, you’ll be able to enjoy a stress-free, relaxed, and well-managed Easter Egg hunt and party, without any of the hassle of trying to host your own! The event includes the following:
- Bunny baskets for egg collecting
- A timed egg hunt
- Bunny ears
- A photo opportunity with NYC’s very own Easter Bunny
One of the best advantages of having a timed egg hunt is that there won’t be too many children going for the eggs at one time, assuring that each and every child will have an opportunity to find some. Plus, it allows the non-walkers to do their own cute crawl in the grass, while the toddlers can go crazy running every which way!
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A Midtown Frozen Easter Egg Hunt: Minus5 Ice Experience
Put a fun twist on the traditional outdoor egg hunt and head inside to a frozen ice bar for one! Minus 5 is NYC’s only ice bar, and guests are allowed to put on faux fur coats while hunting for frozen eggs. The admission gives you a mocktail, and guests who locate an egg leave with their very own gift basket! And don’t be fooled by the “bar” part of the name, the event is in the daytime and is totally appropriate for children of all ages.
The event will take place on March 31st and April 1st, and is an ideal event for Midtown East residents to take part in after their Easter brunch.
A Full Day of Festivities at the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
Each Easter, the prettiest parade happens in NYC right along 5th Avenue: the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. The parade is an all day event, happening from 10am to 3pm on Sunday April 1st. The parade heads north starting at 49th Street and 5th Avenue and going up to 57th Street, and much of the action happens right around St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Wear your biggest bonnet, your brightest pink, and bring your camera! Better yet, jump in the parade and march along with the best of them!