Celebrating Easter in New Jersey

Events, Parades, and Egg Hunts


Celebrating Easter in New Jersey

This year Easter falls on March 27, 2016

Celebrating Easter is about springtime festivals, new light colored spring outfits, and for kids to enjoy Easter bunnies, colored eggs, and Easter egg hunts.

Here you can find out where and when the 2016 Easter events, parades, and egg hunts are taking place in NJ.



Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

The Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs

Over the years Easter has become more secular in spirit, though it has it's celebrations based on both pagan and Christian underpinnings.

Pagan Spring festivities following the dark cold days of winter, were bright and celebratory. With the onset of warmer, lighter days, and the birth of new life that nature thrusts upon us, many of the current Easter symbols and events evolved from pagan Spring and equinox celebrations.

In Medieval Europe, eggs being viewed as the symbol of life, were hung on trees and Maypoles during pagan spring or equinox festivals. In ancient Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome, during the equinox festivals, eggs were colored, used as decorations, eaten, and were sometimes used as gifts.

The Easter bunny, representing the fertility of the rabbit, has become a secular Easter symbol. It was the German immigrants and their children that are believed to introduce the Easter Bunny and the colored eggs in the U.S

Northern NJ 2016 Easter Events


Easter Bunny Breakfast!
March 12, 13, and Easter Sunday,Mrch 27, 2016
Imagine That! Children's Museum
4 Vreeland Rd.
Florham Park, N.J. 07932
This event features a Breakfast and a meeting with the Easter Bunny . Children will receive an Easter basket. They will be serving bagels, juice & coffee to all guests. Picture your child and the Easter Bunny together for a fantastic, lifetime memory! Bring your camera!

Bergen County Zoo SpEGGtacular Hunt - Easter egg hunt
Saturday, March 19, 2016, @ 10 am (Rain date March 20, 2016)
Bergen County Zoological Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ
An eco-friendly egg hunt, crafts, refreshments and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Children need to pre-register for this free event. Join us at the Bergen County Zoo for this family event ideal for children 1 to 10 years old! Enjoy refreshments, story telling and crafts Watch the animals participate in their own egg hunt. Bring a basket to collect your eggs. Take your picture with our Spring Character from 11 am to 1pm.

24th Annual Easter Bunny Express
Saturday, March 19 Sunday, March 20, and Saturday, March 26. 2016
Departing Whippany, NJ
Celebrate the return of Spring with a fun themed train ride through northern New Jersey! The Easter Bunny and helpers will be on board greeting everyone during the 45-minute round-trip ride along the Morristown & Erie Railway's historic Whippanong Trail. You'll enjoy the comfort of heated passenger coaches as the Easter Bunny's helpers hand out holiday treats for the kids. You are welcome to bring your camera to take photos en route (free of charge), but be aware that the Easter Bunny has to visit many children and can't stay long with each person. For Tickets & information see website above.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am ( Rain Date - Sunday, March 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm)
Crestwood Lake
Ages 12 and Under
& Special Egg Hunt for Mothers!
Special Prizes for those who find the plastic eggs. Music and Special appearance by Peter Cottontail.

Hoboken Family Alliance Spring Fling Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10 am-12 pm (Rain date Sunday, March 29, 2016)
Columbus Park
Clinton Street, between 9th & 10th Streets
This event features Easter egg hunts for toddlers
Bring a basket to collect the eggs! The egg hunts will be continuous, starting at 10 am, and children will trade their found (empty) eggs for a bag of goodies to take home, so that we can reuse and recycle the eggs for other participants.

Phillipsburg Easter Bunny Train and Egg Hunt Ride
March 19. 20 & 26, 2016; 11am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30 pm
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ
This is fun family event. Departing from the Historic District of Phillipsburg, the ride will go along the scenic Delaware River, onto Carpentersville and to the destination at historic Lime Kilns. In front of the 150 year old Lime kilns is a beautiful little glade filled with Easter eggs! Hop off the train and take a picture with Mr. Bunny and gather 4 Easter eggs. On the train enjoy banjo playing Hobo and a Juggle.

Easter and Springtime Family Festival!
Thursday , March 24th, 2016; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24)
Chester, New Jersey
Take a scenic farm hayride to the barn - Visit with baby farm animals - Easter Egg Hunt ( Starts every 20 minutes), Hunt for eggs in our Hay Bale Maze, Sit on a real farm tractor, Enjoy a cozy campfire to keep you warm and to roast your marshmallows and you get to take your picture with the Easter Bunny.

Easter in the Park
Saturday, March 26, 2016; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
Ridgewood, NJ
The Easter Parade will kick off at 11 am starting at Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. Following the parade, children may have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny. This event will feature arts and crafts, music and entertainment for the entire family.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Liberty Hall Museum
Saturday, March 26, 2016; Two sessions: 10 to 11:30 a.m. & Noon to 1:30 p.m
Liberty Hall Museum
Kean University
1003 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ
Children will explore the grounds of Liberty Hall searching for plastic eggs hidden through the landscape, filled with holiday treats. A surprise visit from the Easter Bunny caps off the events. Reservations required, call 908-527-0400

Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Contest
Satrday, March 26, 2016
Heaven Hill Farm
451 Route 94
Vernon, NJ
(973) 764-5144
Egg Hunts are scheduled on the hour: 12 Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Hayrides are scheduled for: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Every spring the fields of Heaven Hill Farm are blanketed with brightly colored treat-filled Easter eggs left by everyone’s favorite bunny. Bring your basket and come on down to one of Northern NJ’s top Easter Egg Hunt. Join the Easter Bunny for a day of fun visiting with farm animals and taking a hayride through the countryside.

Easter Brunch Cruise
Sunday, March 27, 2016; Boards: 11:30 AM, Departs: 12:00 PM, Returns: 2:00 PM
Spirit Cruises
Sailing from Lincoln Harbor
Weehawken, NJ
Celebrating Easter on the water is a great way to kick off Spring with awesome views of the Manhattan skyline. Includes live entertainment, DJ dancing, an appearance by the Easter Bunny and a lunch buffet with additional kid-friendly items including pizza, chicken fingers and French fries.

Central NJ 2016 Easter Events

Easter Egg Hunts on the Farm

March 19, 20, 25 & 26, 2016 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (Snow Dates: April 2 & 3)
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr,
Robbinsville, NJ
Special zones for age groups 1 & up.. Meet, greet, and take your spring photos with the Easter Bunny! Great prizes, fun activities, and delicious treats included! Each participant will have the chance to find 12 eggs filled with surprises. Just bring your favorite basket! . Call ahead to RSVP! Large groups welcome.

Belmar Children's Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 11:00AM
4th Avenue Beach
Belmar, NJ
(732) 681-3700
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is open to Belmar residents free of charge. Over 3,000 eggs are placed in the sand on the Second Avenue beach and children ages 1-9 enjoy hunting for them. Two eggs in each age category contain a ticket for a special treat. Come join the Easter Bunny on the beach for this fun event!
In case of rain the Easter Bunny will be in the gym for pictures and each child will get a bag full of eggs!! Ages 1-3 4th Ave Beach Entrance, Ages 4-5 3rd Ave Beach Entrance, Ages 6-7 3rd ave Beach Entrance, Ages 8-9 2nd ave Beach Entrance.

Allaire Village Easter Egg Hunt
March 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm,
Allaire State Park
Route 524 (also known as 4265 Atlantic Avenue)
Farmingdale, NJ
Features over 10,000 eggs hidden in the Village for kids ages 0 - 12 to hunt for their Easter Baskets. Bring your basket and start your fun! There will be larger prizes with special tickets hidden in select eggs. There will also be a homemade Bonnet Contest and Parade for ages 0 - 12 and the judging and parade will begin at 2:00pm in front of our General Store. Contest winners will be announced immediately following the parade and will be awarded prizes. We will also have historic children's games, militia demonstrations, children's arts & crafts projects, face-painting and open-hearth cooking! Come and join the EGG-cellent fun!! (Hunts are divided into age groups: 0-2 (with an assisting adult), 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, 11-12, and special needs. A hunt takes place every 15 minutes and hunts are continuous throughout the day from 12pm to 4pm)

Bunny Chase
March 26 & 27, 2016: 10am-4pm.
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Website - For Information
A free, fun event for families with kids. Follow the treasure hunt clues and find a spring surprise at the end of the hunt! Wonderful for children ages 2 – 8 years. Each child can make a bunny to take home; everyone can enjoy a Terhune Orchards bunny cookie. Event is weather-dependent.

Asbury Park Annual Easter Day Parade
Asbury Park Boardwalk
March 27, 2016 Easter Sunday @ 1pm
This is a long standing tradition that brings out families dressed in their finest spring outfits.
Rain or Shine. In the event of inclement weather, the event is held in Convention Hall or the Paramount Theatre.


Southern NJ 2016 Easter Events

Cape May County Zoo Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 19, 2016; 10 am to 2 pm.
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, NJ
Free Admission
This event features an Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny . The event starts with an Easter Egg Hunt, then visit the Easter Bunny at the Zoo Aviary along with arts and crafts, and more.

The Great Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26, 2016; 2:30 PM (rain date: March 27th)
Beach 11th St. – 14th St.
Ocean City, NJ
Five (5) age groups. 100,000 eggs.

Children's Garden Brunch With Bunny
Saturday, March 26, 2016; 10:00am 3:00pm
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
Children's tickets include: catered brunch, Garden admission, Easter Egg Hunt, printed picture with the Easter bunny, crafts & a ride on the Garden Carousel. Seating's available at 10am and 12:30pm. Reservations must be made in advance.

Moorestown Easter Egg Hunt
March 26, 2016; 9:00AM To: 12:00PM
Jeff Young Field
Moorestown, NJ
This annual event will still be for children (ages 2 to 8), but will start at 9 AM sharp! There will be more than 500 children taking part, with prizes awarded in different age categories. A visit from the Easter bunny completes the day.

Annual Easter Promenade
Sunday, AMarch 27, 2016 @10am
on the Boulevard
Seaside Heights
This event features a contest for the best dressed. Registration for the Annual Easter Promenade begins at 10AM on the Boardwalk and Webster Avenue. Colorful carnation flowers will be distributed on the Boardwalk and Webster Avenue by Mayor and Council, while supplies last. Contests and prizes for the best dressed! Family entertainment will follow the best dressed contest.

Easter Fashion Promenade
Sunday, March 27, 2016
in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ
The Easter Fashion Promenade begins in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Come dressed in your Easter’s best. Judging begins at 1:00pm.

Jenkinson's Annual Easter Parade
Sunday, March 27, 2016 @ 1pm
Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
This popular family event will features prizes for categories including:
The funniest, best float, best bonnet, multiples, and cutest. (boy/girl categories ages 10 and under). Register for the parade in front of Joey Tomatoes between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.

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