Celebrating Easter in New Jersey

2017 Events, Parades, and Egg Hunts

Celebrating Easter in New Jersey

This year Easter falls on April 16, 2017

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

Discover the best 2017 Easter events, parades, and egg hunts in NJ.



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

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.

Northern NJ 2017 Easter Events

Easter Bunny Breakfast!
Saturday, April 1, 2017; 10AM; Sunday April 2, 2017; 10AM & Sunday April 17, 2017; 10AM Breakfast PLUS Egg Hunt and Parade
Imagine That! Children's Museum
4 Vreeland Rd.
Florham Park, N.J. 07932
Website
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!

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8, 2017; 10:00 am  (Rain Date - Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00 pm)
Crestwood Lake
Allendale
Website
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, April 8th, 2017; 10 am - Noon
Columbus Park
Clinton Street, between 9th & 10th Streets
Hoboken
Website
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.

25th Annual Easter Bunny Express
Saturday, April 8, Sunday, April 9, Saturday, April 15. 2017
Departing:
Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad plaza,
Whippany, NJ
(973) 887-8177‎
Website
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.

Phillipsburg Easter Bunny Train and Egg Hunt Ride
April 8, 9 &15, 2017; 11am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30 pm
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ
Website
 Child $11.00 ( ages 2 to 12) Adult $18.00 Lap Sitter $4.00 ( up to 2 years old)
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!
Saturday, April 15, 2017;10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24)
Chester, New Jersey
Website
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, April 15, 2017; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
Ridgewood, NJ
Website
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, April 15, 2017: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Liberty Hall Museum
Kean University
1003 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ
Website
Fee: $10.00 for 1 child & 1 adult; additional adults are $5.00 each Reservations required by April 8th, call 908-527-0400
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.

Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Contest
Saturday April 15, 2017
Heaven Hill Farm
451 Route 94
Vernon, NJ
(973) 764-5144
Website
Egg Hunts are scheduled for: 12pm, 1:30pm & 3pm; Easter Bonnet Contest @ 12:30pm; 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. Other not-to-miss highlights available during the Easter Egg Hunt include: Panning for Gemstones at the Gem Mine, Pony Rides, Carnival Rides, Sand Art Paintinge.

Easter Brunch Cruise
Sunday, April 16, 2017; Boards: 11:30 AM, Departs: 12:00 PM, Returns: 2:00 PM
Spirit Cruises
Sailing from Lincoln Harbor
Weehawken, NJ
Website
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.

Wild and Crafty Bunny Bonanza
Monday, April 17, 2017: 10:30am to 11:30 am
Bergen County Zoological Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ
201-262-3771
Website ( Cost: $10.00 per child.)
Preschool aged children with one adult can meet their rabbits after enjoying a story, some activities and a craft. Entire program is held inside our Education Center classroom.



Central NJ 2017 Easter Events

Easter Egg Hunts on the Farm
April 8, 9,14, & 15, 2017: (10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm)
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr,
Robbinsville, NJ
609-818-1140
Website
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 April 8, 2017 at 11AM
4th Avenue Beach
Belmar, NJ
Website
(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!
Entrance, 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

Allaire Village Easter Egg Hunt
April 15, 2017; @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Allaire State Park
Route 524 (also known as 4265 Atlantic Avenue)
Farmingdale, NJ
732-938-5524
Website
There are over 10,000 eggs in the village.  Hunts are divided into age groups: 0-2 (with an assisting adult), 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, and 11-12.  A hunt takes place every 15 minutes and hunts are continuous throughout the day  from 12pm to 4pm.  
Pre-registrations is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; all members of your party must have tickets, not only the children participating in the hunt.  Children under 3 years old are free. Children with special needs are more than welcome to join in and participate either in their age group or in their own hunt.

Bunny Chase
April 15, 16, 2017; @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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
April 16, 2017; Easter Sunday @ 1pm
Website
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 2017 Easter Events

Cape May County Zoo Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8, 2017; 10 am to 2 pm.
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, NJ
Website
609-465-5271
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.

Children's Garden Brunch With Bunny
Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00am 2:30pm
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
Website
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.

Easter Fashion Promenade
Sunday, April 16, 2017; Judging begins at 1:00pm
In front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace  & Boardwalk. 
Ocean City, NJ
Website
609-399-6111
Come dressed in your Easter's best to stroll in our Fashion Promenade and meet the Easter Bunny. Prizes awarded for For Best Dressed Children,Teen, Adults and Family.

Annual Easter Promenade
April 16th 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
on the Boulevard
Seaside Heights
800-732-7467
Website
This event features a contest for the best dressed. Sunday, Registration starting at 10 AM on the Boardwalk at the Visitors' Center 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.

Jenkinson's Annual Easter Parade
Sunday, April 16, 2017 @ 1pm
Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
732-892-0600
Website
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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