Coronavirus Update: NJ Public Events and Business Closings
Read More

The Best Easter Celebrations in New Jersey

Celebrating Easter in New Jersey

Discover The Best Easter Celebrations and Events in New Jersey. They feature Easter Parades, Egg hunts, and Farm Festivals

This Year Easter Falls on April 12, 2020


 In response to this unprecedented crisis that is affecting our health concerns, all aspects of lives, and in particular with all New Jersey Leisure events and activities, we have removed events that we know have been cancelled. Our viewers are advised to check in with each of the venues, activities, and events that are listed in our webpages to ensure that they have not closed or postponed.

Please visit our coronavius update web page for the latest information on New Jersey venue and activity closings.


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 2020 Easter Events

Easter Bunny Brunch
March 21, 2020; 11am - 1pm
Columbian Club of Garwood
37 South Ave
Garwood, NJ 07027
Web Site
Contact: Jennyfer Guerrero, Emai*: garwoodcelebrations@garwood.org
Event Cost: $15 per person, Children under 2 are free.
Grab your bonnets and bow ties and hop over to the Columbian Club of Garwood to be part of this fun family event. The Easter Bunny will be available for photographs with the children. Come and enjoy a delightful brunch buffet with all your favorites, including scrambled eggs, pancakes, bagels, muffins, bread, bacon, chicken francaise, penne vodka, and fresh fruit much more. Children will have an opportunity to make an Easter craft. Face painting, raffles and music will add to the fun.

Easter and Springtime Family Festival!
Saturday & Sunday March 28th & 29th, 2020 – Open 10 am – 4 pm
Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24)
Chester, New Jersey
Website
Enjoy lots of family fun activities including: Scenic hay wagon rides around the farm Admission to Moon Bounce, Pony rides, Wagon train rides, Corn kingdom Easter Egg Hunt (available continuously) (includes 5 eggs per child plus 1 golden egg) Visit with our adorable baby farm animals Visit with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera), and see our Antique Farm Museum Enjoy a cozy campfire to keep you warm and to roast your marshmallows (each child gets 4 marshmallows). Journey through the Jelly Bean and the Unbreakable Egg story with complimentary hot and cold cider!

28th Annual Easter Bunny Express
March 29, April 4, 5 & 11, 2020
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.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 10:00 AM ( Rain Date - Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 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 4, 2020: 10:00am – 12:00pm (Rain Date, Sunday, April 5)
Columbus Park
Clinton Street, between 9th & 10th Streets
Hoboken
Website
 Cost: Free for HFA members; $5 suggested donation per child for non-members.
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
Trips run April 4, 5 & 11, 2020
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ
Website
Cost: $12 per child, $18 per adult
This is fun family event. Ride the Easter Bunny Train Ride and visit with Mr. E. Bunny on the train. Your ride will wind along the scenic Delaware River leaving from the Historic District of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The train will travel along the river to Carpentersville and our destination will be the site of the historic Lime Kilns. In front of the 150 year old Lime kilns is a beautiful little glade filled with Easter eggs! Once we arrive you can get off the train, take a picture with Mr. Bunny and gather 4 Easter eggs! On the train enjoy our banjo playing Hobo and a Juggler!.

Easter in the Park
Saturday, April 11, 2020 ( 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Weather Permitting)
Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
Ridgewood, NJ
Website
201-445-2600
Ben & Jerry's sponsoring their famous Easter Egg Hunt for 4-7 year old children. 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 11, 2020: 8:00 - 9:30am (Rain or Shine)
Liberty Hall Museum
Kean University
1003 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ
Website/Tickets
Fee: $10.00 for 1 child & 1 adult; additional adults are $5.00 each Reservations required, call 908-527-0400
Children will explore the grounds of Liberty Hall, searching for plastic eggs hidden throughout the landscape and filled with holiday treats. A surprise visit from the Easter Bunny caps off the event.

Heaven Hill Farm Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 11, 2020; Hunts are scheduled at: 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm
Heaven Hill Farm
451 State Route 94
Vernon, New Jersey 07462
Web Site
(973) 764-5144
Event Cost: Free Admission
This event features a celebration of the Easter saason wirh an Easter Egg Hunt. Join the Easter Bunny for a fun-filled day. The fields will be filled with eggs and with kids running wild. Also available carnival rides 11am - 4pm) , hayrides, face painting, gym mining, sand art, pony rides, and more. Find the special Golden Egg and win a prize!

Easter Brunch Cruise
Sunday, April 12, 2020; 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.

Central NJ 2020 Easter Events

Belmar Children's Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 4th, 2020; 11AM ( If it rains the Easter Bunny will hand out eggs in the Taylor Pavilion at 11 AM - 2 NOON()
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!
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

Sonny the Bunny's 7th Annual Colossal Carrot Adventure
April 4, 2020; 10am - 12pm
iPlay America
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
Web Site
info@iplayamerica.com
Event Cost: Free
Sonny the Bunny is back for the 7th Annual Carrot Adventure! There will be free pictures with Sonny the Bunny, a bunny trail you can hop along to collect eggs filled with treats, fun activities like face painting, photo booth, and crafts, Plus a raffle that includes grand prizes of an iPlay America Birthday Party for the kids and a piece of Diamond Jewelry from Jewelry Design Gallery for the adults! Pre-registration required! Ends April 2nd.

Easter Egg Hunts on the Farm
April 4, 5, 10, &11, 2010 : (11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm)
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr,
Robbinsville, NJ
609-818-1140
Website
Cost: $ 12.95 Per Participant (12 eggs per participant)
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.

Jenkinson's Annual Easter Parade
April 5, 2020: @ 1pm - 1:30pm
Ocean Ave.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
732-892-0600
Website
Leave your beach toys at home, you’ll only need your hands to dig away and find the eggs! The fun is open to children up to 10 years old, age groups will be in the following locations:
0-4 years – on the beach in front of the Aquarium
5-6 & 7-8 – on the beach in front of Frank’s Fun Center
9-10 – on the beach in front of the Amusement Park
Accessible/Special Needs Egg Hunt at Adventure Lookout Ropes Course (No Age Limit). 1pm start
Limit 3 eggs per child.

Palm Sunday Egg Hunt
April 5, 2020, 1pm - 3pm
Seaside Heights
800-732-7467
Website
The Seaside Heights Egg Hunt will have more than 10,000 eggs buried in the sands of the newly widened Seaside Height beach. The eggs will contain prizes from local Boardwalk merchants, such as free tickets for arcade play and Boardwalk stand treats.
Egg Hunt Beach Entrance Locations by age:
0-2: south of Hancock Ave., in front of Shake Shoppe (with the Easter Bunny)
3-4 south of Blaine Ave., in front of One-of-a-Kind
5-6: south of Sumner Ave. in front of Coin Castle
7-8: south of Hamilton Ave. in front of Lucky Leo’s
9-10: south of Lincoln Ave., in front of Beachcomber
Special Needs: Franklin Avenue by stage

Allaire Village Easter Egg Hunt & Festival
Saturday, April 11, 2020; 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
The Historic Village at Allaire Chapel
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Wall Township, NJ
732-938-5524
Website / Registration
Cost: $8.00+$1.39 Fee - Pre-registration recommended
A day of Easter fun for the entire family! This year we will have over 18,000 eggs on the village green. Hunts will take place every 15 minutes between 11:00 am and 4pm. Children will be grouped according to age, into the following categories: 0-1 (with an assisting adult), 2-3 (with an assisting adult), 4-5 (kids only, no adult assistance), 6-7 (kids only, no adult assistance), and 8-10 (kids only, no adult assistance). Each child can hunt for 6 eggs total. No more than 6 eggs will be allowed per child. Please realize the plastic eggs contain small toys not suitable for small children.

Bunny Chase
April 11, 12, 2020: 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 around the farm, discovering the spring! Wonderful for children ages 2 – 8 years. At the end of the hunt, bunny craft activities and meeting the real Terhune bunnies available for a $5 charge.Enjoy wagon rides around the farm and pony rides too. Hungry? Our Farm Food Tent will be filled with homemade goodies including donuts, pie, cookies, apple cider, soup, chili, salads, hot dogs and much more. Event is weather-dependent.

Asbury Park Annual Easter Day Parade
April 12, 2020; Easter Sunday @ 1pm
Asbury Park Boardwalk
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 2020 Easter Events

EggstravaganZoo!
Saturday, April 4, 2020; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, NJ
Website
609-465-5271
Free Admission
This free event will feature a visite by the Easter Bunny. Visitors will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with the popular rabbit – so bring your camera. The annual event sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders includes educational displays, scavenger hunt, crafts and live animal encounters. The event will kick off with an Easter Egg Hunt in the park from 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. The Easter Bunny will be busy packing lots of new and animal themed eggs along with more eggs than EVER before.

Cape May Easter Egg Hunt
April 11, 2020; 8:30am - 11am
Lafayette Street Park (Cape May City Elementary School)
Cape May, NJ
Website
Cost: Free
Age Group: Toddlers through 8 Years Old
The Kiwanis Club of Cape May presents their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children in the age groups toddlers through 8 years old are awarded prizes for finding the Golden Egg. Come out to meet the Easter Bunny! This is an annual traditional event for the club. 

Easter Kegg Hunt at Historic Cold Spring Village
April 11th, 2020: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9 South
Cape May, NJ 08204
Website
Cost: Free Admission
Hop on over and sign up to play! Start at the Brewery and ask a tasting room server for your answer sheet. Follow the directions to explore Historic Cold Spring Village for eggs. When you find an egg open it up and answer the question to move to your next clue. At the end, put your answers inside the Easter Kegg. One lucky winner with the correct answers will be drawn on EEaster, Sunday, April 12th. This lucky winner will get a Free Cold Spring Brewery Growler!

Children's Garden Brunch With Bunny
Saturday, April 11, 2020; 10:00am
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
Website
Cost: Adults $16, Children under 12 $25, Children under 2 $2
Children's tickets include: catered brunch, Garden admission, Easter Egg Hunt, printed picture with the Easter bunny, crafts & a ride on the Garden Carousel. Reservations must be made in advance.

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 12 PM (Rain date is Sunday )
On the beach at Lincoln Avenue
Wildwood, NJ
609.729.5501
Facebook page
Children ages 1-12 are invited to dig for eggs buried in the sand. Each egg contains a toy and a golden egg is worth a bigger prize.

Celebrate Easter at Storybook Land
April 11, 12, 2020:
Storybook Land
6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40 / 322)
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Website
(609) 646-0103
Storybook land is an exciting venue for children's entertainment and educational activities.
The Easter Bunny Visits Storybook Land on each of the two three days with an Easter egg hunt running continuously from Noon - 4pm.

Atlantic City Steel Pier's Easter Best Dressed Contest
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Steel Pier
Back of Steel Pier at the Ocean Reef Oasis Stage
1000 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08752
609-513-1690
Website
Registration: Noon - 2 pm; Contest Starts: 2:00 pm Sharp
Fun for the entire family. Features Ages Boy/Girl 0-12, Best Bonnet, and Best Dressed Family
Great Prizes! The Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures and goodie bag giveaways (while supplies last). There will also be a Buy One Get One FREE Ride Ticket Sale at all ticket-booths.

Easter Fashion Stroll
Sunday, April 12, 2020, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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.

Smithville Easter Parade
Sunday, April 12, 2020; 12- 5pm
Historic Smithville
615 E Moss Mill Rd
Smithville, New Jersey
Website
Put on your Easter best and stroll the Village in style! Awards will be given out for best outfits! Begins at The Smithville Inn. Colonial Easter Bunny will be strolling the village from 12- 5pm


Comments

Have a comment about what you just read! Leave a comment in the box below.