Dust off your bunny ears and break out your baskets! Hudson Valley spots are ready to serve some serious Easter competition this year. From chocolate and rainbow eggs to 21-and-over events and Easter bunny photo ops, these hunts offer a little something for everyone, with proper social distancing in place to keep participants safe.
Maurer-Geering Park, Fishkill
April 2, (rain date: April 3) 12-3 p.m.
This Easter egg hunt is for children ages 10 and under. With vast, well-kept land, this Easter Egg event is popular for many Fishkill residents and others in the Hudson Valley. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so hurry because they sell out quickly. The fun-filled afternoon will include an Easter egg hunt, a two-by-two animal haven, a balloon artist, face painting, a bouncy castle, the artist’s corner, and Mr. B’s Hot Dog Truck.
Salesian High School, New Rochelle
April 2, 1-3:30 p.m.
If you are looking for a fun-filled Saturday before Easter rolls around, Salesian High School has your family covered. The Easter egg hunt will allow kids to run freely as it takes place on the high school campus. After collecting delicious sweets, children can stop to get a picture with the Easter Bunny. The cost of the event is $20 for the whole family.
Catskill Mountain Railroad, Kingston
April 9, 10, 16
All aboard the bunny express! If you and the family are tired of the traditional Easter egg hunt and festivities, this ride offers a great change of scenery. Each passenger will receive an individual bag of candy and can get pictures with the Easter Bunny. The railroad will use its open-air flat cars due for COVID-19 safety, so participants should dress warm. The train experience will be one hour of fun-filled scenery, pictures, and Easter festivities.
Hackett Hill Park, Hyde Park
April 9, 1 p.m.
Gather in Hyde Park for a free celebration of Easter in upper Dutchess County. A bunny trail winds through the calm and serene Hackett Hill Park, which is full of socially-distant festivities. Search for eggs carefully hidden along the Orange Trail and compete to win fun prizes. Kids can sit down in the park for a story time with the Easter bunny and then have an “egg roll” relay race on the soccer field.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, North Salem
April 9-10, 15-16
Harvest Moon’s Easter experience is incredibly scenic. The hunt takes place on a bucolic Hudson Valley farm and apple orchard. Children eight and under can hunt for eggs to fill their carton while wearing a special set of bunny ears. Speaking of which, everyone has a chance to visit with the Easter bunny himself. Tickets are available online for $18 per child and must be purchased ahead of the event.
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Liberty Ridge Farm, Schaghticoke
April 16, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Get close to some real animals for Easter at Liberty Ridge Farm’s iconic springtime celebration. There are two different ticket options available for guests, with one including an Easter brunch. While guests visit, they can hunt for eggs, take photos with the Easter bunny, shop for farm-fresh goodies at the farm market and bakery, and, of course, spend some time with adorable baby animals.
Ridge Runner Ranch, New Paltz
April 16, rain or shine
With a bag of candy in hand and a smile on their faces, kids can experience a variety of activities at Ridge Runner Ranch, which offers everything from pony rides to a festive egg hunt. Spots are currently open, and tickets are priced at $35 per participant.
Circle Creative Collective, New Paltz
April 16, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This event is a natural and environmentally-friendly twist on traditional egg dyeing. Working in the studio, participants will resist dye for the eggs using botanicals to get unique prints on each egg. Resist dyeing is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and a fun lesson to learn for adults and kids. The suggested donation for the event is $35 per adult and includes one free child up to the age of 12. After the event, participants will walk away with a dozen eggs to display for their Easter celebration.
Tymor Park, Lagrangeville
April 16, 10:30 a.m.
The Town of Union Vale Parks & Recreation holds four different Easter Egg hunts at no cost to participants. Families are required to sign up online for either the visually impaired Easter egg hunt, the sensory friendly egg hunt, the wheelchair accessible egg hunt, or the traditional egg hunt. Participants are asked to bring their own bags and baskets to pick up all their goodies.
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All One One All (AOOA) Farm, Goshen
Apr 16, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
For this event, you will get to see the farm animals and use eco-friendly products to decorate Easter eggs. To start, participants will visit the chickens, collect eggs, and explore the farm for natural dyes. Get creative because you can use any dye except paint for your eggs. At the end of the dyeing, take home your creations and enjoy your new skills. Registration in advance is required, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
April 17, 10:30 a.m.
Escape to the scenic Shawangunks at Mohonk Mountain House. The perfect spring getaway, resort stays during Easter weekend come with added twists: egg hunts. In addition, families can attend an event the day before to make their own Easter egg hunt bags. The festivities culminate on Sunday with a property-wide egg hunt. There’s a rumor that the Mohonk Easter bunny may just make an appearance.