Easter Holiday in NYC: Great Ideas from the Discount Detective
Spending Easter holiday in New York City? You’re in luck! If not, make
plans to do so! Why? You’ll find a vast array of cheap, discounted and free holiday fun. April showcases New York City bursting with cheerful spring flowers, brightly colored clothing, church bells pealing, delicious meals, and hymns wafting in the air. It’s the time to walk, stroll, and enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer. New York City has no shortage of Easter holiday fun. The temperature is more comfortable for spending time outside. So, let’s venture outdoors!
ANNUAL EASTER PARADE
On Easter Sunday, walk in or gawk at the Annual Easter Parade beginning at 10:00 am and running until 4:00 pm. This tradition dates back to the 1800s and the Civil War days when society ladies and gentlemen would parade their new Easter outfits after attending church. You’ll see unusual paraders with VERY unique bonnets stroll along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets. You will also enjoy seeing a myriad of pets in their Easter finest. There is always plenty of entertainment, beautiful floral displays, and, of course the Easter bunny! The best part is that it’s all FREE. It’s the perfect way to spend your Easter holiday!
TIP: The best place to watch is the area around St. Patrick's Cathedral.
EASTER HOLIDAY EGG HUNTS AND FESTIVALS
The Great Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
10 Desbrosses Street, between Hudson and Greenwich
Between Greenwich and Hudson Streets
The Lower Manhattan Community Church is sponsoring its annual free Easter Festival featuring
The Great Easter Egg Hunt! This event is especially fun for toddlers - 3rd graders. Games, prizes, crafts, face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny! FREE! Advance registration nneeded.
Carl Schurz Park Egg Hunt:Upper East Side
Saturday, April 8, 2017
11:10 am - 1:00 pm
Enter at East End Avenue and 87th Street
Continuous waves of Easter egg hunts beginning at 11:10 p.m.and running until 1:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy meeting the Carl Schurz Bunny! East Side West Side Music Together will entertain you while you are on line. Kids will receive an egg collection bag and glitter cheek, or hand stamp. Free and fun!
Children's Museum of Manhattan Annual Museum-Wide Easter Egg Hunt!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
10:00 am - 4:45 pm
212 West 83rd Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues
Price: Programs are free with museum admission($12)for children and adults.
Come and hunt for hidden images of Easter eggs featuring favorite Children’s Museum characters. Look high and low because you never know where they might be posted! Make sure to grab a scavenger hunt booklet and record where you spotted them. Bring your completed booklet to the lobby to collect your Easter prize! Recommended for all ages! Then, enjoy all this wonderful museum has to offer.
St. John the Divine Easter Egg Family Extravaganza
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm; and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cathedral of St John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Join everyone for the popular, annual egg decorating workshop! Children can create colorful patterns on their eggs with tissue paper, glitter, glue, and paint, and build a nest for decorated eggs with twigs, feathers, and clay. Please bring two hard-boiled eggs per child. Please note that this workshop does not include an Easter egg hunt. Recommended for children ages 4 – 8 years old. $10 per child, with accompanying adult. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly suggested for both the 10am and 2pm workshop as there is limited space in the workshop and can be made online using the link below or by calling (866) 811-4111. Check in at Visitor Center upon arrival.
April is official cherry blossom season in New York City. To celebrate these beautiful flowers and your Easter holiday, head to the The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. It’s worth the trip. Or, venture to the The Brooklyn Botanical Garden for a fine display of cherry blossoms and the Japanese tradition of Hanami, viewing the beautiful blossoms as they come to life. Did you know that The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has the largest collection of cherry trees anywhere, with the exception of Japan? Yup, it’s true. You can also view a beautiful display of cherry blossoms lining the footpath along the Central Park reservoir. While you’re there, take in the the Central Park Zoo.
NEW YORK AQUARIUM
New York City boasts one of the best aquariums in the United States. With the lovely spring weather, the New York Aquarium is a perfect option for the family, couples or just about anybody during Easter holiday! Click the link for hidden discount options, great visitor tips, and details to make your visit a perfect one.
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Tribeca Film Festival
April 19 - 30, 2017
Robert De Niro, Ja7e Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, New York City to stimulate economic revitalization of the lower Manhattan. The festival showcases hundreds of films premieres, often with the director or a cast member available for questions and insights. It’s an incredible opportunity not to be missed.
Take advantage of the many free events, family events suitable for kids under 8 years old, and the Family Street Festival. Log on to tribecafilm.com/family for all details.
Easter holiday is the perfect time for a walking tour. You can enjoy the sunshine while soaking up New York City’s history and lots of fascinating information. There is an almost unlimited supply of FREE and discounted tours from which to choose. Click here for my extensive list and tips.