Easter egg hunting is an urban activity as much as it's a rural one—just ask Brooklyn, New York. Come April 12, 2020, dozens of local businesses in this community-oriented borough will celebrate Easter with festivals, storytelling events, and visits from the folkloric rabbit himself.
From Williamsburg to Dyker Heights, chocolate bunnies, Robin Eggs, and marshmallow chicks will abound. Just remember to sign up in advance because these events tend to fill up fast.
Egg Hunt at Green Meadows Farm
The Aviator Sports and Events Center hosts an Easter egg hunt for the children of Brooklyn every year. In 2020, it will take place at Green Meadows Farm, a petting zoo that occupies Flatbush Avenue. The event will be spread over seven days—April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—and will feature Whiskers (the company's version of the Easter Bunny), hayrides, tractors (for the photo opp), games, and animals. Tickets cost $9 per person on the first two days and $10 on the last five days. They can be purchased via Eventbrite.
The environmental nonprofit organization Town Square's Spring Egg Hunt is perhaps one of its most popular celebrations of the season. This year, it'll take place at FourFiveSix, a hip Greenpoint lounge with ample outdoor space.
The egg hunt is BYOB (bring your own basket) and costs $20 per participant if you purchase tickets online at townsquarebk.org or $30 if purchased at the door. Proceeds will go toward the local Scout troops Pack 7 and Troop 26. 2020's egg hunt will feature crafts, face painting, music by AudraRox and Rock’n’Lolo, cocktails, mocktails, and a photo booth. It'll take place, rain or shine (bring an umbrella if you must), at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.
Former State Senator Marty Golden is responsible for starting a new Brooklyn tradition, the senator-led Easter egg hunt. In 2020, Senator Roxanne J. Persaud will be hosting the now-annual event at Canarsie Park. According to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, there will be games, giveaways, light refreshments, and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny because what would an egg hunt be without him?
The event is free and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 are welcome and encouraged to bring their own baskets.
For the fourth consecutive year, the beautiful Evergreens Cemetery—a historic estate adorned with lush evergreens—will be hosting its Easter Eggstravaganza, featuring not only a scavenger hunt but also a magic show, a petting zoo, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and more. The event will take place from 2–4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2020, with the two egg hunts happening at 2:30 and 3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own baskets. The event is free, but you can RSVP in advance via Eventbrite.
Attend a Do-It-Yourself Egg Hunt in Public Parks
With more than a dozen different parks to choose from, there's no shortage of green space in Brooklyn in which to hold a DIY Easter egg hunt. You can independently head to Prospect Park, Fort Greene Park, Owl's Head Park, or any other playground or green space and make your own fun. Other, smaller community organizers will also be hosting their own egg hunts, so be sure to check local calendars and neighborhood publications for a more extensive list of upcoming Easter celebrations.