Long Island Easter Egg Hunts 2012

Egg Hunt Sign
(Credit: Achildgrows.com)

Calling all eager Easter egg hunters: Easter is upon us and before we know it the Easter Bunny will be hiding eggs for the children of Long Island to discover.

But what’s the deal with a bunny hiding eggs? It used to be forbidden for Catholics to eat eggs during the fast of Lent so Easter Sunday the Easter Bunny brings an abundance of eggs in celebration of Lent’s end. The Easter Bunny has been hiding eggs in the United States since the 18th century. If you’d like to join in on the tradition of participating in a Long Island Egg Hunt, there are a few different locations where the Easter Bunny will be tactfully placing pastel-dyed eggs. The following is a listing of upcoming egg hunts which are located throughout the island. Find one that is close to you, grab a basket and don’t forget your Easter bonnet!

Annual Easter Egg Hunt 
Presented by Oakdale Chamber Of Commerce
Date: March 31, 2012
Time: 12:00am – 2:00pm
Dowling College Great Lawn
150 Idle Hour Blvd.
Oakdale, NY
Come down to Dowling College where there will be thousands of eggs to find and hundreds of prizes! This event is BYOB, that is, bring your own basket. The Easter Bunny will be hoping around to take pictures! 

Presented by 94-X FM
Date: March 31, 2012
Time: 4 & under kids will start at 11:30am
5-8 year olds will start at 11:45am
9 and older will start at 12:00pm
3 Court House Drive
Central Islip, NY
FREE Admission
 Radio station 94-X FM is holding a free egg hunt on the same grounds where the Long Island Ducks play! Come join in all the festivities which include: bouncy rides, games, arts & crafts, food, live music and easter eggs galore! Quacker Jack and the Easter Bunny will also be in attendance. Registration begins at 8:30am.

 8th Annual Penguin Egg Hunt and Family Brunch
Date: April 7, 2012
Time: 10:00am
Long Island Aquarium And Exhibition Center
Riverhead, NY
Admission: Children 3-12 and Seniors 62+ $29.95 (Members $19.95); Adults $34.95 (Members $24.95); Children 2 and Under Free. All-day Aquarium Admission included with Brunch. Reservations Required.
Sick of the traditional egg hunt? Become part of something new at a Penguin Egg hunt! There will be prizes such as a free birthday party, arcade game cards, Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat tickets and Discovery Tower and Submarine Simulator rides. If you would like to make your day even more fun, call for reservations ahead of time and enjoy the family brunch. Tickets include all-day Aquarium Admission.

Annual Egg Hunt
Presented by Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Date: April 8, 2012
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Quogue, NY
Admission: $10.00 per child
 Stop by this egg hunt for some arts and crafts and then hop along the bunny trail while you search for eggs. Each child gets a gift!