Long Islanders celebrating Easter don’t have to travel far to revel in the festivities. LI has plenty of spring fests, egg hunts, visits from the Easter Bunny and yes, parades. Here is our annual listing of local events for the occasion. Happy Easter!
Eisenhower Park Egg Hunt
A great day of family-fun featuring bouncy rides, a magician, face painters, local team mascot appearances, live entertainment and pictures with the Easter Bunny! Plus lots of food, beverages and free activities! Egg hunts take place at 10 a.m. for children ages 4 and under; 11 a.m. for ages 5-8; and 12 p.m. for ages 9 and up. Tickets are required and can be picked up at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, NY Auto Giant, New York Life, The Original Wood Kingdom of Farmingdale, Trinity Lutheran School, Premier Care, The Dover Group, Fidelis Care and Renewal by Andersen. Eisenhower Park, Picnic Field 3X, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov Free. 9 a.m. March 28.
Lake Ronkonkoma Easter Egg Hunt
Participate in the fun tradition of an egg hunt and get a picture with the Easter Bunny! Lake Ronkonkoma Fire Department, 177 Portion Rd., Ronkonkoma. ronkonkomafd.net $8, 3 for $20. $10 DOS. 11 a.m. March 28. Rain dates March 29, April 4.
25th Annual Egg Hunt
Not only is there a fun egg hunt for the children but the Spring Bunny will be on hand to greet everyone as well. Prizes will be awarded to the children who find the “special eggs.” Orient Beach State Park, 40000 Main Rd., Orient. parks.ny.gov 1 p.m. March 29. **Event rescheduled from March 28**
22nd Annual Spring Egg Hunt
In addition to the hunt, there will be many activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, environmental crafts, a visit by the Spring Bunny and more. Egg hunts will begin every 15 minutes, starting at 12:15 p.m. Children will hunt for eggs in three groups: ages 4 and under, ages 5-6, and ages 7-9. Belmont Lake State Park, Southern State Parkway Exit 38, West Babylon. nysparks.com Free. 12 p.m. March 28.
Family Adventure: Egg-tacular
Meet some egg-layers that live right here at Connetquot! Then learn some new ways to color eggs, and finish with an egg hunt. Don’t forget to bring three hard boiled eggs! Connetquot River State Park Preserve, 3525 Sunrise Hwy., Oakdale. parks.ny.gov $4 adults, $3 kids ages 3-17, Kids under 3 free. 10-11:30 a.m. April 4.
Easter Bunny Breakfast
Come and enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny for children of all ages. Includes Egg Hunt, Bonnet and Basket Parade, Planetarium show. Reservations required. Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. vanderbiltmuseum.org Adults: $30, members $25; Children $18, members $15. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. April 4.
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is adding nature to Easter fun with an egg painting workshop for kids. Children will be able to inspect the refuge’s own egg and nest collection and then create their own nest filled with eggs. Be sure to bring along a smock or old shirt. Recommended for ages 5-12. Reservations required. Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue $5 per child. 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m., April 4.
Penguin Easter Brunch
Celebrate the spring season at the annual Penguin Easter Brunch. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast in the waterfront Sea Star Ballroom, the chance to make a special take-home holiday craft, and then leave time to enjoy the Aquarium, where the Penguin Egg Hunt takes place. Reservations required. Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com Adults $39.95, Children 3-12: $21.95, kids under 2 free. Seatings at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. April 5.
Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise & Easter Egg Hunt
Join your fellow Easter revelers for a wonderful Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise & Easter Egg Hunt filled with sweet treats. Easter Egg Hunt at the Park 30 min. prior to a three-hour brunch cruise across the Great South Bay, featuring large assorted buffet, open bar beer, wine & soda, dessert buffet with coffee & tea. On board Entertainment will be provided. Captain Lou Fleet & Sapphire Cruises, 11 Richmond St., Freeport. sapphireprincesscruises.com Adults $65, seniors $55, kids 14 and under $35, kids under 3 free. 12-3 p.m. April 5.
Port Jefferson Easter Parade
This old-fashion ‘Easter Bonnet’ parade is followed by an egg hunt on Great Lawn at Harborfront Park. Port Jefferson Village, portjeffchamber.com Free. 12-1 p.m. April 5.