Parents Guide

Easter Egg Hunts and Brunches in the Hudson Valley

Easter egg fun for the kids — and brunches for the grown-ups



Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner? Here are our favorite Easter egg hunts and brunches that are only a hop, skip, and a jump away (see what we did there?) from your home. Feel free to add any we missed in the comments box below:

Easter Egg Hunts

*Check each location for updated times and prices.

Egg Hunt at Poughkidsie Poughkeepsie
Mar. 20: Held rain or shine, this indoor egg hunt includes egg decorating, treat-filled eggs, and a pizza lunch. 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. Registration required. $16 per child. 845-243-3750; www.poughkidsie.com

Easter Egg Hunt at Bounce! Trampoline Sports Poughkeepsie
Mar. 25: Arrive early for this annual hunt for eggs filled with chocolate, prizes, and other goodies. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Reservations recommended. $10 covers one parent and one child ages 6 and under. 845-206-4555; www.bouncepok.com

Easter Egg Hunt at Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard North Salem
Mar. 25-26: Come for the Easter egg hunt but stay for face paintings, pony rides, bounce house, and other activities for the kids. Children can even play with the goats and baby chicks and snap photos with the Easter Bunny. Delicious grilled food and barbecue keeps hungry tummies at bay. $14. Registration required. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 914-485-1210; www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com

​Egg-Stravaganza at Fishkill Farms Fishkill
Mar. 26: During this Egg-Stravaganza, kids hop on hayrides, take educational nature walks, meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy face painting and seedling workshops, and hunt for eggs throughout the farm and orchard. Nosh on grass-fed burgers, cider, hot chocolate, and fresh cider donuts. Search carefully — golden eggs can be turned in for special prizes. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration required. $5 general admission, $5 additional for egg hunt. 845-897-4377; www.fishkillfarms.com

Orange County Spring Egg Hunt at Thomas Bull Memorial Park Campbell Hall
Mar. 26: Make like a bunny and hop the highest on an inflatable bounce house. Collect candy, meet the Easter Bunny, and receive prizes for finding special eggs. This event is free; big crowds are expected, so get there early. 11 a.m. Rain date is Mar. 27 at 1 p.m. 845-457-4910; www.orangecountynyparks.com

Easter Egg Hunt at First Baptist Church of White Plains White Plains
Mar. 27: Children from 2 to 12 search for more than 1,000 eggs across the church lawn. Assemble at 11:45 a.m. for 12 p.m. egg hunt. Easter service precedes hunt at 10:30 a.m.; Spanish service with Misión Bautista at 12:30 p.m. 914-949-5207; www.firstbaptistwhiteplains.org

Crown Maple at Madava Farms Dover Plains
Mar. 27: Nosh on brunch (details below), then hop on over to a traditional Easter egg hunt for kids 12 and under. $50, $30 children 12 and under; includes brunch. 845-877-0640; www.crownmaple.com

Family Fun Events

Storytime with the Easter Bunny at Jefferson Valley Mall Yorktown Heights
Mar. 19: Enjoy a yummy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, a bounce house course, balloon animals, crafts, and giveaways. This event is free; registration required. 8:30-10 a.m. 914-245-4688; www.facebook.com/events/588297164656870

Hippity Hoppity Bunnies at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Cornwall-on-Hudson
Mar. 26: Kids learn all about bunnies — specifically the native Eastern Cottontail — and then try to find signs of these cuddly critters in the wild. Afterward, meet live rabbits at the museum and make a craft to take home. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Registration required. $8, $6 children. 845-534-5506; www.hhnaturemuseum.org

terrapin lamb dish
Easter rack of lamb at Terrapin in Rhinebeck

Easter Brunches & Dinners

*Unless otherwise noted, all events occur on Sunday, March 27. Check each location for updated times and prices.

Anthony’s Pier 9 New Windsor
This international brunch buffet includes all-you-can-eat entrées of eggs Benedict, omelets made-to-order, seafood-stuffed sole, penne ala vodka, eggplant rollatini, and chicken Marsala; chive mashed potatoes; fresh vegetables; soups; salads; and hand-carved beef, leg of lamb, and country ham. You won't want to miss the dessert display, either. $27.95, $13.95 children. 1-4 p.m. 845-565-3390; www.piernine.com/event/easter-brunch-buffet-2016

Bear Mountain Inn Bear Mountain
This brunch features a carving station, breakfast, a buffet, and dessert for the whole family. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $44, $18 children 4-12, children under 4 free. $8 parking fee (cash only). 845-786-2731; www.visitbearmountain.com

Benjamin Steakhouse White Plains
The steakhouse offers both brunch and a three-course dinner, complete with oysters, lamb, prime rib, and dessert. Enjoy the view on the patio or relax indoors. Brunch 12-3:30 p.m., dinner 4-10 p.m. $65. 914-428-6868; www.benjaminsteakhouse.com

Crown Maple at Madava Farms Dover Plains
Easter offerings — made with the farm’s own fresh syrup — include assorted baked goods (like scones, cookies, and sticky buns), maple citrus glavlax, frittatas, glazed ham, pancakes, bacon, and potatoes. Grown-ups sip on complimentary mimosas and Bloody Marys while kiddies 12 and under enjoy a traditional Easter egg hunt. $50, $30 children 12 and under. 845-877-0640; www.crownmaple.com

Diamond Mills Tavern Saugerties
Baked goods, cheese, smoked fish, made-to-order omelets, pastas, desserts, and a carving station complete this extensive brunch menu. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $42, $18 children 12 and under, children under 4 free. 845-247-0700; www.diamondmillshotel.com/tavern/easter-brunch

nic l inn lamb dish
Pasta and lamb dish at Nic L Inn Wine Cellar in Poughkeepsie

Gavin’s Irish Country Inn East Durham
Hang out with the Easter bunny at this family-friendly brunch. Chow down on breakfast classics like pancakes, omelets, and sausage. 12-3 p.m. $9.95, $5.95 children. 518-634-2582; www.gavinsinn.com

Gigi Trattoria Rhinebeck
A Mediterranean brunch and dinner menu offers delectable dishes like fattoush salad, soup, pasta, rack of lamb with Middle Eastern herb couscous, and — of course — Chef Laura Pensiero’s famous trademarked Skizza. Brunch 11:30 a.m., dinner 4:30 p.m. 845-758-8060; www.gigihudsonvalley.com

New World Home Cooking Saugerties
This “resurrection” brunch offers a not-so-traditional Easter buffet, like Tex-Mex “Migas,” Creole crawfish quiche, and housemade corned beef and veggie hashes. Brunch 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner 4-9 p.m. $27.95, $9.95 children 10 and under. 845-246-0900; www.newworldhomecooking.com

Nic L Inn Wine Cellar Poughkeepsie
Easter specials kick off this eatery’s Sunday brunch and dinner offerings, in addition to the regular menu. Brunch 12-3 p.m., dinner 12-8 p.m. 845-452-5649; www.nliwinecellar.com

The Rhinecliff Hotel Rhinecliff
Enjoy a full brunch buffet — including roast beef, baked ham, salads, and dessert — accompanied by live music by the Bernstein Bard Trio. 11 a.m. $39.95, $19.95 children 6-12. 845-876-0590; www.therhinecliff.com

Terrapin Rhinebeck
Chef Josh Kroner prepares a feast of leg of lamb and seafood dishes in addition to the restaurant’s regular dinner menu. 12-8 p.m. 845-876-3330; www.terrapinrestaurant.com

Twisted Soul Poughkeepsie
Held at Vassar College’s Alumnae House, this complete breakfast buffet includes dishes like vanilla bean custard French toast, shrimp and grits, Mexican-inspired egg station, a waffle bar, dessert, and a separate cash bar. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations only. $34.95, $15 children 5-12, children 4 and younger free. 845-454-2770; www.twistedsoulconcepts.com

Zoila’s Restaurant Circleville
Mar. 25 & 27: Enjoy three-course, prix-fixe menus on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Friday’s menu features shrimp scampi, seafood risotto, salmon, and sea scallops. On Sunday, choose from baked ham, lamb shank, roast turkey, and strip steak. Both menus offer butternut squash soup, salad, and a variety of cakes. $50. 845-361-2222; www.zoilasrestaurant.com

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