Easter Egg Hunts and Brunches in the Hudson Valley

Easter egg fun for the kids (and brunches for the grown-ups) in 2014

Photograph courtesy of Bear Mountain Inn

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

*Unless otherwise noted, all events occur on Saturday, April 19. Check each location for updated times and prices.

Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain
Find Easter eggs, enjoy a meal at Hiker’s Cafe, or relax at the Inn. 11 a.m. $8 parking. 845-786-2731; www.visitbearmountain.com

Circleville Park, Circleville
Look for Easter eggs and enter a raffle for two bikes to benefit the Brittany Miller foundation. Open to all children under 12. 10 a.m. 845-361-2422; www.townofwallkill.com

Easter Egg Exhibit, Schoharie
Apr. 4-20: Schoharie’s Easter Egg Exhibit returns after a 10-year hiatus. More than 5,000 hand-decorated Easter eggs depict a Viennese ballet, presidents of the United States, and Egg Brothers’ Circus. Also available are eggs decorated with folk-art, as well as jeweled egg boxes. The event benefits the rebuilding of the Schoharie Free Library, which suffered damage during Hurricane Irene. schoharielibrary.info/index.html

Fishkill Farms, Fishkill
Learn how to color eggs using natural dyes from fruits and veggies grown on the farm. Kids hunt for eggs throughout the farm and orchard, decorate them, and play with chicks, too. 12-3 p.m. 845-897-4377; www.fishkillfarms.com

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, Noth Salem
Come for the Easter egg hunt but stay for the face paintings, hay rides, and other activities for the kids. The grill will be on serving foods for guests from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Children can even play with the goats and baby chicks. 914-485-1210; www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com

Hidden Hollow Farms, Milan
Enjoy an open house from 2-4 p.m. and free pony rides with refreshments followed by an Easter egg hunt. 845-758-0619; www.hiddenhollowfarms.org

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall-on-Hudson
Offering a twist on the traditional Easter egg hunt, kids learn all about bunnies and then go on the hunt to find signs of these cuddly critters in the wild. Afterward, meet live rabbits at the museum and make a craft to take home. 845-534-5506; www.hhnaturemuseum.org

Party Zone USA, Middletown
Kids play on rides and inflatables, partake in the Easter egg hunt, enjoy meals, and play Lazer tag. $20. 845-343-7278; www.thepartyzoneusa.com

Royal Regency Hotel, Yonkers
For the hotel’s first annual Easter Eggstravaganza, join in the Easter egg hunt, enjoy face painting and dancing, and snap photos with your kids and the Easter Bunny. There will also be a buffet-style breakfast available for participants. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-royal-regency-hotels-1st-annual-easter-eggstravaganza-tickets-11239029239

Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Campbell Hall
Make like a bunny and hop the highest on an inflatable bounce house. All participating children receive candy, and special prizes are awarded to those who find the special eggs. 845-457-4910; www.orangecountynyparks.com

Vanderpoel House, Kinderhook
Meet the Easter Bunny and search for the eggs he left hidden on the property. Afterwards, pose for photos. 12 p.m. http://villageofkinderhook.org/calander.html

Veterans Memorial Park, Warwick
Visit the Easter Bunny while searching for all the egg he’s hidden throughout the park. Prizes awarded to the children who find the golden egg; proceeds benefit the Warwick Food Pantry (please bring at least one non-perishable food item). www.warwickfire.info

Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie 
Search for eggs in the park during this good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. 9 a.m. 845-471-1820

culture benedict
The Culture Benedict at Culture Café-Bar in Beacon

Easter Brunches

*Unless otherwise noted, all events occur on Sunday, April 20. Check each location for updated times and prices.

Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain
This brunch features a carving station, breakfast, a buffet, and dessert for the whole family. 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. 914-428-6868; www.benjaminsteakhouse.com

CJ’s Italian Ristorante, Rhinebeck
Brunch menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, pastries, sausage, bacon, salmon, fresh fruit, and a carving station. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15.95, $7.96 children, free under 6. 845-876-7711; www.cjsrhinebeck.com

Culture Café-Bar, Beacon
Open for brunch only. Enjoy Belgium Waffles Foster, Culture Benedict, and Baked Blitz Casserole, to name a few. 845-202-7800; www.culturecafebeacon.com

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

Gigi Trattoria, Rhinebeck
Easter brunch and lunch menu features classics like eggs Benedict and roasted leg of lamb, as well as unique plates (Good Morning Skizza™) and cocktails (Gigi Bloody Mary). 845-876-1007; www.gigihudsonvalley.com

New World Home Cooking, Saugerties
A breakfast buffet that offers not-so-traditional Easter dishes, like Big Mac ’n Cheese, Cuban pot roast, and the breakfast taco. An Easter dinner will be served in the evening. Brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner 4-9 p.m. $9.95-$24.95. 845-246-0900; www.newworldhomecooking.com

Nic L Inn Wine Cellar on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie
Easter kicks off this eatery’s Sunday brunch offerings; try open-air dining on the patio and $5 brunch punch. 11:30 a.m. 845-452-5649; www.nliwinecellar.com

The Rhinecliff, Rhinecliff
Enjoy a full brunch menu accompanied by songs by Elaine Rachlin. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for the kids and the “Grand Dessert” table. 845-876-0590; www.therhinecliff.com

Twisted Soul, Poughkeepsie
A complete breakfast buffet followed by dessert includes dishes like vanilla bean French toast, roasted chicken, and ham. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. seating. 845-454-2770; www.twistedsoulconcepts.com

Other Events:

Terrapin, Rhinebeck
Apr. 19: Chef Josh Kroner hosts a Taste & Talk with kids to learn all about eggs and how to cook with them. Grown-ups are welcome to hang out next door at the Red Bistro. For kids ages 8-12 only; must be accompanied by an adult. 1 p.m. 845-876-3330; www.terrapinrestaurant.com

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