Mav’s Fab 5 – March 26th, 2013

This month we are celebrating all things Easter!!  Read on for the dish on the Easter egg hunts, adult Easter festivities and Easter arts and crafts that we are most excited for!

Egg/Scavenger Hunts
our 5 picks

Spring Egg Hunt
The Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main St.
Flushing, New York 11355
(718) 886-3800
www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/03/30/spring-egg-hunt-at-queens-botanical-garden

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting its first ever Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30th, from 11am-2pm.  The Easter Egg Hunt will take place in the crabapple orchard and will be followed by arts and craft activities and a special appearance from the QBG mascot Flora the Flower.  Don’t forget to bring the kiddies in your life, we know it’s nostalgic but you’ll look pretty funny trying to participate without them!  It’s only $5 per person for entry to the garden, so bring your basket for egg collecting.

Spring Eggstravaganza
The Queens Zoo
53-51 111th St.
Flushing, NY 11368
(718) 271-1500
www.queenszoo.com/plan-your-trip/events-calendar/easter-egg-hunt.aspx

Lions and Tigers and…..Bunnies, oh my!  Ok, we know that’s not how Dorothy and her crew famously chanted it but if you come down to the Queens Zoo over Easter weekend, bunnies you shall see!  Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st from 11am-4pm the zoo is holding its annual Spring Eggstravaganza.  This year the scavenger hunt will be followed by arts and crafts, pictures with the Easter Bunny and demonstrations featuring the zoo’s Flemish giant rabbits, Ruby, Herman and Olivia.

Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt
The Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY 11004
(718) 347-3276
www.queensfarm.org/events.html

Dust off your dancing shoes and come Bunny Hop with us down at The Queens County Farm Museum on Saturday, March 30th from 12pm-4pm!  If the Bunny Hop is not your thing, there will also be an egg toss and opportunities to take pictures with “Whiskers” the bunny.   Easter Egg Hunts will be ongoing throughout the day, so come whenever you like, when you’ve finished your hunt you can visit with the farm animals or go for a hayride!  Admission is $5.

Bohemian Hall Beer Garden
29-19 24 Avenue
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 274-4925
www.bohemianhall.com

This is the perfect compromise for adults and children alike!  Sunday, March 31st, at 1pm Bohemian Hall Beer Garden is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt, egg painting, face painting and more for the kiddies, with plenty of Czech delicacies and artisanal beer for the adults.  Experience NYC history, The Bohemian Hall Beer Garden is the last original remaining beer garden in all of NYC!

Affinity’s Easter Egg Hunt 2013
St. Albans Park
Merrick Bl, 173 Pl, Sayers Ave
Queens, NY 11433
(888) 543-9070
www.affinityplan.org/EggHunt/

This is the largest Easter event in all of NYC!  Saturday, March 30th, from 12pm and going to 5pm enjoy free snacks, amusement rides, games and of course an Easter Egg Hunt!  WBLS radio personality Bob Lee is hosting and there will be live performances from child stars Breje and Troi Zee.  After all those marshmallow Peeps and Jelly Beans you can stop by the Health Plex station on site.   The major dental program provider will be handing out free toothbrushes and offering free dental screenings for children!

 

Adult Easter Fun
our 5 picks

Brunch at Park Avenue Spring
100 E 63rd St. (at Park Ave)
New York, NY 10021
(212) 644-1900
parkavenyc.com/spring/

This Park Avenue restaurant concept has recently made its transformation from winter to spring.  The imaginative restaurant changes its menu, décor and name to correlate with the current season.  The spring installation is the result of collaboration between restaurateur Michael Stillman and the award winning design firm AvroKO ( of Public and Stanton Social).  The spring décor is inspired by a classic English garden and is highlighted with wild, raw-vegetation and materials.  We can’t wait to check it out and think Easter Sunday brunch is the perfect way to ring in the Spring!

Ridgewood Social’s Easter Egg Hunt (for adults!)
Mafera Park
39 65th Place
Ridgewood, NY 11385
www.ridgewoodsocial.com

On Saturday, March 30th, Ridgewood Social will be hosting an adult Easter Egg Hunt starting at 3pm.  Mafera Park is accessible via the M line and they request that you RSVP in advance of the hunt.   Come down and search for plastic eggs filled with “adult things.”  They don’t go into specifics on the “adult things” except to entice with alcoholic candy.  Our curiosity is definitely piqued, how about you?!

Pysanky – Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating Workshop
The Ukrainian Museum
222 E 6th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-0110
www.ukrainianmuseum.org/workshop.html

Come learn the decorative Ukrainian art of Pysanky!  The Ukrainian tradition of decorating pysanka (egg) dates back to antiquity.  The pysanka was perceived as the source of life, and the symbolic motifs and colors were implemented for social and religious occasions.  In this workshop you will learn more about the fascinating history of pysanky and get to try your hand with dyes, beeswax and a stylus to create traditional Ukrainian designs.  The workshops are offered on Saturdays and Sundays, but times and availability varies, so check out the website or give them a call.  The cost ranges from $5-$15.

Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise
Bateaux New York
Chelsea Piers
23rd St. and Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10011
(866) 817-3463
www.bateauxnewyork.com/New-York/easter-lunch

Celebrate this Easter Sunday in style with a Champagne Brunch Cruise.  The cruise will board at Chelsea Piers at 11:30 am and will last until 2:30pm.  The price is $64.90 and includes a plated brunch, music, dancing and the dazzling sights of NYC.  We can’t think of a better way to welcome in Spring than a lovely afternoon on the water.  There is special pricing for children, if you decide to make it a family affair.  Make sure you book your tickets in advance to guarantee your spot.  We’ll raise a glass to that!

Bossa Nova Brunch Sundays
SOB’s
200 Varick St, Basement
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-4940
Sobs.com

This is definitely not your conventional Easter Sunday Brunch!  Bossa Nova Brunch takes place at SOB’s every Sunday, but we think it would be a fabulous way to spend our Easter Sunday this year.  This Brazilian influenced brunch promises to make you feel like you are in a tropical paradise, it includes an open sangria bar and music from a live 3-piece Bossa Nova band.  Brunch is prefix only $28.99, for 3-course brunch, sangria bar, and live music.  Why not enjoy your Easter feast with a twist!

 

Easter Arts and Crafts
our 5 picks

Easter Egg Decorating Class and Brunch
The Peninsula
700 Fifth Ave. (at 55th St.)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 956-2888
www.peninsula.com/New_York/en/default.aspx#/New_York/en/Enticements/Easter/

This is the perfect Easter Weekend destination for families looking for a more traditional experience.   The Peninsula is holding an Easter Egg Decorating Class, March 30th, from 12pm-2pm.  Each participant will have the opportunity to decorate their very own chocolate Easter egg with the help of the hotel’s culinary team.  A child-friendly version of The Peninsula’s famous Afternoon Tea will be served complete with hot cocoa, finger sandwiches and a candy station.  There will also be an adult Afternoon Tea available.  To further complete this Easter experience the Easter Bunny and The Peninsula’s Peter Bear will be on hand to help children with their decorating.  The price for this event is $85 per person, well worth it for such a special experience!

Cupcake Kids – Bunny Cupcakes
TasteBuds Kitchen
109 W 27th St, 10th Fl
New York, NY 10001
(212) 242-2248
Tastebudskitchen.com

Hop on down and bake some bunny cupcakes!  On the Saturday morning of Easter weekend, come by TasteBuds Kitchen at 9 am for a bunny cupcake making class.  This is the perfect Easter activity for your little ones (the suggested age range is 2-8).  This $45  class is an hour long and the kids will learn how to decorate their cupcakes to resemble everyone’s favorite Easter mascot, the bunny!

Dinosaur Egg Decorating & Egg Hunt
Bank St Books
610 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
(212) 678-1654
www.bankstreetbooks.com

On Easter Sunday at 2pm, the Bank St. Book Store will be hosting a prehistoric Easter.  Stop in to decorate dinosaur eggs and participate in other fun dinosaur-themed crafts.  There will also be a dinosaur egg hunt, so come ready to search for eggs in the nooks and crannies of the bookstore and then stick around and get your read on!

Easter Activities at CMOM
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building
212 W 83rd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 721-1223
www.cmom.org

This Easter weekend The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is hosting a bonanza of Easter arts and crafts.  Both Saturday and Sunday bring the kids down from 10am-4pm so they can make a creative Easter collage or design their own Easter eggs.  There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt and children will receive a special Easter prize!  The price of participation is free with museum admission so don’t miss out on the fun!

The Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival
Fifth Ave (49th-57th St)
New York, NY 10022
www.nycgo.com/events/easter-parade-and-easter-bonnet-festival1

Everyone should experience The Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival!  This is the least organized of NYC’s Parades as it consists of New Yorkers wandering the streets in festive Easter getups complete with fancy Easter bonnets.  This year, we suggest you get your family together for an Easter Bonnet making party and then take them out for exhibition in The Easter Parade!  Here are some fun websites that may be of help,

www.allfreecrafts.net/156/how-to-make-an-easter-bonnet/

www.goodtoknow.co.uk/family/522463/make-your-own-easter-bonnet

Happy Crafting!

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