Easter Picks

Easter is a joyful observance for many. As a holiday season, it goes hand in hand with spring and conjures images of chocolate bunnies and frolicking children. Take a look at our Easter ideas and we hope you find something to enjoy with family and friends.

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Easter Egg Hunts

Pier Village, Long Branch,
Ocean Avenue & Laird Street. Saturday, April 11. 11am-2pm Info: 732-923-0100 or Click Here

Ocean Grove, Saturday, April 11. 11am-2pm at the Main Avenue Beach. Info: 732-774-1391 or Click Here

Freehold, Saturday, April 11. 10am sharp at the Saint Rose Of Lima Playground on Lincoln Place. For more info Click Here.

Wildwood, The Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt. Saturday, April 11. On the beach at Lincoln Avenue at Noon. Children ages 1-12 are invited to dig for eggs buried in the sand. Each egg contains a toy and a golden egg is worth a bigger prize. Rain date 4/12/09 Info: 609-729-5501

Lakewood -- Baseball and a Easter Egg Hunt! The Lakewood Blue Claws Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 12 (Immediately after their 1:05 pm baseball game). 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood. One of the largest Easter Egg Hunt's in New Jersey. After the game, children ages 12 and under with their parents will be allowed on the field to hunt for countless Easter Eggs. The eggs will contain various prizes, including candy and Blue Claws related items. Info: 732-901-7000

Egg-ceptional Ideas

Blow your own glass Easter Egg at Hot Sands in Asbury Park or choose from ready-made eggs in their Gallery. A 20 minute Walk-In activity and $30 includes everything. No appointment necessary, just come by Fridays-Sundays 1-7 pm, but remember, any glass blown by you needs to cool for 2 days...so plan ahead! For more info Click Here >

Spring Egg-stravaganza at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center. Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12 (time: on-going) Stop in and follow the egg-cellent clues to help mama blue bird find her babies.

Bunny Chase at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. Saturday and Sunday, April 11th and 12th, from 1 - 3:30 pm A free, fun event for families with kids. Follow the treasure hunt clues and find a spring surprise at the end of the hunt! Wonderful for children ages 2 – 8 years. Each child can make a bunny to take home; everyone can enjoy a Terhune Orchards bunny cookie. Event is weather-dependent. Info: 609-924-2310

Wildwood Opening Day Celebration Sunday, April 12, On the Boardwalk at 23rd Ave North Wildwood. 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Morey's Piers opening day coincides with celebrating Easter and fun for the kid in all of us including rides, food, entertainment and an Easter Egg Hunt. Info: 609-729-3223.

How to Help Your Neighbors in Need this Easter

Langosta Lounge Restaurant in Asbury Park, (featured in our Easter Brunch section) in conjunction with Feeding Friends, will be holding a soup kitchen Easter Sunday starting at 4:30pm. You can help by dropping off prepared foods all weekend up until 4pm Sunday.

Needed items include hams, turkeys and side dishes delivered in re-heatable disposable containers (monetary donations are also appreciated). Local school children have made Easter bags to give to children that attend the meal. This effort will feed over 1200 needy people and the organizers will stay until all those in need receive a hot meal. For more info, contact Pat Sherman at 732-988-6593 or by email at pats@njrideagainstaids.org More... For Directions to Drop Off Food Click here GO >

Parades and Promenades

Asbury Park Easter Parade Sunday, April 12. Parade begins at 1:30 on the boardwalk at the Paramount Theater. In the event of rain, it will be held in Convention Hall.

Point Pleasant Beach Easter Parade Sunday, April 12, at 1pm on the Boardwalk. Registration: 11:30am – 12:30pm in Front of Joey Tomatoes. Categories Include: Family, Best Bonnet, Float, Twins and Cutest Boy/Girl up to 12 Years (You must participate in the parade to be eligible for prizes.) Info: 732-899-1659 or Click Here.

Historic Smithville Easter Parade Sunday, April 12. Info: 609-652-7777

Seaside Heights Annual Easter Promenade. Sunday, April 12, 12 noon, on the boardwalk. Come out and show off your Easter finery. Flowers distributed by Mayor and Council. For more info Click Here.

Ocean City - Easter Fashion Promenade Sunday, April 12, 1pm, at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Come dressed in your Easter’s best to stroll in our Fashion Promenade and meet the Easter Bunny. Info: 609-525-9300

Easter Brunches

Jazz Brunches

Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park on the boardwalk offers "Vacation Inspired Cuisine". There is a vibrant energy in this upscale casual establishment that will also offer a prix fixe menu Easter Sunday in addition to their unique brunch items. There will be live jazz throughout brunch. After brunch, the restaurant will turn itself into a soup kitchen to feed those in need. See below.

Buffet Brunches

The Mill at Spring Lake Heights will have an extensive buffet served in a beautiful rustic lakeside setting. There will also be a dinner buffet.

In neighboring Spring Lake, enjoy an upscale buffet at the landmark Breakers on the Ocean. There will be live piano music all day.

Bunny Brunches

A breakfast buffet with the Easter Bunny will be held at Branches in West Long Branch from 9am-10:30am. Price includes balloon artist, candy table and a picture with the Easter Bunny. There will be a regular buffet brunch from 10am - 2pm.

Historic Smithville Easter Bunny Breakfast. Saturday, April 11. Info: 609-652-7777

Budget Brunches

Would you rather stay casual and hit the beach, the boardwalk, or the local skatepark across the street after filling up on a hearty breakfast? Head over to Amy's Omelette House. They have some of the best omelettes and pancakes around and everything but the price is large -- the dining area, the menu, and the portions! Located in Ursula Plaza at 444 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch. Phone: 732-222-1206.

The Downtown in Red Bank will have their regular Brunch menu -- $12 includes coffee or tea, a breakfast cocktail such as a bloody mary or mimosa, and one of their brunch entrees.

Boat Cruise Brunches

Easter Lunch Cruise Celebrate the holiday aboard the Spirit of New Jersey with a plentiful buffet, engaging DJ entertainment, dancing and a totally festive celebration! For endless views and cruising fun, jump aboard a vibrant Easter Cruise and enjoy the day from the most unique perspective! Each Cruise Includes: Fantastic Easter Buffet, Dancing to our DJ’s Top-40 Hits, Spectacular views of the world's greatest skyline. Sailing from Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, NJ. For more Info call 866-483-3866 or visit their Website.