Easter is coming, and you know what that means!
Eggs filled with chocolate! (As if they didn't have enough cholesterol already.)
While places like The Children's Museum of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Queens County Farm Museum, the Staten Island Zoo and the Bartow Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx offer holiday activities for a fee, there are still a few sites that allow kids to to get their Eggstravaganza on at no cost.
Unfortunately, the great Central Park Zoo Hunt is on hiatus.
But, you can try the 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Saint Albans Park in Queens on Saturday, March 30, from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
It's not merely an Easter egg hunt, but more of a street festival. There will be music, rides, food and a subtle push to enroll in Affinity Health Plan (after all, nothing is ever completely free).
A word of caution: Open to the public events can get very, very crowded, which leads to extremely long wait times and, consequently, squirmy, cranky kids. Another problem is that since there are no age limits, toddlers are at a disadvantage when it comes to school-aged kids swooping in and grabbing all the eggs - sometimes right out from under a little dude's nose. So if your kids are small, shy, or merely sweet-natured, you might want to prep them ahead of time. Tell them it's okay to collect their own eggs. They don't have to hand them over just because another kid asks. Or you just might want to join them on the hunt, and keep the older boys and girls at bay.
For more on the above, plus a round up of other locations where you can decorate eggs and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny himself, go to: http://redtri.com/nyc-easter-egg-hunts/