Bunnies, breakfasts and bonnets — and don’t forget the eggs. There are plenty of Easter-related events on deck throughout South Jersey this weekend, ranging from the traditional fashion promenades, plenty of bunny visits and even a little decoupage egg crafting.
Breakfast with the Bunny, Easter Fashion Contest at Steel Pier
Steel Pier’s famed Easter events continue this weekend with a special pancake breakfast with the Easter bunny 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19.
Cost for the breakfast with a beverage is $10 for children 12 and younger, $6 for adults. The bunny will also be on hand on Easter Sunday, April 20, to give away treats at 1 p.m. The famed Best Dressed Easter contest begins 2 p.m., with registration taking place noon to 1:30 p.m.
All Steel Pier rides will be open throughout the weekend. Reservations are being taken for breakfast with the bunny but are not required.
Steel Pier is located at 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Call 609-345-4893 or go to SteelPier.com.
Ocean City Egg Hunt, Sunrise Easter Service, Fashion Promenade
Where else can you find 180,000 eggs filled with candy and toys? Ocean City’s annual great Easter egg hunt — the second of two hunts this year — will take place 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, on the beach between 11th and 13th streets.
The egg hunts will be divided into five age groups. Children 2 years old and younger and 3-year-olds will hunt for eggs on 11th Street in separate sections. Children ages 4 and 5 will hunt at 12th Street in separate sections and 6- and 7-year-olds will hunt at 13th Street. Only children 2 and younger may have an adult accompany them into the egg hunt area. Rain date is Sunday, April 20.
Ocean City’s annual sunrise Easter service will be held 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20, at the Music Pier, located at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Easter fashion promenade competition begins at 1 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. Fashion promenade categories include Best Woman, Best Man, Best Family, Best Teens, Girls and Boys, Best Bonnet, Most Unusual Bonnet and Children. The Easter Bunny will be present to pose for photos and present chocolate bunnies to children.
Call 609-525-9300 or go to
Egg Hunts, Easter at Morey’s Pier
The Wildwoods are celebrating an Easter weekend filled with family events Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20. On Saturday, families can choose between two Easter egg hunts — both starting at noon. On the beach in North Wildwood at 19th Avenue, children 11 and younger can hunt for eggs and gather candy and prizes during the Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Just a few blocks down the beach at Lincoln Avenue in Wildwood, children under 12 can participate in the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt for eggs containing toys by digging in the sand to find them. There will be one “golden egg” that will contain a bigger prize.
On Easter Sunday, Ed’s Funcade Easter Egg Hunt in the Hay will take place on the boardwalk at 23rd Avenue in North Wildwood from noon to 1:30 p.m. Children 12 and younger can hunt for eggs and will have the chance to win prizes. Participation is free.
Morey’s Piers will host its opening day and Easter celebration Sunday, with events for the whole family at Mariner’s Landing from noon to 5 p.m. Visit the Easter Bunny at the Parent’s Pavilion and enjoy strolling entertainment including stiltwalkers and jugglers. Face painting will be available 1 to 5 p.m., and children 12 and under can pick an Easter egg for a chance to win prizes.
For more information, call 800-992-9732 or go to
Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ in Hammonton
The Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton will celebrate Downtown Hammonton’s Easter Eggstravaganza with decoupage Easter eggs 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 18. Children can decorate Easter eggs with colorful tissue paper, meet the Easter bunny, have storytime, go on a scavenger hunt and dance the bunny hop. There will be crafts, games, prizes and giveaways.
All activities are free. Call 609-561-8006 or go to NoyesMuseum.org/Hammonton.
Cape May Easter Egg Hunt, Fashion Stroll
The Kiwanis Club of Cape May will sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt, in conjunction with the City of Cape May, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19. The hunt takes place on the grounds of the Cape May Elementary School playground on Lafayette Street in Cape May.
There will be two categories — preschool to kindergarten and first to second grades. Special prizes will be awarded to finders of the “golden eggs.”
Cape May’s annual Easter Fashion Stroll takes place on Sunday, April 20. The Washington Street Mall serves as the runway where contestants of all ages can model their Easter finery. Mall merchants will celebrate the event with ribbons, prizes, treats and gift certificates. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures and hugs, and will be giving out free jelly beans courtesy of The Original Fudge Kitchen. The Cape May Dairy Queen and The Original Fudge Kitchen will provide free ice cream for all children who are contestants.
Registration begins at noon near the Rotary Clock at the 300 block of the Washington Street Mall. Contestants start strolling at 1 p.m. Children’s categories include: ages 3 and under; 4 to 6; 7 to 9; 10 to 12; 13 and up; and best children’s Easter bonnet. Adult and family categories include Best Dressed Lady; Best Dressed Man; Best Dressed Couple; Best Dressed Family; and Best Adult Easter Bonnet. Awards will be given to the first, second and third place contestants in all categories.
The Parish Hall of Our Lady Star of the Sea on Ocean Street (located behind the church) will be the inclement weather site.
Call the Cape May City Department of Tourism, Recreation and Civic Affairs at 609-884-9565.
Laureldale Fire Company Egg Hunt, Flower Sale
Enjoy a family egg hunt and purchase holiday flowers to support the Laureldale Fire Company. The volunteer fire department’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at the fire house, located at 2657 Route 50 in Hamilton Township. The egg hunt is for children 10 and younger and all participants receive a goody bag. Special eggs at the hunt will include prizes. The department’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual Easter flower sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 18, and 10 a.m. until sold out Saturday, April 19. Call 609-965-4639.
Absecon Lighthouse offers spring break hours
Looking for something fun and fit to do with the kids on spring break? Absecon Lighthouse, normally closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Monday, April 28.
The last climb is at 3:30 p.m. Admission to climb the 228 steps to the top is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 4 to 12 and $3 for Atlantic City residents. Active military are invited to climb for free. Dogs on leashes are welcome to tour the grounds and museum.
Normal business hours will resume on May 1, with the lighthouse being open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.
Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City. Call 609-449-1360 or go to AbseconLighthouse.org.