Easter Bunny news 2022: Your guide to Staten Island egg hunts and more

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Check out these fun things in Staten Island this Easter while kids and adults are bustling with activity.

SATURDAY: 4K EGGS!

Catholic Charities staff and volunteers are planning what may be Staten Island’s biggest Easter egg hunt for this Saturday, April 16. The search will be launched for guests of a special brunch held in two places – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Reservations are required at a cost of $20 per ticket for adults and $30 for children. The money is considered a donation to Catholic charities. Tickets can be purchased at www.cc-si.org.

Admission grants one child and accompanying adults access to gourmet food, a basket of Easter goodies and photo ops with the Easter Bunny, as well as an egg hunt.

The egg hunt itself promises over 4,000 eggs to be found on the sprawling lawns of Mount Loretto with 20 golden eggs containing prizes.

The event has been successful in the past but, due to COVID, was suspended for three years.

“We are so happy to be back,” said Claire Atalla, acting CEO of Catholic Charities of Staten Island. “This event has become a tradition for so many families and we are thrilled to welcome them back to our campus this Easter.”

Proceeds will go to Staten Island Catholic Charity Programs.

In other food news at The Mount, The Food Truck Festival returns to The Mount on Friday June 10, Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12. The weekend will feature live music, beer and sangria gardens, and food trucks.

The drive-ins will take place at the Mont on weekends in August. And the Italian party is set for Columbus Day weekend with the return of the cannoli contest.

The Easter Bunny is coming to the North Shore at Empire Outlets in St. George. (Courtesy of Empire Outlets)

MR. BUNNY AND HIS FURRY FRIENDS ARRIVE ON THE NORTH SHORE

The Easter Bunny will make an appearance on Saturday, April 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Photos with the bunny and the little ones are encouraged.

Empire Outlets will also carry live bunnies for the enjoyment of children and their families. The interaction comes with free candies and balloon sculptures.

Find Bunny Man and his friends on level two near the “EO” flower arrangement on display outside Old Navy. The event is free.

Located at 55 Richmond Terr., Empire Outlets offers several dining destinations, including Filled Cafe, a Filipino restaurant, and Nacho Mama with its Caribbean-Latin-Vegan dishes in a collaborative space called MKTPL.

Other dining options at the beachfront shopping complex include Shake Shack, a hot dog and other pop-up food vendor, Wetzels Pretzels, Starbucks, a Chinese bakery and sandwich shop called Bake Culture, Hagen Daz, and Wasabi Steak and Sushi, the latter of which is a family restaurant with sit-down hibachi and casual fast food sushi to stay in or take out. The benches around Empire Outlets provide comfortable spaces for dining outdoors.

Easter egg hunts

Can you find the golden egg? The hunt is on at Mariners Harbor Grandview Big Park! (Staten Island Advanced File Photo)

EASTER EGG HUNT BY THE UNCLE CHASE AND BEAUTIFUL HEARTBEAT FOUNDATION

A longtime resident of Mariners Harbour, Charles “Chase” Gardner has been giving back to his community for over a decade. He started his annual golden Easter egg hunt over 4 years ago. He is called “Uncle Chase” because he takes care of his community as if they were family.

The free event runs Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and promises games, prizes and vendors. It is aimed at children from 2 to 13 years old.

“It gives me great pleasure and joy to give back to the community, supporting our community to build unity and positive community growth,” said Shaquana Perry, owner of Staten Island-based 3JsCreation Event Space and President of Beautiful. Heartbeats Inc., among the sponsors and organizers of the event.

Easter egg hunts

FLASHBACK TO 1980: Staten Island loves its egg hunts. More than 2,000 children of all ages showed up for an Easter egg hunt at the Staten Island Zoo in 1980. (Staten Island Advance File Photo)

THE HUNT IS OPEN ON THE DANIEL LOW TERRACE

Find the golden ticket to win an Easter basket on Saturday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children 0-10 are welcome at PS 16 at 195 Daniel Low Terrace in St. George for an egg hunt sponsored by the Uncensored House of Christ Worship and Suite. There’s free food and drink as well as bouncing houses, face painting, arts and crafts, a photo booth, and a live DJ. For more information on this free St. George event, go to CUHow.com or call the West Brighton Church at 845-883-8721.

Pamela Silvestri is editor-in-chief of Advance Food. She can be reached at silvestri@siadvance.com.

Alicia R. Rucker