Queens kids springing into Easter fun

This year, March may come in like a lion, but for kids in Queens, it will be going out like a bunny, thanks to a flurry of Easter events around the borough.

Oval at the Square

On Saturday, April 3rd, beginning at 1 p.m., the Bayside Hills Civic Association will hold its 2010 Easter Egg Roll, at Captain Dermody Square, 216th Street and 48th Avenue. The event will feature an appearance by the Easter Bunny, an egg rolling contest, egg coloring, a magic show and storytelling, with State Senator Frank Padavan as the guest reader.

Sponsors of the even include Queens Health Emporium and Liberty Mutual, which will be providing a pair of bikes to be awarded to the winners of the egg rolling contest, as well as refreshments for attendees..

Easter Bunny and Mr. Met!

In addition, the ninth annual Easter Egg Hunt Celebration will be held in St. Alban’s Park, in Jamaica, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 3rd.

The event, which is sponsored by Affinity Health Plan, WBLS Radio, and City Councilmember Leroy Comrie, offers hundreds of children the opportunity to celebrate the season, and enjoy a wide range of activities, such as pony rides, egg hunts, an egg decorating and coloring contest and arts and crafts, as well as free candy and healthy snacks, an appearance by Mr. Met and live musical performances emceed by WBLS radio personality Dr. Bob Lee.

The celebration is open to all children 12 years old and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Easter egg hunt will begin at 1:30 p.m.

For further information, contact Comrie’s office at 718-776-3700.

Back to the Barnyard

Also on Saturday, April 3rd from noon to 4 p.m., the Queens Farm Museum will hold its annual Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt in the orchard. Among the highlights of the afternoon will be encounters with Whiskers the Bunny. Kids can join in dancing the bunny hop, enjoy a hayride, or participate in a range of old-fashioned games, such as egg toss and egg rolling on the farmhouse lawn. Admission to the event is $5 per person.

The Queens Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway.

For further information, call 718-347-3276.

A Toast to Easter

On Easter Sunday, April 4th, beginning at noon, there will be a Czech-style celebration at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 28-19 24th Avenue, in Astoria. The event includes crafts, traditional foods to eat, music performed by a traditional Czech band, and entertainment by Czech and Slovak students.

For further information, call 718-274-4925.

For Tree Huggers and Others

On Saturday, April 10th, from noon to 3 p.m., the King Manor Museum, will hold a free Hands-on History event themed to spring: “Rufus and His Trees,” which highlights Rufus King’s love of trees (some of those on the property are 200 years old), and features family-oriented stories and crafts.

King Manor Museum is located at Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street. For further information, call 718-206-0545, extension 11, or log onto www.kingmanor.org.

Carnival Fun

It’s back to the Queens County Farm Museum on April 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., each day, for their children’s carnival, which will be held in the apple orchard, and which will feature carnival rides, midway games, food, hayrides, a petting zoo and a magic show.

Admission to the event is $9 per person, including rides.

Springtime Festivities

Finally, on Saturday, May 1st, from noon to 4 p.m., the scene shifts back to King Manor Museum, which will hold its spring festival. The free afternoon of fun – which will take place, rain or shine — includes a wide range of traditional activities, such as story-telling and season-appropriate crafts.