Photo: Lewis H. Latimer House

Talk about a busy bunny!

Organized, non-religious Easter events will pop up all over the borough this weekend, and the fun includes everything from traditional egg-coloring to rock-climbing.

Queens Botanical Garden will go first with Evening Cocktail & Craft in Flushing on Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m. An adults-only event with spring-inspired alcoholic drinks, participants will learn about plant-based dyes and crafting botanical patterns. Admission is $18 and RSVP is required.

The next day, March 30, is rather quiet, except for Bunny Photos at Queens Center, where a well-dressed hare will be on the third floor between Champs and Pretzelmaker from 1 to 9 p.m. The event will repeat on March 31, but the Rego Park shopping center will be closed on April 1.

The Flushing shopping and dining complex Queens Crossing will host Hoppy Easter on March 31 at 3 p.m. This annual spring festival has a competitive aspect with an Easter Egg painting contest with prizes for the winners. The local AKF Dance Studio will perform as well. Admission is $10 and includes painting kits, gift bags and coupons.

The Shastye Art Gallery and Play Space will offer a creative celebration on March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. Instructors at the Astoria venue have made papier-mâché eggs and hidden them at local businesses. One ovoid contains a coupon for a $550 birthday party at Shastye.

Meanwhile over in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens Zoo will organize hunts, photos, and crafts in half-hour segments on March 31 and April 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Connection Church will organize two Hunt the Egg events — at Astoria Park and the Woodside Houses — on March 31 from noon to 1 p.m. The free events will include rabbit photos, coffee and an infant comfort station.

And then for something totally different, a bunny squad will be at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge to help participants complete climbing and fitness challenges on March 31. The $20 price tag entitles purchasers to eggs, prizes, surprises and tote bags.

The fun will wind down on April 2, when the Lewis H. Latimer House throws its traditional egg hunt in its garden at 3:30 p.m. It’s free, but RSVP is required.

Lewis Howard Latimer, who lived from 1848 to 1928, was an African-American inventor who drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. He also helped found the New York Unitarian Church. His landmarked wood-frame Flushing home features Queen Anne style architecture.

A Tough Ticket

The borough’s biggest event, the annual Barnyard Egg Hunt at the Queens County Farm Museum, is set for March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the 47-acre Glen Oaks property fills with basket-carrying youngsters. The hunts will be divided into age categories and will unfold in the orchard throughout the afternoon, along with egg-tossing and egg-rolling games. The perennially popular Whiskers the Bunny will bounce around, looking for photo opportunities. And of course, the farm animals will be there. Admission is $10, but tickets are sold out. The best way to gain entry is via info@queensfarm.org.


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