After a long, hard winter, Easter is finally here. Let’s ignore the snow banks, and think about all things springlike, shall we?
Easter fun around Boston includes a 5-day egg hunt, special meals, zoo deals, and, of course, chocolate (Peeps in a Puddle, anyone?). Discover 12 ways to celebrate the holiday in Boston and beyond.
For Five Days of Egg Hunting:
Keep your eyes peeled while strolling through the North End this week. Ten Easter eggs filled with prizes have been hidden throughout the Italian restaurant mecca. You have until Friday to find them. The 10 eggs contain gift cards to Pauli’s restaurant on Salem Street. However, the cards will only be honored until Saturday, so if you find one, be quick like a bunny and make reservations.
Pauli’s, 65 Salem St., Boston. www.paulisnorthend.com.
For Peep Lovers:
Admit it, you love these marshmallowy little buggers. And you’re pretty pumped when you see them in different colors or shapes. Say hello to “Peeps in a Puddle.’’ You’ll find Peeps and an array of other Easter goodies at Phillips Candy House, Boston’s oldest chocolatier, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. These special Peeps come dipped in either rich dark chocolate, smooth milk chocolate, or white chocolate.
Phillips Candy House, 818 William T. Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester & South Shore Plaza, 250 Granite St., Braintree. www.phillipschocolate.com.
For Ride Seekers:
If your happy place is a carnival full of lights and rides and food and fun, we’ve got the perfect Easter week activity for you.
Get in line for the Ferris wheel or rollercoaster, grab some fried dough, spend time with the animals in the petting zoo, and try your hand at a carnival game. It’s all happening at the Revere Spring Carnival, which opened March 26 and runs daily through April 19.
Showcase Cinemas, Route 60, Revere. Through April 19, Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. $25 wristband for unlimited rides. Here’s a $5 off coupon Good Friday Ride Special: Friday, April 3, $20 wristbands from 1 to 5 p.m. www.fiestashows.com.
For Puppet Enthusiasts:
Puppet Showplace Theater presents “Peter Rabbit Tales’’ by Tuckers’ Tales, a puppet company based outside of Philadelphia.
The show, recommended for kids age 3 to 6, takes children into the world of Beatrix Potter’s famous Peter Rabbit via puppets. Co-directors, folk musicians, and husband-and-wife team Tom and Marianne Tucker use scenery and turn-of-the-century costumes to enhance the show.
Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station St., Brookline. April 2 to 4. Thursday and Friday at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. $12 for guests, $8 for members. www.puppetshowplace.org.
For Curious George Fans:
Forget eggs. And forget bunnies. Think bananas and monkeys, and head over to The World’s Only Curious George Store in Harvard Square for the Great Banana Hunt.
Kids age 2 to 6 will listen to Easter stories and then hunt for Easter bananas throughout the store. It is rumored Curious George himself will join in.
For a Zoo Deal:
The early birds get the best deal at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo every first Saturday of the month when adults are charged a children’s admission price (a $6 savings at Franklin and $4 savings at Stone). Arrive between 10 a.m. and noon to snag the deal.
And if you head to the Stone Zoo Easter weekend, you’ll enjoy an Easter celebration to boot. The zoo will celebrate the holiday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Children will enjoy games, music, crafts by Michaels, and other fun surprises, as well as photos with the Easter bunny for a $5 suggested donation. The proceeds will benefit Stone Zoo.
Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. Saturday, April 4. $11.95 for adults and kids. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham, $10.95 for adults and kids. www.zoonewengland.org.
The Seaport Hotel is putting the focus on families this holiday. There will be an Easter buffet of pancakes, french toast, a chocolate fountain, and more (as well as leg of lamb, salmon, and other offerings for adults). Families will enjoy live entertainment by The Lance Houston Jazz Quartet, an Easter egg hunt, crafts by Samara Lamm of The Kid’s Place in Needham, and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself.
Seaport Hotel, One Seaport Lane, Boston. Sunday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $65 for adults, $16 for kids age 5 to 12, kids under 5 free. www.seaportboston.com.
For Bloody Mary Connoisseurs:
If you are the Bloody Mary type, head to Cask ‘n Flagon for the chance to build your own Bloody Mary with your Easter brunch. The Bloody Mary bonanza takes place at the restaurant’s Marshfield location.
The “Build Your Own Bloody Mary’’ menu is extensive. Top your drink with a garnish of chocolate-dipped bacon, a pulled pork slider, or spicy marinated string beans. What strikes your fancy for the rim? Bacon salt, lemon-pepper salt, or smoked salt and pepper?
Cask ‘n Flagon, 804 Plain St., Marshfield. Sunday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bloody Marys start at $7.95. www.casknflagon.com.
Forget the traditional Easter ham, and go Guatemalan this Easter at BOKX 109.
Executive Chef Israel Medina will cook roasted Pork shoulder tamales, an Easter tradition from his native Guatemala. The tamales are made with masa and fillings and are wrapped in leaves and steamed. They’ll be served with crunchy pickled green cabbage slaw.
Bokx 109, 399 Grove St., Newton. Sunday, April 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. $32. www.bokx109prime.com.
For a Jazzy, Bluesy Holiday:
Want to groove in your seat this Easter? Head over to The Beehive for a “Sunday Night Blues Series,’’ led by Bruce Bears, a 25-year musical veteran keyboardist and producer. Enjoy the blues from 8 p.m. to midnight. But live music will play all day. Eat brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to the sounds of The Steve Kirby Trio and The Fernando Huergo-Yulia Musayelyan Trio. An a la carte dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. to the sounds of Liz Tobias. Oh, and bring the kids, because there will be an Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny.
The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. Sunday, April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to midnight. Easter brunch $45 for adults, $18 for kids age 10 and under. A la carte dinner specials.www.beehiveboston.com.
For Panoramic Views of Boston:
Eat high above the city this Easter at the Top of the Hub Restaurant, and then take a complimentary walk on the Skywalk Observatory.
A four-course brunch and dinner will be served Easter Day. Choose from items such as eggs Benedict or lobster omelets for brunch or prime rib or salmon for dinner. All Easter guests will enjoy a complimentary visit to the Skywalk Observatory (a savings of $17), located on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower. On the SkyWalk, you’ll enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the Greater Boston area and beyond.
Top of the Hub Restaurant, 800 Boylston St., 52nd floor of The Prudential Tower, Boston. Sunday, April 5, brunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner 3 to 9 p.m. $67 adults, $30 children 12 and under. Kids under 3 are free. www.topofthehub.net.
For Brinner Eaters:
The Easter fun doesn’t have to end on Sunday. Head over to The Breakfast Club diner in Allston Monday night for a breakfast dinner — or brinner. The Easter-inspired menu will include deviled eggs, an egg-white omelet filled with grilled chicken, carrot cake pancakes, and a marshmallow Peep shake. If you can’t make it April 6 and love brinner, no worries. The diner will serve breakfast for dinner every Monday night through May. But we can’t promise you’ll get a Peep shake.
The Breakfast Club, 270 Western Ave., Allston. Monday, April 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. $35 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Purchase tickets.