Recharging the Family Spirit this Spring

The upcoming Easter and Passover holidays remind us of the importance of spending time together with family, friends and those closest to our hearts. Creating memories over old rituals – and activities that may inspire new traditions – are very much at the core of meaningful holiday expression.

The first night of Passover coincides with Good Friday – April 3 – and Easter is Sunday, April 5. For many children, school will be closed for a week-long break; grown-ups might also extend the holidays into a long weekend. With several days off and away from the regular routine, New York City’s spring awakening – when freezing temperatures subside and flowers start blooming – is the ideal stage for much-appreciated family fun. So, if your schedule allows, consider spending a few days with us to recharge the family spirit. We always welcome the opportunity to be your host any time of the year.

In keeping with tradition (one that dates back to the 1870s), the annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Manhattan takes place April 5 starting at 10 am. Heading north on Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street, the parade showcases the pageantry of spring colors and vibrant flowers – carefully balanced atop people’s heads!

There are various Easter egg hunts throughout the city – and all promise good times and yummy chocolate. Check out the hunt at Central Park, the Barnyard Egg Hunt at the Queens County Farm Museum, the Spring Egg-stravaganza at the Queens Botanical Garden and other activities in the area.

Passover foods are a huge part of the holiday experience. Matzah (unleavened bread), matzah ball soup, macaroons, and mandel bread to name a few. There are great places round the city’s five boroughs where you can sample authentic Passover dishes, and our concierge can assist you with arrangements and directions. If you want to enjoy the flavors at home, check out Whole Foods’ expanded Passover holiday section.

Yes, it’s spring, and yes, it’s Rockettes time! Coming to the Radio City stage for a limited seven-week engagement (March 26 through May 3) is the New York Spring Spectacular, a high-energy and inspiring tale with amazing music, dancing and special effects sure to please families of all ages.

Spring is a delightful time of year, and there’s so much for families to look forward to as the season and holidays approach New York City!