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Guide to Easter events, bunny visits

Photo submitted by Round Lake Area Park District.

Photo submitted by Round Lake Area Park District.

Parents and kids, get our your Easter baskets and cameras. Here come the annual Easter egg hunts and bunny visits. The following is a list of events in your area. If you see something missing, please email and we’ll add them.

Spring Bunny Trail
Saturday, March 31
Ridgeville Park, Evanston

Celebrate spring with Ridgeville’s annual Bunny trail tradition from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Candy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout Ridgeville Park awaiting the searching eyes of neighborhood children. A special prize awaits the lucky individual who finds the Golden Egg. Ages 5-7.





Winnetka Park District’s Doggy Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31
Centennial Park

Sign up your family dog for the Winnetka Park District’s Inaugural Doggy Egg Hunt. The under 30 lb. party will be at 9 a.m. and the over 30 lb. party will be at 10 a.m.  Plastic eggs will be filled with dog treats and hidden all over Centennial Park (225 Sheridan Rd.) for your furry family member to find. In addition to the egg hunt, participants will receive their own special “doggy bag” along with the opportunity to socialize with “like” friends. All dogs must be leashed. Fee is $5 for current Centennial Dog Beach passholders and $10 for non passholders. Advanced registration at the Winnetka Park District (540 Hibbard Rd.) is required by Saturday, March 24 at noon.  Call  (847)-501-2040.

Park Center Eggstravaganza
Saturday, March 31
Glenview Park Center
Join the “eggcitement” at Park Center when children of all ages can participate in an old-fashioned egg hunt on March 31. Admission sales begin at 9:30 a.m. and the hunt starts at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 per child; children under 2 are free.

Spring Bunny Trail
Saturday, March 31
West Park, Northbrook

Hop over to West Park to meet the Spring Bunny. Children can hunt for candy and enjoy carnival games, face painting, inflatables and a magic show (1:45-2:15pm). The egg hunt starts at 2:20pm for ages 3 and under, followed by ages 4 and 5, then ages 6-7. Bring a basket and a camera. No dogs are allowed in the park during the event. In case of bad weather, the free family event will move inside the Northbrook Sports Center.

Lunch with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 31
Viking Park Dance Hall, Gurnee

Two seatings are available:  10:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Join the Easter Bunny for a lunch of hot dogs, chips, beverage and dessert.  Bring your camera.  Following lunch there will be an outdoor egg hunt.  Registration required for all. Fees apply; children under 12 months are free. Call 847-623-8121.

Annual Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31,
Hart’s Hill Park, Round Lake

Youngsters can participate in a free annual egg hunt from 11 a.m. to noon. Mr. Bunny will visit. Call 847-546-8558.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31
Forest View Park, Lindenhurst

The egg-collecting begins at 10 a.m. The bunny will be available for photographs. No registration is required for this free event.  Call (847) 356-8252.

Hoppin Holiday Hunt
Saturday, March 31
Sullivan Community Center, Vernon Hills

Children ages  3-8 and their parents can visit with the bunny, watch a magic show, have breakfast and gather prizes at the egg hunt. Pre-registration is required and fees aply. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. Call (847) 996-6933.

Pope John XXIII Preschool Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31
Pope John XXIII Preschool, Evanston

Pope John XXIII Preschool is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2 through 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 pm at the school, 1120 W. Washington St.. The egg hunt will be followed by a Wiggleworms preschool concert by the Old Town School of Folk Music Performers.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31
Paulus Park, Lake Zurich

The hunt starts at 10 a.m. and the Easter Bunny will have hidden some prizes. Kids can have photos taken with the bunny afterward. Call ( 847)438-5146.

Annual Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31
Cook Park, Wauconda

Grab your basket, and family and hunt for all the eggs and treats you can find. A special appearance by Mr. Bunny with also be part of the fun. Call (847) 526-3610.

Kids Egg Hunt
Friday, April 6
Keith Mione Community Park, Mundelein

A free egg hunt for kids  will be held beginning at 10 a.m. in the soccer fields at the park.  Rain date is Saturday, April 7. Call (847)388-5490

Bubbles Academy’s Egg Hunt
Friday, April 6
Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest

The event will include art projects, snacks, a music concert and of course an egg hunt at 10 a.m. The Easter Bunny may even make an appearance!

Arboretum Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 7
Ladd Arboretum, Evanston

Sammy the Snake” needs our help! She’s misplaced her eggs in the Ladd Arboretum. You can help her find them and learn all about snakes. Activities and a craft will follow the egg hunt; please bring a basket or bag for collecting. A special area is reserved for egg hunters ages 18 mo. to 8 years, as well as for children with special needs. Preregistration required. Call 847-448-8256.


Lunch with the Bunny
Saturday, April 7
Adler Park, Libertyville

Hop on down the Bunny Trail to have lunch with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy the Easter egg hunt in beautiful Adler Park after visiting with the Easter Bunny. Bring your camera to capture this event. Registration and fees required.  Call 847-918-7275 for instructions to register.

Highland Park Annual Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7
West Ridge Park
Children will collect eggs filled with different prizes scattered around West Ridge Park at 10 a.m.. Hidden among the rest of the eggs there will be a golden egg that holds a chance to win a family pass to Hidden Creek AquaPark.  Children will be divided by age groups: 3-years and under, 4-7 years old and 8-years and older. Make sure you bring your camera to get a picture with the Bunny.

Deerfield Optimists Club Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7
Jewett Park, Deerfield

Children are welcome to the Deerfield Optimists Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m.. Children will hunt with their own age groups. If it rains or snows the hunt will take place in the Deerfield Park District community center. Call  847-279-1109

Westfield Old Orchard Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7
Westfield Old Orchard Mall, Skokie

Kids will hunt for the Golden Eggs filled with prizes from Westfield retailers at 10:30 a.m.. Participating kids can also enjoy a day of face painting and take home a piece of balloon art. New York Life will be partnering with Westfield by providing free Child ID’s (name, picture and finger print) for parents to take home. Registration for this free Easter event starts 10:30 am  and is open to the first 150 families who arrive. Kids must be between the ages of 2-5 years old to participate. The festivities will commence 11:30 am in the Serpent Play area.  Call 847-673-6800.

Community Egg Hunt and Carnival
Saturday, April 7
Community Christian Church, Lincolnshire

Families and children can participate in a free egg hunt and carnival from 2 to 4 p.m.  Call (847) 945-8824

Eggcellent Easter Adventure and Parade
Saturday April 7, Williams Park Pavilion, Antioch

The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. Easter egg hunt. Registration required in person at the parks and recreation office, 806 Holbek Drive in Antioch by April 6 or until all tickets are sold.

15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 7
Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake

Children ages 1-9 can come to the fairgrounds at 11:30 a.m. for a free egg hunt.  More than 7,500 eggs will be divided into three age groups. Bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the township food pantry. There will be time for photos with the Easter Bunny and his friends before and after, so don’t forget the camera.  Call (847) 223-7878.

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