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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Easter Fun: Early Events for the Whole Family

Can't wait for Easter?!? DON'T!! 
Here are some 
EARLY Easter Events:


Friday, March 30
Teen's Flashlight Egg Hunt, teens, 8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., Community Park, 120 E. Oak Street, Addison, (630) 833-0100. Try our first annual Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt! Have fun searching for eggs—find the special Golden Egg and win an extra prize! Registration deadline is March 25. www.addisonparks.org

Flashlight Egg Hunt, all ages, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Laramie Park, 5241 W 120th St. Alsip, (708) 389-1003. Grab your flashlight and head to park for an egg hunt for the nocturnal! Search the field for plastic eggs, candy, and glow-in-the-dark items—in the dark! Each participant will receive a glow in the dark necklace. Remember a flashlight and basket for your eggs and prizes! Please register early because space is limited and dress for the weather! This event will be outside, rain or shine. www.alsipparks.org

Junior High Flash Light Egg Hunt, 5th– 8th grades, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Marengo Park District, 825 Indian Oaks Trail, Marengo, (815) 568-5126. Bring your flash light, and let’s see how many eggs you can find.  Each egg will be filled with candy or money.  One egg will have a special prize of a Pool Pass for one at the Starfish Waters pool for the 2012 season. Fee: $5.  www.marengoparkdistrict.org

Flashlight Egg Hunt, ages 7-12, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00p.m., Plainfield Park District, Van Horn Woods West, Lily Cache Rd. north of Caton Farm Rd., Kelly Rathke at (815) 436-8812 x 35. Bring your flashlight to Van Horn Woods for our 4th Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt! Kids will have the opportunity to hunt for eggs filled with prizes, gift certificates, and candy! MUST pre-register. No on-site registration. Event held rain or shine. Please arrive prior to child’s egg hunt time as they will only be allowed to participate in their age-appropriate time slot. Registration deadline date is Friday, March 23. Residents: $5; Non-residents: $7.50. www.plainfieldparkdistrict.com

Tween Flashlight Egg Hunt, ages 9–14, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00p.m., Park District of LaGrange, location to be determined, Kevin Miller, (708) 352-1762. It's that time of year, so paint those eggs, keep an eye out for the bunny, and...Grab a flashlight? That's right! Come join us for the 2nd Annual Tween Flashlight Egg Hunt! Bring your flashlights and baskets, and get ready for a great night of looking for eggs filled with candy. There will be three age groups. Kids must be accompanied by a parent. There will also be chances to win cool prizes, so be sure to check your eggs before leaving the event! Fees: $3 pre-register/$5 day of event. www.pdlg.org
 

Saturday, March 31
Easter Egg Hunt/Pancake Breakfast, ages 10 and under, free, 8:00 a.m.11:30 a.m., Addison Park District Community Rec Center, 120 E. Oak Street, Addison, (630) 833-0100. Enjoy hot-off-the-griddle pancakes before the Easter Egg Hunt—with the Easter Bunny! The pancake breakfast, sponsored by Addison's Kiwanis Club, begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 11:30 a.m. The breakfast menu includes 'all you can eat" pancakes, sausage, milk, orange juice, and coffee for a small fee. Bring your own camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny between 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Be sure to arrive early as the Egg Hunt begins PROMPTLY at 10:30 a.m. www.addisonparks.org

Easter Egg Hunt, ages 11 and under, 9:00 a.m.9:30 a.m., Commissioners Park, 12600 S. Kedzie Ave., Alsip, (708) 389-1003. Grab your Easter basket, and join in the search for eggs filled with treats that the Easter Bunny left for the children of Alsip.  Kids will be split into appropriate age divisions. Parents may help their children in the “Parent Assist” hunt only. Join us for refreshments, raffles, and a visit from the Easter Bunny after the hunt. Bring a basket, and don’t forget your camera. www.alsipparks.org

Breakfast with Bunny/Easter Egg Hunt, ages 2 and up, 9:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m., Barrington Park District Fitness and Rec Center, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington, (847) 381-0687. Easter breakfast with Bunny is an annual Park District tradition that you and your child won't want to miss. A delicious, catered breakfast is served while Bunny's helpers are busy hiding eggs. Immediately after the breakfast, we'll have our annual Egg hunt. If you register for the breakfast, you're automatically registered for the Egg Hunt at Langendorf Park! Registration is sold per seat. All adults and children (2 and up) must be registered. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $8/$10 child; $10/$12 adult. www.barringtonparkdistrict.org

Easter Egg Hunt, all ages, 10:30 a.m., Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington, (847) 381-0687. Hop along all over Langendorf to see how many of the Easter Bunny's eggs you can find hidden among the trees, grass, and bushes! This annual Barrington tradition is fun for all ages—children and parents alike. Inside each egg is a special treat, and throughout the park there are specially marked eggs that mean you've won an extra-fun Easter basket. Participants registered for the Breakfast with Bunny are automatically registered for the Egg Hunt. Note: We respectfully ask parents to limit their children to 15 eggs so everyone gets their share! Fee: $3 per child; $5 at the door (Breakfast with Bunny participants are FREE!) www.barringtonparkdistrict.org

EGG-citing Activities, all ages, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Plainfield Park District, Van Horn Woods West, on Lily Cache Rd. north of Caton Farm Rd., Kelly Rathke, (815) 436-8812 x 35. Join us for a snack, craft, and Egg Hunt with the Bunny! Make sure you remember your basket to hunt for colorful eggs that are “hidden.” Some of the eggs have a surprise in them, so make sure to check each before you leave! Bring your camera; the Easter Bunny will pose with your child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. MUST pre-register. No on-site registration. Event held rain or shine. Please arrive prior to your child’s egg hunt time as they will only be allowed to participate in their age-appropriate time slot. Registration deadline is Friday, Mar. 23. Residents: $5; Non-residents: $7.50. www.plainfieldparkdistrict.com

Heggie Field Easter Egg Hunt, ages 0-12, free event, 1:00 p.m., Heggie Field at Collins and Williamson Sts., Joliet, (815) 741- 7275. Grab your Easter baskets and head out to Heggie Soccer Fields for the Great Egg Hunt!  The park will be split up by age groups.  www.jolietpark.org

Nowell Park Easter Egg Hunt, ages 0-12, 10:00 a.m., free event, Nowell Park, 5 Mills Rd., Joliet.
Grab your Easter baskets and head out to Nowell Park for the Great Egg Hunt!  The park will be split up by age groups.  www.jolietpark.org

Bunny Bash, all ages, 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Schaumburg Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg, (847) 490-7020. Celebrate spring with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family! Activities include egg hunts, a photo with the Bunny, games, crafts, moon jumps, concessions, pony rides, and a petting zoo. New in 2012: Pre-registered participants may begin check-in at 9 a.m. and have their picture with the Bunny taken prior to the beginning of the event. Pre-registration deadline is March 30. Pre-registration $8 per child/ day-of registration $9 per child. Children receive a wristband that includes all activities except concessions. Parents and children under 1 are free. http://www.parkfun.com

Soldier Field Spring Egg-Stravaganza, all ages, free event, opens at 9 a.m., Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, (312) 235-7000. Soldier Field and Dominick's celebrate the beginning of spring by inviting families to take part in the 9th annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza.  The largest candy grab in the city takes place here on the stadium field. The stadium opens at 9 for the general public to enjoy all types of kid- and family-friendly activities including face painters, fun inflatables, balloon artists and much more! Egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. with the first group of kids to collect all the goodies they can on the field. The first 2,000 children will receive a commemorative wooden egg designed by a local Chicago youth. Parking: Waldron Parking Deck—all other lots are regular rate on this day. www.soldierfield.net

Soldier Field Breakfast with the Easter Bunny—March 31, all ages, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., United Club at Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, (312) 235-7000. For those looking for a great meal on this special day, please join us for a fantastic breakfast. Children 10 and under $12; adults $17.50; Children under 3 eat free with paying family. Reservations are mandatory for brunch, and must be made by Wednesday, March 28 by calling 312-235-7162 or emailing sfspecialevents@dncinc.com. www.soldierfield.net

Egg Hunt, Magic Show, And More, all ages, free, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Northbrook Park District’s West Park, 1730 Pfingsten Road behind Northbrook Sports Center. In case of inclement weather, event will move inside the Northbrook Sports Center. Events include: Spring Bunny Trail Magic Show (1:45-2:15 p.m.); Egg Hunt—bring a basket and find the golden egg to win a surprise! (Age groups divided); Pictures with the Bunny (Bring a camera!); Carnival Games; Inflatables, Face Painting, Clowns with Balloons; and DJ Music. No dogs are allowed during the event. www.nbparks.org

Egg Hunt, Oak Forest Park District’s Central Park, 15601 South Central Ave., Oak Forest, (708) 687-7270. Meet at Central Park Pavilion 15 minutes before hunt.  No registration necessary. Children are encouraged to find a maximum of six eggs.  Please remember—children-only in the hunt area. Bring your camera and come see the Easter Bunny! Hunt times divided by age group. https://sites.google.com/site/oakforestparkdistrict

Egg Hunt and Dance Party, grades 4-8, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Oak Forest Park District’s Central Park Building, 15601 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest, (708) 687-7270. Enjoy an evening of dancing to our DJ’s music in the gym, games, contests, and an egg hunt! Fee: $6.00 at door. Bring grade I.D. https://sites.google.com/site/oakforestparkdistrict

Cosley Zoo’s Great Egg Scramble, ages 2-10, 9:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Wheaton Park District’s Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue, Wheaton, (630) 665-5534. Come to Cosley Zoo for an egg-cellent time, and get ready to scramble for eggs and other trinkets. In addition to an egg scramble, participants will have the opportunity to meet some of the zoo's residents and take part in other activities. Bring your baskets to the zoo for a hopping good time! Children are divided into age groups. Groups are scheduled consecutively. Pre-registration required. Event is held outdoors rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Plan on staying with your child; this is not a drop-off program. Fee: $12(R)/$15(NR). www.wheatonparkdistrict.com

Easter Egg Hunt, all ages, 9:00 a.m., Oakbrook Terrace Park District, 1 South 325 Ardmore Ave.,
Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 627-6100. Get ready for a hopping good time with lots of prizes and candy. Children will have the opportunity to fill their Easter baskets with eggs that are filled with candy and prizes. Also, the Easter bunny will be on hand for pictures, so bring your camera! You must pre-register by March 23. www.obtpd.org

Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with the Bunny—March 31, April 1, and April 7, 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m., Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd.,  Brookfield, (708) 688-8355. Hop to it! Bring the family to Brookfield Zoo for its annual Breakfast with the Bunny! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet in the zoo’s Discovery Center. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny will be on hand for photo opportunities. Music will be provided by the Banjo Buddies. Additionally, there will be visits from some of Children’s Zoo’s furry critters. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. All purchases and reservations are final and nonrefundable. Please choose your dates carefully. The cost, which includes zoo admission, is: Member adult: $29.00, child: $21.50; Non-Member adult: $39.00; child: $27.50. www.czs.org/CZS/Brookfield/Zoo

Oak Lawn’s Annual Egg Hunt, ages 2–8, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd, Oak Lawn. Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping through Oak Lawn! Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, which includes an age-segmented search for eggs, a craft project, and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Register early—space is limited. Registration ends March 23. Sorry there’s no rain date for this event! Please arrive at the start of the program, as there are other activities to enjoy. Fee:  $3 Res/ $6 Non-Res. www.olparks.com

-- Lisa Bakewell 

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