The Little Lake County Guide to Easter Events is presented by Animal Quest – providing Education and Entertainment for schools and parties throughout Lake County.
My son has been asking me since January how much longer until the Easter Bunny comes. He also has been watching surprise egg videos repeatedly on his iPad. I am sure that my son is not the only child in the Lake County area that is SO ready for Easter and all its festivities. Luckily for us, the events start early in the season and there is no shortage of exciting things to do. We have rounded up a handy guide to Easter events in Lake County so you can be sure not to miss out on your favorite egg hunts, celebrations, and more.
WHERE TO TAKE PHOTOS WITH THE BUNNY
For a simple, no fuss picture with the bunny, check out the following locations. Many other bunny sightings (with pictures) are available, too, at special events if you want to make more of a production of it.
Bass Pro Shops
6112 W. Grand Ave, Gurnee
Enjoy a free photo, crafts, and an Easter egg hunt. More information coming soon.
March 24th – April 15th – Hawthorn Mall
22 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures on Monday through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Photos provided by Cherry Hill.
1, 8, & 15 April, 1:00 -4:00 p.m. – Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 21540 W Field Pkwy, Deer Park
Come visit with the Easter Bunny at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books. There is no photographer on site so you must take your own pictures.
8 April, 8:30 a.m. – 9 :30 a.m. – Soothing Easter Bunny * Special Needs*
Hawthorn Mall, 22 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
Hawthorn Mall is partnering with the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL) and Autism Family Cares to host “Soothing Bunny,” an opportunity for children with autism and other special needs (and their siblings) to visit the Easter Bunny in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment. Pictures are available for purchase from Cherry Hill. The first 100 children will receive a Hawthorn Mall Easter Bunny stuffed animal and be able to participate in our Easter craft. Maggiano’s will also provide a quiet area in their restaurant for some light refreshments after you get your picture taken
8 April, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Bunny Visit at the Bank
Wauconda Community Bank, 495 W. Liberty St. Wauconda
Meet the Easter Bunny! We’re celebrating the arrival of spring, and one of our favorite holidays, with a special visit from the Easter Bunny! Hippity hop on over to the bank for a chance to meet, and have your picture taken with, everyone’s favorite furry friend! Parents, don’t forget your cameras!
8 April, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Bunny Photos & Fun
Deer Park Town Center. 20530 N Rand Rd, Deer Park
Join us for photos with the bunny, face painter & balloon artist, kids crafts, prizes & more, near the gazebo! Crafts and games sponsored by Bright Horizons and The Little Gym and sample delicious snacks from KIND Bars. Photos will be available for download from their Facebook page, but personal cameras are always welcome.
9 April, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. –Free Pictures with the Easter Bunny
Sweet Pete’s Candy, 270 Market Sq, Lake Forest
Join us the Sunday before Easter and get your picture taken with the Easter bunny for FREE! We will have a few crafts and samples out for participants as well.
12 April, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Easter Bunny Home Visits
Barrington Park District will come to your home with the Easter bunny.
$20 (residents), $25 (non-resident), per child.
Watch your children’s eyes light up as they receive a personal visit from the Easter Bunny at your home, who will present them with their very own basket filled with goodies. Be sure to have your camera on hand to capture the moment! You will receive a phone call the week of March 22 with the time the bunny will be at your house.
14 & 15 April, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Easter Bunny Visit & Photos
Ice House Mall & Village Shops, 200 Applebee St., Barrington
Hop on over to the Ice House Mall and Village Shops to visit and take photos with the Easter Bunny on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. . Families can visit the Easter Bunny in his Spring Garden display and take photos. Bring your camera to take free photos.
The Ice House Mall will also feature an Easter Egg Hunt with participating stores on Saturday, April 15 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. The Egg Hunt will take place at participating stores. Signs will be posted for Egg Hunt instructions. Please bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt.
WHERE TO DINE WITH THE BUNNY
Eating is one of my favorite things to do, so it’s no surprise that my favorite activity is to dine with the Easter Bunny. We have a list of some of the best places to dine with the bunny this year. Be sure to call ahead as most of these events require registration or a reservation.
1, April, 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Breakfast with the Bunny
Barrington Park District, John Sullivan Rooms A & B, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington
$9 (residents), $11 (non-residents).
Easter Breakfast with Bunny is an annual tradition that you and your child won’t want to miss. A delicious, catered breakfast is served while the Easter Bunny’s helpers are busy hiding eggs. Immediately after the breakfast, we’ll have our annual egg hunt. Children registered for Breakfast with the Bunny are automatically registered for the egg hunt.
2 April, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Brunch with the Bunny
McHenry Recreation Center, 3636 Municipal Dr., McHenry
$2 per child, $5 per adult.
Come out and enjoy a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Families will be able to spend time coloring and enjoying activities and crafts while having breakfast. Don’t forget to get your picture with the bunny at the fun photo booth.
8 April, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Dave & Busters Vernon Hills, 424 Hawthorn Ctr, Vernon Hills
$21.99 per person – price is the same for both kids & adults.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Package includes:
– Breakfast Buffet (Warm bagels served with cream cheese, Scrambled eggs, Sausage, Country fried potatoes, Orange juice and Coffee)
– $10.00 Power Card to play games in the arcade
– Easter Egg Hunt & a Visit with the Easter Bunny (you’re welcome to bring your own camera to snap a picture with the bunny when he walks around the room to visit tables!)
8 April, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Breakfast with the Bunny
Lake Zurich Retired Fire Fighters Association Hall, 77 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich
$7 per adult, $5 per child.
Before the annual egg hunt, hop on over to the Bunny Hutch (Lake Zurich Retired Fire Fighters Association Hall) for a scrumptious buffet meal (while supplies last) and a visit by the bunny himself. There will also be photo opportunities with the bunny, so be sure to bring a camera.
8 April, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Breakfast with the Bunny
West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Rd., Highland Park
Adults $16 (residents), $18 (non-residents); Children 10 and younger, $10 (residents),$12 (non-residents).
Hop over to the West Ridge Center and enjoy breakfast with a special guest. A hot breakfast, including, beverages will satisfy every guest. Pre-registration is required. Bring your own booster seat if needed. Seating will be assigned upon arrival.
8 April, 10: 00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Eggciting Egg Hunt & Bunny Luncheon
Veterans Park, 301 S. Rt 59., Fox Lake
Bring your whole family for a fun morning with the kids. Join in an egg hunt and have lunch with the Easter Bunny. Bunny photos will be available for purchase. More information available soon.
8 April, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Pizza with the Bunny
Community Center, 600 N. Main St., Wauconda
$20 (resident family of four), $25 (non-resident family of four).
Celebrate spring as the Bunny hops into the Community Center for a pizza feast. Mr. Bunny loves his picture taken, so bring your camera for an opportunity for that perfect photo. Pre-registration is required
14 & 15 April, 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. – Bunny Brunch
Magnolia Cafe & Bakery at Lambs Farm,14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville
$16.95 for participants age two and older, $7.95 for those age 23 months and younger.
Enjoy a delicious buffet at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery then take a walk over to the Bunny Patch. At the Bunny Patch, kids can enjoy spring crafts, activities and a take a photo with the Easter bunny. Some of our Farmyard friends will also be available for petting and learning.
14 April, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Easter Bunny Brunch
Goldfish Swim School, 1531 S. Lake Street, Mundelein
Please call (847)371-9000 to register. Limited spots available. $5 per guest.
Join us on Friday, April 14th for a special afternoon Open Swim. Our very special guest, the Easter Bunny, will be here with Bubbles to take pictures.
15 April, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch with the Bunny
Adler Lodge, 1500 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
$10 per person, $2 for participants under two years of age.
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. Pre-registration is required.
16 April, 10:00 a.m., 12;30 & 3:00 p.m. – Brunch & Bunny Visits at Chessie’s
Chessie’s Restaurant, 200 Applebee St., Barrington
Bring the family out and enjoy Chessie’s Easter Brunch. There will many delicious items to choose from, including a carving station, vegetables, eggs, bacon, seafood, salads and desserts. Make reservations now as this event fills up fast. There will also be visits with the Easter Bunny himself.
16 April, 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. – Easter Brunch with the Easter Bunny
Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, 10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire
Adults: $45, Kids 12 and under: $20
Come eat breakfast, hunt for eggs, and meet the Easter Bunny. Spend Easter Sunday with your family and ours at the Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire! The meal features many entrees, carving stations, seafood station, hot breakfast buffet stations, salads, children’s section, homemade pastries and dessert section, and Easter brunch beverages with mimosas, champagne, juices and breakfast drinks. Call 847-634-0100 to make reservations today!
FREE EASTER EGG HUNTS
Join in for one of these fun, free egg hunts across Lake County. These events do not require pre-registration. Please follow the links for full information and call ahead in case of inclement weather, as April does bring showers and muddy fields. Little Lake County is not responsible for cancellations or changes.
8 April, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Easter Eggstravaganza
Deerpath Middle School Yard, 95 W. Deerpath Rd., Lake Forest
For LAKE FOREST RESIDENTS ONLY and children under nine years of age.
Enjoy a wonderful opportunity for family fun and entertainment at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Eggstravaganza will include games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and of course, the exciting egg hunt. A special children’s performance will precede the hunt. Please remember to bring a basket.
8 April, 9:00 -10:30 a.m. – Egg Hunt
Lake Bluff Recreation Center, 355 W. Washington Ave., Lake Bluff
Collect eggs and see the Bunny. Free Family Fun. Find the golden eggs and win prizes. Bring a basket.
8 April, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.- Annual Egg Hunt
Community Center, 600 N. Main St., Wauconda
Get set for a great time at our popular egg hunt in Cook Park. Grab your basket, friends and family and hunt for all the eggs and treats you can find. A special appearance by Mr. Bunny will also be part of the fun. Bring your camera for those special pictures with the bunny. Note: No parents will be allowed on the course for the 4-6 or 7-10 year-old age groups. Read Little Lake County’s review.
8 April , 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Spring Egg Hunt & Doggy Treat Hunt
Watts Park, Randolph Street, Glencoe
Bring your basket and get ready for an egg hunt! We’re hiding eggs filled with surprises throughout Watts Park. After the hunt, join us for crafts, games and photos with the Spring Bunny. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be relocated to the Takiff Center. For Special Event weather information, please call (847) 258-9050. Reminder: Bring your camera!
8 April, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt
Viking Park, Gurnee
Participate in an FREE egg hunt, make a fun craft, and get pictures with the Easter Bunny. Find a special egg and win a prize. Grand prizes are provided by Goshgarian Orthodontics. Join this High-Tech Hunt for all ages – kids and parents together. Bring a cell phone–you will be taking pictures in this egg-citing hunt that will be ongoing during the event from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
8 April, 10:00 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt
Forest View Park, 513 Forest View Road, Lindenhurst
Bring your basket and join the bunny for an old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt. There will be designated hunting areas for children under 2, followed by the 3-6 year olds with each age group separately and 7 & 8 year olds together. There will be plenty of eggs filled with prize tickets or candy and the Easter Bunny will be on-hand for a visit and photo so don’t forget the camera.
8 April, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Egg Hunt
Long Grove , 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove
Historic Downtown Long Grove is hosting an Egg Hunt at Buffalo Creek Park in Long Grove. There will be music, live chicks and bunnies to pet, crafts, wagon rides, and a lot of FUN!
Free for children accompanied by adults Goodie bags for all attendees while supplies last.
Please shop the stores and restaurants following the event for special in-store pormotions!
Long Grove Village Tavern will be hosting Lunch with the Bunny and Ma & Pa’s Candy will have a bunny from 1-4pm.
8 April, 10: 00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. , Eggciting Egg Hunt & Bunny Luncheon
Veterans Park, 301 S. Rt. 59, Fox Lake
Bring your whole family for a fun morning with the kids. Join us for the Egg Hunt and have lunch with the Easter Bunny. Bunny photos are available for purchase. More information available soon.
8 April, 10:45- 11:15 a.m. – Spring Egg Scramble
Wheeling High School Football Field, 900 S. Elmhurst Rd., Wheeling
Head out to the turf field for fun and games. Bring your camera for a photo with the bunny and Wheeling Park District mascots Willie the Whale and Petie the Polar Bear before the hunt for candy-filled eggs begins! Egg hunting begins promptly at 10:45 a.m. Please bring a basket to collect your eggs.
8 April, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Egg Hunt
Lions Park, 81 E. Main Street, Lake Zurich
Ages 2 – 10 with an adult.
Get ready, get set, and GO for this annual Egg Hunt. Jump in a moon bounce, dance to the tunes of the DJ and try your luck at games. The Easter Bunny plans to hide surprises in designated areas. Each group will go into their area to hunt for their eggs. The hunt begins promptly at 12:00 p.m. This event will be held rain or shine.
14 April, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Spring Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza
Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein
Brightly colored plastic eggs blanket the ground, just waiting to be picked up. Eggs are filled with candy or toys. Bring your camera and take a picture with the Spring Bunny. Don’t forget, you will need a basket or bag to hold the eggs you collect. Be sure to dress for the weather. No registration require; groups begin promptly at times listed. Check out Little Lake County’s review.
15 April, 7:30 a.m. – Mariano’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
All Mariano’s Locations
Kids will be divided into the following groups: 2-3 • 4-5 • 6-7 • 8-10. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes will be awarded to each age group. Prizes include candy and a fun Easter visitor! Please bring your own basket.
15 April, 8:30 -9:00 a.m. – Preschool Egg Hunt & Craft
Chick-fil-A Vernon Hills, 701 N Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills
Ages 5 & under only
Join Miss Bonnie for an Easter Egg hunt and craft. The Egg hunt is for kiddos 5 years old and under and will take place in our play area. The hunt starts promptly at 8:30 am. A fun Easter craft will follow.
15 April, 9:00 a.m. – 62nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Shiloh Park, 27th Street Side, Zion
Ages 8 and younger.
The Easter Bunny will be busy hiding 10,000 eggs with fun toys and candy inside. He’ll be there in person to watch your little ones, age eight and younger, gather them up. Look for signs in the park that mark the age group areas. Lucky finders of four golden eggs will receive new bicycles!
15 April, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Eggstravaganza Trail
Belvidere Park, 412 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan
Head down the Eggstravaganza Trail with your 2- to 8-year-old to collect eggs. Be sure to bring your camera and Easter basket to collect your goodies. More information coming soon.
15 April, 10:00 – 11:30 p.m. – Bunny Bash
Mike Rylko Community Park, 951 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove
Gather your entire family and hop on over to Mike Rylko Community Park for a morning full of free activities and fun. Start times are as follows: 10:15 a.m. – ages 2-4; 10:25 a.m. – ages 5-7; and 10:35 a.m. – ages 8-10. There will also be face painting, crafts and pictures with the Bunny. Remember to bring baskets to collect your eggs. If there is inclement weather, the event will be held indoors at the Community Arts Center.
15 April, 10:00 a.m. – Egg Hunt
Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd., Highland Park
Gather colorful eggs filled with toys and fun surprises. One special egg will hold a family pass to Hidden Creek AquaPark for summer 2017. Be sure to keep an eye out for an “Egg-stra” special guest.
15 April, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Easter Egg Dash Extravaganza
Doubletree Hotel Mundelein, 510 East IL Route 83, Mundelein
Search for Easter Eggs among hundreds of balloons at the beautiful Doubletree Hotel courtyard (in case of inclement weather the event will be held in the grand ballroom)! Please register your child for this FREE event online ahead of time.
15 April, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt
Rule Park, N. Sears Blvd., Gages Lake
Hop along and find eggs filled with candy and toys hidden in Rule Park. Hunt areas will be divided by age. One lucky golden egg will be hidden in each area. Find the lucky golden egg and receive a special prize. This event is held rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. When you arrive, line up near your age division. Note: We respectfully ask parents to limit their children to 10 eggs so everyone gets their share. Don’t forget to bring a basket. No pre-registration is required.
15 April, 10:30 a.m.– Easter Egg Hunt
Mundelein Church of the Nazarene, 1515 W Maple Ave, Mundelein
Bring a neighbor or friend to the annual Easter egg hunt!! Fun and free event for the kids! Activities and treats are also included!
15 April, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – ReMax Center Easter Egg Hunt
Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 East Peterson Road, Grayslake
FREE hunt for children ages 1-9. 10,000 eggs, 300 prizes. Come early to allow for parking and bring a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny and his friends. We ask you to bring non-perishable food items to fill our township food pantry, helping those in need.
15 April, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. – Easter Egg Hunt
Holy Cross Parish, 720 Elder Ln., Deerfield
All are welcome to attend the first annual Easter Egg Hunt at Holy Cross Parish! There will be three separate hunts, for ages 0-3, 4-7, and 8 and up. There will also be a visit from the Easter Bunny, himself, with free pictures offered from Life Unfiltered Photography! So, come one, come all, and for a hopping great time!
15 April, 1:00 p.m. – Village of Wadsworth Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Wadsworth Park, 14155 W. Wadsworth Rd., Wadsworth
Come join in the fun and meet the Easter Bunny at the Wadsworth’s Annual Egg Hunt. Please bring a bag or basket for your eggs. For more information call (847) 336-7771.
15 April, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Easter Bunny Visit & Photos
Ice House Mall & Village Shops, 200 Applebee St., Barrington
Stop by and visit with the Easter Bunny. Then Ice House Mall will also feature an Easter Egg Hunt with participating stores on Saturday, April 15 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. The Egg Hunt will take place at participating stores. Signs will be posted for Egg Hunt instructions. Please bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt.
15 April, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. –Easter Egg Hunt
Hawthorn Gardens, 24481 North Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods
Ages 3-8, bring your basket. This egg hunt will occur rain or shine at 2:00 p.m. sharp. Registration is required.
16 April, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Gl0w in the Dark Egg Hunt
Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports, 6152 Grand Ave., Gurnee
Come get your glow on at Tilt Studio in the Gurnee Mills Mall and dazzle your day with two egg-citing Easter Egg Hunts. Children ages 2-6 will get to pick an egg from our dazzling array of glow-in-the-dark eggs in our Black Light Mini Golf Course at 12:30 p.m. sharp. Children ages 7-11 will get their chance to pick an egg that is up for grabs in our Black Light Laser Tag Arena at 1:00 p.m. Easter candy or coupons for FREE $10 or $25 Game Cards will be inside EVERY egg. One egg per child, please.
EASTER EGG HUNTS in Lake County
Often egg hunts can be crowded and quite busy. You can avoid the crowds by purchasing your spot at an egg hunt for a different experience this year! The following events require payment and/or registration before the event. Please check each listing before heading out.
1 April, 10:30 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt
Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington
$3 per child; $5 on 4/1 – If you have Breakfast with the Bunny Egg Hunt is FREE
Hop all over Langendorf’s main field to see how many of the Easter Bunny’s eggs you can find. This annual Barrington tradition is fun for all ages, children and parents alike. Inside each egg is a special treat; there are specially marked eggs that mean you’ve won an extra-fun Easter basket.
1 April , 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.- Egg Scramble
Round Lake Area Park District Sports Center, 2004 Municipal Way, Round Lake Beach
$1 per child.
Come visit us once again for our Annual Egg Scramble at the Sports Center. We will have demo classes, pictures with Mr. Bunny, crafts and of course our egg hunts. Please pre-register to reserve your spot. Egg hunt bags will be provided to each child. All proceeds will benefit the FUNds for Recreation Scholarship Program.
7 April, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.- Holiday Egg Hunt
Arctic Splash Aquatic Center, 333 W. Dundee Rd., Wheeling
$3 includes open swim and egg hunt. Members are free.
This Holiday Egg Hunt comes with a splashy twist. Hunt for floating eggs filled with goodies. Bring your bathing suit and basket and grab as many eggs as you can find. An adult must accompany children in the water. The hunt goes fast, so please arrive on time for each age group. After all ages have participated, Open Swim is available.
7 April, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Ultimate Athletics Legacy Easter Egg Hunt
Ultimate Athletics, 1210 Karl Ct., Wauconda
All ages egg hunt with amazing prizes, Bounce house, food and fun!
8 April, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Hoppin’ Holiday Hunt ** Editors Note: 3/30 : SOLD OUT**
Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills
$8 adult (residents), $10 adult (non-resident); $6 child (residents), $8 child (non-resident), children under one year of age are free.
Hop on down to the Park District’s Annual Egg Hunt. Visit with our bunny, delight in the magic show, enjoy a delicious continental breakfast and hunt for eggs filled with prizes. Weather permitting, the egg hunt will be outdoors.
8 April, 11 :00 a.m. – Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Central Park Aquatic Field, 100 Library Ln., Grayslake
$6 (residents), $8 (non-residents). Register by March 31.
Bring an Easter Basket or bag to collect your eggs. Check in begins at 10:30 a.m. and the egg hunt begins at 11:00 a.m. sharp.
9 April, 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Scrambling for Eggs
Fitnation Pool, 1655 Nations Drive, Gurnee
$6 per person, payabale at the door.
Hunt for eggs at FitNation Pool during a special swim session. Plastic eggs are filled with surprises that float in the pool. Children get to collect the eggs and take them home. The person with the golden egg will take home a special prize. All children need to be accompanied by an adult in the water if they are under eight years of age. The egg hunt begins promptly at the time listed, so please arrive early. After collecting the eggs, stay for open swim.
14 April, 6:30 -8:00 p.m. – Easter Bunny Family Swim
Goldfish Swim School, 1531 S. Lake Street, Mundelein
Join us on Friday, April 14th for our Special Friday Night Family Swim with our friend the Easter Bunny! Egg Hunt will kick-off at 6:30pm! $5 per swimmer/$15 per family!
15 April, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Eggcellent Easter Adventure & Hunt
Williams Park ,741 Main Street, Antioch
$3, advance registration required.
The Antioch Parks and Recreation department is sponsoring the Annual Eggcellent Easter Adventure, a two-part event that features a parade and an egg hunt.The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Antioch beginning on Main Street (Route 83) at Park Avenue, heading north to Williams Street. Immediately following the parade (approximately 11:00 a.m.) the Easter egg hunt will begin in Williams Park for children ages 1-10. Children participating in the egg hunt must pre-register at the Antioch Parks and Recreation Office between now and the egg hunt. The cost is $3 per child. A wristband guarantees your spot in the hunt and each child will receive 10 eggs and have a chance to win one of three special Easter baskets created for each age group.
15 April, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Habitat Park Egg Hunt
Kohl Childrens’ Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview
$5 per child in addition to admission. Tickets sold day of event.
Colorful eggs will be hidden all over our outdoor Habitat Park exhibit. It’s up to sharp-eyed little guests to find them all and discover special gifts inside, from candy to gift cards, even 1-year memberships to the Museum! Tickets are $5 per child and will allow them to collect six eggs with treats inside hidden in the park, as well as choose one prize egg. Tickets will be sold on the day of the hunt only at the Museum’s front desk and are first-come first-served. Additional tickets required. May be rescheduled due to inclement weather.
15 April, 8:30 a.m. – 1030 a.m. – Easter Spring Fling
Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
$3 per child, $1 for Saplings Members. Purchase your tickets at Snickelfritz Toys beginning March 8th.
Come join the fun at Hawthorn’s Easter Spring Fling. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at 8:30 a.m. in the mall. The egg hunt will be followed by live entertainment from Mary Macaroni, a meet and greet with Shaun the Sheep, and prizes, balloon artists, face painting and a petting zoo.
15 April, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt
Bella’s Bouncies Indoors, 1600 N Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa
$9 per child
Join us for an Easter Eggstravagant egg hunt, as well as, pictures with the Easter Bunny! Doors open at 8:45am for early check-in. Easter Egg Hunt will begin a little after 9am. Pictures with the Easter Bunny until 10am. Open Jump is until noon.
16 April, 9:30 a.m.- Egg Hunt at Pinstripes
Pinstripes Northbrook, 1150 Willow Rd, Northbrook
Pinstripes South Barrington, 100 W Higgins Rd, South Barrington
$5 per child
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., join in for an egg hunt around the venue! Kids have a chance to search for the colorful eggs and receive special prizes. Easter baskets are $5 each and include a special treat! All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Please note, registering for the Easter Egg Hunt does not include a reservation for Easter Brunch.
FLASH LIGHT EGG HUNTS / TWEEN EGG HUNTS
31 March, Flashlight Egg Hunt
Hart’s Woods Park, 814 Hart Rd., Round Lake
$5 per person
The Easter Bunny is making a nighttime special delivery of goodies and treats. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after the egg hunt. Please dress for the weather, this event will be held outdoors. Hunt will start at 8:00 p.m.
7 April, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Flashlight Egg Hunt
Lake Bluff Recreation Center, 355 W. Washington Ave., Lake Bluff
Ages 9 -12, FREE.
Bring a basket and a flashlight for a fun night hunt.
12 April, 7:30 p.m. – Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Grayslake Golf Course, 2150 Drury Lane, Grayslake
$6 (residents), $8 (non-residents). Registration required by April 5.
Bring a flashlight and search for eggs at this fun event.
12 April, 8:00 – 8:05 p.m. – Night Owl Egg Hunt
Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Rd., Buffalo Grove
$5 (residents), $6 (non-residents).
Bring your flashlights for this “egg-citing” evening egg hunt! Children will search for hidden eggs on the soccer field; parents must accompany their children during the hunt. Children should bring flashlights and baskets to collect the eggs. Pre-registration is required.
14 April, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Nitelite Egg Hunt
Paulus Park Barn, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich
$10 (residents), $14 (non-residents).
Hunt for eggs outside at Paulus Park in this game of Hide-N-Glow seek. Find golden eggs and WIN BIG. Stay after to enjoy the party atmosphere with a DJ, pizza and beverages. Dress for the weather and bring your own flashlight and bagor basket. Register early, as space is limited. Please note this is a drop-off activity and age limits will be strictly enforced.
16 April, 12:30 -1:30 p.m. – Gl0w in the Dark Egg Hunt
Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports, 6152 Grand Ave., Gurnee
Come get your glow on! Tilt Studio in the Gurnee Mills Mall will dazzle your day with two egg-citing Easter Egg Hunts. Children ages 2 to 6 will get to pick an egg from our dazzling array of glow-in-the-dark eggs in our Black Light Mini Golf Course at 12:30 pm sharp. Children ages 7 to 11 will get their chance to pick an egg that is up for grabs in our Black Light Laser Tag Arena at 1:00 pm. Easter candy or coupons for FREE $10 or $25 Game Cards will be inside EVERY egg. One egg per child, please.
EASTER ACTIVITIES, CELEBRATIONS AND CRAFTS
Easter fun extends beyond egg hunts in these fun classes that combine multiple themed crafts and activities. Be sure to click the links for full information as some of these events require pre-registration or payment.
19 March, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Easter Science
Hunt Club Park Community Center, 920 Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee
$36 (residents) /$46 (non-residents).
Investigate everything egg-cellent about Easter through hands-on experiments. How strong is an eggshell? We will learn about gravity and friction with egg racing and test out the unbreakable egg experiment by trying out different S.T.E.M. egg launching strategies. We will experience Peep Science and learn about the anatomy and care of a rabbit. We will end the day by making Easter oobleck. Registration required.
25 March, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., – Baby’s First Easter Celebration
Babies R Us, 295 Center Dr., Vernon Hills
Come celebrate with us in store! Bring your little bunny in for fun, free activities, including crafts, ideas for creating baby’s first Easter basket, giveaways and photo-ops. Reservations preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome.
17 February, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Ceramic Easter Basket Workshop
Stirling Hall, 50 E. Old Mill Rd, Lake Forest
$34 (residents)/ $40 (non-residents)
Decorate your holiday table with a ceramic Easter basket. Children can roll out clay coils to make a fancy twist handle. Colorful eggs with adorn the basket. Afterwards children can paint it with glaze. It will be a project to treasure for years to come.
2 April, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Easter Eggstravaganza & Vendor Fair
Volo Sportsplex Page, 26705 W Commerce Dr, Volo
Spring on in to the Volo Sportsplex for our FREE, fun, and first ever Easter Eggstravaganza! We will have activities such as an easter egg hunt, face painting, bunny hop relay races, coloring contest voting and more!
7 April, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Easter Egg Coloring
Recreation Center MPB, Grayslake
$15 (residents), $19 (non-Residents)
Color eggs and decorate cookies at this event. Every child will color and take home a dozen Easter eggs. Since we will be dying eggs, please wear play clothes. Register by March 31.
7 April, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Mr. Rabbit’s Spring Fling
Round Lake Area Park District, 814 Hart Rd, Round Lake
$8 Residents, $12 Non-Residents.
There will be lots of games, prizes, art projects, and a special snack. You will also be able to visit Mr. Rabbit in the Neighborhood. He just may have a special surprise for you! There will be a special scene set up for photos so don’t forget your camera!
8 April, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Eggapalooza
Copeland Manor Grade School, 801 7th Ave, Libertyville
This won’t be any old Easter Egg Hunt! We’ll have Dodgeball with the Bunny, crafts, Easter-themed carnival games, a bouncy house, and a cereal bar! If you have any questions feel free to email Zac at email@example.com
9 April, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Easter with Geoffrey
Toys R Us Vernon Hills , 5555 Town Line Rd., Vernon Hills
Toys R US Gurnee,6050 Gurnee Mills Cir E, Gurnee
Toys R Us Highland Park, 1610 Deerfield Rd, Highland Park
Take part in an awesome egg hunt, win prizes, and join Geoffrey for a parade
11 April, 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. – “Not Just for Mommy” and Me Class
Messiah Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten, 25225 W. Ivanhoe Rd., Wauconda
Please join us for our FREE “not just for mommy” and me classes (all caregivers welcome to bring a child, not just moms). Childen who walk through age four are welcome. This month’s class is about baby (Easter) bunnies. Have a wonderful time bonding with your child while getting a little taste of what Messiah Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten has to offer.
11 April, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Easter Egg Decorating Party
Highwood Public Library, 102 Highwood Ave, Highwood
We will be having an Easter Egg Decorating Party! This event is free! Register now at the Highwood Library Circulation Desk or call 847-432-5404.
11 April, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – The Great Egg Quest
Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 North Midlothian Road, Mundelein
$14 (residents), $16 (non-residents).
You will be challenged to perform physical tasks, follow clues and think quickly. This is a quest for prizes. A parent or adult guardian is required to escort each youngster along the way. The Great Egg Quest combines challenges, decision making and determination. Activities may include both indoor and outdoor challenges. Please dress for the weather and bring a container to hold your treasures. Event will be held rain or shine.
14 April, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Easter Event at Yu Kids Island
Yu Kids Island Vernon Hills , 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
Standard Admission Rates Apply
14 April, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Drop-in and Get Crafty: Easter
Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Road, Round Lake
Stop by from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Activity Room and have fun making a craft to celebrate Easter. No registration necessary.
15 April, 9:00 a.m. – Hop to the Movies
Marcus Cinemas , Gurnee Mills, 6144 Grand Ave, Gurnee
$8 per person
Hop to the movies and join us Saturday, April 15 at 9 a.m. for a fun family event! Activities will include pictures with the Easter Bunny, coloring, craft stations, an Easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. , and a special screening of the movie Hop.
Tickets are on sale now on their website.
15 April, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – WeOrbit’s Easter Celebration
WeOrbit, 1736 First Street , Highland Park
General Admission rates of $14 per child applies.
Join WeOrbit in an Easter Celebration with an Egg Hunt, Easter Craft, Egg Jar Guessing Game and Pictures with the Easter Bunny!
15 April, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Culvers, 803 E Park Ave, Libertyville
Children 12 and under will get a handful of Easter eggs filled with goodies, spin a prize wheel, play games, and do activties and more. Afterwards enjoy a $2.99 kids meal.
15 April, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Antioch Easter Parade
Join AAHAA as we march in the annual Easter Parade to celebrate the kickoff of the GO ANTIOCH program. Marchers will walk in T-shirts to help kickoff the summer long walking event and can meet at 9:30 am on Skidmore Drive. Parade heads north on Main street to Williams Street beginning at 10:30 am. Looking forward to walking with all GO ANTIOCH walkers in the parade.
15 April, 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Bunny Wabbit Run and Easter Egg Hunt
Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 Buckley Road, Libertyville
The “Bunny Wabbit Run” is a 5k (one hop), 10k (two hops) & 15k (three hops) race, a 200m Kid’s Dash with the silly Wabbit and an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 8 and under all in 1! If you’re lucky (and fast enough) you might even catch the Easter Bunny with his prized Golden Egg…if you’re lucky. Catch him-get a FREE race entry next year.
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