Easter activities guide 2013

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The Easter Bunny and a Chicago Bear forgo cross-species rivalries for a day at the Park District's Egg-stravaganza candy grab.

The Easter Bunny and a Chicago Bear forgo cross-species rivalries for a day at the Park District's Egg-stravaganza candy grab. Photo: Chicago Park District


Brunch with the Bunny
Merrimac Park, 6343 W Irving Park Rd (773-685-3382). Thu 21, 10am-12pm; $10 per person.
Parents and children 6 and under are invited for brunch with the Easter Bunny at Merrimac Park. They’ll have all the classics: egg hunt, crafts, face painting, photos, and more.

Flashlight Egg Hunt
Donovan Park, 3620 S Lituanica Ave (312-747-6111). Fri 22, 7pm-9pm; $3 per child.
This nighttime event puts a special twist on the classic Easter egg hunt. Bring a flashlight and search for eggs in the dark.

Soldier Field Spring Egg-Stravaganza
Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr (312-235-7000). Sat 23, 9am; Free.
A morning at the legendary Soldier Field? For free? I wouldn’t miss this one. There’s a huge candy hunt on the field, face painters, balloon artists and more. Plus, the first 2,000 kids in the candy grab get a special wooden egg to take home. Note: Breakfast is scheduled, however, it has sold out.

Caring Bunny at Woodfield Mall
Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL (847-330-1537). Sun 24, 8am-10am; Free.
Woodfield Mall welcomes families with children with special needs to a subdued environment and a more comforting experience with the Caring Bunny.  Precautions will be taken to ensure an excellent egg-sperience. For more, check out abilitypath.org.

Kids’ Table Easter Celebration
The Kids Table, 2337 W North Ave (773-235-2665). Fri 29, 3:30pm-5:30pm; $35.
Head to the Kids’ Table to whip up some Easter-themed eats. Start out with a fresh and healthy egg salad before baking some what-I-can-only-assume-to-be-tasty sugar cookies. The class is filling up, so act fast if you’re interested and register here.

Lincoln Park Zoo Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark Street (312-742-2000). Sat 30, 9am-11am; $45, members $40, kids 3-12 $30, members $25, kids 2 and under free.
Enjoy a nice breakfast before the young ones hunt for Easter eggs. Then stop for a photo with the Easter bunny, make some crafts and check out the animals. If you’re interested, register before March 26. No tickets are available at the door.

Eggcellent Adventures at the Farm
Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia (815-389-8455). Sat 30, 10am-12pm; $11.
This one’s all about eggs. You’ll learn about ‘em, collect ‘em, and color ‘em. There’s even a meet-and-greet with chickens and ducks. Party time! Egg-cellent. Click here for tickets.

Doggie Egg Hunt
Horner Park, 2741 W Montrose Ave (773-478-3499). Sat 30, 10am-12pm; $10 per dog.
Horner Park encourages the dog and rabbit to put their differences aside at this Easter celebration. At their 10th annual Doggie Egg Hunt, dogs will hunt for treat-filled eggs and get a complimentary bandana. Want a photo of your dog with the Easter bunny? No worries, that's just little extra.

Bubble Egg Hunt
Bubbles Academy, 1504 N Fremont (312-944-7677). Sat 30, 2pm-4pm & 5pm-7pm; $30 per child, children 4 months and under free.
Bubbles offers a slew of things to do for their Easter party: art projects, an egg hunt, a concert, and a visit from their very own Bubbles Bunny. Fresh juice (from Peeled Juice Bar) and cupcakes (from Magnolia Bakery) will be available too. So, yeah, this sounds great. Call to register.

Easter Eggs at Ukrainian National Museum
Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W Superior St (312-421-8020). Open Thu-Sun 11am-4pm; Free, suggested donation $5.
Check out the Ukrainian National Museum’s fascinatingly detailed Easter eggs—called “Pysanky,” a Ukrainian staple folk art. For a sneak peak on how they’re made, watch this. Better yet, head down to the museum and see for yourself.

Also: There are an abundance of events at various Chicago Park District locations. Call your local park or check out chicagoparkdistrict.com for details.


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