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Break out the bucket: Fox Valley Easter egg hunts beckon

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  • Geneva Park District employee Megan Johnson tosses out eggs in the playground area at Wheeler Park in preparation for a previous Easter egg hunt.

       Geneva Park District employee Megan Johnson tosses out eggs in the playground area at Wheeler Park in preparation for a previous Easter egg hunt.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer, 2007

 
 

The Easter bunny is set to hide thousands of Easter eggs across the Fox Valley beginning today.

So kids, grab your Easter basket - and in some cases a flashlight - and join in the hunt for chocolate eggs, candy-filled plastic eggs and eggs stuffed with toys.

Algonquin

• There will be 14,000 eggs up for grabs at Algonquin's annual Easter Egg Hunt that begins 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27 at the Golf Club of Illinois. The hunt is free to all Algonquin residents. Immediately after the hunt, families can enjoy an all-you-can-eat break with the Easter Bunny at the Golf Club of Illinois' banquet hall. Registration is $5 to $17 per person. Call (847) 658-2700 or go to algonquin.org for more information.

Aurora

• The Fox Valley Park District will hold a Bunny Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. The event will include a brunch buffet, egg hunt, music, arts, crafts and other children's activities. Egg hunts will be conducted in stages according to age. A photographer will be on hand. Admission is $8 for resident children, $10 for nonresident children; $9 for resident adults, $12 for nonresident adults. Call (630) 859-8606 or visit foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

Carpentersville

• The Dundee Township Park District invites children, ages 8-12, for an evening of egg hunting and decorating on Friday, March 26 from 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Elementary School Gym, 6500 Miller Rd., Carpentersville.

This egg hunt is unlike others. Children will need to pack a flashlight and fresh batteries to aid in their twilight search. Egg decorating begins at 7:30 p.m. and the egg hunt will begin promptly at 8 p.m. Registration is $10 for residents and $12 for nonresidents. Go to dtpd.org for more information.

East Dundee

• Children through fourth grade are invited to Immanuel Lutheran's Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27 on the school campus, Route 72 and Van Buren in East Dundee. Parking is available in both the school and church lots, accessible from Route 72. There is no cost, but participants should bring a bag or a basket to collect eggs. Families are invited to enjoy games, snacks and giveaways while the eggs are being hidden and participants are registering. For details, call the office at (847) 428-4477.

Elgin

•The Elgin Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. sharp Saturday, April 3 in front of the Hemmens, 100 Symphony Way.

Children ages 10 and younger are invited to hunt for more than 3,000 plastic eggs that will be filled with candy and toys. Children are asked to limit their collection to no more than 10 eggs. After the hunt, Little Nashville will perform a free show inside the Hemmens Center, which will be open to all ages.

Fox River Grove

• The Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt will be held at noon Saturday, March 27 at Lions Park, 100 Beachway, Fox River Grove. Bring your basket and camera to hunt for eggs and a photo with the Easter Bunny. For details, visit foxrivergrove.org.

Geneva

• The Geneva Park District will hold an egg hunt featuring over 5,000 eggs at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27 at the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center soccer fields. The event is free and open to children ages 2-9.

To make sure you have energy for the egg hunt, the Kiwanis will offer a breakfast with the Easter Bunny at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27 at the same location. The fee is $5 per person; children 2 and younger are free. Preregistration is recommended.

• The Night Owl Egg Hunt for middle schoolers is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 26 at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road. Bring a flashlight. Advance registration required. The fee is $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents. Call (630) 232-4542 or visit genevaparks.org.

• Faith Baptist Church at Mill Creek will host its second annual Easter Egg Hunt at 3 p.m. March 28 at 1S455 S. Mill Creek Drive.

The event will include a family craft and story time. This event is free to children of all ages and will take place rain or shine. Bring a basket.

Call the church office with questions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at (630) 845-2532.

Gilberts

• The village of Gilberts is giving children of all ages the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs. The hunt begins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 3 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 325 Raymond St. Gilberts. The youngest group - those age 1 and under - will hunt for eggs starting at10:30 a.m. The next age group of 2- to 3-year olds, as well as 6- and 7-year olds follow at 10:50 a.m. At 11:10 a.m., 4-year-olds and 8- to 10-year-olds take off for their hunt. The final two groups - 5-year-olds and 11- to 13-year-olds start at 11:30 a.m. There is a limit of six eggs per child.

Children can take their picture with the Easter Bunny. The event will be held mostly outdoors rain or shine. Hot dogs and drinks will also be available for a small cost. No pets are allowed at the egg hunt.

Huntley

• The Huntley Park District will host an egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3 at Deicke Park. Gather eggs filled with candy and see the Easter Bunny. Search for that special egg that holds a family pool pass to Stingray Bay Family Aquatic Center. Children will be divided into areas by age: 2-3 years, 4-5 years, and 6-8 years. Parking is at the Rec Center on Mill Street. Bring your own basket or container. There will be a special area set aside for children with special needs. For details, visit huntleyparks.org.

Lake in the Hills

• The Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation Department will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday, March 27 at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road. Kids up to age 8 can bring your baskets to fill up with plastic eggs. The Easter Bunny will be available for taking pictures and many prizes will be raffled off. This year, they will be recycling the plastic eggs so look for containers. The free event will be held rain or shine. For details, visit lith.org.

St. Charles

• St. Charles children ages 1 to 6 are invited to join the Easter Bunny for breakfast from 9 to 10:15 a.m. today at the Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave. Children will decorate their own bunny-face pancake for breakfast, color bunny pictures, have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and end the event with the Bunny Hop!

Fee is $9 per person for residents, $13.50 per person for nonresidents. No charge for children 11 months or younger. Adult registration is required for child to participate.

A few days later, the St. Charles Park District, Learning Express Toys and Nestle hosts the city's annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 at Pottawatomie Community Park. Staff will be placing 16,000 eggs. Children, ages 9 and under, can start lining up at 9:45 a.m. Participants meet at the entrance gate to the River View Miniature Golf Course. This program is for the following age groupings: 2 and younger with parent, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-9. Participants are asked to bring their own baskets to collect the eggs. Remember to bring your camera, too.

Sleepy Hollow

• The Sleepy Hollow Service Club will host its annual egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3 at Sabatino Park, off Winmore Drive. The Easter bunny will be available for photos. Visit

South Elgin

• Bring your baskets to the South Elgin Spring Holiday Egg Hunt starting at noon sharp on Saturday, April 3 at Kenyon Woods on Raymond Street in South Elgin. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos starting at 10:30 a.m. and will depart just before the hunt begins. Participants are encouraged to donate a canned food item to support the South Elgin Food Pantry. Contact the South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department at (847) 622-0003 for details.

West Dundee

• A family egg hunt, sponsored by the Dundee Township Park District, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27 at Randall Oaks Park, 750 N. Randall Rd., West Dundee. Meet at the Randall Oaks Community Shelter or Randall Oaks Front Shelter. Eggs and prizes will be hidden throughout the park and mom and dad can help their youngsters on the hunt. Golden eggs containing special prizes will also be hidden. The Easter Bunny will be there to greet children and the barnyard zoo will be open. Registration is $7 for residents and $10 for nonresidents.

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