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  • Don't look now, but the Easter egg hunting season already is upon us.

      Don't look now, but the Easter egg hunting season already is upon us.
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  • Kids of all ages -- and even some adults -- soon will have a chance to search for some colorful eggs in towns throughout DuPage County.

      Kids of all ages -- and even some adults -- soon will have a chance to search for some colorful eggs in towns throughout DuPage County.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • The Easter bunny is a busy guy this time of year, but he almost always can make time for a quick chat.

      The Easter bunny is a busy guy this time of year, but he almost always can make time for a quick chat.
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  • The season also seems to be an ideal time for youngsters to work on some craft projects.

      The season also seems to be an ideal time for youngsters to work on some craft projects.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Some egg hunts on this spring's schedule even set aside time for pooches to sniff out their favorite treats.

      Some egg hunts on this spring's schedule even set aside time for pooches to sniff out their favorite treats.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Video: Coloring Easter eggs

  • Video: How to tie-dye an egg

 

Looking for a Brunch with the Bunny or a fast-paced egg hunt? You'll find plenty of Easter fun among the events happening over the next several weeks throughout DuPage County. Here's a sampling:

Today

This is the deadline to register for the Great Egg Scramble, set for 9 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Children ages 2-10 are divided into age groups to look for eggs and trinkets. Cost: $12 for Wheaton Park District residents, $15 for others. Info: wheatonparkdistrict.com.

March 29

Adults 18 and older can search for hundreds of hidden eggs containing candy and coupons for local businesses during the Itasca Park District's free Adult Eggstravaganza at 8 p.m. in Washington Park, Irving Park and Bloomingdale roads. Bring a flashlight; free baby-sitting available. Info: (630) 773-2257 or itascaparkdistrict.com.

March 30

Dogs hunt for plastic eggs filled with treats from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, 1776 W. Centennial Place, Addison. Handlers must be 16 or older. Info: (630) 833-0100.

• Little chefs create and sample treats at Bloomingdale Park District's Breakfast with the Bunny Cook-Off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Johnston Recreation Center, 172 S. Circle Ave. Info: (630) 529-3650 or bloomingdaleparks.org.

• Winfield Park District's Flashlight Egg Hunt begins with a hunt for children ages 3 to 5 at 8 p.m. at Lions Park, 27W636 Beecher. Subsequent hunts are at 8:15 p.m. for students in kindergarten through second grade and at 8:30 p.m. for students in grades three through five. Each participant receives a glowstick; bring a flashlight and a basket or bag to hold eggs. Cost: $4 residents, $5 for others in advance; $5 and $6 the day of the event. Info: (630) 653-3811 or winfieldparkdistrict.com.

• Kids make individual bunny- and egg-shaped pizzas during Villa Park Recreation's Pizza with the Bunny from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa. While waiting for the pizzas to cook, children decorate cookies to eat later. Bring a camera for pictures with the bunny. Cost: $12, $9 for each additional sibling. Register: (630) 834-8970.

• Register by March 30 for a Flashlight Egg Hunt for kids ages 9 to 14, set for 9 p.m. sharp Thursday, April 5, at the Lisle Community Park Bandshell, 1825 Short St. Cost: $7 for residents and $10 for others. Info: lisleparkdistrict.org or (630) 964-3410.

• Register by March 30 for Brunch with the Bunny for families with children ages 5 to 12, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7, at White Pines Banquet Hall, 500 W. Jefferson St., Bensenville. Cost: $15 per child for residents and $20 per child for others; $10 for adults. Info: (630) 766-7015.

• Kids ages 10 to 15 search for eggs filled with candy and prizes during the Itasca Park District's Eggstreme Teen Night at 8 p.m. at Washington Park, Irving Park and Bloomingdale roads. Free. Info: (630) 773-2257 or itascaparkdistrict.com.

March 31

Children ages 18 to 36 months can search for signs of bunnies, play games, listen to a story and make a fuzzy bunny craft during Bunny Hop from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 4, at Morton Arboretum's Thornhill Outpost, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Cost: $22, with discounts for arboretum members. Register: mortonarb.org/education or (630) 719-2468.

• An egg hunt for ages 1 to 10 begins at 10 a.m. sharp at Lisle Park District's Community Park, 1825 Short St. Arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Cost: $7 for residents, $10 for others. Info: lisleparkdistrict.org or (630) 964-3410.

• The Addison Kiwanis pancake breakfast is from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Recreation Center, 120 E. Oak St., Addison. The event includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast, as well as the Addison Park District's annual egg hunt for children 10 and younger at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Cost: $3 for children ages 12 and younger and adults 60 and older; $4 for others for breakfast. The egg hunt is free. Bring your own camera for pictures with the Easter bunny from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Info: (630) 833-0100.

• Join an egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. sharp at Bloomingdale Park District's Circle Park, 163 Fairfield Way. The Bunny Bash follows from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Circle Park and the nearby Johnson Recreation Center, 172 S. Circle Ave., and features a bounce house, coloring contest, petting zoo, crafts, games, puppet show and music by a DJ. Free; registration required for Bunny Bash. Info: (630) 529-3650 or bloomingdalepars.org.

• Participate in the Old-Fashioned Egg Roll and make a crafts from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at West Chicago Public Library, 118 W. Washington St. For ages 2-9. Info: (630) 231-1552 or westchicago.lib.il.us.

• Hunt for eggs and visit with the Bunny at 1 p.m. at Villa Park Recreation's Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave. The outdoor egg hunt happens rain or shine, then everyone heads inside to meet the bunny and have snacks. Bring a basket to collect eggs. Cost: $4 per child, free for other family members. Before the egg hunt, children ages 3 to 12 color eggs to take home from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Iowa Recreation Center. Cost: $10, $8 for each additional sibling. Registration required for both events. Info: (630) 834-8970.

• Itasca Park District's Spring Fling and Candy Hunt is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Springbrook Nature Center, 130 Forest Ave. The event includes a candy hunt at 11 a.m. sharp, as well as crafts, games and a visit from the Easter bunny. Bring a camera. Free. Info: (630) 773-2257 or itascaparkdistrict.com.

• Itasca Park District's Breakfast with the Bunny, for families with children ages 10 and younger, is from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the park district Recreation Center, 350 E. Irving Park Road. The menu includes muffins, doughnuts, fruit, juice and coffee. Each child gets time with the bunny. Registration is required. Cost: $10 for children, $5 for adults. Info: (630) 773-2257 or itascaparkdistrict.com.

• The Easter bunny makes an early appearance at the Prisco Community Center as the featured guest for activities that include a brunch buffet, egg hunt, music, arts and crafts from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. Cost of brunch: $8 for resident children, $10 nonresident; $9 for adults, $12 nonresident. Registration deadline is March 29. Reservations: (630) 859-8606 or foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

• Breakfast with the Easter bunny is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Center for Senior Citizens, 260 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights. Includes all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with sausage and beverage. No registration required. Fee at door: $5 adults, $3 children, $2 picture with Easter bunny. Info: (630) 260-6060.

• Peter Rabbit drops off filled eggs for children up to age 8 to collect at Glendale Heights Safety Town, 301 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights. Hunts begin promptly at the listed times. For children requiring an adult to assist: 8:15 a.m. for ages 5 and younger; 9 a.m. for ages 6 to 8. For children not requiring adult assistance: 9:30 a.m. for ages 5 and 6; 10 a.m. for ages 7 and 8. Safety Town bags are given to children to collect eggs. Info: (630) 909-5466.

April 1

Kids ages 3 to 12 hunt for eggs in the pool at 3 p.m. at Addison Park District's Club Fitness, 1776 W. Centennial Place. Children 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult; bring a plastic bag to collect eggs. Participants should arrive between 2:45 and 2:55 p.m. Cost: $5 per child for residents and $7 for others, which includes free admission to family open swim afterward. Registration required. Info: (630) 889-2150.

April 5

The Naperville Park District's outdoor flashlight egg hunt for kids ages 9 to 13 is from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the Knoch Knolls Park Wigwam, 336 Knoch Knolls Road. Bring a flashlight, and bring a bag or basket for eggs and prizes. Cost: $10 for residents, $14 for others. Info: napervilleparks.org or (630) 848-5000.

• Kids make Easter crafts from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Park District's Johnston Recreation Center, 172 S. Circle Ave. Bring a smock. Info: (630) 529-3650 or bloomingdaleparks.org.

April 6

Enjoy breakfast while the Easter bunny visits each table from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 6 and 7 at Morton Arboretum's Ginkgo Restaurant in the Visitor Center, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. For children ages 4-12. Cost: $32 adults; $25 adults, $21 children for members; free children 3 and younger. Register: mortonarb.org or (630) 968-0074.

April 7

Naperville Park District's Spring Egg-stravaganza is from 9 to 10 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m. at Seager Park Interpretive Center, 1163 Plank Road, Naperville. The event, for children ages 2 to 5, includes games, stories, crafts, snacks and an egg hunt. Bring a basket. Cost: $11 per parent and child for residents, $17 for others. Info: napervilleparks.org or (630) 848-5000.

• Children 10 and younger hunt for eggs at 10 a.m. at Warrenville VFW Post 8081, 3S371 Mignin Drive. The event also includes Easter treats and prizes, a bake sale, and a pancake breakfast served by Boy Scout Troop from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost: $5 for the pancake breakfast. Info: (630) 393-2442.

April 8

Enjoy an Easter brunch while the Easter bunny visits your table at 9:30 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. April 8 in Morton Arboretum's Gingko Restaurant at the Visitor Center, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Tickets: $32 children, $47 adults; $26 children, $38 adults for members. Register: mortonarb.org or (630) 968-0074.

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