Although Easter will be here in just a couple of days, there are still plenty of opportunities for egg hunting -- and face time with the Easter Bunny -- throughout the Fox Valley. Here are a few.
The Congregational Church of Algonquin, 109 Washington St., invites the community to its Easter egg Family Event at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7. Between the hunts, enjoy light refreshments, and learn how to dye eggs and make some crafts. For information, call the church office at (847) 658-5308.
The Dundee Township Park District will offer an Easter brunch with the bunny Sunday, April 8, at Randall Oaks Golf Club and Banquets. Enjoy a grand selection of breakfast favorites plus a dessert buffet. Advance reservations are required. Visit randalloaksgc.com or call (847) 428-5661, ext. 2. Be sure to bring your camera to take pictures with the bunny.
Heritage Prairie Farm will host kids crafts and a farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, including an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Hasselmann Family Farm will be on hand with its baby bunnies and chicks.
The farm is at 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, two miles west of Randall Road off Route 38. (630) 443-5989; heritageprairiefarm.com.
• The Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd., will present "Natural Egg Dyeing" from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7. The fee is $2. Participants can use a variety of natural dyes from Native American and pioneer times such as onion skins, turmeric (a spice), beets, blueberries and much more. Use modern techniques such as crayons and rubber bands to complete amazing designs. Explore the museum while the eggs are dyeing.
Recipes of the dyes are provided so you can try natural egg dyeing at home. No registration. Call (847) 741-6655 or visit elginpublicmuseum.org.
• Grace Evangelical Church of Elgin invites you to its community Easter egg hunt. More than 5,000 eggs, full of candy and prizes, will be waiting to be discovered. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Grace Evangelical Church, 1800 Bowes Road, a quarter-mile west of McLean Boulevard in Elgin. Preregistration will begin on-site at 12:30 p.m., or register online by visiting graceevangelicalchurch.com.
This event is free, and is open to all children through sixth grade. (847) 742-6818.
• The Elgin Jaycees will hold breakfast with the bunny from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at American Legion Post 57, 820 N. Liberty St., Elgin. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids, age 5-10, and kids 5 and younger eat free. There also will be a free Easter egg hunt and a photo with the bunny. (847) 741-1684.
• Elgin American Legion Post 57 will host its annual Easter breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 8, at the post home, 820 N. Liberty St., Elgin. Cost is $12, $5 for kids, age 10 and younger; kids age 4 and younger eat free. Along with the usual spread, there will new items such as: omelet station, ham carving station, Belgium waffles, and homemade French toast. They also will have an unlimited Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar for $7.
• The Huntley Park District will hold an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Deicke Park, with parking at the REC Center, 12015 Mill St. Children will be divided into age groups, including a group for children with special needs. Bring your own basket or bag. The Easter Bunny will be there. Visit huntleyparks.org.
Lake in the Hills
Join Cornerstone Baptist Church for an Easter egg hunt from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Marlowe Middle School field, 9625 Haligus Road, Lake in the Hills. The egg hunt, for kids ages 12 and younger, will feature eggs filled with treats, as well as a "Golden Egg" and a prize. Call (877) 989-8300 or visit cornerstonehuntley.org.
• Mooseheart will hold its annual community Easter egg hunt, rain or shine, at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Mooseheart's football stadium; enter off Route 31 at Mooseheart's main entrance. It is open to any child 10 and younger in the Fox Valley area. Indoor activities immediately following the Easter egg hunt include inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts, farm animals, pictures with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera), music, hot dog meal, games and prize tables. Visit mooseheart.org.
• Hop on over for Pingree Grove's annual Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7, near Cambridge Lakes Charter School, 900 Wester Blvd.
Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. at the soccer fields by the school. There is no fee, but participants are encouraged to bring a donation for the Animal House Shelter of Huntley. A list of its current needs is at animalhouseshelter.com.
There will be an appearance by the Easter Bunny, and an opportunity for kids to find some "special" eggs for bigger prizes. For details, visit villageofpingreegrove.org.
The Sleepy Hollow Service Club will hold an Easter egg hunt from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Sabatino Park. Hunts will be divided into age groups, including a hunt for kids with special needs. The Easter Bunny will pose for photos. Call (847) 574-8116.
• The South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department will offer a breakfast with the bunny from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Village Squire. All participants must register at the village hall before the event. Bring your camera. The cost is $24 for residents and $30 for nonresidents for a family of four. Each additional child is $5. Register early as space is limited; call (847) 622-0003.
• The South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department will hold its spring holiday egg hunt Saturday, April 7. Bring your baskets to the old-fashioned spring egg hunt. The hunt begins at noon sharp at Kenyon Woods, off Raymond Street, across from South Elgin High School. The bunny arrives at 10:30 a.m. for photos and departs at 11:50 a.m. before the hunt. Free; no registration. Call (847) 622-0003.