Easter wouldn't be the same without the traditional egg hunt or a visit from the Bunny. But have you ever tried searching for Easter eggs in the dark? Or under water? Or on ice?
If you're in the mood for something a little different this year, check out our list of Easter-themed events happening across the suburbs that offer a unique twist.
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Doggie Egg Hunt and Spring Bonnet Parade: Dress your dog in her best spring bonnet and join the pet parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, at Bark Park, Kuhn Road and North Avenue. After the parade, leashed dogs can hunt for treat-filled eggs at 1:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures. Fee per dog is $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Visit www.csparks.org.
Spring Egg-stravaganza: More than 4,000 adults and children are expected at the 11th annual Soldier Field event, the largest free candy grab in Chicago, on Saturday, April 12. The fest begins at 9 a.m., with the candy grab on the field at 10 a.m. for children 10 and younger. From 9 to 11:30 a.m., check out the South Courtyard's spring festival featuring inflatables, face painters, a balloon artist and the Radio Disney Road Crew Show. Soldier Field is at 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive. Call (312) 235-7000 or visit soldierfield.net.
Elk Grove Village
Swim with the Bunny: Children can collect eggs in the water and exchange them for prizes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Pavilion Aquatic Center, 1000 Wellington Ave. Kids can swim and play games afterward. Bring a basket. Preregistration is required by April 14. Cost is $5 for adults, $7 for resident children and $10 for nonresidents. Sign up at the Pavilion, visit www.elkgroveparks.org or call (847) 593-6248.
Teen Night Owl Egg Hunt: Teens and preteens, ages 10 to 15, can bring a flashlight and search for eggs filled with candy and prizes at Wheeler Park, off Route 31, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Special golden eggs have prizes from local restaurants and vendors. Cost is $5 per person or $8 for nonresidents. Register by Friday, April 4. Call (630) 232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.
Doggie Egg Hunt: Dogs can hunt for egg treats hidden around Spring Avenue Dog Park, 185 Spring Ave., at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. All dogs must be leashed. Fee is $5 for dog park members and $10 for nonmembers. For a member discount, visit the park in person with a permit. Register at www.gepark.org/new_events.htm.
Flashlight Egg Hunt: Kids ages 7 to 12 are invited to search for special treats around Lake Ellyn, 645 Lenox Road, at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. Don't forget your flashlight and basket. Group will meet inside the boathouse and then head to the park. Resident fee is $6; nonresidents are $9. Register at www.gepark.org/new_events.htm.
Aqua Egg Hunt: This underwater egg hunt features eggs, goodies, games and a visit from the Easter Bunny beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Prairie Stone Sports and Wellness Center, 5050 Sedge Blvd. Parents must accompany children in the pool if they can't swim. Preregistration is required. Residents are $5; nonresidents are $6. Visit www.heparks.org for information.
The Great Egg Slide: Children can skate with the Bunny and hunt for eggs on the ice from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, at Triphahn Community Center and Ice Arena, 1685 W. Higgins Road. Free admission and skate rental. Visit www.heparks.org for information.
Doggie Eggstravaganza: If your dog wants in on Easter action, take him for a hunt beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Bo's Run, 3600 Lexington Drive, or Freedom Run, 3450 Russell Road, off-leash dog parks. Registration and proof of vaccination are required in advance at Willow Recreation Center, 3600 Lexington Drive. Event is $5 residents and $6 for nonresidents. Visit www.heparks.org.
Water Easter Egg Hunt: Ready to jump in the pool and hunt for eggs? Hundreds of floating eggs filled with surprises await swimmers beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at Eaglewood Resort, 1401 Nordic Road. Each age group has time to swim after the hunt. Bags for eggs will be provided. Adults must accompany children. Fee is $8 per child; adults are free. Visit www.itascaparkdistrict.com for information.
Eggstreme Teen Nite: Teens and tweens are invited for a special hunt at Washington Park at Irving Park and Bloomingdale roads beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. Eggs filled with candy and coupons are hidden throughout the park, including a grand prize egg redeemable for a special prize. Bring flashlights. Visit www.itascaparkdistrict.com for information.
Adult Extravaganza: Adults can get in on the Easter action, too! A free egg hunt for grown-ups will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at Washington Park at Irving Park and Bloomingdale roads. Eggs contain candy and coupons for local businesses. Bring running shoes and flashlights. Free baby-sitting is provided. Visit www.itascaparkdistrict.com.
Easter Egg Drop: Enjoy spring on the farm! On April 13, Susanna Farms will host toddler egg hunts and horseback rides, as well as a children's egg drop at 4:45 p.m., with Chicago Helicopter Express dropping bunches of candy-filled eggs from above. Toddler hunts will be at 4 p.m. Children can play in the hay mazes, enjoy train rides around the barn and see horses, cows, baby chickens and hens. Susanna Farms is located at 24153 Town Line Road. Admission is $5 per person, which includes a train ride. Horseback rides are extra. For information, visit www.susannafarms.com or call (847) 838-0798.
Dancing Egg Ride: This isn't your average egg hunt. Bike Bald, a nonprofit that raises money for childhood cancer research and other causes through themed bike rides, is hosting an adult ride at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 5. Participants will meet in the rear of Eggs, Inc., 220 S. Washington Street, for the 18 to 20 mile ride, with several stops for egg-hunting and other egg-related activities. Cost is $20 per rider. For information, visit bikebald.com/ride.
Flashlight Egg Hunt: Grab a flashlight and a basket to collect eggs under the stars at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at Riverwalk Rotary Hill off Aurora Road. Refreshments will be served. Parents must accompany their children but may not help them hunt. Preregistration is required. Cost is $14 for nonresidents or $10 for residents. Visit www.napervilleparks.org for information.
Underwater Egg Hunt: Kids can dive under water for prize-filled eggs starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 18, at the Family Aquatic Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road. Kids will be divided into age groups; after, families can swim or take pictures with the Bunny until 11:45 a.m. Event is free for Aquatic Center members; register in person with membership card. Registration deadline is April 17 or until event fills. Preregistration required. Cost is $5 for residents; $7 for non-residents. Visit www.obparks.org/aquatics/special-events. asp for information.
Hound Egg Hunt: The annual egg hunt for dogs begins at noon on Saturday, April 12, at Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road. Dogs and owners 16 and older can hunt for eggs filled with treats, and each dog will receive a souvenir picture with the Bunny. Fee is $6 in advance or $8 on-site. The first 120 registered dogs will receive a goody bag. All dogs must be leashed and wear current rabies tags. For more information, visit www.palatineparks.org or call (847) 496-6229.
Flashlight Egg Scramble: The evening egg hunt for adults begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at Falcon Park Recreation Center, 2195 N. Hicks Road. Check-in starts at 7:30 p.m. Guests will receive a flashlight and a bag from Sports Authority and can take pictures with the Bunny. After, guests can open their eggs and claim prizes. A cash bar is available. Event is dog-free and child-free. For information, visit www.palatineparks.org or call (847) 496-6229.
Underwater EGG-stravaganza: Pool egg hunts, entertainment, games and prizes are part of the fun beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at The Water Works, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. Egg hunts will be in the play pool; parents can assist small children. Bring a basket for eggs. Preregister by April 16. Cost is $12 per child for residents and $18 for nonresidents. Adults are free. Visit www.parkfun.com or call (847) 490-7020 for information.
Easter Egg Dive: Hunt for eggs in the climate-controlled indoor Cool Pool at the Park Place Family Recreation Center, 550 S. Park Blvd. beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 18. Bring a basket for your treats. Fee is $4 in advance or $6 on-site. Visit www.streamwoodparkdistrict.org or call (630) 483-3010.
Teen Flashlight Eggstravaganza: Teens can hunt for eggs in the dark beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at Reed-Keppler Park, 129 W. National St. For ages 10 to 13, cost is $5 for residents and $6 for nonresidents. Bring a flashlight. Register by April 4 at www.we-goparks.org.
Dog-gone Egg Hunt: Dogs can hunt for treats beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Wiggly Field Dog Park, 129 W. National St. Eggs are filled with treats and prizes. Dogs must be leashed; handlers must be 18 or older. Bring cameras for pictures. Preregistration is required for this free event; register at www.we-goparks.org.