Easter egg hunts, events in the Fox Valley

  • Families on the children's age group of one and two-year-olds scramble to collect as many eggs as they can on the football field at Mooseheart's fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt last year. About 15,000 eggs were on the field for kids ages one through eight.

      Families on the children's age group of one and two-year-olds scramble to collect as many eggs as they can on the football field at Mooseheart's fifth annual Easter Egg Hunt last year. About 15,000 eggs were on the field for kids ages one through eight. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer, 2015

  • As a horn blows signaling the start of the Easter egg hunt, children and their parents dash to collect plastic eggs at St. Charles Park District's Pottawatomie Park.

      As a horn blows signaling the start of the Easter egg hunt, children and their parents dash to collect plastic eggs at St. Charles Park District's Pottawatomie Park. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer, 2014

  • Volunteer Rachel Russell of Elgin checks to see how color is taking to eggs for children during the natural egg dyeing program at the Elgin Public Museum. A variety of natural dyes such as onion skins, turmeric, beets, blueberries and more were used by Native Americans and pioneers.

      Volunteer Rachel Russell of Elgin checks to see how color is taking to eggs for children during the natural egg dyeing program at the Elgin Public Museum. A variety of natural dyes such as onion skins, turmeric, beets, blueberries and more were used by Native Americans and pioneers. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Olivia Moore, 6, of North Aurora wears bunny ears while walking down Wilson Street with her parents, Kimberly and Julius, while they visit businesses for eggs in the Batavia Downtown Egg Hop last year.

      Olivia Moore, 6, of North Aurora wears bunny ears while walking down Wilson Street with her parents, Kimberly and Julius, while they visit businesses for eggs in the Batavia Downtown Egg Hop last year. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer, 2015

  • Who says egg hunts are just for kids? Several communities in the Fox Valley are offering doggy egg hunts this year.

      Who says egg hunts are just for kids? Several communities in the Fox Valley are offering doggy egg hunts this year. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
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Easter-themed activities in the Fox Valley include opportunities to collect eggs, eat eggs or dye them, or to snap a selfie with the bunny. In some cases, your pooch can even join in the fun. Check out our list and get your basket ready.

Algonquin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Flashlight egg hunt: 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, in Towne Park, 100 Jefferson St. Meet at the pavilion before heading into the park. Bring a basket and flashlight. Free, but preregistration is required. Open to all families; children who are 10 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Info: rec.algonquin.org/.

Aurora

Easter Egg Scramble: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at Aurora Advent Christian Church, 905 N. Edgelawn Drive. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served from 10:30 to 10:55 a.m. in the church's fellowship hall. At 11 a.m., a short program for parents and children will be held in the church sanctuary. After the program, the egg hunt will be held on the church's north lawn. Info: www.auroraadvent.org/.

Batavia

• Easter egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at West Main Community Park, 40W101 W. Main St. Features special prize eggs, photos with the Easter bunny. Free. Nonperishable food or paper product donations are encouraged.

• Egg hunt for dogs: Noon Saturday, March 19, at the Bark Park at West Main Community Park. Features pet-friendly booths and vendors and pet adoptions. Registration will begin on-site at 11 a.m. Cost is $10 for the first dog and $5 for each additional; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Anderson Animal Shelter, South Elgin. All dogs must be leashed. Call (630) 879-5235 or visit www.bataviaparks.org.

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• Downtown Egg Hop: 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, Peg Bond Center, Island Avenue and Houston Street. Egg collecting, face painting, games, activities, learn to bunny hop, spring stories with the library, Easter story with River City Church, raffle drawings and dance performances. Free. Visit downtownbatavia.com.

Bull Valley

Conservation Egg Hunt: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Boone Creek Conservation Area, 916 Cold Springs Road, Bull Valley. A short hike leads kids, through age 13, to various bird habitats where they search for "eggs" of local birds. Everyone finds eggs and everyone gets a prize. Registration required by Tuesday, March 22; fee is $4-$5. Info: www.MCCDistrict.org or (815) 479-5779.

Cary

Egg hunt for dogs: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, Hoffman Park. Small dogs at 6:30 p.m., medium to large dogs at 7 p.m. All dogs must be on a leash. Preregistration is required; $2 per dog. Register at the Community Center, 255 Briargate Road, Cary. Visit www.carypark.com.

Elgin

Natural egg dyeing: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd. Use different natural dyes like onion skins, turmeric, berries and more from Native American and pioneer traditions. Use modern techniques such as crayons and rubber bands to create beautiful designs. No registration required; $2 for two eggs. Info: www.elginpublicmuseum.org

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Geneva

• The Egg-Mazing Race and Night Owl Egg Hunt: 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Wheeler Park, 822 N. 1st St. Kids ages 10-14 will solve a series of clues and participate in challenges scattered around the park. There are a variety of prizes, including gift certificates to Sunset Pool, Stone Creek Miniature Golf and a variety of local restaurants. Call (630) 232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.

• Bunny breakfast: 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. seatings Saturday, March 19, inside the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road. Features pancakes and photos with bunny. Cost is $5-$8; registration required. Call (630) 232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.

• Free egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center soccer fields. Features two age-specific areas, one for children 4 and younger and one for those 5 and older. Arrive early and dress for the weather. Call (630) 232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.

Gilberts

Easter egg hunt: Noon Sunday, March 20, at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 18N377 Galligan Road. For details, call (847) 428-4054.

Hampshire

Easter egg hunt and photos with the bunny: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 26, at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43W301 Plank Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 47 in Hampshire. Call (847) 464-5721 or visit www.stpetersnorthplato.org.

Lake in the Hills

Easter egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at the village hall, 600 Harvest Gate. For ages 10 and younger; bring your own basket. Free. www.lith.org/.

Mooseheart

Easter egg hunt: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Mooseheart's football field, 255 James J. Davis Drive, Mooseheart (between North Aurora and Batavia, two miles north of I-88 on Illinois Route 31). Gates open at 10 a.m. and activities continue until 1 p.m. Activities include face painting, crafts, a bounce house, a petting zoo and pony rides; a free hot dog lunch and photos with the bunny. Free. Call (630) 906-3601 or visit www.mooseheart.org.

St. Charles

• Egg hunt: 9:45 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave. Children ages 9 and younger start lining up 9:45 a.m. at the entrance gate to the River View Miniature Golf Course. Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Free. Info: stcparks.org

• Egg hunt for dogs: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, James O. Breen Community Park, Campton Hills Road. Leashed dogs can hunt for eggs. $4-$7 per dog. Info: stcparks.org

South Elgin

• Home visit from the bunny: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Peter Cottontail is coming to your house in South Elgin. The bunny will arrive on his trailer and spend 15-20 minutes at your house. Registration is required and the cost is $27 per basket, with each additional child at the house being $20. For South Elgin residents only. Call (847) 622-0003 or visit www.southelgin.com.

• Spring Holiday Egg Hunt: Noon Saturday, March 26, at Kenyon Woods Pasture, Raymond St., park at South Elgin High School. Bring a basket. Bunny photos available from 10:45 to 11:50 a.m. Free. Bring a nonperishable item.

Sugar Grove

Easter egg hunt: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Volunteer Park, 61 Main St. Bring a basket; special prizes featured. Free. Info: www.sugargroveparkdistrict.org/.

West Dundee

Egg hunt with hayride: Saturday, March 19, at Randall Oaks Park, 1180 N. Randall Road. Advance registration required for a time slot between 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For ages 2-7. No same day registration; check in 15 minutes before scheduled time. $5-$9. Info: www.dtpd.org/.

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