Family-friendly Easter Events

March 16, 2010 10:18:53 AM PDT
Easter is just around the corner, and your family might be looking for fun and budget-friendly ways to celebrate.

So Nina Taluc and Jean Lemke, creators of Kidwinks.com have compiled a list of family-friendly springtime events. From underwater egg hunts in swimming pools to flashlight hunts that take place outdoors at night to egg hunts for dogs at dog parks, Kidwinks can help Chicagoland families find the perfect Easter/Spring celebration. Whether you have toddlers, pre-teens, teenagers or dogs, Kidwinks.com has the answers. It's a free and easy web guide to kid-friendly activities, events and restaurants created by two Chicago moms for parents.

For more information and more family friendly entertainment ideas, visit kidwinks.com

Egg Decorating

Natural Egg Dyeing at Elgin Public Museum (Elgin)
Come to Lords Park for a GREAT Easter experience: Natural Egg Dyeing! We use a variety of natural dyes such as onion skins, Turmeric (a spice), beets, blueberries and much more. This technique comes from Native American and Pioneer days when chemical dyes and food coloring were not available. Use modern techniques such as crayons and rubber bands to complete amazing designs! Explore the museum while the eggs are dyeing.
Where: Elgin Public Museum, Elgin
When: Saturday, April 3; 10:00AM - noon
Cost: $2 per participant
Ages: any
Registration: No registration required.

Family Pask Workshop (Chicago)
What a great way to start your Easter! Learn about traditional Easter food, decorate a "påskris" and paint eggs both the Swedish and American way. Children dressed up in Easter costumes will receive a special treat. Swedish fruit punch and delicious Swedish open faced sandwiches will be served during the workshop.
Where: Swedish American Museum, Chicago
When: Saturday, March 20; 10:00AM - noon
Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members
Ages: any
Registration: Advance registration required.
Egg Hunts

Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Festival Chicago Park District (Chicago)
Meet the big white Bunny and look for hidden eggs! In addition to egg hunts, most events will feature face painting, arts and crafts plus photo opportunities with the bunny (bring your camera). Some activities may require pre-registration due to limited space. Participants should call the individual parks for additional information.
Where: Various CPD parks, Chicago
When: March 25 -- April 3; various times
Ages: Varies with event
Cost: Varies with event; generally free or nominal cost

Easter Egg Hunt (Oak Brook)
For this egg hunt, children are divided into age groups to collect candy and eggs. They should be on the look-out for special hidden eggs that are redeemable for prize baskets. The hunt lasts for less than five minutes so it is recommended that you arrive a few minutes early to avoid disappointment.
The Oak Brook Park District will act as an intermediary with the Easter Bunny if parents would like to arrange to have the Easter Bunny give their child their very own basket filled with goodies and surprises along with a picture when they visit him!
Where: This event is held in specially designated areas (near the soccer fields) of Central Park in Oakbrook.
When: Saturday, April 3; 10:00AM
Cost: Free
Ages: 2-11 years
Registration: No registration for egg hunt; Register by March 29th for Easter basket purchase.

Flashlight Egg Hunts

Flashlight Egg Hunt (Naperville)
Grab your flashlight and hunt for prize-filled eggs outdoors under the stars! Refreshments will be served. Please bring a flashlight and a bag or basket to put your eggs and prizes in.
Where: Knoch Knolls Park, Naperville
When: Thursday, April 1; 7:45 -- 8:30PM
Cost: $9/resident; $12/non-resident
Ages: 9-13 years; parents must accompany children
Registration: Registration is required.

Flashlight Egg Hunt (Arlington Heights)
It's a new twist on the traditional egg hunt. Bring your flashlights and hop on over to Heritage Park, 506 W Victoria Ln. for a night of egg hunt fun. The egg hunt is held rain or shine. Check in starts at 7 pm and the hunt begins promptly at 7:30 pm or 7:45 pm, depending on age group.
Where: Heritage Park, Arlington Heights
When: Wednesday, March 31; 7:30PM or 7:45Pm, depending on age group Cost: $8/resident; $10/non-resident
Ages: 3 - 9 years; parents must accompany children
Registration: Pre-registration is encouraged.

Water Egg Hunts

Aqua Egg Hunt (Bartlett)
Come out to Splash Central for some fun collecting eggs in the water. Stay after the event to meet Navigator our Splash Central mascot and to swim. Children will be set into groups at different areas of the pool for the egg hunt.
Where: Splash Central Indoor Aquatic Facility, Bartlett
When: Friday, April 2; 10:00AM
Cost: $8/resident; $10/non-resident
Ages: 0 to 8 years and over
Registration: Registration is required.

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt (Oak Brook Park District)
Children will search in the swimming pool for eggs filled with prizes and look for prize slips redeemable for larger prizes! Children will be divided into age groups according to the appropriate swimming areas. The egg hunt will be over in 10 minutes, so don't be late. Parents and children are invited to stay and swim and take pictures with the Easter Bunny until 11:45am.
Where: Family Recreation Center, Oak Brook
When: Friday, April 2; 10:00AM -- 11:45AM
Cost: $3/resident; $5/non-resident
Ages: 0 to 12 years
Registration: Registration is required.

Underwater EGGstravaganza (Schaumburg Park District) Hunt for eggs underwater and swim with the Bunny at this unique Schaumburg Park District event. Pool egg hunts, entertainment, a DJ, games and prizes are all part of the fun. There will be scheduled egg hunts throughout the evening.

Where: The Water Works, Schaumburg
When: Thursday, April 1; 6:00PM -- 8:00PM
Cost: $8/resident; $12/non-resident; parents are free
Ages: 0 to 9 years & up
Registration: Registration is required.

Doggie Egg Hunts

7th Annual Doggie Egg Hunt Chicago Park District
All dogs in attendance will have the chance to find dog-friendly treats and participate in plenty of activities including a spring bonnet parade and photos with the Easter Bunny (available for purchase).
Where: Horner Park, Chicago
When: Saturday, March 27; 10:00 AM -- 12 noon
Ages: 18 & over
Cost: $5 per dog

Doggone Easter Egg Hunt - Schaumburg Park District (Schaumburg) Every dog gets the chance to have its day at the second annual Doggone Easter Egg Hunt. Multiple activities for pets and their owners are featured, including egg hunts for small and large breeds, an agility course, obedience workshop, an area for free play and a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. Multiple dog vendors and pet adoption agencies will be on site.
Where: Bock Park, Schaumburg
When: Sunday, March 28; 1:00PM -- 3:00PM
Cost: $8 for residents and $11 for non-residents
Ages: any
Registration: Registration is required by March 27.

Doggie Eggstravaganza (Hoffman Estates) Dogs that enjoy the thrill of the hunt, or just like to romp, can hunt for prizes and treats hidden in colorful holiday eggs throughout the Dog Park. Dogs must be leashed during the event.
Where: Willow Dog Park, Hoffman Estates
When: Saturday, March 27; Large dogs: 9:30AM -- 10:00AM Small dogs: 10:30AM -- 11:00AM
Cost: $5
Registration: Special registration form and proof of vaccination required before March 25th.

Hound Egg Hunt (Palatine)
Palatine Park District hosts a good old fashioned egg hunt for your dog. Dogs will hunt for eggs filled with treats and have their picture taken with our bunny. Dogs must be on a leash and wearing a current rabies tag to participate in this event.
Where: Towne Square, Palatine
When: Saturday, March 27; 11:00AM
Cost: $6 per dog; $8 per dog day of event
Ages: 16 years and over with your dog
Registration: Pre-registration is available and must include a copy of current rabies form. SPRING/EASTER FESTIVALS

Bunny Trail Wagon Rides (Naperville) Round up the family and join the Naperville Park District as we enjoy the fresh spring air and travel down the old bunny trail. Warm yourself near a cozy fire and sip some hot chocolate or enjoy some lemonade and then take a wagon ride where you will 'hop' off and the children will hunt for hidden eggs. You may bring food to cook over the bonfire. No alcohol allowed. You will need to bring your own stick/skewer for roasting. Picnic tables are provided, but you may bring chairs and blankets. Participants also should bring a flashlight.

Where: Seager Park and Knoch Knolls, Naperville
When: March 27 & 28; April 3. Time slots are from 11:00am -- 6:00pm. A schedule of time slots for each date & location can be found on the Naperville Park District website.
Cost: $8/ person resident; $12/person non-resident
Ages: Families
Registration: Required

Spring Bunny Trail (Northbrook)
Hop over to meet and have photos taken with the Spring Bunny. Children can hunt for candy, play games and enjoy a magician's performance. Children will be grouped by age for the hunt.

Where: Techny Prairie Park and Fields, Northbrook
When: Saturday, March 20; 10:00AM -- 12:30PM
Cost: Free Ages: Egg hunt is for children ages 0-7 years.
Registration: Not required.

Easter Carnival and Chocolate Factory Open House (Buffalo Grove) Bring your camera - The Easter Bunny will be a the Long Grove Confectionery Company with his basket of goodies! A wonderful family event, especially for chocolate lovers. Take our chocolate factory tour for free, open house style. Festivities include a coloring contest, face painting, Jelly Belly Guessing Game and (weather permitting) Carnival Rides. Our Outlet store has hundreds of affordable holiday gifts available. Please join us for all the fun! Where: Long Grove Confectionery Co., Buffalo Grove When: Sunday, March 28; 10:00AM -- 3:00PM Cost: Free Ages: All ages, but carnival rides are geared for kids 7 and under. Registration: Not required.

Bunny Meals

Easter Bunny Breakfast at The Glen Town Center The Easter Bunny Breakfast is a great time for the kids to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy a delicious breakfast! How about eggs??? The Breakfast will take place at the Glen's Event Space located at 2651 Navy Blvd. (between Jos. A. Bank and Mitchell's Fish Market).
Where: The Glen Town Center, Glenview
When: Saturday, March 27; 9:00AM -- 11:00AM
Cost: Free
Ages: All.
Registration: Reservations required.

ABOUT KIDWINKS.COM

Park Ridge moms, Nina Taluc and Jean Lemke, are the creators and founders of Kidwinks.com, a free website that provides easy family fun guides for any occasion in the Chicagoland area. The two met nine years ago and hit it off immediately. Nina, the creative genius behind Kidwinks.com, pitched the idea to Jean who though it would be a great way to help promote family time and help families find budget friendly activities. With Jean's background in programming, computer auditing and finance and Nina's in statistical data analysis, the two were able to get the website up and running in a few short years. Still residing in Park Ridge with their husbands and children, Nina and Jean have taken their idea and developed it into a wonderful business with hundreds of members and participants.


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