So many eggs, so little time. Your little detectives can hone their skills as they hop, run, walk, climb and swim to find Easter eggs all over Chicago and the ‘burbs. These hunts will have you zipping around parks, hopping into malls and even sneaking around in the dark. Expect candy, toys, prizes and more. Hop on over to the following hunts for nonstop egg-citement.

Real Egg Hunt and Decorate at Meadowside Nature Center

IN CHICAGO

Chicago Park District Egg Hunts
Take a trip to your favorite neighborhood park for a good old-fashioned egg hunt. There are quite a few traditional options with hunts and bunny photos, but here are some egg-xtra special ones you can check out. There is a Doggie Egg Hunt at Horner Park (Apr. 13, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.) where your furry friends can search for treat-filled eggs. Garibaldi Park will be hosting a Flashlight Egg Hunt for your adventurous little bugs, ages 3 & up (Apr. 5, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.). Sheridan Park is getting in on the Flashlight Egg Hunt action as well (Apr. 12, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.). Your little water lovers can also hop into their bathing suits for the Egg Hunt in the Pool at Sheridan (Apr. 12, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.). From your smallest munchkins to your tweens, Chicago’s parks have a hunt just for them.

Held on select dates thru April 20
Cost: Varies (check specific hunts for more details)
Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Little Beans Cafe Easter Party
Munch on a favorite of your brood. . . pizza! The kiddos can search high and low to find all the Easter eggs they can carry, bust a move to sweet tunes, throw down a slice of pizza and play with their buddies in the Little Beans play space. Your little ones will also be able to meet their fluffy friend, Mr. Easter Bunny, and take memorable pics for the whole fam to enjoy.

Apr. 13, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $35/child
1809 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park
Online: littlebeanscafe.com

photo: Brooklyn Boulders

Vertical Egg Hunt at Brooklyn Boulders
Search high, low, up, down and around the walls of Brooklyn Boulders’ 22,000-square-foot facility for hundreds of eggs. Start times will be staggered, so arrive anytime during the 9 a.m.-noon time period for climbing, egg hunts, raffles and prizes.

Apr. 13, 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $15/person before Apr. 1, $20/person after Apr. 1
100 S. Morgan St., West Loop
Online: brooklynboulders.com/chicago

Bunny Bash at Chicago French Market
Make your way around the Chicago French Market for a chance to find eggs hidden in the market’s stands. Your little bugs will be jumping for joy when they find prizes or candy inside. But, the surprises don’t stop there. The Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance to meet and take photos with all of the kids.

Apr. 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free
131 N. Clinton St., West Loop
Online: frenchmarketchicago.com

photo: Pixabay via Pexels

Bunny Rock Half Marathon, 5K and Egg Hunt
Hop, skip and run for a great cause. Support the Red Door Animal Shelter while your gang run/walks through this bunny-filled 5k. Participants get bunny ears, sunglasses, a dri-fit t-shirt and goodie bag. After the 5k, your little candy lovers won’t want to miss this massive Egg Hunt, for kids ages 2-10. This year, the hunt will have 4 waves of hunts based on age. With 3,000 eggs there will be plenty for everyone. They can also visit the Petting Zoo for some snuggle time with ducks, goats, lambs, donkeys and of course, bunnies!

Apr. 20, 9 a.m. (egg hunt at 10:15 a.m.)
Cost: Varies (egg hunt $10 until Apr. 5; $15 starting Apr. 6)
Montrose Harbor, 601 W. Montrose Ave., Uptown
Online: bunnyrock5k.com

Hop ‘N’ Stop in Northcenter
Go on an egg-hunting mission around your beloved Northcenter businesses, and see who can collect the most eggs. After all the eggs are gone, everyone can party in the Town Square with scrumptious nibbles and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

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Apr. 20,  10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Activity focuses around 4017 N. Damen Ave. Northcenter
Online: business.northcenterchamber.com

Bubble Egg Hunt at Bubbles Academy
Hop on over to Bubbles Academy for open play, a spring craft station, live music and an egg hunt adventure! Light refreshments will be provided.

Apr. 20, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $30/child, includes 2 adults; $10/additional child over 6 months, or per additional adult
2184 N. Elston, Bucktown
Online: bubblesacademy.com

Get Pumped for an Egg Hunt at Pump It Up
Fly high and hunt for sweet treats during this special Easter celebration. You’ll have 4 chances to bounce around this inflatable heaven and scoop up as many eggs as you can. Don’t forget to make reservations.

Apr. 21; 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., 2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m. & 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $14/child
821 W. Eastman St., Lincoln Park
Online: pumpitupparty.com

Have an Egg-Cellent Sunday at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
This one is an egg hunt of a different sort, as Peggy Notebaert will have small, large, speckled and striped bird eggs from around the world.

Apr. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $9/adults, $6/ages 3-12, free for ages 2 & under
2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park
Online: naturemuseum.org

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Walter E. Smithe Egg Hunt
Kick off the weekend with a candy egg hunt at Walter E. Smithe. Arrive at the showroom at 10 am, the hunt starts at 10:15 am and goes until the last egg is found. One golden egg will have a $50 Smithe gift card inside and parents can enter a raffle for a chance to win a pair of outdoor benches by Summer Classics. Make sure to bring your baskets!
Apr. 20, 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Walter E. Smith locations in Skokie, Oak Brook, Naperville, Merrillville, Geneva, Lincoln Park, Arlington Heights, Glendale Heights, Vernon Hills, and Orland Park.

egg-huntphoto: Ty Nigh via flickr

IN THE ‘BURBS

Holiday Egg Hunt at Arctic Splash
Forget the park and hit the pool for this egg hunt. Your little guppies can hop into their bathing suits, grab their baskets and discover what’s inside the floating eggs. After all three age groups have had their turns in the pool; it’s time for open swim. The Easter Bunny will also be stopping by; so don’t forget your cameras.

Apr. 11, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5/person
Arctic Splash Indoor Pool, 333 W. Dundee Rd., Wheeling
Online: wheelingparkdistrict.com

Flashlight Egg Hunt at Iron Oaks
Load the flashlight with batteries and head out for this twist on the traditional egg hunt. First, you’ll decorate a basket and then head outside to find goodie-filled eggs that have been left in the forest of Iron Oaks. For other hunts in the Homewood-Flosmoor area, check out the Events page on their Park District website.

Apr. 12, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 residents; $15 non-residents
20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields
Online: hfparks.com

The Bunny Likes to Shop (and Run), Too!
Slip in a bit of exercise before noshing on Easter treats at the First Annual Bunny Rock Hawthorn Mall 5K and Kid’s Egg Hunt. This festive race is sure to bring lots of excitement and entertainment with 80’s rock music, over 3000 candy-filled eggs for hunting after the race, a live petting zoo and an overall fun, spring-filled race! All egg hunt participants will receive bunny ears, sunglasses, a basket, and of course, eggs!

Apr. 13, 8:30 a.m. (5K) and 9:45 a.m. (Egg Hunt)
Cost: $3/child
122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
Online: shophawthornmall.com and bunnydash5k.com

egg-hunt photo: JBLM MWR via flickr

Eggs-trordinary Egg Hunt and Flashlight Egg Hunt
Glen Ellyn is offering two chances to fill your baskets. Search with the lights out for the Flashlight Hunt, or go the next morning for  well-lit fun. Bring your baskets and join in for these crazy egg-filled events with a chance to meet and snap a pic with the Bunny.

Flashlight Hunt, Apr. 18, 8:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Eggs-trordinary Egg Hunt, Apr. 19, 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Cost: $6 resident; $9 non-resident
Flashlight Hunt, Churchill Park, 271 St. Charles Rd., Glen Ellyn
Eggs-trordinary Egg Hunt, Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave., Glen Ellyn
Online: gepark.org

Easter Extravaganza at Woodfield Mall
Families are invited to hop in for Easter-themed crafts, games and more during Woodfield Mall’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza in the mall’s Grand Court. Families can also plan their visit to the Bunny Photo Experience, which runs through Saturday, April 20, in Woodfield Mall’s Grand Court during normal mall hours. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion.

Apr. 20, noon-2 p.m.
Cost: Free
5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg
Online: simon.com

Spring Fun Fest at Parkway Bank Park
Parkway Bank Park invites families for a Spring Fun Fest which will include balloon sculpting, bounce houses, face painting, visits with the Easter Bunny and live entertainment. Children are also invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt featuring 10,000 eggs filled with candy, toys and coupons for Rosemont businesses.

Apr. 20, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
5501 Park Place, Rosemont
Online: rosemont.com

— Maria Chambers

Featured photo: Brooklyn Boulders

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