So many eggs, so little time. Your little detectives can hone their skills as they hop, run, walk and swim to find Easter eggs all over Chicago and the ‘burbs. These hunts will have you zipping around parks, snooping around the zoo 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 (Mar. 31, 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 (Mar. 16, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.). Your little water lovers can also hop into their bathing suits for the Egg Hunt in the Pool at Sheridan (Mar. 23, 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 7
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 from Miss Jamie, 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.

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Mar. 24; 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $35/one child with two adults; $25 for siblings
1809 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park
773-251-1025
Online: littlebeanscafe.com

Shop and Hop at Randolph Street Market
Randolph Street Market is hosting their Spring Fling, we’re you can shop and hop your way through a beautiful weekend. Over 100 vendors will be on hand along with cocktails, food and a weekend-long Easter Egg Hunt. While you shop, kids can find eggs buried all around the market with candy surprises and Market Bucks to spend on your most coveted items.

Mar. 24 & 25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Egg Hunt 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: General admission $10; free for ages 12 & under
Beaux Arts Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington St., West Loop
Online: randolphstreetmarket.com

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.

Mar. 24; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free
131 N. Clinton St., West Loop
Online: frenchmarketchicago.com

lp-zoo-huntphoto: Lincoln Park Zoo

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo
There’s nothing like this Egg-Stravaganza because this Egg-Stravaganza won’t stop. Your fam can munch on the pancake breakfast, find oodles of goodies during the egg hunt and take a ride on the carousel and the train. Your munchkins can also meet the Easter Bunny and take a peek at his animal friends.

Mar. 31; 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/ages 13 & up; $35/ages 1-12; free for ages 12 months & under
2001 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park
312-742-2000
Online: lpzoo.org

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!

Mar. 31; 9 a.m. (egg hunt at 10:15 a.m.)
Cost: Varies (egg hunt $10 until Mar. 17; $15 after Mar. 17)
Montrose Harbor, 601 W. Montrose Ave., Uptown
847-829-4577 (for faxing registration)
Online: bunnyrock5k.com

Northcenter Eggstravaganza
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.

Mar. 31; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Activity focuses around 4100 N. Damen Ave. Northcenter
Online: business.northcenterchamber.com

Get Pumped for an Egg Hunt
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. 16; 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.
Cost: $12/child
Pump It Up of Chicago, 821 W. Eastman St., Lincoln Park
312-664-7867
Online: pumpitupparty.com

egg-huntphoto: Ty Nigh via flickr

IN THE ‘BURBS

Flashlight Egg Hunt

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.

Mar. 16; 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $10 residents; $15 non-residents
Iron Oaks, 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields
Online: hfparks.com

egg-hunt photo: JBLM MWR via flickr

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.

Mar. 30; 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $3/person
Arctic Splash Indoor Pool, 333 W. Dundee Rd., Wheeling
847-465-7674
Online: littlelakecounty.com

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, Mar. 29, 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Eggs-trordinary Egg Hunt, Mar. 30, 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Cost: $6 resident; $9 non-resident
Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave., Glen Ellyn
Online: gepark.org

The Bunny Likes to Shop, Too!
Before you shop, take part in an early morning egg hunt around the mall. The hunt will be followed by live entertainment from Mary Macaroni, a meet-and-greet with the Hatchimals where the first 75 people to sign up receive a free Colleggtible, balloon artists, face painting and a petting zoo.

Mar. 24; 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: $3/child
Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
Online: shophawthornmall.com

Which Easter egg hunt will you attend this year? Let us know in the Comments!

— Maria Chambers