While coloring eggs at home definitely has its place, getting out with the kids in Chicago to celebrate Easter is a great way to enjoy a fun event as a family. Whether you’re looking for a classic egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts or just a kid-friendly Easter brunch, there are a number of events to choose from. Make Easter as special as possible this year by choosing events that ensure everyone has a great time. Dress in your Easter best and let your kids shine, while having fun at an Easter-themed event.
Doggie Egg Hunt at Horner
2741 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
Date: April 12, 2014 at 10 a.m.
This is a two-hour event that is always a hit with kids and adults alike. There is a $10 registration fee required, since there is a limited 100 openings available. Participants lead their leashed dogs through the park to find treat-filled eggs and there is an opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. While bandanas are given to each dog, the real draw to the hunt is dressing your four-legged family member in their Easter best. Each year, dogs can be seen wearing Easter-appropriate clothing and even brightly flowered Easter bonnets.
Easter Extravaganza at Sheridan
Sheridan Gymnasium at Sheridan Park
910 S. Aberdeen St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Date: April 12, 2014 at 10 a.m.
The Sheridan Gymnasium will be filled with a number of Easter activities from 10 a.m. to noon on April 12. There are 120 openings for this event with a minimal registration fee of $2. This Easter party is geared towards children from three to 13 years of age. Children will be enthralled with all of the Easter-themed activities and families are encouraged to wear their Easter best.
Bunny Bonanza at Welles
2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Date: April 11, 2014 at 10 a.m.
For families with small children, this one-hour event is geared towards children from one to six years of age. Families who worry their child might be trampled by some older kids during the egg hunt will rest a little easier at this $6 event. All of the other activities are age-appropriate, from the difficulty level of the craft project to the goodies given out during the event. Kids will love the face painting or the temporary tattoos and parents will love the keepsake pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.
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Shaw’s Easter Brunch
Shaw’s Crab House
21 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Date: April 20, 2014 at 10 a.m.
While not all fine dining can be kid-friendly, Shaw’s Crab House embraces families with children and even offers free brunches for children under 12 years old for its weekly Sunday brunch. While parents can enjoy the king crab legs and roasted beef tenderloin, kids will be thrilled with the malted Belgian waffles and the extensive sweets table. There is an extensive hot buffet setup, omelet and waffle kitchen and even a cold seafood bar. This is a great event for enjoying a beautiful ambiance with great food in a restaurant that caters towards its customers with children.
Easter Egg Brunch
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022
Date: April 20, 2014 at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
For families looking for more than just a one-hour event, the Chicago Botanic Garden is offering a full day of Easter fun with the kids. Children ages three to 12 are $29, adults are $38, there is a discounted price for members and children under two are free. Families will be treated with an Easter brunch and afterwards children can bring their baskets into the Rose Garden for the egg hunt. After the egg hunt, families are encouraged to stick around and tour the garden. Kids will love the beautiful spring blooms while strolling through the garden exhibits.
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