Hippity-Hoppity Easter’s on the Northwest Side

| April 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

By Cindy La Greca

Ah, Spring! If the sunshine, rainboots and rollerblades haven’t given it away yet, it’s Springtime in Chicago, which means Easter must be right around the corner, too. Having ignored the day for my daughter’s first two Easters, last year I decided to teach her to dye eggs. How hard can that be, right? I bought the PAAS Egg Color Kits and thought we’d have some homemade fun. It was only after I had poured all the water and tablets into shallow mugs—instead of course of the deep mugs necessary to cover the eggs—that I realized we had no vinegar. Needless to say, the day was basically a disaster and so this year I have decided to prevent further trauma for us both and find some actual bunny-and-egg events on the northwest side and suburbs.

The Chicago Park District, as usual, has a plethora of activities leading up to Easter that are free or nearly-free and many still have available space. Welles Park offers a Bunny Bonanza on April 2, at only $5 per child. On April 3, your child can have Brunch with the Bunny at Merrimac Park. At $10 per person, it’s one of the more expensive events, but of course that includes the brunch, an egg hunt, crafts and face-painting. If you want to get your canine friends in on the fun, check out Horner Park‘s 6th Annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt on April 4. For $5 your dogs can do their own searching for eggs, and you can even have their picture taken with the Bunny himself (for purchase). Please note that dogs must remain leashed and under your control during the festivities. Kids are hyper enough, no need to add your 4-footed loves to the chaos.

In the mood for a dog-free Easter egg hunt? On the 7th, Brooks Park is offering a free hunt, and on the 9th there is one for your 2-to-5 year old at Mayfair Park ($2 per child). Good Friday offers two opportunities for a hunt, both free, at Brands Park and Frank J. Wilson Park. Some of these events require pre-registration, so please check with the appropriate Park before heading out. For all of them, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the look on your child’s face as she meets the Bunny—whether it’s a smile or a scream (like my daughter, who hates all giant things in costumes).

Of course it’s not just the Park District that offers events in honor of everyone’s favorite carrot-eater. The Harlem Irving Plaza (the HIP) will also be hosting the Bunny. He will appear daily from March 20 through April 11 in the center court. There is a fee to buy pictures of your child with the Bunny, but all children who visit the HIP during that time are entitled to a free coloring book and crayons. If you’ve not been to the HIP in a long time, check out the newly-updated food court and the latest store additions. The Brookfield Zoo offers both a Breakfast with the Bunny, April 4-11 (admission $36 for non-member adults and $24.50 for non-member children ages 3-11, which includes zoo admission) and an Easter Brunch ($47 non-member adults and $33 for children). Even though the Brookfield Zoo is not the cheapest zoo in the area, it’s a wonderful place to spend a day and worth both the drive and the cost of admission.

That’s a roundup of the northwest side’s events for Easter Sunday and the days leading up to it. I think we may indeed brave the PAAS experiment again, too, but we’re sure to visit at least of the above events. Hope to see you there, too!

This is an original Chicagonista.com article

Cindy La Greca is a part-time children’s librarian and full-time mom.  She writes to you from the Chicago’s northwest side.

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Cindy La Greca is a part-time children’s librarian and full-time mom. She writes to you from the Chicago’s northwest side.

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