Now that I’ve got a family, I pay more attention to Easter activities, and I scoured Chicagoland for the best activities. I wanted something that didn’t have too many religious overtones, but was simply good ol’ family fun. Easter’s a delight when there’s a variety of activities to enjoy, not just a simple egg hunt. I wanted food, games and, of course, some face time with the Easter Bunny.
Here’s what I discovered in my digging…
Bunny Bonanza-April 11th, 2014
$6 (10 am and 11 am), Welles Park in Chicago
A variety of activities for kids 5 and under, this is a great stop for those with kids that just aren’t sure what they want to do (you know how kids can be). There’s crafts and inflatable project, an egg hunt, face painting and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
The Great Egg Scramble-April 12th, 2014
$12-15, (9:30-10:30 am, 11-12 pm), Cosley Zoo
This is a great way to have fun with the kids but not drown in too much cuteness. There’s an egg hunt, which is entertaining for the kids, but there’s also an opportunity to meet some of the zoo’s furry friends. Best of all, after the activities, you can spend an enjoyable day strolling around the zoo. Preregistration is required, so be sure to sign up here.
Soldier Field Spring Egg-Stravaganza
Free except for stadium parking (9 am to 11:30 pm), Soldier Field
Bigger can sometimes be better, and if you want the largest single Easter activity in Chicagoland, this is probably it. Be ready for some serious crowds here, but also be ready for some serious fun. Show up at 9 for some exciting preliminary activities like face painting, balloon animals and be sure to check out the Radio Disney show as well. The candy grab starts at 10, and the “action” will be pasted on the stadium’s giant TVs. A perfect time for photo-op hungry parents.
Flap Jack Bunny Hop–April 12th, 2014
$5/$1 (8:30 am to 10:30 am), Ascension Park, Oak Park
This is an all-in-one activity that’s perfect for parents wanting to steer clear of the crowded conundrum. You start out with a delicious pancake breakfast (always a great way to begin), then enjoy children’s games and crafts. The egg hunts begin at 9:15 am and 10 am and the Easter Bunny will be available for photos between 8:30 and 9:15, despite his hectic schedule.