I absolutely love Easter – to me it’s the unofficial beginning to Spring. We especially love all the hoppening activities. Check out these places around the Chicagoland area that we’ve been to! Click on the event name for the full review.

Kid-friendly Easter activities in Chicago

Cost: This is completely FREE.
What to expect: Run, don’t walk, and grab candy on the field. The Easter Bunny also makes an appearance. There are no eggs on the field – only candy.
Recommended?: Yes, but arrive early
Tips: Don’t forget your basket! Arrive early.

Cost: Pre-registration is $8 per child. Pre-registration deadline is March 22. Pre-registered participants may check-in at 9 a.m. and have their picture with the Bunny taken before the event begins. Day-of registration is $10. Parents and children younger than age 1 are free.
What to expect: Tons to do – bounce houses, free pictures with the Easter Bunny, games, balloon twisters, outdoor egg hunts at Safety Park, trackless train, and pony rides
Recommended?: Yes, no doubt about it. If it’s crummy outside, there’s many activities indoor to keep the kids occupied for hours.
Tips: Pre-register to check in at 9 a.m. Go straight to the Easter Bunny for your picture to avoid long lines.

Cost: Free
What to expect: A miniature train circling around a park, no egg hunts
Recommended?: If you are in the area, it’s worth it to check it out. When we were there, there were no egg hunts
Tips: Bring your camera to take a photo with the bunny, or opt to buy a photo

Our Top Picks

There are tons of events going on! These are our top picks that we may check out! 

Photo: Cantigny Gardens

Easter Hoppenings

Where: Cantigny Park – Robert R. McCormick Museum
When: Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.
Cost: Event is free; parking $5
The Fun: Egg hunt, crafts, petting zoo, free photos with bunny, breakfast is already sold out
More details:  Hundreds of colored eggs will be scattered across the McCormick Museum lawn at this classic annual activity for families and kids. There is a limit of 5 eggs per child. Your child might even find the Golden Egg!  Activities at the museum begin at 10:30, including an Easter craft and a baby animal petting zoo.  Don’t forget to bring your camera and basket!

Credit: Chicago French Market

Hop the Bunny Train and Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Chicago French Market
When: Saturday, March 23, 11 –  2 p.m.;
Cost: FREE
The Fun: Train rides around the market and an egg hunt, food samples from vendors
More details: Bring the kids and Hop the Bunny Train 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 23. After the exciting ride, the Easter Egg Hunt from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance. Sample the variety of samples from the Market’s vendors.

Credit: Schaumburg Boomers

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Schaumburg Boomers Stadium
When: Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.
Cost: Event is FREE
The Fun: Egg hunt on field, raffles, stadium tours, and a silent auctio, photo ops with mascot (sorry no Easter bunny)
More details: There will be five different age groups with eggs scattered all over the playing surface at Boomers Stadium. After the egg hunt, receive guided tours of Boomers Stadium including a special stop inside the Boomers Clubhouse. There is an opportunity for everyone to run the bases.

Egg Hunt/Hayride

Where: Randall Oaks Park, West Dundee
When: Saturday, March 23, registered times start at 9; last one at noon
Cost: Event is $5 per person
The Fun: Hayride, egg hunt, Easter bunny
More details: Kids ages 2-7 are invited to take a haywagon to the field to search for eggs (up to 2 family members allowed to ride along). Because of the limited space on the hay wagons, preregistration is required this year.


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