Ways to Celebrate the Easter Bunny in Chicagoland

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Imagine a hundred kids all running towards a group of eggs in the center of a room, all cheered on by adoring parents and family members. Is this your idea of fun or does the phrase “Hunger Games, Egg Hunt Edition” flash through your mind? If you are like me, this is not the type of event I want to participate in while celebrating Easter. So I am sharing with you my top picks for unique, fun, and adorable ways to celebrate the Easter Bunny in Chicagoland.

Play Spaces

I’m not going to lie….I’ve been to just about every play space in the Chicagoland area…more than once. So I know the places to avoid and the ones that provide educational and engaging fun for all family members, not just the kiddos. My three favorite play spaces are holding some egg themed programs that you and your family should check out:

Egg-cellent Eggs-travaganza at Gather—Learn and create during a class that guarantees an egg-cellent time. The art and cooking themed class will feature an egg dish, egg decorating, and an egg hunt.

Sod Room Bunny Brunch—Playtime, brunch, photos from TK Photography and more!

Bubbles Academy’s Egg Hunt in the Chocolate Factory—Enjoy the golden egg eggsperience with the whole family, from egg hunts to crafts, music and more!


Photo Opps & Bunny Filled Adventures

Waiting in line to take a photo with a huge and most likely scary bunny is not how we like to spend our family time. Instead, here are some great photo opportunities with or without an Easter bunny:

Easter Egg-stravaganza—Brunch, egg hunts, free carousel and train rides, crafting stations, music, games, and more!

Brunch with the Bunny (and while we’re at it, the dolphins and lions, too!) at the Brookfield Zoo.

Happy Play Café—Enjoy playing with the rescued bunnies (maybe even contemplate adopting one) while enjoying an opportunity for cuddle filled photos.

Emily Oaks Nature Center—Learn how to decorate eggs naturally during this hands on egg themed class for the whole family.

ABT—Visit the atrium to enjoy the fresh flowers, water fountain, aquariums (the fish have their own egg hunt in their tank), warm chocolate chip cookies, and of course some time with the Easter Bunny. Too scary? Then plop your kiddo down next to the adorable Humpty Dumpty statue.

Morton Arborteum—Indulge in a delicious Easter brunch with the Easter bunny, followed by an exploration through the grounds to see the budding trees and flowers, as well as a trip to the Children’s Garden.

Walnut Room Bunny Brunch at Macy’s State Street….there is an event at the Oakbrook Macy’s, too!


Egg Hunts

We have been to quite a few misses when it comes to Easter Egg Hunts….grocery stores that had only 15 eggs for over 200 kids, unorganized events when bigger kids trampled the little ones…no fun at all.

Arlington Heights Olympic Pool Egg Hunt

Capannari Ice Cream Shop (Our personal favorite!)

Cosley Zoo

Pool Egg Hunt at Sheridan Pool


What are some of your favorite egg themed events?

Be sure to check out my Spring Activities Guide before you hop away!

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  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    Neither of my boys want to see the Easter bunny this year…sigh. My oldest is 11, so I totally get it, but I thought I could squeeze one more year out of my 8 year old.

    • Amanda says

      I’m dreading the day that comes. But then again, I spent years teaching middle school so I know how to handle those darn pre-teens!

  2. Ann Bacciaglia says

    We like to do a big treasure hunt for all the kids. They each get a treasure map to a different treasure and have to follow all the clues to find the treats along the way.

  3. Kathy says

    My daughters love the Easter egg hunts. We usually go to one or two each year. They always have such a fun time. Finding eggs is always fun for them. I usually hide some on Easter for the girls as well. They love it!

  4. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg so many fun ideas!!! We are doing an Easter bunny brunch with my daughter. She looks forward to it every year!

    • Amanda says

      The pool hunts are favorites for our family since my boys are obsessed with anything and everything water and ocean.

  5. Risa says

    It looks like there are a lot of fun easter activities in Chicago. I don’t like to do a lot of these things, but we generally do an easter egg hunt each year.

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