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5 to know: Hunt is on for Elmhurst Easter eggs

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:24 p.m. CDT
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Kids of all ages will search Elmhurst for eggs the next two weekends during a variety of Easter egg hunts. Shaw Media file photo

ELMHURST – For some, sugar-covered Peeps or a hollow chocolate bunny handed to them in a basket is enough, but for those who love the thrill of earning their treats, Elmhurst has no shortage of Easter egg hunts.

1. Underwater egg hunt

When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Courts Plus, 186 S. West Ave.

Hunt details: Those eager to slip into their swimsuits now that the snow has finally melted and the temperature is back above freezing can try a different type of egg hunt.

The Courts Plus swimming pool will be filled with colorful, prize-filled eggs. Some will bob on top of the water while others rest on the bottom of the pool for more advanced swimmers to claim.

Participants should bring a waterproof basket or egg holder and a towel.

All ages are invited, but parents must accompany nonswimmers under 48 inches tall into the pool and stay within arms’ reach.

The hunt is free for Courts Plus members. Nonmembers must pay a fee based on residency. Entrance is $10 for adult residents and $13 for adult nonresidents. Children cost $2 for residents and $4 for nonresidents.

2. Teen flashlight egg hunt

When: 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave.

Hunt details: For those too old for a classic egg hunt in the sunshine, the Elmhurst Park District is hosting one under the stars.

Teens need to bring their own flashlight for searching Wilder Park for hidden eggs filled with prizes. Candy and gift cards will be up for grabs.

3. Wilder Park egg hunt

When: 10 a.m. April 19

Where: Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave.

Hunt details:For a good, old-fashioned egg hunt, bring a basket and a camera to join the Easter Bunny at Wilder Park.

Children ages 1 to 10 will be divided into age groups to scoop up candy and prizes hidden inside colorful eggs sprinkled across the grass.

The hunt starts promptly at 10 a.m., and the eggs go fast. Come early and donate to the Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry.

The pantry, which helps feed hundreds of local families each month, is putting a new twist on the annual Egg Hunt in Wilder Park. This year’s event will host a tent for donations to the pantry. Donations of cash, grocery and drugstore gift cards will be accepted as well as nonperishable food items.

All donations are tax deductible and receipts will be available at the event.

The Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry tent will begin taking donations at 9 a.m.

4. Doggie Eggstravaganza

When:10:30 a.m. April 19

Where: Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave.

Hunt details: Easter isn’t jst for bunnies. The park district will host its third annual egg hunt for dogs.

All pups are welcome to sniff out some treats hidden in Easter eggs throughout the park. Prizes will be awarded to the canines with the best costumes.

All dogs must be leashed, wearing current rabies tags and accompanied by a responsible person at least 16 years old to help open the eggs.

Owners are asked to bring a basket to collect their goodies and a camera if they want to take photos with the Easter Bunny.

5. Spring Road egg hunt

When: 12:30 p.m. April 19

Where: Prairie Path Gazebo at Wild Meadows Trace

Hunt details: Sleepy heads and those who just can’t get enough can grab some eggs after lunch at the Prairie Path Gazebo. The annual hunt is hosted by the Spring Road Business Association.

Peter Cottontail will arrive at 12:30 p.m. to meet his fans and pose for photos.

The egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. Candy and treats go fast as children scoop up the prize-filled eggs.

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