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No shortage of egg hunts, Easter bunny visits

Karen Sorensen | 4/8/2014, 11:42 p.m.
Getting in the mood for Easter fun is easy if you live in the area. Check out the family-friendly events ...

Getting in the mood for Easter fun is easy if you live in the area. Check out the family-friendly events being held this weekend and next.

JOLIET

Heggie Field Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. April 12 at Joliet Park District’s Heggie Field, Collins and Williams streets, Joliet. The field will be divided among four age groups: 4 years and younger, ages 5 to 7, ages 8 to 10 and ages 11 and 12. Free.

Nowell Park Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. April 12 at Joliet Park District’s Nowell Park Baseball Field, 5 Mills Road (off Chicago Street). The field will be divided among four age groups: 4 years and younger, ages 5 to 7, ages 8 to 10 and ages 11 and 12. Free.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to noon April 12, Bird Haven Greenhouse, 225 N. Gougar Road. Cost is $12 (free for 2 year olds and younger). Event includes breakfast, a visit with the Easter Bunny and egg rolls. Reservations required; 815-741-7278, Ext. 5, or www.jolietpark.org.

Wish Upon a Star Easter Parade, 2 p.m. April 13 in downtown Joliet. Parade steps off at Chicago and Jackson streets. Free.

Bunny Bash 2014, 5:30 p.m. April 12 at the Cantigny VFW Hall, 826 Horseshoe Drive. Attendees are invited to wear PJs to the fundraising event for Guardian Angel Home’s Foster Care Program. The $28 fee includes making a free Plushy Pal toy, decorating T-shirts and Easter baskets, visits with the Easter Bunny, a Rainbow Wish Star, pizza and drinks. (Pizza only is $8.) Tickets: 815-729-1653.

Meet the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through April 19 at the Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive (near U.S. 30 and Interstate 55). Free.

Easter Event at Bill Jacobs Auto, 5 to 8 p.m. April 11, 2001 W. Jefferson St. Event includes photos with the Easter Bunny, egg coloring and decorating, a coloring contest and candy. Free and open to the public.

SHOREWOOD

Hugs for Hounds: 6th Annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m. April 19 at Hammel Woods Dog Park, Black Road east of Route 59, sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Will County and Shorewood H.U.G.S. Fee of $5 per dog to benefit Jullo, the district’s German shepherd K9 officer. Advance registration encouraged; ReconnectWithNature.org, www.shorewoodhugs.com or 815-722-8193.

Hippity Hop Easter Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 19 at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community, 1100 N. River Road. Event includes indoor and outdoor egg hunts for toddlers to 12 years olds, petting zoo, photos with the Easter Bunny, caricature and portrait artists, face painting, bead poodles, games, prizes, hot chocolate, cookies, magician, juggler, clown and Those Funny Little People. Open to the public and free.

Will County Chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship Easter Egg Extravaganza, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. April 19 at 305 Channahon St. Event includes egg hunt, prizes, candy, jelly bean count contest, refreshments, Bible lesson, children’s music, storytelling. Open to the public and free.