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Family Fun Night
NAPERVILLE: Family Fun Friday Nights at the DuPage Children’s Museum are designed to give busy families the opportunity to take advantage of its extended hours on Fridays during the school year. The Museum is open until 8 p.m., and visitors can enjoy a full museum experience with the whole family, including a special activity or performance on most Friday nights. This week, the special event is “Pendulum Art.”
Dates: Friday, April 7, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Regular admission rates apply. Members get in free.
Hop to the Movies
ELGIN: Marcus Theatres is hosting a special “Hop to the Movies” event the day before Easter. There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny, coloring and craft stations, an Easter egg hunt and a showing of the movie “Hop.” Marcus does say you can purchase tickets ahead of time for this event – although I can’t see a way to do it on the website – so I recommend getting there early or calling ahead to make sure space is still available.
Dates: Saturday, April 15 at 9 a.m. Event details here.
Cost: $8 per ticket.
BATAVIA AND OSWEGO: Goodrich Quality Theatres continues its “Weekend Morning Movies” series this week. The series runs through April 30. Each movie will be shown at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket are $1 a person. “Trolls” is the movie this weekend.
Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday of April 14-16 at 10 a.m. Event details here.
MONTGOMERY: The Oswegoland Park District is hosting a “Pickleball Party” on Saturday morning at Briarcliff Woods Park in Montgomery. Pickleball pros will show you the ropes of this fun and challenging game that the park district promises can be enjoyed by everyone from “Grandpa Joe to little tyke Tara.”
Dates: Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. (Rain date of April 23.) Event details here.
Natural Egg Dyeing
ELGIN: The Elgin Public Museum will show you how to use natural dyes like onion skins, turmeric, berries and more, techniques from Native American and Pioneer days when chemical dyes and food coloring were not available to decorate eggs. Then you can use modern techniques such as crayons and rubber bands to create beautiful designs. Explore the Museum while the eggs are dyeing. Recipes of the dyes are provided so you can try natural egg dyeing at home. Supplies are limited, so come early. No registration required.
Dates: Saturday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: $2 for 2 eggs.
WATERMAN: The 1/3-scale “Waterman & Wester Railroad” will offer free train rides with the Easter Bunny on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Professional photos will be available for purchase. For more info, visit www.petestrain.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: Saturday, April 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Event details here.
Hug a Tree
LISLE: With Arbor Day coming soon, the Morton Arboretum is offering special craft activities in the Children’s Garden in April. Your kids can make “terrific tree masks” to take home – this is a self-guided activity. Before or after your stop at the Children’s Garden, your kids can play in “Nature’s Kitchen” near Parking Lots 20 or 21.
Cost: The craft activity and Nature’s Kitchen is included with regular admission to the Morton Arboretum.
NAPERVILLE: The Naperville Jaycees’ Egg Hunt at Frontier Sports Complex, located behind Neuqua Valley High School at 3380 Cedar Glade Drive, begins at 9 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 15, and is a free event with no registration required. The eggs disappear quickly, so parents are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes early to get parking and ready for the hunt. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet everyone. The Jaycees will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items at the event. No glass containers, please. Find more info here.
BATAVIA: Batavia MainStreet organizes the downtown Egg Hop on Saturday, April 15, from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free hop starts at 9:45 a.m.. at the Peg Bond Center on the Riverwalk where kids will get their egg collecting bag and a map. From there, the “bunnies” will hop around town collecting eggs. When you’re done with the hunt, head back to the Peg Bond Center for face painting, balloon animals, stories, dance performances and other activities. Find more info here.
WEST CHICAGO: The Easter Egg Hunt in West Chicago, sponsored by American Legion Post 300, has been going on for more than 50 years! It is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, and begins at 10 a.m. sharp in Reed Keppler Park (next to Turtle Splash Water Park.) In past years, there have been four age groups, from age 1 through 8, with two prize eggs in each group. This is a free event. For more info, call Post 300 during afternoon hours at 630-231-2112.
SOUTH ELGIN: The village of South Elgin is hosting an old-fashioned spring egg hunt on Saturday, April 15, at noon. The hunt will begin at noon sharp at Kenyon Woods, on Raymond Street across from South Elgin High School. (The bunny will not be attending this year.) There will be hunting areas set up for specific age groups. This is a free community event and does not require registration. But you are asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the South Elgin Food Pantry. Find more info here.
AURORA: Aurora Downtown is hosting a new free event, called Egg Hunt on the Island, on Saturday, April 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The all ages event features a traditional egg hunt on Stolp Island as well as prizes for golden eggs found near downtown museums. Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., will host free craft tables manned by Hesed House and Community Christian Church. Chalk art is encouraged at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave. A welcome table with maps and prizes will be set up at Metropolitan Coworking, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 16. Refreshments and sweet treats are offered at Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway. Trolley rides with the Easter Bunny are also part of the afternoon. For more information, visit www.auroradowntown.org.
BARTLETT: The Bartlett Lions Club is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the Bartlett Community Center. There will be 5,500 eggs for the children to find. Find more info here.