Melissa Merli's weekend update: Early Easter egg hunts
Hunting Easter eggs?
Get your baskets ready
Easter is April 20 but many egg hunts sponsored by churches, park districts and other organizations are this weekend. Here's a look at a few of the events, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli.
1 The Easter Carnival (noon to 2 p.m. today) at Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 S Duncan Road, C, is for children 12 and younger. Free and open to non-members, the carnival allows kids to get free lunch and play games. After the carnival the kids, divided into age groups, go outside to hunt down 15,000 stuffed plastic eggs.
2 Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird? It's a plane? No. it's a helicopter dropping 30,000 Easter eggs "filled with fun stuff." The free Fun Easter Egg Hunt is at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at New Horizon United Methodist Church, 3002 W. Bloomington Road, C, with lunch at 12:15. Children will be divided into four age categories for the hunt.
3 The Monticello Parks and Recreation Department's Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. today at the Forest Preserve Park just north of the city. The fee: $1 donation per kid. "We usually put 3,000 to 4,000 eggs out and we hide tickets in the eggs for larger prizes," said Mindy Condis, assistant recreation director.
4 Vineyard Church's The Great Egg Chase: Kingdom Kids is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. today, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave. It's free and for kids ages 2 through fifth grade, including non-members. It starts with free doughnuts, milk, and coffee for the entire family, followed by a brief Easter presentation and then a hunt of 4,000 eggs.