Egg-citing events!

Egg-citing events!

Looking for some fun things to do with the kids this weekend?

It’s all about eggs.

You can attend an “Eggstravaganza” — or Eggs-travaganza or Egg-travaganza, depending on where you go — to hunt or color eggs at several different events Friday and Saturday.

— Kids of all ages can decorate eggs at the Egg-stravaganza from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the Champaign Library’s Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St., C. For information, call 403-2090 or email

— The Easter Bunny will make a stop at the Savoy Egg-travaganza from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Fields Park (on Prairie Rose Lane, just north of Church Street east of U.S. 45 in Savoy).  Children can hunt for eggs full of treats. Golden eggs contain a special treat (only one golden egg per family, please).  The event is divided by age group: ages 1 to 4 at 10 a.m., and ages 5 to 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Last year’s inaugural hunt drew about 250 children, according to Kip McDaniel, program director for the Savoy Recreation Center.

The hunt will be held even in a slight rain (yes, it's in the forecast). If there's a downpour, it will be moved to the Savoy Recreation Center’s activity room, McDaniel said.

— The Champaign Park District’s 20th annual Eggstravaganza egg hunt is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at West Side Park in Champaign. Children ages 1-12 will be divided by age group to hunt for thousands of eggs. Free hayrack rides will be provided before the hunt from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Remember: all these events are BYOB (bring your own basket).

And it’s too late to register this year, but keep this in mind for next spring: The Urbana Park District's annual “Egg Hunt with a Splash” will be Saturday at the Indoor Aquatic Center for ages 2 to 13. It's not free  -- admission is $6 for residents and $12 for nonresidents -- but it has cool prizes, and each child gets a pool pass to use another day.

Kids hunt by age group for eggs in the water, and everyone gets 10 eggs apiece. Those who find a golden coin get to choose a prize — everything from candy and toys to a three-year family pool membership. They can also swim briefly in between the hunts.

Check the Are We There Yet? blog every Thursday afternoon for upcoming family friendly events, pulled from our News-Gazette online calendar and other sources. We'll also do a quick radio update of our "Family picks" at 4:50 p.m. every Thursday on WDWS-AM 1400.

The N-G calendar is easy to use. Look for it on the upper right-hand side of the News-Gazette home page,

You can click on a specific date to view that day's events. Or, to see an entire month of events just for kids, click on the name of the month, search for “children” in the category box and click "apply." Click on an individual entry for more details!

News-Gazette file photo:  A young Easter egg hunter opens the plastic eggs she found — with help from her parents — at the 2007 Eggstravaganza at West Side Park in Champaign.

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