Bunny time for kids with special needs

We’re always updating our list of special needs events for families, now we’ve filled a basket full of Easter events for kids with special needs including egg hunts and photos with the Easter Bunny. 

Caring Bunny

When: March 22

Where: Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee

Kids with special needs can visit the Bunny. Free, cost for photos.

Caring Bunny

When: March 22, 29

Where: Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg

During Caring Bunny events at Woodfield Mall, many steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s visit with the Easter Bunny. The subdued environment typically includes turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains; eliminating queue lines with a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called; and special activities geared toward the needs of guests during the ‘wait’ period. Must register in advance.

Caring Bunny

When: March 29

Where: Orland Square Mall, 288 Orland Square, Orland Park

Caring Bunny provides an exclusive, subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. Free event, photos available for purchase. Caring Bunny will be located in the Lower Level of Orland Square Mall. 

Sensitive Bunny

When: March 29

Where: Lincolnwood Town Center, 3333 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood

Families with children with special needs will have a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for a visit with the Bunny. 

Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Disabilities

When: March 29

Where: Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn

The 11th annual hunt for children with disabilities will have two sessions, 10-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2 p.m. In addition to the hunt, expect games, crafts and visits with Erin’s Farm animals. Beeper eggs will be available for children who are vision impaired and volunteers will be on hand to help kids go at their own pace. Free, RSVP required. 

Beeping Egg Hunt

When: April 19

Where: Hoffman Elementary School, 2000 Harrison Street, Glenview

The Chicago Lighthouse Vision Rehabilitation Center (The Chicago Lighthouse North) is offering a free and unique egg hunt 1-3 p.m. April 19. Families with children with visual impairments meet at Hoffman Elementary School, 2000 Harrison St., Glenview, to participate in a search for colorful sound-producing eggs.

Check with your community’s special recreation association for other Easter events. If you can’t find your special recreation association, check here.

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