When I think of Easter, I think of foil-wrapped chocolate eggs glistening brilliantly in the sun. I think of Cadbury cream eggs, gooey and chock-full of granular sugar. I think of pastel-colored wicker baskets and the thrill of discovering treats that adults had hidden away.
Each year, my parents would take us to neighborhood egg hunts before hosting their own in our living room. It was magical, the way a corner I’d gazed at a thousand times was suddenly home to a prized treat.
Easter was the holiday that signaled the imminent return to wearing shorts to school. It was the unofficial spring kickoff, the day you started dreaming about warmer days (and days off school).
Do I sound nostalgic? Do I sound like I’m waxing rhapsodic about the joys of Easter as a kid? It’s because I am, and it’s also why I dug up five events on the North Shore to celebrate your way into April 1. (And that’s no foolin’.)
Kids 10 and younger can hunt for eggs on the church’s scenic front lawn before heading inside for Easter crafts, egg dyeing and special treats for their parents, too.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31
Where: The Village Presbyterian Church, 1300 Shermer Rd., Northbrook
Inside Wolff’s Flea Market, kids will find a one-of-a-kind egg hunt that ends with a special present per egg they find. Not to mention a magic show by Bob James Magic, a visit with the Easter bunny, face painting, crafts and more.
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday, March 24
Where: Wolff’s Flea Market, 1775 Rand Rd., Palatine
Join in to make an Easter bunny bookmark, do the bunny hop to kid-approved tunes, and get a free Hide & Go Beep sound chip when you purchase any bunny stuffed animal. (Hey, if my 8-year-old son thinks he’s too cool for this, I’ll be going alone, thank-you-very-much.)
When: March 23–25 and March 30–31
Where: Build-a-Bear Workshop, 1515 Lake Cook Rd., Northbrook
Aside from the egg hunt, what’s more quintessential to Easter than brunch? This one, sponsored by the Glenview Park District, features buffet favorites, a carving station, mac and cheese for the little ones and a dessert table. It’s $24.95 for adults, and $13.95 for kids ages 3 to 13. Children 2 and younger are free. Call 847-657-3200 for reservations (seating is limited).
When: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1
Where: The Cafe at the Glenview Park Golf Club, 800 Shermer Rd., Glenview
If your kiddos like to chow down, this is your Easter jam. A generous spread includes everything from French toast and omelets to fresh biscuits and gravy. There’s also, of course, an egg hunt and Easter basket raffle, plus goodie bags for each little guest.
When: 8–10 a.m., Saturday, March 24
Where: Rainforest Cafe, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee