2023 schedule of Easter egg hunts in the Illinois Valley

Several events planned for the Easter season

And then the race was on Saturday, April 16, 2022, as children run to gather eggs during Saturday’s Easter egg hunt at Danny Carey Memorial Park in Utica. The hunt was a nod to the past as real eggs were used for the hunt. Afterwards eggs could be exchanged and eligible for treats and prizes.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A number of events have been edited to account for rescheduling because of the rainy/cold weather March 31-April 1.

There are several Easter egg hunts planned throughout La Salle, Bureau, Putnam and Livingston counties prior to Easter day, Sunday, April 9.

If there is an Easter egg hunt in your community not listed, email newsroom@mywebtimes.com to be included in an updated listing.


Breakfast with the Bunny will be conducted at 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the American Legion Hall, 505 Main St.

Grand Ridge

An egg hunt is set 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Grand Ridge Park for children 8 and younger. Bring a basket. There will be prizes by age groups and the Easter bunny will be there. The event is coordinated by the Grand Ridge Community Fest. The flashlight egg hunt will be 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Grand Ridge Park.


The egg hunt is scheduled 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Hopkins Park on Main Street. It is hosted by the Putnam County Community Church.


A glow-in-the-dark egg hunt was cancelled because of bad weather.

The egg hunt is scheduled Friday, April 7, beginning at 10 a.m. on the north lawn at 326 Milan St. with kindergarten and younger children. Children first through fifth grades will participate in an egg hunt 10:30 a.m. on the south lawn. The Easter bunny will be there for photos.


The egg hunt Eggstravaganza sponsored by Henry Character Counts is planned Saturday, April 8, at Centennial Park.

La Salle

The annual egg hunt is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at the large shelter in Hegeler Park, hosted by La Salle Parks and Recreation. Ages 1 to 10 may participate. Bring an Easter basket or a bag.


An egg hunt will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Ladd Community Center, 303 S. Central Ave.


The community egg hunt will start at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the LaMoille High School parking lot, 801 S. Main St. In the event of rain, it will be in the gym. Children 10 and younger may participate. There will be prizes, snacks and an appearance from the Easter bunny. There will be a raffle for an Easter basket with six tickets selling for $5. Proceeds will go toward the next year’s egg hunt.

Hundreds of children participated Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Guthrie Park in Marseilles for the 39th annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by The Marseilles Recreational Board.


The city of Marseilles is hosting its 40th annual Easter Egg Hunt at noon Saturday, April 8, at Illini State Park. Participants should arrive by 11:30 a.m. The egg hunt will feature a bike giveaway, a visit from the Easter Bunny, golden eggs and raffle baskets.


The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Easter Hop 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1. Start the hop by getting an Easter bunny cutout with your number and a list of Easter hop stops at the Mendota Chamber of Commerce office, 800 Washington St. Visit participating businesses until you find the matching number to win a prize. Children must be between 3 and 10 to participate. Participants must register by March 24 at the chamber office or call 815-539-6507.

Bring a basket to Graves-Hume Library, 1401 W. Main St. for an egg hunt 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6. There will be a story time and craft, along with the hunt for children 2 to 10. to register, call 815-538-5142.


The Oglesby Elks will host a visit from the Easter bunny and an egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the lodge, 800 E. Walnut St.


An egg hunt is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at River Valley Church, 1611 Adams St. Go to www.myrivervalleychurch.org for more information.

The first annual Hop Into Spring free fun event is scheduled 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Moose Lodge, 3074 E. 18th Road. The first 50 kids will receive a free kite and two bicycles will be raffled. The Easter bunny will be there for photos at 2. There also will be face painting, carnival games, a bubble station, crafts and a bake sale. Call 815-830-2724 for more information. The event is presented by the NCC Memorial Foundation.

A Hurray for Spring egg hunt is planned 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, on the Jordan block downtown. The traditional egg hunt will begin at 1:30 p.m. for ages 0 to 3 and 2:30 p.m. for ages 4 to 7. A scavenger hunt will be conducted for children 8 and older from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The scavenger hunt check-in will be at Floret, 610 Court St. The event is sponsored by Floret Events, Mayor Dan Aussem and Illinois Valley Contractors Assocation.

Skydive Chicago, 3215 E. 1969th Road, is hosting an egg hunt on the south lawn at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 9, with a guest appearance by the Easter bunny, who will be parachuting into the event at about 11:30 a.m. The Easter bunny will be available for pictures at 10:45 a.m. prior to the egg hunt. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Skydive Chicago is taking any donations of candy or cash. Candy donations can be dropped off in the manifest office anytime before April 7. Bring your own basket or bag for children to collect eggs.


An egg hunt is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Centennial Park. A reserved hour for children with special needs is set 11 a.m. to noon - contact Adam Thorson by email or phone at athorson@peru.il.us or 815-200-5058 to reserve a spot for children with special needs. The event is sponsored by city of Peru Parks and Recreation, Jessica Strauch-State Farm and Peru Walmart.


The Rotary Club of Princeton will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Soldiers and Sailors Park. Everyone age 12 and younger is welcome to participate. Candy has been donated by the Princeton Ministerial Association and Rotarians. The Easter bunny will be on site from 10 to 11:15 a.m. for photos compliments of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce. This is the first year of the Rotary Club of Princeton hosting this event after partnering with the Optimist Club that sponsored the event for many years.

The Bureau County Fair Queens will host an egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St.

The New Hope Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. on Saturday April 8 at 30 N. Sixth St. in Princeton. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. as guests are welcome to register to win a special Easter basket. The hunt is intended for children through fifth grade. For questions related to the event, contact Julie Pinter at 815-875-1900.


An egg hunt is set 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Crotty Park with lineup beginning a 9:55 a.m. The event also includes pictures with the Easter bunny, activities, food trucks and prize baskets. Register at https://forms.gle/XmiNhyY9LVsUefKE7


The Serena United Methodist Church, 2259 U.S. 52, will host an egg hunt rain or shine at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Children of all ages are welcome. Call Karen Zink at 815-217-1037 with any questions.


An Easter egg hunt is being hosted by the Sheridan Community Club at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Sheridan baseball fields. The event will feature a visit from the Easter bunny. Ages 0-2 will begin at 11, ages 3-4 at 11:10, ages 5-6 at 11:15, ages 7-8 at 11:20 and ages 9-10 at 11:25. Organizers encourage participants to arrive a few minutes before their age group. Also, the Sheridan Elevator will be having breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon.

Spring Valley

An egg hunt is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, indoors at Hall High School, 800 W. Erie St. for children fifth grade and younger. There will be game stations and each child will receive an Easter basket. The event is sponsored by Grow Spring Valley.


The egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the City Park. Children 10 and younger may participate. The hunt will be divided into four different age groups, 0 to 3, 4 to 5, 6 to 7 and 8 to 10. The Easter Bunny will be present. Streator Hardscrabble Lions will be assisted by volunteers from SOCU.

The Villas of Holly Brook, 2002 E. Main St., will host its Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt and Bake Sale beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8. There will be an egg hunt for children ages 0-10, a bake sale with Easter desserts and photo opportunities with the Easter bunny.

After the Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 16, 2022, at Danny Carey Memorial Park in Utica, the Easter Bunny was on hand to pose for photos.


An egg hunt will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Carey Memorial park hosted by the Utica Fire Protection District. Hunts will be divided into age groups toddler, pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, second and third grades and fourth and sixth grades.


The Women of Wenona are hosting an egg hunt 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Wenona City Park. Sign up is at 9:45. Door prizes will be drawn at 10. The hunts will be staggered according to age groups 0-3, 4-6 and 7-10. In the event of rain, the hunt will be at the Fieldcrest Middle School gym, 102 W. Elm St.