by Laura Kocum
on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 11:05pm.
There is no shortage of egg hunts this weekend in the Madison area. Neighborhoods and churches throughout town are offering their own events, and encouraging families to get out and celebrate. Grab your baskets, and get ready to join in on the fun. Two of the larger events are planned in Fitchburg and Monona:
The Cottontail Classic Race, paired with the Lions Easter Egg Hunt, provides exercise, outdoor activities, and a free egg hunt at McGaw Park in Fitchburg. Race participants can compete in 5k or 10k versions of the race, with 3 sugar stops along the way, to make sure everyone enjoys some Easter treats. The leading runners in each age group will receive a chocolate award. Following the race, there will be a pancake breakfast served, and children 10 and under can participate in an Easter egg hunt. Online registration has ended for the Cottontail Classic, but you can still register by going to Endurance House in Middleton on Friday, or showing up at McGaw Park at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Registrants receive bunny ears, professional timing, free breakfast, free Kids egg hunt admission and t-shirts while supplies last.
The Monona Easter Egg hunt offers another opportunity for family fun. The city opens Winnequah Park to the public for one of the largest egg hunts around. They estimate between 500 and 1000 kids show up to the annual egg hunt, which includes a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Children 10 and under are invited to search designated areas of the park for hidden treats. Parents are asked to stay behind, and watch from a distance. Egg hunters are encouraged to gather up to 16 eggs. Afterwards, they can enjoy the treats, but they are asked to leave the plastic eggs behind for future events. Families registering in advance can also purchase tickets for breakfast at the park. Breakfast is served at both 8 and 9 a.m., and the egg hunts begin promptly at 10 a.m. Age-specific courses ensure that all participants can enjoy the hunt, and have a chance at finding plenty of eggs. In addition, a separate hunt area will be designed for special needs hunters. This area will be set up especially for people using wheel chairs, those with visual impairments or those with sensory needs. All egg hunters are urged to arrive early. The hunt is quick, lasting roughly 1 minute, and parking can take time. Afterwards, head over to the gazebo for pictures with the Easter Bunny.
In addition, check out these egg hunt options in other nearby locations: