It’s finally springtime here in southern Illinois. Since winter seemed to stick around a little longer than most of us wanted, we have even more reason to celebrate spring this year! Time to get outside and enjoy the wonderful activities our communities have planned this Easter season.

Here’s a look at upcoming Easter happenings taking place in and around Monroe County.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt, Monroe County YMCA, Columbia

Time: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 per child

Pre-registration required by April 11. Parent/guardian must accompany ages 1-7. Ages 8-12 must complete a swim test and have a parent/guardian on deck.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Breakfast with the Bunny, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville

Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost: Adults are $12.99; kids are $6.99.

Join us at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville for Breakfast with the Bunny! From 8 – 11 a.m., we’ll be serving up a hearty country meal to start this fun-filled day. Reservations are required. Call 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

Easter Egg-Citement, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $12 per child

Thousands of eggs to hunt, face painting, treats, plant a seed and see baby animals. Egg hunt times vary, reservations are encouraged at www.eckerts.com.

Resurrection Egg Hunt, Concord Presbyterian Church, Waterloo

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Open to the public. Includes lunch, an Easter story, games, and a hunt for 500 Easter eggs plus Resurrection eggs. Call 618-939-7116 for more information.                

Easter Egg Hunt, St. Paul United Church of Christ, Waterloo

Time: Doors open at 9 a.m., hunt begins at 9:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Open to the public. Kids preschool-5th grade are invited to hunt for eggs.

Monroe County EMS Easter Egg Hunt, Monroe County EMS Base, Waterloo

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: Free

Open to the public. Easter Bunny meet and greet, hot dogs, egg hunt begins at 10:30 a.m.

Adult Egg Hunt, Fort De Chartres, Prairie du Rocher

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 per ticket

Sign-in at Lisa’s Market Street Grille from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring a flashlight and a basket. Visit www.visitprairiedurocher.com or email pdrchamber@htc.net for more info.

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2019

Breakfast with the Bunny, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville

Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost: Adults are $12.99; kids are $6.99.

Join us at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville for Breakfast with the Bunny! From 8 – 11 a.m., we’ll be serving up a hearty country meal to start this fun-filled day. Reservations are required. Call 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

Easter Egg-Citement, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $12 per child

Thousands of eggs to hunt, face painting, treats, plant a seed and see baby animals. Egg hunt times vary, reservations are encouraged at www.eckerts.com.

Easter Eggstravaganza & Grill Out, New Beginnings Church, 235 Grand Avenue, Waterloo

Time: 12 p.m., hunt begins at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Lunch, bounce house, face painting, games and thousands of eggs for children to hunt.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Egg Hunt & Open Gym Fun, World Class Gymnastics, Belleville

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $10 per child

Egg hunt plus two hours of open gym play time with the Easter Bunny. Pre-registration recommended, 618-277-4555.

Pictures with the Easter bunny, Stubborn German Brewing, Waterloo

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

All ages are welcome. Bring your camera & take pictures with the Easter bunny. Snacks, juice boxes and a children’s craft provided.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Breakfast with the Bunny, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville

Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost: Adults are $12.99; kids are $6.99.

Join us at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville for Breakfast with the Bunny! From 8 – 11 a.m., we’ll be serving up a hearty country meal to start this fun-filled day. Reservations are required. Call 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

Easter Egg-Citement, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $12 per child

Thousands of eggs to hunt, face painting, treats, plant a seed and see baby animals. Egg hunt times vary, reservations are encouraged at www.eckerts.com.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Breakfast with the Bunny, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville

Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost: Adults are $12.99; kids are $6.99.

Join us at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville for Breakfast with the Bunny! From 8 – 11 a.m., we’ll be serving up a hearty country meal to start this fun-filled day. Reservations are required. Call 618-233-0513 ext. 3.

Easter Egg-Citement, Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Belleville

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $12 per child

Thousands of eggs to hunt, face painting, treats, plant a seed and see baby animals. Egg hunt times vary, reservations are encouraged at www.eckerts.com.

Gateway Grizzlies Annual Easter Egg Hunt, GCS Ballpark, Sauget

Time: Registration 9am, hunt begins at 9:30am

Cost: Free

Kids 12 and under are invited to hunt. Expect the Easter Bunny, Izzy the Grizzlie, Lizzy the Polar Bear and many more interactive activities.

Easter Egg Hunt, Waterloo VFW Metzger-Crook Post 6504 Auxiliary

Time: Registration at 10 a.m., hunt at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Attendance prizes for kids 9 and under. Includes refreshments and plenty of eggs to hunt!

Kids Easter Egg Hunt, First Baptist Church, Columbia

Time: 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Brunch, Annbriar Golf Course, Waterloo

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Adults $19.95; kids 12 and under $7.95; kids 5 and under eat free.

Features a turkey carving station, fried chicken, bacon, eggs and more.

Easter Brunch, Backstreet Wine and Dine, Hecker

Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Reservations required.)

Cost: Adults $20; kids 11 and under $10; ages 4 and under eat free.

Visit Backstreet Wine and Dine on Facebook for menu.

Easter Brunch at The Falls

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Adults, $21.95; childre 4 to 12, $7.95; children 3 and under eat free.

The Easter bunny will make an appearance! Brunch includes glazed ham, dessert station, spinach salad, pasta and much more. Reservations required. Call 618-281-3255.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Rotten Egg Hunt, Bolm Schkraft Park, Columbia

Time: Food and  drink available at 6:30 p.m., hunt begins at 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 per ticket

Adults 21 and over only, food trucks, prizes. Bring a flashlight and basket. Visit www.mymainstreetcolumbia.com for details.

Did we forget you family’s favorite local Easter event or tradition? Share it with us! Send us a message on Facebook or comment on our post so we’re sure to include it next year!