For many families in the South, Easter marks the much-anticipated start of spring. For many kids, it’s all about Easter baskets overflowing with goodies, chocolate bunnies the size of their head and the time-honored tradition of the Easter egg hunt. This list attempts to find the magic in the middle – a number of memorable Easter-themed activities for Atlanta families to experience together, a religious commemoration and an Easter egg hunt or two thrown in for good measure.
3rd Annual Golden Easter Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza Easter Buffet
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518
Date: March 30 and 31
Hosted on the Resort’s scenic Pine Isle Pointe, the 3rd Annual Golden Easter Egg Hunt will feature over 20,000 eggs and candy with plenty of activities to entertain and delight. But who will find the prized golden egg? Egg hunts are staggered according to age: 11 a.m. for toddlers; 12 p.m. for Kindergarten – 2nd grade; and 1 p.m. for 3rd – 5th grades. Attendees will have an opportunity to have a FREE photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Admission to this event is free with gate entry fee of $10. Additional charges apply to food and kid zone activities. The following day, Lake Lanier Islands plays host to an Easter buffet of epic proportions in the Grand Ballroom of the Legacy Lodge. This Easter Sunday “eggstravaganza” will feature eggs to order, omelets, deviled eggs, multiple cooking stations and desserts during two separate seating times. Reservations are required.
Easter Sunday Sunrise Service And Easter Bunny’s Spring Blast
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Dates: March 30 and March 31
Stone Mountain Park plays host to two simultaneous non-denominational sunrise services at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday – one on top of the mountain and one at its base on the Memorial Hall Lawn. This very special event always draws a large crowd, so families should be sure to arrive early. Afterwards, kids of all ages will delight in the Easter Bunny’s Spring Blast – featuring a dance party, games and spring-themed crafts. Little ones will want to hop on over to Wildlife Wonders, where they will have a chance to meet some of Georgia’s cutest and cuddliest animal babies – including fawns, a joey kangaroo and even tiny future Easter bunnies. The rest of the park will be geared up for the kick-off of Stone Mountain’s Spring FUN Break – so there will be no shortage of family fun with all of the attractions, entertainment and fabulous food to be found.
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Natural Egg Dyeing and Atlanta Blooms!
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: March 30
Atlanta Botanical Garden will host a very special class that teaches children about a certain number of plants that contain dyes powerful enough to create Easter eggs in a rainbow of colors. This interactive drop-in class costs $6/child plus Garden admission. Afterwards, be sure to tour the Garden. “Atlanta Blooms!” is a current exhibit that features a springtime celebration “Botanical Garden-style” as a wide array of tulips line the stunning walkways.
4th Annual Dinosaur Egg Hunt
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Date: March 30
Don’t worry, the dinosaurs don’t do the hunting at this egg hunt! It’s all about springtime family fun at this annual event. In addition to timed egg hunts, the day includes music, games and more. Dinosaur Egg Hunt tickets are $5 for children in addition to regular Museum admission tickets and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required for participation in timed egg hunts. After families are done hunting for eggs, they can find even more fun inside the museum at exhibits like “Extreme Mammals” and “NatureQuest,” among others.
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