Easter in Atlanta offers up a ton of family-friendly events and happenings in 2012. So, grab the baskets, load up the kids and head out to one of these time-honored Easter traditions in and around Atlanta. Don’t forget to take the camera to capture those colorful memories.

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Eggstravaganza at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
980 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 872-5338

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Price: $10 in advance and $12 at gate. Adults are free.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This annual Easter egg hunt has been around for ages for good reason. It takes place on the gorgeous grounds of Callanwolde Arts Center in the historic Druid Hills area of town. Kids will love searching for thousands of candy-filled eggs and the prized golden eggs. The Easter Bunny and Enzo Clown will be on hand for memorable photos. Kids will love the arts and crafts activities, and yummy baked goods will be available for purchase. There is no on-site parking, but guests can park at Emory University Briarcliff Campus (1256 Briarcliff Rd.) and take the free shuttle to Callanwolde. Schedule of egg hunts: 11:15 a.m. for newborns to age 3; 11:30 a.m. for ages 4-6; 11:45 a.m. for ages 7 and older.

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Stone Mountain Easter Sunrise Service
Stone Mountain
1000 Robert E. Lee Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(770) 498-5690

Date: Sunday, April 8, 2012
Price: $10 for vehicle entry. Roundtrip skyride fees: $9 for adults, $7 for kids 3-11. Free for walk-up trail to the top of the mountain.
Hours: 7 a.m.

The Stone Mountain Ministerial Association presents Easter in a very unique way. Two non-denominational services will be offered at both the top of Stone Mountain and at its base on Memorial Lawn. Your family will feel like they’re on top of the world as the sun rises and paints gorgeous colors in the sky on Easter morning. This touching service should be experienced at least once because the memories will last a lifetime. Be sure to arrive at least two hours early to allow time to get to the top of the mountain.

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Easter Egg Hunts at Callaway Gardens
5887 Georgia Highway 354
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
(706) 663-2281

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Price: Admission – $9-$18, Egg Hunt free with admission
Hours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Callaway Gardens are simply stunning in the springtime. So, grab the kids and baskets and head out to one of the area’s biggest and prettiest Easter egg hunts around. It all begins at 2 p.m. in the Azalea Garden. The hunts are broken into age-specific groups, so even the tiniest hunters can find candy-filled eggs. Don’t forget the camera because the Easter Bunny will be bouncing around all afternoon. The Gardens will also have stunning Easter Lilly and topiary displays. Discounted weekend packages are available.

Egg Hunt at Smith Family Farm at Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 814-4000

Date: Monday, April 9, 2012
Price: $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids
Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This Easter egg hunt takes place during a Magic Monday and is geared for younger kids, ages 18 months to 5 years old. Celebrate Easter 2012 at this event as kids search for colorful eggs hidden throughout the scenic farm at the Atlanta History Center. Family-friendly activities include a peep toss, the bunny hop and springtime-themed arts and crafts. The Easter Bunny also pops in, so be sure to bring your camera.

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