By Chris Griffy
Easter comes early this year, on April 1 (also April Fool’s Day, so be careful what’s in those eggs!), but that doesn’t mean there are any less events celebrating the holiday in Atlanta. Easter lends itself well to family-friendly events so with these five Easter weekend events in town, we’re focusing on things that the whole family can do together.
Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
980 Briarcliffe Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Date: March 31, 2018 at 8 a.m.
What is more Easter than an egg hunt? And in Atlanta, there aren’t many bigger than the one at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Starting bright and early on Saturday, the Callandwolde Easter Egg Hunt features thousands of eggs waiting to be found, including three golden “prize” eggs. The egg hunt is divided into age categories to keep things fair for the small ones. The event will also feature a Lego building station provided by the Legoland Discovery Center, face painting, treats, and a kids’ dance floor.
Easter Sunrise Service
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Date: April 1, 2018 at 7 a.m.
Easter is many things to many people, but for those of faith, it’s one of the year’s two biggest religious celebrations. If you’re looking for an Easter sunrise service to take your family to, it’s worth the short drive from Atlanta to Stone Mountain for a sunrise service with one of Georgia’s most breathtaking views. The event has been taking place since 1944. Sign language interpreters will be provided for hearing impaired guests.
Fort Yargo Living History Society
210 S. Broad St.
Winder, GA 30680
Date: March 29 through April 1
If you’re looking for something a bit more non-traditional to do on your Easter weekend, then a road trip to Winder might be on your agenda for the 18 Century Colonial Market Faire, held by the Fort Yargo Living History Society. The event is an immersive living history event, with Living Historians demonstrating how life was lived in 1790s
Georgia. You can also go out to the old fort for a market filled with craftsmen demonstrating 18Century trade. You can also see period music and dancing, watch militia drills, and teachable children’s activities.
Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop
Sprayberry High School
2525 Sandy Plains Rd.
Marietta, GA 30066
Date: March 31, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
A fun variant on the traditional Easter Egg hunt is the egg drop. At this event, a helicopter will drop thousands of Easter eggs onto the Sprayberry High School football field to kick off the hunt. The egg hunts are divided by age. In addition to the egg drop, there will be a DJ, food, and fun activities. This event is a fundraiser for the Shop With a Yellowjacket and Shop With a Longhorn programs. Last year over 25,000 people attended so arrive early!
Birds of Prey Show
4500 Southern Pine Drive
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Date: April 1, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
If you’re looking for educational opportunities for the whole family on Easter, head to Pine Mountain for Callaway Gardens’ Birds of Prey Show. You can learn about raptors like hawks and owls in this free-flight show. You can get up close and personal with the birds from the trainer’s glove and watch as they soar the skies and return to their trainer. The trainers will also share interesting facts you might not know about these majestic masters of the skies.
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