Time to start hunting for Easter eggs

Decatur First Baptist Church and the Decatur Business Association’s Easter Egg Hunt. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Decatur First Baptist Church and the Decatur Business Association’s Easter Egg Hunt. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Easter is one of the most sacred holidays among Christians with Good Friday and Easter Sunday attracting the faithful to services at churches and outdoor venues.

Some of the most widely held traditions of Easter, however, aren’t specifically religious in nature.

“The most prominent secular symbol of the Christian holiday, the Easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by the German immigrants who brought over their stories of an egg-laying hare,” according to History.com. “The decoration of eggs is believed to date back to at least the 13th century.”

Easter egg hunts are a popular spring tradition for children and families.

While April 16 is the official day for the celebration of Easter this year, local Easter egg hunts span two weeks from April 1 to 16. They range from small events in parks and church grounds to mega-events on large tracts of land in rural parts of the state.

Here is a list of some egg hunts that may make for a memorable time for young and old:

Decatur First Baptist Church and the Decatur Business Association’s Easter Egg Hunt takes place at 11 a.m. on April 8 on the front lawn of the church, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. The Easter Bunny is expected to arrive at 10:30 am. “The hunt begins at 11 a.m. sharp and is staggered by age groups so that parents with more than one child, in different age groups, can experience the fun with each of their children,” according to organizers.

Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt is Callanwolde Fine Arts Center’s annual event, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 15. “The hunt features thousands of candy-filled eggs to find (including three golden ‘prize’ eggs) and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. There will be family friendly games, a LEGO building station, a face painter, The Home Depot station, and a kids’ dance floor. For adults there also will be an indoor bar with beer, wine, mimosas, coffee, hot chocolate, and soft drinks for sale. Tickets are $4 in advance or $8 at the door. All kids and adults must have a ticket. We strongly recommend buying in advance, as tickets may sell out. There is no onsite parking available. Parking is located across the street at Atlanta Metro Cathedral, 999 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. For tickets or more information, go to www.callanwolde.org.

EGGAPALOOZA is scheduled to hop off at 10 a.m. on April 15 at Wade Walker Park Family YMCA. The free event includes a vendor market, arts and crafts, games and, of course, egg hunt for ages 12 and younger at 12:45 p.m. Don’t forget to bring a basket. The park and YMCA is located at 5605 Rockbridge Road SW, Stone Mountain. The vendor market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested vendors should email: steelepm@bellsouth.net or call (404) 379-6779.

Avondale Estates Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Dog Parade will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on April 15 at Willis Park.  The event is free and open to children of all ages. The park is located at 51 Dartmouth Ave., Avondale Estates.

Fernbank Museum’s Spring EGG-stravanganza is a day of exploration, crafts and surprises. The event starts at 10 a.m. on April 8 with activities including a petting zoo, egg basket crafts, big bubbles and exploring the Great Hall searching for secret egg stations and collecting eggs. Cost is museum admission. Go to www.fernbankmuseum.org for more information. Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta.

The First Annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place between 10 a.m. to noon on April 8 at Blackburn Park in Brookhaven. Egg hunts for both children and parents, prizes and a deejay are part of this free event. Participants must RSVP by 6 p.m. on March 31. Go to https://easteregghunt-2017.hscampaigns.com to register. The park is located at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven.

Mason Mill Park Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. on April 15. Crafts, the Easter Bunny, family pictures, face painting and thousands of eggs including golden prize eggs are part of the event. There will be a separate area for toddlers. It’s free. The park is located at 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10 a.m. on April 15 at Lutheran Church of the Messiah. The free event includes hunting for prize-filled eggs on the front lawn, face painting, puppet show, cake walk, crafts. The church is located at 465 Clairemont Ave., Decatur.

Egg-citing Hike Hunt takes place at 10 a.m. on April 15 at Panola Mountain State Park. “Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt” is how the event is described. Age categories are: 2 and younger, 3-6 and 7-12. Registration is required. Cost is $5 plus $5 parking. For more information, call (770) 389-7801. The park is located at 2620 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge.

The Easter Eggsravaganza at The Rock Ranch is a bit of a drive from DeKalb County, but 40,000 plastic prize eggs await. The event is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8. “Families can snag photos with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy a presentation of the Easter story from a local pastor – all for free. Wristbands are offered for purchase to participate in extra attractions such as carousel rides.,” according to organizers. The Rock Ranch is located at 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock, Ga.

 

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