This is it, folks. The Big Egg Hunt Weekend. Time to dig those baskets out of the garage and talk strategy with the little bunnies in your life. Will they go for quantity or quality? Work the perimeter of the field or dive straight in? Either way, you’ll want to check out our roundup of the best hunts around Atlanta. And, after the big event, we’ve got plenty of options for this weekend’s national Make Your Own Holiday Up Day (and we’re not making this up). Dying to create a holiday for Tibetan sand art, spectacular science projects, cherry blossoms, or Italian ice? We’ve got everything you need to celebrate.

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8 Great Egg Hunts Around Atlanta
There’s no need to get all hopped-up about where to find the perfect egg hunt this year, because we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Atlanta-area picks for finding that golden egg. Held at multiple locations. Free. Sat. March 28 and Sat. April 4. All ages. Event details.

Downtown

Explore Science at the Atlanta Science Festival 
Feed your curiosity and explore your senses at the 2nd annual Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo, a family-friendly, interactive science event that has over 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, demos, and live science-themed performances. Held at Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. NW. Free. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Druid Hills

Taste Poisons at a Dangerously Delicious Tasting Event
Take the tots for an epicurean adventure at Fernbank, in conjunction with The Power of Poison. With delicious bites from The Iberian Pig, High Road Craft Ice Cream, and others, you’ll explore everyday toxins that are delicious (and dangerous, but only in massive quantities), such as chocolate, cherries, apples, tomatoes and potatoes, almonds, and more. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Free with admission (Adults $18, Children 3-12 $16, Children under 3 free). Sat. from 12 to3 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Midtown

See Stellaluna at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Don’t miss this classic production of Stellaluna, the story of a baby fruit bat who falls into a bird’s nest and is relieved to finally discover she is a bat, and not just the odd one out. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Member – $9.25; Non-Member – $16.50. Mar. 24 – Apr. 4, multiple showtimes daily. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Brookhaven

Celebrate Spring at the Cherry Blossom Festival
While you check out the arts and crafts and enjoy the entertainment, your littles will love the activities going on at the Children’s Village, including two performances of by Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness, along with other entertainment and games. Held at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Fri. Mar. 27 from 4-8:30 p.m., Sat., Mar. 28 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sun. Mar. 29 from noon – 5:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Pound the Pavement for a Cause
While some races are purely adult affairs, Pound the Pavement for Peter is as inclusive an affair for kiddos as you can get (there are even prizes for the stroller/ double stroller category) . Lace up their sneaks and head to Brookhaven for this 5k run that benefits specialized medical care for children with serious illnesses. Held at Capital City Club Brookhaven, 53 W. Brookhaven Drive NE. $35/ adult, Children 10 & under free. Sat. Mar. 28 – Registration at 7:30, Race at 8:30 a.m. All ages. Event details.

Kirkwood

Say Good Bye to Chilly Days at with Frozen Treats at Spring Fest
Say hello to spring with games, crafts, and yummy Philadelphia Italian ice (“water ice,” to those in the know) at the Dolphins Water Ice Factory in Kirkwood. Held at Dolphins Water Ice Factory, 1963 Hosea L Williams NE R107. Free (Italian ice available for purchase). Sat. from 12-4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Emory

Create Tibetan Sand Paintings with Monks
Instead of another afternoon in the sandbox, why not take the kids to the Michael C. Carlos Museum for some Tibetan sand painting, instead? They’ll observe Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery at work during Emory’s annual Tibet Week celebration, and then have a chance to create their own paintings. Held at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir. NE. Free with admission (Adults: $8, Children ages 6-17: $6, Children ages 5 and under free) but registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.edu. Sat. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Marietta

Have Fun at Alexander’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Have you ever had a bad day? Obviously not. You’re a parent (duh!). But Alexander can’t seem to catch a break, and boy, is it fun to watch. Take your little ones to see this classic production, and we can almost guarantee that you all will have a wonderful, excellent, great, very good day. Held at Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 12 Powder Springs St. $20/ adult, $15/ student. Sat. and Sun. at 2 and 4 p.m. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

What’s “hoppening” on your schedule this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below, or on our Atlanta Facebook page.

–Shelley Massey

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