While it’s felt like Spring for a month in Atlanta, you know it’s finally here when mommies shake out their white jeans, kiddo “street style” involves seersucker, Easter eggs are everywhere, and pollen starts a-fallin’. Spring—we’re so glad you’re here! This weekend, get a taste of it with egg hunts, family road races, natural egg dyeing workshops, tree climbing lessons, and ranger-led canoe excursions. Read on for more ideas to help you fully fête our favorite season.

Bunny Kid

Photo: Donnie Ray Jones via flickr


Egg Hunt at the Governor’s Mansion
Don’t miss the 14th annual Easter egg hunt at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, complete with photos with the Governor, the First Lady and the Easter Bunny, cupcake and egg decorating stations, face painting, a story book station, Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Easter egg roll, a moonwalk, a herd of Chick-fil-la cows, and, the main event: the Easter egg hunt. Families wishing to attend must RSVP by e-mail only to mansionevents@georgia.gov beginning March 1 at 8:00 a.m. Held at Georgia Governor’s Mansion, 391 West Paces Ferry Rd NW. Free. All ages. Event details.


Pound the Pavement for Peter
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. Free to watch and cheer; Runners $35/ person, Children 10 & under free. Registration at 7:30, Race at 8:30 a.m. All ages. Event details.


Atlanta Fair at Turner Field
The rides are in gear and there will soon be cheer; get ready, Atlanta- the fair is near! Returning for another season, the Atlanta Fair is back at Turner Field, and it’s without a doubt the most reasonably priced fair in the land (admission ranges from $.50 on select dates to $3). Held at Turner Field Grey Lot, 655 Central Ave SW. Tickets prices vary by date. All ages. Event details.

Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
Head to the Children’s Museum to help an archeological team dig at a site in Palenque, Mexico (which just happens to have been transported to the Children’s Museum, so no airline tickets needed!). Search for a priceless jade medallion using archeology, biology and astro-mathematics. Held at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW. Free with admission ($14.95/ person, free for babies under 1). All ages. Event details.


Galapagos George, The Little Tortoise That Could at Center for Puppetry Arts
Once upon a time, there was a not-so-little tortoise named George in the Galapagos Islands. Learn about geography, history, science, and Latin culture in this artful eco-tale at the nation’s best spot to catch a puppet show. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Member $10.25, Non-Member $20.50, Free under 2. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Fancy Nancy at Synchronicity Theatre
Don’t miss the story of Fancy Nancy and her best friend as they put on a production about mermaids. And stick around for free ice cream sundaes March 6 at 2 p.m. after the show! Held at Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree Street. Tues.–Thurs. Student Matinées 10:30 a.m., Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1 & 4 p.m., Sun. 2 & 5 p.m., No Sunday performances on 3/20. $20/ adult, $15/ ages 2-12, free under 2. All ages. Event details.

Natural Egg Dyeing at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Learn about plants that contain powerful dyes and stunning colors during this interactive class while decorating vibrant eggs. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $6 per child plus Garden admission (Member $5/child) ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, free under 3). All ages. Event details.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at The Alliance Theatre
Some days, you just need to see good triumph over bad. Round up your littles for this classic tale of love, faith, courage, and giving in a one-act, family friendly production on the Alliance Stage. Held at The Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Through March 20. Adults $35, children $20. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

The Lizard and El Sol at The Alliance Theatre
Some days, you just need to see good triumph over bad. Round up your littles for this classic tale of love, faith, courage, and giving in a one-act, family friendly production on the Alliance Stage. Held at The Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Through March 20. Adults $35, children $20. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Atlanta Blooms! at the Botanical Garden
The tulips are coming! Celebrate springtime surrounded by meadows of tulips, daffodils, crocus and more. Ushering in the Garden’s ruby 40th anniversary and color-filled Chihuly exhibition, this bulb display is fiery with thousands of blooms in red, orange and hot colors. Keep in mind that bloom times vary, but the exhibition is designed to bow to the whim of Mother Nature. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden , 1345 Piedmont Ave. Through April 30. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, free under 3). All ages. Event details.

Orchid Daze at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Not only are they beautiful, varied, and exotic, but orchids also grow inside the HOTHOUSE and are in bloom! Head to the Garden this winter for some warm, fresh air. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Through April 10. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, free under 3). All ages. Event details.

Green Market at Piedmont Park
If it’s Saturday in Atlanta, it’s time to visit the Green Market. Bring the bikes and the pups and pay a visit to the market, with it’s array of Georgia grown produce, handmade crafts, cooking demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Afterwards, explore the park on it’s wide paved trails and check your veggies at the veggie valet while you play. Held at Piedmont Park, 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue NE Park Entrance. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Artful Stories at The Carlos Museum
When ancient art, great stories, and inquisitive children are brought together something exciting happens! Don’t miss these monthly programs where your kiddos can sit in the galleries of the Carlos, surrounded by works of art and hear stories from around the world. Afterwards, create works of art or participate in activities based on the story and the cultures represented in the Carlos’ collections. A reservation is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519. Held at The Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Circle. Free, but a reservation is required. Sat. at 10 a.m. Ages 3 to 5. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Cook Up Some Fun at Young Chef’s Academy
Get those kiddos cooking! Head to the YCA’s weekend classes, where little chefs learn how to cook a new item every week. Held at Young Chef’s Academy, Sandy Springs, 230 Hammond Drive NE, Suite 368. Price varies by package or class number purchased. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Junior Chefs and Senior Chefs, 10:30 a.m. Kinder Cooks. All ages. Event details.

Druid Hills

Wild Africa on IMAX
Head to Africa—the wildest place on Earth—at the newest IMAX presentation at Fernbank. Watch as your little explorers eyes’ widen at enchanted forests, the boiling edge of the underworld, celestial ice-capped mountains, lava-spewing volcanoes, crashing waterfalls and deep fantastical seas. And experience some of the greatest gatherings of wildlife ever captured on film. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE. IMAX only (does not include museum admission, not required) $13/ adult, $11/ child. Show times vary. All ages. Event details.

Wild Music at Fernbank
If your kiddos love to sing, beat on drums, and dance, they’ll love Fernbank’s exhibit on music. Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. Discover nature’s “musicians” in a multitude of hands-on activities throughout the exhibit. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Included with admission ($18/ adult, $16/ child). Exhibit through Jul. 31. All ages. Event details.

EGGstravaganza at Fernbank
Don’t miss Fernbank’s celebration of Springtime, including live baby animals, prize-filled eggs, games, and activities. Note that this is not the traditional egg hunt that Fernbank has hosted in the past. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Included with admission ($18/ adult, $16/ child). All ages. Event details.


Easter Egg Hunt 
The Bunny waits for no one, so be sure to be on time when he arrives at 10:30 a.m., followed by the main event at 11 a.m. sharp on the front lawn of the Decatur Baptist Church. Held on the lawn at Decatur First Baptist Church, 308 Clairemont Ave. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Story Time at Little Shop of Stories
Little Shop does story time right; it usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the restlessness of the crowd, and guest appearances by authors have been known to happen! Held at Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square. Free. Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.

The Rock

Egg Hunt on the Farm at The Rock Ranch
Enjoy a some fresh country air, pony rides, carousel, train rides, and (oh, yes) a giant Easter egg hunt. Be there for Bunny photos (bring your own camera) at 11 a.m., followed by an Easter Story presentation at 12:30 p.m., and the hunt at 12:45 p.m. (the hunt will be staged by ages so everyone can claim a basket full of eggs to take home!). Held at Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Hwy. Free admission; attractions are extra and are $2-$3 each. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Intro to Tree Climbing 
Go “on rope” for an adventure exploring the tree canopy above Panola Mountain State Park at an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Register in advance by calling 770-389-7801. Ages 8 and up. Held at Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 Highway 155 SW. $15 to register and $5 to park. Sat. from 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 8 & up. Event details.

Lithia Springs

Ranger-Led Lake Paddle
Head to Sweetwater Creek State Park for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop and register in advance by calling 770-732-5871. Held at Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. Sat. from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

How will you celebrate the first day of Spring? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey