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Hoppy Easter, y’all! While this year may not be exactly back to normal, you have plenty of choices—from enjoying a day among blooms in a garden to looking for the golden egg at an egg hunt, and more—to keep your bunnies busy. Keep reading for our favorite ways to spend Easter in Atlanta with kids, below.

Spend a Day in a Garden

Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens
The State Botanical Garden is a 313-acre preserve set aside by UGA in 1968 for the study and enjoyment of plants and nature. It contains a number of specialized theme gardens and collections, more than five miles of nature trails, and four major facilities, including a tropical conservatory. There is also a 2.5-acre, accessible children's garden that contains a variety of fun, immersive locations—including a chestnut tree house, fossil wall, giant water-misting mushrooms, vegetable garden, a replica of a North Georgia cave, and more—all designed to be learned from, crawled through and touched. Details can be found here.

Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground
Spring is in the air at Gibbs Gardens with millions of golden daffodils covering rolling fields. Stroll along paths, traverse hills, and wander through the woods to experience more than 220 acres of specialty gardens, including the Japanese and Waterlily Gardens. All tickets must be purchased online, and reservations are not required. Here's more info.

Dye Eggs Naturally at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Certain plants contain powerful dyes that create stunning colors. Head to ABG in this interactive program to learn more about these plants and decorate three vibrant eggs. This annual program has been modified to meet best practices for health and safety during the pandemic. Please read the Garden's procedures before attending, which can be found on the website and here.

Visit Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw
Smith-Gilbert Gardens is composed of serene woodland paths that showcase more than 3,000 species just minutes from Kennesaw Mountain. Unique plantings and fascinating elements such as The Rose Garden, Bonsai Exhibit and waterfall area delight the senses in this designated wildlife habitat. Smith-Gilbert Gardens is open Tuesday through Saturday. Before your trip, review the garden's COVID-19 precautions. Pre-purchased timed tickets are required. Want more info? Click here.

Brunch or Photos with the Bunny

Easter Bunny Photos in Alpharetta
The Easter Bunny returns to the Boulevard this spring! Refresh your photos and create memorable moments with vibrant new images of the family alongside the Easter Bunny at Avalon. Sessions will be available March 25th through March 28th and April 1st through April 3rd. Easter Bunny at Avalon is located in Boulevard East, between Biltong Bar and Jeni's Ice Creams. New this year, Easter Bunny at Avalon will only be accepting reservation appointments, no walk-ups. Limited appointments available, click here for more info.

Enjoy a Drive-Through Bunny Brunch in Kennesaw
The Kennesaw Parks & Rec Department is excited to continue the tradition of the annual Bunny Breakfast. This year, the Department invites the community to participate from the comfort of their vehicles! At this year’s Bunny Breakfast, attendees will have the opportunity to take a quick photo with the Easter Bunny, grab breakfast to-go and take home an Egg Hunt kit. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, a fresh fruit cup and choice of drink. Egg Hunt kits include Easter eggs, candy, prizes and two Easter crafts. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own camera to capture photos with the Easter Bunny. Details can be found here.

Breakfast with the Bun in Conyers
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, and win prizes while playing Easter themed games. Each ticket includes a table for up to 8 family members, and reservations are required. Here's the scoop.

Brunch & Brews with the Bunny in Alpharetta
Head to Cherry Street Brewpub at Halcyon for their Inaugural Brunch & Brews with the Easter Bunny. You'll find festive brunch specials, crafts from 10-12 (as supplies last), a safe photo opp with the Easter Bunny, and of course... beer, if you choose. Here's what you need to know.


Egg-citing Egg Hunts

Attend the Acworth Egg Hunt
Join the City of Acworth and Freedom Church at the Acworth Egg Hunt at the Acworth Sports Complex baseball fields. Face masks are strongly encouraged. Please do not attend if you or your children are feeling unwell or exhibit cold or flu symptoms. Only one parent per child will be allowed on the egg hunt fields. The egg hunt is divided into five age groups. To mitigate crowd sizes and maintain social distance, hunts will occur in 30 minute increments to allow each age group time to clear the area. Hunts will alternate between fields. Here's all you need to know.

Hop-A-Long Scavenger Hunt at Avalon
Head to the Concierge to check-in and meet your special story book character scavenger hunt leaders. Then, hop down the Boulevard as you collect Easter egg clues to find the Easter Bunny and other special surprises. Contact Avalon Concierge for advance tickets, as they're limited. Find out more, here.

Easter Egg Hunt at Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Enjoy fun and games, stories and crafts, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and an egg hunt, then explore the gardens and visit the newly renovated Gift Shop and Art Gallery. Your family will make memories for a lifetime. Advance tickets are required. Here's the scoop.


.—Shelley Massey

Featured photo via iStock


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