Here are seven reasons to be hoppy about Easter, which this year falls on Sunday, April 16. From egg hunts in the dark to one that includes your favorite Fido, we’ve picked the city’s best spots to delight your peeps. Read on for everything you need to know before you go.

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3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Be sure to arrive at Blackburn Park at 9 a.m. for time to hit the bounce house, get your face painted, and snap a picture with the Easter Bunny before the hunt begins at 10 a.m. for all age groups (3 & under, 4-6, and 7 & up). Just remember to bring your own basket!

Details: April 15 at 9 a.m., Free.

3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, Ga 30319

Photo: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs via Flickr


Atlanta History Center’s Egg Hunt on the Farm
Celebrate springtime on the Smith Family Farm during the Atlanta History Center’s annual egg hunt, which also includes games for the small set like the peep toss, the bunny hop, and crafts as cute as they are manageable. Hop on by and visit the Easter Bunny, too.

Details: April 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $6.50/ adult, $5.50/ child.

130 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW
Atlanta, Ga 30305

Photo: Brian via Flickr 


Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt and Movie
Don’t forget your flashlight at this evening egg hunt at Tolleson Park for kids ages 10 and under. Beginning at 7 p.m., hopeful hunters can get their pictures made with the Easter Bunny and head to the craft table until the first hunt begins at 7:35 p.m. (the last hunt begins at 8:15 p.m.). Afterwards, stick around for a screening of the Secret Life of Pets.

Details: April 8, 7-10 p.m., $5/ family in advance or $10/ family on 4/8.

3590 King Springs Rd.
Smyrna, Georgia 30080

Photo: Big D2112 via Flickr 

Avondale Estates

Easter Egg Hunt and Dog Parade
Check out Avondale Estates’ annual (and free) tradition of an egg hunt for ages up to 10, followed by a dog parade (canine bunny ears not required, but there is an award for Best Costume). The egg hung starts promptly at 10 a.m. and is divided by age (2 and under, 3-4 years, 5-7 years, and 8-10 years), and be sure to say hello to the Easter Bunny while you’re there.

Details: April 15 from 10 a.m.-noon, Free.

51 Dartmouth Ave.
Avondale Estates, Ga 30002

Photo: Brian via Flickr 

Virginia Highlands

Virginia Highlands Easter Egg Hunt
This free community Easter Egg Hunt will include face painting, the Easter Bunny, and crafts prior to the hunt, which is for children ages 10 and under. Be sure to talk strategy in advance—there will be a limited number of golden prize eggs on the playing field!

Details: April 15 at 9 a.m., Free.

774 Virginia Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306

Photo: MDGov via Flickr 

Druid Hills

Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Callanwolde
Bring your basket and your camera because you’re sure to need both. With thousands of candy-filled eggs and the gorgeous grounds of Callanwolde in bloom, both you and your kiddos will leave satisfied. Be sure to say hello to the Easter Bunny while you’re there, hit the face painting station and kids’ dance floor, and the LEGO building station (provided by LEGOLAND Discovery Center).

Details: April 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $4/ person online, or $8/ person at the door for children and adults.

980 Briarcliff Rd., NE
Atlanta, Ga 30306

Photo: The Rock Ranch via Facebook

Worth the Drive: Barnesville

Easter Eggstravaganza at The Rock Ranch
In addition to more than 40,000 plastic prize eggs on hand to delight your hunters, this free annual event includes a presentation of the Easter story from the Bible, photos with the Easter Bunny, and access to the giant pillow, miniature train, pony rides, carousel rides, and more.

Details: April 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free admission.

5020 Barnesville Hwy.
The Rock, Ga 30285

What egg hunts make your bunnies hoppy? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey