Easter is upon us, and we have a basket full of egg-cellent adventures for you and your little bunnies to enjoy. All aboard as the Peanuts’ Easter Beagle Express on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad pulls into Bryson City. Or, check out some Easter activities closer to home with egg hunts in Cobb County, Marietta or at Callonwolde and Serenbe. If you are feeling crafty, check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s natural egg dying drop-in class. And don’t miss The Lion King at the fabulous Fox Theater as it roars into town. Hop to it!


The Peanuts Easter Beagle Express
Take a round-trip train ride along the Tuckasegee River with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the Easter Bunny. Stop in Dillsboro for an egg hunt, crafts, snacks with Snoopy, and temporary tattoos. Train departs promptly at 11 a.m. Reservations required for this four hour excursion. Fri., 11 a.m., Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Adults, $55-$94; ages 2-12, $29-$54; ages 1 and younger, $0-$20. All ages. Event details.

Northeast Cobb: Community Egg Drop
If you’re looking to add some drama to your egg hunt, don’t miss this event. Thousands of eggs will be hidden and thousands more will be dropped from a helicopter on to the football field—over 90,000 in all. There will also be inflatables, face-painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and vendors selling food. Check website for specific start times. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sprayberry High School, Free. All ages. Event details.

Marietta: Easter Egg Hunt
Cobb’s largest egg hunt will feature art activities, live entertainment, inflatables and concessions. Visit with the Easter Bunny and participate in the Mad Hatter contest. This hunt offers a specific time for special need kids. See website for different levels based on age groups with prizes at each level. Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jim Miller Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Callanwolde: Eggstravaganza
Come join the eggstravaganza that includes the egg hunt, carnival games, a bake sale and cake walk, face painting and spring crafts. There will be Atlanta Braves games and prizes, as well as special golden eggs hidden with extra special prizes inside. Parking will be $5 per car at the Emory University Briarcliff Campus, and a shuttle bus service will begin at 9:30. There will be no onsite parking. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. Sat., 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Parking ($5) at Emory University Briarcliff Campus, In advance adults are free and children 12 and under are $12. If the event doesn’t sell out, tickets will be $14 cash only at the door. All ages. Event details.

Serenbe: Serenbe Playhouse Egg Hunt
There’s no place like Easter at Serenbe. Come visit with the Easter bunny, get your face painted, and check out the pony rides on the lawn of The Inn at Serenbe as Dorothy and Toto from Serenbe Playhouse’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz host this family-friendly event. Sat., 11:30 a.m., The Inn at Serenbe, Tickets will be available at the door. $5 per child, cash or check only. All ages. Event details.

Natural Egg Dying Class
Certain plants contain powerful dyes that create stunning colors. Join the Garden for this interactive class to learn more about these plants while decorating vibrant eggs. Fri. & Sat.., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, $6 per child plus admission, $5 per child for members. All ages. Event details.

The Lion King
Follow the life of Simba on his journey from a young cub to the king of the animals on the African Pride Land. The play dramatically opens as more than 40 actors and puppets parade down the Fox Theatre’s aisles to the stage accompanied by rhythmic music and songs by Tim Rice and Elton John. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m., The Fox Theatre, $30-$75. All ages. Event details.

Still searching for something to do? Click here for our complete list of the best egg hunts around town. Or, click here to check out five spots that offer Saturday drop-in classes.

–Phebe Wahl

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