If the little ones in your family get excited about Easter, start the celebration early with egg hunts in late March.
Several Georgia State Parks are hosting events where children can fill their baskets with goodies and work off energy on playgrounds. Covered picnic shelters and enclosed group shelters can be reserved for large family potlucks and barbecues. Plus, numerous cabins, campsites and yurts provide weekend getaways where families can spend time together, away from distractions. To find events and nearby state parks, visit GaStateParks.org.
Festival by the Lake and Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24, 2018 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Florence Marina State Park - Omaha, GA
Enjoy an afternoon browsing craft tables, or set up your own with items to sell. The egg hunts will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be separated by age groups. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.
Scattered Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24, 2018 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen, GA
The Easter Bunny will be making a stop at Magnolia Springs, leaving plenty of eggs scattered around the park. Hunts for all age groups until the eggs are gone. With candy, surprises and fun this is sure to be an Easter egg hunt to remember. $5 parking. 478-982-1660. $5 parking. 478-982-1660.
Sunset Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, March 30, 2018 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls, GA
Join us at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center as we celebrate Easter with crafts, popcorn and an egg hunt at sunset. For children up to 12 years. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.
Moonlight Egg Hunt
Friday, March 30, 2018 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Red Top Mountain State Park - Acworth, GA
Enjoy an egg hunt by moonlight. Some eggs will have treats and others will have prizes. There will be a special prize for the participant who finds the Golden Egg. You must call to pre-register and reserve your child’s spot no later than March 29. Registration begins on Thursday, February 1 at 9 a.m. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
A.H. Stephens Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A.H. Stephens State Park - Crawfordville, GA
The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs waiting for you. Children 12 and under bring your own basket, join the fun and search for a few. Little hunters will have their own small patch and if we are lucky, there may be a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Donations are appreciated. 706-456-2602.
Old Fashioned Easter
Saturday, March 31, 2018 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Participants will dye eggs from natural dyes, play old timey games like egg toss and egg rolls, go on an Easter scavenger hunt and even create a burlap Easter bunny. Younger children can participate in an Easter egg hunt. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Glow-N-Dark Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
High Falls State Park - Jackson, GA
Egg hunts are no longer for the day. We will be hiding over 5,000 glowing eggs for children to find in this nontraditional egg hunt. The hunt is open to children ages 3 - 10. Come early to enjoy food trucks, yard games, s'mores, and inflatables. Tickets are limited. Call park office to purchase tickets. $6 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.
Baskets, Bunnies and Eggs
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mistletoe State Park - Appling, GA
Ages 3–10 can create their own Easter baskets and go on a kid-friendly egg scavenger hunt. Or, take a family egg-ocache adventure and use GPS coordinates to find eggs hidden in the woods. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.
Eggciting Hike Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt. Ages 2 and less, 3-6, and 7-12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Hard Labor Creek Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Park staff will place candy-filled eggs at the Lake Brantley recreation area for your little ones to hunt. Children will be placed in age groups, and the Easter bunny will be on site for photos. Please bring your own basket. $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Campers' Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Indian Springs State Park - Flovilla, GA
Cottage and campground guests under the age of 12 are welcome to participate in this year’s Easter Egg Hunt. Participants will be split into two age groups (5 and under, 6-12). Meet at the campground picnic shelter. There will be a short walk to the hunting area. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.
Easter Egg Hunt and Touch-a-Truck
Saturday, March 31, 2018 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kolomoki Mounds State Park - Blakely, GA
Join us at the lower day-use area for an afternoon full of fun. We will have local EMT representatives, fire trucks and tractors for children to see. Starting at 2:00 will be our annual egg hunt with over 2,000 eggs. There will also be food vendors. Face painting and train rides will be included with admission. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.
Twilight Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Laura S. Walker State Park - Waycross, GA
Bring your flashlights and Easter Baskets. There will be two Easter Egg Hunts by age group. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31, 2018 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen, GA
Come to the Bottoms Field for hay rides, egg hunt, live music, games/crafts and more for all ages. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 549.
A few parks have egg hunts scheduled for Easter day, April 1:
Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 1, 2018 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fort McAllister State Park - Richmond Hill, GA
The Easter Bunny will be making a stop at Fort McAllister, leaving plenty of eggs scattered around the park. Help us clean up with our annual Easter Egg hunt. There are sure to be lots of eggs, and hunts for all age groups. With candy, prizes and rewards, this is sure to be an Easter egg hunt to remember. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.
FDR Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 1, 2018 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs, GA
Bring your Easter basket and camera for a fun day set in the Little White House grounds. The 3-5 year old group will begin at 1:00 p.m. The 6-8 year old group will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 9-11 year old group will begin at 2:00 p.m. $9 - $14. 706-655-5870.