For a decade, the Easter Bunny has made his grand entrance into the Acworth Easter Egg Hunt by skydiving into the festivities, and this year will be no different.
A favorite symbol of spring for young and old, the Easter Bunny will be the guest of honor at the city’s annual egg hunt for ages 0-10, April 8 at the Acworth Sports Complex at 4000 S. Main St. Gates open at 6 p.m., followed by the bunny’s entrance at 7:15 p.m.
Kids search for the 50,000 eggs by age groups:
• Ages 0-2 at 7:30 p.m. on Field 1.
• Ages 3-4 at 7:40 p.m. on Field 2.
• Ages 5-6 at 7:50 p.m. on Field 3.
• Ages 7-8 at 8 p.m. on Field 4.
• Ages 9-10 at 8:10 p.m. on Field 1.
In 2010, Freedom Church reached out to the city with the idea of combining their two planned Easter events into one large celebration.
“It was a great idea, as it allowed us to avoid duplicate events, and gave us the opportunity to combine resources to create and grow a really great event,” said Taylor Aubrey, events and communications coordinator for the Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department. “We are fortunate as a city to partner with Freedom Church. They provide resources and volunteers that organize bouncy houses, crafts and activities to enhance the event.”
Two years later, organizers decided to shake things up by having the bunny hop out of an airplane thousands of feet above the egg hunt site.
“We knew the bunny had to arrive, but we wanted to do something untraditional,” Aubrey said. “A skydiving bunny was certainly unique, and that became a draw beyond the 50,000 eggs. It’s become our tradition, as long as the weather cooperates.”
Before partnering with the church, the city sponsored a small Saturday morning hunt, with just a few hundred eggs, every Easter at Cauble Park, but the organizing team wanted to do an event that moved closer to its vision of creating extraordinary experiences for the community.
“We challenged ourselves to think bigger and what would make our event stand out from others in the area,” Aubrey said. “We feel that the egg hunt on a Friday night with a skydiving bunny and 50,000 eggs is a great event for our local community to enjoy as a family. It has become a tradition for many families.”
Planning for the annual spring celebration begins right after the New Year’s holiday, so organizers will have time to pull everything together by Easter.
“We engage with our partners at Freedom Church in January, as they play a huge role in planning as well,” Aubrey said.
Cobb County PARKS presents the 29th annual Cobb Eggstravaganza, for kids ages 10 and younger, starting at noon at Al Bishop Softball Complex, 1082 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta. There will be Easter egg hunts, food, games, bouncy houses, prizes and more.
Egg hunt times are:
• Ages 3 and younger – 1 p.m.
• Ages 4 and 5 – 1:30 p.m.
• Ages 6 and 7 – 2 p.m.
• Ages 8-10 – 2:30 p.m.
• All ages – 3 p.m.
For more information, visit cobbparks.org or call 770-528-8800.
Burnt Hickory Baptist Church at 5145 Due West Road in Powder Springs will have its Egg-stravaganza from 4-6 p.m. The free event will include snacks, egg hunts, a Ferris wheel and inflatables. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marietta Community Egg Hunt will take place 5-9 p.m. on the practice fields behind Marietta High School at 1171 Whitlock Ave. The free event will feature more than 60,000 eggs and candy, as well as food, games, music and other activities. Free parking at the school.
For information, call 770-423-1330 or email email@example.com.
The annual Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sprayberry High School, 2525 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta. More than 90,000 eggs and candy will be dropped from a helicopter and scattered onto the football fields. Also featuring inflatable slides, bounce houses and free photos with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission and ample parking at the school are free. There also will be a free shuttle from the LA Fitness parking lot across from the school. Food will be available for purchase, and proceeds will benefit both the Shop with a Yellow Jacket and Shop with a Longhorn programs at Sprayberry and Kell high schools. For information, contact Bill Watson at 770-423-1330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kennesaw United Methodist Church at 1801 Ben King Road will have its Easter Extravaganza at 10 a.m. on the front lawn of the church. The free event will include egg hunts, prizes, Easter prayer stations, snacks and an Easter story presentation. For information, visit https://kennesawumc.org/event/easter-extravaganza-egg-hunt/.