Editor's Note: This story has been updated since it was originally posted on March 29 at 2:29 p.m.
Cobb County is gearing up for a late Easter this year, which means there’s plenty of time for a slew of Easter community events.
Easter falls on April 21 this year, nearly three weeks later than last year’s April Fools’ Day Easter. The Christian holiday is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the spring equinox. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, that means Easter could fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25 each year.
This year’s full moon will occur on Good Friday, April 19. Passover also begins on the 19th.
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Photos with the Easter Bunny
WHAT: Town Center at Cobb mall will have Photos with the Easter Bunny in Center Court.
WHEN: Now through April 20
WHERE: Town Center at Cobb mall, 400 Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw
INFO: Families can save time and avoid the line with Simon’s Fast Pass by visiting simonbunny.com.
Acworth Egg Hunt
WHAT: The City of Acworth will have an egg hunt at the baseball fields at the Acworth Sports Complex. Participants are asked to park on the baseball side of the complex. There will be concessions and activities before the hunt. Each year the hunt consists of 50,000 eggs. The hunt is broken down into five age groups and the start times will alternate between fields.
WHEN: April 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Acworth Sports Complex, 4000 South Main Street in Acworth
Hop Into Spring/Disney Jr. event
WHAT: Town Center at Cobb mall will have its annual Hop Into Spring/Disney Jr. event. The free event will feature crafts, games, music and giveaways. The first 150 people in line will receive a goody bag. The Easter Bunny will also make a special appearance.
WHEN: April 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Town Center at Cobb mall in the Lower Level Sears Court, 400 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw.
INFO: 770-424-0742 or https://www.simon.com/mall/town-center-at-cobb.
An Evening with the Easter Bunny
WHAT: The Smyrna Community Center will have An Evening with the Easter Bunny. Participants can hop on down for a night of carnival games, inflatables, a “bunny hop” and candy-filled eggs. The evening will end with a screening of “Peter Rabbit” at dusk.
WHEN: April 13, 5 p.m. to dusk.
WHERE: The Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna
COST: $5 for residents and $8 non-residents per child. The movie screening is free. Pre-registration is recommended. Register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/smyrnacityrec/Activity_Search/18733.
Blacklight Easter Egg Hunt
WHAT: Influencers Kennesaw will have a blacklight Easter Egg hunt. The event will also feature pony rides, a petting zoo and bouncy houses. Free admission with age-specific hunts will be held throughout the day. Participants should wear clothes that glow.
WHEN: April 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Influencers Kennesaw, 1455 Ben King Road, Kennesaw
INFO: Entrance to the hunt is only guaranteed by pre-registration. Register at https://kennesaw.influencers.church/events/black-light-easter-egg-hunts/.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Easter events
WHAT: Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s in Acworth will have free Easter events. Participants can enjoy free photos with the Easter Bunny and crafts for children while supplies last. There will be an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt for ages 2-10 on April 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at the store’s main entrance. Children can also eat free at all Bass Pro Shops signature restaurants while the Easter Bunny is in town.
WHEN: April 13-21
WHERE: Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, 152 Northpoint Parkway, Acworth
Easter Bunny photos at PetSmart
WHAT: PetSmart will have free in-store photos with the Easter Bunny. Pet parents will receive a free digital photo from PetSmart and will also be able to get images on their own mobile devices.
WHEN: April 13-14, noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: PetSmart stores across North America
Cobb County’s Easter Egg Hunt
WHAT: Cobb County will have a family-friendly, free Easter Egg Hunt. Activities will include egg hunts, art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, games, food concessions and vendors. There will be four egg hunts by age groups, then the last hunt for anyone who missed their time. The schedule will be 4 to 5 p.m. park opens with arm-band distribution, games, activities and entertainment; 5 p.m. will be the ages 3 and under hunt; 5:30 p.m. will be ages 4-5 hunt; 6 p.m. will be the ages 6-7 hunt; 6:30 p.m. will be the ages 8-10 hunt; and 7 p.m. will be an all ages hunt. Paticipants should bring their own baskets for the hunts. Special needs participants are included in all activities. Participants should use County Services Parkway to Al Bishop Drive to access the event as Calloway Road will have limited access.
WHEN: April 13, 4 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Al Bishop Softball Complex, 1082 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta
Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny
WHAT: Town Center at Cobb mall will have Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny in Center Court. Families with pets can get portraits with the Easter Bunny. Guests are asked to enter through the Food Court entrance between JCPenney and Belk. No reptiles or exotic animals will be permitted.
WHEN: April 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Town Center at Cobb mall, 400 Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw
Inaugural Marietta Community Egg Hunt
WHAT: The inaugural Marietta Community Egg Hunt is hosted by Marietta High School and Marietta School District and presented by Superior Plumbing and the Marietta Business Association. There will food, games, music, activities, egg hunts and the giant Superior Plumbing and Zaxby’s hot air balloons. There will be more than 80,000 eggs and candy for the various hunts. The funds raised from the Egg Hunt go to support Marietta City Schools via the Marietta Business Association Education Programs. Egg hunts will start at 5:30 p.m. for ages three and under, a special needs hunt at 6 p.m., ages 4-7 at 7 p.m., another special needs hunt at 8 p.m. and ages 8-10 at 8:30 p.m. Toddler hunts will be in a separate area at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. There will be a Kid’s Zone with unlimited rides for $7 per child. Peter Hart with Atlanta Puppet will be putting on interactive shows on the hour between the Egg Hunts.
WHEN: April 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Marietta High School practice fields behind the school at 1171 Whitlock Avenue NW in Marietta
COST: Parking and admission are free.
10th Annual Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop
WHAT: The 10th Annual Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop, presented by Piedmont Church, Superior Plumbing and C&S Paving, will feature more than 90,000 eggs and pieces of candy will be spread out and dropped from a helicopter at the football field. There will be candy, face painting and the Carl Black of Kennesaw Kids Zone with inflatable slides and bounce houses. Unlimited rides can be purchased for only $7 per child. Participants can also plan to have their photo taken for free with the Easter Bunny and watch Peter Hart with the Atlanta Puppet at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Egg Hunts will get started around the football field at 11:30 a.m., as children ages three and under will begin their egg hunt. At 1:30 p.m., a helicopter will fly over and drop thousands of eggs with the four to seven-year olds to hunt. At 2 p.m., C&S Paving will be sponsoring the special needs egg hunt and at 3:30 p.m., the children eight to 10, will begin the final hunt. Toddler hunts for the small children will be held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. in the food court area sponsored by Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. An estimated 18,000 people attended the event last year. Weather permit-ting, the crowds are expected to exceed 2018 totals.
WHEN: April 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Sprayberry High School, 2525 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta
COST: Free admission and ample free parking will be available at Sprayberry with free shuttle service from the L.A. Fitness parking lot across from the school. Food will also be available to purchase. There will be BBQ, chicken sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, cheese steaks, polish sausage, cotton candy and corn dogs. Proceeds from the event go to support the community and both the Shop with a Yellow Jacket and the Shop with a Longhorn programs for Sprayberry and Kell High Schools respectively.
5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
WHAT: The Smith-Gilbert Gardens will host their 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be four different age groups and the hunts will take place in three separate Garden Collections. Each age group will have a hunt to match their skill level. The number of children per hunt is limited in order to guarantee a quality experience for each visitor. Pre-registration will be available for each age group/time slot. All Easter Eggs will be filled with tickets, where children will have the chance to choose their own prizes based on the number of tickets. There will be no onsite parking for this event. Parking will be at Adams Park, 2600 Park Drive in Kennesaw and shuttles will transport guests to and from the Gardens.
WHEN: April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Road in Kennesaw
COST: In order to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, participants must pre-register online at www.smithgilbertgardens.com. Due to limited availability, no walk up registrations will be accepted. Entry fees include garden admission, one Easter egg hunt, games, crafts and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Cost is $10 for non-member children, $10 adults and $8 seniors. Gardens members will have a discounted rate and the opportunity to register early. Early registration for members will be March 1. Non-member registration will open on March 6. The event is rain or shine. In case of severe weather, the Gardens will allow Easter Egg Hunt tickets to be used as a general admission passes for another date.
INFO: Anna Bell King at 770-919-0248 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: Tickets are now on sale for the “all-you-care-to-eat” Bunny Breakfast. The menu will consist of hot and ready pancakes served with bacon and sausage, a medley of fresh fruit and breakfast sweets. The Easter Bunny will make his way from table to table to say hello to all the children. Participants should bring their cameras.
WHEN: April 20, seatings available at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
WHERE: Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw
COST: Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased online at kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-andrecreation. Advance purchase is required. Children 2 years of age and younger do not need a ticket. However, they must sit on an adult’s lap.
INFO: kennesaw-ga.gov or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at 770-422-9714.
Free Family Fun Day Festival
WHAT: Greater Community Church of God in Christ will have a Free Family Fun Day Festival. The event will feature an Easter Egg Hunt, baskets, bouncy house, a game truck and food.
WHEN: April 20, noon to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Greater Community Church of God in Christ, 406 Roswell Street, Marietta
INFO: www.greatercommunitycogic.org or 770-590-8510
Easter activities at Living Hope Church
WHAT: Living Hope Church will have Easter activities. The schedule of events will be a Family Brunch form 9:30 to 11 a.m., an overview of morning activities at 10:15 a.m., butterfly releases at 10:20 a.m., Easter egg hunts, a petting zoo and photos with the Easter Bunny at 10:25 a.m., special Easter crafts and activities for children ages 3 through 5th grade and Easter worship for adults at 11:15 a.m. Additional worship services will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Nursery care is provided from 9 to 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children ages 2 and under.
WHEN: April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Living Hope Church, 3450 Stilesboro Road NW, Kennesaw
Easter Egg Hunt
WHAT: The Vinings United Methodist Church will have an Easter egg hunt, for children 1-12 years old. The hunt will be in the church’s backyard picnic area and playground. VUMC will also have an Easter worship service at 11 a.m.
WHEN: April 21, 1 p.m.
WHERE: The Vinings United Methodist Church, 3101 Paces Mill Road SE in Vinings
INFO: 770-436-4843 or visit email@example.com