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These 7 places are offering 2021 Easter egg hunt activities in Hall County
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With Easter right around the corner, families and children will have plenty of egg-centric options to celebrate the holiday in Gainesville.

Gainesville Parks and Recreation

The city of Gainesville is holding a take-home Easter egg hunt this year with its Amazing Race.

The “race” will take place from 11 a.m. to noon, at DeSota Park. Parents can line up to take a photo of their kids with the Easter Bunny, and receive a bag of toys and candy-filled Easter eggs. They can also visit Wessell Park from 1-2 p.m. and Wilshire Trails Park from 3-4 p.m. to pick up toys and eggs. 

The goodies are for families to take home for their own Easter egg hunts, courtesy of the parks. This event is free to kids 10 and under.

Samantha Ballinger with Gainesville Parks and Recreation said the city wanted to give families the chance to enjoy the holiday at a nearby park. 

“It’s very small and low profile just to give kids a chance to see the Easter Bunny and get Easter eggs,” Ballinger said.

Masks and social distancing are recommended at the event locations.

When and where: Saturday, March 27: 11 a.m. to noon, DeSota Park, 1142 DeSota St., Gainesville; 1-2 p.m. Wessell Park, 493 Holly Drive, Gainesville; and 3-4 p.m. Wilshire Trails Park, 849 Wilshire Road, Gainesville

More info: gainesville.org/384/Parks-Recreation 

J. A. Walters Family YMCA

The J.A. Walters Family YMCA is holding their Easter EGGstravaganza this year for their monthly Parents Night Out from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 2.

The usual Easter egg hunt and activity-filled day was canceled this year because of the pandemic. But, kids will still be able to enjoy fun Easter activities while parents and guardians have a few hours of free time. Kids will be able to take photos with the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, eat dinner, swim and participate in crafts.

Kaitlin Allman, the YMCA’s marketing and communications manager, said staff will help children stay socially distanced for activities, however, kids won’t be required to wear a mask.

“If weather permits, it’ll be right outside the YMCA on our field area because we have plenty of space for them to be distanced there,” Allman said. 

Parents can sign up their child for the event by March 31 on the YMCA’s registration page. Registration costs $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Only 40 spots are available. For more information, visit the organization’s website.  

When: 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 2

Where: J.A. Walters Family YMCA, 2455 YMCA Dr, Gainesville 

More info: gamountainsymca.org 

Gainesville First United Methodist Church

Update: As of March 24 this event, originally planned for March 27, has been canceled due to weather

First Baptist Church of Gainesville

First Baptist Church of Gainesville is inviting Gainesville residents to celebrate Easter with the congregation from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 3.

The event will be held at the front lawn of the church with various activities for all to enjoy. There will be a photobooth, flower planting, cupcakes and, of course, the Easter egg hunt. The activity will begin at 10:30 a.m. with children pre-K-aged and under going first. Kids from kindergarten to second grade will begin at 10:45 a.m., followed by third to fifth graders at 11 a.m. The Easter Bunny will also attend the event.

All the eggs used for the hunt have been cleaned in a bleach solution prior to the event. Masks and social distancing is encouraged. Hand sanitizer will be provided. 

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3 

Where: First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St., Gainesville

More info: fbcgainesville.org 

Hopewell Baptist Church

Hopewell Baptist is holding its Easter activities on Saturday, April 3 with its annual egg hunt for kids. For the activity, different age groups will start at separate times on different areas of the church’s lawn. The church will encourage mask-wearing and social distancing. Hopewell Baptist’s Easter service will take place the following morning.

When: 10 a.m. to noon April 3

Where: Hopewell Baptist Church, 5086 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville

More info: hopewell.church

Riverbend Church

Riverbend Church is inviting the community to join in on its Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 27. 

The activity will be open to kids in the fifth grade and under. Kona Ice snow cones will also be available after the egg hunt for attendees. Mask-wearing is not required for the outdoor event, but it is encouraged. The church also asks that people practice social distancing. 

When: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27

Where: Riverbend Church, 1715 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

More info: riverbendchurch.life

Assembly of Praise

Assembly of Praise is hosting a community-wide Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 27, at Rafe Banks Wellness Park in Lula. The event will include over 5,000 Easter eggs for kids to find, prizes and a bouncy obstacle course for children to enjoy for free.

When:  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27

Where: Rafe Banks Wellness Park, 5830 Athens St., Lula 

More info: assemblyofpraise.com