This story was updated at 4:22 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022, with more information related to the doggie egg hunt in Athens.
Children aren't the only ones who enjoy egg hunts. As Easter approaches, adults and even dogs can get in on the action at various events in the Chattanooga area. Here are details on some of the eggstracurricular activities, as well as where to get a photo with the Easter Bunny.
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— Doggie egg hunt: This inaugural egg hunt for dogs, originally scheduled for April 8, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. April 13 due to unfavorable weather conditions. It will take place at Prof Powers Pup Park, 27 Slack Road in Athens, Tenn. The park will have separate areas for small and large dogs. Dogs must be nonaggressive and kept on a leash. Handlers will be allowed to pick up the eggs as their dogs sniff them out. Prizes will be awarded. "Most dogs are great hunters so hunting Easter eggs should come quite naturally, particularly when the eggs are filled with dog treats," Brianna Baker, program coordinator for the Athens Parks and Recreation Department, said in a news release. Call 423-744-2700, ext. 3, for more information.
— Flintstone Farmers Market, which sets up 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every second Saturday outside the Cart & Seoul Restaurant, 67 Sanford Lane in Flintstone, Ga., will have an Easter theme for this Saturday's gathering. "Some of our vendors may have Easter-themed items for sale at their booths, but our big thing is a small petting zoo with a bunny," said co-director April Gilbreath in a phone interview. "We'll have a little backdrop set up where people can hold the bunny and do photos on their own." Call 423-667-5225 for more information.
— Freedom Church Easter Eggstravaganza is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at 11150 Dayton Pike in Soddy-Daisy. The day includes carnival games for all ages, inflatables, craft and food vendors and photos with the Easter Bunny. Admission is free. 423-332-0050
— Kiddie egg hunt: The Parks and Recreation Department in Athens, Tenn., will hide 12,000 eggs for its hunt for ages 12 and younger, set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Athens Regional Park, 2405 Decatur Pike. Eggs will be filled with prizes and coupons for local businesses, and three flat-screen televisions will be awarded as grand prizes. All ages will hunt together. Due to the increased traffic expected for the event, participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes early and be ready to go with their own baskets or bags. 423-744-2700, ext. 3
— Collegedale Egg Hunt: After a two-year pandemic pause, the Collegedale Police Department's Reserve Division will once again host a children's Easter egg hunt 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the ball fields at 5208 Little Debbie Parkway. Inflatables will be set up for added entertainment. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served at the concession stand. email@example.com
— Easter tablescape: Need a primer in preparing your table for the Easter feast? Local floral designer Katy Billings, owner of online florist BloomHeart Flower Co., will offer guidance for using fresh flowers and other items to create a centerpiece arrangement. The class is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. Cost is $70, which includes all supplies for a take-home arrangement. thechattery.org
— Hug-A-Bunny: This popular event, scheduled April 15-16 at Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., includes a scavenger hunt, animal encounters, animal enrichment, a golden egg hunt and a free photo with the Easter Bunny. You'll need to choose a timed session when you buy tickets, to enter at 9 a.m., noon or 2 p.m., but you can stay as long as you like. Member admission is $7-$9. Nonmembers pay $16-$19. Children 2 and younger get in free. chattzoo.org
— Swing Into Spring, an introduction to McDonald Farm, 16705 Coulterville Road, Sale Creek, has an egg hunt as one of its main events, scheduled 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 16. Visitors can also enjoy music by the New Dismembered Tennesseans, an exhibition game by the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball's two Chattanooga clubs (Lightfoot and Mountain City), tours of the historic residence, seasonal arts and crafts, a petting zoo, inflatables and face painting. Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department is coordinating events. Admission and parking are free. 423-209-6899
— The Great Adult Egg Hunt, presented by the Chattery, is 1-3 p.m. April 16 at the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, 1800 Polk St. "Sunday best" attire is encouraged for this annual event, which gives adults the chance to win donated prizes from businesses and one-of-a-kind wooden eggs created by local artists. The hunt will be followed by Hoppy Hour at five eateries along Main Street that will offer food and beverage discounts to participants until 5 p.m. Cost is $7 in advance, $10 at the door. thechattery.org
— Moriah Baptist Church, 2864 Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., will welcome gospel trio Brian Free & Assurance in a combined Easter service with Temple Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. April 17. 706-866-8843
EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS
— Chattanooga: The Easter Bunny's schedule is the same at Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. in East Brainerd, and Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive in Hixson. Hours, through April 16, are 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-2:30 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Sunday. The photo setup is at Center Court at both malls. You can visit for free or choose from various packages for a photo keepsake. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ups are allowed as space permits. hamiltonplace.com, visitnorthgatemall.com
— Cleveland, Tenn.: Bradley Square Mall's Easter Bunny is posing for photos in Story Land near the American Eagle store. Hours, through April 16, are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. The mall is at 200 Paul Huff Parkway. Personal photos are not allowed. shopbradleysquare.com
— Dalton, Ga.: Dalton Mall, 816 Walnut Square Blvd., asks for families seeking photos with the Easter Bunny to reserve a time via a QR code found at Facebook.com/ShopDaltonMall. Hours, through April 15, are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Hours the final day, April 16, are 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
— East Ridge: Starting this weekend, Bass Pro, 1000 Bass Pro Drive, offers a free 4x6 photo with the Easter Bunny and the option to add packages. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 4-8 p.m. April 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 15-16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 17. Reservations: basspro.com/shop/en/easter
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