Photos in person. Take pictures with the Easter bunny at Avalon. Photos are first-come, first-served at the concierge, so get ready to capture this holiday season with the family. Photo package, $15-$25. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on April 15; 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., 12 p.m.-3 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. on April 16. They can exchange them for a bag of festive treats. Kids 3 and under can crawl, run, and jump at Palmer Plaza, located between Oak and Colletta restaurants, at 8:30 a.m. Kids ages 4-7 can hunt eggs at The Plaza, behind the concierge, starting at 9:30 a.m. am Egg hunts and treats are free. Both events occur on April 16. 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-2000, experienceavalon.com.
Egg hunt. The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and Sandy Springs Heritage will host an Easter Sunday egg hunt with over 5,000 hidden Easter eggs for families to find and save during the Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. A children’s play area will be available along with music, interactive art stations, vendors and more. Free and open to all. 10am-5pm on April 16 and 11am-5pm on April 17; the egg hunt takes place at 2 p.m. on April 17. 6100 Lake Forest Drive NE, Sandy Springs. www.sandyspringsartsapalooza.com.
DIY baskets and buckets
Treat. Customize the candy portion of Easter baskets by adding a candy sampler tackle box from Dylan’s candy bar which features a dozen unique flavors including Chocolate Covered, Funfetti, Sours and more. Candies make great baskets and buckets, scavenger hunt treats or a guessing game to see how many are in the box to win a prize. After the holidays, the box doubles as a storage container for small collectibles, trinkets or candy refills. Young children and the kids at heart who want a sweet treat can indulge in a trio of colorful and beautifully decorated lollipops, which are tied together with a festive bow. Tackle box, $28; lollipops, $16. dylanscandybar.com.
Go for it. A chocolate-colored bunny goes “pop” with six pastel foam balls that discharge from the back. Made by Hog Wild Toys, the bunny is cheekily designed with a pre-bitten ear and kids will love loading the balls into the bunny then squeezing them to pop them. The harder the bunny is pressed, the faster and farther the balls go, which can result in lots of laughs. This festive toy is great for Easter — it’s adorned with a pink bow — as well as year-round play since it can be used indoors and outdoors. Ideal for ages 4 and up. Available at Amazon. $17.99. amazon.com.
Traditional basket. Give kids a basket full of the things they love – candies, toys, snacks and more Lucy’s market. Baskets can be personalized with items such as chocolate, marshmallows and bunnies for boys or girls by adding a note when ordering online or by phone. $100. 56 East Andrews Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-869-9222, lucysmarket.com.
Soft toys. Soft plush is almost a prerequisite for Easter baskets and GUN has an assortment for babies and toddlers. Newborns will love the Oh So Snuggly Bunny, Hippo or Puppy which is just as soft as baby’s favorite blanket and great for decorating a room. Children 12 months and up will love the Peek-a-Ears Peter Rabbit who has floppy ears to cover his eyes and speaks in a British accent when his left foot is pressed. The latter is ideal for children who are learning their first words and developing their communication skills. Kids 1 and up will light up at the sight of Glow Bops BunBop, a squishy, stackable plush toy that lights up when its nose is touched. $25 to $50 each. gund.com.