AUGUSTA, Ga. – Though Easter is a religious holiday, there are plenty of organizations that are not centered on faith that are planning Easter-themed events. Here are some of them, according to their social media channels:
Easter festivals and egg hunts
Columbia County Parks, Recreation and Events will organize several egg hunts for various ages on Saturday at Patriots Park on Columbia Road in Grovetown from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be taking photos and the event will also feature a magic show, a variety of vendors and more.
Journey with a Purpose will host a free Easter egg hunt, including some gold eggs that are filled with money, on Saturday at 10 a.m. at 940 Dougherty Road in Aiken. There will also be a photo shoot with the Easter Bunny. The company is asking for a $5 donation for all pictures. Patrons are asked to wear face coverings.
North Augusta Optimist Club will have a free egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lion’s Field on West Buena Vista Avenue in North Augusta.
Steiner Branch Family YMCA on Partnership Drive in Grovetown will have four egg hunting areas for various ages from infants to 12-year-olds on Saturday starting at 3 p.m. The event will also offer prizes, crafts, a bounce house, games, youth fitness demonstrations, snack bags and more. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos. Registering for the event is required at the YMCA in person, via phone at (706) 922-6712 or on the YMCA’s website.
Aiken County Family YMCA on Trolley Line Road in Graniteville is hosting a similar event Sunday at 5:30 p.m., although parents have the option of dropping off children. Kids up to 12 years old can participate in a night-time Easter egg hunt with glowing eggs. There will also be arts and crafts, character development activities and a meal provided. The event costs $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required at the YMCA in person, via phone at (803) 349-8080 or on the YMCA’s website.
iCandy Events & Entertainment is organizing an Easter egg hunt and Easter Bunny photo shoot on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 2303 Lumpkin Road in Augusta. Drinks and snacks will be available. Participants are asked to wear face coverings. For more information, text (762) 333-5636.
Adult egg hunts:
Finish Line Cafe on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta will have an Easter egg hunt for adults on Saturday at 8 p.m. The sports-themed bar and grill will be hiding eggs containing over $300 in prizes including five special golden eggs. The night will also feature a ‘sexy bunny’ contest at midnight. No cover charge.
Another such adult egg hunt is being hosted by Savannah River Brewing Co. on 5th Street in downtown Augusta on Sunday. Sales and marketing manager Brian Ertter said via Facebook Messenger that 120 eggs will be hidden in the beer garden with a variety of prizes such as stickers, pints of beer, gift cards for the brewery and some for local businesses. A brunch will be served at 1 p.m. and the hunt will start at 2 p.m.
Photos with the Easter Bunny for purchase are taking place at Augusta Mall, with open slots Thursday through Saturday from 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The mall’s Facebook event page says photo sessions are contactless and socially-distant. Reservations can be made at augustamall.com.
The Easter Bunny will also visit The Peppy Poppy clothing store on Steiner Way in Grovetown on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Mistletoe State Park in Appling will be teaching all ages about bunnies on Saturday at 3 p.m. The event will start with an amphitheater talk followed by a short nature hike and ending with a trip into the park’s nature center. Cost is $2 per person, but ages three and younger get in free. Attendance is limited and RSVPs can be made by calling (706) 541-0321.
Other events & services
The Partridge Inn on Walton Way in Augusta is hosting an Easter Sunday brunch at 11 a.m. The menu offers a variety of choices such as an omelet station, crab legs, three-cheese mac and cheese and a carving station featuring herb-crusted prime rib and seasoned rotisserie chicken. Pricing is $49.99 for adults and $19.99 for children. Reservations can be made at opentable.com/pi-bar-and-grill.
Egg My Yard Augusta will drop tons of Easter eggs filled with toys and candy on residents’ yards on Easter morning. The company also offers wrapped Easter baskets and boxes of cookies to be dropped off on a doorstep. Packages start at $24. For more information, check out the company’s Facebook @eggmyyardaugusta.