How rainy weather might affect Chattanooga-area Easter egg hunts and other festivities

Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Children pick up as many eggs as they can during Easter at Coolidge on April 17, 2022. The event, presented by Stuart Heights Baptist Church, featured an egg hunt, live music and Easter worship service.
Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Children pick up as many eggs as they can during Easter at Coolidge on April 17, 2022. The event, presented by Stuart Heights Baptist Church, featured an egg hunt, live music and Easter worship service.

This story was updated on April 8 to reflect changes to the Rock the Riverfront egg hunt event.

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Rain is in the forecast for Easter weekend, which may affect some of the scheduled activities. We've checked in with sponsors to see how their plans might change.

Already, Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors has canceled Saturday's egg hunt at Warner Park and postponed Spring Breakin' at Miller Park until late June.

RAIN OR SHINE

-- Citywide Egg Hunt, coordinated by Chattanooga Vinterest stores, is an on-your-own, rain-or-shine event. Each day through Saturday, store reps will hide at least one egg around the city, with a hint to the location posted to Facebook and Instagram. If you find an egg, you can turn it in for prizes awarded by store vendors (limit one prize per person). facebook.com/vinteresthixson

-- Hug-a-Bunny, an annual event at Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., is scheduled 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The event features games, crafts and activities such as photos with the Easter Bunny, live bunnies, a bounce house, candy and spring-themed enrichment for the animals. Admission is $20-$23, which includes Bunny Zone activities. A wristband for only the Bunny Zone is $8-$10. chattzoo.org

  photo  Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Visitors were welcome to pet bunnies during Hug-a-Bunny at the Chattanooga Zoo on April 15, 2022.
 
 

-- Great Adult Egg Hunt & Hoppy Hour will take place rain or shine Saturday at the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, 1800 Polk St. This adults-only caper will feature one-of-a-kind wooden eggs decorated by local artists (limit one per person) and plastic eggs containing candy and prizes (all you can find). The fun starts at 1 p.m. Afterward, take part in a restaurant hop along Main Street. Tickets are $7 through Friday; $10 at the gate. thechattery.org/egghunt

-- Westside Easter Egg Hunt starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Westside Park, 1195 Grove St., regardless of the weather, said an email from William "Coogi Doogi" Jones Odom, who is sponsoring the hunt with his brother Jamar Torome "Bro Bro" Jones. Sack races and photos with the Peeps bunny are included in the fun. Donations of eggs, candy and baskets are appreciated. Email: [email protected]

WAIT AND SEE

-- Eggstravagant Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Mayfield Farm Park, 257 Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. The hunt takes place on 3 acres, and the park's playground, kiddie zip line, pedal cars and other activities will be open. Eggs will be replenished during the hunts, and there's no time limit. Cost is $17. An optional Breakfast With the Easter Bunny starts at 9 and 11 a.m. each day, with minimal crowds for the egg hunts immediately following. Cost is $27. All tickets must be purchased online. Activities will be suspended in case of rain. Get updates at 423-746-9859 or facebook.com/mayfieldfarmpark.

-- Rock the Riverfront egg hunt is scheduled at noon Saturday on the Chattanooga Green, 140 Riverfront Parkway. Due to the very wet conditions, a traditional hunt will not be held. Face painting, balloon animals and gift vendors will be set up 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The hunt is part of a larger event surrounding an art installation, Los Trompos (spinning tops), which is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through April 16. In an email, Dawn Hjelseth, vice president of marketing and communication for River City Co., said in case of rain Saturday, there will be eggs but no hunt Sunday, describing it as "more of a come up to our table and get some instead of spreading them around the very wet grass at the Chattanooga Green." She said there will be a total of 2,000 eggs, and each child will receive two while supplies last. rivercitycompany.com/rock

NOTE: Due to the heavy rain forecasted for April 8, Rock the Riverfront has changed the schedule. Attendees are encouraged to visit rivercitycompany.com/rock for continued updates. 

-- Unity Fest Easter Extravaganza is scheduled 1-8 p.m. CDT Saturday at the Tower Stage, 401 S. Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, Tenn. Organized by Mount Bethlehem Baptist Church and the Inspirational Praise Mass Choir, the event involves multiple churches, food vendors, face painting, music and other entertainment, along with a community egg hunt at 2 p.m., with a free bounce house and prize giveaways. Admission is free. Reached by phone Wednesday, Pastor Lamar Jenkins said he's still debating how to negotiate the weather, but he'll take phone calls at 423-582-1141 and will post updates at facebook.com/MtBethelehem.

-- Easter at Coolidge is presented by Stuart Heights Baptist Church on Easter Sunday at Coolidge Park, 150 River St. The day begins with doughnuts and coffee at 8 a.m., followed by a hunt for 100,000 candy-filled eggs at 9 a.m., and a worship service at 10 a.m. In case of rain, candy will be handed out at the park, but services move to church campuses at 1505 Cloverdale Drive in Hixson (10 a.m.); 10049 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy (10 a.m.); and 3208 Hixson Pike (11 a.m.). A decision to cancel will be posted online by 8:30 a.m. facebook.com/easteratcoolidge

  photo  Staff file photo by Olivia Ross / Members of Stuart Heights Baptist Church sing worship songs during Easter at Coolidge on April 17, 2022.
 
 

PENDING

Organizers did not immediately return phone calls about their weather plans.

-- Easter egg hunt for more than 8,000 eggs is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Other activities, including face painting and a magician, start at 1 p.m. signalmacc.org

EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS

At the four area shopping malls, the Easter Bunny will skedaddle after Saturday and the malls will be closed Easter. But families can still find the bunny ready for photos and visits Sunday at Bass Pro Shops.

-- Bradley Square Mall: 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Walk in or reserve a time online. shopbradleysquare.com

-- Dalton Mall: 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Walk in or reserve a time online. daltonmall.com

-- Hamilton Place: 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Walk in or reserve a time online. hamiltonplace.com

-- Northgate Mall: 271 Northgate Mall Drive. Walk in or reserve a time online. visitnorthgatemall.com

-- Bass Pro Shops: 1000 Bass Pro Drive. Reserve a time. basspro.com/shop/en/easter

Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.


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