Instead of sunrise, High Falls State Park is taking its Easter celebration to sunset, with a Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, kids of all ages will go out in waves -- beginning with the youngest age group and moving up -- in search of the 1,000 plastic eggs that will be hidden for them, said park resource manager Alyson Snipes.
We wanted to have a big, fun event for the community. This is something that other state parks have done, and we wanted to get in on the fun, she said.
The park will have some bags on hand, but visitors are asked to bring Easter baskets for their search. The eggs will be turned in after the approximately 45-minute hunt, and candy and other prizes will be handed out for the eggs.
The kids will get to keep the glow sticks from inside the eggs, and weve had a lot of prizes donated to give away. We also have a golden-egg type thing for a big prize, Snipes said.
There is no fee for the hunt, but park-goers will have to purchase a $5 parking pass or have an annual pass. For more information, call 478-993-3053.
Heres a sampling of other Easter-related events happening this weekend in Middle Georgia.
Easter Egg Hunt
6-7:30 p.m. April 18, LH Williams Elementary School playground, 325 Pursley St. Fun-filled evening of carnival games, coloring contest and Easter egg hunt for ages 15 and younger. Free. 478-447-2784.
Remembering Good Friday with Drama and Song
7 p.m. April 18, the Rain Church, 257 Gunn Road, Warner Robins. 478-953-7246. www.therainchurch.com.
Good Friday Moonlight Easter Egg Hunt
April 18, Joyful Life Baptist Church, 1618 S. Houston Lake Road, Kathleen. Hot dogs and refreshments for all. Egg hunt is for babies through age 12. Bring baskets and flashlights. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Walk With Jesus
7:30 p.m. April 18, New Elim Baptist Church, 4368 Hartley Bridge Road. Participate in reenactment of Jesus carrying his cross to Golgotha. 10 a.m. April 18: An interactive event for the whole family. Be a part of Jesus entry to Jerusalem, his Last Supper, pray with him at Gethsemane, observe his crucifixion and resurrection. Afterward, snacks and Easter egg hunt for the kids. Free. 478-718-9978.
The Resurrection Run 5K
8 a.m. 1-mile fun run, 8:30 a.m. 5K April 19, Jeffersonville Church of God, 801 U.S. 80 East, Jeffersonville. $15 fun run; $20 5K. 478-951-4458.
Easter Egg Hunt
2 p.m. April 19, Macon E Church, 5399 Hartley Bridge Road. Free.
Glow In the Dark Easter Egg Hunt
8:30 p.m. April 19, High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. Bring an Easter basket and search for more than 1,000 glowing eggs under the moonlight. $5. 478-992-3053.
Fort Hawkins Easter Sunrise Service
6:30 a.m. April 20, Fort Hawkins Historic Site, Emery Highway. Hosted by the Fort Hawkins Commission and the Interfaith Community of East Macon. Featured speaker: the Rev. Alexander Newton, Back to the Street Ministry. 478-538-8793 or 478-742-3003. www.forthawkins.com. Free.
Easter Egg Hunt
9 a.m. April 20, Riverside United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 735 Pierce Ave. For ages 1-12. Light refreshments at registration. Free individual or family pictures. 478-746-9688.