Earle’s Great Hunt Activity BookEarle-fox-squirrel

The activity book features a range of fun activities, problems and puzzles. Earle the Fox Squirrel leads children on a fun-filled journey through the estate while they learn about the plants, animals and history that make Hills & Dales Estate so special. The booklet is designed for children between Kindergarten and 6th grade.

Click here for the Solutions Guide

Garden Scavenger Hunt & Quiz

Our newly created interactive scavenger hunt is a great way to entertain children of all ages in the great outdoors! It allows students to explore the garden with a bit of “direction” and loads of excitement. While searching the garden, children’s sense of observation is tuned in and often they discover many unintended wonders the garden provides.

Home Scavenger Hunt

While the Callaway family home contains thousands of artifacts in its collection, we invite you to go back in time on an expedition to find twenty one of our favorite items.


Students who successfully complete “Earle’s Great Hunt” on page nine of the activity book, the garden scavenger hunt, or the home scavenger hunt will receive a special prize at the visitor center!

We encourage you to share your findings and experience on our Facebook (@hillsanddalesestate) and Instagram (@hillsanddales) pages!




Seasonal Events




Picnic in the Garden

Held annually in May, fun activities and games are available for the whole family! Admission to the garden is free for everyone who brings a picnic basket and blanket. The more the merrier, so bring your family and friends to this spring affair!

This year, join us on Saturday, May 13, in the Pecan Grove for the 16th annual Picnic in the Garden. This enjoyable family-friendly tradition is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day with loved ones. Activities include a picnic spread contest, pony rides, balloon twisting, and yard games for all ages. Additionally, picnickers will enjoy live music from folk songwriting storyteller Nicholas Edward Williams. If you would like to participate in the picnic spread contest, pick up an entry number upon arrival for the picnic from 11am to 12pm. Winners will be announced at 12:30pm.

Children’s Summer Activities

Get Outside this Summer at Hills & Dales Estate!
Join us at the Pool Terrace or in the Pecan Grove from 10am to 11am for activities including stories and crafts, and bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the activity. All attendees will receive complimentary garden access. Free for children ages 13 and under, $5 per adult. One chaperone is required for every three children. Rain or shine. Call 706-882-3242 or email info@hillsanddales.org to register.

June 9 – Story Time with Mama Jama
June 23 – Critter Crawl with Charlotte Baker
July 7 – Weather Tales: Where Stories and Science Collide with Natalie Jones
July 21 – Garden Scavenger Hunt Bingo with Haley Merciers

Stories in the Garden

In partnership with the Azalea Story Telling Festival, Hills & Dales hosts story tellers each fall in the Pecan Grove. This is a free event consisting of a family-friendly blend of stories, poems and music. We hope you’ll enjoy a fun and relaxing afternoon for adults and children alike. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for their comfort.

Halloween at the Callaway Family Home

The long tradition of celebrating Halloween at the estate continues each October. The Porte Cochère features spook-tacular ghostly garden décor and full-sized candy bars are given to each costumed child.

Children’s Christmas Celebration

Children are invited to create their own Christmas-themed treat and enjoy sing-a-longs, story time, and visits with Santa. Free to the public.

We also offer field trips!

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