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What’s on this Weekend

The Easter Bunny is coming, the cherry blossoms are peaking, and the sun is expected to shine all weekend. Here are a few ways to enjoy all of the above.

Ready for an Easter Eggstravaganza? The annual fun will be taking place at Quincy Park in Ballston at 10:30am and Lincoln Park on Captiol Hill at 1pm. Both places will have egg hunts, a chance to meet the Easter Bunny, and loads of fun and games for kids.

If you like to go big on your Easter festivals, head to Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown or Ticonderoga Farms in Chantilly. Both places boast slides, hayrides, egg hunts, and live animals.

We are still in the midst of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and there are a few ways to enjoy it. This weekend is the Prelude to the Fireworks and Fireworks Show at the SW Waterfront. Starting at 5pm on Saturday, there will be musical performances, craft activities for kids, local restaurant fare, and special guest appearances. The fireworks begin at 8:30pm, rain or shine. There are also live performances everyday at the Target Performance Stage at Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds (Independence Ave. SW & Raoul Wallenberg Place SW).

And, of course, the cherry blossoms at their peak are a beautiful sight. But if you go, beware: it is crowded. And I don’t mean everyone in the area is heading to the Tidal Basin; everyone in the area and everyone else from all over the world are heading there. We went on a weekday to find the metro stations packed. If you have a stroller, expect a long wait for the elevator or to carry your kids and their ride up the escalator. Concession lines are long at the at the Festival grounds, and with so many folks stopping for cherry blossom photo ops, the going is a bit slow around the Basin. That said, the view is spectacular, and there is nothing like a picnic with the family under a canopy of pink and white blooms.

Maryland is having its own celebration of the flower with the first-ever Silver Spring Big Cherry Block Party. The event kicks off on Saturday at 11am with a cherry tree planting, inauguration, and opening ceremony. After that, Downtown Silver Spring will be buzzing with activity, including Japanese arts and games, live performances, calligraphy and martial arts demos, and much more. The event is free and located at the Silver Plaza right downtown.

For fun indoors, the National Postal Museum is celebrating 150 years of the Pony Express with a day full of entertaining activities. At the Pony Express Family Festival, kids can create puppets and star in their own puppet show, “sort and deliver” mail from the 1860’s, join a scavenger hunt in the museum, tour the new Pony Express exhibit, and enjoy snacks of freshly-popped popcorn and pony-shaped cookies. The event is free and located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE.

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What’s up this Weekend

By now you already know about some of the great events going on this weekend, and there’s even more to do that the whole family will enjoy. Here’s a quick review of previously posted ideas, and a few new ones to boot. Happy Weekend!

The Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this weekend with a Family Day and Opening Ceremony at the National Building Museum.

The 44th Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival will have spirits soaring at the Washington Monument grounds on Saturday.

Start your Easter celebration early at Bunnyland, the Butler’s Orchard annual spring festival.

Another Easter event is the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Roll at Woodrow Wilson House. From 1pm -4 pm, kids can meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy fun and games in the garden, and participate in a treasure hunt in the new exhibition, “My Third Leg: Woodrow Wilson’s Walking Sticks.” Adults pay the regular admission of $7.50, children under 7 are free, $3 for students.

On Sunday, the Del Ray Easter Egg Hunt will take place along the block of Mount Vernon Avenue bounded by E. Howell and E. Winsdor Streets. Kids will have a ball searching for over 2,000 hidden eggs containing chocolates, tickets for prizes, and doggie treats. The grand prize egg hunter will receive a 26-inch chocolate bunny from ACKC. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

“How to Train Your Dragon” opens in theaters today. The IMAX 3D flick is getting good reviews for both its adventurous tale and dazzling computer animation. It has a PG rating, so you might want to check out reviews before bringing the wee ones.

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Hop To It

If the White House didn’t come through on your Easter Egg Roll tickets, don’t resort to crashing. There are other ways to celebrate the spring holiday, and without waiting another week. Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, MD, is about to re-open for its 15th Annual Bunnyland. Beginning this Saturday, March 27, the farm will yield bunnies, eggs, and other Easter-related treats for a two-week festival that will have kids hopping for joy.

Attractions will include hayrides down the Bunny Trail, egg hunts, the Rubber Ducky Derby, giant slides, and pony rides. Kids can also enjoy face painting and crafts, as well as a small petting zoo with bunnies, lambs, and chicks.

Food vendors will offer hotdogs, veggie pitas, soup, popcorn, and more. There are also plenty of pinic tables if you prefer to pack a lunch. The Farm Market will be open, too, selling preserves, honey, home-baked fruit pies, and other local goods.

Bunnyland will be open from 9am – 3pm on March 27 & 28 and April 1, 2, 3, 5, & 10. Cost is $8/child, $6/adult.

Butler’s Orchard
22200 Davis Mill Road
Germantown MD 20876
301.972.3299

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