The Weekend Round-Up: March 30-31

The National Arb is always a good bet in nice weather

The National Arb is always a good bet in nice weather

The holiday on Sunday might make for a modest Round-Up this week, but don’t let that deter you from seeking out adventures. Celebrate Easter and the season, go fly a kite at one of the best events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, catch a live performance, enjoy a museum program or exhibit. Or click through the last couple of links for a plethora of mainstay DC ideas. Happy Weekend!

Easter Celebrations
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Many places around the area are hosting egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season. Early risers — the event starts at 7:30am Saturday — can hunt for eggs among wax presidents at Madame Tussauds. You can also enjoy storytime, arts & crafts, bounce sessions, and fun on the farm along with traditional festivities, so even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for the whole brood. See this post for a list of them.

Ignite Your Natitude
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, 2:05pm
Admission: Tickets start at $16

Opening Day is merely days away, and you can catch a preview of the 2012 National League East Champions before the new season officially starts in an exhibition game against the Yankees today. Perfect timing if the kids are home on spring break or out of school for the DCPS early dismissal. Think I might grab some seats myself!

Blossom Kite Festival
Where: Washington Monument Grounds
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free

Go fly a kite! Seriously. The Kite Festival is, in my humble opinion, the best event during cherry blossom season (when the weather cooperates, anyway). The sight of thousands of kites in all colors, shapes, and sizes soaring around the Washington Monument is truly one to behold. It’s absolutely magical for my kids, and even for me as a jaded adult. The sails you see flying at the Festival each spring range from simple to pretty darn creative. Dragons, sharks, butterflies, giant soccer balls, even some that look like intricate works of art actually outnumber your basic diamond. And anyone can go fly their kites, so be sure to bring one. There’s a competition aspect to the event, too; expert kite enthusiasts will wow crowds with cool stunts, and prizes will be awarded to winners of various categories such as most beautiful, funniest, and aerodynamics.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
– Catch Jack & the Beanstalk at The Puppet Co. or see a Tiny Tots show there.
– Enjoy theatre and reggae sounds at Adventure Theatre’s Three Little Birds
– See The Big Meow at Wooly Mammoth Theatre.
From Here to There is Imagination Stage’s newest Early Childhood program
Jason Invisible is still on stage at the Kennedy Center.
Hello Dolly! is the latest Ford’s Theatre production.
– Swing into spring with the Uncle Devin Show at Jammin’ Java.
Get details on all of these productions in this post about entertainment this season.

Real Pirates
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: All weekend
Admission: $11/adults, $7/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under

Arrrr, matey! Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship is Nat Geo’s newest exhibit with appeal for a range of ages. You can follow the ship’s history as you tour the displays, see and even touch artifacts recovered from its sunken wreckage, feel like you’re there as you view replicas of the ship, try your hand at knot-tying, and hoist the Jolly Roger. While you’re there, check out the Birds of Paradise exhibit, too. And if you get can’t to Pirates this weekend, you’ve got plenty of time to go — the exhibit will run daily through September 2.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm & Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about artist Georgia O’Keeffe. And while you’re at the museum, do some more exploring. This post has background on the Portrait Story Days program and what else you can find at the NPG.

Read! Build! Play!
Where: Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

Join neighbors and friends at your local library for creative building sessions filled with guided activities, inspirational songs and time for free build especially for little ones. The LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! experience demonstrates how reading coupled with construction play can engage, excite and encourage early literacy development, and spark exploration. Families are introduced to new ideas to encourage play and learning at home. The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library is located at 1630 7th Street NW.

The Ins and Outs of DC
Where: All over the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by adventure

If you’re simply looking for things to do outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are chock full of evergreen pursuits:
The Great Indoors
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

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