What a week! The glorious weather has brought such a happy vibe along with the lovely hues of early blooms. Everyone seems to be out and about wearing shorts, sandals, and big smiles. (Plus, I had some great sightings — Michelle Obama at Union Market, a lovely sunset view of the Capitol from a roof deck, and a penny-farthing!) All of it puts a little extra spring in the step. And the good mood around town will continue with a terrific selection of things to do over the next few days. Happy Weekend!
Museum Day Live!
Where: Select museums around the area
There are some museums in the DC area that actually charge admission. But on Saturday, Smithsonian Institution is hosting the annual Museum Day Live!, when those that require us to open our wallets to visit are free, and many that don’t charge admission are hosting special programs, several highlighted below. Take advantage at the B&O Railroad Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum, National Building Museum, College Park Aviation Museum, Calvert Marine Museum, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and many more fantastic institutions in the area. You do have to register and bring a ticket (that is good for admission for two people), but it’s all complimentary!
Spring Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Ticonderoga Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $14.95 ages 2 and up
Start celebrating Easter as soon as this weekend at Ticonderoga’s annual spring festival! With giant slides, awesome jumping pillows, playgrounds, animals, mazes, and more, the farm in Chantilly is a blast everyday (it’s open daily), but they take the fun up a notch on weekends in early spring. Along with the permanent amusement, there are egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny. Be sure to check the website for timing of specific activities. For an idea of what’s there, see this post about their Winter Festival, which is much of the same, but with Easter instead of Christmas festivities. And this post about a class field trip has info and pics, too.
Museum Day Live! Family Celebration
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Who runs the world? Girls! Celebrate women and girls of color and their many contributions to our communities with a day of live music, performances, and crafts at the Renwick. Hands-on activities will feature Native American Tlingit designs, Mexican folk art, and Indonesian shadow puppets. And it goes without saying, that the brilliant WONDER exhibit is a must-explore while you’re there!
Where: Koshland Science Museum
When: Saturday, 11am
Bring the whole family to explore the fascinating world of chemistry! Join the Koshland Science Center for a free community event featuring hands-on chemistry demonstrations from the Chemical Educational Foundation, Association of Women in Science, and the American Chemical Society. Tie dye t-shirts, make water defy gravity, learn about nano foods, and more. Registration is recommended, but not required.
Women in Aviation & Space
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Join the museum for a family day that celebrates the accomplishments of women in aviation and space exploration. From the days of the earliest pilots to today’s space program, women have been making significant contributions. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.
Museum Day Live! Chalk Art
Where: Anacostia Community Museum
When: Saturday,11am – 1pm
Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day doing doing some chalk art! Using different color chalk sticks, families can decorate the sidewalks leading to the entrance of the museum with their own original portraits of inspirational women or color in history. All materials will be provided for the activity led by artist and educator Jay Coleman. Participants will be assisted with their drawings by volunteer 8th grade students interested in museum careers from Excel Academy, Washington’s first public charter school for girls.
Open Studio: Celebrate Museum Day Live!
Where: Sackler Gallery
When: Saturday, 12–4 pm
Join the Sackler for an afternoon of family-friendly activities in conjunction with Museum Day Live! Discover the special exhibition Perspectives: Lara Baladi with an activity guide and sketch kits. Experiment with a variety of art materials, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. All ages are welcome with an adult companion.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* Little ones will love Arts on the Horizon’s Space Bop at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
* James and the Giant Peach is Adventure Theatre’s latest play for all ages
* The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center presents Sideways Stories from Wayside School
* Introduce kiddos to the symphony at the NSO Teddy Bear Concert: The String Thing
* Or at Strathmore as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra helps Bob Brown Puppets bring Peter & the Wolf to life
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Dragon Babies is the featured Tiny Tots show at the Glen Echo theater
* It’s the final weekend to see JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC on the Imagination Stage
* But Boxes, Boxes, Boxes recently opened at the Bethesda theatre and will entertain the younger set
* The Reston Community Players present the last performances of Mary Poppins
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Folger Shakespeare Library closes on Sunday
* Jungle Gym Jam & Friends feat. Marsha Goodman-Wood is the Saturday morning entertainment at Jammin’ Java
* Enjoy a grown-up night out at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new production of Othello
Science Talent Search Finals
Where: National Geographic Society
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Join finalists of the 40 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2016, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition, as they display and present their research. Visitors who share an enthusiasm for science research will have the opportunity to discuss the projects with the finalists.
NOVA Mini Maker Faire
Where: South Lakes High & Langston Highs Middle Schools
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $15/adult, $5/children
It’s a gathering of inventors, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and curious minds at the 3rd annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire. The event inspires, informs, connects, and entertains thousands of attendees in a family-friendly environment. More than 100 makers will share their knowledge through hands-on projects for adults and kids in areas from primitive tools and blacksmithing to drones and 3D printers.Experience it all at South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston, VA.
Full STEAM Ahead
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Preschool age children and their caretakers are invited to visit the Annmarie artLAB for hands-on investigations and challenges! This month’s session is called “Fun with Fractions,” and will include a variety of fun and wildly creative games that will help kids explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play! Join in on these fun and imaginative sessions that will get kids excited about learning. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
Purim Carnival & Silent Auction
Where: Congregation Adat Reyim’s
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: See website
Celebrate the holiday of Purim at Congregation Adat Reyim’s annual Carnival and Silent Auction in Springfield, VA. This fun family event is open to everyone. Dress in costume and enjoy fun games for all ages, professional face painting, a LEGO building zone, photo booth, and yummy food!
DC, Inside and Out
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
Looking for ways to stay active and entertained without a chill in the air? Then The Great Indoors post, a list of over 70 ideas for places to go inside, should have you covered. And if you prefer the outdoors no matter the weather, The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has a bunch of recommendations, too.