The Weekend Round-Up:
March 29-31

 

Happy Weekend!

Quick links to posts with ideas galore for family fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path DC Museums
* MD & VA Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Active Pursuits Inside
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Spring Breakin’
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

As Spring Break has started for students around the area, you might be looking for extra activities to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained while they are off from school. This annual KFDC guide has plenty of ideas to help with that. Of course, you can also use it for finding more weekend fun, Spring Beak or not.

Easter Fun
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Egg hunts, bunny visits, and more seasonal activities are happening all around the area. There are also attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for your whole gang. This post has a round-up of all the Easter fun going on this weekend to celebrate the holiday, some of which are mentioned below.

Jurassic World Live Tour
Where: Eagle Bank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $20

Jurassic World comes to life in this action-packed, live arena show… Your trip to Isla Nublar takes a terrifying turn after the Indominus rex escapes and causes chaos in the park. Join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save Jeanie, a Troodon dinosaur, from a terrible fate. Along the way, experience some of Jurassic Worlds most iconic dinosaurs including Blue the Raptor, the mighty T. rex and more. A special preshow experience lets you get up close and personal with some of your favorite Jurassic World dinosaurs and vehicles, and it is included with your ticket!

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

The sight of thousands of kites in all colors, shapes, and sizes soaring around the Washington Monument truly is a sight to behold. The sails you see flying at the Kite Festival each spring range from simple to pretty darn creative. Dragons, sharks, butterflies, giant soccer balls, even some that look like big, beautiful origami works way outnumber your basic diamond. And anyone can go fly their kites — you can BYO, purchase on there, and pick up a kit to make your own. Beware that it will likely be crowded.  Metro highly recommended over driving!

 

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Where: St. James | Springfield, VA
When: March 30, 9am – 1pm
Admission: $25-30

Enjoy a morning of breakfast, crafts, and pictures with the Easter Bunny! Tickets include a photo op with the Easter Bunny (BYO camera), a delicious breakfast buffet, a mimosa for adults, and an Easter candy goody bag. Sign up for a time slot! Guests and children over 4 are required to purchase tickets.

Art Cart: How Do You Tell Stories?
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free

The Hirshhorn’s Saturday program welcomes all ages to get creative. How do you tell stories? Artists often use their materials to help tell stories. Join the museum to explore the lines and layers of Mark Bradford’s Pickett’s Charge, and to tell your own stories with art. While you’re there, take time to see the new Revolutions exhibit — pick up a Your Turn guide for kids, with art prompts and a little scavenger hunt to make it fun for them, too!

Bloomaroo
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 2-9pm
Admission: Free

The Wharf’s annual Bloomaroo features a full day of cherry-blossom themed art, music, fireworks, and family-friendly fun along the waterfront! Decorate koi kites, create haikus, do some karaoke, enjoy ballon art, sample matcha tea, and more.  There will also be beer gardens on District pier, s’mores at the firepit, and live music. It’ll all be capped off with a blossom fireworks finale.

Opera Starts with Oh! – Thalie, the Muse of Comedy
Where: Tregaron Conservancy | Woodley Park, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Pay What You Can – $15
Opera Lafayette’s Opera Starts with Oh! is an engaging musical experience perfect for kids ages 4-10 and their families. Join Lead Teaching Artist and professional dancer, Sarah Laughland, to learn about an experience a fantastical opera celebrating the muse of comedy, Thalie. Together with special guest artists, we will dance, sing, and craft with the gods as they battle for the designation as the “most popular muse”! We will gather at the Shipman Terrace by the Lily Pond. Registration is required.

Family Funday: Easter Egg Hunt
Where: metrobar | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: $5/family

Enjoy Easter fun for the whole family at metrobar at their annual outdoor table-side Easter Egg Hunt — BYOB (bring your own Easter basket)! All children will receive a candy egg upon arrival. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 2:30pm and will last for approximately 15 minutes, or until all eggs have been collected. Also, celebrate local Black children’s book authors with story time, raffles, and other activities. Register in advance!

Egg Dyeing Egg-stravaganza
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange | Hyattsville, MD
When: Saturday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the annual Egg Dyeing Egg-stravaganza and celebrate the season by creating bright, beautiful, and colorful eggs. Participants will receive two eggs to paint and design at this FREE family-friendly workshop.

Celebrate Women’s History
Where: Around DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
Women’s History Month is winding down, but there still lots of great ways to celebrate it around DC, with something for all ages. See some exhibits, tour local landmarks, enjoy live entertainment… all of it showcasing women and their accomplishments. This post has details on where you can do that this weekend — and anytime!

Caps vs Bruins
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Look for tickets here

Hockey, anyone? The Capitals are playing at home on Saturday evening as they host the Bruins. Grab a bite to eat in the Penn Quarter neighborhood before the game.  This post about kid-friendly eats in DC has suggestions for places to go.

United vs CF Montréal
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $27 (look for discount)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Real Salt Lake. As always, I recommend taking public transportation or parking in the Navy Yard neighborhood and walking to Audi Field from there. Plan for a pre-match bite — El Bebe, All Purpose Pizza, The Salt Line, and Dacha are conveniently located and my top recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday , 11am & 2pm
Admission: $25

Final chance to see this show!  It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

Inside Out and Backwards
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $19.50

Closing after this weekend!  It’s bedtime, and two children use their imaginations to turn their room inside out, into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet! Recommended for ages 1-4.

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairytale
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $12+
A bilingual Cinderella with a twist that kids will love! What will happen to Cinderella at the ball … game? That’s the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children’s theatre. Recommended for ages 5+.

Little Shop of Horrors
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Pen Quarter, DC
When: Through May 18
Admission: $41-77 (find discount)
Head down to Skid Row for a non-stop blast, sci-fi horror comedy, love story and rock musical that has become one of the most treasured pieces of American musical theatre. Recommended for ages 13+.

Take a Swing
Where: Parks in Northern Virginia
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:Varies
Batter up! And tee up! Batting cages and mini golf courses are opening at several NoVa Parks. At Cameron RunUpton Hill, and Occoquan Regional Parks, choose slow pitch softball or take a crack at baseballs featuring a variety of tough speeds.  And you can putt around at Cameron RunUpton HillPohick Bay, and Algonkian Regional Parks.

Inside Action
Where: Around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

There’s rain in the forecast, so you may be looking for places to be indoors, but want some active fun or something with an engaging mission.  From pickleball and roller skating to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts to an indoor waterpark, this post shares all kinds of ways to get your fun and game on.

Wizards vs. Heat
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Tickets start at $23 (look for deal)
The Wizards are playing at home on Sunday evening — watch them work some on-court magic against the Miami Heat. Make a longer outing of it in Penn Quarter — go early and pop in to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum or plan on a pre or post game meal.  Find recommendations for family-friendly restaurants here.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* There’s a brand new KFDC round-up of live entertainment this spring — with links to available discounts, too.
* The National Zoo’s annual Easter Monday event is on April 1, and passes are still available.
* MLB Opening Day is Monday, and the Nats are playing the Pirates at home. You can still get tickets for the 4pm game!
* Did you hear?  The Wizards and Caps will not move to Virginia. Yay, DC!
* Excited about this new cookbook with recipes from a favorite District restaurant.
* Urban Outfitters has such great bedding for a teen room.
* J. Crew has an awesome sale going on right now. Picks: this skirt, this girls graphic T, this boys rugby sweatshirt, these sandals.
* Score some great deals at Anthro — extra 50% off sale.
* The comments on this post about rewatchable movies are great — so many good ones!
* What a cute IG account.

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