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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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Flying Colors

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…. flying shark? Yep, that was just one of many airborne-mammal sightings we caught at the last kite festival we attended at the Washington Monument. Who knows what the skies will hold this year? We’ll find out soon enough—the 44th Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival takes place this Saturday, March 27, from 10am – 4pm.

I love this festival for several reasons: 1) It’s not just a spectator event; anyone can bring a kite and fly with the best of ‘em. 2) It’s amazing to see the space around the Washington Monument dotted with brilliant colors and crazy shapes (see previous shark mention). 3) The kids love it. 4) It usually coincides with the cherry blossom peak, so one can fly a kite and view the blooms all at once.

And there is more to the festival then just flying colorful sails on strings. Beautiful kites from all over the world are on display for all to see. Kids have an opportunity to craft their own kites with provided materials. Experts fly stunt kites and awe the crowds with cool tricks. And this year, a 150-kite arch train display will be launched.

Owen is already psyched to fly his new dragon kite. I can’t wait to see it soar.

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