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The Weekend Round-Up: April 2-3

Go fly a kite at the Washington Monument

Go fly a kite at the Washington Monument

Weather may factor in to your picks for activities with the kids this weekend, but there’s fun to be had no matter what the conditions outside. Happy Weekend!

Go Fly a Kite!
Where: Washington Monument Grounds
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm (Rain date: Sunday, 12pm)
Admission: Free

The Blossom Kite Festival is, in my opinion, the best event during cherry blossom season. The sight of thousands of kites in all colors, shapes, and sizes soaring around the Washington Monument is truly a sight to behold. 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.

Marshmallow Harvest & Egg Hunt
Where: Great Country Farms
When: April 2-3, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10/child $12/adult at the gate

Head to Great Country for the first “crop” of the spring — Marshmallow Picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’mores kit to melt away that chocolate craving. Guests can also join a post-Easter egg hunt (by age – see the schedule) with over 18,000 treat-filled eggs. Plan to visit spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride and rejoice in the new season.

Kite Fun Day
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12pm or 1-2:30pm
Admission: $10/child (reservations required)

Make a kite and watch it soar at Frying Pan’s special event on Saturday. All materials will be provided, and advanced registration is required. Plan to hang out and enjoy the may other attractions at the park after (or before) your session. Animal visits, wagon rides, and playgrounds are just a few of them!

More Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Several Fairfax parks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages to enjoy. Take a wagon ride at Riverbend, celebrate cherry blossom season at Green Spring Gardens, volunteer for the Watershed Cleanup Day, build a bat house, join a nature play group, and more! Go here to see all of your options and register for activities.

Saturday Family Jazz Session
Where: Strathmore
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $10

Jumpstart a love for jazz with classes that nurture talent and spark musicality! Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of jazz appreciation at this fun, creative, kid-friendly series featuring classes with multi-instrumentalist and local jazz legend Seth Kibel and renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

The Outwin 2016 Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm

Admission: Free

Families are invited to celebrate a day of storytelling while learning about contemporary portraiture. Enjoy portrait workshops led by artists featured in the newly opened exhibition The Outwin 2016. Additionally, Grammy-nominated artist Christylez Bacon will demonstrate how musicians use song as a narrative, and the Bowen McCauley Dance company tells their stories through dance.

Forklift Garden Party
Where: Community Forklift
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Throughout the winter, Community Forklift collects gently-used and surplus lawn & garden supplies as well as outdoor décor and furniture. Come spring, they put it all out for your shopping pleasureatt heir Annual Garden Party. Even more, along with the sale, the event will feature gardening demonstrations, experts, and vendors; activities for kids; local bands; and a farm-to-fork food truck.

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

* See Adventure Theatre’s delightful production of James and the Giant Peach
* Reserve free tickets to see the Ballet Theatre of Maryland on Saturday Morning at the National Theatre
* Superman 2050 is on the Family Theater stage at the Kennedy Center Friday through Sunday
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Bedtime Bunnies is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* Little ones will ove Boxes, Boxes, Boxes at Imagination Stage
* The American Youth Chorus will perform their newest concert Songs of the Earth, Sea, & Sky on Saturday evening
* The U.S. Navy Commodores are kicking off National Jazz Month at Alden Theater on Saturday
* The Washington Ballet presents Hamlet at the Kennedy Center

Light City Baltimore
Where: Baltimore Inner Harbor
When: Through Sunday, 7pm – 12am
Admission: Free

See Baltimore’s Inner Harbor lit up with a temporary light art exhibition, a 1.5-mile light art walk with 28 illuminated artworks. The installations range from 15-foot sculptures to projections on the sides of buildings (and even on roofs!) and explore questions of social justice, sustainability and climate change, and history. This will be accompanied by 100 musical and street theater performances and 50 concerts, all free and open to the public.

Go Colonial
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: $3/adults, $2/ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm opens for the first weekend of its 2016 season, welcoming visitors to explore family life on a pre-Revolutionary War working farm. There is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was back then. Read more about it in this post (ignore the “autumn” part; it’s a great outing in the spring, too).

April Maker’s Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
Admission: Free

The Annmarie Maker’s Market is THE place to find all things handmade, homemade, or homegrown, including crafts, hanging baskets, organic skincare products, farm fresh produce, cut flowers, baked goods, batik and fleece clothing, handmade soaps and candles, herbal teas, ornaments, folkart, handmade gifts, and more! Delight in the local treasures to be found here! While you’re there, explore the amazing grounds, arts center, and Fairy Lolly, too ($5/adult, $3/child). More about it here.

Symphony for Babes
Where: Downtown Silver Spring Civic Center
When: Saturday, 10am & 11:30am
Admission: $12

Take wee ones to the symphony! The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents this Music Box Interactive Concert especially for babies and toddlers ages six months to three years with the theme Birtdie Melodies. Go early — 30 minutes prior the concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for little ones and families.

Family Game Day & Boutique Pop Up
Where: The Escape Lounge
When: Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free (Escapes at regular prices)

You have your choice of adventures at The Escape Lounge this Sunday! Shop a special Yummi Yummi Goodness Boutique Pop Up offering up to 40% off children’s couture. There will also be board game competitions and puzzles, raffle drawings for amazing prizes, and beverages and light snacks. Of course, you can also opt for an Escape the Classroom or Escape the Oval Office experience, which I highly recommend (read more about it here)! 10% of proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Children’s Alliance in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Sumo-Sized Sunday
Where: North End Shaw
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Shay and Atlantic Plumbing, mixed-use retail and residential projects in North End Shaw, are celebrating cherry blossom season by welcoming three world sumo wrestling champions — Yama, Byamba, and Takeshi — for Sumo-Sized Sunday. Attendees will have the chance to not only watch these world-renowned wrestlers engage in some friendly competition, but also try their hand at taking down one of the classically trained fighters. This will all take place in the lot adjacent to 945 Florida Avenue NW.

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The Weekend Round-Up: March 26-27



Whether you’re kicking off or winding down Spring Break this weekend, you’ll be getting started or finished on a super fun note. Easter, cherry blossoms, and spring are big highlights, and this round-up is stocked with fantastic ways to celebrate and enjoy all of them. Happy Weekend!

DC in Bloom
Where: Several Locations
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The city is at its prettiest this time of year when the cherry trees are in bloom, and they should be at their best this weekend. The National Mall and Tidal Basin are sure to be teeming with blossom oglers, but braving the crowds is worth it, in my opinion. If you’re planning to partake in the blossom experience over the next couple of days (or anytime, for that matter), be sure to check out these tips for viewing the famous flowers before you go.

Cherry Blossom Family Day
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The National Building Museum is hosting their annual event to celebrate the cherry blossoms. And they’re doing it with a nod to the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary. The day will feature hands-on fun and games focused on parks, planning, landscape design, and architecture. Activities will include folding origami masterpieces, designing a memorial for the National Mall, constructing a tatebanko diorama, meeting DuAro (Kawasaki’s robot), trying on traditional Japanese clothing, and learning more about the National Park Service’s milestone celebration.

Bird Egg-stravaganza
Where: Woodend Nature Sanctuary
When: March 26, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $10/child

Join the Audubon Naturalist Society for a nature-themed egg hunt at their Bethesda headquarters. Children can search for eggs along the Woodend Nature Sanctuary trails. Afterwards, they can cash in their eggs for prizes, participate in crafts, and enjoy other nature themed activities.

Where: Butler’s Orchard
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: $9/child, $7/adult

One of the more popular spring festivals in the area, Butler’s has all the trappings for seasonal fun: bunnies, eggs, and other Easter-related treats to get young guests in the holiday spirit. Attractions include hayrides down the Bunny Trail, egg hunts, the Rubber Ducky Derby, giant slides, and a small petting zoo. Face painting and pony rides are also usually offered for an extra fee. Concessions are available, and there are also plenty of picnic tables if you prefer to pack a lunch.

Adventure & Easter in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by age

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring is now open for the season! Kids as young as 5 years old can experience fun and adventure on the ropes courses and zip lines in the park’s aerial forest, the largest in North America. Children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do even more. A Sunday bonus: They’re hosting an Easter Egg Hunt with eggs hidden all over the park, every one of them with prizes inside, including free climbing tickets. Guests can find up to three colored and one gold egg per paid admission. It’s a pricey venture, but worth it, especially for a special occasion. Read more about Sandy Spring in this post about one of our experiences there.

A Presidential Egg Hunt
Where: Madame Tussauds
When: Saturday, 8am, 8:30am, & 9am
Admission: $25/adult and three children

If your kids are early risers, then keep this event in mind: A fun and educational “eggs-ploration” through American History at the wax museum! Tons of eggs will be hidden throughout the Presidents Gallery, and once children have collected the empty eggs, they can then trade them in at the end of the hunt for an Easter gift bag full of goodies. Guests can also enjoy a meet & greet with the Easter Bunny, an on site petting zoo, plus Easter crafts and face painting! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased online.

Champagne Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt
Where: Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC
When: Sunday
Admission: $74/adult, $35/child

If you want to get fancy for the holiday, celebrate Easter with an extravagant Champagne brunch and a waterfront egg hunt on a beautiful sprawling garden, plus visits from the Easter Bunny at one of the city’s swankiest hotels. Enjoy a lavish buffet-style meal at Muze with multiple live cooking stations spread throughout the restaurant. Children can hunt for eggs hidden throughout the hotel’s stunning garden overlooking the Tidal Basin, accompanied by the Easter Bunny. There will also be fun-filled activities in the hotel’s supervised Little Fans Clubroom.

More Egg-cellent Celebrations
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Many places around the area are hosting egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for the whole fam. See this post for a list of them.

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

* See Adventure Theatre’s delightful production of James and the Giant Peach
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Bunny Business is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* Little ones will ove Boxes, Boxes, Boxes at Imagination Stage
* Jammin’ Java is hosting a Spring Fling featuring local kids fave Rocknoceros on Saturday morning
* The Washington Ballet presents Hamlet just opened at the Kennedy Center
* This weekend is your last chance to see Romeo & Juliet at Synetic THeatre, beautiful, wordless production that is perfect for a date night.

Astronaut Academy
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free (but parking is $15)

Experience the Air & Space Museum’s new Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy. The free alternate reality game challenges you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering, and math skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the Museum’s fascinating artifacts. Read more about the adventure on the website. Best for upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families.

Spring Fest
Where: McLean Community Center
When: March 26, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $5, free for 2 and under

Spring Fest is a special event that includes self-guided arts and crafts projects, entertainment and the opportunity for your children to get a professional photo with Bunny. Remember to bring your Easter basket for our parent/child Easter egg hunt. Registration is required for all participants, and sign up soon, as space is limited. Recommended for ages 3-8.

Lolly Palooza
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

Annmarie has been celebrating the seasonal re-opening of their magical Fairy Lolly playground with extra-special activities all week, and the fun will continue this Saturday. Drop in sometime 11am – 4pm — on Monday for music making fun. Check in at the Murray Arts Building, then head over to the Fairy Lolly for magical play. Afterwards, stop by the artLAB and the Nature Nook for even more activities! Get a glimpse of Annmarie in this post about one of our experiences there.

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Various locations
When: Through Saturday
Admission: Varies by film

Films from across the globe are being screened around the DC-Metro area for the final days of the 24th annual Environmental Film Festival. And there are a couple family-oriented flicks among them on Saturday. Little movie-goers can watch a series of animated shorts at Southwest Library and Oddball will screen at Avalon Theater. There are even more films that kids will likely enjoy (and learn from) and others to consider for a grown-up. View the website for showtimes and details.

All Aboard!
Where: Cabin John & Wheaton Regional Parks
When: Through April 1
Admission: $2

Ride the rails through the woods and grounds of two great local play areas. The miniature trains at Cabin John Regional Park and Wheaton Regional Park are open for the season! During Spring Break, from now through April 1, they’ll be taking passengers everyday 10am – 6pm. After that, they’ll be open weekends only until June 1, when daily rides are offered again.

Get Out!
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s going to be a glorious DC weekend, so get out and take advantage of activities outside. Take a hike, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of ideas for outdoor fun.

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