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The Weekend Round-Up:
April 12-14

All aboard for a mini trian ride at Cabin John!


Happy Weekend!

Go-to posts full of ideas for go-to fun:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Ave, 7th – 17th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The pinnacle of cherry blossom festivities just might be the parade. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue to watch the procession of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers roll through the city. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $25-40, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, 3rd-7th St NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $15/advance, $20/day of, free/12 & under

Following the Cherry Blossom parade (or on Sunday), head over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest exhibition of Japanese culture. The annual event will feature live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and much more.

Go for a Spin
Where: Cabin John (Bethesda) & Wheaton Regional Park, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $5

All aboard! Montgomery Park’s Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train and Carousel are open for the season. Take kiddos for a spin around the parks on replicas of an 1863 steam locomotive. Or go for whirl on the Carousel (Wheaton only). Plan for time on the playgrounds, too — both offer lots of fun for little ones.  Read more about Cabin John here and Wheaton here.

Horse Expo
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Centreville, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Frying Pan Farm Park is hosting its first-ever horse expo! There will be demonstrations, speakers, food trucks, and businesses that sell horse-related products and services. Both experienced riders and people new to the world of horses are welcome to join the festivities.

More Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks throughout Fairfax County, VA
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. Bring kids with disabilities to explore Riverbend Park. Learn about animal adaptations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Go on nature kayaking tour at Lake Accotinct.  Observe the night sky at Turner Park Observatory. And there are even more interesting adventures! Details and registration for activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Art Cart: Art Assembly
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the Hirshhorn for an art activities especially for kids… What could you create with an empty box and scrap materials? In this week’s Art Cart, get inspired by artist Joseph Cornell and his amazing assemblages (artworks inside a box). Look closely at his work, explore materials and assemble your own artwork in a box! Find the cart with supplies on the lower level.

Blossom Fest
Where: Springfield Town Center | Springfield, VA
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Join Springfield Town Center for their annual Blossom Fest. The family-friendly festival will feature dozens of fun exhibitors outdoors, live music, face patinging and balloon art, bouncy fun, character appearances, a LEGO activity, fitness demos, and dance and theatre performances.

Model Train Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Visit the historical Vienna Stain station to watch model train and trolley activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Locomotive, rail car, and towns industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) are chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia just down the street from the red caboose.

Peter Pan
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through April 21
Admission: $44-139 (look for a deal)
This high-flying musical has been thrilling audiences of all ages for close to 70 years and is now being brought back to life in a new adaptation. The adventure begins when Peter Pan and his mischievous sidekick, Tinker Bell, visit the bedroom of the Darling children late one night. With a sprinkle of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget.

Love and Information
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $12

Someone shares a forbidden secret, someone confronts their best friend, someone admires a snail. In this kaleidoscopic play, over fifty unrelated scenes flash by faster than a doomscroll as over a hundred characters strive to connect with each other, learn from one another, and look for love. Love and Information, written to be transformed into it’s own unique vision by every company that performs it, makes this production a once in a lifetime theatrical experience. Recommended for ages 11+.

The Monsters of Seahorse Island
Where: Highland Elementary School | Wheaton, MD
When: Saturday, 11am & Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

It’s a the world premier of a brand new play by Interact Story Theatre… The people of Seahorse Island and the people of the Kingdom under the ocean have been at odds for longer than anyone can remember, but why? And what happens when worlds collide? This thoughtful and funny play includes lots of audience participation and is best for ages 5 & up.

Where: Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through May 5
Admission: Start at $115, but mostly sold out, look for resale tix

Shakespeare Theatre Company present this classic starring Ralph Fiennes… Blood will have blood. Unbridled ambition, supernatural forces, and murderous desires reign supreme in Shakespeare’s most poetic examination of evil. When three witches tell Macbeth that he will become King of Scotland, he plots with his wife to attain the title through an assassination; a bloody act that gives him his crown and sends him careening down the path of his own undoing. A thrilling account of how our minds deceive us and how a guilty conscience can undo us all. Recommended for teens and older.

Message In A Bottle
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through April 21
Admission: $45-105 (look for discount)

Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show inspired by and set to the iconic hits of Sting.The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati, and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive. Recommended for ages 12+.

Weekend Workshops
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery to do some art making! All ages are welcome to get creative at Weekend Workshops. Learn about artists and changemakers, then create art inspired by their stories. Of course, explore the whole museum while you’re there. See more about the National Portrait Gallery here.

Caps vs Lightning
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 5:30pm
Admission: Look for tickets here

Hockey, anyone? The Capitals are playing at home on Sunday evening as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Make a longer outing of it and visit the Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum before the game or grab a bite to eat in the Penn Quarter neighborhood after  — this post about kid-friendly eats in DC has suggestions for places to go.

United vs Orlando SC
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
Wheb: Saturday,
Admission: Tickets start at $27 (look for discount)

DC United is playing at home on Saturday evening, hosting Orlando SC. 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 — here are a bunch of recs for family-friendly spots to eat there.

Happy Emancipation Day, DC!
Where: Freedom Plaza & Pennsylvania Ave. | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 2pm
Admission: Free

There will be a second parade in DC on Saturday to celebrate DC Emancipation Day! The procession will be led by Mayor Bowser, and it will be followed by a concert featuring local and national artists, and a fireworks display to end the night! Emancipation Day honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, which freed over 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The parade begins at 2pm,  a concert of the plaza at 3pm, and there will be fireworks later at 8:30pm.

Bloom Town
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Varies by locale
Admission: Varies by locale

The cherry blossom peak at the Tidal Basin has passed, but there are more blossoms and other big blooms to enjoy around the DC area, a couple of them literally coming now. Burnside Farm’s Festival of Spring featuring tulip fields is in its final weekend, bluebells are blanketing the grounds around the area, and wisteria is starting to brighten up local scenery.  And the best places to see them are great for more than just the flowers. This post has details on where to go for those and other big blooms coming up.

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

Spring Break for DC students begins this weekend, so 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.

* Plan ahead for museum fun (and see what’s on this weekend) with this round-up of regularly occurring programs at local museums.
* See even more things to plan for this spring!
* And get recommendations to gear up for warm weather adventures with kids.
* There is a contest going on right now to give a military family a Dream Party — details here.
* Where to find Passover meals around DC, just a little over a week away.
* Sasha’s latest social media recipe find is a yummy one.
I just bought the best swimsuit! It’s stylish and flattering — a lot like this trendy one, but less cheeky and a fraction of the price.
* Anthro has another good sale on sale going on. Love this woven tote and these silky barrel pants.
* And this Amazon workout wear brand has awesome deals right now.
* The world’s 15 best family-friendly hotels and resorts, according to AFAR.
* Saturday Night.


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The Weekend Round-Up: April 12-14

Kids Run the Bases after a Sunday Nats game last season

Kids Run the Bases after a Sunday Nats game last season

This Round-Up is coming to you a little earlier that usual, so you have some extra time to plan your fun over the next few days. There’s a varied selection below, or you can opt for some tried and true activities around the area. And with the weather on the way, the post listing the area’s best outdoor pursuits is a must-view. Happy Weekend!

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue, 7th – 17th Streets NW
When: Saturday, April 13, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

The pinnacle of cherry blossom festivities is, hands-down, the parade. Thousands of people line Constitution Avenue every year to watch the spectacle of lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and a variety of performers travel through the city. Tickets for grandstand seats are available for $20, but you can stake out a spot along the curb for free. Plan to arrive early to get a good view — the crowds come out for this one, especially if it’s a pretty spring day like we’re expected to get on Saturday.

Sakura Matsuri
Where: 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
When: Saturday, April 13, 10:30am – 6pm
Admission: $5/ages 13 and older

Immediately following the Cherry Blossom parade, many folks head right over to Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival that is America’s largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture. Stretching down six city blocks from 9th to 14th Streets on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, there will be live music and dance performances, all kinds of Asian and Western foods, martial arts demos, Japanese art, and more. Be prepared for a crowd.

Nats vs. Braves
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday 7:05pm, Saturday 1:05pm, Sunday 1:35pm
Admission: Tickets start at $10

We’re hitting our first baseball game of the season this weekend, and I can’t wait! The Nats are hosting the Atlanta Braves with an evening game tonight, an afternoon match-up on Saturday, and another game on Sunday. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack and enjoy other special promos on Sunday – it’s Kids Opening Day and Screech’s Birthday. And don’t forget you can stay after for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the in field after the final out.

Arts Night & Open House
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
When: Friday, 6:30-8pm
Admission: Free

CHAW is hosting Tarantella & Pizza, a free family arts night and camp open house. Eat a little pizza, dance a little Tarantella, paint a little fresco, and have a lot of fun! If you’re not familiar with the CHAW summer camp experience, this is a great opportunity to meet camp staff and see what it’s all about. And if you are familiar with CHAW already, stop by and say hello…and bring a friend! Open to all ages. Free, but RSVP to 202.547.6839 or victor@chaw.org.

White House Spring Garden Tours
Where: White House Grounds
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free, but tickets are required

Here’s your chance to enjoy spring at the White House — and you don’t need to win a lottery to do it. The annual Spring Garden and Grounds Tours are being held on Saturday and Sunday. And gaining admission to the event is as easy as picking up tickets the day of. For more details and info on how to get tickets, see this post from last week.

Rocknoceros Family Happy Hour
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Friday, 7pm
Admission: $10

Start the weekend with a night out for the whole family. Rocknoceros wanted to provide a way for entire families to get a night out on the town in a safe, clean, and family-friendly way. Jammin’ Java, and even the famed 9:30 Club, are presenting the show. The Jammin’ Java bar will be in full operation. And don’t forget the Signature Happy Family Hour drink special: Buy a beer, get a juice box!

A Peek at the Peak
Where: Tidal Basin & National Mall
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

You may be able to catch the final days of the cherry blossom peak. The blooms have been spectacular this week and will, hopefully, still wow this weekend. Expect crowds and be prepared — this post has tips for families viewing the blossoms.

Lantern Making Family Day
Where: Yards Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Capitol Riverfront BID is hosting its 3rd Annual Lantern Making Family Day as part of National Cherry Blossom festivities.  Two lantern making sessions for children and adults will take place at 10am and 12pm. Each session will be followed by a parade through Yards Park. There will be even more to while you’re there, including a performance by Hapmudo martial arts group on the boardwalk, a moonbounce and games for children, and Asian food to purchase from nearby Kruba Thai and Sushi. 

Festival of Tulips
Where: Burnside Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday,
Admission: $3

Experience Holland in Haymarket, Va! The Festival of Tulips opens on Saturday after a week’s delay due to the extended cold. While the dazzling show of brilliant spring colors should be at its best next week, they are expecting a few thousand tulips to be in bloom this weekend. Stroll through the giant fields that contain over 50 different varieties of tulips in a rainbow of colors so and pick your own for $1 per stem. This sounds like a sight to behold. Don’t forget the camera.

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.
– This weekend is your last chance to see Three Little Birds at Adventure Theatre.
– Arts on the Horizon presents The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
The Magic Finger & James and the Giant Peach are on the Imagination Stage.
Hello Dolly! is the latest Ford’s Theatre production.
Get details on all of these productions in this post about entertainment this season.

Collage Family Day
Where: Corcoran Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Gluing and cutting won’t be the only way you can collage at this Family Day! Enjoy a game of collage roulette with mystery pieces and a surprise design. For a totally new experience, a DJ layers and mix tunes to create an audio collage while you work on crafts and projects the whole family will love.

Enchanted Cherrybration Weekend
Where: Clark’s Elioak Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10a, – 5pm
Admission: $5 (rides cost extra)

Let your little princesses dress up for this visit to the storybook-themed farm (you can read more about it in this list about outdoor outings). Clark’s Elioak will be celebrating Howard County’s “Cherrybration” Days with treats fit for young royalty and plenty of pink pizzazz. Children in a family will get a free hay ride if at least one person in the family is dressed as a pink princess. Kids can also dress up in gowns on hand at the farm for a photo opportunity with “Princess Cherrybella.” A Truly Pink Treasure Hunt in the Enchanted Forest Maze will round out the weekend activities.

How Things Fly
Where: Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

It’s Super Science Saturday at the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. This month, learn about How Things Fly.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Saturday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start at $26

It’s an Atlantic Cup Rivalry match as the United take on the Red Bulls Saturday evening. And even though the game doesn’t start until 7pm, you can get there as early as 3pm to get your matchday started. You can hit the team store to buy gear or have your official team gear customized with a logo, grab some grub from food trucks in Lot 8, then head to the VW Garage for games and activities at 6pm. Visit the website for more info an to purchase tickets.

Littles Day
Where: Port Discovery
When: Saturday
Admission: $13.95/ages 2 and up

The children’s museum in Baltimore is hosting a special day dedicated to kids ages 1-5. Enjoy performances by The Kindersinger and Bubbles the Clown, and sample treats from Happy Family Brands. And, of course, don’t miss the rest of the fun, imaginative exhibits (three levels worth!) while you’re there, all of them interactive and a blast for kids.

Origami Mural Project
Where: M Street & New Jersey Ave SE
When: Saturday
Admission: Free

Join a community art project in celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The public is invited to contribute to the installation of DC’s first ever Origami mural! Meet local artist Iona Rozeal Brown and learn about the ancient art of Origami making, then help unite thousands of Origami figures to form a work of art along New Jersey Avenue, SE in Yards Park. All ages are welcome.

Spring Bird Watch
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday, 10:30am
Admission: $8/child and $10/adult, under 2 are free

Join the The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy on a bird watch around the farm in Bluemont, Va. The adventure will include a talk about local and migratory spring birds, from swallows and cardinals to the larger carnivores like hawks, vultures & owls. The whole family can learn why these birds are helpful to crops and identify the characteristics to tell them apart. Visitors can also enjoy farm activities, including hay rides and the cow train, plus over five acres of playground containing a Giant Jumping Pillow, rope swings & mazes, and a brand new 80’ Triple Slide. And bring a camera – photo ops will abound with the blooming trees and baby animals. Note that space is limited for the birding event so email jaclyn@greatcountryfarms.com or call 540-554-2073 to sign up.

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Enjoy Spring at the White House this Weekend

A view of the White House on the fall garden tour

A view of the White House on the fall garden tour

Was your attempt at scoring tickets for the Easter Egg Roll “unsuccessful,” too? Well, here’s a chance to enjoy spring at the White House — and you don’t have to win a lottery to do it. There may not be egg rolls and festivities for kids, but it’s a great opportunity to tour White House grounds that normally are not accessible to the public. And it’s a perfect activity on a nice spring day, which (cross fingers) it looks like we’ll get this weekend.


The annual White House Spring Garden and Grounds Tours is a tradition that dates back to 1972 when Pat Nixon first opened the gardens to the public. Gaining admission to the event is as easy as picking up tickets the day of.


The White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors this Saturday, April 13 from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday, April 14 from 9am to 3pm. Guests will be able to see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, and South Lawn of the White House. And the White House Kitchen Garden — the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden — will also be on view.


I went on the tour this past fall and found it to be not just lovely, but also quite interesting. Along with being able to see the gardens, there are also visual displays offering background information, photos, and neat tidbits about the different areas and the presidencies that have used them.


While Garden Tours are free and open to the public, a ticket is required for all attendees, including small children. The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM. Tickets will be distributed, one per person, on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s not that difficult to get tickets as long as you’re flexible on times.

Oh, and don’t let these photos fool ya. They were taken on the media tour before the garden opened to ticketed visitors, which is why you don’t see other people roaming around. Do expect it to be busy if you go.

Strollers and cameras are permitted, however, be aware that certain items, including a few not-so-obvious no-nos, are prohibited at the event. Here’s the full list:

Aerosols of any kind
Animals (except guide dogs)
Backpacks (oversized)
Food or beverages of any kind
Duffle bags/suitcases
Any pointed object
Electric stun guns
Insulated metal containers
Knives of any kind

In the event of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You can call the 24-hour information line at 202.456.7041 to check on the status.

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