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Easter Weekend (Including Ideas for Non-Holiday Fun)

Getting ready for the Easter egg "hunt" at last year's Eggstravagana in Lincoln Park

If you’re looking for an egg hunt, you’ll have no problem finding one. Sheep shearing? Got you covered there, too. And if the forecast proves reliable, and thunderstorms soak the area, I’ve got plenty of suggestions for family fun indoors. Happy Weekend!  And Happy Easter, too!

Earth Day Party for the Planet  – Looking for a Friday morning activity?  Celebrate Earth Day at the National Zoo!  From 10am – 12pm, guests can create eco-crafts, a meet the Zoo’s Green Team, get tips on enjoying a environmentally friendly lifestyle, and recycling opportunities (check the website for the list of recyclable items).  This free event will take place at the Zoo in Your Backyard exhibit.

Hop to It – It’s Easter weekend, and with it come many egg hunts and festivals. Celebrate at Cox Farms on Saturday from 11am–2pm with games, egg coloring, farm animals, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.  Annual Eggstravaganzas will be taking place at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill from 1-3pm and in Ballston at 10:30am. The Reston Zoo will host Easter egg hunts on Saturday and Sunday at several times both days.  And ongoing are holiday festivities at Ticonderoga Farms and Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard (open through Monday, though it’s closed on Easter Sunday).

Show Time From Snow White on strings to Rocknoceros at Jammin’ Java, there’s a variety of live entertainment to enjoy this weekend.  For details on what’s playing, see this post about what’s on stage this spring.

The Plane, The Plane! –  Love the Air & Space on the Mall, but not all the crowds?  Head to the College Park Aviation Museum, just 15 minutes out of DC.  The state-of-the-art facility located on the grounds of the world’s oldest continuously operating airport in College Park, MD, contains relics of early aviation, including some interactive fun.  Open daily from 10am -5pm, though closed on major holidays.  Admission is $4/adults, $2/children, free for ages 2 and under.

A Walk in the Park – It’s still National Park Week, and entrance to over 100 parks that usually charge admission is free.  If weather permits, take advantage and hit the trails at a local park or even one a bit further away. For suggestions on good hikes with kids, see this post about tramping with little ones.

Think Outside…  The list of best places to enjoy the outdoors with the kids keeps growing.  Check it out for ideas on where to have fun al fresco. Again, if weather permits.

Space for Children at House of Sweden – The Swedish Embassy welcomes families to experience a unique exhibit through April 24.  Two rooms of “interactivity creativity” celebrate the parent-child bond and encourage creative play. The free exhibit is open Saturdays from 11am – 4pm and Sundays from 12 – 5pm.  Read more about it on the Embassy’s website.

Nature at Its Best and Biggest – See some amazing moments in the natural world captured in photos and on the big screen at the National Museum of Natural History.  The Nature’s Best Photography exhibit showcases winners of a prestigious photography competition.  And most of the films playing at the museum’s Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater have themes of nature at their core.

Portrait Story Days: Dizzy Gillespie – Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery on Sunday from 1 – 4pm to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art.  On Saturday and Sunday, learn about jazz trumpeter, band leader, singer, and composer Dizzy Gillespie.

Shearing MadnessSunday is Sheep Shearing Day at Watkins Regional Park, and you’re invited to watch the wool fly. This free event will feature sheep and llama shearing demonstrations, displays of products made from wool and hair, and more. Hayrides will be available during the event for $1.

Rainy Day RecsI’m listing this last in hopes that it’s a last resort, and those thunderstorms in the forecast don’t materialize. But if it turns out to be a wet weekend, this post contains many suggestions on where to have fun and stay dry.




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Weekend Picks

The options for family fun this weekend span the activity spectrum. Here’s a round-up of what’s going on, from Earth Day and the bard’s birthday to dancing with a giant mouse and catching small fish.

Earth Day
If I had to pick a headlining event for the weekend, it would easily be Earth Day. The 40th anniversary of the planet’s big day is being celebrated with several events in the area, The Climate Rally at the National Mall on Sunday being the main one. On Saturday morning, the National Zoo welcomes volunteers to help clean up the grounds. Later on, the city of Alexandria is throwing its own Earth Day celebration at Ben Brenman Park. I posted about all of these events earlier this week—check it out for times and details.

Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House

If Shakespeare were alive he’d be pretty darn old. The Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating the bard’s 446th birthday with an Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, jesters and jugglers, and stage combat (workshops, methinks). Especially for children will be fortune telling, quill writing, arts & crafts, and a giant birthday cake. The event is free and will take place rain or shine. The Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Angelina Ballerina Open House
The American Dance Institue is celebrating National Dance Week with an Open House themed around the storybook mouse heroine, Angelina Ballerina. Young dancers are invited to an afternoon of dance performances, crafts, a ballet “petting zoo,” and a chance to meet Angelina Ballerina. Yesterday’s post has full details about the event.

2010 Family and Youth Casting Call
Head to Fletcher’s Boathouse for a day of fishing in the C&O Canal. The American Fly Fishing Trade Association and the National Park Service are hosting a day of fishing and outdoor fun. Instruction and gear will be provided for kids young and old to catch a fish. Activities aren’t limited to casting a line—guests can learn to test water quality, do some fish art, jin a scavenger hunt, and go for their Junior Ranger Badge.

If your kids like to watch Discovery Channel shows like “Life” and “Planet Earth,” they will likely enjoy “Oceans,” opening in theaters today. The nature documentary journeys into the depths of the oceans and explores the fascinating marine life that inhabit it. Reviews thus far are mixed, but keep in mind they are coming from adults who expect a decent storyline along with amazing cinematography. Kids will probably be captivated on the imagery alone.

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Celebrate the Earth

The world is about to celebrate Earth Day. While the official annual date is April 22, festivals and events to observe the occasion have already begun around the area and will continue all week, culminating with The Climate Rally on the National Mall this Sunday. Many of these events don’t just welcome, but encourage participation from, the newer generations. If you and your kids want to get in on it, here’s where the action—and activisim—will be.

The Climate Rally
Earth Day is celebrated around the globe, but the main event—The Climate Rally—is happening right in our backyards. On Sunday, April 25 from 11am – 7pm, the National Mall will host what is expected to be the largest-ever rally to encourage climate legislation. Notable speakers will include Reverend Jesse Jackson, James Cameron, and Margaret Atwood. If your kids would rather boogie than sit through speeches, they can catch performances music by Sting, The Roots, John Legend, Joss Stone, Bob Weir, and many more artists. Besides the main stage, there will be tents and booths set up along the Mall with enviro-related activities, exhibits, eco-villages and more sponsored by over 50 green-thinking organizations.

American Forest Foundation Earth Day Breakfast
If your kids are early risers, this could be a fun way to start the day. From 6am – 9am, you can join the American Forest Foundation at the Mansion on O Street for omelets, crepes, waffles, and more breakfast goodies as you renew your commitment to sustainability. If this sounds like more of a grown-up event, have no worries. Families are welcome, and the O Street mansion is a unique venue of 100+ rooms adorned with funky treasures and trippy décor. All the rooms, including over 30 secret doors, are open for exploration. You must register online to attend, cost is $20/person (includes $5 donation).

Earth Day Clean-up at the National Zoo
On Saturday, April 24 from 8am – 10am, help improve the ecosystem of the zoo by joining staff and volunteers to pick up litter from zoo grounds. The clean-up will take place in the wooded area near the Connecticut Avenue entrance, a part of the park that most zoo-goers don’t get to see. Register by 8am in Parking Lot A and arrive prepared—bug spray, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing. And in keeping with Earth Day spirit, volunteers are encouraged to take public transportation.

Alexandria Earth Day
Alexandria, VA, is celebrating its eco-city commitment on Saturday with a festival at Ben Brenman Park. Along with enviornmental workshops and Q&A sessions for the grown-up crowd, there will be lots of activities for kids and families. The Blue Sky Puppets will perform “Lights out for the Bunny Brothers,” a childrens story about saving energy. There will also be music performances, a trail bike ride, and family sing-along with DreamDog Foundation’s Kids Empowering Kids Program. Ben Brenman Park is located at 4800 Brenman Park Drive. The event runs from 10am – 2pm.

Earth Day Eats
Finally, several eateries in the area are doing their own Earth Day promotions. Sweetgreen is hosting an outdoor music festival on Saturday from 3pm – 9pm behind its Dupont location. On Thursday, April 22, Mixt Greens is giving away goody-filled tote bags to its first 150 customers. And if you want to brave finer dining with your kids, Restaurant Nora and Tallula have special Earth Day menus on select days this week.

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