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Bring the Fun Home from… Green Spring Gardens

(Note: This post was written by KFDC contributor Katie Winter, an educator and local mom of two young children. A brand new regular feature, Bring the Fun Home from…  will  highlight places around the area, many of them already covered on the blog, and offer ideas to tie in the outing with activities at home.  We hope you and your little ones enjoy it! )


Make some Leprechaun Lookers and head over to Green Springs Garden to search for some lucky four leaf clovers along with other neat features throughout the grounds!  As the weather warms up and flowers are starting to bloom, Green Springs Garden is an ideal place to visit.  The grounds are comprised of 26 different areas, most of them small gardens, but also a historic house, ponds, an overlook, and some delightful surprises. Read this KFDC post for more information about the park. And check out the craft ideas and books below to continue the fun at home after your visit!

KFDC Tip: If you can’t make it to the gardens, have a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt in your own backyard.  Hunt for some four leaf clovers or grab these lucky coins and hide them for your little ones to find.


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I’ve rounded up some fun St. Patrick’s Day and spring crafts to try at home. The activities below require minimal materials — most of which you can, hopefully, find around your house.

Leprechaun Lookers from Love Your Littles


Shamrock Craft from A Little Punch of Perfect


Blooming Paper Flowers from the STEM laboratory


Pasta Flowers  from Typically Simple


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Books are a great way to expand on children’s experiences.  Every few weeks I try to switch out my sons’ books to go along with holidays, current events, and/or the season.  I’ve found that this increases their excitement for reading and provides them with more background knowledge than I could have imagined. It’s also an easy way to celebrate those occasions and keep our reading fresh!  Here are some books for little ones that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the start of spring.

That’s What Leprechauns Do (Ages 4-7)

Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase (Ages 4-8)

When Spring Comes (Ages 4-8)

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover (Ages 3-5)

How to Catch a Leprechaun (Ages 4-10)

Baby Loves Spring! (Ages 1-4)

The Tiny Seed (Ages 3-8)

St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning (Ages 4-9)

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring (Ages 4-8)

Spring: A Pop-Up Book (Ages 2-5)

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (Ages 5-8)

What Grew in Larry’s Garden (Ages 4-8)


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: December 5-9

Checking out one means of mail transportation at the National Postal Museum


Monday – Kids ages 3-5 can meet the trees that represent the season at Green Spring Gardens’ workshop, Garden Sprouts: Forever Evergreens. Guests will get an intro to the tree then create a related craft.  Admission is $5/county residents, $7/non-residents, and you must register in advance. As this post goes up, there are still a few spots remaining in the class.

Tuesday – Head to the Building Zone at the National Building Museum for its Book of the Month Program. Readings of Gingerbread Baby begin at 10:30am and 11:30am.  Don’t forget it’s now $3/person to play there, and timed entries begin on the hour.  While you’re at the NBM, check out the Lego Architecture exhibit upstairs and let the kids create some masterpieces themselves at tables yielding thousands of the tiny plastic bricks.  And the magnificent Great Hall is a perfect space to let the kids romp and enjoy an indoor picnic (BYO or buy it from the on-premises Firehook Bakery).

Wednesday – Visit the National Postal Museum, one I consider a local secret, since it’s often overlooked by tourists and overshadowed by its Smithsonian counterparts on the Mall. The atrium alone is quite a sight, showcasing various means of mail transportation — a mail truck, airplane, train car, tractor-trailer, and Pony Express horses and buggy replica are on display, and a couple of them are open for guests to climb aboard. And even more interesting exhibits await beyond the main hall. When you’re done there, head next door to Union Station to see the Holiday Train Show and grab lunch.

Thursday – See a marionette version of a holiday classic, as The Puppet Co. presents The Nutcracker at 10am and 11:30am.  Tickets are $10 and available online — they often sell fast, so reserve yours soon!

Friday – Experience the best of the holidays in DC at one of the many seasonal activities happening around town. This post lists my faves, and I highly recommend experiencing them during the week when possible to avoid the weekend crowds.


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