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The Weekend Round-Up: March 21-22



Snow on the first day of spring gives new meaning to “March Madness.” But while it might not look or feel like the beginning of the new season today, this weekend’s weather will make up for it. Even better, it coincides with the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Easter celebrations around the area — plus all of the fun that comes along with them. Here’s where to enjoy ’em all and then some. Happy Weekend! Happy Spring! Go Terps!

Get Out and Celebrate Spring!
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

With spring comes spring weather, so get out and relish in it! Explore the woods and wetlands of Huntley Meadows, stroll around the Tidal Basin and visit the memorials, play and picnic at Hains Point, take a hike in Rock Creek Park. Find more info about all these suggestions and loads more in the list of the best places in the DC area to enjoy a day outdoors. And a couple of new recommendations that haven’t yet been added to the list: The Franciscan Monastery in Brookland and The Glass Forest in Palisades.

Spring Easter Festival
Where: Ticonderoga Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm weekends
Admission: $12.95, under 2 are free

With giant slides, an awesome jumping pillow, playgrounds, animals, mazes, and more, the farm in Vienna is a blast everyday (it’s open daily), but they take the fun up a notch on weekends for their annual Spring Easter Festival. Along with the permanent amusement, there are egg hunts, face painting, children’s games, and visits from the Easter Bunny. Be sure to check the website for timing of specific activities. For a glimpse at what’s there, see this post about their Winter Festival, which is much of the same, but with Easter instead of Christmas festivities. And this post about a class field trip has info and pics, too.

Textile Museum Grand Opening
Where: The Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

As the new George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum officially opens to the public during National Cherry Blossom Festival weekend, families are invited to explore three exhibitions and enjoy a full day of activities that include celebrations of Japanese culture, art demonstrations reflecting the museum’s global collections, crafts, cultural dance and music performances, gallery tours, and refreshments from around the world. The activities are geared toward children 4-10 years old. The museum is a short walk or Metro ride from the National Mall and Festival grounds.

Tokyo Picnic Club
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy one of the first events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which kicks off this weekend! Bring a blanket, a basket, and a lunch and have your picnic in style in the National Building Museum’s Great Hall. Established in 2002, the Tokyo Picnic Club commemorates the bicentennial of the founding of London’s Pic-Nic Club and to stand up for the “Picnic Right” of the residents of Tokyo, where public park area per person is only 5.2 square meters. Featuring a prize for the most stylish picnic, activities for families, and more!

Iberian Explorations
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Through March 22
Admission: Free

Iberian Suite, the festival celebrating the cultures of Portugal and Spain includes exhibits, performances, food demos, workshops and more through March 22. Drop in anytime to view the art (many works that kids will find cool, too), crafts and games for children, and to explore Iberian culture through theatre, dance, or music performances — several will be taking place over the weekend. See the schedule for details.

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Various locations
When: Through March 29
Admission: Varies by film

more than 150 films from across the globe will be screened around the DC-Metro area during the 23rd annual Environmental Film Festival. And there are several family-oriented flicks among them this weekend. Little movie-goers can watch a series of animated shorts at the MLK, Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday. March of the Penguins will play at the Avalon Theater. There’s a film incorporated into the National Gallery’s monthly program for kids (see below). Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D opens at the Natural History Museum’s IMAX theater. There are even more films that kids will likely enjoy – and learn from. View the website for showtimes and details.

Movie at the Museum
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Friday, 2pm & Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

The National Gallery’s children’s film program is back with a feature that’s part of the Environmental Film Festival: Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal–child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past. Pursued by the owl witch Macha and a host of other ancient and mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever.

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

* Arts on the Horizon presents Blossom’s Rainbow at The Athenaeum on Sunday
* The Maryland Youth ballet is performing dances from Sleeping Beauty at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville
** Jack and the Beanstalk just opened at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park
* And Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* Blue is on the Imagination Stage
* Theatre IV’s The Tortoise and the Hare is this week’s free Saturday Morning at the National show
* The Diggity Dudes are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java

Clean Up at the Colonial Farm
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Help the local living history museum and working farm prepare for the 2015 season! Volunteers can rake leaves, clear and mulch paths, haul brush and firewood, move rail fences, waterproof outbuildings, whitewash the colonial farmhouse, split firewood, fill garden pots and more. There are jobs for every age and skill level – families are welcome. A picnic hot dog lunch will be given out to all volunteers. Bring work gloves and dress for weather. RSVP to jengle@1771.org.

Kites of Asia Family Day
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: March 21, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Get ready for the Blossom Kite Festival and celebrate the artistry and beauty of Asian kites. See kites on display and in the air, discover the diversity of kites from across Asia, and learn how kites helped the Wright brothers develop the first airplane. Guests can fashion a Chinese Dragon puppet, color a Thai-style kite, and make a Philippian leaf kite at hands-on stations. There will also be kite-themed storytimes — see the website for times and details.

Move Me Festival
Where: Kenmore Middle School in Arlington
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture to promote healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts. The event will feature 20 performances on two stages and 15 interactive activity sessions by local arts partners, including offerings in dance fitness, a capella, physical theater, storytelling, arts and crafts, theatre games, and world dance styles. Plan on lunch there — two food trucks will serve the festival throughout the afternoon. And all of the festivities culminate in a performance by Arlington’s own contemporary dance company, Bowen McCauley Dance.

Kites & Pollinators
Where: U.S. Botanic Garden
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Be the talk of the town during the kite festival on the Mall next weekend with your personally designed botanical themed kite! Join a USBG Children’s Education Specialist as she demonstrates the kite making process, giving fun facts about pollinators and plants along the way.

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