The Easter Bunny is coming, the cherry blossoms are peaking, and the sun is expected to shine all weekend. Here are a few ways to enjoy all of the above.
Ready for an Easter Eggstravaganza? The annual fun will be taking place at Quincy Park in Ballston at 10:30am and Lincoln Park on Captiol Hill at 1pm. Both places will have egg hunts, a chance to meet the Easter Bunny, and loads of fun and games for kids.
We are still in the midst of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and there are a few ways to enjoy it. This weekend is the Prelude to the Fireworks and Fireworks Show at the SW Waterfront. Starting at 5pm on Saturday, there will be musical performances, craft activities for kids, local restaurant fare, and special guest appearances. The fireworks begin at 8:30pm, rain or shine. There are also live performances everyday at the Target Performance Stage at Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds (Independence Ave. SW & Raoul Wallenberg Place SW).
And, of course, the cherry blossoms at their peak are a beautiful sight. But if you go, beware: it is crowded. And I don’t mean everyone in the area is heading to the Tidal Basin; everyone in the area and everyone else from all over the world are heading there. We went on a weekday to find the metro stations packed. If you have a stroller, expect a long wait for the elevator or to carry your kids and their ride up the escalator. Concession lines are long at the at the Festival grounds, and with so many folks stopping for cherry blossom photo ops, the going is a bit slow around the Basin. That said, the view is spectacular, and there is nothing like a picnic with the family under a canopy of pink and white blooms.
Maryland is having its own celebration of the flower with the first-ever Silver Spring Big Cherry Block Party. The event kicks off on Saturday at 11am with a cherry tree planting, inauguration, and opening ceremony. After that, Downtown Silver Spring will be buzzing with activity, including Japanese arts and games, live performances, calligraphy and martial arts demos, and much more. The event is free and located at the Silver Plaza right downtown.
For fun indoors, the National Postal Museum is celebrating 150 years of the Pony Express with a day full of entertaining activities. At the Pony Express Family Festival, kids can create puppets and star in their own puppet show, “sort and deliver” mail from the 1860’s, join a scavenger hunt in the museum, tour the new Pony Express exhibit, and enjoy snacks of freshly-popped popcorn and pony-shaped cookies. The event is free and located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE.