The Weekend Round-Up: March 30 – April 1

The view above at a Kite Festival past.

 

You have an extra day to plan for the weekend!  I’m posting this round-up of activities a bit early, as we’re heading out of town for Spring Break. This also means that KFDC will likely slow down over the coming week, but I’ve got at least one post planned, as long as the Internets cooperates. You can always dig through the blog for ideas, and the “Go-To Posts” on the sidebar are loaded with recommendations for outings, too.

As for family fun over the next few days, Cherry Blossom Festival activities, early Easter celebrations, live entertainment, and museum programs are among your options.  Plus, there are plenty of mainstay adventures, both outside and indoors, to pursue.

And while I’m slightly bummed to miss out on the kite flying, I’m looking forward to doing some flying of my own (via zipline!) at our destination.  Happy Weekend!

Blossom Kite Festival
Where: Washington Monument Grounds
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Cross fingers for a nice, breezy day for optimal kite flying conditions. This is one of the best events of the Cherry Blossom Festival, in my opinion. The sight of hundreds, maybe thousands, of kites of all colors, shapes, and sizes dancing in the air around the Washington Monument is spectacular. There’s a competition element to the Festival, but you can fly one right along with the best of ’em – everyone is invited to unravel a spool of string and let a sail soar!

Cherry Blossom Festivities
Where: Various venues
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Enjoy some blossom-related fun at several National Cherry Blossom Festival events taking place at a few locales. This post highlights the best ones for families, and you can find more on the official NCBF website.

Easter Events
Where: Various locations
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
Many places around the area are hosting egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun early. At least one big festival has already begun and even more will kick off festivities this weekend. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs that will have the whole family hopping with joy. This post lists a bunch of them.

The Entertainers
Where: Various local theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
The Puppet Co’s version of Rapunzel is delighting young audiences — and older ones, for that matter. Our family saw it a couple of weeks ago, and we all enjoyed the marionette interpretation of the Grimm classic (Read Wired Momma’s longer review). Really little ones will enjoy the Tiny Tots production of The Mother Goose Caboose on Saturday. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is still on stage at Adventure Theatre. Owen’s Kindergarten class just took a field trip to see it, and the kids all gave it rave reviews. And Nana Malaya: A Song, A Story, A Dance will showcase African culture at this week’s Saturday Morning at the National series.

Kids’ Farm Month
Where: National Zoo
When: April 1 – 30
Admission: Free
Celebrate the Zoo’s Kids’ Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, throughout the month of April with a variety of activities and events. Every day, the Zoo will have special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. There will also be an exclusive Kids’ Farm giveaway from State Farm® for children every weekend in April. And it all kicks off this Sunday!

Mysteries of Mail Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free
Take a time-traveling journey through postal history. Discover the inner workings of the system that made it possible to send a newspaper in the 1800’s, mail a postcard home from the battlefield during World War I, and ship a crate of eggs to Alaska. Discover how machines read your handwriting and how engineers solve complex sorting problems. And, most of all, enjoy a variety of fun activities.

Find Your Way at the Launch Zone
Where: National Children’s Museum Launch Zone
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free
Navigate your way to the Launch Zone to celebrate the anniversary of the publishing of the first U.S. map. Once you’ve learned how to read them, make your very own map of your town and compass to help you get around. Learn to make your own travel frame using recycled maps in a special workshop presented from 12-1pm, while supplies last. Once this day is over, there will be no need to ask “Are We There Yet?”

Portrait Story Days: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1–4pm; Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, learn about American social activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

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