Weather may factor in to your picks for activities with the kids this weekend, but there’s fun to be had no matter what the conditions outside. Happy Weekend!
Go Fly a Kite!
Where: Washington Monument Grounds
When: Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm (Rain date: Sunday, 12pm)
The Blossom Kite Festival is, in my opinion, the best event during cherry blossom season. The sight of thousands of kites in all colors, shapes, and sizes soaring around the Washington Monument is truly a sight to behold. The sails you see flying at the Festival each spring range from simple to pretty darn creative. Dragons, sharks, butterflies, giant soccer balls, even some that look like intricate works of art actually outnumber your basic diamond. And anyone can go fly their kites, so be sure to bring one. There’s a competition aspect to the event, too; expert kite enthusiasts will wow crowds with cool stunts, and prizes will be awarded to winners of various categories such as most beautiful, funniest, and aerodynamics.
Marshmallow Harvest & Egg Hunt
Where: Great Country Farms
When: April 2-3, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10/child $12/adult at the gate
Head to Great Country for the first “crop” of the spring — Marshmallow Picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’mores kit to melt away that chocolate craving. Guests can also join a post-Easter egg hunt (by age – see the schedule) with over 18,000 treat-filled eggs. Plan to visit spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride and rejoice in the new season.
Kite Fun Day
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12pm or 1-2:30pm
Admission: $10/child (reservations required)
Make a kite and watch it soar at Frying Pan’s special event on Saturday. All materials will be provided, and advanced registration is required. Plan to hang out and enjoy the may other attractions at the park after (or before) your session. Animal visits, wagon rides, and playgrounds are just a few of them!
More Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Several Fairfax parks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity
The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages to enjoy. Take a wagon ride at Riverbend, celebrate cherry blossom season at Green Spring Gardens, volunteer for the Watershed Cleanup Day, build a bat house, join a nature play group, and more! Go here to see all of your options and register for activities.
Saturday Family Jazz Session
When: Saturday, 11am
Jumpstart a love for jazz with classes that nurture talent and spark musicality! Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of jazz appreciation at this fun, creative, kid-friendly series featuring classes with multi-instrumentalist and local jazz legend Seth Kibel and renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
The Outwin 2016 Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Families are invited to celebrate a day of storytelling while learning about contemporary portraiture. Enjoy portrait workshops led by artists featured in the newly opened exhibition The Outwin 2016. Additionally, Grammy-nominated artist Christylez Bacon will demonstrate how musicians use song as a narrative, and the Bowen McCauley Dance company tells their stories through dance.
Forklift Garden Party
Where: Community Forklift
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Throughout the winter, Community Forklift collects gently-used and surplus lawn & garden supplies as well as outdoor décor and furniture. Come spring, they put it all out for your shopping pleasureatt heir Annual Garden Party. Even more, along with the sale, the event will feature gardening demonstrations, experts, and vendors; activities for kids; local bands; and a farm-to-fork food truck.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* See Adventure Theatre’s delightful production of James and the Giant Peach
* Reserve free tickets to see the Ballet Theatre of Maryland on Saturday Morning at the National Theatre
* Superman 2050 is on the Family Theater stage at the Kennedy Center Friday through Sunday
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Bedtime Bunnies is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* Little ones will ove Boxes, Boxes, Boxes at Imagination Stage
* The American Youth Chorus will perform their newest concert Songs of the Earth, Sea, & Sky on Saturday evening
* The U.S. Navy Commodores are kicking off National Jazz Month at Alden Theater on Saturday
* The Washington Ballet presents Hamlet at the Kennedy Center
Light City Baltimore
Where: Baltimore Inner Harbor
When: Through Sunday, 7pm – 12am
See Baltimore’s Inner Harbor lit up with a temporary light art exhibition, a 1.5-mile light art walk with 28 illuminated artworks. The installations range from 15-foot sculptures to projections on the sides of buildings (and even on roofs!) and explore questions of social justice, sustainability and climate change, and history. This will be accompanied by 100 musical and street theater performances and 50 concerts, all free and open to the public.
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm
Admission: $3/adults, $2/ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under
The Claude Moore Colonial Farm opens for the first weekend of its 2016 season, welcoming visitors to explore family life on a pre-Revolutionary War working farm. There is a tobacco barn, farm house, garden, orchard, and animals. Guests can also interact with a family portraying life as it was back then. Read more about it in this post (ignore the “autumn” part; it’s a great outing in the spring, too).
April Maker’s Market
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Saturday, 9am – 1pm
The Annmarie Maker’s Market is THE place to find all things handmade, homemade, or homegrown, including crafts, hanging baskets, organic skincare products, farm fresh produce, cut flowers, baked goods, batik and fleece clothing, handmade soaps and candles, herbal teas, ornaments, folkart, handmade gifts, and more! Delight in the local treasures to be found here! While you’re there, explore the amazing grounds, arts center, and Fairy Lolly, too ($5/adult, $3/child). More about it here.
Symphony for Babes
Where: Downtown Silver Spring Civic Center
When: Saturday, 10am & 11:30am
Take wee ones to the symphony! The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents this Music Box Interactive Concert especially for babies and toddlers ages six months to three years with the theme Birtdie Melodies. Go early — 30 minutes prior the concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for little ones and families.
Family Game Day & Boutique Pop Up
Where: The Escape Lounge
When: Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free (Escapes at regular prices)
You have your choice of adventures at The Escape Lounge this Sunday! Shop a special Yummi Yummi Goodness Boutique Pop Up offering up to 40% off children’s couture. There will also be board game competitions and puzzles, raffle drawings for amazing prizes, and beverages and light snacks. Of course, you can also opt for an Escape the Classroom or Escape the Oval Office experience, which I highly recommend (read more about it here)! 10% of proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Children’s Alliance in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Where: North End Shaw
When: Sunday, 11am – 2pm
The Shay and Atlantic Plumbing, mixed-use retail and residential projects in North End Shaw, are celebrating cherry blossom season by welcoming three world sumo wrestling champions — Yama, Byamba, and Takeshi — for Sumo-Sized Sunday. Attendees will have the chance to not only watch these world-renowned wrestlers engage in some friendly competition, but also try their hand at taking down one of the classically trained fighters. This will all take place in the lot adjacent to 945 Florida Avenue NW.