{Giveaway} Fly Away to Neverland as The Washington Ballet Presents “Peter Pan” at the Kennedy Center

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From April 16 – 27, The Washington Ballet is bringing the magic of Peter Pan to the Kennedy Center stage, and you can win a pair of tickets to see it!

Here’s the official description of the show:

Take a high-flying adventure to Neverland with the The Washington Ballet’s NEW Production of Septime Webre’s dazzling Peter Pan. A swashbuckling coming of age tale that pits Peter and the Lost Boys against Captain Hook and his outrageous band of pirates, this whimsical adventure is told through vibrant dance. Peter Pan is a story about growing up that never seems to grow old.

There will be both matinee and evening performances, and tickets prices range from $25 – $125.

Giveaway: For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Peter Pan, simply leave a comment below. To be eligible, you must “like” KidFriendly DC on Facebook. This giveaway will run through noon tomorrow, and a winner will be picked from a random drawing. Good luck!

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: April 7-11

See the dinos at Natural History while you can!  It's closing for a 5-year renovation on April 28.

See the dinos at Natural History while you can! It’s closing for a 5-year renovation on April 28.



Monday - With rain in the forecast, head to an old standby, the National Museum of Natural History. Visit the Dinosaur exhibit while you can — on April 28, it’s closing for five years as it undergoes renovations. Of course, the rest of the museum is fantastic to explore, too. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm, and admission is free. With any luck, the weather will clear up by the afternoon, just in time for DC United’s Open Practice at Cardozo High School. That’s right, the public is invited to watch the team train from 3:30-5:30pm, free of charge! Cardozo is located at 1200 Clifton Street NW. UPDATE: The Open Practice has been postponed due to the inclement weather. The new date will be announced at a later time.

Tuesday - Glimpse the past on the Potomac at Fort Washington Park. Kids will love seeing the cannons and other historic sights within the grounds. Grounds are open are 8am – sunset, buildings 9am – 4pm. Admission is $5/vehicle.

Wednesday - Catch a performance of Adventure Theatre’s latest production, The Jungle Book. Showtime is 10:30am. Tickets are $19.

Thursday - Get a dose of nature in an unexpected place at Winkler Botanical Preserve. Located just off 395 and Seminary Road in Alexandria, the park is a nice outdoor surprise in an area full of office complexes and strip malls. Hours are 8:30am – 4pm, and admission is free.

Friday - Celebrate the season at Ticonderoga Farms! Their Spring Easter Festival is currently running, and while the egg hunts and bunny visits only happen on weekends, there is still tons of fun to be had — big slides, playgrounds, a bamboo maze, animals to pet and feed, and the oh-so-awesome jumping pillow. You can get a peek at it all in this post about their Winter Festival. Hours are 10am – 5pm. Admission is $9.95 during the week.


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The Weekend Round-Up: April 4-6

The Nats are back!

The Nats are back!



There’s a LOT going on this weekend, from the Nats first home games of the season to a birthday party for Shakespeare to early Easter celebrations to fireworks to museum programs to live entertainment to seasonal markets and even more! If that’s not enough, you can find plenty of other ideas for activities with the kids, including the best of the outdoors around DC, on the Everyday Play page. Happy Weekend!

Ignite Your Natitude
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s the season home opener for the Nats today, and there’s going to be baseball all weekend long – today at 1:05pm, Saturday at 7:05pm, and Sunday at 1:35pm. First opponent up is Braves, and you still might be able to score tickets for all three games. Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack and enjoy other special promos on Sunday – it’s Kids Opening Day and Screech’s Birthday. And don’t forget you can stay after for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the in field after the final out.

Spring Easter Festival
Where: Ticonderoga Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm weekends
Admission: $11.95, 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 an idea of 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.

Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10/child $12/adult at the gate

After a long cold winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm. 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’more kit to melt away that chocolate craving. The Easter Bunny also hid some eggs, so guests can help find them during multiple egg hunts (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. Don’t forget to bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Buy advance tickets online for only $10/adult — visit the website to purchase, and look for the schedule of events there, too.

Happy Birthday to the Bard!
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Shakespeare is turning 450, and the Folger Shakespeare Library is celebrating with an Open House on Sunday afternoon. In true Renaissance fashion, there will be song and dance, jesters and jugglers, and opportunities to recite your favorite Shakespeare lines on stage. Especially for children will be fortune telling, shield making, quill writing, arts & crafts, Shakespeare portrait drawing, and a giant birthday cake with the cutting lead by Queen Elizabeth I. The event is free and will take place rain or shine. Some concessions will be available for purchase. The Library is located at 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
Where: 600-900 Water Street, SW
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
Admission: Free

The big Cherry Blossom Festival event this weekend is the annual fireworks show at the Southwest Waterfront. It’s an all-day and part-evening affair with free live music and family-friendly festivities, including some especially for kids – think face painting, arts & crafts, and balloon art – cultural experiences, and all kinds of food. The grand finale will begin at 8:30pm when the National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show lights up the night sky.

Go Colonial
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday, 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 2014 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).

American Cool Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Are you “American Cool”? Head to the Portrait Gallery for this special Family Day program and check out some “cool” music, art projects, and docent-led tours of the American Cool exhibition.

Robotics Expo
Where: National Air & Space Musem
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate National Robotics Week at the Air & Space Museum where several schools and organizations will demonstrate the innovative projects they have created. There will also be two sessions in Moving Beyond Earth (Gallery 113) in which each team will formally present their robotic project and will be interviewed by a Museum staff member. These sessions will take place at 11am and 1pm.

Gateway to Health
Where: St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Where there was an ice slide less than two months ago, will be a spring festival focused on health. Discover new foods, tastes, and ideas for healthy eating at the Whole Foods Market @ Gateway DC, shop DC’s finest food & retail vendors, see cooking demonstrations, and enjoy and fun activities for kids of all ages. And this is just the kick-off of a monthly market running the first Saturday of each month through spring and summer.

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

* Catch an opening weekend performance of The Jungle Book at Advneture Theatre
* Inside Out, theatre aimed at the toddler and preschool crowd is on the Imagination Stage.
* Enjoy theatre on strings at The Puppet Co., where Hansel & Gretel is on the main stage and Snow Show is the featured Tiny Tots show.
* Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars are playing at Ebenezers Coffeehouse on Capitol hill at 10:30am on Saturday.
* The Adventures of Robin Hood is in its second and final weekend at the Kennedy Center.
* Mr. Knick Knack will entertain the kiddie crowd at the Old Town Theatre on Saturday at 11am.
* Curtis Blues: Delta Blues is this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance.
* The Diggity Dudes are playing the Saturday morning show at Jammin’ Java.
* The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is at Ford’s Theatre through May 17.

Cherry Blossom Yoga
Where: Washington Monument grounds
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: Free

Join lululemon athletica on Saturday for the 5th Annual Cherry Blossom Yoga – a complimentary yoga class for all to enjoy in DC! Bring your mat, family, and friends to the Washington Monument to share an hour-long vinyasa yoga practice led by Mimi Rieger, lululemon athletica Ambassador, with assistance from some of DC’s finest yoga instructors. All ages and levels are welcome and the event is complimentary. Day-of registration begins at 9am and the yoga class begins at 10am, rain or shine. Avoid long lines on Saturday morning and register online here.

Au Pair in America Cultural Fair
Where: Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park
When: Saturday, 1-3pm
Admission: Free

Are you curious about au pairs as a childcare option? On Saturday, Au Pair in America invites families to their Cultural Fair at Glen Echo Park to learn more about their programs.  It’s a family affair with an afternoon of fun activities for all ages, including children’s activities, performances, visual displays, and a cultural parade.

DC MEETMarket
Where: Logan Circle, 15th & P St NW
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

It’s Opening Day at the market in the heart of Logan Circle on Saturday. DC MEETMarket is a monthly outdoor community market held on the first Saturday of every month April through November. It’s a community event with local music, educational crafts and activities where individuals of all ages can enjoy themselves. To celebrate their first day of the new season, there will be a live painting & free raffle by No Kings Collective and Kelly Towles; live musical performances by America Hearts, Light Arms, and DJ vANNIEty Kills, hosted by Rock-n-Romp!; an interactive photo booth for all ages; and over 40 local vendors selling their goods. And as always, the market is free, open to the public, and always family and pet-friendly.

Kids’ Open House
Where: Alliance Française
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Bienvenue! The Alliance Française invites families to discover their programs for children 1 to 18 years old. Along with the opportunity to visit the classrooms and meet the teachers, guests can listen to stories in the library , watch a special performance created and presented by children in a Shadow Puppetry Workshop, and hear poems read by FREF students. Children can also attend a mini-class to get a taste for French language at the Alliance. And for those who are interested in registering, placement tests will be available for classes beginning in April.

Thread
Where: Union Market
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

Head to Union Market for Thread, a carefully curated collection of both nationally recognized brands and emerging, independent designers from around the country who embody an inventive and original spirit. This might be more exciting for adults most of the weekend, but you can do a little shopping, then grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries. And if you go on Friday, you can enjoy a special FREE Boogies Babes happy hour show – at 4:30pm, Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres will entertain the kiddie crowd outside in the rear of the building, and word has it the scene will be super hip with lounge furniture, turf, and fun games for kids to enjoy.

Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting
Where: Tidal Basin NW Corner (17th & Independence Ave)
When: Sunday, 2:30-4pm
Admission: Free

The traditional Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony, one of the highlights of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, will be held on Sunday at the newly restored plaza surrounding the historic lantern. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 360-year-old Japanese Stone Lantern, along with its grove of original cherry trees gifted from Japan 101 years ago, is a cherished symbol commemorating the friendship between the United States and Japan. Now the lantern, located at the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin, features a granite plaza with natural stone boulders and a memorial plaque commemorating the 1912 gift of cherry trees.

Art Jamz
Where: Crystal City Shops
When: Sunday, 12-2pm
Admission: $10

ArtJamz, America’s original public art studio and lounge, is headed back to Crystal City Shops to kick off Spring with a blast of creativity. There will be family-friendly sessions on Sunday for ages 3 and up. Enjoy pizza, 2 hours of studio time, a medium 16×20 canvas, unlimited to access to supplies and guidance from art-trained creative enablers.

Easter Basket Crafting
Where: 529 Kids Consign – Hollin Hall
When: Sunday, 12-1pm & 2-3pm
Admission: $20/child

The high-end consignment shop 529 Kids Consign is hosting a special Easter basket crafting workshop with Little Pincushion Studio in partnership with Little Choux Kidgoods. During the event, boys and girls ages 4 and older will have the opportunity to design and decorate Easter baskets with author, Little Pincushion shop owner and crafting extraordinaire, Annabel Wrigley. Parents will also enjoy 25% off a fabulous selection of full-price Easter attire.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $8, 12 and under are free

Do some shopping for arts, crafts, and more while you enjoy a family day out. The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases works by more than 250 top artisans. Pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home and garden décor, furniture and home accessories, and photography will be on display — and for sale! Even more, children can dress up in costumes and watch live demonstrations of copper spinning, papermaking, pottery wheel-throwing, jewelry making, and other media by the master craftspeople themselves. 

Thank you, NPG, thank you very much
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Drop in at the National Portrait Gallery for Portrait Story Days and listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. This weekend, Elvis Presley is the king of the program.

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Eggcellent Spring & Easter Celebrations

On the hunt for eggs - and fun! - at Ticonderoga Farm

On the hunt for eggs – and fun! – at Ticonderoga Farm



Don’t put your eggs all in one basket when it comes to Easter celebrations. Numerous places around the area are hosting egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun. 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. Here’s where you can find them, listed in order of start date. (And if I’ve left out any good ones, feel free to let me know in the comments!)

Spring Easter Festival
Where: Ticonderoga Farm
When: April 5-20, 10am – 5pm weekends
Admission: $9.95/weekdays, $11.95/holidays & weekends

With giant slides, an awesome jumping pillow, playgrounds, animals, mazes, and more, the farm in Chantilly 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 an idea of 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.

Egg Hunt & Marshmallow Harvest
Where: Great Country Farms
When: April 5-6, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $10/child $12/adult at the gate

After a long cold winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm. 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’more kit to melt away that chocolate craving. The Easter Bunny also hid some eggs, so guests can help find them during multiple egg hunts (by age – se 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. Don’t forget to bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Buy advance tickets online for only $10/adult — visit the website to purchase, and look for the schedule of events there, too.

Easter Basket Crafting
Where: 529 Kids Consign – Hollin Hall
When: April 6, 12-1pm & 2-3pm
Admission: $20/child

The high-end consignment shop 529 Kids Consign is hosting a special Easter basket crafting workshop with Little Pincushion Studio in partnership with Little Choux Kidgoods. During the event, boys and girls ages 4 and older will have the opportunity to design and decorate Easter baskets with author, Little Pincushion shop owner and crafting extraordinaire, Annabel Wrigley. Parents will also enjoy 25% off a fabulous selection of full-price Easter attire.

Bunnyland
Where: Butler’s Orchard
When: April 12-13, 17-18, 19-21, & 26-27, 9am – 3pm
Admission: $8.50/child, $6.50/adult

One of the more popular spring festivals in the area, Butler’s has all the trappings for seasonal fun: bunnies, eggs, and other Easter-related treats to get young guests in the holiday spirit. Attractions include hayrides down the Bunny Trail, egg hunts, the Rubber Ducky Derby, giant slides, and a small petting zoo. Face painting and pony rides are also usually offered for an extra fee. Concessions are available, and there are also plenty of picnic tables if you prefer to pack a lunch.

Tea with the Easter Bunny
Where: Tudor Place
When: April 12, 10-11:30am & 1-2:30pm
Admission: $20/child, $25/adult member, $30/adult non-member

Take tea with the Easter Bunny!  Families can sample spring tea blends and other tasty beverages with sandwiches, petite desserts, and scones, while visiting with the celebrity of the season. After tea, join in a scavenger hunt through Tudor Place’s 5 1/2-acre garden to find the Easter Bunny’s favorite flowers and animal friends. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Fabergé Egg Family Festival
Where: Hillwood Estate and Gardens
When: April 12 10am – 5pm & April 13, 1-5pm
Admission: $15/adult, $5/child, $12/seniors, $10/members

With spring finally in full swing, Hillwood’s Fabergé Egg Family Festival celebrates its arrival in traditional Russian style, featuring programs, music, art, and activities for all ages. Adventure Theatre will apply their clever stagecraft to the Fabergé story with the new play, Fabergé’s Treasures: A Hunt for the Easter Treasures of a Tsar. A favorite for all ages is the fun of stepping into “Fabergé’s Workshop” and using ribbons, gems, and appliqués to create delicate works of art in the style of Fabergé. Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble takes visitors back to Old Russia as they perform on traditional instruments, and the Kalinka Dance Ensemble performs Russian folk dances. And centuries-old Russian springtime games like egg-rolling and egg and spoon racing will entertain children of all ages. All activities take place throughout the day.

Easter Eggstravaganzas
Where: Various locations around the DC-Metro
When: April 12 & 19
Admission: Free

These festivals held in several neighborhoods around the area will offer all kinds of Easter fun and more – egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, face painting, yummy treats, games, prizes, and more. They’ll take place on April 12 in Georgtown and on Capital Hill, and Gainesville, then April 19 in Alexandria. Visit the National Community Church website for more details, including specific locations.

Easter Egg Hunt & Exhibition
Where: Evermay Estate
When: April 13, 1pm & 4pm
Admission: $10, under age 2 are free

The S&R Foundation, a non-profit that with a mission to inspire innovation and excellence in arts and sciences, invites the public to join their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Exhibition. The gardens at the historic Evermay Estate will be open for an afternoon of festive fun, including crafts, an egg hunt, and a visit from some Easter friends. Also included is a special theatrical and musical concert of Peter and the Wolf, in partnership with Imagination Stage. The gardens at Evermay, located at 1623 28th Street NW, are a perfect place for your family to welcome spring.

3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Madame Tussauds
When: April 19, 7:30am, 8:00am, 8:30am, and 9am
Admission: $25/adult, $12/ages 13 and up, free for 12 and under

If your kids are early risers, then keep this event in mind: A fun and educational “eggs-ploration” through American History at the wax museum! Tons of eggs will be hidden throughout our Presidents Gallery, and once children have collected the empty eggs, they can then trade them in at the end of the hunt for an Easter gift bag full of fun goodies (1 per child). Guests can also enjoy a meet & greet with the Easter Bunny, an on site petting zoo, and Easter storytelling and crafts! All children must be accompanied by an adult and there is a maximum limit of 4 children for every 1 adult. Tickets can be purchased online here.

7th Annual Eggstravaganza
Where: Tudor Place
When: April 18 & 19, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Members: $7/child | Non-Member : $10/child | $5/adult

Rolling green lawns, bobbing spring blooms, and the elegant mansion on a hill serve as backdrop for this festive annual attraction. Join the Easter Bunny and children of all ages for an Egg Hunt at 10:30am and thrilling Egg Roll Contest down the grand South Lawn at 10:45am. Decorate eggs, play games from the past, take photos with the Easter Bunny, and make the 5½-acre gardens your play space for the morning. Bring your own basket and spoon, and one hard-boiled egg per child. Festive or casual attire is appropriate.

Falls Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Cherry Hill Park
When: April 19
Admission: Free

Easter is on its way to the City of Falls Church, just in time for the annual Easter Egg Hunt! Hosted by the City’s Recreation and Parks Department, there will be opportunities for kids ages 0-11 to meet the Easter Bunny along with hunting for some festive eggs – BYOB (bring your own basket) to collect them! This event is free to the public, but donations are encouraged. In the event of rain, the Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Monday, April 21 at 4pm. Cherry Hill Park is located at 312 Park Ave.

Spring Fest
Where: McLean Community Center
When: April 19, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $5, free for 2 and under

Spring Fest is a special event that includes self-guided arts and crafts projects, entertainment and the opportunity for your children to get a professional photo with Bunny. Remember to bring your Easter basket for our parent/child Easter egg hunt. Registration is required for all participants; walk-ins will not be accepted. Register early! Space is limited. For ages 3-8.

9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Stead PArk
When: April 19, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Bring your Easter baskets and join in on the fun for children of all ages! There will be face painting, balloons, toys and candy (in the eggs), and our special guest… The Easter Bunny! Be ready to start the hunt at 11am, so arrive early. Children must be chaperoned by a parent or guardian. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Stead Park is located at the 1600 block of P Street NW.

Epic Easter Egg Hunt & Homemade Peep Brunch
Where: Pinstripes Georgetown
When: April 20, 10:30am
Admission: $4 for baskets (brunch is separate)

Over 1,500 of colorful eggs full of everything from candy to complimentary brunch, bowling and bocce coupons will line the C&O canal and patio areas around Pinstripes Georgetown, as the bowling, bocce and bistro venue launches its first annual Epic Easter Egg Hunt for kids. To participate in the Pinstripes Epic Egg Hunt, guests must purchase an Easter basket from Pinstripes for $4.00. All proceeds from basket sales will benefit the Children’s National Medical Center, and all baskets come with a chocolate Easter bunny. Easter basket purchases start at 10:30am and the Epic Egg Hunt begins at 11am.  Before or after the hunt, celebrate the holiday with Pinstripes’ Easter Brunch. In addition to an impressive menu of handmade Nutella crème and bananas foster waffles, made-to-order omelets, carved prime rib, fresh seafood, a beautiful salad bar and a towering chocolate fountain, Chef Laurence Cohen will be creating a line of homemade marshmallow Peeps, the favorite Easter candy featuring fluffy, gooey fresh marshmallows rolled in sweet, colorful sugar and shaped into animal shapes. Easter Brunch runs from 9:30am – 3pm  and is $30 per adult, $15 per child 6-12 and free for children under 5.

Easter Monday: A Washington Family Tradition
Where: National Zoo
When: April 21, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Easter on Monday at the Zoo! Join them for special family-focused activities and live entertainment. A traditional Easter Egg Hunt and animal demonstrations as well as visits from the Easter Panda will be part of the festivities! And bring in your old cell phones to recycle at the MetroPCS booth. This event will be held rain or shine.

White House Easter Egg Roll
Where: White House Lawn
When: April 21, 8am – 5pm
Admission: Free, tickets required

The mack daddy of Easter events in DC, the annual White House Easter Egg Roll requires tickets won through lottery for admission. You should know by now if you were “successful” or not; but if you don’t, you can check your status on recreation.gov. Unofficial tip: I heard from a friend who was lucky enough to go one year that people were giving away extra tickets at the entrance. While I can’t confirm that’s always the case, if you’re going to be in the area and really want to go, it wouldn’t hurt to stop by and see if folks are being so generous. Note that entries are timed, so while it goes all day, guests only stay for their designated amount of time.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 31 – April 4

Not quite tall enough to high-five Teddy

Not quite tall enough to high-five Teddy



Monday - Get a dose of nature and history in one fell swoop AND enjoy a nice spring day (we hope!) at Roosevelt Island. Hike the easy trails, look out for wildlife, and explore the Memorial Plaza to learn about the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. The entrance to the park is located right off the GW Parkway, just past the Roosevelt Bridge. It’s accessible only from the northbound lanes. Hours are 6am – 10pm. Admission is free. I recommended wearing shoes you don’t mind getting dirty — the trails are likely to be muddy after the weekend rain and snow.

Tuesday - Enjoy storytime at the National Building Museum’s Book of the Month program. Readings of Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino will begin at 10:30am & 11:30am. Get there early for play time in the Building Zone, as entry is on the hour ($3/person). After, stay to romp in the Great Hall or check out the PLAY WORK BUILD exhibit upstairs ($8/adult, $5/child).

Wednesday - Take a little day trip back to the 18th century at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The living history locale is opening for the 2014 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). Hours are 10am – 4:30pm Wednesday thru Saturday. Admission is $3/adults, $2/children ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under.

Thursday - Have a wild time at the National Zoo, as there’s barely a crowd on weekdays. Check the Daily Programs schedule before you go to help plan your outing or pick your animal visits as you go. Grounds are open 6am – 8pm, exhibit building hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is free, though parking in the Zoo lot for non-members is $16 for three hours, $22 beyond three (free for members). You can also try parking on Connecticut Avenue or a side street, or take Metro to Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stations.

Friday - See a fairytale classic on strings at The Puppet Co. The theatre is currently presenting a “kinder and gentler” version of Hansel & Gretel. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am. Tickets are $10. For some afternoon fun, head to Union Market, where the Boogie Babes will be hosting another Happy Hour show this week as part of Thread, a curated retail event taking place through the weekend. At 4:30pm, Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres will entertain the kiddie crowd outside in the rear of the building, and word has it the scene will be super hip with lounge furniture, turf, and fun games for kids to enjoy.

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