Ignite your Natitude
It’s a holiday weekend, but there’s plenty to do beyond egg hunts and bunny hopping. Root for the home team, celebrate cherry blossom season, enjoy some live entertainment, check out a museum exhibit, or find some great local places to hang outdoors
or have fun inside
. Happy Weekend!
Welcome Back, Nats!
Where: Nationals Park
When: Saturday, 1:05pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary
Warm up for Monday’s season home opener at an exhibition game this weekend. The Nats host the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, and you still can score tickets to go. And don’t forget to sign up for the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, which offers all kinds of awesome goodies for children – read more about it here.
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event
Egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season are happening all around the area. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for the whole fam. Enjoy loads of fun at Ticonderoga Farm’s Spring Easter Festival, go on an egg-sploration at Madam Tussauds, fill a basket at an Eggstravagnza, feast at Pinstripes, or find another event where you can celebrate here.
Lantern Making Family Day
Where: Canal Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Bring the whole family to construct Japanese lanterns at the Capitol Riverfront area park. There will be two sessions of the activity, at 10am and 12pm. Moonbouncing and Japanese cultural activities will also be happening throughout the event for kids to enjoy.
Cherry Blossom Family Celebration
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 4:30pm
Celebrate cherry blossom season with the Smithsonian American Art Museum! Enjoy traditional Japanese music and dance performances while you make tatebanko (Japanese paper dioramas) with guests from the Freer | Sackler. Fold origami birds and learn about preparing your garden for the spring from Smithsonian Gardens.
Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
Where: Southwest Waterfront, 600 Water Street SW
When: Saturday, 1-9pm
This annual Cherry Blossom Festival event takes place along the river. It’s an all-day and part-evening affair with free live music and family-friendly festivities, including water-related activities, cultural experiences, and delicious foods. The grand finale will begin at 8:30pm when the Fireworks Show lights up the night sky.
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue
* It’s opening weekend for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Adventure Theatre!
* Arts on the Horizon presents Blossom’s Rainbow at The Atlas on Saturday
* Jack and the Beanstalk is at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park
* And Bunny Business is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* See Blue on the Imagination Stage
Baby Loves Disco
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Saturday, 11am (doors open 10:30am)
11am is the new 11pm at this disco! Join the family dance party at the live music venue in Vienna, Va. The fun will feature BLD’s signature DJ and MC, along with all kinds of kids activities. The MC will pump up the crowd, and the DJ will spin G-rated dance tunes, while kids and parents get groovin’.
Baysox Fun Fest
Where: Prince George’s Stadium
The Nats aren’t the only baseball team to celebrate this weekend. The Bowie Baysox, one of our local minor league teams, is hosting their annual Free Family FunFest this weekend. Rides and games in Louie’s Kids Park, music on the concourse, a scavenger hunt, art activities, appearances by the Orioles Bird, and more all-ages fun will get everyone excited for the new baseball season.
Fish Sock Workshop
When: Saturday, 10am -1pm
Help with preparations for the Anacostia River Festival (April 180 at a Fish Windsock Workshop, where you can create fish flags that will be attached to poles on the back of bikes for a Fish Bike Parade at the festival that is expected to be a beautiful and memorable sight. ArtReach and Illumination Coaltion are hosting workshops, including this one at THEARC on Saturday, to create the flags inspired by the Japanese tradition of creating carp-shaped windsocks known as “Koinobori.” The workshops are FREE, open to all ages, and for everyone regardless of creative experience.
Family Nature Walk
Where: Woodend Nature Sanctuary
When: Saturday, 9am
Take a hike – and advantage of the Audubon Naturalist Society’s free monthly family program. On the first Saturday of each month from 9-10am, join Master Naturalists for a nature hike around Woodend Sanctuary. Each outing will have a unique and exciting natural history theme that’s appropriate for family members of all ages. Be prepared to hike in sneakers and don’t forget your water bottle. Meet at the amphitheater by the main house.
Go Monster Fish
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $11/adults, $7/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under
Discover some of the behemoth creatures that lurk in the world’s rivers at the National Geographic Museum’s brand new exhibit. Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants just opened and is both visually compelling and full of cool interactives. Life-size sculptures of monster fish and games that are fun and educational will appeal to guests of all ages. While you’re at the museum, check out the Spinosaurus — your admission fee gets you access to all exhibits.
Portrait Story Days & Discoveries
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Drop in at the Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about poet Walt Whitman during National Poetry Month and complete a hands-on activity. When you’re done there, pick up a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. For more about the program, see this post about one of our experiences there.