Is anyone else glad that it is the weekend?  Phew, what a week.  Check out these ideas to get out of the house this weekend.


Saturday, April 2nd


The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Yards Park Family Day

11am – 4pm @ Yards Park, Washington, DC

Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival, the start of baseball season, and the beginning of spring.  The Family Fun Day will include, lantern making for kids, boat making kits, a moonbounce, a Japanese beer garden by Mie N Yu, trapeze school demonstrations and performances, and Japanese performers and music.  This event is free and open to the public.


Nature’s April Foolers Campfire

7pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Join a naturalist in learning how animals use trickery to get a meal or to keep from being a meal.  There will be live animals, stories, and marshmallows for toasting.  For ages 4 and older.

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The Musical Adventure “Hansel & Gretel”

7pm @ Hayfield Secondary School, Alexandria

The Rose Hill Players will perform the musical adventure, “Hansel and Gretel.” When Hansel and Gretel are sent into the woods, they encounter some interesting people— two arrogant trolls who guard their wooden bridge, a talking owl, a forest sprite, and two hobgoblins in the service of the evil (but extremely funny) witch.  Tickets available at the door, and the cost is $3  for children and $5 for adults.


Family Storytime and Craft-Shirlington

10:30am @ Shirlington Branch Library, Arlington

Fun for children of all ages. Call 703-228-6545 for more information.


Big Screen Cartoon Brunch

11am @ EatBar, Arlington

Every Saturday EatBar shows classic old cartoons, like Tom & Jerry, Popeye, Woody Woodpecker, Bugs, Bunny, Mickey Mouse, and much more!  Cartoons begin at 11am.


Family Fun: One Potato, Two Potato

2pm @ Green Spring Gardens Park, Alexandria

A workshop to learn all about potatoes.  Kids can make colorful potato prints and try some tasty taters.  They will get the chance to help plant potatoes in the garden and take potatoes home to plant in their garden.  For children 5 and older.

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Spring Excitement

10am – 11am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

It is finally Spring, and now is the chance to learn about all the exciting things happening at Gulf Branch.  For ages 3 – 5.  Registration required, and cost is $5.


Good Shepherd Church Mothers’ Group Rummage Sale

10am – 1pm @ Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Alexandria

A bi-annual kids rummage sale.  Email for more info.


Sunday, April 3rd


Pooh Bear’s Friends Tea Party

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Come enjoy honey, team and cookies in a Pooh-style tea  Kids will also learn about Virginia’s brown bears and if heffalumps and wuzzles are native to Fairfax County.  Kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal!  For ages 4 and older.

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“Meet Me on a Sunday”- celebrate the opening of the Kids Cave

1:30pm – 3:30pm @ Potomac Overlook, Arlington

“Meet me on a Sunday” activities will include games, show and tell items, and refreshments.  This week’s events will include exhibits on bats and caving.  Kids can meet Bat World’s, Leslie Sturges, a fantastic juggler, as well as take mini tours of their new “Kids Cave”, which is a family discovery “nook” in the nature center.  Call 703-528-5406 for more info.