Although there are no fireworks blasting off from Arlington, there are many great spots where you can view the National Mall fireworks.

Air Force Memorial is located on Columbia Pike by the Navy Annex.  There is a free Air Force Band concert beginning at 8pm.  The closest metro stations are Pentagon and Pentagon City.  It’s not too bad of a walk.  You can also park at Navy Annex parking lots or park at Pentagon Mall and walk over.

Gateway Park is a 3-acre park in Rosslyn just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown.  Bonus of restrooms at the park!

Gravelly Point is a great spot because it is directly across the river from the National Mall show, and reflection of the fireworks in the Potomac is amazing.  It is a fairly spacious grassy area along the Mount Vernon Trail.  No glass bottles or alcohol are allowed anywhere along the Parkway.  If you decide to drive, reaching the parking lot can be difficult. Head south on GW Parkway until you reach Reagan National Airport.  At the airport, circle back to head north onto the Parkway towards the 14th Street Bridge.  About a quarter of mile before the bridge, turn right into the parking area.  Parking in the lot is difficult as there are minimal spots, and bicycling and metro are great alternative options.  Crystal City metro is around a 20 minute walk along the Mt. Vernon Trail.  You can also take the Reagan National airport metro station, but you do have to walk through the airport and parking lots.

The Iwo Jima Memorial is also near the Rosslyn Metro station.  Iwo Jima is only around 5 blocks from the station.  As with all of these spots, you have to get there early to get a good spot!   Some people get there as early as 4pm.  Bring a blanket and picnic to pass the time.

Key BridgeAlthough there is no seating on the bridge, you can stand on the sidewalks.  There are pedestrian walkways on either side of the bridge to watch the show.

Lady Bird Johnson Park is a little tougher to get to than some of the other spots, but it is less crowded and has really great views.   Take the Arlington Cemetery metro station, and walk the bike path down toward the Columbia Island Marina.  Restrooms are open.  If you want to drive, head south on GW Parkway and turn right into Marina after signs for Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove and Columbia Island Marina (before the Humpback Bridge).

Mount Vernon Trail  Yes, Gravely Point is a great spot, but there are many other places along the Mount Vernon Trail to watch the fireworks.  Simply walk along the trail and stake out a spot free of trees.

Another option is the Falls Church fireworks!  The show is at George Mason High School, with live music starting at 7pm, and fireworks will follow at 9:20pm.



Many neighborhoods in Arlington hold community parades on Independence Day.

  • Albemarle Street @ 9am- starts at 32nd and Albemarle Streets.
  • Barcroft Neighborhood @ 10am- starts at the Barcroft Community Center at 8th Street S. and S. Buchanan Street.
  • Bellevue Forest @ 9am- starts at Roberts Lane and Oxford Street.
  • Douglas Park @ 10:30am- starts at S. Monroe Street and 14th Street S.
  • Dover Crystal and Riverwood @ 10am- starts at 25th and Pollard Streets.
  • Fairlington Village @ 10am- S. 31st Street and S. Abingdon Streets.
  • Lyon Village @ 11am- starts at Key Boulevard and Highland Street.

The National Independence Day Parade in DC starts at 11:45 and runs down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th Street.  The Parade consists of bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian & drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants. During the afternoon, live entertainment will be on the Mall, and at the

The Capitol Hill Parade will begin at 8th and I streets S.E.  There will be classic cars, Boy & Girl Scouts, marching bands, the Fairy Princess Patrol, and dancers! Following the parade is a community fair at Eastern Market Metro Plaza with food, entertainment, and kid’s games.  The route: 8th and I SE north to D St SE, left on D, right on 7th St SE, the Metro plaza is on the right.  Parade starts at 10am and lasts for about an hour, ending at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

Other 4th of July Activities

National Archives Building annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10am.  On the Constitution Avenue steps, between 7th and 9th Streets, veteran news broadcaster John Palmer will be emcee, with a keynote address by the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The main attraction is the annual dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.  From 11am – 2pm there will be family activities inside the National Archives Building.  You can also meet historical figures in the rotunda, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Adams, and members of the American Historical Theatre.  You can also sign a full-size facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, and listen to stories of our patriotic past in the Boeing Learning Center at 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm.

White House Visitor Center– from 10am to 3pm you will have the chance to be a “Signer of the Declaration of Independence for a Day,” with the help of NPS rangers and volunteers from President’s Park.  The day’s events include games, crafts, and other activities designed for both children and adults.  White House Visitor Center is located on Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, N.W., on the north side of the Commerce Department Building.


So much going on in the Arlington area this weekend!  From truck petting to food tasting, there is sure to be something fun for your family to get into.

Saturday, May 21st

Neighborhood Day

All day Saturday @ Many Arlington neighborhoods

Many neighborhoods in Arlington will be celebrating Neighborhood Day.  From cleaning up their neighborhood to yard sales to family fun fairs, Neighborhood Day brings neighbors together and gives people a way to get to know each other.  For more info check out this post.

Truck Petting Zoo

9am – 11am @ Central Library, Arlington

There will be a fire engine from the Arlington Fire Department, a street sweeper, garbage truck and dump truck from the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, a concrete mixer from Vulcan Materials, a gas operations vehicle from Washington Gas, Arlington Transit’s Art on the ART Bus, and a motorcycle and police cruiser from the Arlington Police Department.  Vehicle operators will be on hand to explain how the various vehicles do their jobs.  They will be blocking off the back parking lot to make room for the trucks, so park in the garage or the small side parking lot. The closest metro stop is Virginia Square.

Turtle Trot 5k and Kids’ Fun Run

10am – 1pm @ Bluemont Park, Arlington

Come for the inaugural Turtle Trot 5K at Bluemont Park to support Long Branch Nature Center and local wildlife.  After the 5k kids can participate in a run of their own.  Be sure to also catch some “REAL” turtle races and visit a variety of educational booths, activities, and exhibits!  Funds raised will go to support local turtles by paying for the veterinary services for injured turtles, medications, animal care, and educational programming. For information: 703-228-6535. Come check it out the festivities (and new Bluemont Park) even if you aren’t running!

Turtle Walk

10am – 11:30pm @ Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, Alexandria

Bring the little ones to learn about a very special creature, the Eastern Box Turtle.  You will learn all about the life of these small, yet fascinating, reptiles and go on a hike to look for turtles.  This program features a cute turtle craft.  Register before class, and cost is $4.

Family Storytime and Craft–Shirlington

10:30am – 11:30am @ Shirlington Branch Library, Arlington

Come for family storytime, and a fun craft for children of all ages. Call 703-228-6545 for more information.

Lyon Park Annual Spring Fair and Big Wheel Grand Prix

11am – 3pm @ Lyon Park Community Center, Arlington

The event will feature many typical carnival/fair games like ring toss, duck pond,, guess the number, bean bag toss, and many more.  In addition to the game booths, the fair will also have pony rides, moon bounces, a bake sale, a plant sale, and live bluegrass music.  carnival games, pony rides, moon bounces, a bake sale, a plant sale, food and drink concession stands, and live bluegrass music.  After the fair, from 3pm – 4pm, the third annual Lyon Park Big Wheel Grand Prix will be held.  Children and adults will race plastic “big wheel” tricycles to raise money for the community center’s upcoming renovation.

Wild Side Wagon Ride
12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm @ Huntley Meadows, Alexandria

Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot.  Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies, and waterfowl, and stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meets at the South King’s Highway entrance to the park. Register online. Children must be registered and accompanied by a registered adult.  Cost is $6, and is for families with children ages 4 and up.
Click here for more info.

Spies and Scouts of the Civil War: Family Festival

2pm – 5pm @ Carlyle House, Alexandria

Once the site of one of the city’s largest hospitals, Carlyle House, played an important role in the conflict.  Carlyle House will host the Civil War Spies and Scouts Family Festival as part of “Life in Civil War Alexandria: A 150th Commemorative Event” that will take place simultaneously at Alexandria’s Market Square, across the street from the Carlyle House.  Families and children of all ages are invited to join in on the action through a variety of free crafts and activities. Decode a secret message, try on a disguise, participate in a scavenger hunt and more!  Learn about Frank Stringfellow, who pretended to be a dentist to spy on Union soldiers in Alexandria, or Sarah Emma Edmonds, who dressed as a man, served as a soldier, and crossed enemy lines. For more information about this event please contact Carlyle House at 703-549-2997 or e-mail

Calvary School Wine Tasting

4pm – 6pm @ Crystal City Sports Pub, Arlington

Come for a tasting of outstanding wines, guided by John Brooks, one of only 24 expert wine connoisseurs certified by Robert Parker, the world’s most influential wine critic, and Kevin Zraly, the world’s most famous wine educator.  It is a wine tasting event for the Calvary School Scholarship Fund. It will be held on Saturday, May 21st. from 4:00-6:00 pm. on the new third floor of the Crystal City Sports Pub. The tickets are $35 per person.  Individuals interested can contact Elizabeth Mailander at or call 703.920.3013.  As an added bonus, this event will be held in conjunction with the Parents Afternoon Out at Calvary Children’s School. Professional teaching staff will provide childcare from 4:00 pm to 8:00pm. Cost is $15 for one child; $25 for two. Please contact Beth Posey at to sign-up your child/children.

Cinema Del Ray- Despicable Me

7pm – 10pm @ Mount Vernon Recreation Center, Alexandria

Bring family, neighbors and friends to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center to view Despicable Me. Activities begin at 7 pm, movies begin at dusk.  This is a free event!  Contact Jen Walker at 703.675.1566 for more information.

Sunday, May 21st 

Taste of Arlington 

12pm – 5pm @ Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall, Arlington

A wide variety of Arlington’s favorite eateries will be participating including: Jaleo, Willow, Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream and Lebanese Taverna.  It will be a fun-filled day with singing and dancing performances by local artists, street performers, and children’s activities like a moonbounce, face painting, and a craft area.  Tickets are $20/online for eight tastes; $25/door. Tickets are on sale online or call 703-528-3527.

Miss Spider’s Tea Party

1:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

You are invited to tea with Miss Spider, Miss Ladybug, and other wildlife friends celebrating spring in the forest. Come dressed as your favorite insect or spider and make your antennae here. Enjoy a sit-down tea party, stories and activities as they combine learning with fun. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.  For children ages 4 and up.  Cost is $15 per child.

Click here to register.

Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22nd

Joint Service Open House and Air Show

8am – 5pm @ Andrews Air Force Base

Come see the amazing Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights, and other exciting aerial and ground attractions.  Admission is free!

It is that time of year, and there is an Easter Egg hunt in almost every town in the DC Metro area.  Here is a list of many of the hunts, sorted by city.  If I have missed any, please let me know!  I will be adding more everyday, so check back!



Ballston Easter Eggstravaganzza– April 23rd @ 10:30am

Quincy Park, Arlington- Egg hunt, life sized easter bunny, face painting, moon bounce, bike raffle, and other fun games.  No ticket or registration required.

The Lyon Village Annual Easter Egg Hunt- April 16th @ 9:30am

Lyon Village, Arlington- There will be three separate hunts by age group: 1- 3, 4-6, and 7-10. Each group will start at different times, approximately 15 minutes apart. Baked goods and coffee will be sold.

Upton Hill Easter Egg Hunt, April 21st @ 10am

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington- REGISTRATION IS FULL  The egg hunting will begin at 11am, but it is best to arrive early.  Check-in starts at 10am and they will have games, crafts, a moonbounce, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and other activities between 10:00 and 11:00.  The cost for the event is $6 per child, which you can pay when you arrive.  The children will be divided into groups by age:  2-3, 4-6 and age 7 and above.  The groups will be hunting in separate areas at the same time, so have an adult for each age group your children will belong to.  Registration began March 12th. To register call the park office at 703-534-3437 or email  Registration is limited to children ages 2 to 10.

North Fairlington Easter Egg Hunt- April 23rd @ 10am
Community Center, Arlington- The Easter Bunny will return for the fifth annual North Fairlington Easter Egg Hunt. Children 10 and younger can meet the Easter Bunny and search for goodie-filled Easter eggs. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 10am at the community center, so families are encouraged to convene shortly before then.  Parents, please BYOB (that’s Bring Your Own Basket)! Festivities will last until 11:30 a.m. and include light refreshments and photo ops with the Easter Bunny in the community center.

Westover Village Civic Association- April 23rd @ 8:30 – 10:30 

Westover Village, Arlington- Annual Egg Hunt & other fun activities

Westover Baptist Church Easter Party– April 24th @  12:30pm – 1:30pm
Come to the annual Easter Party on Easter Sunday.  After the service they will have a egg hunt and make an Easter craft while enjoying bunny cake.  All children are invited.

The Church at Clarendon Easter BBQ & Egg Hunt-
April 24th following Easter service

Quincy Park, Arlington- There will be a BBQ and a kids Easter egg hunt at Quincy Park (1021 N. Quincy St. Arlington).  Bring a basket or tote for your child to collect eggs in.

St. George’s Episcopal Church Easter Egg Hunt– April 24th following 10:30 service
St. Georges Church, Arlington- Children nine years old and under are invited to participate in the St. George’s Easter Egg Hunt. It will take place after the 10:30 AM service. Children, bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs, and meet in the Parish Hall to line up for the Egg Hunt.


Mount Vernon Unitarian Church Easter Egg Hunt– April 9th @ 10:30am

MVUC, Alexandria, VA- Join family, friends and the community for Easter egg hunts in the Boxwood Garden (under age 6) and the Meadow (age 6+).  Email or call 703-765-5950 x105 for more info.

Del Ray United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt, April 10th @ 9:45am

Del Ray United Methodist Church, Alexandria- Del Ray Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt on the church’s front lawn! The hunt will begin at 9:45 AM. Come join the fun!  For more info, call the office at 703-549-2088 or email:

Northern Virginia Easter Eggstravaganzza– April 16th @ 10:30am – 1pm

Top Golf of Alexandria- Two Egg Hunt, life sized Easter Bunny, moon bounce, face painting, balloon artistry, magic show, musical performances, prizes, and games.

7th Annual Egglectic Nature Easter Eggstravaganza- April 16th @ 11am

Eclectic Nature Gift & Garden Center, Alexandria- For kids ages 3-8, an Easter Egg hunt at the Eclectic garden.

Del Ray Business Association’s 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt- April 17th @ 1pm

There will be two egg hunts from 1pm – 2pm (based on age), and the Easter Bunny will also pose for pictures.  At 1pm there will be a hunt for kids under 6, and at 1:30 for kids 7- 10.  There will also be a hunt for adults and dogs.  From 1-4 p.m., specific shops along Mt. Vernon Ave. will provide eggs filled with coupons and/or candy for adults and baskets of treats for dogs.

Lee-Fendall House Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 9:30am – 2pm

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Alexandria- SOLD OUT- A festive Easter Egg hunt in the Lee-Fendall House garden. This is a ticketed event, and there will be three sessions – 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm. Tickets are $10 per child. Each adult chaperone is $3. (If you hold a membership with the museum, adult chaperones are free.)  An Easter bunny will be visiting during all sessions. In the event of rain, they will still hold an event featuring Easter-themed crafts and the Easter bunny. To make reservations for this popular event, please call 703-548-1789. Please note that the number of tickets available for each session is limited.

DC Metro Church Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Celebration– April 23rd

Mount Vernon Recreation Center, Alexandria- At 9:30am there will be a Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt for children with mobility challenges or on the autism spectrum, under 9 years old (RSVPs required).  Starting at 11am, there will be 3 hunts based on age (under 5, 5-8, and all ages). There will also be face painting and other family oriented activities.  The event will occur rain or shine.  All activities are free!  To RSVP, email Maria Lewis,

Franconia United Methodist Church Egg Hunt and Bake Sale– April 23rd @ 10am – 12pm

FUMC, Alexandria- Children (toddlers – 6th graders) are welcome to come to a free Easter Egg Hunt.    There will be prizes for the children who find specially marked eggs and baked goods available for purchase.  Contact at 703 971-5151 or

Calvary Presbyterian Church Egg Hunt- April 24th, following service at 10

Calvary Presbyterian Church, Alexandria-  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt and refreshments on the front lawn for youth from the congregation as well as the neighborhood.


Dinosaur Egg Hunt– April 16th @ 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm

Hidden Oaks, Annandale- Come for a dinosaur-themed program and enjoy an outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland.  Kids 3 – 8 will make a dinosaur craft. This is a one-hour program. The cost is $6 per child. Registration is required.

Meet the Easter Bunny- April 22nd

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA- earn about the tradition of the Easter bunny and meet a rabbit in person at HONC on Friday, April 22. The program for 3-to-10 year-olds costs $5.  Call (703) 941-1065 for more info.

Click here for more info.

Mason District Park Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 10am – 12pm
Mason District Park, Annandale- An egg hunt with a moonbounce, popcorn, and even more fun.  There will be hunts based on age group.  The hunts begin at 10:45.  Walk-in registration is available, and cost is $7 pr person.  For information, call 703-941-1730.


Great Country Farms Marshmallow Harvest & Egg Hunt April 9th & 10th @ 9am – 6pm

Great Country Farms, Bluemont, VA- Come for a fun filled day!  Visitors to the farm will be able to harvest marshmallows from 11 am -1 pm and then roast them on a bonfire with Farmer Bob. The first of three Easter Egg Hunts will start at 1pm each day for children under 3 years of age, followed by the hunts for kids aged 4-6 years and 7-10 years.  There will also be live music on both days from noon – 4 pm.  Included in the general admission price are the farm animal barnyard with new baby animals (including piglets born March 24th), mazes, slides, swings and hayrides.  Rides on the cow train are available for $ 2.  The brand new Farm Market will be filled with a wide variety of new jams, jellies and goodies to welcome spring, and the “Roosterante” will serve burgers, bbq & kettle corn from 11 am to 4 pm.

There is no charge for children under 2.  Admission for Fans of the Farm season pass holders, CSA members and Military ID holders is also free of charge.    Marshmallow Harvest Admission: $10 per child, $12 per adult


Easter in Historic Brentsville– April 16th @ 11am – 2:30pm

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center, Bristow- Children will participate in an Easter egg hunt and play games and make crafts that children might have done in the 19th century. Free admission for children under 2.  $5 per child, free for children under two


Bull Run Easter Egg Hunt– April 20th @ 10am

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA- Come out and enjoy an exciting spring morning with the Easter Bunny! There will be crafts, games, prizes, refreshments, an egg hunt, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Admission is $10 per child (ages 2-8) Parents and Grandparents are free. Sign up here Call 703-631-0550

Easter at Cox Farms– April 23rd @ 11am

Cox Farms, Centreville, VA- There will be 2 egg hunts (11am and noon), with very limited space- no pre-registration.  Arrive at least 10 minutes before the egg hunt start time.  There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny, with Bunny Games, egg coloring, and goats, chickens, bunnies…and emus.  Cost is $4 per child for the egg hunt.  All other Easter activities are free and open to everyone!


Ticonderoga Farms Easter Egg Hunts, March 26th & 27th and April 2nd & 3rd @ 12:30pm —- April 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 23rd & 24th @ 11am and 2pm

Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, VA- Egg Hunts feature candy and toy-filled eggs.  Find those special golden goose eggs for a prize.  Kids and adults can visit the slides, playground ark, take a hayride, visit our animal center and roast marshmallows.  Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.  Bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

Sully Historic Site Easter Egg Hunt– April 9th @ 1pm – 3pm
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, VA- Children three to seven years old are invited to hunt for filled Easter Eggs on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 1 to 3 p.m. Make a spring craft to take home and visit with baby animals. Participate in Sully’s egg roll for a look back at early American holiday customs. Hunts are scheduled at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Call 703-437-1794 to reserve your space. The cost is $5 per child. Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride around the grounds for $2, weather permitting.

Cub Run RECenter Easter Egg Decoration– April 11th

Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly, VA- Come decorate Easter eggs with natural materials, and learn the Ukrainian art of Pysanky.  The cost is $10 per person plus a $2 craft fee. For kids ages five and older.  Call Cub Run 703-817-9407 to register.


City of Fairfax/Chick-fil-A Egg Hunt– April 22nd @ 10am

FHS Field House, Fairfax, VA- Join us for this free event. Children will ‘hunt’ for eggs during their specified age group time. All eggs will contain candy and some will have tickets which can be redeemed for prizes the day of the event. You find it, you keep it! Chick-fil-A food will be available for sale. Don’t forget your camera!

Falls Church

Falls Church Easter Egg Hunt- April 23rd @ 10am

Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church-  In addition to scrambling for eggs, children ages 11 and younger participate in a make-your-own-candy-bag craft project and have a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. This event is free to all participants.  Click here for the PDF.


Easter Eggstravaganza- April 9th, 11am 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:15

Frying Pan Farm, Herndon- Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes.

Herndon Aqua Egg Hunt, April 16th @1pm

Herndon Community Center Pool, Herndon- An Aqua Egg Hunt where children will collect as many floating and sinking eggs as possible in the time allowed. Everyone will receive a prize.

Town of Herndon Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 10:30am-12:30pm

Herndon Municipal Center, Herndon- Join the Easter Bunny and his helpers for an eggstraspecial event. Hands-on art projects, baby animal petting zoo, and egg hunts by age.


Leesburg Easter Egg Hunt- April 9th @ 12 – 4pm

Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, Virginia- Candy filled eggs, prizes, entertainment, and more.  Gates open at 12:30pm and event runs until 4:00pm.  In addition to all the egg hunt options, there will be unlimited rides on a jumbo slide, jump climb & slide, rock climbing wall, obstacle courses, face painting, and other amusements. Food vendors will be on site or families are invited to bring lunches to enjoy a picnic at their favorite spot in the park. Tickets can be purchased in advance by stopping in or calling Ida Lee Park Recreation Center or online at Tickets are $10 per child in advance and $15 at the gate. The price of admission includes all attractions except food vendors. Parents pay no admission fee and children over the age of 7, who are not hunting, will be admitted free.

Leesburg Animal Park Egg Hunts– April 23rd-24th @ 2pm

Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA

1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 2pm – 4pm
Dodona Manor, Leesburg, VA- You can meet the Easter Bunny and decorate eggs and bags.  There will also be face painting, scavenger hunts, and egg rolls with prizes.

Morven Park Eco-friendly Easter– April 23rd @ 10am – 12pm

Morven Park, Leesburg, VA- In addition to an Easter egg roll on the Mansion lawn, there will be story time, natural egg dying, basket making, an egg hunt, and learning about healthy Easter treats. Cost is $10 per adult and $5/child.

Annual Easter Brunch- April 24th @ 11am – 3pm

Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg VA- There will be an Easter Egg Hunts, Balloon Artist, and Arts & Crafts Area for the kids. And, be sure to look for Mr. & Mrs. Bunny hopping around the resort!  Call 703-729-8400 to make reservations.

Click here for more info.


Pump It Up Easter Egg Hunt- April 16th & 17th @ 9:00am – 10:30am

Pump It Up, Manassas-  Kids can search for eggs and bounce on their giant inflatables.  The Easter Bunny will also be there.  For kids ages 2-11, and cost is $15 per child.  Reservations are required.

Sudley Manor House Assisted Living Community Easter Celebration– April 16th @ 2pm 
Sudley Manor House Assisted Living, Manassas, VA- They would like to extend an invitation to the community.  There will be refreshments, games, raffles, and prizes.  There will also be a pecial appearance by the Easter Bunny, so don’t forget your cameras.  This is a free event, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Alzheimer Association Memory walk for TEAM SUDLEY!

STUMC Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 10 – 11am

St. Thomas United Methodist Church, Manassas. 703-368-5161


Banjo Man Frank Cassell & Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 6:30pm – 9pm
New Life Christian Church, McLean, VA- A free concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m. by award-winning Banjo Man Frank Cassel.  An Easter Egg hunt will follow, so bring your flashlights!!  Contact 703-222-8836 or mail: for more info.

Bunny Tales- April 23rd @11am – 1pm
McLean Community Center, McLean- There will be arts and crafts projects, refreshments, entertainment, and more.  Participants will be able to take a picture with the Bunny and photos will be e-mailed after the event.  Cost is $5 per person including adults.  For ages 3-6; children 2 and younger are free.


Easter Event: Egg Decorating & Book Signing– April 23rd @ 11am – 12:30pm

Story Tellers, Occoquan, VA- Have fun decorating Easter eggs- they provide the decorations, you bring the eggs.  Jamey Long will be signing, A Possum’s Happy Easter, as well as his other books. This is a FREE event.  They would like that you RSVP- email them with the subject Easter Egg to  Ages: Toddler to Teens)


Reston Eggnormous Egg Hunt, April 16th @ 10am – 11:30 am
Brown’s Chapel Park, Reston, VA- The egg hunt is at 10:30am, and there will be carnival games, two moonbounces, and a “human statue.”  For ages 1- 8.

Reston Zoo Easter Egg Hunts– April 23rd & 24th @ 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Reston Zoo, Vienna- Bring your Easter Baskets for an action packed zoo day! Meet baby bunnies, bottle feed little lambs, and enjoy Easter egg hunts, face painting and special visits from the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm. Special egg hunts for children 4 and under take place in our picnic area at 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Egg hunts are FREE with admission to the zoo. (1 egg hunt per day per child.)

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt- April 24th @11 am – 3 pm

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, Reston, VA

Join them for a Sunday brunch and festive activities, including a petting zoo, two Easter egg hunts, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself.  Easter Brunch will be served a la carte from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Easter egg hunts will be held at noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., in which participants can win holiday treats. Reservations required.


Annual Easter Eggstravaganza- April 23rd

South Run RECenter, Springfield- The festivities include an Easter egg hunt and face painting, pictures with the “Bunny” and arts and crafts. The registration cost is $10 per child. Register at online or by calling 703-866-0566. For children ages eight and under.


Bunny Bonanza– April 20th @ 10am – 1pm

Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, Va- Visitors get the opportunity to meet live rabbits, talk with local animal organizations, and participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Sterling UMC Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival– April 16th @10am – 12pm

Sterling United Methodist Church, Sterling- Games and activities for ages 2 – 12.  There will be fun, games, crafts, an Easter Egg Hunt and more!  You can also meet the Easter Bunny and get your picture taken.


Egg Roll on Vienna’s Town Green- April 16th @ 10:30am

Vienna, VA- Join them for a great family time.

Old-Fashioned Egg Roll at Freeman House- April 16th @ 10:30am

Freeman House, Vienna, VA- An old-fashioned Easter egg roll for children age 12 and under and their parents will be held on the lawn of Vienna’s historic Freeman House, 131 Church St., N.E., on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This activity is free of charge and no registration is required.  Roll eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny, and listen to a storyteller.  Admission is free.  Call (703) 938-5187 for more info.

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway, April 23rd @ 11am

Nottoway Park, Vienna, VA- There will be a special appearance from the Easter bunny. The event is for children ages 1 to 9 and the fee is $7 per child. Divided by age groups, children will for hunt for eggs and candy and win special prizes. Egg Hunts: 11 AM (1-3 yrs), 11:20 AM (4-6 yrs) and 11:40 (7-9 yrs). Please bring your own basket. Call 703-324-8566 after 8:30 AM for a cancellation update.


Spring Egg Hunt at Rippon Lodge, April 23rd @ 11am – 3pm

Rippon Lodge, Woodbridge, VA-  Colorful eggs will be hidden all over the grounds of Rippon Lodge.  In addition to egg hunts, children can enjoy crafts, games and other activities. Bring a basket for egg collecting. Last egg hunt begins at 3 p.m.  $7 per child, free for children under two.

Easter Egg Hunt at Leesylvania State Park, April 24th @ 1pm

Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge- Hunt for colorful, prize-filled Easter eggs. Kids can color eggs, play games and make crafts. Learn about the history of the Easter egg and why it became a holiday tradition.  Call (703) 583-6904 or email:

LRPRA Eggstravaganza– April 23rd @ 9am

Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association, Woodbridge- Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at the Eggstravaganza.  Children 10 and under are eligible and parents must pre-register children by Wednesday April 20, in order to participate. The cost is $3 for LRPRA Members and $5 for Non-Members.

Washington, DC

Fabergé Egg Family Festival, April 9th @ 10am-7pm & April 10th 1-5pm

Hillwood Estate, Washington, DC- Celebrate spring’s arrival in Russian style! Meet historical characters Tsar Nicholas II and Peter Carl Fabergé, enjoy storytelling and folk music, take part in a centuries-old egg-rolling game, and decorate your own Fabergé-inspired egg. Perfect for kids of all ages.

2011 Georgetown Easter Eggstravaganza, April 16th @ 9:30am – 11am
Lawn at Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC- There will be 2,500 eggs in 2 egg hunts- one for pre-k and under, and one for kindergarten to 6th grade.  There will be prizes, a bike giveaway, cotton candy & popcorn, face painting, games, and a visit from the Easter Bunny!  This is sponsored by National Community Church – Georgetown.

Tudor Place’s Third Annual Eggstravaganza, April 23rd @ 10am – 12pm
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington, DC- Children of all ages enjoy the largest Egg Hunt in DC and a thrilling Egg Roll Contest.  After the games, spend the morning decorating eggs and playing games from the past.  The Easter Bunny is available for pictures all morning.  Visitors also enjoy a self-guided tour of Tudor Place’s 5 ½ acres of gardens. The Egg Hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. and the Egg Roll follows at 10:45 a.m. Bring your own basket, spoon, and one hard-boiled egg per child.

Stead Park Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 11am – 2pm

Stead Park Field, Logan Circle, Washington, DC- An Egg Hunt for children of all ages.  A face painter and balloon artist will be there, as well as snacks and beverages.  Be ready to start the hunt at 11am, so arrive early.  Registration: 202-421-0702.

Capitol Hill Easter Eggstravaganzza– April 23rd @ 1 – 3pm

Lincoln Park, DC- Two egg hunts, life-size Easter Bunny, cotton candy, face painting, games, prizes, and bike raffles.  No ticket or registration required.

EGGstravaganza 2011– April 24th @ 12pm

Walter Pierce Park, Washington, DC- There will be more than 1,000 candy-filled eggs to share with the children of the community.  They will start gathering at 12pm outside the gates to the children’s play area and the first hunt will kick off around 12:10pm.

Turtle Park Easter Egg Hunt, April 25th @ 3:30pm



15th Annual Bunnyland- Begins April 16th @ 9am – 3pm each day

Butler’s Orchard, Germantown MD- There are hayrides, rubber ducky derby, kiddie Hayromp and castle, inflatables, giant slides, and bunnies, lambs, and chicks.  Hunt for colorful eggs, and get a Goody Basket to take home.  There are also food vendors, and face painting, kids crafts, and pony rides for purchase. Cost is $8 per child and $6 per adult.


Pilgrim Lutheran Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt April 23rd @ 10:30-11:30am

5500 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda


Rose Hill Manor Park Egg Roll- April 23rd, 1pm – 4pm

Rose Hill Manor Park, Frederick, MD- Bring your grass filled Easter basket to fill with crafts and prizes. Participate with stories, songs, and games. Enter the age-appropriate egg roll.

Oxon Hill

Easter Monday Fun Day– April 25th- 1pm – 3pm
Oxon Hill Manor will have face painting, games, and an egg hunt!  Cost is $2 per person.  Contact 301-839-7782 


Meadowside Nature Center Easter Egg Hunt– April 22nd @ 10am – 3:00pm

Meadowside Nature Center, RockvilleSearch for real eggs through their meadow, then dye and decorate the eggs you find.  There will also be other ongoing spring-related activities throughout the day.  Reservations are required.  Register online at, starting February 15th.  Cost is $8.

Connection Church Easter Community Egg Hunt– April 24th @ 11am

Lincoln Park Community Center, Rockville, MD-  First Easter Community Egg Hunt.  There will be a raffle with great prizes- as well as an Egg Hunt, lunch, and a whole lot of fun! Download the registration form below and send it to

Takoma Park

Takoma Park Rec Department Annual Egg Hunt– April 16th @ 11am

Lee Jordan Field, Takoma Park-  There will be four age categories: 2 and under, 3 – 4, 5 – 6, and 7 – 8. Rain date is April 23rd.  Free event.


Today is gorgeous, but the weekend is not supposed to be quite as warm.  Check out these fun activities this weekend.  Let me know what you plan to do!


Saturday, March 19th


Arlington Kids Stuff Sale

8am – 12pm @ St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Arlington

Over 100 consigners participate in this sale, offering seasonal kids’ clothes and shoes, toys, books, movies, large and small equipment, strollers, bicycles, maternity clothing and lots more.  Due to stairs and tight spaces, strollers are not allowed at the sale.


Kinhaven 2011 KidStuff Sale

8am @ Fellowship Hall of the Central United Methodist Church, Arlington

Gently used clothing, toys, shoes, books, and other baby and kid related items. This is an indoor sale with plenty of street parking. Great deals on all your kid and baby related items. Come stuff a bag of clothes or shop their “dollar” table.


Reading: A Family Affair

9:30am – 2:30pm @ James Lee Community Center, Falls Church

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, sing about picture books with Emily Leatha Everson, watch The Reluctant Dragon performed by Bob Brown Puppets, listen to storyteller Diane Macklin, learn origami with Tom Angleberger, write and illustrate your own story, and every child receives a free book.  This is a free event.


Faith Lutheran Preschool Spring Festival

9:30am- 12:30pm @ Faith Lutheran Preschool, Arlington

There will be a cupcake walk, silent auction, games, prizes, arts & crafts, and a moon bounce in the fellowship hall at Faith Lutheran Church.  Proceeds benefit the Faith Lutheran Preschool Scholarship Fund.


Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime

10am @ Clarendon Market Commons Barnes & Noble, Arlington

Attend a reading of the popular, Very Hungry Caterpillar!


Green Living Expo

10am – 4pm @ Washington-Lee High School, Arlington

Featuring green vendors, products from local and national businesses, raffles, activities for children, and a special focus on greening our schools.


Trickster Takes- Barefoot Puppets
11am @ Dome Theatre, Artisphere, Arlington

Trickster Tales! is a 45-minute puppet performance of two traditional folktales from West Africa. The two stories feature the trickster character Anansi the spider.  In the first story, Tug-of-War, Anansi defeats both a hippopotamus and an elephant in a battle of Tug-of-War…or is it a battle of wits? The second, A Story, A Story, retells the mythic origin of the West African oral tradition of storytelling. In this tale, Anansi must complete a series of seemingly impossible tasks in order to win a box of stories from the powerful Sky-God.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.  Call 703-875-1100.  Tickets $8 / $6


Sunday, March 20th


Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

1:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Join Alice and her Wonderland friends at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  Enjoy butterfly-shaped sandwiches, sip tea, and meet a live creature from the story. For ages 5 and up, and the cost is $15. 703-941-1065.

Click here for more info.


Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th


The Brothers Grimm: Out of Order

March 19th at 3pm & 7:30pm and March 20th at 3pm @  Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington

When brothers Jake and Will Grimm can’t agree on a script, they end up in a fight – pages are swapped, plots intermingled… it’s a complete mess! What’s worse is that the principal is coming to see the show in less than half an hour! In this mixed up fairy tale, you’ll see familiar characters as you’ve never seen them before.  $10 for adults and $8 for children, students and seniors.  Show is recommended for ages 4 and older for this show (but it really depends on a child’s attention span etc.).

The circus is coming, the circus is coming!  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & BaileyBARNUM 200 is going to be in DC at the Verizon Center from March 23rd – 27th, and the Patriot Center in Fairfax VA, from April 14th – 24th.

I have not been to the circus in quite a few years, and this will be K’s first circus adventure.  I’m excited to see it through her eyes- I’m sure that she is going to love it!

Great news- I am offering a family 4-pack of tickets for one of you (details below)!

There will be 130 performers from six continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing elephants, plus cowboys, pirates, and mermaids.   Plus, one hour before show time, families can meet the performers, get autographs, and see an amazing elephant that paints.  This all is free with a purchased ticket!  The show is also also coming to Baltimore, MD, March 30th – April 10th.

DC ticket prices start at $15 up to $35, and VA ticket prices start at $7 up to $15.  You can save $8 when purchasing your tickets in advance- simply enter the code 8MOM when buying your tickets at  If you purchase your tickets the day of the show,  you can save $4 with the code 4MOM

Tickets are already on sale, and can be purchased via, and at the Verizon Center and Patriot Center box offices.  For more information on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey visit

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Here is how you can win a Family 4-pack.  There are several ways to be entered in the giveaway – enter as many ways as you like (leave a separate comment for each):

1. Simply leave a comment below about your favorite thing to see or do at the circus.  Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

2. Subscribe to this blog or if you are already do, let me know in the comment that you do.

3. Like the Go Out and Play- Arlington Facebook page (or if you are already following, let me know that you are).

4. Follow me on twitter @arlingtonmama and tweet this contest (let me know your Twitter name).

The deadline for all entries is midnight Thursday, March 17th. I’ll randomly draw the winner, and announce on Friday, March 18th.  Good luck!

The Family 4-Pack can be used for any of the following shows:


Thursday, March 24 – 10:30 am, 7:30 pm

Friday, March 25 – 7:30 pm


Thursday, April 14 – 7:00 pm

Friday, April 15 – 10:30 am, 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 16 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 17 – 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Tuesday, April 19 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 20 – 7:00 pm

Friday, April 22 – 1:00 pm, 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 23 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 24 – 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm

The deadline for all entries is midnight Thursday, March 17th.  I’ll randomly draw the winner, and announce on Friday, March 18th.  Good luck!

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I would want to use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tons going on this weekend!  Here are some ideas in the Arlington (and beyond) area.


Saturday, March 5th


Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade

12:30pm @ Old Town, Alexandria

Celebrate Irish heritage in Old Town!  It starts at 10am with a classic car show with cars on display on North Pitt St.  There is also a fun dog show beginning at 10:30am in Market Square (corner of North Royal and King Streets).  There will be fun prizes awarded to the dogs, including Dog with Best Tail Wag, Dog/Owner with Most Similar Hair, and Dog with Best Irish Costume.  The main parade starts at 12:30pm.  A new parade route will be used this year.  The parade will start at the corner of King St and Alfred St, and proceed east down King Street to the corner of King and Lee.  There will be floats, local scouts, Irish dancers, Bagpipes, marines, and high school bands.  The parade ends at 2:30pm.  Parade organizers suggest metroing to the King Street Metro stop, and walking 10 minutes east on King Street to the parade route.


Tots Rock!

10:30am – 2:30pm @ National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC
A fun fill day at the Air & Space museum for toddlers!  It all starts at 10:30 with One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.  We have seen it, and it is a lot of fun for young kids!  From 11am – 1:30, there will be an ongoing storytime about a little boy who travels through his day playing with the Sun, which waits for him to come outside and even plays hide-and-seek.  Finally, finish your morning with the great Rocknoceros!  At 11:30, there will be a 45 minute concert with the award-winning band in Gallery 114.



2pm & 4pm @ Aurora Opera Theatre, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington

The opera is approximately 45 minutes and it is the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, but set to some of Mozart’s best known music, The Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro.  It was written specifically for young audiences and will be sung in English.  For more info, check out this post.


Worm Workshop

2pm @ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria

Learn how worms recycle your garbage into rich compost, and check out the worms inside Green Spring Gardens indoor compost bin.  Kids will get the chance to build their own 10-gallon bin with newspaper bedding, food scraps, and real worms, Kids can enjoy a “wormy” snack too.  Must register prior to attending the class.

Click here for more info.

Family Festival 2011: D.C. Color Splash!

10am @ Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C

A free celebration, with tap dancers, amazing stories about color and light, jazz bands, drum circle, and color and light inspired poems.


Vienna Choral Society’s “Aesop’s Fables and Other Tales, A Family Concert”

4pm @ Vienna Baptist Church, Vienna, VA

The Vienna Choral Society and special guests will mime and play songs about your favorite Aesop’s Fables like the Tortoise and the Hare and the Fox and the Grapes in an engaging afternoon family concert.


Sunday, March 6th


Choralis Youth Choirs

3pm @ Falls Church Presbyterian Church, Falls Church

The Choralis Youth Choirs—Cantus Liberi (grades 3-6), Cantus Medius (grades 6-9), and select choir Cantus Primo (grades 5-12)—will present a joint concert.  Tickets are $10/general; $5/students


The Laurie Berkner Band

11am & 3pm @ George Washington Lisner Auitorium, Washington, DC

Come to a fun “Birthday Party” concert.  According to the site, you should…. wear your favorite party hat, bring a picture of a birthday cake, and bring an animal for your head because animals have birthdays too!  Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at Adults and children, $25-$35; children under 1, free.


Air Force Band Performances with Lonestar

3pm @ DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC

Featuring country music rockers Lonestar. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets needed. Doors open at 2pm.


Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Extravaganza

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA

Come celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, where naturalists will read the stories of Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz as well as show woodland creatures in their natural habitats. Kids can meet live animals and create crafts. Registration required, and cost is $8 per child.

What do you plan to do this weekend?  Here are some ideas to get you out!

Saturday, February 26th

Feel The Heritage Festival

12-5pm @ Charles Drew Community Center, Arlington

Attend a free afternoon of fun, with music and dance performances (including Groovy Nate).  There will also be other kids activities including arts and crafts, balloon animals, and face painting.  There will be authentic soul food and lots of vendors.

Smithsonian Orchid Exhibit Family Day

11am – 3pm @ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

Come explore the world of orchids, and enjoy stamp art and calligraphy and take a photo with a human-sized orchid.  You can also learn how to pot an orchid to take home. Orchid experts from the Smithsonian and U.S. Botanic Garden will be available all day to answer questions.  They will also be showing unique plants from their own collections.

Click here for more info.

Pi Beta Phi Storytime to Make Your Mark for Literacy Storytime

11am & 1pm @ Clarendon Market Commons, Barnes & Noble, Arlington

Nation’s Capital Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club invites you to Make Your Mark for Literacy.  Head to Barnes & Noble and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  You can decorate a bookplate and enjoy storytime.

Sunday, February 27th


2pm @ Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Come learn more about the clues left behind in animal skulls, teeth, and bones.  Best for ages 9 – 12, and cost is $6.  Please register online.

Saturday, February 26th & Sunday, February 27th

The Magic Paintbrush

11am @ Synetic Family Theater, Arlington

A new Synetic Family Theater show is opening this weekend at the Shirlington Village theater- The Magic Paintbrush!  They recommend ages 4+ for this performance, but have had some kids as young as 2 come to see their shows and enjoy them.  Check out my post for more info.  Shows are…February 26 – April 3, 2011, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am.  Additional performances at 4:00pm on Saturday, February 26 and Saturday, March 12.

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