With Easter right around the corner, there is plenty to do this week.  There is also a lot of non-Easter related activities too!  Check it out….

Visit River Farm

9am – 5pm M – F & 9am – 1pm Saturdays  @ River Farm, Alexandria

Come visit one of the hidden gems of the area.  There is plenty to see, including 13 themed children’s gardens.  Check out my review post of River Farm for more info.  Truly one of our favorite places in this area!


Tuesday, April 19th    Afternoon Movies- Tangled

3pm – 5pm @ St. John’s Episcopal Church, Arlington

A fun event for both parents and kids.  This movie showing will be Tangled!  Snacks will be available for a free-will donation.  Contact Beth Cavey at elizabeth.cavey@verizon.net


Wednesday, April 20th    Wild Things Puppet Show

10am @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

There will be three puppet shows, plus the Native American legend of how butterflies came to be.  A naturalist will show kids the live animals highlighted in the stories.

Click here for more info

Wednesday, April 20th    Bull Run Easter Egg Hunt

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


Wednesday, April 20th    Bunny Bonanza

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.


Thursday, April 21st    Spring Tea and Chocolate Workshop for Children

1pm – 2pm @  Tudor Place, Washington, DC

Come for a festive Spring Tea and enjoy some delicious sweet treats!  There will be costumed interpreters for a lesson in tea etiquette.  After the tea ceremony children will learn the basics of chocolate making and create their own 3D chocolate eggs to take home.  Cost is $20 doe member children, $25 for non-members, and $10 per adult.


Friday, April 22nd    Georgetown Family Fair
10am – 1pm @ Tudor Place & Dumbarton House, Washington, DC

Celebrate the spring at Dumbarton House and Tudor Place.  Kids will be able to make ice cream sundaes at Tudor Place and chocolate houses at Dumbarton House. There will also be different children’s games and crafts at each museum.  Cost is $8 for children members, $10 for children non-members, and $5 per adult.


Friday, April 22nd    Rabbit: Fact & Fable

10am @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Meet a rabbit and learn how the tradition of the Easter Bunny began. Learn about cottontails native to Fairfax County and how to tell if a deer or rabbit has visited your garden.

Click here for more info.

Friday, April 22nd    Earth Day Celebration

10am – 2pm @ Conservatory Terrace , US Botanical Garden, Washington, DC

Come celebrate the 41st anniversary of Earth Day.  There will be a cooking demonstration with Chef Tania Mercer, and you can learn how to make the planet a healthier place.  This event is free, and no pre-registration is required.


Friday, April 22nd    Meet the Easter Bunny

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA

Learn about the tradition of the Easter bunny and meet a rabbit in person 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.

Friday, April 22nd    City of Fairfax/Chick-fil-A Egg Hunt

10am @ FHS Field House, Fairfax, VA

Come for a fun 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.  Chick-fil-A food will be available for sale.


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 Uptonhill@nvrpa.org.  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 re@mvuc.org 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: office@delrayumc.org.


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, dcmetroeasteregghunt@gmail.com

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 admin@franconiaumc.org.


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 http://www.nvrpa.org/forms/view/bullrunegghunt 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 www.idalee.org. 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: darrahd@verizon.net 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 info@3storytellers.com.  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: leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov


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 www.parkpass.org, 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 easter@ConnectionChurchMd.org.


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.


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 ticketmaster.com.  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 www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Verizon Center and Patriot Center box offices.  For more information on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey visit www.ringling.com.

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.



Monday, March 7th Fairlington Preschool Mardi Gras Party & Silent Auction

6 – 9pm @ Food Matters, Alexandria

Come out for a great evening of food, fun, and music to raise money for new playground equipment for the school!  Your ticket price includes entry as well as a delicious Mardi Gras themed menu designed by Food Matters owners, Christy and Tom Przystawik, especially for this event.  There will be traditional Louisiana food such as creole spiced shrimp, jambalaya, shrimp and chicken etoufee, cheesy creole grits, red beans and rice, and King Cake.

Click here for more info…


Tuesday, March 8th    Courthouse/Clarendon St. Patrick’s and Mardi Gras Parade

8pm @ Wilson Blvd. from N. Barton to N. Irving St. Clarendon, Arlington

This is a family friendly parade, with homemade floats, beads, costumed people and animals, and more. The parade route is on Wilson Blvd. from N. Barton to N. Irving St.



Wednesday, March 9th    Wild Ones: Missing Mitten

3:30 – 5pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Bring your mismatched gloves and mittens, and you will have “sew” much fun transforming them into funky friends.  $3 fee per person payable upon registration.  For kids ages: 6-10.



Thursday, March 10th   Raptors Up Close

10:15 & 11:30am @ Ripley Center, Smithsonian, Washington, DC

The father-and-son team of Howard and Jason Caldwell at Raptors Up Close brings fascinating facts and amazing animals to this event.  All ages.  Also Friday, March 11th.



Friday, March 11th    Second Helping Consignment Sale- Fairfax Spring Sale

12:30pm – 8:30pm @ Kena Shriners, Fairfax, VA

This sale has premie to preteen sizes.  The sale starts on March 11th and is through the 13th.  Sunday is 50% off most items!





Friday, March 11th    Mardi Gras Sock Hop, Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction and Raffle

6:30 – 8:30pm @ Randolph Elementary School, Arlington

All are welcome to come to the event for dancing, eating, and winning great prizes.  The dinner and bidding is open to anyone!


Lots going on this week…kinds of an up and down week in terms of weather- 70s one day, then 50s the next.  Here’s some options to fit the weather.

Monday, March 22

Babies and Backpacks, 10:30-11:30am

Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington, VA-   A short hike with your tot!  There are no strollers allowed but slings, frame carriers, etc are welcome.  Join a park naturalist and her child for a moderate hike around Long Branch Nature Center.  After the hike there will be time to hang out with some down time in the woods. http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_8875  For more info on Long Branch, check out this post.

Tuesday, March 23

Barcroft Drop-off Program, 10am-12pm

Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center, Arlington, VA-   This is a great place to blow off some steam when the weather outside is not the best.  It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm. Cost is $3 per adult (free for members).  Check out my post on Arlington County drop-in programs for more info.

Wednesday, 3/24

Rocknoceros concert @ 10:30am

Jammin’ Java, McLean, VA-  Rocknoceros plays well-known kids songs and some original songs.  Cost is $5.  See the Jammin’ Java site for more info.

Thursday, 3/25

Baby Pictures, @ 9am

Fairfax Corner 14: Cinema De Lux, Fairfax, VA-   Movies for you and babies/ toddlers (under age two).  There are refreshments available in the lobby, diaper changing stations in the front of the theater, dimmed lights, and lowered volume.  It starts off with a complimentary play session, courtesy of Gymboree, with parachute play and singing.  These movies take place every other Thursday- Gymboree play starts at 9am, and the movie starts at 10am.  The cost is $6.25.  More info about Baby Pictures.

Friday, March 26

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, @ 10:30

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC- A 20-minute planetarium show that follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street.  Tickets available for FREE at the Albert Einstein Planetarium box office, and the show starts at 10:30.  National Air and Space Museum Site

March is a HUGE month for consignment sales.  Children grow so quickly that many items like clothing, strollers, and toys are barely used.  This can mean huge savings for you at consignment sales.

Some tips….if you can, leave the kids at home- these sales can be VERY busy, and it is much easier to shop alone.  Bring your own shopping bags or a laundry basket for the loot.  Make a list of the things that you need- this is a great time of year to find Easter outfits, spring coats, rain boots, and summer toys.  Arrive early- if you are looking for a particular item, chances are many other people are too!  If you want to gain early entry into sales before the general public, you may want to be a volunteer or consigner.  Finally, bring cash- most sales don’t accept checks or credit cards.

Here are some of the upcoming March sales in the DC metro area.  Please comment if I missed any.

Classy Kids Consignment- Manassas: March 10-14, 2010

Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas VA 20112


Tot Swap- Gaithersburg: March 10-14

16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD  20877


Christ Church- Fairfax Station: March 13, 2010- 8:00am to 2:00pm

8285 Glen Eagles Ln, Fairfax Station, VA 22039


Arlington Kids Stuff Sale: March 13

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 North Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA


Montgomery County Parents of Multiples: March 13, 9am- 1pm

Julius West Middle School, 651 Great Falls Road, Rockville, MD


Kinhaven’s Annual Kids’ Sale: March 20, 8- 12

Kinhaven School, 4201 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA


No Virginia Mothers of Multiples Semi-Annual Sale: March 20, 2010

Wakefield High School, 4901 South Chesterfield Road, Arlington, VA 22204


Northern Virginia Clothing Exchange: March 25-27

Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, 4701 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, Virginia


CUMC’s Children’s Consignment Sale: March 26-27

Cameron United Methodist Church (CUMC), 3130 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA


Junior League Tossed & Found Sale: March 26-28

2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA, within the Crystal City Shops


Tot Swap- Howard County: March 31- April 3

9033 Red Branch Rd, Suite A, Columbia, MD  21045