Herndon


Wow- so much going on this weekend!  Better yet, it is going to feel like fall and be sunny all weekend.  Get out and enjoy it!  KidFriendly DC has a fantastic post about more Halloween related events coming up, so be sure to check it out as well.

Saturday, October 22nd

River Farm Fall Fest

9am – 12pm @ River Farm, Alexandria

Bring a picnic and the family to River Farm to enjoy story time in the garden, arts and crafts projects, a scavenger hunt, and more.  This event is free of charge, though donations are appreciated. Rain or shine (activities will be held indoors in the event of rain). For more details, call (703) 768-5700 ext. 126.

Annandale Fall Festival 

10am @  Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike, Annandale

Eighty merchants with jewelry, artwork, giftware, crafts, children’s toys & books, clothing, wood carvings and other gifts for your holiday shopping will fill the community market.  There will also be rock, jazz & country Bands along with International costumed dancers and swing dancersfor entertainment as well as tons of food.  The Kid’s Zone will challenge with a climbing wall, bungee jump, bungee basketball, face painting, Lil Pirate inflatable & toddler games, costumed characters, and The Secret Garden which will feature puppet shows at 1 & 3pm and The Traveling Storyteller at 12pm and 2pm along with interactive games for toddlers to teens.  The Annual Parade 10am – 12pm will finish at the festival grounds.

AppleFest

11am – 1pm @ Whole Foods Old Town, Alexandria

Transforming into a delicious orchard, Virginia Whole Foods Market’s AppleFest will be complete with inspiring cooking demonstrations, entertaining crafts, prizes, tastings and more! While exploring taste palates of sweet treats and savory apple infused dishes, customers will be exposed to and learn about the best apples that the harvest has to offer.   Featured activities will include mouth-watering samples and cooking demonstrations, carmel-apple making stations, hard apple cider on tap, apple sampling in every department, and apple scavenger hunts

Mousequerade Ball for Kids  

1pm – 2pm @ Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria

Families with children ages 4 – 7 can enjoy a reading of Alexander the Old Town Mouse by author Cheryl Barnes and have their books signed. Children will then create a mask and enjoy a ball of their own — in the very same room the story takes place! Costumes are encouraged but not required.  This hour-long program will be held at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. $10 per child (ages 2 and older); adults free with purchase of child ticket.

Wild Side Wagon Ride  

4pm @ Huntley Meadows Park, 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, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meet at South King’s Highway park entrance.

Campfire: Popcorn

6pm – 7:15pm @ Long Branch Amphitheater, Arlington

The whole family is invited to join us at the Long Branch Amphitheater for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores.  Cost is $5 fee per person with a $20 max fee per family.

Fearless Fest

7pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

This fun event provides a lighthearted alternative to scary Halloween celebrations. The not-so-scary event is guaranteed to educate and entertain participants.  A naturalist will lead guests on a one-hour night hike into the woods to meet and interact with costumed creatures who explain away their scary reputations. The 52-acre forest surrounding the nature center is an ideal setting to hear ironic explanations from a black widow spider, a skunk, an owl, poison ivy, a dead tree, and other animals.  Indoor activities include craft projects and hands-on exploration. Guests will investigate real animal skulls in the graveyard, meet live reptiles and insects such as snakes, toads, and millipedes, and dissect owl pellets to learn about their diet and habitat.  The cost is $7 per Fairfax County resident and $9 for out-of-county guests. Families should bring a flashlight. This event is great for scout groups looking for a fun evening activity. Costumes are encouraged and are completely appropriate for the event’s festive, party-like atmosphere.

Sunday, October 23rd

Scarecrow Making Workshop

1pm & 2pm @ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon

Adults and children enjoy making scarecrows. Bring an outfit and a pair of pantyhose for each scarecrow.  They supply special touches for faces. Held outdoors, dress for the weather. Register to make a scarecrow. Canceled if rain.

Meet me on a Sunday at Potomac Overlook  

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

Almost everyone needs more time in the great outdoors – time to take a walk, enjoy each others’ company, or to just sit and do nothing! So, come make a “natural connection” at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Every Sunday afternoon, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., the park provides refreshments, games and hands-on nature exhibits, and a fun place to meet and enjoy the outdoors. There’s always something for families, groups, scouts, friends, couples, seniors . . . anyone!


Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd

Fall Harvest Family Days  

9am – 5pm @ Mount Vernon 

Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days! The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price during this weekend event. Fall Harvest Family Days are included in regular Estate admission on October 22&23: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children 5 and under are admitted free.

Ghost Train Halloween Event  

10am – 5pm @ Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station

Board the haunted train at Burke Lake Park for a special ride through the forest. Tickets are $4.50. The Ghost Train runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold 4:15 p.m.) Tickets for the carousel are $1.75. Costumes are encouraged! For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Summertime is upon us, and it is a great time to get out of the house and take a ride (or watch one).  WIthin just a few miles, there are several miniature trains to ride, beautiful carousels to enjoy, and places to watch planes take off and land.

 


Trains









Burke Lake Regional Park Train, Fairfax Station, VA

This train is a one-third-scale replica C.P.Huntington.  It costs $2.50 for ages 3 and up (2 and under are free), and is open every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The ride is over 1.75 miles and takes 10 minutes.  It reaches speeds of 10 to 12 miles per hour, and runs on the 15 and 45 past the hour.  The first train leaves at 11:15am and last train ride is 5:45pm

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelake/

Cabin John Train, Rockville, MD

This miniature train is really affordable- $1.75 for ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under with adult.  The train is a replica of the 1863 C.P. Huntington, a 4-2-4T steam locomotive.  The train leaves on the half hour and hour, and is around a 15-minute ride.  Check out the talkative trash-eating pig and the hippo water fountain after the ride.  The train depot is just across the parking lot from the huge playground, so after the train you can head to the playground where there are 7-8 play areas within the shaded playground.  It is huge- there are places to climb, slide, run, and swing for all ages of kids.  There’s a lot of open space to run around.  You can also have lunch at one of several picnic tables.  This is one of our favorite parks!!  The train runs Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5:30pm (1st train at 10:30) and Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays, 10am-7pm (1st train at 10:30; last train at 7:30pm) from June 1st – August 28th.
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/trains/cabin_john.shtm 

Tysons Corner Center Train, McLean, VA

Tysons Corner Express indoor train is trackless and takes two loops around the 3rd level on the 8-minute ride.  Tickets are $3 each or $5 for two tickets.  The train starts out at the soft play area, and runs beside TGIFridays, by the movie theaters, and along the food court area.  The train is self-contained, and runs on batteries, which are charged overnight at the mall.

http://www.shoptysons.com/shopping/Details/51009

Wheaton Regional Park Train, Wheaton, MD

This is another great Maryland miniature train.  This train is a replica of the 1863 C.P. Huntington, a 4-2-4T steam locomotive.  A 12-minute ride, this train tours the park’s forests and meadows, through a tunnel, over a trestle bridge, and past Pine Lake.  It is located in the Shorefield Area of the park.  The train station is just a short walk from the parking lot, and tickets are $1.75 each (children age 2 and younger with a paying adult ride free).  The tickets are actually good for the carousel as well.  From May 1- August 28, the train is open 7 days a week.  From Monday – Thursday it runs from 10am – 5:30pm (1st train at 10:30; last train at 6pm), and Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays it runs from 10am-7pm (1st train at 10:30; last train at 7:30pm).  The park also has a playground with many different play areas.  Check out Our Kid’s review– 

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/trains/wheaton.shtm

 


Planes










Gravelly Point, Arlington, VA

One of the best places to see Reagan National (DCA) planes take off and land is Gravelly Point in Arlington.  Check out this post for more info. http://arlingtonmama.com/2010/05/26/gravelly-point/

Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, VA

If you are closer to Dulles (IAD), go to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Chantilly.  You can watch planes land and take off from the Donald D. Engen observation tower.  Admission is free to the museum, but is is $15 to park.  After 4pm parking is free.

 


Carousels

 

 







Burke Lake Park Carousel, Fairfax Station, VA

This carousel runs on the hour and half hour, with the first train running at 11:30am.  The fee is $1.75, and from Memorial Day through Labor Day it is open every day.  To find both the train and carousel, as you drive into Burke Lake Park, stay left and follow the signs for the train and carousel.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelake/rides.htm

Clemyjontri Park Carousel, McLean, VA

This wheel chair accessible carousel runs from 9:30am – 1pm on weekdays  and 9:30am – 6:30pm on weekends from May 30th – Sept. 5th.  The cost is $1.75 per ride.  Kids under 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult, but this adult does not need a ticket to ride.  There are chariots, a spinning tea cup, and 14 prancing horses.  The carousel is recessed to ground level so that it is wheelchair accessible.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/clemyjontri/carousel.htm

Frying Pan Farm Park Carousel, Herndon, VA

This carousel arrived just this year.  It is a 20-horse antique Allan Herschell carousel was built in 1918.  Tickets are $1.75.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/

Glen Echo Carousel, Glen Echo, MD

This Dentzel Carousel was built in 1921.  The cost is $1.25 per ride, and all riders require a ticket.  There are jumping and standing horses, a giraffe, a lion, ostriches, rabbits, a tiger, a deer), and 2 chariots.  From June – August the carousel is open 10am – 2pm Wednesday – Thursday (also open on Fridays in July and August), and 12pm – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

http://www.glenechopark.org/node/48

Inner Harbor CarouselBaltimore, MD

It is an1906 antique Herschell-Spillman carousel with horses, dogs, pigs, roosters, zebras, frogs, and chariots.  It is located in downtown Baltimore at Inner Harbor next to Maryland Science Center.  Cost is $1.25 per person.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baltimore-Inner-Harbor-Carousel/

National Mall Carousel, Washington, DC

There are 60 animals (horses, cats, lions, zebras, dragons and more) on this Allan Herschel carousel, which was built in 1947.  Cost is $3.50, and an adult must ride with those under 42″.  It is open 10am – 5:30pm daily.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/misc-locations/the-carousel-on-the-national-mall,1027953.html

Wheaton Regional Park Carousel, Wheaton, MD

This is an Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel built by the Herschell Spillman in 1915. There are horses, zebras, and chariots.  It is under a pavilion, which allows it to operate in the rain.  From May 1- August 28, it is open 7 days a week- Monday – Thursday from 10am-5:30pm, and Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays from 10am-7pm.  Tickets are $1.75 each, and children age 2 and younger with a paying adult ride free.

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/trains/wheaton.shtm

Nature Centers, nature trails, and gardens are a fantastic way to beat the heat of the summer.  Check out these local options….

In Arlington

Bon Air Park Memorial Rose Garden– Arlington

One of Arlington’s best kept secrets, the Bon Air Memorial Rose garden is one of the largest rose gardens on the East Coast. During World War II, the Arlington Rose Foundation wanted to create a living memorial dedicated to those who served their country.  Today the garden occupies about one acre, with several other gardens surrounding the area. Over 135 different rose varieties and 2,500 plants can be found within the boundaries Bon Air Park.  Bon Air Memorial Park also features an azalea garden, a shade garden, a sun garden, and an ornamental garden.  They also have a fun playground, and plenty of room for young legs to run!  The park is located at the corner of North Lexington and Wilson Boulevard, at 850 North Lexington Street in Arlington (between Upton Hill and George Mason).

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/parks/BonAirPark.aspx

Fort C.F. Smith Park

This site was was a fort during the civil war, and there are a 1/2 mile of trails on this 19-acre site.  Most of the trails are gravel and run through the woods, while the rest of the trail runs through gardens and by the Hendry House..  You can check out wildlife, and allow your kids to run wild though the open space.  During the spring and summer months, the meadows are filled with wildflowers and butterflies and birds.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/fortcfsmith/parksrecreationfortcfsmithftcfsmith.aspx

Gulf Branch Nature Center– Arlington

The N. Arlington Nature Center is located in an old converted house.  Inside is a bee hive, snakes, turtles, an owl, puzzles and books, animal masks, coloring corners and activity stations, gardens, a viewing pond, a hollowed-out log/canoe, and pods and cones for touching, smelling and exploring.  Outside the nature center is 40 acres of nature, with a stream, a pond, wooded trails, and access to the Potomac River.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/nature/parksrecreationscriptsnaturegulfbranch.aspx


Long Branch Nature Center– Arlington

This S. Arlington Nature Center has various exhibits with an indoor pond filled with fish and turtles.  There are also aquariums with fish, frogs, and snakes.  Your kids will love the Children’s Discovery Room with books, puppets, and toys.  Outside there are 18 acres with a meadow, two ponds, interpretive gardens, and a forest!.  They also take in and rehabilitate injured reptiles.  The park is located on the Long Branch Stream, which flows into Four Mile Run.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/nature/parksrecreationscriptsnaturelongbranch.aspx

Check out this entry for more info on Gulf Branch and Long Branch. 

Our Kids wrote a fantastic review of both centers.  

Potomac Overlook Nature Center- Arlington

In N. Arlington, Potomac Overlook has over 70 acres of woodland, trails, gardens, a small picnic area, and a Nature Center.  The Nature Center features live snakes, turtles and fish.  Next to the Nature Center is an exhibit featuring rehabilitated birds of prey, including 3 owls and a hawk!  In the picnic area next to the nature center is a table for the kids, as well as chairs and picnic tables for adults. There is also a butterfly garden and lots of room to run.  It is all shaded, so even on hot days, you will stay cool.  There is also a playground right next to the parking lot.  Follow Marcey Rd to the end, and you will see the parking lot.  Follow the paved trail and walk down to nature center. It is very stroller accessible and a bit of a walk for young legs, so a stroller may be a good idea for youngsters.

http://www.nvrpa.org/park/potomac_overlook

Powhatan Springs Children’s Rain Garden– Arlington

Powhatan Springs Children’s Rain Garden is unique play area that encourages kids to get wet!  It is a man-made wetland area that is designed to collect and cleanse rainwater, and it creates many hands-on activities for kids.  Kids can entertain themselves by making water flow from a bright red pump, splashing in the droplets that collect on concrete basins, and hopping from rock to rock. They can also create boats or other structures to send floating down the flume, and can build castles in the sand. In addition to the rain garden there is also a wooded play area.  Bring water, sand toys, or balls- and a picnic!

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/ParksRecreation/scripts/planning/powhatan/ParksRecreationScriptsPowhatanRainGarden.aspx

Theodore Roosevelt Island- Arlington

Head to Teddy Roosevelt Island for a hike and picnic. On this wooded island sanctuary, 2.5 miles of trails lead to the great statue of Roosevelt, There are trails that are flat and wide, so toddlers can walk or go in strollers, and kids of all ages will enjoy exploring. There are kid sized climbing rocks, as well as a sandy beach with rocks and shells. Kids will be able to see and hear the jets from Reagan overhead, in addition to many plants and animals: frogs, fish, turtles, ducks, geese, and deer. Bring bread to feed the ducks, and then picnic by the monument.  You can get there in a car only from the northbound lane of GW Parkway. Once you are parked, cross a foot bridge to the island.

http://www.nps.gov/this/index.htm


In Alexandria

Green Spring Gardens– Alexandria

This is a 27-acre public park with over 20 thematic gardens (including a Children’s Garden, a Family Garden, Butterfly Crossing for kids), a greenhouse filled with tropicals, and a horticultural reference library (with a children’s library and children’s corner).  You can also walk through the a wooded stream valley to an area with 2 small ponds   The visitor center has backpacks you can take on your walk that are filled with guide books, magnifying glass, journal and crayons, etc.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/PARKS/gsgp/

Huntley Meadows Park- Alexandria

Huntley Meadows Park is an actual wetland that was carved out by an ancient Potomac stream.  A graveled path from the visitor’s center leads to a series of boardwalks over the wetlands.   You will walk through the forest, into meadows, and through freshwater wetlands.    It is really a beautiful place.  I have heard that going in the morning is the best time, as the animals are much more active.  We went  late morning, as were still able to see tons of turtles, frogs, ducks (with babies), and plenty of birds.  You can also try to spot geese, herons, dragonflies, snakes, butterflies, and beavers from the boardwalk.  The trails are very stroller friendly and wheelchair accessible. The Visitor Center also has great kids events and programs for all ages.  You can bring your own picnic lunch and use the picnic table at the visitor center or the various benches.  There is an entrance to Huntley Meadows off S. Kings Highway, but you can get to the visitors center only from the Lockheed Blvd entrance.  The visitor center is closed Tuesdays.

Check out this great post by Darcy of No Monsters in My Bed.  

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley/

Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center- Alexandria

They have live animals like turtles, toads, snakes, and salamanders, as well as an aquarium with native fish species.  There is a mounted black bear, red fox, turkey and bobcat for you to check out.

http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=12362

River Farm Garden Park– Alexandria

River Farm belonged to George Washington, and is now the home to the American Horticultural Society.  It is a fantastic place to take kids!  It is one of our favorite places to go to play and enjoy being outside.  As a bonus cooler there because of the breeze off the Potomac.  There are 25 acres of lawns and gardens at River Farm, and it is open to the public from 9am- – 5pm Monday – Friday, and on Saturdays 9am – 1pm from April to September.  The entire grounds are fun to wander around with kids, but they will especially love the 13 small themed children’s gardens: The Fairy Tale Garden, Hummingbird Garden, Rest Stop, Beau Beau’s Garden, Alphabet Garden, Wobby The Worm, Scratch and Sniff Garden, Boat Garden, Hide-n-Seek Garden, Little House on the Prairie, Rock-n-Roll Garden, The Maze Garden, and Bat Cave.

Check out this post for more info.

http://www.ahs.org/river_farm/index.htm

Winkler Botanical Preserve– Alexandria

The Winkler Botanic Preserve is a private nature sanctuary in Alexandria on 44 acres.  It is a fun place to bring kids and take a short hike.  Trails.com has a great write up about this hidden gem.  The trailhead is at the edge of a meadow, surrounded by woods and a mountain climber’s training tower. The hikes route features include a small lake with several streams, waterfall, covered bridge mountain lodge, and even a Hobbit house.  The trail surface is mostly wood-chip mulch, some gravel, and grass.  It is located at 5400 Roanoke Avenue, Alexandria.  It only has 6 parking spots.  The park is open from 8:30am – 5pm.  Call 703-578-7888 for more information.  It can be difficult to find this preserve.  The sign is behind the branches on the left side of the entrance.  Drive past the entrance and park in the small lot to the left and follow the gravel laden path.

http://www.friendsofwinkler.org/FactSheet.aspx

Outlying Virginia Areas

Frying Pan Farm Park– Herndon, VA

This is a fun place to visit to check out a real working farm.  There are cows, goats, chickens, bunnies, sheep, and pigs.  You are not able to feed these animals, but you can pet them through the fences.  Once you have had your fill of animal watching, you can head to the playground to run off some steam.  There is also a country store where you can purchase gifts, ice cream, and drinks.  New this year is an Allan Herschell carousel that was built during the depression era. Tickets are only $0.75.  We visit the farm at least once a year.  If you haven’t been before, definitely plan a trip.  Your kids (and you) will love it.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/


Hidden Oaks Nature Center- Annandale

The playroom of this nature center is quite large and perfect for kids. There are lots of interactive stations for the kids, like drawers in walls, indoor climbing structures,various animal exhibits, tents, and toys.  There is also a tower/play structure for them to climb on, places for dress up, and many books and stuffed animals in the book area.  There is even an indoor turtle pond!  It is a pretty contained area, so it also a great place to meet friends and hang out.  We love this nature center!

It is also home to Nature Playce, an 1/3-acre, free-play outdoor area outdoor play area designed to safely introduce youngsters to the wonders of nature.  In Nature Playce, there is a small pond/mini-waterfall, In addition, there is a wooden sandbox and plastic wading pool with plastic dinosaurs to play.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hiddenoaks/

Reston Zoo- Vienna, VA

Reston Zoo is a thirty-acre, family-friendly zoo right in the heart of Vienna.  There are Zoofari wagon rides that take you to see antelope, camels, zebras, antelope, bison, crazy ostriches, watusis, and many more.  There are exhibits of monkeys, kangaroos, alligator, tortoises, servals, a wide variety of birds and many more interesting animals!  There is also a Petting Barn, where you can pet and feed sheep, lambs, goats, llamas, rabbits, and pot-belly pigs.  Animal feed cups and baby bottles are available for purchase in the gift shop.  Don’t miss the Zoofari ride when you go- it is always the highlight of our trip.

http://www.restonzoo.com/


Washington DC

Rock Creek Nature Center– Washington, DC

The nature center has stuffed versions of all the birds and animals native to Rock Creek park – a bald eagle, woodpecker, even a coyote.  There are tanks filled with fish and frogs native to the park, and a bee station located on the back wall of the exhibit room.  You can watch the bees at work in the hive, visible through glass panes.  The hive is connected to the outdoors by a plastic tube.  There is a small Discovery play room to draw or do puppet shows, as well as books, puzzles, and dress-up clothes.  Kids will love the ‘Please Touch’ Center with animal furs, bones and antlers to explore.  Kids can also play with stone stamps that make footprints from different animals in the sand.  They host nature walks and ranger programs, too.

There is also a planetarium that seats 75 people.  It holds regular shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. for children five and older (5-7 year olds must be accompanied by an adult) and at 4 p.m. for children seven and older.

http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/naturecenter.htm

US Botanic Garden– Washington, DC

Located just across the street from the Museum of the American Indian at the foot of the Capitol, is the three-acre National Garden.  There are so many beautiful gardens (like the Jungle and Garden Court) within the building, but the favorite of most kids is the special hands-on garden just for children.  Kids can dig, water, plant, and touch and smell the plants. There are two wells filled with water, and many watering cans. One of the wells has a fish fountain, and the kids can use the pump to push water to the fish’s mouth. There is a little house to explore, and pathways through a bamboo forest.  There is also a big shady spot for parents where you can watch the kids play. Might want to bring a change of clothes for the kids- K is almost always happily soaked when we go.

http://www.usbg.gov/


US National Arboretum, Washington, DC

This is frequently called on of DC’s best kept secrets.  Start out by feeding the koi (buy food for 25 cents).  There are wide open spaces to run and play, and the bonsai garden is amazing.  Bring a picnic and blanket, and eat on the east terrace at the National Grove of State Trees.  You can also take a tram ride- it is a 35-minute taped tour that highlights the Arboretum.  The grounds are open every day of the year from 8am – 5pm, and admission is free.   I can’t believe that we haven’t been here yet.  I hear such great things about it- it is definitely on my list!  Check out these posts from No Monsters in My Bed. It is one of their favorite places to visit, and Darcy has many tips.
The National Arboretum (Koi Pond, Azalea Gardens, & Bonsai) and 

The National Arboretum’s Fern Valley, Capitol Columns, & Youth Garden (Washington D.C.)

http://www.usna.usda.gov/



It is warming up, so I have included some fun outdoor activities!  Hope that you have a great week.

Monday, April 11th    Visit Beverley Park (AKA the Pit)

Anytime @ Beverley Park, 620 North Overlook Dr, Alexandria

Monday is going to be beautiful, so head to the park!  A local favorite in Alexandria, “The Pit” is a great place to go with all ages of kids.  There is an updated playground equipment with swings, slides, a big sand pit, a picnic shelter, and leftover playground toys (bikes, scooters, ride-on toys, etc).  There is also a hard court play area, and a wooded nature area.  There is a lot of room to run and play!  It is a huge park.  According to Alexandria’s government site, Beverley Park was once used as a staging area and gravel pit when the homes in the Beverly Hills neighborhood were being built. After the new home construction was completed, the site was cleaned up and a playground was installed.

http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=12284#Beverley

 

Monday, April 11th    Little Acorns

11am @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Come to an interactive class for preschoolers, where kids learn about a weekly topic through finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, and outdoor exploration.

Click here for more info.

 

 

Tuesday, April 12th    Spectacular Snakes

10:30am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Preschoolers can learn about snakes in a fun interactive program that will include stories, a craft, and a short hike.  For ages 3 – 5 years.  Registration is required.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_12710

 

Wednesday, April 13th    Rocknoceros

10:30am @ Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA

If you haven’t seen Rocknoceros yet, you should definitely get to one of their shows.  Rochnoceros is a three-man children’s show that features original children’s songs as well as other well known songs.  The show caters to children from ages 1 – 9, but will entertain all ages.  The cost is $5 for everyone a year and older.

http://www.jamminjava.com/rocknoceros.html

 

Thursday, April 14th    Visit Kidwell Farm

9am – 5pm @ Frying Pan Farm Park , Herndon, VA

Come join us as we explore the farm!  There are cows, sheep, goats and pigs as well as a chickens, bunnies, peacocks, horses and many farm buildings to check out.  There is a lot of room for kids to run/walk around and check out the farm, and a fun playground to see as well.  There is also a country store and equestrian facilities.  This is a great time of year to go- there are so many baby animals to see!  Check out this Our Kids review for more info!

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/

 

Friday, April 15th    See the Animals at Reston Zoo

9am – 5pm @ Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA

Reston Zoo, which has been closed for the winter, is open again!  This is a great hands on zoo for children of all ages.  The zoo is a thirty-acre park right in the middle of Vienna.  There are exhibits of monkeys, kangaroos, alligator, tortoises, servals, a wide variety of birds.  There is a free-Flight Aviary and a Reptile House.  There is also a Petting Barn, where you can pet and feed (baby bottles and food are available for purchase) sheep, lambs, goats, llamas, rabbits, and pot-belly pigs.  In addition to these animals, you can take a Zoofari wagon rides (included in admission fee) to see zebras, antelope, bison, crazy ostrich, and lots more.  Cost is $12 for adults, and $9 for kids ages 2–12.  Kids under 2 are free.

http://www.restonzoo.com/

Sunday is going to be a beautiful day, and there is a lot going on this weekend!

 

Saturday, April 9th

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

11am, 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm @ Frying Pan Farm, Herndon

Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/events.htm

Annual Citywide Cheerleading Competition

11am – 2pm @ T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, VA

Come see a cheerleading competition featuring city neighborhood recreation center For more information, call 703.746.5407 or email mac.slover@alexandriava.gov.

http://apps.alexandriava.gov/Calendar/Detail.aspx?si=653

Sheep Sheering Days

11am, 12pm, 1pm @ Reston, Zoo, Vienna

Watch the Reston Zoo wooly sheep get their yearly hair cuts and learn how raw wool is processed from start to finish.  Watch spinning and weaving demonstrations all day, and enjoy bottle feeding baby lambs in the main petting barn.

http://www.restonzoo.com/news.html

Ralph’s World

12pm & 3pm @ National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium, Washington, DC

Come see kids’ rocker Ralph Covert and his band Ralph’s World, for a fun family friendly concert.  Kids and parents both love him.  Definitely a good time for the whole family.

http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/concerts/2011/04/09/ralphs-world/

Leesburg Easter Egg Hunt

12pm – 4pm @ Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, VA

There will be 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.

http://www.leesburgva.gov/index.aspx?page=565

Sully Historic Site Easter Egg Hunt

1pm – 3pm @ Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, VA

Children 3 – 7 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.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/psa016-11.htm

 

Sunday, April 10th

Spring Eggstravaganza Puppet Show

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA

Celebrate spring with an egg-cellent puppet show, stories, crafts and meet live animals while learning about the awakening of many woodland creatures. Naturalists highlight the natural and cultural history of eggs.

Click here for more info.

Saturday, April 9th & Sunday, April 10th

24th Annual GW Invitational Regatta/Potomac Challenge Cup

Saturday, 8:24am – 4pm & Sunday, 9am – 12pm @ Washington Harbour, Washington, DC

Come see one of the oldest Olympic sports, rowing, in the largest collegiate rowing competition in the Washington metropolitan area.  Men’s and women’s crews from 11 universities, including Oxford George Washington, with more than 300 rowers.  Admission is free. Spectator viewing areas are located at Washington Harbour near the 3000 block of K St., NW.

http://www.gwsports.com/sports/m-rowing/spec-rel/040711aae.html

Fabergé Egg Family Festival

Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 1-5pm @ Hillwood Estate and Gardens, Washington, DC
There will be an egg roll (as well as other traditional Russian folk games), decorate your own Fabergé-style egg, storytelling, a Russian Folk Music Ensemble, and much more.

http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/events/Faberge_Festival_2011.pdf

Great Country Farms Marshmallow Harvest & Egg Hunt

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

http://www.greatcountryfarms.com/index.php/annual-events/marshmallow-harvest.html

 

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!

Virginia

Arlington

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.

http://eggstravaganzadc.com/

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.

http://lyonvillage.org/bulletin/2011-03-bulletin.pdf

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.

http://www.nvrpa.org/events/view/1511

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.
http://www.fairlingtonvillages.com/

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.

http://www.westoverbaptist.org/children


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.

http://www.1bc.org/?p=397

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.

http://www.saintgeorgeschurch.org/article287608.htm


Alexandria

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.

http://www.delrayumc.org/498142.ihtml

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.

http://eggstravaganzadc.com/

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.

http://www.engiftandgarden.com/

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.

http://www.leefendallhouse.org/calendar_day.asp?date=4/23/2011

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.

http://www.franconiaumc.org/news_calendar.html

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.

http://mychurchevents.com/calendar/calendar.aspx?list_by=calendar_month&begin_date=4/1/2011%2012:00:00%20AM&ci=L6F0F0K5H2F0O9N8H2&igd=

Annandale

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.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hiddenoaks/public.htm

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.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/psa024-11.htm

Bluemont

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

http://www.greatcountryfarms.com/index.php/annual-events/marshmallow-harvest.html

Bristow

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

http://www.virginia.org/site/description.asp?attrid=72666


Centreville

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

http://www.nvrpa.org/events/view/1482

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!

http://www.coxfarms.com/


Chantilly

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.

http://www.ticonderoga.com/

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.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/psa016-11.htm

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.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/psa024-11.htm

Fairfax

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!

http://www.fairfaxva.gov/parksrec/EggHunt.asp

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.

http://www.fallschurchva.gov/Content/Government/Departments/CommunityServices/RecsParks/Events.aspx

Herndon

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.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/events.htm

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.

http://www.herndon-va.gov/Content/Parks_rec/SpecialEvents/AquaEggHunt/default.aspx

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.

http://www.herndon-va.gov/Content/Parks_rec/SpecialEvents/Easter_Egg_Hunt/default.aspx

Leesburg

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.

http://www.leesburgva.gov/index.aspx?page=565

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

Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA

http://www.leesburganimalpark.com/Activities.html

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.
http://www.georgecmarshall.org/images/FrontPage/easter-egg-hunt-flyer.png

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.

http://www.morvenpark.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=907&year=2011&month=04

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.

Manassas

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.

http://easterbounce.eventbrite.com/

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!

http://www.sudleymanorhouse.com/

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

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

http://www.mstumc.org/News/mst_cal.html

McLean

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.
http://www.newlife4me.com/calendar/

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.

http://www.mcleancenter.org/kids-teens/childrens-events.asp#bunny_tales

Occoquan

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)

http://www.3storytellers.com/?page=shop/disp&pid=page_calendar&CLSN_3071=130092697330714744ba82af6ba5569d

Reston

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.

http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/arts_community_egghunt.shtml

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.)

http://www.restonzoo.com/news.html

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.

http://www.viniferabistro.com/index.php?view=details&id=6%3Aeaster-brunch&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=6

Springfield

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.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/psa023-11.htm

Sterling

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.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176837825696547

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.

http://sterlingumc.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=29566&PG=Events&LID=&CID=927114

Vienna

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

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

http://historicviennainc.org/?p=262

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.

http://www.fxva.com/seedoplan/fairfax-virginia-events/

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.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/providence/events.htm

Woodbridge

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.

http://www.virginia.org/site/description.asp?attrid=72671

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

http://dcrintra.dcr.virginia.gov/dcr_public/events/ViewEvent.cfm?id=LE110005-00

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.

http://www.lakeridgeva.com/cal/CalendarShow.asp?event_id=345574&event_batch=1

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.

http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/calendar.html

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.

http://theaterchurch.com/events/

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.

http://www.tudorplace.org/calendar.html#april

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.

http://blog.reishmanrealestate.com/2011/04/18/stead-park-6th-annual-easter-egg-hunt-in-dupont-circle/

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.

http://eggstravaganzadc.com/

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

http://turtlepark.org/docs/events.php

Maryland

Germantown

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.

http://www.butlersorchard.com/BunnylandFlyer.pdf

Bethesda

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

5500 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

http://www.pilgrimbethesda.org/cal/

Frederick

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.

http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=4020

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

http://www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/History/Oxon_Hill_Manor/Events_and_Programs.htm 

Rockville

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.

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/calendar//events/index.php?com=detail&eID=870

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.

http://www.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.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/51325865/5/Spring-Break-Camps

It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend, so head outside and enjoy!   Here are some indoor and outdoor ideas of where to go and what to do.

  1. Go to an early Easter Egg Hunt!  Easter Eggstravaganza (Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA) or Sully Historic Site Easter Egg Hunt (Chantilly, VA).  Check out my Easter Egg Hunt post for more information.
  2. Visit to NASA Goddard Space Flight Visitor Center, Greenbelt, MD.  Great for both school aged kids and toddlers, with hands on stuff for kids to do.  From the large bin of space toys and the dress-up chest to the animated data movie and real space shuttle cockpit, there is something for everyone.  Also on the 3rd Sunday of each month, there is the Sunday Experiment Event at the Goddard Visitor Center, a free afternoon of hands-on activities that will let you experience what it’s like to be a NASA engineer. NASA Goddard Space Flight Visitor Center Site
  3. Visit the Donald M Brown Planetarium, Arlington, VA-  Our Place in Space show- Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 1:30 and 3:00pm    Tickets are $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for seniors 62 and older and children 12 and under.  Donald M Brown Planetarium Site
  4. Attend a tea with the kids- “Mad Hatter” Historic Tea, Tudor Place, Washington, DC-  Straight out of Alice in Wonderland, attend a “Mad Hatter” tea at Tudor Place, March 20 @ 1pm.   Families can try on period clothing and sample teas and desserts in Tudor Place’s historic homes.  Tudor Place site

Also, check out  this post by Fun Things to Do with Kids, Top 5 Things to do With-Kids This Sunny Weekend. Lots more fun ideas for the weekend.


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