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.



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

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. 

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.

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–



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.

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.





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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.,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.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Meet the Easter Bunny- April 22nd

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Easter at Cox Farms– April 23rd @ 11am

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


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

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

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

Cub Run RECenter Easter Egg Decoration– April 11th

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


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

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

Falls Church

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

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


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

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

Herndon Aqua Egg Hunt, April 16th @1pm

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

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

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


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

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

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

Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, Reston, VA

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


Annual Easter Eggstravaganza- April 23rd

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

LRPRA Eggstravaganza– April 23rd @ 9am

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

Washington, DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EGGstravaganza 2011– April 24th @ 12pm

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

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



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

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


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

5500 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda


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

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

Oxon Hill

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


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

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

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

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

Takoma Park

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

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

Great weekend to get out and pay tribute to those who died while in military service.  There are many activities to take part in this Memorial Day weekend.   Let me know if you know of any others.

Entire Weekend

Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon– May 28 – May 30, 6pm – 9pm, Mount Vernon, VA – A new Memorial Day event, and the estate is open after normal business hours (very rare).  There will be tours of the mansion, 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. The grounds will be lantern-lit and costumed workers will interact with visitors.  This is a family-friendly event.

Hometown Holidays– May 29 to May 31, Rockville, MD- A 3-day festival of food, a parade, kid activities, and music.  There will also be Memorial Day festivities honoring fallen services members.

Viva Vienna– May 29 to May 31, Vienna, VA- A 3-day festival to celebrate the community of Vienna, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Virginia.  There will be food, music, children’s activities, crafts, amusement rides, and a Memorial Day tribute.

Saturday, May 29

Tribute to a Generation” Celebration- @ 2pm, WWII Memorial, National Mall- The WWII memorial will be dedicated on Saturday afternoon, and gates will open 8am.  Tickets are required for seating, but there will also be non-ticketed viewing areas.  At 12pm, there will be 2 hours for pre-ceremony activities with video images and newsreel clips to evoke a wartime era feel.  There will also be musical groups from the armed forced entertaining the crowd.

Sunday, May 30

National Memorial Day Concert @ 8pm (gates open at 5pm), West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Held on the West Lawn of the US Capitol, the PBS concert consists of musical performances and dramatic readings to honor the service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed services.  The general public is usually allowed to enter the concert area starting 3 hours before the concert.  Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Brad Paisley, Lionel Richie, and General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.),will join The National Symphony Orchestra to help honor service members.

Wolf Trap Farm Park– @ 8pm, Wolf Trap Farm, Vienna, VA- Summer Blast Off! “The President’s Own”. There will be a free performance by the US Marine Band, and then fireworks.  The gates open at 6:30pm, and the performance starts at 8pm.  Fireworks begin at 9:45pm.  Arrive early because the park closes once capacity is reached.

Monday, May 31

National Memorial Day Parade @ 2pm, Washington, DC- The parade starts at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW. It will proceed west down Constitution, past the White House, and end at 17th St.  There will be marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups,  veterans and parade floats.

Arlington National Cemetery National Memorial Day Observance– @ 11am, Arlington National Cemetery- Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  A prelude by the U.S. Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30am.  After the wreath-laying, there will be an observance program hosted by the DoD in the Memorial Amphitheater.  This is a free event and open to the public.  You are encouraged to be there by 9:30am.
On May 29 the Price of Freedom sculpture will be unveiled at 2pm in the Visitors Center, and the Fallen Heroes Portraits Display will be placed in Section 60.

If you are unable to attend the wreath-laying, please note that the Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public at 8am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. “Flags In” was conducted on May 29, and it is a powerful powerful reminder of the sacrifices made for our freedom.  Flags are placed one foot in front of each headstone in the cemetery, and are also placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Navy Memorial Wreath-laying @ 1pm, Navy Memorial, Washington, DC- Naval District Washington’s Wreath-laying ceremony accompanied by the U.S. Navy Band,

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Annual Memorial Day Ceremony– @ 1pm Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC- Hosted by Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael G. “Mike” Mullen, there will be a presentation of the Colors, as well as a wreath-laying service.

Air Force Memorial Wreath-laying Ceremony- @ 9am, Air Force Memorial, Arlington, VA- The Air Force Association/Air Force Sergeants Association Wreath-laying ceremony is open to the public.
Fort Ward Park Jazz Festival- 1pm – 7pm, Alexandria, VA- A jazz festival with great music and food.  Held in Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium.

Falls Church Memorial Day Parade & Festival– 9am – 5pm, Falls Church- A festival with a parade rides, crafts, pony rides, food, and musical entertainment.

Looks like it is going to be a rainy weekend in the DC Metro area.  Check out some fun indoor activity ideas for the weekend!

  1. Launch Zone’s 1st Birthday– Apr 24, 11am – 4pm @ National Children’s Museum Launch Zone — It is the Launch Zone’s 1st birthday, and NCM is hosting a family festival.  There will be fun activities, balloon sculptures, face painting, party hat making, a magician, and party favors.  It is a free event, and no reservations are required.  The first 250 birthday party guests will receive mini-frisbees.
  2. Alexandria Earth Day– April 24, 10am – 2pm @ Ben Brenman Park —  There will be music, a puppet show, and a family sing along.
  3. Shoogie: the Tail of my Wiener Dog– April 24, 2:30pm, 5pm and 7:30pm @ The Washington Ballet– England Studio Theater — A fun production that is part play, part ballet, and is aimed at both kids (ages 5 and up) and adults.  It draws from Artistic Director, Septime Webre’s upbringing in Texas.  The program will be preceded by excepts from Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty.,_the_Tail_of_my_Weiner_Dog
  4. Disney’s Oceans April 25, 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:25pm, 7:50pm @ Tyson’s Corner Center — A look into the ocean deep and the amazing creatures that live within.  For every ticket purchased during the opening week, a donation is made to The Nature Conservancy.
  5. Angelina Ballerina Open House– April 25, 12-3pm @ American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD — Children can meet Angelina Ballerina, watch dance performances, do arts and crafts, and take a dance lesson.

UPDATE- Check out this year’s list (2011)-

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 date.  Let me know if I missed any….

Easter Eggstravaganza- Saturday March 20, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15

Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA – There is an egg hunt and intro to friendly farm animals at Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center.  Cost is $6 per child. To make a reservation, call 703-437-9101.

Sully Historic Site Easter Egg Hunt, March 20, 1-3pm
Chantilly, VA- For kids ages 3-7 yrs.  Easter egg  hunt for filled Easter eggs in Sully’s fields.  Kids can also participate in an egg roll as they may have done at the Capitol when James Madison was president.  Create an Easter craft to take home and enjoy yummy treats.  The egg hunts at 1:30 and 2:30pm. Reservations required. Rain date 3/27. $5/child

15th Annual Bunnyland- March 27, 28, April 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 & 11, 2010 (closed Easter Sunday)
Butler’s Orchard, Germantown MD- Take a hayride down the Bunny Trail, hunt for Easter eggs, enjoy face painting & crafts, Rubber Ducky Derby, ride ponies, giant slides, and tractors, see bunnies, lambs and chicks, and enjoy food and family activities.  $8 per child and $6 per adult. • Open 9am until 3:00pm each day.

Great Country Farms Marshmallow Harvest & Egg Hunt, March 27, 1-2:30pm

Travel to Great Country Farms for an egg hunt, train rides, marshmallow roasting, Marshmallow Peep Maze, and a hayride.  There will be 3 egg hunts this year with over 5000 eggs: 1pm ~ Children 3 and under…….1:30pm ~  children  4-6 years…….2pm ~ children 7-10 years

Reston Community Center Eggnormous Egg Hunt, March 27, 10:00am-11:30 am
Temporary Road Picnic Pavilion, Reston, VA- The egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. sharp.  There will be carnival games, a moonbounce, and a “human statue”.

Kingstowne Easter Eggstravaganzza– March 27, 11am

Top Golf of Alexandria, Kingstowne- Egg Hunt, life sized Easter Bunny, face painting, balloon artistry

Easter Egg Hunt at Ida Lee Park, March 27, 2010, from 12 – 4pm

Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, Virginia- Annual Easter Egg Hunt with 15,000 eggs hidden throughout Ida Lee Park. For children 7 and under. There are also candy filled eggs, prizes, and entertainment. Admission is $10 per child in advance and $12 at the gate. (703) 777-1368.

Herndon Aqua Easter egg Hunt, March 27, 1pm

Herndon Community Center Pool- An Easter Egg hunt in the pool! Some will be floating and some will be on the bottom. Collect as many eggs as you can and redeem for prizes. Mesh bags provided to collect eggs.  Pre-registration preferred but you can register up until 15 minutes prior to the hunt on day of the event. $10-includes one parent and one child

Fabergé Egg Family Festival, March 27  10am-7pm & March 28 1-5pm

Hillwood Estate, Washington, DC- A Russian style festival.  You can meet historical characters Tsar Nicholas II and Peter Carl Fabergé, and listen to folk music and storytelling, as well as take part in an egg-rolling game.  Added bonus- decorate your own Fabergé-inspired egg.  $12 adults, $5 ages 6–18, free kids under age 6

Del Ray Easter Egg Hunt, March 28, 11-12:30pm

The Easter Bunny is coming to Del Ray on the block of Mt. Vernon Ave. bounded by E. Howell and E. Windsor. Kids and their dogs are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt. ACKC, Artfully Paper and Barkley Square are organizing the hunt with over 2000 eggs.   The eggs will be of two types– those for children with chocolate and a ticket and those for canine children with doggy treats in them and tickets. The tickets will be for prize drawings at the end of the hunt–some prizes being humans and others for our canine participants.

Bunny Bonanza– March 31, 10-1:00pm

Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, Va- Learn about responsible pet ownership from the members of local animal organizations. Live animals, hands-on activities and demonstrations.  Bunny Bonanza is free with paid Museum admission. Bring a donation of canned pet food and receive one free child’s admission; one free admission per family

Upton Hill Easter egg Hunt, April 1, 2pm

Upton Hill, Arlington, VA- Official registration begins March 13th.  Participants must be at least 2 years of age to participate in the hunting.  Contact park director to register, John Sims —  The Easter Bunny will be there, as well as a moonbounce and crafts.

Bull Run Easter Egg Hunt, Apr 1 10am-11:30am

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

Cost: $8 per child and is open to children ages 2 to 8 yrs

There is an Easter Egg hunt, crafts, games, and photos with the Easter Bunny.  Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for purchase for $5. Reservations are required.

Meadowside Nature Center Easter Egg Hunt– April 2, 10 am-3:30 pm

Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MarylandSearch for real eggs through the meadows, and dye and decorate the eggs you find.  Admission: $5 per child. Reservations are required. (301) 924-4141

City of Fairfax/Chick-fil-A Egg Hunt– April 2, 2010

Fairfax, VA- Hunt for candy eggs and search for the eggs with tickets that can be turned in for prizes. Enjoy Chick-fil-A food and meet the Chick-fil-A cow.  Ages 2-3: 10am, Ages 4-5: 10:20am, Ages 6-7: 10:40am, Ages 8-9: 11am

Eggstravaganza at Tudor Place, April 3, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tudor Place, Washington DC,- Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll Contest, decorate festive eggs, and build a spring basket. Visitors also enjoy a self-guided tour of Tudor Place’s gardens. Bring your own basket, spoon, and one hard-boiled egg per child. Admission: Member Children: $7, Nonmember Children: $10, Adult Chaperones: $3.

Ballston Easter Eggstravaganzza– April 3, 10:30am

Quincy Park, Arlington- Egg hunt, life sized easter bunny, face painting, balloon artistry

Capitol Hill Easter Eggstravaganzza– April 3, 1pm

Lincoln Park, DC- Egg Hunt, bunny petting zoo, carnival games, life size easter bunny, dace painting and balloon artistry

Falls Church Easter Egg Hunt, April 3 10am

Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church- Easter Bunny will visit and take pictures with the kids.

Town of Herndon Easter Egg Hunt, April 3, 10am-12:30pm

Herndon High School Front Lawn, Herndon,VA-  There is an Easter Egg Hunt with over 7,500 candy and toy-filled eggs hidden. You and your children can also visit Funland, which includes a magic show, petting zoo, and a moonbounce. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos.  $7-Advance/$9-On site

Rippon Lodge Egg Hunt, April 3  11am-2pm

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, Woodbridge, VA- An Easter Egg Hunt from the 18th century.  Children will hunt for eggs, play games, do crafts, and visit the Easter Bunny.  Admission includes a tour of Rippon Lodge and the gardens.  Each child will receive a goodie bag to take home.  $5 per child

Ben Lomond Egg Hunt, April 3 10am- 1pm

Ben Lomond Historic Site, Manassas, VA- Celebrate spring with crafts, games, entertainment, and egg hunts at Ben Lomond. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for an additional fee.  $6 per child.

Franconia United Methodist Church Egg Hunt, April 3  10am-12pm

FUMC, Alexandria, VA- A free Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through grade 6. Information:(703) 971-51

Hopkins House Easter Egg Hunt, April 3  10am-12pm

Hopkins House, Alexandria, VA- Crafts, pictures with Easter Bunny, and story time.  There is also a $4 Picnic available (hotdog, drink & chips). Bring your own basket!

Lee-Fendall House Egg Hunt, April 3   10am-4pm

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Alexandria VA- There will be two separate sessions for the hunt (10:30am and 1pm), and an area will be set up for kids under 3.  Reservations are required.  An Easter bunny will also be there.  $5 per child, free for adults  Call (703) 548-1789 for reservations.

Woodlawn Easter Egg Hunt, April 3  1:30-3pm

Woodlawn- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, Alexandria, Va- A free egg hunt on the grounds of Woodlawn.  Lots of activities incuding face painting, balloon artistry, Easter Bunny, and 19th-century games.  (703) 780-4000

6th Annual Egglectic Nature Easter Eggstravaganza, April 3 @ 11am

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

Nottoway Park Easter Egg Hunt, April 3 @ 10am

Nottoway Park, Vienna, VA- For ages 1 to 9- children are divided in groups based on age, and can meet the Easter Bunny.  Cost is $7 per child.  Call 703-324-8566 for more info.

Easter Egg Hunts at Reston Zoo, April 3-4, 2010, 9 a.m – 4 p.m

Reston Zoo, Vienna VA- egg hunts per day at 11:15, 1:15, and 3:15. Go to Reston Zoo for an Easter Egg hunt- the child who finds the golden egg wins a prize.  There is also free face painting, and a small fee for pictures with the Easter Bunny and chicks, lambs, and bunnies.  The hunt is free with price of admission. (703)757-6222

Leesburg Animal Park Egg Hunts, Apil 3-4   2pm

Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA- There will be hunts on both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.  Visit with the Easter Bunny, and hunt for Golden Eggs for special prozes.  Cost for the event is $7.95 for children and $9.95 for adults.    (703)433-0002

Ticonderoga Farms Easter Egg Hunts, Apil 3-4   11am & 2pm

Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, VA- There will be two hunts both Saturday and Sunday with candy and toy-filled eggs (special golden goose eggs for a prize.  Play on the playground, take a hayride, visit the animal center and roast marshmellows.  There are also photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Call 703-327-4424

Freeman House Museum, April 4, 10:30am

Vienna, VA– Old fashioned Easter Egg hunt on the Freeman Store grounds.  The event will include an egg hunt, egg painting, a storyteller, and games.

Easter Egg Hunt at Leesylvania, April 4, 11:30am-1pm

Hunt for colorful, prize-filled Easter Eggs.  Kids color eggs, play games and make crafts.

Turtle Park Easter Egg Hunt, April 5 @ 3:30pm

Washington, DC

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