Family Activities in the DC Metro Area — Spring 2019

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The sun is shining, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the temperature is finally above freezing. This means that spring has definitely arrived. There are so many activities in our area, and some great family activities that you won’t want to miss — including many free activities for kids. Having these dates at hand is also a great tool for planning a day out with the kids based on your co-parenting schedule. Here are some of our favorite family activities in the DC Metro area.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival began March 30th and continues through April 14th. This is a must-see event for our area. Make sure you check out all the activities from story-time to a Petalpalooza at the National Harbor!

Fairy and Gnome Home Festival and Tour takes place April 14th from 11-4 in Solomons, Maryland. This festival features an over-the-top magical afternoon of creative play, games, unicorn rides, a petting zoo, face painting, crafts and more!

Montgomery Parks offer so many fun events! The Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar takes place April 17th to June 30 from 10-5. Visitors will be surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers and going about their business of drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind.

Port Discovery Children's Museum offers Spring Break fun from April 19th to April 22nd. Kids will love the Stem in Spring event where they can explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in fun, playful ways.

Days Out with Thomas tour at the B&O Railroad Museum offers your train loving kids the chance to spend a day with Thomas the Tank Engine™ at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Little Engineers and families take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun! Tickets are available for Fridays: April 26th and May 3rd from 9-3, Saturdays: April 27th and May 4th from 8:30-6 and Sundays: April 28th and May 5th from 8:30-5:30

Annapolis, Maryland has some wonderful family events. We love the Food and Spirits Festival April 27th and 28th from 10-6 and May Day on May 1st.

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival takes place May 4th from 8:30-6, and the 5th from 8:30-5. There are lots of fun family activities celebrating all things sheep!

The Big Bounce America tour is coming to the D.C. area from May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. Check out the options and buy your tickets here.

How about a day trip to Delaplane, VA for the annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival on May 25th and 26th from 10-5? There will be hayrides, a petting farm, crafts and old-fashioned field games. Make sure to take home a pint of strawberries!

Passport DC offers families the opportunity to get a better understanding of the district's thriving international diplomatic community. Events are held in May including the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 4th.

The D.C. Chocolate Festival offers families the opportunity to try and learn about oodles of different chocolate from a variety of creators.

The Fun Company offers live kids' shows in Frederick, Maryland.

Easter Egg HuntDC Area Easter Egg Hunts and Other Kid-Friendly Easter Events

Of course our area offers plenty of fun Easter Events. Here are a few worth checking out.

Milburn Orchards in Elkton, Maryland is opening for Easter egg Hunts and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny April 13th, 14th, 18th, 19th and 20th.

Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard is open on weekends beginning April 13th to April 28th from 10-5. Activities include a jump pad, hunting for eggs, a hayride, petting zoo and tons of more fun.

National Zoo Easter Monday and Earth Optimism Celebration is on April 22nd from 10-2. Families are invited to enjoy egg hunts, live music, food trucks and games while discovering how they can help save species. This is a free event, and will be highly attended so plan to arrive early.

Bunny Bonanza at the Baltimore Zoo takes place April 19th to 21st from 10-2. This annual family tradition features games, activities, crafts, live entertainment, and non-stop egg hunts! Plus, don’t miss a full schedule of animal enrichment where our animals will get some sweet Easter treats of their own!

The annual PEEPshow at Carroll Arts Center takes place from April 12th to 23rd. Times are Sunday through Thursday 10-7, and Friday and Saturday from 10-9. It’s held in Westminster and features more than 150 marshmallow masterpieces!

DC Area Parks and Amusements

Spring is also the time for many parks and amusements open for the season.

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve opens March 23rd. Hours are from 10-4. The preserve features more interactive touch and feed opportunities than any other animal park in the region.

King’s dominion opens March 30th for the season and you can usually search the web to find discounts on tickets.

Six Flags America opens April 6th, again don’t forget to search for discounted tickets!

Chesapeake Pirate Adventures opens April 13th. Set sail in search of adventure for an experience the entire family will enjoy.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Spring Activities list.

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