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Posted on April 15, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, April 2017 Activities and Events, Family Fun 2017 and tagged with , , , , , ,

FREE - Red and Moving

DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for

FREE Things to Do
Easter Weekend 2017

DMV Family Fun
April 15 – 17
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Egg Hunts, National Cherry Blossom Events, National Park Activities, and More!

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

***  Visit the Calendar for additional happenings.***  

National Park Service - Find Your ParkCelebrate National Park Week
Saturday, April 15 – Sunday, April 23, 2017
National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks. The National Park Service is once again partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to present National Park Week from April 15 to 23, 2017.
NOTE:
April 15–16 and 22–23: Visit for free!
On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission!
April 15: Junior Ranger Day
Calling kids of all ages! Earn a Junior Ranger badge at one of the many fun programs happening at parks across the country.
April 22: Earth Day
Join a volunteer project or simply enjoy the natural wonders and wildlife preserved in national parks.
April 23: Park Rx Day
Get healthy and active in a national park with a ranger-led program or with family and friends. Learn more about Park Rx Day.
Try something new this year. Find your park!

*** Washington, DC ***  

Early Stages Workshop
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
Early Stages offers an interactive workshop for families to learn about stages of child development, while engaging in various activities for pre-school age children to stimulate learning and growth.
NOTE: Early Stages is a DC Public Schools assessment center for children between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 5 years 10 months. We help identify any delays that your child may have and we arrange services to address them.
Learn more about the EARLY STAGES AND DPR ‘WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD’ KICKOFF EVENT on Saturday, April 22.     Easter Egg Hunt - Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Easter Egg Hunt 2017
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙  Free!
Hunt for Easter Eggs on the grounds of Frederick Douglass’s historic estate in Washington, D.C. All children from toddlers to age ten are invited to participate! Please bring your own basket to collect eggs, and remember to bring a camera to get photos with Buddy Bison and the Easter Bunny!

17th Annual Eggstravaganza!
Langdon Park Recreation Center
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙  Free Family Fun!
FEATURING: Egg Hunt ∙ Games ∙ Sports ∙ Inflatable obstacle course ∙ Community fun Easter weekend!

EggstravaganzaEggstravaganza!
DC Public Library – Takoma Park Branch
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:30am ∙ FREE!
It’s time for our annual Eggstravaganza!
Join the egg hunt on the front lawn and make a fun craft. Hear springtime stories.
For ages birth-12 and families.  12th Annual Egg Hunt at Stead Park

Community Easter Egg Hunt
Stead Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:30am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
Join the Friends of Stead Park for the 12th Annual Egg Hunt at Stead Park. Enjoy selfies with the Easter Bunny, crafts and snacks after your little ones have filled their baskets with eggs.
Open to children ages 0–9 & Bring your own basket.
Egg Hunt Times
10:30–11:00 am: Baby–3
11:15–11:45 am: Children 4–6
12:00–12:30 pm: Children 7–9 & Late Arrivals

17th Annual Eggstravaganza!
Capitol Hill – Lincoln Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 12:00pm ∙  Free Family Fun!
FEATURING: 10 Egg Hunts with 20,000 Eggs! ∙ Snacks ∙ Photo Booth ∙ Easter Bunny ∙ Games ∙ Raffle ∙ DJ ∙ Face Painting ∙ So much more!
No preregistration needed! All hunt times are first come, first served.

Portrait Story Days – Artists
Portrait Gallery [Education Center]
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 1:00pm & Sunday, April 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the collection. In partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library. Schedule includes:
April 15 & 16: Keith Haring
April 22 & 23: Mary Cassatt
April 29 & 20: Marisol

National Park Service Logo

Morris Dance at the Mill
Peirce Mill
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 1:00pm ∙  Free!
The Rock Creek Morris Women. a folk dance group, performs the traditional seasonal dances from the Cotswold area of England. The group will be dancing at the mill to celebrate the turning of the season and the agricultural cycles we rely on. All ages.

National Cherry Blossom - Southwest Waterfront Fireworks FestivalNational Cherry Blossom Festival: Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
Southwest Waterfront
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙  Free!
From 2 – 9:30 PM at the District Wharf for live music, beer garden, food trucks, all ages hands-on activities, and more.
From 6 – 9 PM at The Titanic Memorial for pre-fireworks entertainment.
Fireworks display at 8:30 pm (weather permitting).

Georgetown Waterfront Walk
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙  Free Family Fun!
A relaxing walk at the Georgetown Waterfront Park, to various local overlooks, sharing the bittersweet history of how Georgetown became an attractive and vibrant community.
Meet at the fountain at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street.
Remember to wear proper shoes and to drink and bring water
Program Repeats on Saturday, April 29

Easter Monday

Easter Monday
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
A Washington Family Tradition
Celebrate Easter Monday at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo with family-focused activities, including special animal demonstrations, education booths, field games, live entertainment, an egg hunt and don’t miss a chance to meet Easter Panda! View event details, including animal demonstration schedule here.
NOTE: Due to increased visitation during spring break, security screening measures will be implemented at all Zoo entry points. Screening prior to entry includes but is not limited to all bags, backpacks, personal items and strollers. Visitors who exit the Zoo must participate in security screening before re-entry is permitted. Zoo entry wait times are possible during the spring break period.

DPR - Ridge Road Egg Hunt 2017Spring Egg Hunt
Ridge Road Recreation Center
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:00am ∙  Free!
Come join the Ridge Road family and participate in discovering the hidden treasure of prizes and candy during our fun and engaging Spring Egg Hunt. This event will consist of games, prizes, music, and refreshments. How far will you go to hunt for candy?
NOTE: Call (202) 671-6747 to confirm date. Event maybe reschedule to Tuesday, April 18 at 10am

Story Time
Postal Museum [Byrne Education Loft]
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:30am & 11:00am ∙  Free!
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum invites adults and young children (ages 2-3) to discover the world around them together at weekly Story Time. Children will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs, and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors, and sizes, in a relaxed setting at your neighborhood museum. Feel free to bring snacks and enjoy the space after the program!
Missed the 10:30 am Story Time? Don’t worry, the program is repeated at 11:00 am!

Reading Ranger Family Story Time - Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

Reading Ranger Family Story Time
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:30am ∙  Free!
Join National Park Service Rangers every Monday at 10:30 a.m.at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site for a fun and educational story time and craft activity. Reading Ranger programs are geared toward children under 5 years old and their caregivers.
These events are free and open to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of the program.

*** Maryland ***    

Spring Carnival

Free Spring Carnival
Derwood Alliance Church
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE Admission
Come out with the family, rain or shine, and enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, games, prizes, moon bounces, a fire truck & ambulance, refreshments, and more!

Pop Up Park Event: Rock Wall
Wall Local Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE
Have you ever wanted to go rock climbing but just haven’t worked up the nerve? Why not give Montgomery Parks mobile climbing wall a try first? The climbing wall is twenty- six feet tall and you can try your hand at rock climbing skills.

Get Fit Mobile: Basketball Clinic Pop Up
Bladensburg Community Center
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE
Come out and improve your basketball skills with us by participating in ball handling, shooting, defensive, rebounding, conditioning and agility drills! Ages: 7-16

Drop-In Art Activities: Fantasy
The Walters Art Museum
Saturday, April 15 & Sunday, April 16 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Every weekend join us in our studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. Check out our monthly themes and visit often to participate in a different project each weekend. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you!
April 15 & 16: Moving Paper Heroes – Draw a paper puppet of a special hero!
April 22 & 23: Heroic Inscriptions – Design a multi-media shield!
April 29 & 30: Fantastical Puppets – Create a hand puppet of a real or make-believe character!

Spring Greening Fair
Mount Rainier Nature Recreation Center
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE
Designed to educate the community about environmentally-friendly practices and sustainable living. Program will feature children’s activities, demonstrations, workshops, crafts and food vendors, and live entertainment.

Eggstravaganza Easter Celebration
Bowie Town Center [Food Court Patio]
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE!
All are welcome to Bowie Town Center for their annual Eggstravaganza Easter Celebration. They will have face painting, a bounce house, crafts, golden easter egg hunt and candy!

Pop Up Park Event: Pop Up Recess
Fairview Road Urban Park
Monday, April 17 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE
Join a Montgomery Park Play Specialist in a park to play with giant board games, balls, jump ropes and more fun things to play within the park. Pop Up Recess is fun for the whole family.

Junior MLB RBI Home Run Derby
Walker Mill Regional Park
Monday, April 17 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE
Girls and boys aged 9-14 can compete together in a home run derby style competition and advance through tree levels of competition: Local, Regional and the National Finals, which will be hosted during the MLB All-Star Week.  Zumba-in-the-park

Fitness in the Parks: Family Zumba
Sasscer Field
Mondays thru May 22 ∙ 6:30pm ∙ FREE
Fitness in the Parks is a FREE exercise program that brings a variety of fitness opportunities to parks and natural areas across Prince George’s County! We invite you to find the class that best suits your fitness goals and to come discover the benefits of exercising in nature. No registration required. Ages: 5 & up

*** Virginia ***  

City of Falls Church LogoEaster Egg Hunt
Cherry Hill Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
It’s an annual family celebration! Children dressed in their spring finest can hunt for candy and special eggs in Cherry Hill Park and have their photo taken with the special guest, the Easter Bunny!
Please bring a basket – they’ll supply the candy, fun, and happy springtime memories!
Note – Rain Date: Monday, April 17 at 4 p.m

Combined Properties Egg Hunt 2017

Combined Properties Egg Hunt
Van Dyck Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
Fun activities from 10:00 am–noon
Egg Hunt Schedule
2-4 years 10:30am
5-7 years 10:45am
8–10 years 11:15am

Celebrate Spring Treat BasketFREE Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Project: Celebrate Spring! Treat Basket [Make at Home]
A new project every Saturday 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.

9th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza EGG ROLL
Fairfax Government Center
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 1:00pm ∙

This is a Community Event – All Activities are FREE!
There are many age-appropriate activites planned … Egg Rolls, Moon Bounces, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Tattoos, Balloon Animals, and more! Egg Roll is for kids 11 and under.

17th Annual Eggstravaganza!
Buckland Mills Elementary School
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙  Everything is FREE!
FEATURING: Magic Show ∙ Petting Zoo ∙ Carnival Games ∙ Inflatables ∙ Face Painting
Cotton candy ∙ Free Raffles ∙ Lots more! ∙ And of course a massive Easter egg hunt!

Funday Mondays
Old Town Hall,
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Programs are free, but donations are gratefully accepted
April 17, 2017 – Peter McCory: One Mand Band
Every Monday, there’s family programming. It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! There is ample parking in the downtown, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St.     Constructive Deconstruction

School’s Out: Kids Make! – Constructive Deconstruction
Arlington Central Library [1st Floor Circulation Alcove]
Monday, April 17 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ FREE!
For Kids Grades 2-5
Take apart old machines and computers, see how they work, and use their components to create something new. As we will be using tools for this activity, parental supervision is required.
This event is drop in, attendance is on a first come, first served basis.

One Plastic Bag - Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of GambiaAuthor Event
Hooray for Books!
Monday, April 17 ∙ 6:30pm ∙ FREE!
Elizabeth Zunon, author of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia     Artomatic 2017

Artomatic 2017
Crystal City
Thru Saturday, May 6 ∙ FREE Admission!
This six-week long art festival is absolutely FREE to the public and features hundreds of artists including visual arts, musical performances, dances, fire performers, and more. There is so much to see and do at Artomatic; every day is a new adventure! View events schedule here.

 

Splurge Worthy

Nationals - ScreechKids Opening Day
Nationals Park
Sunday, April 16, 2017
The Nationals invite the team’s youngest fans to help kick off the 2017 season by celebrating Kids Opening Day on Sunday! The Washington Nationals are taking on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:35 pm. There’s a variety of kid-friendly activities available before the start of the game, including face painters in the Family Picnic Area from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday will be an ideal afternoon at Nationals Park with events for families and kids of all ages, including: Screech’s Birthday , Kids Run the Bases, and more!   Ringling Bros. Out of this World

Experience the Circus ONE LAST TIME here in the Washington, D.C. Area
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Out Of This World
EagleBank Arena ∙ Thru Sunday, April 16, 2017
Royal Farms Arena ∙ April 20 – April 30, 2017

Prepare to see the most extraordinary performers and exotic animals one last time when the ultimate circus spectacle Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World comes to the Washington, D.C. area. It features an immersive circus experience that takes families to space to witness incredible acrobatic performances on different planets. Families in the DMV can see Ringling Bros. One Last Time Before the Touring Circus Closes Permanently in May 2017. It will be an Out Of This World Experience! More details here.

Deals

Kings Dominion Pre-K PassFree Amusement Park Admission 2017 For Your Preschooler  Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Preschool Pass
Do you have a little one ages 3-5? Are you planning on some family thrills at Kings Dominion or Busch Gardens Williamsburg? If so, you definitely want to take advantage of these free amusement park admission 2017 deals for your preschooler.

 

National Harbor - Photo with the Easter BunnyPhotos with the Easter Bunny
National Harbor
Sunday, April 16 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ 50% OFF*
Photo package includes one 6×8 photo and two 4×6 photos in a  souvenir folder for just $10! (regular price $19.99)
*Management reserves all rights. Valid April 16th only. Guests are required to purchase Capital Wheel tickets in order to take the photo.

 

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Annie -LogoAnnie
The Lyric in Baltimore
Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22, 2017

“One of the best family musicals ever penned” –Chicago Tribune
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Ticket Information & Enter to win 4-tickets here.      Day Out With Thomas - DOWT 2017 Logo

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
The Friendship Tour 2017
B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore
April 28 – 30 & May 5 – 7

Thomas the Tank Engine™ returns to 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! Ticket Information (including discount code) & Enter to win 4-tickets here.      

Peppa Pig Live StrathmorePeppa Pig Live!
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 ∙ 7PM
The Music Center at Strathmore

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! Ticket Information & Enter to win 4-tickets here.   

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp - Adventure Theatre
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Adventure Theatre MTC
Thru Sunday, May 21, 2017

Based on Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp by James Norris
Directed by Roberta Gasbarre
Recommended for all ages
This is Aladdin as you’ve never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin’s lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic, and mystery in this production for all ages. Ticket Information & Enter to win 4-tickets here.

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Spring break reminds me that summer is right around the corner. Thrifty Friends, RDU Tennis is serving you a summer deal, which includes a $25 discount off a week of camp and a chance to win a FREE week too! More information, including entry to win a week of summer camp here.  

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Free Things to Do Easter Weekend 2017

Posted on April 15, 2017 by DC Thrifty Mom in 2017 Calendar of Events, April 2017 Activities and Events, Family Fun 2017 and tagged with , , , , , ,

FREE - Red and Moving

DC Thrifty Mom’s suggestions for

FREE Things to Do
Easter Weekend 2017

DMV Family Fun
April 15 – 17
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Includes Egg Hunts, National Cherry Blossom Events, National Park Activities, and More!

Sponsored By:

Orin Knows Real Estate -Banner 2

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

***  Visit the Calendar for additional happenings.***  

National Park Service - Find Your ParkCelebrate National Park Week
Saturday, April 15 – Sunday, April 23, 2017
National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks. The National Park Service is once again partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to present National Park Week from April 15 to 23, 2017.
NOTE:
April 15–16 and 22–23: Visit for free!
On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission!
April 15: Junior Ranger Day
Calling kids of all ages! Earn a Junior Ranger badge at one of the many fun programs happening at parks across the country.
April 22: Earth Day
Join a volunteer project or simply enjoy the natural wonders and wildlife preserved in national parks.
April 23: Park Rx Day
Get healthy and active in a national park with a ranger-led program or with family and friends. Learn more about Park Rx Day.
Try something new this year. Find your park!

*** Washington, DC ***  

Early Stages Workshop
DC Public Library – Mt. Pleasant Branch
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
Early Stages offers an interactive workshop for families to learn about stages of child development, while engaging in various activities for pre-school age children to stimulate learning and growth.
NOTE: Early Stages is a DC Public Schools assessment center for children between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 5 years 10 months. We help identify any delays that your child may have and we arrange services to address them.
Learn more about the EARLY STAGES AND DPR ‘WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD’ KICKOFF EVENT on Saturday, April 22.     Easter Egg Hunt - Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Easter Egg Hunt 2017
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙  Free!
Hunt for Easter Eggs on the grounds of Frederick Douglass’s historic estate in Washington, D.C. All children from toddlers to age ten are invited to participate! Please bring your own basket to collect eggs, and remember to bring a camera to get photos with Buddy Bison and the Easter Bunny!

17th Annual Eggstravaganza!
Langdon Park Recreation Center
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙  Free Family Fun!
FEATURING: Egg Hunt ∙ Games ∙ Sports ∙ Inflatable obstacle course ∙ Community fun Easter weekend!

EggstravaganzaEggstravaganza!
DC Public Library – Takoma Park Branch
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:30am ∙ FREE!
It’s time for our annual Eggstravaganza!
Join the egg hunt on the front lawn and make a fun craft. Hear springtime stories.
For ages birth-12 and families.  12th Annual Egg Hunt at Stead Park

Community Easter Egg Hunt
Stead Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:30am ∙ FREE, RSVP Requested
Join the Friends of Stead Park for the 12th Annual Egg Hunt at Stead Park. Enjoy selfies with the Easter Bunny, crafts and snacks after your little ones have filled their baskets with eggs.
Open to children ages 0–9 & Bring your own basket.
Egg Hunt Times
10:30–11:00 am: Baby–3
11:15–11:45 am: Children 4–6
12:00–12:30 pm: Children 7–9 & Late Arrivals

17th Annual Eggstravaganza!
Capitol Hill – Lincoln Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 12:00pm ∙  Free Family Fun!
FEATURING: 10 Egg Hunts with 20,000 Eggs! ∙ Snacks ∙ Photo Booth ∙ Easter Bunny ∙ Games ∙ Raffle ∙ DJ ∙ Face Painting ∙ So much more!
No preregistration needed! All hunt times are first come, first served.

Portrait Story Days – Artists
Portrait Gallery [Education Center]
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 1:00pm & Sunday, April 16 ∙ 2:00pm ∙ FREE!
Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the collection. In partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library. Schedule includes:
April 15 & 16: Keith Haring
April 22 & 23: Mary Cassatt
April 29 & 20: Marisol

National Park Service Logo

Morris Dance at the Mill
Peirce Mill
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 1:00pm ∙  Free!
The Rock Creek Morris Women. a folk dance group, performs the traditional seasonal dances from the Cotswold area of England. The group will be dancing at the mill to celebrate the turning of the season and the agricultural cycles we rely on. All ages.

National Cherry Blossom - Southwest Waterfront Fireworks FestivalNational Cherry Blossom Festival: Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
Southwest Waterfront
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙  Free!
From 2 – 9:30 PM at the District Wharf for live music, beer garden, food trucks, all ages hands-on activities, and more.
From 6 – 9 PM at The Titanic Memorial for pre-fireworks entertainment.
Fireworks display at 8:30 pm (weather permitting).

Georgetown Waterfront Walk
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙  Free Family Fun!
A relaxing walk at the Georgetown Waterfront Park, to various local overlooks, sharing the bittersweet history of how Georgetown became an attractive and vibrant community.
Meet at the fountain at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and K Street.
Remember to wear proper shoes and to drink and bring water
Program Repeats on Saturday, April 29

Easter Monday

Easter Monday
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
A Washington Family Tradition
Celebrate Easter Monday at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo with family-focused activities, including special animal demonstrations, education booths, field games, live entertainment, an egg hunt and don’t miss a chance to meet Easter Panda! View event details, including animal demonstration schedule here.
NOTE: Due to increased visitation during spring break, security screening measures will be implemented at all Zoo entry points. Screening prior to entry includes but is not limited to all bags, backpacks, personal items and strollers. Visitors who exit the Zoo must participate in security screening before re-entry is permitted. Zoo entry wait times are possible during the spring break period.

DPR - Ridge Road Egg Hunt 2017Spring Egg Hunt
Ridge Road Recreation Center
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:00am ∙  Free!
Come join the Ridge Road family and participate in discovering the hidden treasure of prizes and candy during our fun and engaging Spring Egg Hunt. This event will consist of games, prizes, music, and refreshments. How far will you go to hunt for candy?
NOTE: Call (202) 671-6747 to confirm date. Event maybe reschedule to Tuesday, April 18 at 10am

Story Time
Postal Museum [Byrne Education Loft]
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:30am & 11:00am ∙  Free!
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum invites adults and young children (ages 2-3) to discover the world around them together at weekly Story Time. Children will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs, and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors, and sizes, in a relaxed setting at your neighborhood museum. Feel free to bring snacks and enjoy the space after the program!
Missed the 10:30 am Story Time? Don’t worry, the program is repeated at 11:00 am!

Reading Ranger Family Story Time - Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

Reading Ranger Family Story Time
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:30am ∙  Free!
Join National Park Service Rangers every Monday at 10:30 a.m.at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site for a fun and educational story time and craft activity. Reading Ranger programs are geared toward children under 5 years old and their caregivers.
These events are free and open to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of the program.

*** Maryland ***    

Spring Carnival

Free Spring Carnival
Derwood Alliance Church
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE Admission
Come out with the family, rain or shine, and enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, games, prizes, moon bounces, a fire truck & ambulance, refreshments, and more!

Pop Up Park Event: Rock Wall
Wall Local Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE
Have you ever wanted to go rock climbing but just haven’t worked up the nerve? Why not give Montgomery Parks mobile climbing wall a try first? The climbing wall is twenty- six feet tall and you can try your hand at rock climbing skills.

Get Fit Mobile: Basketball Clinic Pop Up
Bladensburg Community Center
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE
Come out and improve your basketball skills with us by participating in ball handling, shooting, defensive, rebounding, conditioning and agility drills! Ages: 7-16

Drop-In Art Activities: Fantasy
The Walters Art Museum
Saturday, April 15 & Sunday, April 16 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Every weekend join us in our studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. Check out our monthly themes and visit often to participate in a different project each weekend. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you!
April 15 & 16: Moving Paper Heroes – Draw a paper puppet of a special hero!
April 22 & 23: Heroic Inscriptions – Design a multi-media shield!
April 29 & 30: Fantastical Puppets – Create a hand puppet of a real or make-believe character!

Spring Greening Fair
Mount Rainier Nature Recreation Center
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE
Designed to educate the community about environmentally-friendly practices and sustainable living. Program will feature children’s activities, demonstrations, workshops, crafts and food vendors, and live entertainment.

Eggstravaganza Easter Celebration
Bowie Town Center [Food Court Patio]
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE!
All are welcome to Bowie Town Center for their annual Eggstravaganza Easter Celebration. They will have face painting, a bounce house, crafts, golden easter egg hunt and candy!

Pop Up Park Event: Pop Up Recess
Fairview Road Urban Park
Monday, April 17 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE
Join a Montgomery Park Play Specialist in a park to play with giant board games, balls, jump ropes and more fun things to play within the park. Pop Up Recess is fun for the whole family.

Junior MLB RBI Home Run Derby
Walker Mill Regional Park
Monday, April 17 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ FREE
Girls and boys aged 9-14 can compete together in a home run derby style competition and advance through tree levels of competition: Local, Regional and the National Finals, which will be hosted during the MLB All-Star Week.  Zumba-in-the-park

Fitness in the Parks: Family Zumba
Sasscer Field
Mondays thru May 22 ∙ 6:30pm ∙ FREE
Fitness in the Parks is a FREE exercise program that brings a variety of fitness opportunities to parks and natural areas across Prince George’s County! We invite you to find the class that best suits your fitness goals and to come discover the benefits of exercising in nature. No registration required. Ages: 5 & up

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City of Falls Church LogoEaster Egg Hunt
Cherry Hill Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
It’s an annual family celebration! Children dressed in their spring finest can hunt for candy and special eggs in Cherry Hill Park and have their photo taken with the special guest, the Easter Bunny!
Please bring a basket – they’ll supply the candy, fun, and happy springtime memories!
Note – Rain Date: Monday, April 17 at 4 p.m

Combined Properties Egg Hunt 2017

Combined Properties Egg Hunt
Van Dyck Park
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 10:00am ∙ FREE!
Fun activities from 10:00 am–noon
Egg Hunt Schedule
2-4 years 10:30am
5-7 years 10:45am
8–10 years 11:15am

Celebrate Spring Treat BasketFREE Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 11:00am ∙ FREE!
Project: Celebrate Spring! Treat Basket [Make at Home]
A new project every Saturday 11am-3pm. Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.

9th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza EGG ROLL
Fairfax Government Center
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 1:00pm ∙

This is a Community Event – All Activities are FREE!
There are many age-appropriate activites planned … Egg Rolls, Moon Bounces, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Tattoos, Balloon Animals, and more! Egg Roll is for kids 11 and under.

17th Annual Eggstravaganza!
Buckland Mills Elementary School
Saturday, April 15 ∙ 2:00pm ∙  Everything is FREE!
FEATURING: Magic Show ∙ Petting Zoo ∙ Carnival Games ∙ Inflatables ∙ Face Painting
Cotton candy ∙ Free Raffles ∙ Lots more! ∙ And of course a massive Easter egg hunt!

Funday Mondays
Old Town Hall,
Monday, April 17 ∙ 10:30am ∙ Programs are free, but donations are gratefully accepted
April 17, 2017 – Peter McCory: One Mand Band
Every Monday, there’s family programming. It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! There is ample parking in the downtown, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St.     Constructive Deconstruction

School’s Out: Kids Make! – Constructive Deconstruction
Arlington Central Library [1st Floor Circulation Alcove]
Monday, April 17 ∙ 3:00pm ∙ FREE!
For Kids Grades 2-5
Take apart old machines and computers, see how they work, and use their components to create something new. As we will be using tools for this activity, parental supervision is required.
This event is drop in, attendance is on a first come, first served basis.

One Plastic Bag - Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of GambiaAuthor Event
Hooray for Books!
Monday, April 17 ∙ 6:30pm ∙ FREE!
Elizabeth Zunon, author of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia     Artomatic 2017

Artomatic 2017
Crystal City
Thru Saturday, May 6 ∙ FREE Admission!
This six-week long art festival is absolutely FREE to the public and features hundreds of artists including visual arts, musical performances, dances, fire performers, and more. There is so much to see and do at Artomatic; every day is a new adventure! View events schedule here.

 

Splurge Worthy

Nationals - ScreechKids Opening Day
Nationals Park
Sunday, April 16, 2017
The Nationals invite the team’s youngest fans to help kick off the 2017 season by celebrating Kids Opening Day on Sunday! The Washington Nationals are taking on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:35 pm. There’s a variety of kid-friendly activities available before the start of the game, including face painters in the Family Picnic Area from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday will be an ideal afternoon at Nationals Park with events for families and kids of all ages, including: Screech’s Birthday , Kids Run the Bases, and more!   Ringling Bros. Out of this World

Experience the Circus ONE LAST TIME here in the Washington, D.C. Area
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Out Of This World
EagleBank Arena ∙ Thru Sunday, April 16, 2017
Royal Farms Arena ∙ April 20 – April 30, 2017

Prepare to see the most extraordinary performers and exotic animals one last time when the ultimate circus spectacle Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World comes to the Washington, D.C. area. It features an immersive circus experience that takes families to space to witness incredible acrobatic performances on different planets. Families in the DMV can see Ringling Bros. One Last Time Before the Touring Circus Closes Permanently in May 2017. It will be an Out Of This World Experience! More details here.

Deals

Kings Dominion Pre-K PassFree Amusement Park Admission 2017 For Your Preschooler  Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Preschool Pass
Do you have a little one ages 3-5? Are you planning on some family thrills at Kings Dominion or Busch Gardens Williamsburg? If so, you definitely want to take advantage of these free amusement park admission 2017 deals for your preschooler.

 

National Harbor - Photo with the Easter BunnyPhotos with the Easter Bunny
National Harbor
Sunday, April 16 ∙ 12:00pm ∙ 50% OFF*
Photo package includes one 6×8 photo and two 4×6 photos in a  souvenir folder for just $10! (regular price $19.99)
*Management reserves all rights. Valid April 16th only. Guests are required to purchase Capital Wheel tickets in order to take the photo.

 

Giveaway Reminder

#DCTMGiveaway….

Annie -LogoAnnie
The Lyric in Baltimore
Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22, 2017

“One of the best family musicals ever penned” –Chicago Tribune
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Ticket Information & Enter to win 4-tickets here.      Day Out With Thomas - DOWT 2017 Logo

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
The Friendship Tour 2017
B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore
April 28 – 30 & May 5 – 7

Thomas the Tank Engine™ returns to 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! Ticket Information (including discount code) & Enter to win 4-tickets here.      

Peppa Pig Live StrathmorePeppa Pig Live!
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 ∙ 7PM
The Music Center at Strathmore

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! Ticket Information & Enter to win 4-tickets here.   

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp - Adventure Theatre
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Adventure Theatre MTC
Thru Sunday, May 21, 2017

Based on Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp by James Norris
Directed by Roberta Gasbarre
Recommended for all ages
This is Aladdin as you’ve never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin’s lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic, and mystery in this production for all ages. Ticket Information & Enter to win 4-tickets here.

RDUTennisServing YOU a Summer Deal from RDU Tennis
Spring break reminds me that summer is right around the corner. Thrifty Friends, RDU Tennis is serving you a summer deal, which includes a $25 discount off a week of camp and a chance to win a FREE week too! More information, including entry to win a week of summer camp here.  

Happy Easter and Enjoy your Weekend!

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