Celebrating Spring

Leticia Barr - Washington Dc
March 27, 2012

Spring came early to DC this year, and with the flowers in full bloom, it's time to celebrate the permanent return of warm weather by exploring the best of what the area has to offer. From cherry blossoms to Earth Day activities to simple things like taking a stroll downtown on a beautiful weekend, there is no shortage of things to do with little ones with boundless energy and a desire to learn about the season.

Celebrate 100 years of the cherry blossoms by attending the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Find a place to stand along Constitution Avenue between 7th to 17th streets, NW on Saturday, April 14, between 10:00 a.m. and noon, to watch lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and performers as they make their way down the parade route. The parade happens rain or shine, so check the weather and come prepared for this historic event.

Spring, plants, and celebrating Earth Day go hand in hand. Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland, is a great place to appreciate the beauty of spring, but if you visit on Saturday, April 22, families can enjoy free activities and crafts that are part of their Earth Day Festival. From noon to 4:00 p.m. volunteers will lead activities that in include grow your own salad bowl, where kids can plant their own lettuce garden, a tree adventure scavenger hunt, as well as walks and tours through the gardens and conservatory.

Pack a picnic lunch and seek out blooming spring bulbs and some bubbling fountains during a walk downtown. Some favorites include The Bartholdi Fountain at the U.S. Botanical Gardens, Freedom Plaza fountain in front of the Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue by the White House, The National Arboretum's fountain, and The Garden Pool in the Smithsonian Castle Gardens.

If you like green and speckled frogs, little white ducks, and bugs on a log, hop on down to the National Children's Museum's Launch Zone at the National Harbor to explore the pond and all of the creatures that live there. This free, drop-in occurs on multiple Tuesdays in April (April 10, 17, and 24) and starts at 10:30 a.m.  The free activities may include stories, games, art, and movement for adults and children to experience together and do not require prior registration to attend.


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