45+ Fun Things to Do in spring With Kids in DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia
There are lots of fun things to do with kids in the DC metropolitan area both in-person and virtually. We've gathered up all the ideas to keep this spring fun for your entire family!
We recommend before visiting, make sure to check each venue for more details, to see if reservations are needed and what safety guidelines may be in place.
Best Spring Family-Fun Activities in Washington, DC
- Enjoy the outdoor and free Georgetown Glow lights. While normally held in the winter, you'll be to enjoy the lights when it's a bit warmer outside! From April 2 - June 27.
- Visit The Wharf's Recreation Pier and relax in the lounge chairs or modern swings along the water.
- Bring a picnic to the Hains Point, let the kids run free and try and "touch" the planes as they land and take off.
- Take the teens to the DC drum circle that's been happening for 40+ years.
- Take your bird loving kids to Anacostia Park as it's one of the best bird watching locations in DC. There are 1,200 acres of green space and fresh air for enjoying a picnic and shooting some hoops. And if you're up for it, don't forget your roller skates.
- Enjoy the beautiful Cherry Blossoms. The peak bloom this year is expected from April 2 - 5. Even attend the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.
- Relax in the red rocking chairs and watch the ducks at the Southwest Duck Pond . If you're up for more fun afterwards, head over to The Wharf nearby.
- Just outside of the Canadian Embassy is the Echo Dome. This makes for such a great science experiment that kids love! The sound gets absorbed and doesn't make it out which kids are fascinated by.
- Take a nice walk or even bike along the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Kids enjoy the labyrinth at the western end of the park.
- The National Arboretum's Mount Hamilton has thousands of blooming azaleas to see. You'll usually be able to spot the azaleas from early April until sometime in June.
- Play mini golf at the country's oldest continually operated mini golf course at East Potomac Park.
- Head to the skatepark, awesome toddler park or look for deer on the trail at Palisades Recreation Center & Playground.
- Rent a motorized swan boat for some serious family fun!
- Grab some small batch ice cream and handmade chocolates. Need we say more?
- Enjoy the outdoor garden areas of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. A few places including the boardwalk are currently closing to make sure social distancing can be maintained, but there are plenty of gorgeous areas to enjoy on a nice day.
Best Spring Family-Fun Activities in Northern Virginia
- While you're in the area enjoying some baby goat snuggles, stop by to see the unique and beautiful Bluebell Fields at Merrimac Farms from April 9-11. Enjoy a self-guided tour while kids receive bing card games for fun along the way. The Virginia Bluebells run along the Cedar Run shoreline for almost a mile.
- Grab a pre-historic passport and visit the Dino Safari. It's a drive-thru dino adventure that's fun for the whole family! At Dino Safari you'll be able to get up close and personal with lots of fun prehistoric creatures including the T-Rex and Spinosaurus.
The fun is from March 18th until April 11th.
- Nothing says spring like animal babies! Keep an eye out for new arrivals at Frying Pan Park.
- Attend Burnside Farm's Festival of Spring starting in mid-April featuring over 2.5 million blooming festivals? Not only can you pick your own tulips and daffodils, the whole family can also enjoy other activities including bounce houses, grain bin basketball, cornhold games, pedal cart track, authentic dutch wooden shoes to klomp around in and more! Back a picnic and enoy the day.
- Enjoy a movie outdoors at Alexandria Drive-In Movies. See the Our Kids Mom Review here
- Take a self-drive Safari at Roer's Zoofari to see all kinds of animals and even opt-in for an animal encounter for an even more memorable experience.
- One of our favorite parks, Clemyjontri Park, is not only an absolute blast for the kids, it's a beautiful playground where children of all abilities can play side-by-side.
- Bring a picnic to the Gravelly Point Park, let the kids run free and try and "touch" the planes as they land and take off.
- The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is a bit outside of Northern Virginia but makes for a great day trip! Spread out over 10 days from April 23rd to May 2nd, the festival has plenty of family-friendly fun including a carnival, orchard tours, games and more.
- Enjoy a free visit to National Parks like Shenandoah National Park or Great Falls National Park on April 17th (or grab your free 4th grader access pass here or 5th grader access pass here).
- Take a swing in one of the area's many batting cages including Upton Hill Regional Park, Occoquan Regional Park and Cameron Run Regional Park.
- Cool off in one of the Regional Park's fun waterparks including Volcano Island Waterpark, Pirate's Cove Waterpark or Ocean Dunes Waterpark.
- Complete an orienteering course with the entire family for free throughout Fountainhead Regional Park. You'll need to bring your navigataion, map reading and compass skills to choose routes, find markers and get back to the finish line in the shortest amount of time.
- Take a stroll, relax and enjoy the views with the family at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.
- Walk the 0.7 mile Dyke Marsh Trail and watch for birds as well. You'll enjoy the views of the National Harbor and boats along the way! Don't forget the boardwalk towards the end of the trail with a nice platform overlooking beautiful views.
- Snuggle and bottle feed baby goats and alpacas? Yes, please! Sign-up at the Little Goat Farm at the Lake.
Best Spring Family-Fun Activities in Maryland
- The Butler's Orchard 2021 Bunnyland is back from March 27th to April 11th! Come enjoy the egg hunt, Farm Fun Zone, hayride, country bunny character photo op and more.
- Visit Roos2u to get up close and personal with wallabies and kangaroos. We're talking bottle feeding, giving treats, holding little ones and of course plenty of photo ops!
- Take a rid on the tot train, jum on the carousel and enjoy a picnic at Wheaton Regional Park.
- Explore the Billy Goat hiking trail in Great Falls to enjoy the sunrays with the family.
- While the National Zoo is still closed, Oxon Hill Farm is open and ready for you! Enjoy a self-guided tour to see pigs, horses, sheep, goats, chicken and mores. Kids between the ages of 9 and 13 can also become a Junior Park Ranger.
- Attend the 14th Annual PEEPshow to see marshmallow masterpieces including sculptures, dioramas, mosaics and even videos, all crafted from or inspired by PEEPS®. Runs from March 26 - April 5.
- Make a hole-in-one at one of the area's several mini golf courses including Cameron Run Regional Park and Algonkian Regional Park.
- Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town with the Party Train Tour. Hop on board for a real train ride with Thomas and grab your party pass to pick up favors at stops along the way. Say hello to Sir Topham Hatt, stop in the party corner for lawn game fun and have a blast in the bubble zone. He's coming to town May 14-16 and May 21-23.
- Enjoy a walk along the National Harbor and while you're there go for a ride on the carousel or the Capital Wheel.
- Climb aboard a safe pirate ship and sail along the Chesapeake.
- Get out and search for real fossils at Calvert Cliffs State Park.
- Visit one of the state parks and borrow a free backpack loaded with gear for an amazing adventure. Inside you'll find insect/butterfly nets, monoculars, trail guides, tape measure, magnifying glass, observation jar, nature notebook, colored pencils and more.
- Attend one of the many free family-friendly events at Montgomery Parks.
- Have the kids become a Junior Ranger at one of the 15 Maryland National Parks.
- Get a ice cream cookie sandwich at Insomnia Cookies.