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!
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Best Spring Family-Fun Activities in Washington, DC
- 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 March 23 – 25. Even attend the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.
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- 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.
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- 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.
Spring is the perfect time to visit a local nature center for some indoor & outdoor fun!
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Best Spring Family-Fun Activities in Northern Virginia
- Snuggle and bottle feed baby goats and alpacas? Yes, please! Sign-up at the Little Goat Farm at the Lake.
- While you’re in the area enjoying some baby goat snuggles, stop by to see the unique and beautiful Bluebell Fields at Merrimac Farms typically in the first few weeks of April. Enjoy a self-guided tour while kids receive bingo card games for fun along the way. The Virginia Bluebells run along the Cedar Run shoreline for almost a mile.
- Try the new 90-element vertical adventure climbing course at Climb UPton! It re-opens in Arlington on March 12, 2022.
- Nothing says spring like animal babies! Keep an eye out for new arrivals at Frying Pan Park. Read our full review of all the fun to have at the farm!
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- Attend Burnside Farm’s Festival of Spring starting 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! Pack a picnic and enjoy the day.
- 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 22nd to May 1st, the festival has plenty of family-friendly fun including a carnival, orchard tours, games and more.
- Enjoy a free visit to National Parks on April 16th like Shenandoah National Park or Great Falls National Park (or grab your free 4th grader access pass here and visit free anytime).
- 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.
- Hike to a waterfall with the kids at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve.
- 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.
Best Spring Family-Fun Activities in Maryland
- The Butler’s Orchard 2022 Bunnyland is back on April 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 23, 24
(Closed Easter Sunday, April 17)! 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, ride on the carousel and enjoy a picnic at Wheaton Regional Park.
- Explore the Billy Goat hiking trail (Section A, Section B or Section C – all different!) in Great Falls to enjoy the sun rays with the family.
- The 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 15th Annual PEEPshow to see marshmallow masterpieces including sculptures, dioramas, mosaics and even videos, all crafted from or inspired by PEEPS®. Runs from April 8 – April 18.
- 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 at the B&O Railroad Museum. 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 13-15 and May 20-22.
- 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.