It’s spring break for us this week and we are having some much needed family fun. We’ve been going to museums, eating way too much and enjoying our family time. One of the advantages of living just outside Washington DC is the plethora of things to do and see in and around the city.
So whether you’re a local or just visiting with your family this weekend, here are a few fun things to do in DC this spring.
Yes, it gets crowded, but you have to see the cherry blossoms in downtown Washington DC at least once. There is also a parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on April 14, 2018. Check the Cherry Blossom Watch website for peak dates and a list of activities.
One of the reasons I really like DC is because there are so many fun family activities and much of it is free. On Saturday April 14th and 15th 2018, the White House will be having it’s White House spring garden tour. The tour is free and open to the public. Remember, tickets are first come first serve so get there early.
Visit Any of the Smithsonian Museums
Obviously, no visit to Washington DC would be complete without a visit to the museum. If you’re planning a visit the Smithsonian, a quick note that the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History are some of my faves. Remember that there is no cost to visit any of the Smithsonian Museums in DC. But if you’re adding something fun to your experience like IMAX, there is typically a fee involved.
As a matter of fact, my family and I got a sneak peak of a new IMAX Panda movie debuting at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History on April 6th.
The short film is narrated by Kristen Bell and follows the conservation efforts of Dr. Jake Owens and his crew to introduce Pandas back to the wild in China and one particularly special Panda named Qian Qian.
For reference, my kids are 4 and 8 and they enjoyed watching the Pandas on film. Besides being cute, Pandas are so smart too.
Also, be on the look out for the original IMAX Panda original movie at the Museum of Natural History. We saw the film in 3D and truly felt like we were in the bamboo forest in China.
Since April is Jazz Appreciation Month, at the Smithsonian American Museum of Art, there is a special Jazz Family Day.
The event is free. There will be jazz performances, crafts and more!
If you are looking for more family fun in and around DC, check out Red Tricycle DC for even more memorable activities in and around Washington, DC.