5 Family Activities to Put a ‘Spring’ in Your Step

Photo by Jaleel Davis

As birds and other wildlife make their return this spring, it’s time for you and your family to get out of the den, too. Warmer weather, longer days and bristling naturescapes are all in the cards as you set out to make memories. Here are five unique adventures for your family to enjoy this spring.

Doggie Bonding Time

April 29 | Oronco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Bring every family member—yes even the furry ones—out to enjoy the spring weather and stretch their legs. Visiting a dog park or making a stop at dog-friendly dining spots are great ways to make sure the whole family feels included. This year is the second annual ALX dog walk. The first drew more than 450 dogs and 700 people. The experience features goodie bags for each person with a T-shirt, dog bandana, sustainable treats and coupons! Visit the photo booth together and be sure to check out the Puppy PlayZone for kids! Register for $35 at alxdogwalk.com.

Easter Eggs and Animals

April 1-2, 6-9 | 10102 Fingerboard Road, Ijamsville, MD 21754

Visit a petting zoo and partake in delightful spring programming, like the Easter egg hunts at Green Meadows Farm. These Easter egg hunts are included with the $16 admission to the farm. Admission also includes a hayride, goat feed, pig races and more outdoor animal fun! Everyone can get excited for the chance to see the Green Meadows Farm Easter Bunny, Whiskers, and hunt cleverly hidden candy-filled eggs. Kids can bring their own basket to collect eggs or buy one for $5 on site. For more information, visit greenmeadowsevents.com.

Orchid Exhibit

April 1-30 | 100 Maryland Ave. S.W. Washington, D.C. 20001

Take your family to meet one of the largest plant families in the world – orchids. Throughout April, the 27th annual joint exhibit between the U.S. Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens will be on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden’s conservatory. Children and adults alike can learn about the diversity and conservation of these beautiful plants with the garden’s many orchid-themed educational opportunities. Learn more or plan your visit at USBG.gov.

National Cherry Blossom Festival

April 1-16 | Washington D.C. and surrounding communities

Celebrate the beauty of spring and the enduring friendship between the U.S. and Japan at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The annual festival returns with its signature family-friendly programming, food, music, performances, fireworks and the famous pink blossoms. If you can’t make every event, be sure to hold a spot for the April 15 parade from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information and a detailed guide to all the can’t-miss festivities, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

Baseball Season at Nationals Park

April – October | 1500 S. Capitol St. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003

Catch a game and grab your gear. The 2023 Major League Baseball season is up to bat starting March 30. Nationals Park has been home to our very own Washington Nationals since its construction in 2008 and remains a bastion of the iconic American pastime. Even if baseball isn’t your sport, the concessions and atmosphere are worth the trip. Plan your visit according to the schedule at mlb.com/nationals/ballpark.


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