Family Entertainment Directory: Nature and Animals

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Have an adventure with your family as you explore farms and learn about natural caves or the animal kingdom. These entertaining spots are just a few of the options in the 2022 Family Entertainment Directory, available in the March issue of Washington FAMILY.

See all kinds of wild animals—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arachnids—up close with a self-guided safari at Roer’s Zoofari in Vienna, Virginia. Your curious explorer will appreciate the look into animal habitats and the opportunity to visit and feed some barnyard pals at the petting zoo.

Leesburg Animal Park in Leesburg, Virginia, offers another chance for your child to discover exotic wildlife, including African serval cats, white-handed gibbons and zebras. The park also has pony and wagon rides, live animal shows and play rooms.

Easter events for both zoo experiences will take place at their respective locations on April 9, 10, 16 and 17.

Stop by the local market at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown with your family to pick some fresh seasonal produce and get ready to welcome the spring with an annual Easter festival on select dates from April 9-24. Come back between April 30 and May 13  to enjoy the Farm Park, a farm equipment playground with farm animals.

Shop for some toys and stay for some entertainment. Check the calendar for monthly events at the Doodlehopper 4 Kids toy store in Falls Church, Virginia, including include children’s musicians, live animal shows and magicians.

The Luray Caverns are a U.S. Natural Landmark and one of the largest and most popular cave systems in the Eastern part of the country. Explore the caverns in Luray, Virginia and check out the Garden Maze (the largest evergreen hedge maze in the Mid-Atlantic) and Rope Adventure Park on site.

For more fun family adventures, check out our spring roundup of 5 Fun Places for Family Outings


Butler’s Orchard

22222 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876
Specialty: On-site family farm park, seasonal festivals, seasonal pick-your-own opportunities and seasonal farm market


Doodlehopper 4 Kids

234 W. Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-241-2262 and 703-538-9890
Specialty: Children’s toy store offering books, baby gifts and toys; monthly events include children’s musicians, live animal shows, magicians and more


Leesburg Animal Park

19246 James Monroe Highway
Leesburg, VA 20175
Specialty: Birthday party venue, family-friendly zoo activities and programs, live animal zones, play zones for kids, exotic animal exhibits


Luray Caverns

101 Cave Hill Road
Luray, VA 22835
Specialty: Tours of largest caverns in the eastern United States, museum exhibits and family-friendly rope adventure park


Roer’s Zoofari

1228 Hunter Mill Road
Vienna, VA 22182
Specialty: Field trips, birthday parties and experiences for groups, private zoo tours


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