March sure came in like a lion this year. Let’s hope it goes out like a bunny – the Easter Bunny, to be precise. He’s coming to town to take pictures with you and hide some colorful, treat-filled eggs at locations around the region. Whether you want to kick off spring and celebrate the holiday surrounded by animals, flowers, slides or even the dark of night, there’s an option for you. Hop over to one of these 13 events.
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Tudor Place Eggstravaganza
This annual event starts with an egg hunt and roll on the South Lawn and ends with crafts such as decorating a scratch art Easter egg and making a crown. Traditional children’s games and photo ops with the Easter Bunny are also part of the fun. The house dates to 1816 and opened to the public in 1988 as a way to share local history through more than 15,000 items from the mid-18th to late 20th centuries.
Cost: $10/member child and members 2 and younger, $15/nonmember child, $5/accompanying adult
When: Mar. 24, 10 a.m.-noon; Mar. 30, 10 a.m.-noon; Mar. 31, 10 a.m.-noon
Where: 1644 31st St., NW
Fabergé Egg Family Festival at Hillwood Museum and Gardens
Marvel at Marjorie Post’s collection of the Russian imperial eggs while listening to Russian folk music and watching the Kalinka Dance Ensemble. In the Happenstance Theater, catch a family-friendly play about Russian Easter traditions. Other activities include a Russian egg-rolling game and a chance to decorate your own Fabergé-like egg.
Cost: $18; $15/senior, $12/member, $10/college student, $5/kids ages 6-18, free/kids under 6
When: Mar. 24-25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 4155 Linnean Ave., NW
Easter Monday at the National Zoo
Special event activities include an Easter egg hunt, field games, musical entertainment and a chance to meet Easter Panda. Education booths will also be set up so zoo-goers can learn about wildlife endocrinology, what zoo veterinarians do and how staff keep the zoo running. Animal demonstrations will be held throughout the day and include an elephant training demonstration and meeting ape, cheetah and great cats keepers.
When: Apr. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Embassy of France
For something a little fancy, head to the Embassy of France, where Le Café Descartes is hosting an Easter brunch. The menu includes an oyster bar, a hot buffer with salmon and filet mignon, and dessert such as crème brulée and chocolate mousse. After the brunch, children 10 and under can hunt for Easter eggs. Proceeds benefit the Comité Tricolore/Tricolore Committee, which supports people in need in the French-American community
Cost: $75/person ages 15 and up, $15/kids ages 5-14 and free/kids under 5
When: Apr. 1, noon-3 p.m.
Where: 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW
Roer’s Zoofari’s Easter Eggstravaganza
Already a great place to get up close and personal with many animals, including the goats and sheep in the petting zoo and the parakeets in the Parakeet Adventure – not to mention buffalo, emu, deer and zebra on a safari wagon ride – Roer’s will offer a few bonus activities at this event. Admission includes a feed cup for anyone who’d like to give llamas, giraffes, camels or barnyard residents a snack, and an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 0-12.
When: Mar. 24, 25 & 31, and Apr. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 1228 Hunter Mill Rd. (Vienna, Va)
Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt
This BYOB – bring-your-own-basket – event is just what it sounds like, plus some egg painting and treat eating. It’s organized by the Bailey’s Community Center and the Ladies of Stiletto Drivers, which works to help organizations that promote positive influences on young women.
When: Mar. 31, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 5920 Summers Ln. (Falls Church, Va)
White House Easter Egg Roll
Winning the lottery is your ticket to this event. No, really. The lottery is held in February – one applicant per household – and winners come from all 50 states. At the event – now in its 140th year – each kid gets a souvenir wooden egg stamped with the president’s and first lady’s signatures, and more than 14,000 hard-boiled eggs are used for the egg roll and hunt. Performers and special guests of the event have included Justin Timberlake and Sesame Street.
When: Apr. 1, 7:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Where: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Self-dubbed one of the “most Eggciting Easter events in the Alexandria/Arlington area,” this will have egg hunts, entertainment, games and food. Entertainment includes Groovy Nate, a Wolf Trap teaching artist; the Rainbow Rock Band; and percussionist Uncle Devin. During the two egg hunts for children ages 4-11 and the Tot Hunt for the 3 and under set, kiddos can track down more than 10,000 treat-filled eggs.
When: Mar. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 4131 Mount Vernon Ave. (Alexandria, Va)
Ticonderoga Farms’ Spring Easter Festival
Egg hunts will happen at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and will be divided by age to keep hunters safe and their baskets full; each child should be able to fill a basket with 25 eggs. Other events include meeting the Easter Bunny, riding the giant hill slides, bopping around on jumping pillows, feeding animals and taking a hayride.
Cost: $12.95/adults, $14.95/kids ages 2 and up
When: Weekends through Apr. 8, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 26469 Ticonderoga Rd. (Chantilly, Va)
Great Country Farms’ Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest
If treat-filled eggs aren’t enough, head here to harvest marshmallows right off the tree (that’s what the website implies!). But if eggs are still the thing, kids can hunt for 20,000 of them. While you’re here, say hello to the spring chicks and baby animals, and hop on a wagon ride. Kiddos 10 and younger get a Great Country Farms U-Pick bucket to hold their found eggs.
Cost: $10/kids, $12/adults (buy online in advance to save $2/adult), free/kids2 and under, active and retired members of the military with ID
When: Mar. 24-25
Where: 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd. (Bluemont, Va)
Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard
Admission includes time to jump on the orchard’s new jumping pad, a hayride down the Bunny Trail, a hunt for colorful eggs, giant slides, pedal tractors, a visit with the Country Bunny and a goodie basket to take home. Want to celebrate a birthday or other event while you’re here? Reserve the Bunnyland Birthday Barn ($125), which can accommodate up to 30 people.
Cost: $9.50/child, $7.50/adult
When: Mar. 24, 25, 29, 30 & 31; and Apr. 2, 7 & 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 22200 Davis Mill Rd. (Germantown, Md)
Breakfast with the Bunny at Thomas Farm Community Center
Have a light continental breakfast with the animal of the hour. Opportunities for a photo with the Easter Bunny will be available, in addition to a magic show and spring-related crafts.
Cost: $14/Rockville resident, $16/nonresident
When: Mar. 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: 700 Fallsgrove Dr. (Rockville, Md)
Meadowside Nature Center Egg Hunt
Little ones ages 2-12 can hunt for real eggs in the meadow and then dye them with natural dyes and decorate them. While you’re here, stop by the Curiosity Center to check out books, games, puzzles and live animals; try on clothes and act like a pioneer or member of an Eastern Woodlands Indian family in the Legacy of the People exhibit; or enjoy the spring weather on the surrounding 8 miles of nature trails. Note: Reservations are required for the hunt.
When: Mar. 30, noon-12:30 p.m.
Where: 5100 Meadowside Ln. (Rockville, Md)
Are there any other amazing Easter events that should be added to this list? Tell us about them in the comments section below.