The spotlight is on The Great Outdoors, with many of this weekend’s most awesome happenings taking place in the fresh air. A roster of hayrides proves that those wagons aren’t just for autumn festivities; there’s a kid-friendly Easter egg hunt in nearly every nabe across the DMV; and Earth Day activities kick into high gear. Let’s just hope the weather decides to cooperate. Bring on the sun!



Northern Virginia

All Aboard! A Springtime Hayride
Two of our favorite activities—wagon rides and scavenger hunts—mash up for this Riverbend Park Easter weekend event. Kids will hop on a wagon to ride through the meadow. The task? Spot as many bird and butterfly species as possible. Little ones will also get some up close and personal time with a few cute spring animals. Sat., 10 am. Great Falls. $5-$7. All. Event details.

Old McDonald Had an…Easter Bunny
From hayrides and farm animals, to roasted marshmallows and Easter egg hunts—Ticonderoga Farms knows how to ring in spring. Come join that giant bunny for some festive fun filled with chocolate and toy filled eggs. Bring a camera for post-hunt pics. Sat.-Sun., 11 am-2 pm. Chantilly. $11.95. All. Event details.


Peter Pan On Pointe
The swashbuckling coming of age story gets the ballet treatment in The Washington Ballet’s rendition of Peter Pan. Your petite ballerina or dancing dude will go gaga for the Lost Boys and Captain Hook doing arabesques and cabrioles. The whimsical adventure just feels more magical when you add a little dance to the mix. Fri.-Sun. Kennedy Center. All. Event details.

Eggs-plore the Wax Museum
This event combines an egg hunt and a history lesson in one! See if you can remember the names of all 44 presidents while searching for hidden treasures in The Presidents Gallery. When your little ones have had their fill in treasure (egg) hunting, trade them in for a goodybag filled with more than just candy. There will also be a petting zoo and the Easter Bunny on-hand for photo-ops. Sat., 7:30 am-9:30 am. Chinatown. $25; Free/kids 12 and under. All. Event details.


All Natural: Real Egg Hunt and Decorate Day
This unique event involves searching the meadows for unpainted real eggs. Find as many as you can and then little Van Goghs can decorate their collection afterwards. While freshly painted eggs dry, stretch those weary fingers (and legs) on eight miles of nature trails. Did you see a wild bunny? Fri., 11 am. Rockville. $8. All. Event details.

Celebrate Earth Day with “The Man Who Planted Trees”
Enjoy a free screening of the Oscar winning animated short film, The Man Who Planted Trees, by master animator Frédéric Back, and then, stick around for a fun and educational Earth Day activity. The cartoon follows a young man who meets a shepherd that plants trees, one by one. The result of all that gardening? Well, you’ll have to come and see for yourself. Sat., 1 pm. Laurel. Free. All. Event details.

How is your weekend shaping up? Tell us about your plans in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of Jim D via Flickr