Try not to freak out by what we are about to tell you…it’s officially (as of Thursday) Spring! After a rough-rough winter filled with one too many snow days, red noses, and polar vortexes, we have good reason to celebrate. This weekend set the stage for an unforgettable season by flying kites in (yes, in) the National Air and Space Museum, watching cheery blossoms bloom at the National Building Museum, or becoming one with the wild at a live reptile show.



Go Fly a Kite (Really)
Discover the diversity of kites from across Asia at this art-inspired family workshop. Stations will be set up throughout the Air and Space Museum showing how kites are made and explaining how they helped the Wright brothers build the first airplane. And if you didn’t think kites could be flown indoors, think again! Sat., 10 am-3 pm. L’Enfant Plaza. Free. 3 and up. Event details.

Dance, Jump, and Sing à Tue-Tête
The Alliance Française teams up with Bloombars for Nous Bloomons en Français, a celebration of French language and culture through song and dance, led by one of AFDC’s teachers (and guitar extraordinaire), Vincent Vigneron. Whether you have a mini-francophile on your hands or just a busy bambino that likes to groove, this Friday evening family gathering is the perfect way to ring in the weekend. Fri., 5:30 pm. Columbia Heights. $7/kid. 3-6. Event details.

Coming Up Cherry Blossoms
This free family festival helps kick off D.C.’s famed cherry blossom season. Spend a couple of hours at the National Building Museum where arts and crafts and other floral themed activities reign. Keep busy by building cha-shitsu tea house structures, constructing cherry blossom popcorn trees, decorating a wind chime, making wafuku-clothed paper dolls, dressing-up in traditional Japanese clothing, or creating a spring-theme pinwheel. Bonus: Local and national performers will be on hand to keep the party blooming. Sat.-Sun., 11 am-4 pm. Penn Quarter. Free. All. Event details.

A Circus Built to Amaze
The Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Baily circus is in town with a high-jinxed performance that gives visitors a peek into what it’s really like to build The Greatest Show on Earth. Aerial athletes, clowns, animals, unicyclists, basketball tricksters, and cowboys work together to unpack and set up a circus right before your eyes. Come early to snag a photo with your favorite performer, try on circus costumes and learn a cool circus skill, or two. Fri.-Sun. Chinatown. $15-$35. All. Event details.


Spend an Afternoon in the Hundred Acre Woods
Hang with Pooh and his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, and Christopher Robin at this stage performance based not 2011 Disney animated feature film, “Winnie the Pooh.” Performed by local talent the show follows Pooh and friends on their quest to find a mysterious creature named The Backson who may have captured Christopher Robbin. And, of coursehoney is a running theme in this production. Sat.-Sun., 11 am and 2 pm. Gaithersburg. $18/adults; $9/kids under 18. All. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Snakes, Lizards, Crocodiles…Oh My!
A visit to the pet store has nothing on Reptiles Alive, a live animal show for families. In addition to getting a close look at creepy-crawlers (and slithers!), animal lovers will spend the afternoon learning loads of fascinating reptile facts that they’ll soon not forget. Sat., 12 pm. Alexandria. $9. All. Event details.

How do you plan to spend Spring’s first weekend of the season? Tell us in the comments box below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum via Facebook