Roses are red, violets are blue, it’s going to be an awesome weekend for you and your crew! April is National Poetry Month and you can celebrate at a cherry blossom themed poetry book reading. Or, check out any of the other cool events–Central Asian dance performance, a STEM symposium, or Little Mermaid On Ice–and then challenge your kiddos to writing their own poem about all of the fun.

Photo: Kennedy Library via flickr

Eastern Market

H is for Haiku: Book Reading
April is National Poetry Month and it’s cherry blossom season in Washington, DC. It’s a perfect time for families to enjoy a short form of poetry, originally from Japan, that celebrates the “bigness” in “small moments.”  SatEvent details.


Outside the Lines
Two pen pals, Bud and Vi, brighten each other’s lives from afar. Bud lives in a straight-line world of tall, tall buildings. Vi lives in a curvy-line world of rolly, rolly hills.  Bud and Vi have never met, but they create a world together by exchanging lines…through the mail. FriEvent details.

Foggy Bottom
Family Day: Explore World of Central Asia
Enjoy dance performances by the Silk Road Dance Company featuring traditional dances from Uzbekistan, beautiful costumes, and an appearance by the ikat dragon.Try your hand at watercolor painting and create your own ikat designs with paper. Take the opportunity to visit galleries to see colorful ikat fabrics in the exhibition Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian IkatFriEvent details.

Capitol Hill

Children on Broadway
Join the American Youth Chorus as they present an evening of songs from Broadway’s biggest hits, including songs from Annie, My Fair Lady, The Lion King, The Wiz, Mama Mia, Gypsy and many more! Yes, yes, and yes. SatEvent details.


Little Mermaid On Ice
Little Mermaid on Ice! Presented by the Gardens Figure Skating Club is the portrayal of Ariel, the young mermaid who wants to become human to be with her true love, Prince Eric. SatEvent details.


K-12 STEM Symposium
The K-12 STEM Symposium is a free, exciting and all-day forum that equally engages children, parents, and teachers, coupled with corporate, government, academia and non-profit executives alike from the STEM fields. Linking science and mathematics taught in the classroom to impactful careers is an ongoing national challenge. SatEvent details.

What’s on your must-do list this weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady