Have the last few days crept by at a snail’s (er, caterpillar’s) pace? Pick up momentum and transform your weekend with this lineup of editor-approved happenings. Flutter with the butterflies, duck and dodge foam darts, check out a classical Chinese dance performance, or get cracking on your Easter egg hunt strategy. Don’t let the fun fly by!

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Silver Spring

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit
Brookside Gardens is fluttering with butterflies at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibit. Interact with hundreds of native and exotic butterflies North America, Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. Visitors can experience nature in motion as butterflies soar throughout the conservatory. Sat. Event Details.

Easby Point

Shen Yun 2019 World Tour
Consisting of about 20 pieces, a Shen Yun performance takes you to a magic journey through 5,000 years! This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms— classical Chinese dance—along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Easter at the B&O Railroad Museum
The B&O Railroad Museum is having an Easter Egg Hunt for kids before its doors open to the public. Two pre-registration sessions are offered: one for children up to 5 years old, and the second for 6 to 10-year olds. Each hidden Easter egg will be filled with prizes and candy, and whoever finds the golden egg will win four tickets to Day Out With Thomas at the B&O. Following the egg hunt families will hop on board the Mile One Express for a round trip train ride with the Easter Bunny. Sat. Event Details.

Glen Echo

Storytime at Glen Echo Park Aquarium
Visit the Glen Echo Park Aquarium every Friday to hear terrfic tales about wildlife. Visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch and dine with fishes! Fri. Event Details.


The event kicks off with a lively egg hunt and egg roll on the South Lawn. Cap off the experience by decorating a festive animal magnet, making a jumbo egg hanging decoration, and playing traditional children’s games. Bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.


Nerf Night
Badlands, an indoor adventure park, invites kids ages 7 and up to Nerf Night! Participants are encouraged to bring the blaster of their choosing and protective eye wear- Badlands will provide the foam darts and the fun! Kid tickets include the dinner buffet; adults are free. Bonus: Two parent lounges will stay open and there will be Happy Hour until close! Fri. Event Details.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady