Dyed eggs, chick-shaped marshmallows, and chocolate bunnies may be on this Easter weekend’s main menu, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Kids (young and old) can duke it out at the family-friendly International Pillow Fight Day, ooh and aah during a Cherry Blossom-inspired waterfront festival and fireworks show, and get up-close-and-personal with a 50 foot long dino fossil.


National Mall

Pillow Fight!
It’s International Pillow Fight Day (who knew that was a real holiday?), so bring your cotton-filled plushes to The Washington Monument where friendly-fighters of all ages will be going at it. Organizers suggest families with small kiddos to play outside the main pillow crowd with other little ones. Sat., 2 pm-4 pm. National Mall. Free. All ages. Event Details.


An Egg Hunt with a Side of Adventure 
Hop to Terrapin Adventures for an outside of the basket egg hunt. Kids will decorate their own egg cartons, pet live adorable bunnies, hunt for candy filled eggs, dress up in climbing gear then soar to new heights on a cool ropes course. Fri.-Sat., 11:15 am-12:30 am. Columbia. $35. Ages 5-9. Event Details.


Have a Blast at the Southwest Waterfront Festival and Fireworks
With eight hours of music, dancing, water-related activities and a brilliant display of pyrotechnics to cap off the night, little ones will be talking about the Southwest Waterfront Festival for days. Don’t be surprised if they ask to hang out on a houseboat with fireworks every night! Sat., 1 pm-9 pm. Waterfront-SEU. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Penn Quarter

Paper Tube Building Challenge (Really!)
As a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, you’ll design, model, and build shelters inspired by the work of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who builds both permanent and temporary structures with recyclable paper tubes. Tubes will already be on hand, so just bring the creativity as we work together to build the biggest and strongest paper tube structures. Sat., 1 pm-3 pm. Penn Quarter. $5-$10. All ages. Event Details.


Dino Do: Meet Spinosaurus
The Spinosaurus was over 50 feet long, 20 feet high, and it weighed over 6 tons, making it the largest predatory animal to ever roam the world (yep, even bigger than T-Rex). Kids will get a kick out of seeing the full-sized skelatal model of the Spinosaurus, plus real dino fossils. Fri.-Sun. Downtown. $11/adults; $7/kids 12 and under. All ages. Event Details.

Metro Center

No Wax Eggs Here! Madame Tussauds Easter Fest
More than a thousand eggs and treats will be hidden throughout Madame Tussauds’ Presidents Gallery, which features life-like wax figures of all 44 U.S. presidents. Don’t jet without snapping a pic in the replica Oval Office—there will be live bunnies bouncing around trying to photo bomb. Sat., 7:30 am-9:30 am. Metro Center. $25/kids 13 and older; Free/kids 12 and under. All ages. Event Details.

What are you up to this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo: Matthew Simantov via Flickr