Spring is officially springing! It’s time to get out and smell the flowers! The daffodils and tulips are blooming at Burnside Farms and it’s an easy daytrip from Washington, DC. Too far a drive? You can also enjoy a stroll through these public gardens for free. Looking to keep seasonal allergies at bay? We have a number of virtual events on tap, too. Scroll down for our favorite highlights this weekend.

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Pick-Your-Own at Burnside Farms
Come to pick daffodils and tulips. Stay for on-the-farm fun. Activities included in admission  2 bounce features, grain bin basketball, playhouse area, cornhole games, short film cinema in the barn, corn sandbox, pedal cart track, more than 100 pairs of authentic dutch wooden shoes to “klomp” around in and a picnic area. The farm features vendors and live music on the weekends. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Spring Nest
Come out to Sully Historic Site and learn how to make colorful birds nests using the wet felting technique in this fun-for-the-whole-family art project. You can even put your project in a natural nest! Sat. Event details. 

Garden Bros. Nuclear Circus
Bring the kids to see this amazing circus with more than 60 international performers! Watch performers defy death, show off strength, make you laugh, and take flight with flips and other acrobatics all to entertain you! Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Drive In to the Movies 
Enjoy the fun of a movie in a theater with the safety of social distance and the comfort of your own car when you go to the Alexandria Drive-In for recent and classic family-friendly movies. Most movies are PG or PG-13, but do check ratings before you go. Gates open one hour before showtime and close 10 minutes prior to the show. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Visit The Station at Riverdale Park
From entering at Bear Square to Gateway Park and Village Green, The Station at Riverdale Park is an outdoor space filled with breathtaking art and nature. Come here to take a selfie with the famous blue, glitter bear. Activity details. 

Spend the Day at Burke Lake Park
From mini-golf to train rides, Burke Lake Park has enough outdoor activities to fill a day! Snag a canoe rental and go out on the lake. Play a few rounds of putt putt at Burke Lake Mini-Golf. Tack on a carousel or train ride for an afternoon filled with fun. Activity details. 


Museum of Flight’s Spring Into Space
Take your spring break to a really exotic location! The Moon perhaps. Mars? Jupiter’s moon Europa? It’s all possible without leaving your own comfort zone on Earth, thanks to the Museum of Flight’s Boeing Academy for STEM Learning special Spring Break programming. The Academy offers a variety of Zoom programs for students in grades 2-12, including planetarium shows of the cosmos, tours inside of the Space Shuttle Trainer, and interactive spaceflight missions to the Moon, Mars, and Europa. Fri. Event details. 

Children’s Friendship Festival 
Bring your kids to this virtual event that is run by children and features performances by children from all over the globe. Various nationalities are represented through music, folk dancing and art. The children celebrate their international friendship through experiencing the rich tapestry of the world’s cultures. Sat. Event details. 

Party for the Planet
Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, and the Macks Center for Jewish Education for a virtual celebration in honor of Earth Day! Enjoy a music making dance party, story time, and a chance to explore how we can demonstrate Jewish values by caring for our planet. Don’t miss a very special performance by Bash the Trash! Sun. Event details.

—Meghan Yudes Meyers