The weather is warming up and our calendar is full of (mostly) outdoor activities! Outdoor venues are offering on-site activities again (hurray!) and we’re doing all the things! Take a moment to listen to the frogs singing at Alexandria’s Huntley Meadows Park or spend the day at Herndon’s Frying Pan Park and catch a wagon ride. Celebrating Easter? You can still enjoy an egg hunt at these places.  Or catch one virtually here.  It’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the weekend!  Hop to it!

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IN-PERSON EVENTS

Dino Safari Drive-Thru 
Travel back in time and see 40 moving dinosaurs on this drive-thru adventure for the whole family. Stay in your vehicle and get up close and personal with incredible replicas of prehistoric predators and prey that your little dino-lover will adore. Please note there are restrictions on vehicle sizes and you must purchase your tickets online in advance. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

FREE Museum Days
If you’re an cardholder with Bank of America, Merrill, or Bank of America Private Bank, you can get one free admission to Baltimore’s Maryland Science Center or Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture by showing your debit or credit card and valid ID THIS weekend. This is for general admission only and does not include specially ticketed or fundraising events. Check the event URL to find participating institutions and operating hours. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Symphony of Frogs
Come out to the park to learn the different calls of various local frogs. Learn the calls of the bull frog, southern leopard frog, green frog, tree frog, and more. Your frog or nature-loving kid will love this exciting and informative class. Fri. Event details. 

Alexandria Drive-In 
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 starting, so please confirm your showtime so you aren’t late.  Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Farm Wagon Tours 
Get the whole family out on the farm on these single-family 30-minute wagon rides through Frying Pan Farm Park. You’ll enjoy the beautiful farm scenery while getting interesting fun facts about life on the farm. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

VIRTUAL EVENTS

An Online Easter Egg Hunt
Join Watson Adventures on a virtual Easter Egg Hunt! Chickens—or is it bunnies?—have laid eggs everywhere and it’s up to you to find them! They’re almost hidden in art museum paintings, in royal homes as Fabergé eggs, or in natural history museums as giant dinosaur eggs and tiny hummingbird eggs. Sat. Event details. 

Virtual Family Paint: The Hare
Paint with your family! Kids ages 5 and up and their parents will enjoy painting this cute bunny, just in time for Easter. Sat. Event details. 

Easter Truffles 
Delysia, an Austin-based chocolatier, is welcoming the Easter season with a hands-on, interactive chocolate making class. Handcraft adorable ‘burrowing bunnies’ and ‘hidden eggs,’ expressing your individual style in your creations and flavor combinations. Your ticket includes a chocolate making kit with essential supplies for this interactive experience, including the base ingredients of high quality chocolate, along with a truffle scoop and spatula. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers