Just when you think May couldn’t get any busier, we go and spring this weekend roundup on you! From flower picking to family arts festivals, and book festivals to live bands, the District is jam-packed with options for family fun. Go on! Get going. Sunday waits for no one!
Pick Flowers at Burnside Farms
Sometimes it’s hard to stop and smell the roses when you’re busy chasing a pack of littles around, but at Burnside Farms’ Festival of Spring, you can do just that. Hurry though, because Friday is the last picking day of the tulip and daffodil season. They’ll open again mid-May with Irises. Held at Burnside Farms, 2617 Logmill Rd., Haymarket, VA. $4 for a single day pass, and flower prices are: daffodils 2 for $1, Tulips $1/ stem. Fri. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Follow the Rabbit to Alice in Wonderland
Take your little drama kings and queens to see The Washington Ballet perform The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, with the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and other strange creatures. Held at The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theatre, 2700 F St., Washington, D.C. Tickets start at $46. Sat. at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Go to a LEGO® Build at The National Building Museum
Work with other LEGO® Engineers and Playwell Teknologies to design buildings that can withstand even the toughest challenges. At the end of the day, each building will be subjected to several challenges that mimic real-world catastrophes! Held at National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. $20/ members, $25/ non-members. Sat. from 1 to 3 p.m. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Attend a Kids Workshop to Benefit Nepal
Join the French Academy, DC in raising money to “Save the Children” in order to support emergency help to the children of Nepal. The workshop will introduce kids to different continents, and they’ll learn vocabulary about countries, food, and animals. Held at French Academy, DC, 5671 Western Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. $25 per child, $20 if you register 2 children or more. Sat. from 1:30 to 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Head to the Family Art Park at the NoVa Fine Arts Festival
See the Reston Town Square Park transformed into a Family Art Park that includes a Children’s Art Tent, a Public Art project, face painting, and a family “Chill-Out” tent. Hands-on art activities include Magnetic Painting, Wacky Mobile, Fun Architecture and Spinny Tops. Keep your eyes peeled for the jula hoopers, jugglers and unicyclers. Held at Reston Town Center, 12001 Market St., Reston, VA. Free. Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate Books at The Gaithersburg Book Festival
Bring your bitty bibliophiles to The Gaithersburg Book Festival’s celebration of books, writers and literary excellence. The Festival includes a Children’s Village, onsite sales of new and used books, literary exhibitors and food, drink, ice cream and more. Held at Gaithersburg City Hall, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Jam Out to The Grandsons, Jr.
Don’t miss The Grandsons, Jr. and their eclectic mix of kid (and their parent) approved mix of rock, swing, New Orleans R&B, country, and latin music. Jiggle to the “Juicebox Rhythm” and get your little “Potato Chip” on the dance floor! Held at FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, 3762 “A” Howard Ave., Kensington, MD. $8 online, $10 at the door (cash only) no charge for infants. Sat. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 12 & under. Event details.
National and State Parks and Monuments, Multiple Locations
Kids to Parks Day
Head outdoors and enjoy “National Kids to Parks Day,” including fishing rodeos, guided hikes, nature crafts, scavenger hunts, archery, geocaching and numerous other programs. Go play while you can! For specific events at your nearest D.C., click here. Held at multiple locations. Free. Fri. through Sun. All ages. Event details.
What’s on your weekend agenda? Tell us in the comments section below!
Photo: Jeffrey Mankie for Prince William Today via Burnside Farms