It’s spring, and that means spring break, and that means kids home from school. You may fear you’ll quickly run out of activities to do with the little ones, the Play-Doh will turn hard, and they’ll finally tire of watching Frozen.
What to do? Sure, you can go to the Smithsonian and watch To Fly! again, but when it’s over, try out one of the area’s spring festivals.
Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown is a big draw every spring with its giant slides, hayrides, brightly colored eggs and baby animals.
Admission of $9 per child and $7 per adult also gets you an egg hunt, goody basket, visit with the Easter Bunny and access to pedal tractors, a playground and the hayromp. Kids can participate in the rubber duck derby, and the whole family can enjoy interacting with baby animals including lambs, chicks and bunnies.
Refreshments, face painting and pony rides are all offered for an extra fee.
The event is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on April 8, 9, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22 and 23, weather permitting, at 22222 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown, Maryland.
The fun is already underway at Ticonderoga Farm in Chantilly, where the Spring Festival runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 23. Take part in an Easter egg hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and try the giant slides, jumping pillows, hayrides, pedal karts and swinging bridge. Also take the opportunity to feed some farm animals.
Admission for ages 2 and up is $10.95 weekdays and $14.95 weekends, 26469 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, Virginia.
The District, being devoid of enough space for hayrides and giant slides, has more scaled-down versions of Easter fun and activities.
The White House Easter Egg Roll has been going on since the 19th century. It’s not easy to finagle your way on to that famed patch of grass at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue though. For many years, people began waiting in line at before dawn for the chance, until the Obama Administration instituted a lottery.
Now, the lucky few with a golden ticket (email, actually) get access to this longstanding yet curious activity.
If you’re not one of them, you might want to try Tudor Place in Georgetown. Their Eggstravaganza features an egg hunt, egg roll, games and crafts from 10 a.m. to noon on select days. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand. This event requires advance purchase of tickets — $10 per child, $5 per adult — but Saturday, April 15 is sold out. Tickets are still available for Friday, April 14. Some tickets are also available for Saturday, April 8, but only to members, so if you absolutely have to attend this event, it will cost you an extra $95 for a family membership to this national historic landmark built by a granddaughter of Martha Washington.
Countless other egg hunts and Easter events will be held throughout the region at dozens of churches and community centers, so check your local listings for more events near you.