THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

A house may not be a home and walls cannot talk, but this doesn’t stop us from remembering fondly — sometimes even viscerally — some of the places we have called home over our lives.

And what do we remember about them? Sometimes only the smell of meals cooked long before we came to stand in the kitchen, or the sound of the spring on the screen door when it creaks open or the crack in the plaster on the bathroom wall that kind of looks like a cat lying down. THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

WOMEN HOUSE EXHIBIT FOCUSES LENS ON ♀

Women House, an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts inspired by the groundbreaking Womanhouse project of 1972, depicts women’s struggle to break free of the chains that bind them to the family home and gain the autonomy and independence they have craved since the dawn of homo sapiens.

Womanhouse, conceived by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro who co-founded the Feminist Art Program, was an abandoned home in Los Angeles that women artists renovated and filled with feminist art installations, sculptures and performances. One of the most famous is Eggs to Breasts, a pink kitchen in which the ceiling and walls are covered with fried egg sculptures. On the ceiling, the eggs look just like fried eggs, but gradually, as they make their way down to the floor, they turn into breasts. WOMEN HOUSE EXHIBIT FOCUSES LENS ON ♀

PARADISE IS AT BUNNYLAND THIS EASTER

Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Maryland, is a powerful catalyst in helping to propel children into a mad Easter frenzy, the way a visit to Santa’s workshop would be a couple of weeks before Christmas.

This annual attraction, erected on the grounds of the popular area farm, features games and activities perfect for every preschooler (and some elementary schoolers as well).

The $9.50 admission price for children — $7.50 for adults and big kids — covers lots of activities, plus a goody basket. (Food, pony rides and face painting cost extra.)

Getting through the admission gate was painfully slow on the day we went. Small children amused themselves during the wait by trying to eat landscaping rocks and running away from their parents. PARADISE IS AT BUNNYLAND THIS EASTER

MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL DELIVERS SAPPY SWEETNESS

You don’t have to go to New England to see how maple syrup is made — you can go to Thurmont, Maryland, for Cunningham State Falls State Park’s 48th annual Maple Syrup Festival, held March 10-11 and 17-18. Although most maple syrup made in the U.S. comes from Northeastern states, Maryland is actually in the top 10 for syrup production, according to festival lit. In fact, sugar maples grow all across the United States and Canada and can thrive as far south as northern Florida. MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL DELIVERS SAPPY SWEETNESS

FEEL THE WIND BENEATH YOUR WINGS AT THE KITE FESTIVAL

Remember the kite-eating tree from the Peanuts comic strip? Every time Charlie Brown tried to fly his kite, the tree would snatch it from the sky and chew it up. Sometimes the string would be wrapped around the tree, sometimes it would be wrapped around Charlie Brown, leaving him to dangle upside-down from the branches helplessly like a meal for a spider. FEEL THE WIND BENEATH YOUR WINGS AT THE KITE FESTIVAL

HERE COMES THE SUN

If you’ve lived in D.C. for more than a year or two, you know that the first days of spring usually arrive sometime in February. Residents originating from colder climes find this puzzling and somewhat disconcerting at first. But then they get used to it, and they realize that they must keep all their clothing — heavy coats, rain boots, bathing suits, etc. — handy at all times, because you never know when you’re going to need one of them here. In fact, you might need all three in one day. HERE COMES THE SUN

CAN YOU ADOPT? YES

A recent Washington Post story revealed how the process of adopting a pet is becoming almost as involved as the process of adopting a child. Restrictions are mounting, to the point where the president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was ruled unfit to adopt a dog.

Although policies are becoming tougher, most government-run animal shelters do not place unreasonable restrictions on potential adopters. After all, the animals need homes. At the same time, careful vetting of potential adopters helps cut down on animal returns, since shelter workers can better match pets with appropriate homes when they have the right information. CAN YOU ADOPT? YES