7 Things to Do With Your Kids in DC: April 3-5

Flying Monkeys, Pillow Fights, and an Old-Fashioned Egg Hunt

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SEE: Adventure Theatre’s latest production, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, kicks off today. While it may be designed for younger audiences, grown-ups will instantly recognize the story’s familiars—brave witches, flying monkeys, and a Haunted Forest…oh my! Runs through May 25, $19.

SING: The three born and bred Northern Virginians that make up Rocknoceros sure know how to keep kids entertained while performing their tunes. Think: banjos, catchy lyrics, and overalls. Catch up with them at their Jammin Java Friday morning performance. Not ready to hear an accordion at 10 in the morning? Snag a cuppa at the Lobby Bar pre-performance. 10 AM, $5.


CREATE: Crafty types will enjoy this off-shoot Cherry Blossom Family Celebration at the American Art Museum, featuring tatebanko (paper dioramas) making, origami bird folding, and cherry blossom arts—with traditional Japanese music playing in the background to get those creative juices flowing. 11:30 AM to 3 PM, free.

RELAX: Staycation with your crew this Easter at Gaylord National Resort (don’t worry, the Easter Bunny knows how to get there, too). The sprawling hotel and convention center will be offering everything from a PEEPS Pursuit scavenger hunt to Sunday brunch, all part of a neat little overnight family package. $239 for a family of four.

RIDE: What’s better than a stocked breakfast buffet on Easter morning? A breakfast buffet at the B&O Railroad with the Easter Bunny as a special guest! After chowing down, listening to a story from museum mascot Choo Choo Blue, and cruising on an indoor carousel ride, bunny hop onto a train for a 20-minute ride with the B&O bunny. 8:30 AM, $27 to $35.

MOVE: Believe it or not, International Pillow Fight Day is a real thing. Grab your kid, their gaggle of best buds, and their pillows for a fun-filled pillow fight at the Washington Monument. Pro tip: If you have little-little kids, play outside the main pillow crowd, which is less congested.


FIND: Craving a back-to-the-basics egg hunt? Sure, you might have to drive out to Chantilly’s Ticonderoga Farms to find it, but it will be completely worth the trip. Expect hayrides, farm animals, roasted marshmallows, and that good ol’ fashion egg hunt.

Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Ayren Jackson-Cannady (@ayrenjc on Instagram) is a health-and-wellness writer/editor in Arlington whose work has appeared in Prevention and Self.