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Spring Family Fun – Things to Do With Kids in the Washington, DC Area


The spring season is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy a variety of family fun activities in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. From outdoor recreation, to community events to visiting historical and cultural attractions, there are endless opportunities for fun in the Washington, DC area.

Outdoor Recreation

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The Washington, DC area has great places to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Find the best destinations in the region for these recreational activities: Also, see a guide to local parks:
Washington, DC Parks
Maryland Parks
Northern Virginia Parks

Visit a Zoo

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Visit a variety of animals, whether you spend a day at the National Zoo, or one of the regions smaller animal parks - Leesburg Animal Park, Reston Zoo and the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.

Nature Centers

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Spring is a great time to explore the outdoors and learn more about our environment. Visit a nature center and attend a naturalist guided event, enjoy hands-on activities examining nature exhibits or take a peaceful walk in the woods.

Special Events

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The Washington, DC area has a wide range of spring events, from cultural events to spring garden tours to parades and more.

Spring Calendars

Pick Your Own Farms

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Pick your own fruit and vegetables at a local farm and enjoy a fun outdoor activity with the kids while gathering healthy foods for your family.

Pick Your Own Farms in Maryland
Pick Your Own Farms in Northern Virginia


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We are lucky to have wonderful museums in the Washington, DC area. Many of the museums have special programs for kids with lots of hands-on activities. Here are the top picks of museums for kids in the area, including Maryland and Virginia.

Childrens Theatre

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Take the kids to a play or puppet theatre and enjoy a family show at a childrens theater in the Washington, DC area. Many childrens theaters in the Washington, DC area also offer drama education programs.

Washington Nationals

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Watching the all American sport is a great activity for the whole family. Washington, DC's state-of-the art ballpark was designed to ensure a great viewing experience and entertainment for all.

IMAX Movies

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Enjoy a movie experience with images up to eight stories high and wrap-around digital surround sound. State-of-the-art cinematography with stunning scenery lets you feel like you are really at exotic destinations.


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Spend the day updating your wardrobe at a DC area shopping mall or find some bargains at an outlet shopping center.

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