With the arrival of spring, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are all bustling with outdoor activities and events including the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. If you're visiting the nation's capital during Easter, there are plenty of fun events, parades, and activities around the area for you and your family to enjoy.
On Easter weekend and also during the weeks leading up to the holiday, you can expect to find some great brunches, egg hunts, and plenty of opportunities to see the Easter Bunny in person. While most egg hunts and "Eggstravaganza" celebrations take place over Easter weekend, many do take place a week or two before Easter Sunday. Keep in mind that some of these egg hunts are BYOB (bring your own basket).
Every year, the sitting U.S. president welcomes thousands of lucky families from around the country to the White House lawn for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The event, which dates back to 1878, features games, storytelling, live entertainment, the egg roll, and visits from a White House staffer dressed as the Easter Bunny. In order to attend, you must submit an application for the lottery program and be selected to receive a ticket.
The National Historic Landmark Tudor Place will host its annual Eggstravaganza events in the few weeks leading up Easter Sunday, giving families plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun. Children of all ages can enjoy an Easter egg hunt and a thrilling egg roll contest. After the games, you'll get to spend the morning decorating festive eggs and building a spring basket. Visitors may also enjoy a self-guided tour of Tudor Place’s gardens. Bring your own basket, spoon, and one hard-boiled egg per child.
Located in Germantown, Maryland, Butler's Orchard is the host of Bunnyland, an annual event where you and your family can welcome the spring season by taking a hayride down the Bunny Trail, hunting for colorful eggs, and visiting with the farm's Country Easter Bunny. Other attractions include a pedal tractor ride, the Kiddie Hayromp and castle, and live bunnies, lambs, and baby chickens. Most activities are included in the price of admission, but for an extra charge kids can also enjoy pony rides and face painting.
Green Meadows Petting Farm Easter Egg Hunts
The Green Meadows Petting Farm offers a fun, safe atmosphere in Urbana, Maryland, where kids and adults can learn about animals firsthand. In addition to the petting zoo, there will also be cow-milking and pig and tractor races. Admission includes access to the live animals, a visit with the Easter bunny, and three egg hunts per day.
Easter Egg Hunts at Ticonderoga Farms
Located in Chantilly, Virginia, Ticonderoga Farms hosts Easter egg hunts every weekend in the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. Join the Easter Bunny and search for candy and toy-filled eggs. Egg hunts are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and are divided into age groups, so make sure you know which time slots you need to arrive for. The spring festival includes slides, jumping pillows, hayrides, and a visit with farm animals.
Easter Egg Hunt at Ida Lee Park
Every year, the Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Ida Lee Park. Children aged 7 and under will be able to search for more than 15,000 eggs; other activities typically include a moon bounce, jumbo slide, obstacle course, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny.
Located in Vienna, Virginia, the Roer's Zoofari is a small, family-friendly zoo that hosts Easter egg hunts each year during its annual Easter-Eggstravaganza. Kids will also be able to enjoy bounce houses, face painting, a barnyard visit, and a parakeet adventure on their trip to this zoo. Instead of handing out 40,000 plastic eggs, the Zoofari keeps it green with reusable eggs instead. If kids sign a pledge to reduce their plastic use, they'll also receive a gift.
The Lee-Fendall House Easter Egg Hunt
In Alexandria, the Lee-Fendall House will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Weekend. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online, although infants under 1 are free to attend. Other activities include games, temporary tattoo stations, sticker and craft making, photos with the Easter Bunny, and refreshments.
Morven Park’s Eco-Friendly Easter at the Park
On the Saturday before Easter, the city of Leesburg, Virginia, invites children to romp and roll in Morven Park's expansive lawn during Easter in the Park. Activities include story time, natural egg dying, basket making, an egg hunt, and learning about healthy Easter treats, topped off with an Easter egg roll on the Mansion lawn. In order to participate in the egg hunt and egg roll, it's recommended you bring your own basket and a large spoon.
Easter Egg Hunt in Falls Church
On Easter Saturday, the city of Falls Church will host its annual free Easter Egg Hunt in Cherry Hill Park starting at 10 a.m. Children up to 11 years old can bring their own baskets, hunt for eggs, and meet the Easter Bunny on this special day. Event organizers encourage children to be dressed in their "spring finest" and ask that families bring their own baskets.
Great Country Farms Easter Egg Hunt
Two weekends before Easter, Great Country Farms in Bluemont typically hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest event. There will be more than 20,000 treat-filled eggs especially hidden for kids daily. Kids will also be amazed to see the property's "marshmallow trees" blooming, just in time for April 1, and will be able to pick these sweet treats straight off the tree. There is also a five-acre play area, which features unique attractions like the giant jumping pillow, pedal carts, and rope mazes.