The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring with a free family festival including crafts and activities focused on architecture, the blossoms, and Japanese arts and design. This year's event celebrates the National Park Service's centennial and the festival's campaign of "Connecting People to Parks". All ages are encouraged to participate in creative activities that celebrate parks, landscape architecture, and the built environment. This is one of the best events for families during the annual spring festival.
Kids will enjoy hands on activities such as:
- Exploring the Museum’s collection of proposed designs for a Washington that never was. Then, design your own monument for the National Mall.
- Watching Kawasaki’s robot, DuAro, draw portraits of attendees using two arms
- Folding paper into beautiful origami flowers
- Making a kite
- Making a wish and learn about the traditions of Japan’s summertime Tanabata Festival
- Learning the art of Japanese paper diorama
See Photos of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's largest springtime celebration including three weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. See the Calendar of Events for the National Cherry Blossom Festival