It’s March! Cue Spring, Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day. Washington, D.C.’s famed cherry blossoms are predicted to hit peak bloom between March 14th-March 19th and kids will enjoy not only that but the events that go along with it. Continue reading to find some of Washington, D.C.’s best kid friendly events for March.
Mark Your Calendars
- Shake up your Saturdays at the Folger Shakespeare Theater. The first Saturday of every month (March 4th) means a new play for children ages 5-14 to act out. See here for information on how to register.
- Enter the Museum of Women in the Arts for free on March 5th, part of their ongoing monthly community day.
- March 4th &5th. Infant Investigators explores the four seasons this month. This program occurs the first weekend of every month and provides a guided tour of a museum for the youngest of visitors. Advanced sign-up is required $42/family. Website, here.
- A fresh spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will delight ages 12 and over. From the Mouths of Monsters is playing at the Kennedy Center March 10-12.
- ShamrockFest happens at the RFK stadium, March 11 2-10pm, this concert also has dancing and carnival rides. Children are free and welcome at the event.
- March 15th Tidal Basin Paddle Boats opens for the season. And during the cherry blossom festival boats can be reserved online. Children as young as 18-months can enjoy waterfront views of the blooming trees as well as of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Jefferson memorials lining the basin. See their website, here, for hours and admission.
- Also on March 15th a new Whole Foods opens at 600 H St. NE and brings with it 16 local beers on tap and H street’s first outdoor patio. Notable collaborations include Atlas Brew Works and chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground and Maketto who will have a menu consisting of Asian comfort foods (I’m excited to see what that means). The 40,000 square front store will open at 8:45 am with exclusive deals, demonstrations and samples.
- Paw Patrol Live has six showings at the National Theatre on March 11 and 12, you can find tickets, here.
- The ice rink at the National Gallery of art will close for the season on March 12th, so take a spin while you still can. The Washington Harbour Ice rink on the Georgetown waterfront, which includes skating aids for children will also close March 12th (possibly sooner depending on the weather). I’d call ahead for either rink to double check that they’re still open.
- Bring out your kids for floor storing fun at the Discovery Theater. Recommended for kids aged 6-10, All Ireland!, with Shannon Dunne and Alex Boatright will be the perfect way to celebrate Irish culture with children, March 17th.
- Got a budding lawyer on your hands? Sign up for a mock trial recommended for ages 8-12. March 18, more info – here.
- Head to The Kennedy Center for a sensory friendly showing of Grug and the Rainbow based on the beloved character from Ted Prior, March 18-19 for ages 2 and up.
- Join other families for Artful Afternoon, on March 19th. Pre-registration is required for this event which will feature four art stations for ages K-3rd grade.
- The children’s program at Tudor Place, a historic property in Washington, D.C., begins for the season on March 21st. The weekly programs known at Tudor Tots starts in March and runs through October. The $5, 45 minute program ranges in topics of birds to art and trees to old glory in July, you may sign up on line, here.
- Monica Becomes a Big Sister is a musical about a bringing home a new baby. Playing March 22-23rd at The Discovery Theatre, recommended for ages 3-7.
- Music and film come together to tell the story of the seasons. To Sail Around the Sun is intended for ages 4 and up at The Kennedy Center, March 25-26.
- Japanese music and dance bring life to the otherwise serene Kogod Courtyard of the American Art Museum for the SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration. Children will enjoys crafts, face-painting, and a scavenger hunt at this event on March 25th from 11:30am-3pm. More info, here.
- Put those small hands to work and make some challah bread. Challah Tots will happen at Whole Foods on P Street on March 28th at 4pm and will include a story, followed by challah braiding. Free, pre-registration required. Sign up here.
- Turn your child into an Earth Warrior with a showing of Mother Earth and Me at the Discovery Theatre, March 28-31.
- See the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Baily Circus one last time from March 31st-April 2nd. Find tickets, here.
- No word yet from the office of 45 about the lottery for this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll. But if you’d like to join me in obsessively checking for the release of the lottery, the official website is here. Although a Google query yields entertaining articles about the subject such as this one, here.
- An indoor play space had a soft opening on Capitol Hill a few months back over MLK weekend. SkillZone opened without fan fare but offers educational opportunities for parents and children alike and most promising of all, date night drop offs for members. See their website for the full scoop.
- A support group for new moms is to begin on March 16th and will run for 8 weeks. For more information and to register visit here for more information.
- If the Kusama event isn’t dominating your Instagram feed right now, it’s probably because you don’t have Instagram. The exhibit leaves D.C. on May 14th and I highly encourage you to see it a few times before it departs. Free timed entry tickets may be acquired every Monday for the coming week, children also need a ticket to enter. Membership granting access to the exhibit without tickets has temporarily sold out. For the duration of the exhibit you may still enter the rest of the museum without a ticket, they have a Wednesday story time that’s pretty wonderful for children and who knows maybe you’ll score a walk up ticket while you’re there. Website here.
- The National Gallery of Art holds a monthly program called Young Portrait Explorers for toddlers to age five, the event is free but you must pre-register online, here. This month’s program is being held Monday the 13th and is about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
- Dress up like a king or queen at the Purim Carnival hosted by Edlavitch DCJCC and the PJ Library, the event is geared towards ages 3-6. Treats, arts & crafts as well as live music are in store. $23/family, pre-register-here. March 12th, 10am-Noon.
- Although cherry blossoms are already blooming throughout the city, the season officially begins on March 25th. Free tickets are required for this musical event to be held at the Warner Theatre which marks the official start of the Cherry Blossom festival. More information, here.
- Daily live performances begin at the welcome area at the Tidal Basin as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The welcome area is open for visitors on March 25th.
These events occur regularly every week, I encourage you to check the original website just in case there’s a cancellation. To find events at your local library, click here. And to see the full list of daily events happening at The National Zoo, click here. The Kennedy Center hosts nightly live, free performances check their schedule, here, to see if your child may enjoy an upcoming event.
- 9:30-10:30am Harambe at Bloombars
- 10 -11:30 am Drop in at ArtSpace DC for children 18 months- 3 years
- 10:30-11:00am Storytime at the National Postal Museum
- 10:30-11:30 Canta Conmigo en el sol en el frio at Bloombars
- 1:30-1:50pm Meet a Farm animal at the National Zoo (weather dependent)
- 10am-5pm Free timed tickets to the Butterfly Pavilionat The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
- 10-11am & 11:30-12:15 Shadow Puppets at Bloombars
- 10-11:30 (March 14 & 28) Bring Your Own Baby, a program for caregivers- advanced registration required
- 11-11:20am Elephant Training Demonstration at The National Zoo
- 11am-1pm Museum ABC’s at the Museum of American History a drop in program for children 3-6
- 10-10:45 am Tudor Tots a program for toddlers, $5 pre-registration required begins March 21st for the season
- 10-11am Story time at the Hirshhorn Art Museum
- 10-11am Little Treasures at Bloombars ages 0-4
- 10:30-11:30am & 1:30-2:30 March Sprouts at the United States Botanical Garden ages 3-5 (you MUST preregister)
- 10-11am Drop in Karate at The Hill Center 5+
- 2-2:20pm Meet a Small Mammal at the National Zoo
- 5:30- 6:30pm Samba Kids at Bloombars 5:30-6:30
- 10-11am Harambe at Bloombars
- 10-10:45am Boogie Babes in Eastern Market a drop in music show for the wee ones
- 10:30-11:30am March Snugglers at The United Stated Botanical Garden (you must pre-register)
- 11-11:20am Amazon Fish Feeding at The National Zoo
- 4-4:45pm Ballet en Francias 3-7 at Bloombars
- 5:30-6:30 Bollywood Blooms at Bloombars 3-8
- 10-11am Songs, Stories & Puppets at Bloombars
- 10:30-11am One World, Big Sky a Sesame Street Story at the National Museum of Air and Space
- 10:30-11:30am Young Reader’s Story Time, Library of Congress
- 3-3:20 pm Meet a Giant Tortoise at The National Zoo*weather permitting
- 8:30-9:30am Capoeira for Kids 3.5-7 at Bloombars
- 9:30-10:30 & 10:30-11:30 Harambe at Bloombars 0-7
- 9:30-11am Saturday Morning at the National (no program March 11th)
- 10-11am Drop in Karate at The Hill Center 5+
- 1-4pm Portrait Discovery Kits at the National Portrait Gallery
- 1-4pm Portrait Story Days at the National Portrait Gallery
- 3-3:20pm Meet a Reptile at The National Zoo
- 10-11am Nous Bloomons at Bloombars
- 2-5pm Portrait Discovery Kits at the National Portrait Gallery
- 2-5pm Portrait Story Days at the National Portrait Gallery
- 2-2:20pm Meet a Zebra at The National Zoo
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