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The D.C. with Kid Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

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The D.C. with Kid Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Despite the cold snap, spring must go on! I’m not alone in hoping that the recent snow storm has not too badly damaged the cherry blossoms, but fear not for the events will go on. The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is a time of celebration, see the following post for a list of events which will take place throughout March and April as a part of the festival.

Peak Bloom

Horticulturists for the National Park Service have determined that peak bloom for the most plentiful variety of  cherry trees surrounding the tidal basin may occur from March 19th-22nd. Peak bloom is defined as the blooming of 70% of the cherry trees. The schedule is predicted based on weather data and observation of the buds as they progress. The recent cold snap is expected to have had a negative impact on the blossoms, however another variety of cherry tree is projected to reach bloom April 10th-13th, and their blossoms were not impacted by the cold snap. If you’d like to practice bud predictions see the National Park Services webpage, here, for a detailed explanation of cherry bud development.

Family Friendly Events 

The Kite Festival, photo from the Cherry Blossom Festival webpage.

March 18th 

The Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Stage opens for the season on March 18th until April 2nd (1501 Maine Avenue SW). The area which includes food, souvenirs, and visitor services opens from 10am-7pm daily, and the free performances are daily 12-6pm. For the performance schedule see, here.

March 25th

Held in the gorgeous Warner Theater the Opening Ceremony on March 25th from 5- 6:30pm celebrates Japanese culture as it commemorates the gift of the cherry blossom trees from the Japan to America. The event is free but requires advanced registration, here.

Visit the beautiful Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Art Museum for their SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration, 11:30-3pm. The event will include face-painting, crafts and live music. For more information see, here.

The Library of Congress will hold Japanese Culture Day in their young readers center. Children are invited to try on kimonos, make origami and more. The event will take place from 10am-3pm.

Learn all about treaties, gifts and international friendships at Friendship Between Nations Day at the National Archives. The free event is from 10am-4pm, see here for more information.

Make a kite while talking to the experts of the craft. Kites of Asia is a Heritage Family Day at the Washington, D.C. location of the National Museum of Air and Space and will occur from 10am-3pm. See here for more information.

April 1st 

Definitely bring the kids to this one on the grounds of the Washington Monument, April 1st from 10am -4:30pm! The Blossom Kite Festival is an all ages competition of hand made kites, for more information on entry see, here. You can also make a kite on site, while supplies last. See here for more information.

April 8th

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will go through downtown from 10am- noon. Optimal viewing is available in the grandstands for which tickets must be purchased, or you may stand along Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, arrive early for the best spots. See here for more info.

The 57th annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is a great place to see, taste and be a part of Japanese culture. People go all out for the event by dressing up so don’t be afraid to pull out a family costume from your favorite Japanese cartoon. For more information see, here.

Head to the Freer Sackler Gallery of Asian Art for an Open Studio-Japanese Woodblock Printing. From 12-4 families with kids of all ages are invited to get messy making their very own Japanese woodblock print. Family friendly tours of the exhibition will be available, see here for more information.

April 9th

Get ready for a bike tune up! The Anacostia River Festival from 1-5pm will feature free bike tune ups and safety classes as well as lawn games and canoeing.  See their website for more information.

Head to the Freer Sackler Gallery of Asian Art for an Open Studio-Japanese Woodblock Printing. From 12-4 families with kids of all ages are invited to get messy making their very own Japanese woodblock print. Family friendly tours of the exhibition will be available, see here for more information.

Bring spring to the great hall of the National Building Museum with origami during Family Afternoon- Design with Nature. No registration is required to join in on this cherry blossom themed event taking place from 11am-2pm. See here for more information.

April 15th 

Two viewing areas are available for the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival both include pre-fireworks entertainment, for more information see here.

April 29th

Registration is required for this program, Art & Me- Spotlight on Japanese Art, for 3-5 year olds. Learn how to preserve art and then practice on your own piece at the Freer Sackler Galleries of Asian Art, see here to register.

April 30th

This Kusama (an artist whose work is currently on display at the Hirshhorn museum) inspired family day at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden takes place as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day: From a Moment to Infinity will draw inspiration from two exhibits at the museum, “Orchids: A Moment” and “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.” The event is from 10am-2pm and does not include entrance to the Infinity Mirrors exhibit, see here for more information.

And for the parents..

The offerings of at the Cherry Blossom Pub. Photo by Farrah Skeiky.

March 1st- April 15th

Grab a babysitter and check out this cherry blossom themed bar. The Cherry Blossom Pub is a pop up bar which will be taking over Mockingbird Hill with Japanese drinks and decorations as well as Southern Efficiency with a Super Mario theme. (be prepared for lines). For more information see, here.

March 9th- March 30th

Enjoy Japanese culture through film at CineMatsuri, for the full program see, here.

April 7th

This 21+ event, Newseum Nights – In Bloom, will feature customized haikus, cherry blossom cocktails, origami making and a photo booth. Tickets are $45-75 each and can be purchased, here.

 

Happy Spring! If you liked this post please share it on Facebook or Twitter and be sure to subscribe to this blog! As always I can be found on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter or contacted directly at dmv.capitalkids@gmail.com 

~XO Tina

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