Top Easter Activities in DC
Even though the weather hasn't been exactly spring-like of late, it's time for DC to play host to a number of Easter and spring fun celebrations that go beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs. Perhaps the most celebrated event is the annual Easter Egg Roll held every year rain or shine on the White House lawn. In addition to the iconic hunt for eggs, the event now includes face-painting, cooking demonstrations, art activities as well as magicians and egg coloring sessions. This year's theme is "#GimmeFive" with plans for more than 35,000 people to gather on the South Lawn to join in the festivities.
Dating back to the Reagan Administration, the Egg Roll features souvenir eggs painted or decorated in distinctive colors. For those fans of "House of Cards," in a recent Season 3 episode, Claire Underwood, the first lady, deliberates over her choice for the commemorative eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt. While the Senate votes on her nomination as UN Ambassador, she briefly considers a black egg before going with a red one. As the grandaddy of Easter Egg Hunts, the Easter Egg Roll is so popular that tickets are required to attend and are typically won through a lottery sponsored by the National Park Service. If you aren't one of the lucky ticket holders, there are still a number of other hunts and activities listed below throughout the area that cater to families and anyone who is ready to celebrate the end of winter.
Madame Tussauds, 1001 F Street, NW, April 4, 7:30 am; 8:00 am; 8:30 am; 9 am.
The museum calls this event an "eggs-ploration" of American history. Eggs are hidden throughout the Presidents Gallery and can be exchanged for an Easter bag of goodies (one per child) at the end of the hunt. Guests also have the opportunity to meet with the Easter Bunny as well as enjoy a series of Easter crafts. Madame Tussauds is located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood.
Faberge Egg Family Festival, Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave, NW, March 28, 10 - 5
This unique event allows you to celebrate Easter in Russian style with a festival of programs, music, and art. One of the highlights is the opportunity to step into the old masters' workshop to learn how to use use ribbons, rhinestones, and other decorative items to recreate the delicate works in the classic style of the Fabergé egg. Hillwood is an estate located in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Washington, DC, bordering Rock Creek Park
Easter Monday Family Fun at the Zoo -- National Zoo, April 6, 10 am - 4 p.m.
An annual tradition for African-American families, the National Zoo, located in Woodley Park, hosts a traditional Easter Egg Hunt as well as animal demonstrations and a visit from the Easter Panda. The event is free and held rain or shine.