In like a lion and out like a lamb; March is here! As temperatures start to warm up (fingers crossed!), blossoms will start to appear on trees and flowers, setting the stage for Washington, D.C.'s signature spring event, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and all of the fun family activities that come along with it. But there's a lot more going on in D.C. this spring than just blossoms. Check out our list of the top things to see and do with kids in Washington, D.C. this March (and don't forget to spring forward your clocks on Sunday, March 10th for daylight savings time!).
Sleeping Beauty Ballet at The Kennedy Center
Sleeping Beauty is the timeless tale of a spellbound princess where true love's kiss is the only hope to break the curse. Experience this classic ballet of good triumphing over evil through March 3rd at The Kennedy Center.
Family Day: Freedom From Want at the Textile Museum - FREE
Join in on a service project at the Textile Museum to support local families in need on March 2nd between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bring in a few boxes or cans of non-perishable items. You will learn how to construct a recycled tote bag and fill it with food to give away. Family-friendly tours of Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, a traveling exhibition of Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings and works by other artists that capture the Four Freedoms famously outlined by Franklin D. Roosevelt, will be offered throughout the day. No reservations required.
Family Workshop: Building Connections Series at The National Building Museum
Join the National Building Museum every Sunday in March from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for their BRAND NEW Building Connection Series, a hands-on educational program for early learners. A different theme will be covered each week for a fun learning experience: Architecture (March 3rd), Foundations and Materials (March 10th), Tools and Trucks (March 17th), Interior and Exterior Design (March 24th), and Demolition (March 31st). Registration is required and space is very limited. No need to attend all sessions; each program can be done independently. Save up to 50% off National Building Museum admission with this CertifiKID deal.
Experience D.C. in a Whole New Way at The Observation Deck, Arlington, VA
The recently opened Observation Deck, located at CEB Tower in Rosslyn, offers unparalleled panoramic views of our nation's capital. Wander around the 12,000-square foot space and take in the amazing view of D.C.'s iconic landmarks and surrounding areas through floor-to-ceiling windows. Learn about the city with interactive touch-screen displays, or lounge in the cafe area and enjoy the views while grabbing a bite to eat. Don't miss the thrilling HoverDC experience, an immersive airborne adventure that will have you soaring over D.C.'s amazing sights. Check out this Real Mom Review of the Observation Deck and save up to 46% off admission with this CertifiKID offer.
HoverDC Experience at the Observation Deck at CEB Tower
WWE Live: Road to WrestleMania at EagleBank Arena, Farifax, VA
See your favorite WWE superstars in action, like Seth Rollins, the All Mighty Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre, Sasha Banks, Finn Balor and many more. Bring the whole family out for an exciting night on March 3rd at 5 p.m. Save 25% Off Family 4-Pack Tickets to WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania at EagleBank Arena.
WWE Live: Road to Wrestle Mania
Celebrate Mardi Gras on March 5th
French for "Fat Tuesday," Mardi Gras is a festive Christian celebration that takes place on the last day before the Lenten season begins. Bring the kids out to one of these family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations!
Mardi Gras at District Wharf - FREE
The fun takes place at District Pier on March 2nd from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., featuring a colorful parade down Wharf Street with marching bands, dancers, stilt walkers, hoopers, mascots and even the Washington Nationals on a float! The District Wharf Mardi Gras celebration will have crafts and activities for kids and plenty of delicious treats for purchase from restaurant vendors. The event will end with a firework finale at 5:45 p.m.
Swamp Romp Performance at Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center - FREE
The U.S. Army Band "Perishing Own" is celebrating Fat Tuesday with Swamp Romp! A group of Lousiana expatriates brings the sounds of South Lousiana with traditional and original compositions of New Orleans jazz, zydeco, and Cajun music. Bring the family to enjoy this free concert on March 5th at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
Hip Hop Block Party at the National Postal Museum - FREE
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Hip Hop Culture stamp, the National Postal Museum will have a Hip Hop Block Party on March 7th from 6 - 8 p.m. Get ready to dance, play and learn at this indoor dance party featuring DMV Hip Hop Orchestra.
Tot Rock: The Not-Its at Smithsonian's Discovery Theater - Ripley Center
It's time to introduce the kids to their first 'rock show' with The Not-Its! This Seattle-based quintet donning their signature pink ties (guys) and pink and black tutus (girls) will bring stomping action that will have the whole family rocking in this immersive musical concert. Recommended for ages 2-6. Four performances to choose from on March 14th and 15th at 10:15 or 11:30 a.m.
Nowruz Persian New Year Celebration at Freer|Sackler and Ripley Center - FREE
Ring in the Persian New Year at this 11th annual celebration at the Freer|Sackler and Ripley Center with hands-on activities, performances, and interactive storytelling on March 16th from 11 a.m - 5 p.m. Experience the Persian culture with national food, displays of traditional new year's objects, exhibits, an opportunity to craft Nowruz cards, crowns, and puppets, and more.
Nowruz Persian New Year Celebration at Freer|Sackler and Ripley Center
Attend a Saint Patrick's Day Celebration
It's that time of year again when leprechauns sneak about, luck is in the air and the color green abounds - it's St. Patty's Day (March 17th)! Check out our article on family-friendly St. Patrick's Day events in the Washington D.C. area to find a celebration near you.
White House Fountain dyed green for Saint Patrick's Day, Photo by Chuck Kennedy
Attend a Children's Theatre Performance
There are plenty of children's theatre performances to choose from in the D.C. area this March. Entertain the whole family by seeing a puppet show or watching a classic tale come to life on stage.
Rapunzel at the Puppet Co. in Glen Echo, Maryland
Located ten minutes outside of Washington, D.C., the Puppet Co. is critically acclaimed for its award-winning puppet shows. On select dates from February 14th - March 24th, the beloved tale Rapunzel takes center stage. This show is recommended for ages 3 1/2 - 9 years old. Save 34% off tickets for the Puppet Co.'s Rapunzel.
Robin Hood Presented by Encore Stage & Studio at Gunston Arts Theatre, Arlington, VA
Join Robin Hood and his merry men as they fight to bring back justice to the people, save Maid Marian, defeat the sheriff and secure Nottingham for the true king's return. Encore Stage & Studio presents this classic tale on select dates through March 3rd. Recommend for ages 6 and older. Save 40% off tickets to Robin Hood.
The Magic School Bus at Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD
Join everyone's favorite teacher, Ms. Frizzle, on a musical Magic School Bus adventure into the solar system. The whole class goes on an epic field trip to space and must work together and gather what they've learned to keep from being lost in the solar system forever. Catch a performance on March 16th or 17th at Olney Theatre Center, located less than an hour from D.C. Save 25% off tickets to The Magic School Bus with this CertifiKID deal.
Madeline and the Bad Hat at Olney Theatre, Olney, MD
Madeline takes the stage in a whimsical musical about how first impressions aren't everything and enemies can become friends. Performances take place on March 30th and 31st at Olney Theatre Center. Save 25% off tickets to Madeline and the Bad Hat with this CertifiKID deal.
Earth Optimism Teen Event at the National Museum of Natural History - FREE
Earth Optimism 2019 will focus on food with demonstrations, discussions, lectures and workshops. Meet other local teens, scientists, community leaders, food experts and more. Enjoy FREE sustainable and local food; learn about ways to make informed decisions on health, nutrition, and sustainability; and explore ways to get involved in Earth Day activities. This free event takes place on March 16th from 1 - 5 p.m. Registration is required and space is limited.
Professor Wingnut Wants to Fly at the National Air and Space Museum - FREE
Join Professor Wingnut and his friend Seymour Seagull as they explore the science of flight at the National Air and Space Museum on March 21st at 10:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Venture along with this amazing duo as they learn what makes things fly through songs, science, and an awesome flight-tastic dance party. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8. It is free to attend the event but tickets are required and everyone must have a ticket to enter, including children under the age of 2.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box Concert Series at the AMP by Strathmore, Bethesda, MD
The Music Box Concert Series features a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing light-hearted classical and children's tunes in a highly engaging and interactive format for children ages 6 months - 3 years. The theme for the March 23rd performance is "Alphabet Soup", with two shows to choose from at 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. The fun begins 30 minutes prior to the show where a range of musical activities are available to entertain your little ones. All attendees need a ticket and seating is general admission. Bring a blanket for the floor to get comfortable as your family enjoys this interactive concert experience. No strollers are permitted.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box Series
The National Cherry Blossom Festival
Join in this annual celebration commemorating Japan's gift to the U.S. in 1912 of the 3,000 cherry trees that adorn the Tidal Basin in pink blossoms each spring and honoring the lasting friendship between these two countries. The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 23rd - April 13th this year and includes a full slate of family-friendly events, activities and performances throughout the D.C. area, commencing with the Opening Ceremony at the Warner Theatre on March 23rd at 5 p.m. Check out the official events calendar on the National Cherry Blossom Festival website so you don't miss out on any of the fun! And be sure to read our tips for viewing the famous blossoms with kids in tow.
National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.
Cherry Blossom Celebration at Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) - FREE
SAAM and the National Cherry Blossom Festival are co-hosting a celebration of Japanese culture on March 23rd from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Kogod Courtyard. The day begins with a taiko drumming performance, followed by Japanese music and performances. At the SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration guests can enjoy a spring-themed scavenger hunt and participate in cherry blossom crafts and face painting.
Science Saturday at the National Law Enforcement Museum
Experience a fun-filled afternoon of science activities in the Museum's Learning Center on Saturday, March 23rd from 1 - 3 p.m. This month’s theme is Handwriting, Forgery, and Counterfeiting and guests will learn how to detect counterfeit bills, explore handwriting analysis and more! Free with Museum admission. Click HERE for more information. Save 27% off admission to the National Law Enforcement Museum.
National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon The Super Live at the Warner Theatre
See the extremely popular Japanese comic book heroine Sailor Moon on stage in the U.S. premier of "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" The Super Live at Warner Theatre on March 24th at 7 p.m.. This special event is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival activities.
Tot Rock Shows at Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA
Get your groove on at this widely popular kids' music concert series at Jammin' Java. Go ahead and work up an appetite dancing, as Jammin' Java has lunch options available during or after the show. Tickets are required for ages 1 and up and advance purchase is recommended. Save up to 40% off tickets to Tot Rock at Jammin' Java with this CertifiKID offer.
Photo Courtesy of Jammin' Java
Washington Nationals Opening Day
Baseball fans rejoice! Baseball is BACK in our nation's capital starting Thursday, March 28th at 1:05 p.m. when the Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets on Opening Day. A great excuse to play hooky from work and school! Check the CertifiKID website for discounts on future games throughout the season.
Blossom Kite Festival - FREE
As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival activities, the eighth annual Blossom Kite Festival is back for some outdoor family fun! Grab the family and head to the Washington Monument's Public Field on March 30th from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Watch competitions and demonstrations of kite flying. Bring your own kite or purchase onsite. Kids can also make a kite at the activity station (while supplies last).
National Cherry Blossom Festival, Kite Blossom Festival, D.C.
Fossil Family Night at the Natural History Museum
Learn what it takes to be a Paleontologist on Fossil Family Night at the Natural History Museum. Visitors will get to examine and learn about high-tech research tools and techniques used to explore ancient life and ecosystems, participate in interactive games, watch fossil capturing demonstrations, meet scientists and more. Fossil Family Night takes place on March 30th at 6 p.m.
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