2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a huge, DC-metro-wide festival that has many different family-friendly events. This is an overview and highlights some events that you may enjoy with your babe. For a total list, look to their website. (http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org)

March 20 – April 12, 2015
Peak bloom predicted April 11 – 14, 2015

Seeing the blossoms:
Here is a map of where the trees are located. The least crowded days to see the blossoms during their peak will be weekdays, and metro will definitely be best way to travel. Expect some degree of crowding depending on when you can go.

There is a bloom cam that you can look at before you leave to see the condition of the trees! Some flowers should be visible in mid-March with the peak in April.

If you don’t want to travel into DC, Meadowlark Gardens (Vienna, VA), River Farm and Green Springs Gardens (Alexandria, VA) All have some cherry trees, which should bloom at the same time as the trees on the National Mall.

Events of Interest:

February 7 – May 10 Daily Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models
1600 21st Street, NW Washington DC 20009 – Dupont Circle
The Phillips Collection, $12 adults
Sugimoto is a contemporary Japanese artist and photographer, and this exhibition features “work …  contrasting the artist’s photos of 19th-century mathematical plaster models inspired by Man Ray with his own aluminum mathematical models crafted with computer-controlled, precision milling machines.” Probably not as child friendly as other activities, but worth a visit.

The National Building Museum has three family programs in lieu of a larger festival this year.

March 21, 11:00 – 2:00 pm National Building Museum Tokyo Picnic Club
Bring a blanket, basket, and your lunch and have a picnic in the great hall. Prizes for most stylish picnic, aerial picnic photography, and there will be activities for families. Free, drop-in program. No Alcohol.

March 28, 1:00 – 3:00 pm National Building Museum Zen Gardens
Learn about the history of Zen rock gardens, then design and build your own. $15 members/$20 non-members. One garden sufficient for family of four, limited to three gardens per family. Buy tickets online! For ages 5 and up. (http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/1833606820?view=Detail&id=118602)

March 28, 10:00 – 4:30 pm Blossom Kite Festival
Washington Monument Grounds – Constitution Avenue and 17th St NW – Smithsonian
Open kite flying or (limited quantities available) kids can make a kite to fly.

April 4 11:30 – 4:30 pm Cherry Blossom Family Celebration
8th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC – Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
Crafts, live music, gardening demos, Takebanko

April 4, 1:00 – 3:00 pm National Building Museum Shigeru Ban Shelter Challenge
Design, model, and build shelters inspired by Shigeru Ban. Work to build the biggest and strongest paper tube sculptures. $5 members/$10 non-members per participant. Both adults and children must pre-register and purchase tickets. Buy tickets online! For ages 7 and up.

April 4, 1:00 – 9:00 pm Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
600 Water Street, SW, Washington DC – Waterfront/SEU (Green line)
Free music, family-friendly water related activities, entertainment and food

April 11, 10:00 – 12:00 pm Parade
Constitution Avenue, 7 – 17th Street, NW – Federal Triangle
April 11, 1:30 – 3:30 pm Children’s Cherry Blossom Celebration
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312
Additional parking is available at the Pine Crest Office Park on Braddock Road
Green Spring Gardens, outside of Horticulture building
Mix of free activities and fee-based crafts


If you know of another event that you want to share, tell us in the comments!



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