Changing Colors: The Blog of Spectrum Pediatrics

April 6, 2017

Spring Time Activities

By: Tracy Magee, MS, CCC-SLP

Spring is a wonderful time to be in the Washington, DC area! There is so much to do and many of the activities are free! Here are just a few ideas for what to do to celebrate the arrival of Spring!

1. Cherry Blossom Festival

  • The cherry blossom trees are one of the major attractions for visitors in the springtime.
  • It can get busy, particularly on weekends. This website lists some great tips for seeing the flowers with little ones in tow!
  • Besides seeing the flowers, there are festival activities each weekend that are very family-friendly. My personal favorite is the Kite Festival, but this website discusses so many more!

2. Thomas the Tank Engine

  • Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to Baltimore!
  • Kids are able to take a short ride on the actual train and meet some of their favorite characters, including Sir Topham Hatt! See this website for more information and ticket availability!

3. Great Playgrounds

  • There are tons of wonderful parks and playground in the DMV area, and now is the time to use them with the warmer weather! Here are a few of a my favorites:
  • Clemyjontri Park – This park in McLean has a great motto – “every child can play!” It was created to make sure that all kids are included, so it boasts some great perks such as ramps, wheelchair access, and other things for kids with sensory needs. It’s wonderful!
  • Chessie’s Big Backyard – This awesome playground in Alexandria has two areas – one for the the little kids and one for the bigger kids. It’s sure to please your entire family and keep them playing and running for hours! It’s located next to the “Our Special Harbor Spray Park,” which is open during the summer months.
  • Cabin John Park: This park is located in Maryland. It is expansive with many different playgrounds scattered throughout the grounds. It has a train ride that runs throughout the park, and it entertains the entire family!

4. Rainy Day ideas

  • We all know that April showers bring May flowers, so here are a couple ideas for days when the weather is less than ideal.
  • Theater – There are tons of children theater shows in the area. Check out this website for dates and locations.
  • Indoor playgrounds – We are lucky to have lots of options for indoor play spaces in the area. See the links below for locations!
  • Nook
  • Alexandria Soft Playroom
  • Open Gym Playtime

Spring has sprung! Let’s have some fun!

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