After a long winter, the spring season thaws our senses and fills us with a renewed sense of excitement and vigor. We itch to be out and about in the warm sunshine, frolicking at play and appreciating a world in bloom before our very eyes. Now that spring is just around the corner, here are a few fun and entertaining events for the kids and the kid in you.
Fresh Noise: A Mashup of Youth Voices
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
Date: April 12 – 13, 2014
The kids will enjoy this front row seat to hip-hop culture in this fun and creative production. From beatboxing to krumping, this show attempts to bring the essence and originality of hip-hop to the stage. Experienced performers from the worlds of hip-hop and theater arrange a mix of the spoken word, beats and dance to share the perspectives, experiences and personal hip-hop-based stories of youth from the D.C. and New York areas. An exciting mix of rap, dance and poetry makes this show a truly entertaining mash-up.
39835 New Road
Aldie, VA 20105
Let the kids burn off some energy with a thrilling game of paintball. Pev’s is one of the leading paintball parks in the DC area. Its heart-racing paintball matches center on capturing the flag; an exhilarating game of attempting to steal the flag of their opponent while avoiding being shot. The park spreads out over a whopping 48 acres and was built solely for the celebration of paintball adventures. It’s outfitted with a town of over 25 different structures, including arena fields fit with inflatable obstacles, rock fields containing caves and even two fields of artificial turf available in order to bring all of your paintball fantasies to life. No stone was left unturned in the creation of this labyrinth. With such a life-like, creative and challenging environment, the kids are sure to be thoroughly entertained.
Easter Monday: A DC Tradition/Earth Day: Party For The Planet
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Date: April 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This will be a day of family fun and live entertainment as the National Zoo celebrates Easter Monday and Earth Day together in one event. In recognition of Easter Monday, there will be an Easter egg hunt, animal demonstrations and a special visit from the Easter Panda. In honor of Earth Day, old cell phones will be collected at recycling stations located in the zoo’s Visitor’s Center. There will also be information about green design, along with sustainability initiatives currently being implemented at the zoo.
Tidal Basin on the National Mall
1501 Maine Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Dates: March 20 – April 13, 2014
Jump start spring break with some Cherry Blossom beauty in the nation’s living room – the National Mall. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebrated local tradition that commemorates our strong relationship with the Japanese. The 3,000 cherry trees gifted to the United States from Japan in 1912 line the Tidal Basin in lovely hues ranging from pink to white. Take in the beauty of the trees as well as the events which include both traditional and contemporary arts and culture.
Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..