Nothing says it’s Easter like chocolate bunnies, flowering Easter lilies and colorful eggs. For kids, the holiday calls for Easter egg hunts and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Entertain the little ones and plan a visit to one of these kid-friendly Easter events in the DC metro area.
Easter Brunch Odyssey Cruise
600 Water St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Date: March 31
For an Easter unlike any other, climb aboard the elegant Odyssey and see popular DC landmarks like you never have before. The Odyssey Easter Brunch Cruise offers a spectacular brunch buffet, including Belgian waffles, strawberries and cream French toast and smoked salmon platters, plus a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for the adults. The Easter Brunch Cruise also features live entertainment, a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny plus complimentary goodie bags for the kids. Enjoy sweeping views of the city in one of three climate-controlled, glass-enclosed rooms or feel the cool breeze outside among the observation deck. Cherish the memories of the day with a boarding photo taken when you and your family board the ship.
Easter Monday: Celebrating the African American Family Tradition
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Date: April 1
Lions, tigers and bears–oh my! Grab the kids and head over to the National Zoo where you will find special family activities, live entertainment, animal demonstrations, educational activities and programs, face painting, fun and games with an animal twist and a traditional Easter egg hunt. The annual event, which started in 1891, celebrates African American family traditions and is open to all families in the DC metro region. The National Zoo features many indoor and outdoor animal exhibits including Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, the popular giant pandas, plus great cats, reptiles, amphibians and other creatures. The zoo also features on-site dining, a giant carousel, daily programs and other annual special events.
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18th Annual Bunnyland
22200 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876
Date: March 29-30 and April 1, 6-7
What better way to celebrate Easter than spending the day with bunnies? Butler’s Orchard in Germantown will host its annual Bunnyland event, which features hayrides, inflatable castles, giant slides, pony and tractor rides and a rubber ducky derby. Let the kids run wild in the “kiddie hayromp,” search for colorful eggs in the Easter egg hunt or see adorable bunnies, lambs and chicks at the petting zoo. Bunnyland will also feature a special visit from the farm’s own country bunny and a goodie basket for the kids. Baskets for the Easter egg hunt will be provided. Food and drinks will also be provided.
Easter Eggstravaganza 2012
6625 S. Van Dorn St.
Alexandria, VA 22315
Date: March 31
For a truly extravagant Easter egg hunt experience, head over to the Easter Eggstravaganza held at Top Golf of Alexandria. The event will feature two Easter egg hunts, a special visit from the Easter bunny plus plenty of games and prizes. Jump around the moon bounce, watch a magic show or enjoy a tasty treat like cotton candy or a snow cone. The Easter Eggstravaganza will also feature a drawing giveaway for a free girl’s and boy’s bicycle. Held at various locations throughout the DC metro area, the annual event is sponsored by the National Community Church.
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