Update: The National Park Service has changed its forecast for peak bloom. The new dates are April 8 to 12. This story has been updated.

Spring marks the time to put the heavy coats away and get ready to enjoy the warm weather ahead. In Washington, spring also means the familiar pink-and-white blooms of the cherry blossom tree.

In 1912, Tokyo, Japan, gave 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees to the city as a sign of unity between the two nations. The trees blossom in spring and in recent years have attracted more than a million people to areas around the Tidal Basin and the Washington Monument.

This year’s peak bloom is expected to be April 8 to 12, but the city celebrates for more than a month with a parade, a kite festival, exhibitions and performances related to Japanese culture. All the events can be found at nationalcherryblossomfestival.org, but we cherry-picked a handful that will appeal to kids of all ages.

"Up in the Air"

What: This kite exhibition looks at the history and significance of kites before they were a childhood hobby.

Where: The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Maryland.

When: Until April 29. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays. (Kite-flying event on April 22.)

How much: Free.

For ages: All ages.

For more information: wapo.st/upintheair.

"Cherry Blossom Dream" ("Sakura Yume")

What: This unique art show features digital koi ponds and cherry blossom petals that react to your movements.

Where: Artechouse, 1238 Maryland Avenue, Southwest Washington.

When: The show runs Thursday to May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: $8 for age 12 and younger, $12 for students and seniors, $15 for adults.

For ages: All ages.

For more information: wapo.st/artechouse_cherry.

SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration

What: The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates Japanese culture with dancing, music, face painting, craft­making and a scavenger hunt.

Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and G streets, Northwest Washington.

When: March 24, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much: Free.

For ages: All ages.

For more information: wapo.st/SAAM_cherry.

Blossom Kite Festival

What: The seventh annual festival features kitemakers and kite fliers from around the world.

Where: Grounds of the Washington Monument, near 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, Northwest Washington.

When: March 31, 10 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.

How much: Free.

For ages: All ages.

For more information: wapo.st/kitefestival.


What: Formerly called the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, this year’s event will continue the fireworks display and add art, games, live music and a free roller-skating rink.

Where: The Wharf,
1100 Maine Avenue, Southwest Washington.

When: April 7, 1 to 9:30 p.m.

How much: Free.

For ages: All ages.

For more information: wapo.st/petalpalooza.