The Cherry Blossom Festival means there are lots of fun things to do besides looking at the beauty of the blossoms. Here are a few suggestions that you (and your family) might like to check out:
Where: National Building Museum,
401 F Street NW
When: March 24, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and March 25, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
What: Performances and hands-on activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the cherry trees. You can make an origami teahouse, color at the Peter Max art station and make kokeshi dolls. There will be performances by drummers, dancers and youth groups.
Cost: Free admission to the Great Hall, where the activities will be.
For information: 202-272-2448 or www.nbm.org
Where: Thomas Jefferson Memorial
When: March 24, 25, 31; April 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: Park rangers will help kids learn about the blossoms’ history and culture while doing special activities and crafts, including a mural that will be sent to a school in Japan.
For information: www.nps.gov/cherry/
Where: Along Constitution Avenue from Seventh Street to 17th Street NW
When: April 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
What: See dancers, performers, floats and helium balloons all in celebration of the beautiful gift of friendship from Japan to the United States.
Cost: Free to watch from the parade route, but get there early for a good spot.
For information: www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/
What: Write an old-fashioned letter about how beautiful the trees are to someone who can’t come to Washington to enjoy them (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins?). Then put the beautiful new cherry blossom stamp on it and drop in the mailbox.
When: The cherry blossom centennial stamp will be available starting March 24.
Cost: A stamp costs 45 cents.
For ideas of fun, family activities associated with the cherry blossoms, go to wapo.st/blossomevents.