What to Do In April


Spring has sprung!  It’s time to emerge from hibernation and get out and about to experience some of the best of April in the DC area.  Check out our round-up of some can’t miss events this spring.


AwesomeCon: It only happens once a year and it is indeed awesome.  From April 26th – 28th the Convention Center hosts DC’s very own version of ComicCon. AwesomeCon is a fun experience for kids, who will get to meet many of their favorite superheroes and characters, and any adult who has an appreciation for pop culture. Experience everything related to comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, anime, gaming, TV, movies, animation, music, comedy, art, science, and more! Kids will love the dedicated Awesome Con Jr. space. It’s a great opportunity to get the kids to wear their costumes again or grab some new dress-up duds with a 20% off off-season deal from HalloweenCostumes.com.

See a Show: This spring there are so many great shows to experience as a family. Check out Adventure Theatre’s showing of Winnie the Pooh, Imagination Stage’s new create-your-own adventure play Escape from Peligro Island with 80 different endings. Younger children can enjoy theatre just for the younger set, including Aquarium from My First Imagination stage, which is highly interactive experience for the under five set, and an original telling of Jack and the Beanstalk from The Puppet Co. Theatre. A great family experience is also to see STOMP, an explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages at the National Theater.

Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms:  If it’s April in DC, it’s Cherry Blossom time!  Check out the official Cherry Blossom Festival events or the Our Kids Guide to Seeing Cherry Blossoms Without the Crowds.  Experience the Cherry Blossoms in an entirely unique way at the Peak Bloom exhibit at Artechouse. See art and technology collide and make cherry blossoms swirl around with a flick of your hand. 

Saturday Morning Shows: Forget the cartoons and take the kids to Jammin’ Java for their Tot Rock series to see live performances just for the little ones on Saturday mornings. See the Great Zucchini, Rocknocreros, and Grammy-nominated Justin Roberts.

Thrills:  Six Flags America opens for the season in April. A visit before it gets too hot and the crowds descend makes the amusement park a great spring-time destination. Little ones will love the train-themed Whistle Stop park filled with rides, a playground, and spray park made just for the younger set with train rides galore. Also be sure to stop by the Looney Toons themed area for kid-rides galore. A full list of kids rides can be found here. Just be sure to plan some time for the grown-ups to ride the coasters as well!

Day Out With Thomas: It only happens once a year. Thomas the Tank Engine is chugging into the B&O Railroad Museum.  Experience a day filled with Thomas-related activities and of course a ride on the very useful engine himself.

By:  Jamie Davis Smith