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Exploring the National Mall: Smithsonian Museums, Monuments and More

Skip the Bay Bridge: Discovering Chesapeake's Western Shore

Riverkeepers: Watershed Projects for Families

See the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in DC

Baysox Home Opener
April 3. 6:35 p.m.
To celebrate the start of the season, fans can watch batting practice, play cornhole, enjoy live music and more. $$. Prince George's Stadium, Bowie.

Community Green Up Day in Gaithersburg
April 5. 9 a.m. to noon.
Join hundreds of volunteers as they make a difference throughout the community by cleaning up and beautifying local streams, schools, parks and more. FREE. Various locations, Gaithersburg.

Au Pair in America DC Regional Cultural Fair
April 5. 1 to 3 p.m.
Come celebrate the cultures of 35 different countries with children's activities, performances, visual displays and a cultural parade. FREE. Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo.

Shakespeare's Birthday Open House at the Folger
April 6. Noon to 4 p.m.
Enjoy jugglers and jesters, music and theater performances, birthday cake and a tour of the Folger's reading rooms on the one day a year they are open to the public. FREE. Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington.

Tulip Time at the Riversdale House Museum
April 6. 12:15 p.m.
Shake off the winter blues and enjoy the first blooms of spring! Spend the afternoon delighting in tulips, refreshments, children's activities and a garden tour. $$. Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park.

Pasta for Police Fundraiser
April 9. 5 to 10 p.m.
Want to enjoy pasta and pizza absolutely guilt-free? The Gaithersburg Police Foundation (GPF) is hosting its first-ever Pasta for Police event at Mamma Lucia in the Fallsgrove Center. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of its sales to the GPF, which helps support the police department with items that fall outside of its operating budget. $$. Mamma Lucia in the Fallsgrove Center, Gaithersburg.

Bike Rodeo
April 12. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The City of Gaithersburg invites both new and seasoned bicyclists of all ages and skill levels to a Bike Rodeo at Bohrer Park. The rodeo will feature activities promoting safety, skills and bike maintenance. There will also be an obstacle course on Bohrer Park's 1.2 mile trail. Before heading to the Bike Rodeo, children ages 2 to 6 can play on the skate park's lower ramps during "Things That Roll." Youngsters can play on the ramps with scooters, bikes, Big Wheels and just about anything else that can roll. $$. Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
April 12. 10 a.m. to noon.
Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country and performers burst down Constitution Avenue in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship. FREE. Constitution Avenue (7th to 17th streets), Washington.

19th Annual Bunnyland at Butler's Orchard
April 12-13; 17-19; 21; 26-27. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate Easter with family activities at Bunnyland. Enjoy a hayride down the Bunny Trail, hunt for colorful eggs, ride tractors and more. $$. Butler's Orchard, Germantown.

Washington International School Spring Bazaar
April 13. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Washington International School's Spring Bazaar is a chance for the family to get out together and enjoy a variety of activities. There's something fun for kids of all ages, with activities ranging from arts and crafts to face painting to browsing the vendor tables. Games and activities include a moon bounce and beanbag toss. Visitors should come hungry so they can enjoy the International Food Court with tasty choices such as crepes and empanadas, high tea or hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill. FREE. Washington International School, Washington.

Easter Eggs-travaganza
April 19. 1 to 3 p.m.
Hop into spring at Bowie Town Center! Families are invited to celebrate Easter with an Easter egg hunt, face painting, a bounce slide and much more. There will even be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself, Peter Cottontail! FREE. Bowie Town Center, Bowie.

Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014
April 25-27. 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on April 25; 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on April 26; 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27.
Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take take a ride with Thomas, as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. $$. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.


Spring Craft and Recipe Videos by Scott Meeks aka Crunchy Scott!