Best Things To Do in DC in March with Kids: Cherry Blossoms, St Patrick's Day, Salamanders

Watch your creation take flight at the Blossom Kite Festival. Photo courtesy of Greater Washington National Parks
Watch your creation take flight at the Blossom Kite Festival. Photo courtesy of Greater Washington National Parks
2/26/21 - By Drew Kristofik

It's been a full year of social distancing, mask wearing, and waiting for the new normal to be over. But March in DC means spring and cherry blossoms, St. Patrick's Day, and... salamanders! And we are ready for all of it.

Cherry blossoms are always an IRL (in real life) thing, but this year's fest is also going virtual. You can join the Blossom Kite Festival from your own backyard, and Artechouse is putting a cherry on top of its new experiential exhibit, Renewal 2121, thinking ahead 100 years to what the world might look like. More into St. Patrick's green than pink? Head to Brookside for a Green and Growing Scavenger Hunt to go bragh. And Easter egg hunts (including one for dino eggs!) are starting to appear on the calendar too.

Meanwhile, one of the coolest events to share with a child happens randomly, sometime in March (or April). Sign up to be notified when the spotted salamanders start their annual breeding migration (Hint: Rain is involved), and you can bring the family out to help the little creatures on their mission. We recommend a reading of Big Night for Salamanders and The Salamander Room while you wait.

On the virtual front. you can celebrate the spring equinox, salute women's history month, and check out the NY International Children's Film Festival, which is offering its amazing lineup of kid-friendly flicks online.

Poppins@Home is a perfect place to find online fun for kids. Top picks this month include a Wonderful World of Wizards series, inspired by Harry Potter, along with Alina Celeste Music and Science through the Alphabet.

While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.


Places featured in this article:

Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park

Rachel Carson Conservation Park

The Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum Online