Family City Guide: Things To Do in Washington, D.C., During the Cherry Blossom Festival



After a long cold winter, the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., have reached their peak and should remain full blown and beautiful for the coming week. In case you and the family live in the area or are planning to make a special trip, here's our guide to a jam-packed day of fun that's bound to earn your family lots of UNICEF Kid Power points!

College Park Aviation Museum: Rather than stand in line at the Air and Space Museum — which is an awesome museum — try the alternative. College Park Aviation, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate,  is not only state-of-the-art but it’s located in the grounds of the world’s oldest continuously operating airport. The aviation museum houses an incredible array of aircraft and tons of hands-on activities and interactive areas to explore, including a flight simulator!

Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens: Boasting 10 acres of gardens - both formal and informal - in the heart of Georgetown, this place isn’t a museum. It’s an oasis! There aren’t many capital cities in the world offering such a beautiful, centrally located place where kids can run around on land that also houses a museum with inspiring works of art.

The Yards Park: Located just south of Capitol Hill, the Yards Place is designed as a series of outdoor “rooms,” where, once the warmer months kick in, kids can cool off at an  11-foot deep man-made canal created just for them. Scattered around are chaise lounges for anybody that needs to catch their breath, or some rays and if you keep your ears pricked, you can hear the sound of a baseball game in full swing at nearby National Park!

The Potomac: This treasure of a river runs right through this historic city! Upriver from the National Mall is the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on Theodore Roosevelt Island. There’s loads of space to run around, explore, have picnics and watch the passing kayaks and boats. Head south, and you’ll discover the Potomac National Harbor with three great sites to explore with the kids: the beautiful nature walk, the “The Awakening” ( a huge sculpture of a giant attempting to emerge from the earth) and, of course, the paddle boats!