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The sights and smells of spring are blooming everywhere, but they won’t last long. Join us as we celebrate spring’s arrival with festivals and fun in the parks.

Come see the forest floor blanketed in bluish-purple flowers at Riverbend Park’s second annual Bluebells at the Bend Festival. Green Spring Gardens is hosting official programs of the National Cherry Blossom Festival where you can explore Japan’s influence on Western fashion, taste exotic teas, and hunt for cherry trees in the gardens.

Bring your kids to SpringFest Fairfax at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton for a day of hands-on learning and family-friendly entertainment, or get them moving with a fun run and other activities at the Healthy Strides Health and Fitness Expo at South Run RECenter.

And what is spring without egg hunts? The Easter Bunny will be visiting parks as kids scramble for prize-filled eggs, and kids can search for signs of spring aboard the Bunny Train. The winter was long and harsh, but warm days are returning. It’s time to celebrate in the parks!

Saturday, April 5
Children’s Cherry Blossom Celebration

Celebrate spring and the gift of cherry trees at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about the cherry tree history and the fascination that brings so many visitors to Washington every year. This open house format includes origami, crafts, and cherry tree ‘hunt’. The cost is $10 per person. For information, call 703-642-5174.

Saturday, April 5
Easter Eggstravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online

Kids age one to six are invited to hunt for eggs and visit animals at Frying Pan Farm Park. Eggs contain treats and prizes. Weather decisions will be made by 8 a.m. and the makeup date would be Sunday, April 6. The cost is $6 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, April 5
Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online

Meet costumed woodland characters along the Old Oak Trail at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and hunt for eggs from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, April 6
Tea Program: Japonism in Fashion

An official program of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry blossoms bring to mind another gift from Japan: the influence of Japanese aesthetics on Western fashion. View gorgeous avant-garde designs that combined Japanese motifs with 19th-and 20th-century Western silhouettes. Discover elements of the kimono in tea gowns and opera coats and hear about Japanese designers who are redefining fashion worldwide today. This two-hour program at Historic Green Spring starts at 1 p.m. The cost is $29 per person and includes full English tea service in the 1784 historic house. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Sunday, April 6
Animal Egg Mobile Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online

Kids ages 3 to 12 create a spring mobile of your favorite pond animals from plastic eggs at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 12
Easter Egg Hunt at Sully Historic Site

Bring your baskets and hunt for Easter eggs at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Participate in an egg roll, visit baby animals, and make an Easter craft. Egg hunts start at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. The rain date is 4/13. To make a reservation, call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, April 12
Bluebells at the Bend Festival

Bring the whole family to Riverbend Park for a day of springtime fun. Spring awakens at the park when the Virginia bluebells are blooming. These native wildflowers carpet the forests, putting on a spectacular display. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features wagon rides, face painting, wildflower walks, live animals, music and moon bounce. The cost is $5 per person; age two and under are free. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, April 12
Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online

Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures on the grounds of Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Separate hunts are scheduled by age group. Before the hunt, make “egg-cellent” crafts to take home. Bring your own basket. The program will be held rain or shine. The cost is $6 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Saturday, April 12
Tasting Party: Umami Means 'Delicious' Click to Register with Parktakes Online

An official program of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival
Sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the fifth taste that’s fundamental to Japanese cuisine. Explore the savory taste of umami, its history, health benefits, and the taste research science behind it from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Green Spring. Sample umami-rich foods and learn how to use its attributes to enhance your cooking. The cost is $30 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Saturday, April 12
Workshop: Leaf-Stenciled Dyed Eggs Click to Register with Parktakes Online

Celebrate spring by decorating eggs with botanic leaves at Green Spring Gardens from 2 to 4 p.m. Use bright dye, leaves, and stencil paint on hand blown eggs for lush, leaf-patterned eggs for home for decoration or to give as gifts. The cost is $38 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Saturdays, April 12 & 20 or Sunday, April 13
Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online

Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The cost is $7 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, April 13
Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online

Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures at Lake Fairfax Park. The cost is $6 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-471-5415.

Saturday, April 19
South Run RECenter Eggstravaganza

Get your picture with the Easter bunny and enjoy an egg hunt, field games, face painting, and arts and crafts at South Run RECenter.  There are two egg hunts for children ages one to eight: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. until noon. Space is limited, so register early! There is no walk-in registration the day of the event, as this usually sells out in advance. Bring your own basket. Sign up at the South Run RECenter front desk. The event will be held rain or shine – inside the Field House if needed.  The cost is $10 per child. Call 703-324-866-0566 for information.

Saturday, April 19
Bunny Train Visits McLean Central Park

Hop aboard the Bunny Train at Mclean Central Park! Take an interpretive tour on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. For information, call 703-324-8513.

Saturday, April 19
Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway Park

Visit with the Easter bunny and hunt for candy, toys and eggs filled with treats at Nottoway Park. Bring your own basket. Egg hunts start at 10:30 a.m. (1-2 yrs.); 11 a.m. (3-4 yrs.), 11:30 a.m. (5-6 yrs.), and 12 p.m. (7-9 yrs.). Walk-in registration starts at 9:30 a.m. (cash only). A weather decision will be made by 8:30 a.m. Call 703-324-8566 for weather cancelation info. The cost is $8 per child.

Saturday, April 19
Spring Blossom Garden Tour

Master Gardener docents lead you through the gardens at Green Spring from 10 to 11:30 a.m., highlighting cherry trees and other early-spring bloomers. Hear stories of these harbingers of spring and learn how they grow. Afterward, in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, enjoy Japanese tea and sweets in the Historic House. The cost is $12 per person.

Monday, April 21
Ukrainian Easter Eggs     

Learn Pysanky at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn the symbolism and history of the ancient Ukrainian art that uses natural materials to decorate Easter eggs. Then decorate your own egg to take home. The cost is $12 per person plus a $2 supply fee. For information, call 703-817-9407.

Friday, April 25
Healthy Strides Health & Fitness Expo

Come to South Run RECenter’s field house from 4 to 7:30 p.m. for FREE health and fitness fun, with music, festivities and raffle prizes! Visit Kaiser Permanente’s Mobile Health vehicle, enjoy a sports massage, healthy activities, moon bounces, and more than 60 wellness exhibitors! Plus, kids can participate in the Fun Run (all ages - starts at 6:30 p.m.) or the Challenge Course (8–14 years old, $10), and have a chance to win a pool party by representing their school at the expo in the Strongest School Competition. Pre-race packet pick-up is available for the Healthy Strides Community 5k/10k.

For information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/take12/healthy-strides.htm or call 703-324-8423. See you there!

Saturday, April 26
SpringFest Fairfax at Workhouse Arts Center

Fairfax County’s annual environmental celebration combines fun and education with a wide range of activities including live entertainment, environmental workshops, a plant sale, games, rock climbing, face painting, and community service opportunities. Meet working artists in the region’s premier cultural arts center, featuring more than 100 professional and emerging artists. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. For information, call 703-324-5471.

Click to Download Spring Break Camp Guide Spring Break Camps – Had enough of winter? There is still time to sign up for camps over spring break week, April 14-18 (and private school week April 21-25).  Choose from hundreds of options including one or two-day workshops or full-day and half-day camps. Enjoy sports, nature, specialty fun, and more.  Extended care (7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.) is available at many sites.  Check out all the offerings in the Spring Break Camp Guide or search by topic and location, then register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/camps or call 703-222-4664.

Bunny Portrait
Bluebells at Riverbend
Dancing with the Easter Bunny
Historic Green Spring
Health and Fitness Expo
SpringFest Fairfax at Workhouse Arts Center

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