The Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas play host to many events from Easter egg hunts and rolls, special sunrise services to brunches and breakfasts with the Easter Bunny. With Easter being later this year, the spring flowers and trees should be in bloom and the temperature should be perfect for outdoor events.
Baltimore Area Easter Events
There are quite a few family friendly Easter events in the Baltimore area taking place this weekend. Every spring for the last 18 years, Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Maryland has held “Bunnyland”, a spring festival with hayrides, egg hunts, a children’s play area, pony rides, face painting, food, and baby animals. The festival opened April 12th and runs through April 27th, but is closed on Easter Day. The Maryland Zoo at Druid Park has Mary Sue Candies Bunny Bonazoo on April 18th to 20th. This family fun event has games, crafts, free Easter egg hunts, live entertainment and of course, the zoo animals. The B & O Railroad Museum has a Bunny Breakfast and Train Ride on April 18th and 19th. Many restaurants in the area will be having special Easter brunches. Make your reservations now via OpenTable.com . You can also attend Easter Brunch cruises in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Washington D.C. Easter Events
Washington D.C. plays host to many big Easter events every year. The museums along the National Mall are all open on Easter as is Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, the National Zoo and The National Archives. There are two major sunrise services that take place at famous landmarks in Washington D.C. Easter morning. At 6:30am, thousands of people gather at the Lincoln Memorial for an inspirational service. The annual Easter Sunrise Service at Arlington Cemetery will take place starting at 6:15am at the Memorial Amphitheater. The event is hosted by the US Army Military District of Washington D.C. The non-denominational service includes the United States Army Band. There are many restaurants in the district that will be offering Easter Brunch. The two major Easter events actually take place on Easter Monday: The White House Egg Roll and the African American Family Celebration at the National Zoo. The National Zoo will have special family focused activities and entertainment for the African American Family Celebration including African storytelling, gospel choirs, reggae bands and more. There will also be an Easter egg hunt, crafts and animal demonstrations throughout the day. The White House Egg Roll is the longest running held annual presidential tradition. The egg rolls started during the Lincoln presidency, but were not made official until 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. The White House Egg Rolls were cancelled during World War I and II, but re-introduced in the early 1950’s and has been getting bigger every year since. The first family is the host of the event. Over 30,000 people are expected to gather on the South Lawn of the White House for this year’s Easter games. The theme of this year’s egg roll is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape”. There will be special music performances, celebrities including Jim Carrey and Cookie Monster, storytelling, cooking stations and sporting courts. Happy Easter from ezStorage!