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What To Do Over Easter Weekend in Washington DC

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Coming to Washington for Easter? There's lots to see and do over the weekend. 

1. Easter Egg Hunts

White House

If you weren’t one of the lucky people to get tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll this year, you can still take your kiddos to a fun and Washingtonesque Easter Egg Hunt. There will be a Capitol Hill Easter Egg Hunt on April 23, 2011 from 1 PM to 3 PM on East Capitol Street between 11th Street and 13th Street. Aside from two Easter egg hunts, there will be a life-size Easter bunny, cotton candy, face painting, games, prizes and a raffle for one girl’s bike and one boy’s bike. Tickets and registration are not required and if you have questions, contact Mike Whitford at mike.whitford@theaterchurch.com. There will also be an Easter egg hunt in Arlington on the same day at 10:30 AM at 1201 North Quincy Street in Arlington. That one also does not require tickets or registration and the contact person for questions is Joel Schmidgal at joel.schmidgall@theaterchurch.com.

2. Museum Exhibits

The Smithsonian museums have some interesting exhibits to see this weekend, including Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life at the American History Museum. The exhibit, which is at the museum until May 30, 2011, showcases more than 60 artifacts from Lincoln’s life, including an iron wedge he used to split wood and the iconic top hat he wore the night he was shot. The Freer Gallery has also opened it Peacock Room, which is where the founder of the gallery organized and displayed more than 250 ceramics from all over Asia. The room, which was restored to its 1908 appearance, is open until Spring 2013. The Natural History Museum also recently opened its Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt exhibit, which features a recreation of a mummy’s tomb, the step-by-step process for making a mummy, as well as six mummy masks from ca. 1388 BC to AD 200. 

3. Family Events

The National Zoo is hosting Easter Monday: An African American Family Tradition on April 25, 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The free and public event, which has been held in DC for more than 100 years, features family activities, entertainment, food and special opportunities to learn about animals. 

4. Kids Stuff

There’s also a free Easter Arts & Crafts workshop at the Anacostia Community Museum at 1901 Fort Place, SE, on April 23, 2011 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. You can make your own Easter hat or bonnet and design your own wooden Easter egg. For reservations and information, call 202-633-4844.

5. Performances

The U.S. Botanic Garden will have an eco-friendly play on April 23, 2011 about Walter, the litter bug, that features puppets, magical stage effects and lush sounds. The free play is 11 AM to 12 PM at the National Garden Amphitheater. No registration is required. The National Theatre at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, has a special performance of The Color Purple between April 12 and April 24, 2011. Tickets range between $26.50 per person all the way up to $151.50. 

6. Easter Service

Washington National Cathedral

Easter is Sunday, April 24, 2011 and the Washington National Cathedral is having services at 8 AM and 11 AM that require passes. The passes can be reserved online and require a $4 per ticket processing fee. There's also a free Easter Day Organ Recital at 5:15 PM at the Cathedral on Easter Sunday. The Washington National Cathedral is at 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW near the intersection of Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues.

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