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Weekend: Bluebells at the Bend, Cherry Blossoms and Easter Egg Hunts

What are you up to this weekend?

Saturday Bring the whole family to Riverbend Park for a day of springtime fun. Spring awakens at the park when the Virginia bluebells are blooming. Photo courtesy of Fairfax County
Saturday Bring the whole family to Riverbend Park for a day of springtime fun. Spring awakens at the park when the Virginia bluebells are blooming. Photo courtesy of Fairfax County
What are you up to this weekend? There's plenty to see and do and the weather is expected to be gorgeous across the region.

Go here to find out the latest goings-on at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC.

Here are a few ideas for some weekend fun, courtesy of Fairfax County:


Saturday

Earth Day Celebration 
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the changing environment at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, composting and other green practices. End the celebration by recycling household materials into fun new items. Register online. The one-hour program starts at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tree Trek  
Join expert naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest, and most important trees in the forest at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sketches in Nature 
Drawing can be an important part of keeping a nature journal. Join a park naturalist in our outdoor classroom at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn tips and techniques for adding sketches to your observations. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire with Stories and Songs  
Cozy up to the campfire at Huntley Meadows from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and join the naturalist for a traditional sing-a-long. Listen to American Indian stories of how some animals came to be and enjoy s’mores. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

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.

Succulent Plant Care and Propagation  
Learn about succulent plant types, which are hardy or tender for our growing area, how to care for and propagate them and get some creative container ideas for growing your collection. This one-hour program at Green Spring Gardens starts at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tasting Party: Umami Means 'Delicious'  
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.

Workshop: Leaf-Stenciled Dyed Eggs 
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. The cost is $38 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Spring Wildflower Walk 
Join naturalist Clara Ailes for a leisurely walk in the Pohick Creek Stream Valley to see the display of spring beauties, trout lilies, wild ginger and other early spring wildflowers. This program from 10:30 a.m. to noon starts at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

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. Hunts start at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. The rain date is 4/13. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill 
Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures on the grounds of Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. The cost is $6 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt 
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed egg hunt. The cost is $7 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday

Dinosaur Egg Hunt 

Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed egg hunt. The cost is $7 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

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

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