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National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day

  


The Great Hall decorated with cherry blossom balloons for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony.
The Great Hall decorated with cherry blossom balloons for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony.
© Bob Peavy

Saturday, March 26, 2016

9 am–5 pm, FREE, All Ages

Their hearts
And the capital a-bustle,
With cherry-blossoms everywhere.
-  Miura Chora


Finally, spring is right around the corner. In parks, gardens, forests, and fields, grass is turning green, flowers are in bloom, and trees are budding. This year, we’re tickled pink to be bringing back the National Cherry Blossom Festival® Family Day. Celebrate springtime in our nation’s capital and in the parks and green spaces in your life by joining us for a day of hands-on activities and games focused on parks, planning, landscape design, and architecture.

In 1912, Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki gave 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C.. The first trees were planted on the north side of the Tidal Basin by First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, held every March and April, celebrates the friendship between Japan and the United States and the first blooms of springtime. This year, the Festival’s theme is “Connecting People to Parks,” in recognition of the National Park Service’s Centennial. Learn more about all of the National Cherry Blossom Festival's performances and programs at http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/.

  • Fold origami masterpieces
  • Design a memorial for the National Mall
  • Construct a tatebanko diorama
  • Meet DuAro, Kawasaki’s drawing robot
  • Try on traditional Japanese clothing
  • Connect with the National Park Service and its Centennial celebrations


 National Cherry Blossom FestivalNational Building Museum

The National Cherry Blossom Festival® Family Day is generously supported by Carmine's Restaurant, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Inc., the National Park Service, the NEWSEUM, Odyssey Cruises, Spirit Cruises, Washington Parent Magazine, and WMZQ 98.7.

FREE, Drop-in. No registration necessary.

Haiku by Miura Chora. Haiku. Volume 2: Spring. ed./trans. R.H. Blythe. Tokyo: The Hokuseido Press, 1981.