Loudoun Spring Bucket List 2019

1. Get a great deal at Consignment Sale.

Grab a great deal at one of our area’s many children’s consignment sales. You can find their listing on the community calendar, or see them all listed together on last month’s blog post, Spring 2019 Consignment Sales.

2. Go on an egg hunt.

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3. Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival.

2019 is Leesburg’s 29th year putting on this wonderful festival. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you’ll enjoy all the beautiful displays. There’s something here for everyone in the family. This year’s festival is Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2019. More info on this year’s festival.

Or, enjoy a nice drive west of Loudoun for the Blandy Farm Garden Fair in Boyce, Virginia, May 11 & 12, 2019 on Mother’s Day weekend.

Both events are rain or shine.

4. Fly a kite.

There’s lots of great places to fly a kite in Loudoun County. My favorite is the fields behind Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg. You may want to take a field trip into DC to celebrate kites. The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is held on March 30, 2019 on the Washington Monument grounds.

For a quieter event, bring the kids to the Gunston Hall Kite Festival, April 13, 2019.

5.Slash in puddles.

This one is for the kids. But, hey!, if you want to do it too . . .

6. Explore a formal garden.

Here in Loudoun County, we have lots of formal gardens to explore and photograph. Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens, Oatlands Plantation, and Morven Park are all great choices in Leesburg.

Venturing West, and I feel worth the drive, are the Glen Burnie Gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. You will want to make sure you have your camera for this one.

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To the East of us, and also worth the drive, is Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna.

And, I always recommend that any museum trip into the district should include  time spent in any of the Smithsonian’s Gardens. My favorite in the spring is the Enid A. Haupt Garden located directly above the National Museum of African Art and Sackler Gallery. Of course, there’s always the National Arboretum, which has its own flowering cherry blossoms without the crowds. Visit the National Arboretum on April 27-28, 2019 for a garden fair, with things to interest the youngest and oldest gardeners in your family. 

 

7. Get Biking.

If you’ve never been biking on the W&OD trail, this spring might be the best time to try it out. The final section of trail between Leesburg and Purcellville is arguably the most beautiful, but is also the steepest and will give you quite a workout if you’re a novice.

8.Go for a Hike.

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Exploring nature can be fun with kids, especially if you make a scavenger hunt out of it. Read my blog post, Discovering Nature, for a list of really great hiking spots throughout Loudoun County.

9. Blow bubbles.

Here’s another one for the kids, but again, I’m not judging anyone. 🙂

10. Throw a frisbee.

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Since 2010, Franklin Park in Purcellville has been entertaining “disc” throwers with it’s 18-hole disc golf course. Much of the course will be challenging for first timers, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have fun by giving yourself a major handicap.

11. Watch the horses.

Several horse competitions will be held this spring at Morven Park. Spectators are invited to watch horses and riders compete in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. There’s no charge to attend this event, so pack a picnic and watch the action for a while.

12. LEGOs!!!!

Aren’t LEGOs so much fun? All the kids love them. If your little builders can’t get enough, you don’t want to miss this year’s Scouting for Bricks, May 4-5, 2019. The 2015 show had 85 exhibitors, including members of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club.