Cherry Blossom Time

The cherry blossoms are in bloom and the official National Cherry Blossom Centennial Festival is underway!  The celebration dates back to a relationship began in 1912 when the City of Tokyo, Japan gave the City of Washington, DC a gift of 3000 cherry blossom trees.  Annually Washington comes alive with international visitors, parades and events commemorating this special friendship.

Arts & Crafts with the Children's Museum during Family Days. Cherry Blossom Festival

Events are diverse, often free and in different parts of the city.  You can attend concerts, dinner cruises, films and lectures.  There are activities for foodies, for cyclists and  adventure seekers.  You can create crafts at area museums or enjoy flower arranging at the National Arboretum.

The pictures in this post are from the opening weekend.  I volunteered at the National Building Museum for Family Days. My station helped kids make paper cherry blossoms from tissue paper and pipe cleaners.   Admission was free and the day featured Taiko drummers, dancers and other creative activities.

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