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Easter Monday: A Washington Family Tradition

The National Zoo and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is hosting the free event Easter Monday: A Washington Family Tradition.


Monday, March 28
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Smithsonian's National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

Traffic notice: Spring vacation season often results in high visitation for the Zoo. Drivers may experience traffic congestion along Connecticut Avenue during evening rush hour.

This year's Easter Monday celebration features traditional Easter activities for families, such as an egg hunt, themed games and a visit from the Easter Panda. Animal keepers will host talks, feedings and 48 demonstrations highlighting a variety of species, including cheetahs, great apes, flamingoes, amphibians and Asian elephants.

Fun activities will give visitors an opportunity to learn more about the important conservation science that takes place at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. From the Zoo's efforts to save amphibians around the world and what endocrinologists learn from animal hormones to veterinarians highlighting the Zoo's clinical care, visitors can engage with staff and learn what it takes to study, care for and save species. Several Smithsonian museums will also be represented this year.

To safely and securely handle the crowds during high visitation periods, the Zoo implements temporary access controls. Controlled access means the Zoo will conduct bag checks and other forms of visitor screening, as well as restrict the number of people entering the Zoo. These measures, which may vary by day and event, are similar to procedures employed by Smithsonian museums.