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Enjoy Family Fun and Then Some at the Spring Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show

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The Spring Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show is less than a month away! On June 3 and 4, the streets of the historic town will abound with creative works, live music, great food, and activities for all ages! For the 48th year, Occoquan will close its roads for the annual showcase of more than 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans from across the country, drawing thousands of visitors to browse and shop one-of-a-kind, hand crafted items in the charming riverfront town.

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While the arts and crafts are the centerpiece of the event, there will be festivities galore beyond that, including several especially for young show-goers. Mill House Museum will host a story time with a children’s author, plus arts and crafts throughout the weekend. There will be a firetruck that visitors are welcome to climb aboard and explore. And Fairy Jennabelle will bring her magical face painting skills both days of the event (for a small fee).

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Live performances will keep the crowd entertained all weekend. Kids are sure to be awed by magician The Amazing Kevin on Saturday from 1-2pm, and local kids’ music fave Rocknoceros will get fans grooving on Sunday from 12-2pm.

Visitors to the show can ride a shuttle bus from one of four parking locations and will be dropped off at one of three stops — details are available on the website. Shuttle cost is $5 per person round-trip (cash only), but admission to the event is free!

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The Occoquan Spring Arts & Crafts Show runs June 3-4, 10am – 6pm on Saturday, and 10am – 5pm on Sunday. And if you want to plan ahead, mark your calendar for September 23-24 when the Fall Arts & Crafts Show takes place. Stay updated by following the Occoquan Craft Show on Facebook


This post is sponsored by the Town of Occoquan, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Support Kid Entrepreneurs at the Acton Children’s Business Fair this Weekend!

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This post is sponsored by Acton Academy of Washington, DC, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 5-7

How 'bout them strawberries?  (And a nod to May the 4th.)

How ’bout them strawberries? (And a nod to May the 4th.)



You’ve got your pick (literally, in some cases) of fun things to do over the next few days. Weather may horn in on your plans (check to make sure events are running if it rains), so keep the The Great Indoors list handy — and go ahead and bookmark the best outdoors spots, too, just in case. Happy Weekend!

Flower Mart
Where: National Cathedral | Woodley Park, DC
When: Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The annual festival, in its 78th year at the National Cathedral, is a wonderful way to spend a spring day . While plant sales, floral and horticultural displays, and boutique booths will likely be of more interest to grown-ups, there will also be music and entertainment, games and rides, tasty foods, the All Hallows Guild antique carousel, and other fun activities to delight kids as well. And be sure to visit the awesome Beauvoir School playground while your’re there. Admission is free, though concessions and some activities will cost a fee. Read about one of our experiences at the event.

Friday Night Drive-In
Where: Union Market | Northeast DC
When: Friday, 6-10pm
Admission: $10/car

Celebrate May the 4th a day late as the Union Market Drive-In presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens in their monthly series that runs through November. Catch the flick on the big screen from the comfort of your car in the UM parking lot. Get there as early as 6pm and have a bite to eat in the Market or bring food back to your car. The film starts at 8:15pm. Advance purchase is recommended.

Around the World Embassy Tour
Where: More than 40 Embassies | Embassy Row & Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

You might get to hear live music from Albania, sample snacks from Sri Lanka, see a Bolivian dance performance, and enjoy the rich tradition of Nepalese storytelling – all in one day! Cultural Tourism DC presents its annual Around the World Embassy Tour, an open house to embassies from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The free event showcases art, music, traditional dress, and culinary delights from nations across the globe. It’s also your chance to check out the interiors of those mansions along Mass Ave & International Drive that you usually just admire from the street. A heads-up that there could be lines to get in some embassies, so be prepared. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies might conduct security checks. Read about one of our globetrotting-in-DC experiences and get a glimpse of what to expect.

Racing Art
Where: Around the Inner Harbour | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, 9am – 7pm
Admission: Free

You might see giant pink poodles and other outrageous works of art “race” down Baltimore streets at the American Visionary Art Museum’s 19th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. Kinetinauts (the pilots of the moving sculptures) will compete for the Grand East Coast National Mediocre Champion, awarded to the competitor who finishes exactly in the middle (that is the BEST). Vehicles are wacky and whimsical, straight from a lunatic genius imagination and constructed out of all kinds of materials. They may be a small one-person machine or a 50-foot feat of engineering navigated by many. This is one of those spectacles you just have to see for yourself.

Duck, Duck… Race!
Where: Yards Park | Navy Yard, DC
When: Saturday 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

See thousands of environmentally-friendly toy ducks race along the Anacostia River! The second annual DC Duck Race, a fundraiser to benefit more than 30 non-profits executing sustainable service projects in the community, will showcase the flock of sponsored rubber duckies “racing” along a contained course on the water. There will be even more at the community festival, including entertainment, food, and activities for kids.

Kids in the Castle
Where: Heurich House | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Heurich House Museum will open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours. Kids in the Castle allows visitors to explore the gilded details of the Heurich family home at their own pace. Children and their parents are invited to wander through the house and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes, then head to the museum garden to play games and relax. Register in advance here.

May Day Music Festival
Where: Potomac Overlook Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Get outside and join Potomac Overlook Park for their wonderful springtime tradition. This annual Open House in its 32nd year is full of fun activities and exhibits for all ages, including live music performances, entertainment, community exhibits, games, and much more.

Azalea Garden Festival
Where: Landon School | Bethesda, MD
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free

Carnival rides, rare flowers, and boutique gifts… oh, my! The Landon School’s annual Azalea Garden Festival is a celebration of spring. Stroll through the budding beauty of the school’s azalea garden or take a spin on an amusement park attraction. Enjoy food from some of the area’s best food trucks in the area and take home gorgeous flowers to plant in your home garden. Fun for the whole family!

International Migratory Bird Day
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When:: Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Something to tweet about: The Zoo’s annual Migratory Bird Day festival features family-friendly activities, games and demonstrations — all in the name of bird conservation. Meet Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists who study birds and their environments. See raptors up close, watch bird-banding demos, and sample Smithsonian bird-friendly coffee. Bird experts will also be there to chat about the vital role birds play in the ecosystem and how to protect migratory birds at home.

Train Day Celebration
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The Postal Museum’s annual celebration of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad (May 10, 1869) will offer activities for the whole gang. Experience the Railway Post Office by checking out the inside of the train car, learn how train conductors use whistle signals to communicate, and get to know some jargon used by Postal Clerks who worked on the Railway Post Offices. Check out model trains running through our museum atrium, enjoy a special Story Time, and “meet” Owney the Dog, a mascot of the Railway Post Office. Read more about the Postal Museum in this KFDC post.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Head to Glen Echo Park to see Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp at Adventure Theatre
* Go wild for The Jungle Book at Imagination Stage
* See the Virginia National Ballet perform Snow White on Friday evening
* Cinderella just opened at The Puppet Co.
* And Baby Bear’s Birthday is this week’s featured Tiny Tots show there
* This weekend is the last chance to see A Raisin in the Sun at Arena Stage, an outstanding show appropriate for middle school ages and up
* Ragtime is running at Ford’s Theatre, a historic DC etertainment venue
* Make it a date night at Fun Home running at National Theatre through May 13 (look for a discount)
* Shakespeare Theatre’s Macbeth would also make for a good KidFree outing (look for a discount)
* See The Secret Garden performed by Fauquier Community Theatre

African-American Children’s Book Fair
Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday,10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Book it to Baltimore for a fun-filled day focused on kids’ literature about African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities. Munson Steed, author of Little Professor Skye, will be among the featured authors, and Callaloo Puppets and Maria Broom delight with entertainment. You can also purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Register for the event here.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult

The largest U-pick strawberry festival takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters. (Whew!)

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
Where: Howard County Fairgrounds | West Friendship, MD
When: Saturday, 8:30am – 6pm & Sunday, 8:30am – 5pm
Admission:

The largest and longest-running showcase of domestic sheep and wool in the United States takes place annually the first weekend of May. The festival includes live music, judging and a parade of breeds, a sheep to shawl contest, wool yarn for sale, and border collie demonstrations. Food vendors sell various lamb dishes, and there are lamb cooking contests and cooking demos.

Raptor Festival
Where: Meadowside Nature Center | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

See owls, hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey up close and face to face Explore the world of these beautiful birds through all kinds of games and crafts, flight demonstrations, and presentations from local experts. Don’t forget your camera. No registration required.

Trains, Mini Golf Games, & Carousel Rides
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission:

Watkins Regional Park is always a great destination with little ones, but it’s even better in the warm months when there’s extra fun going on. The lovely Chesapeake Carousel, miniature train, and mini golf start running again Thursday – Sunday beginning this weekend. Of course, that’s just bonus fun on top of all of the other great things to do there — read more about them in this KFDC post.

Strawberry Fields
Where: Area farms Throughout the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by location

The PYO season is underway as several area farms have opened their strawberry patches to the public. So, get out there and reap the fruits. See this post for details on area farms where you can gather your own strawberries, several offering much more than just picking.

Silver Spring Truck Touch
Where: Silver Spring Nursery School | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $5, free for ages 2 and under

Kids can explore all kinds of cool vehicles, including Montgomery County construction trucks, a fire engine, rescue vehicles, a school bus, a Metro bus, and more. Also enjoy live music from local favorites Mr. Gabe and RockStarts, as well as yummy food and drinks, arts & crafts, games and face painting. And returning again this year is the popular Silent Auction, where you can bid on lots of amazing items. Park at the CHI Center (10501 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring), then head one block South to SSNS at 10309 New Hampshire Ave.

Batter Up!
Where: Cameron Run Regional Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free, but batting may be a fee

Get in some batting practice and celebrate opening day of the batting cages at Cameron Run Regional Park. Giveaways, games, prizes, and food will be among the festivities. Make a longer day of it at the park and plan to spend more time enjoying the outdoors there.

Japanese Woodblock Printing
Where: Sackler Gallery & Haupt Garden | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday,12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the Freer|Sackler Gallery for free family activities with Smithsonian Gardens for this open studio. Learn about orchids and witness firsthand the beauty of Japanese woodblock prints in Inventing Utamaro. Take a family-friendly tour (12:30pm and 2:30 pm) of the exhibition, then explore traditional tools and papers to create orchid prints in the Enid A. Haupt Garden. A teaching artist will demonstrate basic printing techniques, carving, and transferring designs to a block. Be prepared for inky hands! All ages welcome with adult companions.

Spring Fling
Where: Children’s Weekday Program | Arlington, VA 22204
When: Saturday, 9am – 12pm
Admission: Free

All are welcome to join the annual fair for fun and games in Alcova Heights! They’ll have a bounce house, a visit from an Arlington fire truck, a book walk, face painting, and tasty treats at the bake sale! Plus, a portion of the parking area will offer a community yard sale.  Children’s Weekday Program is located at 716 S. Glebe Rd. in Arlington.

KidStory Theatre Festival
Where: Glenallan Elementary School | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

InterAct Story Theatre is closing out Season 2 of their Family Theatre Series with a special festival of performances of stories and plays written by kids! Through out the season, we will be inviting kids from the Wheaton Family Theatre Series audiences and from schools throughout Montgomery County to submit stories and ideas for short plays. We’ll cap off our wonderful year of family arts with a few of these plays, directed and performed by InterActors!

Revolutionary War Weekend
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $20/adult, $9/ages 6-12, free for 5 and under

Step back in time at one of the largest Revolutionary War encampments in the area! See more than 300 Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action and meet the military re-enactors to learn more about life in the 18th-century, discuss military techniques, and watch battle re-enactments. This family-friendly event features a youth muster on the bowling green, military medicine, and artillery demos! Walk through furnished replicas of the tents Washington used to work, sleep, and dine throughout the Revolutionary War. Listen to costumed characters from the Museum of the American Revolution explain how each Washington used each space and what it was like to live in one of these tents.

May the Force be with DC United
Where: RFK Stadium | Kingman Park, DC
When: Saturday, 7pm (gates open at 6pm)
Admission: Ticket prices vary

It’s Star Wars Night at the DC United match against the Montreal Impact. Along with the soccer action on the pitch, there will be a halftime light sabre battle, appearances by your favorite characters, and more fun Star Wars-inspired fun.

Literary Hill Bookfest
Where: Eastern Market
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join Capitol Hill neighbors in supporting the community’s own literary festival! The annual Literary Hill BookFest attracts thousands of visitors to meet and greet local authors, buy books, and learn about book-related resources and services on the Hill. Over 30 local writers from the community will display, discuss, and sign their books. New booksellers will sell books on-site. Select authors will give brief talks or readings. And a Children’s Corner will offer story times and activities.

Model Rocket Launch
Where: Goddard Space Flight Center | Greenbelt, MD
When: Sunday, 1-2pm
Admission: Free

Join the monthly model rocket launch at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Anyone is welcome, and if you’ve got a model rocket to fly, bring it along (though there are some restrictions – see them here). The program takes place the first Sunday of every month at 1pm. Read more about it in this post.

We’re All Daughters
Where: Provision No. 14 | 14th Street NW, DC
When: Sunday,/adult, $20/ages 13 and under
Admission: $60 (Use code KIDFRIENDLYDC25 for 25% off!)

Girls Health Ed is hosting a benefit brunch titled “We’re All Daughters” in honor of Mother’s Day and to support the organization in their mission to provide free health education to girls and young women nationally and internationally. Open to the entire family, tickets will include a buffet brunch and one mimosa (for adults, obvi). Register in advance here.

***BONUS BITS***
* Get ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day around DC.
* Make it a family meal or go KidFree at Joselito on Capitol Hill.
* Learn about Flex Academies and their after school enrichment programs.
* The Kennedy Center recently announced their 2017-18 season, and it is stellar!
* Plan ahead to shop and support entrepreneurial kids at the Acton Children’s Business Fair next weekend!


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Activities & Events Around DC to Help Make Mother’s Day Extra Special

Last Mother's Day with my loves at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis

Last Mother’s Day with my loves at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis



Moms’ big day is right around the corner, and it’s an occasion worth making extra special plans for — in my totally unbiased opinion, anyway. 😉 There are so many great ways to spend it (and prep for it), from activities and offerings especially for the day to special events that happen to coincide with the date. I’ve compiled a selection for you here and added in some of my own ideas, all coming from experience, that make for excellent celebrations. I hope they help make the day as fabulous as all the moms! Happy Mother’s Day!

Baking for Mom
Where: Williams-Sonoma Stores | Around the DMV
When: May 6, 10am
Admission:

Kids ages 8-13 can prep for Mother’s Day by with a fun baking lesson from Williams-Sonoma, part of their Junior Chef Classes. They’ll teach participants to bake like a pro and create a dessert that is perfect for Mom. Contact your local store for more information and to register.

Children’s Ball
Where: Textile Museum | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 13, 10am – 12pm & 1-3pm
Admission: $15/adult & child together, $10 members

It may be called a Children’s Ball, but this event for the whole family will make it a special Mother’s Day weekend at the Textile Museum. Dress in your best and enjoy fun and fancy treats, dancing beats by GW Ballroom, and a kid-centered visit to the exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. There are two time slots for this, 10am – 12pm and 1-3pm. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Register online or call 202.994.7394.

Milkshake Celebrates Moms Concert
Where: Creative Alliance | Baltimore, MD
When: May 13, 12pm
Admission: $10/non-members, $8/members (+$3 at door) free for 2 and under

The Milkshake Band is hosting a mini-activist fair as part of their Celebrate Moms Concert. Kids can have their face painted, make Mother’s Day cards for mom, and even get their picture taken with Moo, Milkshake’s mascot. Every mom will get a flower and some chocolates, and Moms can also connect with some great non-profit organizations. Bring a diaper and/or diaper ointment donation for Share Baby and get a free Milkshake CD!

Savor the Day
Where: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards
When: May 13-14
Admission: $10/over 21, $5/under 21

Head to the vineyard in Davidson, MD, for an afternoon of wine, food, and live music. Mother’s Day weekend is an official ticketed event at Sugarloaf for the first time ever, so if you’re a party over 4 people, be sure to make reservations in advance. Live music will last an hour longer then usual, and Atlantic Smokers will be there with delicious food! Sweet and Savory of Middletown will have mouth watering desserts for sale as well. Admission includes a souvenir glass and a glass of wine. Infants and stroller age toddlers are free. Be sure to read the rules about what you can and cannot bring before you go. Read more about Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards, in this KFDC post.

Mother’s Day on the Farm
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: May 13-14
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

Why buy roses when you can buy Mom something as unique as a fresh bundle of asparagus? May is the peak month for Asparagus and it will be fresh and full of flavor. (FYI: PYO strawberries are also available now!) And Great Country has a terrific sprawling play area, while the kids are having a blast there, Mom can enjoy shopping in the Farm Market, which is stocked with jams & jellies, local meats, baked goods, and great gift ideas. Or she can simply relax over lunch and a roasted asparagus flatbread from the Roosteraunt concession stand. Each visiting mom will also receive a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry to thank her for her love, patience, and nurturing in raising the next generation.

Mother’s Day at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: May 13-14
Admission: $18/adult, $9/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under (online rates)

Join the Mother of our Country, Martha Washington, for special Mother’s Day activities at Mount Vernon, her digs with George back in the day. Stroll through the magnificent gardens in bloom and enjoy a tour of the mansion grounds through the eyes of Patty Peters, Martha’s granddaughter. Moms will also receive a lavender sachet from Lady Washington while supplies last.

DC Green Festival – Discount for Moms
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mt. Vernon Square, DC
When: May 13-14
Admission: $12/one day, $22/weekend (before discount)

Go green and enjoy family time with a special discount for moms at the nation’s premier sustainability event. As a Mother’s Day treat, moms get 50% off admission (kids 16 and under are free). Explore over 250 exhibitors, hear from inspirational speakers, indulge in delicious vegan or vegetarian food, and the PG County Parks and Recreation Family Fun Pavilion will host interactive educational activities and entertainment for kids all day.

Wings of Fancy
Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: Through September 17
Admission: $8/adult, $5/child

Celebrate the day in a beautiful place with an activity the whole family will enjoy. At the the wonderful Wings of Fancy exhibit, walk amid a garden of butterflies in the annual display of live butterflies and caterpillars from all over the world. It’s a guaranteed delight for all ages. Stay to explore the rest of Brookside’s lovely grounds and be sure make time to play in the adorable Children’s Garden. Read more about the exhibit in this KFDC post.

Family Style Tasting Menu
Where: Joselito Casa de Comidas | Capitol Hill, DC
When: May 14
Admission: Cost of meal

My new favorite neighborhood restaurant is offering a special tasting menu for Mother’s Day! Joselito, located on Capitol Hill, serves delicious Spanish cuisine in a lively, warm and welcoming setting. They recently debuted brunch, and a kids’ menu is on the way — though their regular menu has dishes that make patrons of all ages happy. Bring the whole fam or make it a moms’ meal out — you’re in for a treat no matter what! The tasting menu is $50/adult ($80 with wine pairings), and kids can order from the a la carte menu. I recommend making reservations, as they often book up (and let them know where you heard about it!).

A Day at the Ballpark
Where: Nationals Park | Navy Yard, DC
When: May 14
Admission:Ticket prices vary

For mommas who are Nats fans, catch a baseball game with the fam! The Phillies will be in town for the weekend, and Sunday’s game will include a carnation giveaway for the first 5,000 fans to arrive. Unfortunately, the special Mother’s Day brunch is already sold out, but for a lot of us moms, a ballpark hotdog, a beer, and a fun outing with our favorite people will do just as well.

Mother’s Day on the Patuxent
Where: Solomons Island, MD
When: Mother’s Day weekend (or anytime)
Admission: Rates vary by boat & time

This isn’t an event, per se, but a really great way we celebrated Mother’s Day with friends a few years ago. A pontoon boat outing on the Patuxent River was a super fun and relaxing time for all. Pack a cooler, don the swimsuits, slather on sunscreen, and get ready for a fantastic day on the water.

Go with the Flow
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

For other Mother’s Day adventures on the water, a bunch of places around the area rent kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and stand up paddleboards. Fletcher’s Boathouse is a popular place to go and has a great riverside area to hang out and picnic when you’re off the water. You can also row from Ballpark Boathouse then picnic and play at Yards Park. We spent a fantastic Mother’s Day last year at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis — with lots of options for outdoor recreation along with paddling, it’s particularly awesome. This post has of round-up of even more places to cruise the local waterways.

DC Bike Ride
Where: Throughout Washington, DC
When: May 14, 8am – 1pm
Admission: $70/ages 8 and up, $50/ Girl Scouts, free for 7 and under

Celebrate the day, our communities and amazing city, and life on two wheels! In its second year, the DC Bike Ride is a closed-roads, car-free, 20-mile bike ride through DC. The inaugural ride had over 7,000 participants and raised more than $38,000, and this year they hope to do even better. There will be entertainment on the course for a lively atmosphere, plus kids ages 3-7 ride for free (though they need to be in a bike seat, tagalong, trailer, or tandem). Admission fee includes a sling backpack. There is also a VIP entry for $125 that inclues a tech half zip pullover, guaranteed first corral, & lunch.

Do Some Garden-ing
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Instead of bringing flowers to mom, take her to them instead! With the bloom season upon us, and landscapes bursting with color, a visit to a garden is a fantastic outing, especially when there’s often more to do than just look at the plants and flowers. Explore and play at the National Arboretum, wander around Green Spring Gardens on a scavenger hunt, venture out to the gorgeous Meadowlark Botanical Garden, relish in the peace at the Brookland Monastery, stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks, or stop and smell the roses (and more) at the U.S. Botanic Garden. You can bring along a picnic to many of these places and make it a whole day’s outing.

Mother’s Day Campfire
Where: Burke Lake Park | Burke, VA
When: May 14, 6-7:30pm
Admission: $8

Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park with mom and investigate the hard work that goes into raising the young and toast marshmallows around the campfire. Register an adult with any registered child. For ages 4 and up.

Mother’s Day Walk & Draw
Where: The Lemon Bowl & Nearby Streets | Georgia Ave., DC
When: May 14, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: $45/individual, $80/pair

Moms and kids can channel their inner artists at this Learning to Travel Sketch: Walk & Draw workshop. Taught by DC architect Lindsey May, the class will meet for 30 minutes at the Lemon Bowl for a sketching intro, then walk to nearby landmarks and practice sketching architectural features in en plein air (a fancy way to say ‘in the outside open-ness of real fresh air), doing a guided sketch exercise, then individual sketching. Admission fee includes everything you will need for a successful travel sketching afternoon including notebook, pens, a sketching tutorial, and hands on assistance in the field. The Lemon Bowl is located at 3015 Georgia Avenue NW.

Family Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: May 14, 11am
Admission: $19.50/adult, $17.50/child

For moms who love some sleuthing (a penchant for Harry Potter helps, too), the next Wizard School Scavenger Hunt by Watson Adventures happens to fall on Mother’s Day. The fun, unique activity for families has you on a mission competing against other team to find art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies, with the help of clever Harry Potter-themed clues. Spots are still left in the 11am session. And while the website says it’s for ages 10 and up, kids younger than that definitely can partake, too! This KFDC post has more about this awesome adventure.

Brunch & Bowl
Where: Pinstripes | Georgetown, DC
When: May 14
Admission: $36/adult, $15/ages 5-12, free for under 5 (bowling is extra!)

Dine and play on Mother’s Day! Treat mom to an expansive bottomless brunch fit for a queen with favorites like made-to-order omelets, carved prime rib and fresh shrimp, bagels with spreads and smoked salmon, and so much more. Moms will be especially encouraged to sit back and relax with mimosas and bloody Mary’s as the kids are taken care of at the ‘Kids Corner’ station with pizzas, chicken fingers, Mac and cheese and more. Stay for some family bowling (or bocce) after — be sure to reserve a lane in advance to ensure you get game time.

Kids in the Kitchen, Brunch, & Pampering
Where: Watergate Hotel | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 14
Admission: Varies by activity (see below)

Want to get fancy? The iconic hotel has special offerings for mom and kids on Mother’s Day. From 11am – 4pm, Executive Chef Michael Santoro will teach kids ages 6-12 how to impress their moms with a hands-on class, where each participant chooses from a three-course, kid-safe menu to bring home to their Mom, or right to their table at Kingbird ($25/child and includes the meal and printed recipes – call 202.827.1600 to sign up). If you want to do the brunch, it will be served at the Kingbird restaurant from 10:30am – 4:30pm, with options to suit every palate ($110/adult and $55/children ages of 5-12, 4 and under eat free – make a reservation through Open Table or 202.827.1600). After brunch, mmoms who have any mani/pedi or spa treatments booked are welcome to come to Argentta Spa with their families — children’s movies will be playing at the pool area from 1pm onward.

Free in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: May 14
Admission:

For adventurous moms who love the outdoors, particular being in the trees, an afternoon in the aerial adventure forest of the Adventure Park at Sandy Springs is the perfect way to spend the day — especially when mom’s admission is on them. Buy one ticket and get mom’s ticket free using the promo code MOM17. (FYI: This is one of my very favorite adventures in the area — read more about it here.)

Mother’s Day Pontoon Ride
Where: Black Hill Nature Programs | Boyds, MD
When: May 14, 6:30-8pm
Where: $6

Here’s a nice nature treat for moms who enjoy the outdoors. Take a sunset tour of Little Seneca Lake and enjoy the beauty all around with the people mom loves as you cruise the lake and look for nature activity. All participants must register in advance. Meet at the pontoon boat dock located by the boat rental area.

Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Take a hike as you celebrate. See flowers in bloom, tramp in places with scenic views, walk and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. Bring along a picnic for lunch al fresco, too. A particular favorite for a special day is the hike from Riverbend Park to Great Falls. A day trip to Harpers Ferry would make a great outing, too. And this go-to KFDC post has even more recommendations for good places to hit the trail with kids.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: May 1-5

So much to marvel at in the Library of Congress

So much to marvel at in the Library of Congress



Monday – Visit the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress, to explore children’s books, see interesting exhibits, and marvel at one of DC’s most beautiful buildings. The Young Readers Center is open 9am – 4pm and welcomes visitors to read books and hang out in the cozy space. And be sure to spend time checking out the rest of the LOC, too — it’s truly magnificent! Hours are 9am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.

Tuesday – Get revved up for Strolling Thunder! Join parents and babies from across the country as they stroll on Capitol Hill urging Congress to Think Babies. Events will emphasize the importance of making our youngest children’s potential a national priority. The Stroll takes place at Upper Senate Park from 12:30-1:30pm.

If you prefer to keep the day non-political, go for a walk in the woods and explore the grounds of Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase. The home of the Audubon Naturalist Society is perfect for hiking with little ones. The trails are mellow, there are several small exhibits like bees nests and bird feeding areas, and wildlife sightings are practically guaranteed. Open dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Explore the grounds and play in the gardens, particularly the Children’s Garden, at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as lovely as they are fun. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Thursday – Discover American Indian culture with all kinds of hands-on pursuits at imagiNATIONS, the family activity center at the National Museum of the American Indian. Weave a big basket, play in a teepee and models of native dwellings, do some arts & crafts, build an igloo, hear bird calls of the wild, read kids books in the library, and much more. Plan on lunch or a snack at the Mitsitam Cafe, where they serve indigenous cuisines of the Americas that are interesting and tasty! Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm (cafe 11am – 3pm). Admission is free.

Friday – Spend the day at Flower Mart, the annual spring festival presented by the All Hallow’s Guild of the National Cathedral. Don’t let the name fool ya — along with plant sales and floral and horticultural displays, there is tons of fun for all ages. Music and entertainment, games and rides, tasty foods, the All Hallows Guild antique carousel, and other activities will delight the younger set. Admission is free, though concessions and some activities will cost a fee. Read about one of our experiences at the fair. (KFDC tip: The Beauvoir Playground will be open to the public that day since The Cathedral School is closed, so take advantage of weekday play there!)


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