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The National Postal Museum Welcomes All Aboard for a Train Day Celebration!

Train tracks connecting the coasts of the U.S. allowed the Post Office Department to quickly move mail across the entire country. And over time, trains have played an important role in keeping our nation connected. The National Postal Museum recognizes this every May with an event to commemorate the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. This year is extra special as the museum is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad along with the U.S. Postal Service’s new “Golden Spike” stamp!

​The annual Train Day Celebration will take place this Saturday, May 11, from 10am to 3pm. The museum has all kinds of fun and educational activities planned for all ages, providing opportunities to learn, engage, and play. And it’s all free and open to the public!

Here’s some of what you can enjoy at the celebration:

Model Train Railroad Displays
Enjoy the magical, miniature world of model railroads running throughout the museum thanks to the Rappahannock Model Railroaders; the Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society; and the Northern Virginia NTRAK.

Railway Post Office (RPO) Training School
The tiniest RPO clerks (ages 2-5, up to 45 pounds) can ride on a toy steam train and collect mailbags in between stations. Older kids can learn all about the specialized jargon that was used by RPO clerks and become a certified Junior RPO Lingo Expert.

“Meet” Owney the Dog
Owney was a scruffy mutt who rode with the mailbags on RPO train cars across the country in the late 19th century. The RPO clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot and good luck charm since no train Owney rode was ever in a wreck. “Meet” Owney and hear all about his adventures.

Train Whistles
Crack the secret code of the railroad crews as you learn to communicate by train whistle. After you master the skill, take a train-shaped whistle home with you.

Railway Post Office (RPO) Sorting Challenge
Do you have what it takes to be an RPO mail clerk? Board an authentic train car and see if you can sort the mail before time runs out!

Story Time
Join a special train-themed story time about trains and the brave and perseverant Chinese railroad workers who made the Transcontinental Railroad possible.

Chug on over and join the fun!

Train Day Celebration
Where: National Postal Musuem | 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, WDC
Location: Across from Union Station (Metro Red Line)
When: Saturday, May 11 | 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

This post is sponsored by the National Postal Museum, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Mark Your Calendar for the Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival on May 11

On Mother’s Day Weekend, drop by the region’s premier spring flower market, the Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival. The festival will take place Saturday, May 11, on Central Place Plaza in Rosslyn from 10am to 5pm. Get ready for a day of live music, DIY workshops, and a pop-up coffee shop with Compass Coffee. Check out the website for more details. Registration is required for all workshops, including the FREE sessions for kids.

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

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The Weekend Round-Up: May 3-5

Run, doggies, run! The annual running of the chihuahuas at The Wharf

Happy Weekend!

Landon Azalea Festival 
Where: The Landon School | Bethesda, Maryland
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

All are invited to the Landon School’s annual Azalea Festival, which features carnival rides, boutique shops, upscale resale, delicious food, live music, and more! Children’s entertainment in Saturday and Sunday will include performances butThe Great Zucchini and Rocknoceros. Be sure to stroll through Landon’s 2.5 acre Perkins Memorial Garden to enjoy the more than 15,000 blooming azaleas — including many rare and cultivated-for-the-Azalea-Festival specimens. And shop more than 40 vendors offering toys, jewelry, fashion, pet and home goods, and more! Proceeds benefit student financial assistance and faculty enrichment

Around the World Embassy Tour
Where: 50+ Embassies | Embassy Row & Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Make Indonesian crafts, get a taste of Peruvian food, see an Albanian dance performance, enjoy stories from El Salvador – 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 to exercise patience. 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.

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

The annual festival, in its 80th 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 is also music and entertainment, games and carnival rides, tasty foods, the All Hallows Guild antique carousel, and many more fun activities to delight kids as well. While you’re there, be sure to visit the awesome Beauvoir School playground. Admission is free, though concessions and some activities will cost a fee. Read about one of our experiences at the event.

Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival
Where: Kingman Island | Northeast, DC
When: Saturday 12-9pm
Admission: $35, free for ages 10 & under

The 10th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival will feature great entertainment and plenty more revelry. The celebration of local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River features a whole day and evening of performances by local bluegrass and folk acts on multiple stages. Fuel up with DC’s favorite food trucks and beer from Sierra Nevada and Atlas Brew Works. For kiddos, Living Classrooms and a Kids Zone will have activities just for them. Kingman Island is located on the Anacostia River at 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE (at the entrance to RFK Stadium). Read more about Kingman & Heritage Islands in this KFDC post.

Old MacDonald Had a Barn
Where: Miracle Theatre | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday
Admission: $8/by May 2, $10/at door

Enjoy some wholesome family entreatment on Friday night! Kidsinger Jim & the Big Barn Puppets are performing a special show at the beautiful Miracle Theatre. “Old MacDonald Had A Barn” features well-known folk tunes and some originals, followed by a fun ‘hoedown’ finale by Kidsinger Jim & his Barnyard Band.  Show length is 45 minutes.

May Day & Musical Festival
Where: Potomac Overlook Park | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Get outside and join this wonderful springtime tradition!  Potomac Overlook’s May Day is full of fun activities and exhibits for all ages. The event will include a live music performance, entertainment, community exhibits, games, and much more!  All free, registration required.

Galatic Spins
Where: Capital Wheel | National Harbor, MD
When: Saturday, May the Fourth
Admission: Free for riders in costume!

May the Fourth Be with You! Join the Rebellion for a special treat at National Harbor on Saturday. The Capital Wheel is inviting fans from every galaxy to join them for the best party in the universe on to celebrate May the 4th. Guests in costume or Star Wars gear can take a cosmic ride in their own climate-controlled space pod on The Capital Wheel for FREE all day!  After a light speed ride, stop off for out of this world drink specials for only $4 at Flight Deck (for parents, obvi) and pose with your favorite characters from the Star Wars movies from 12-3pm.

Running of the Chihuahuas
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

It’s DC’s cutest and funniest Cinco de Mayo celebration as The Wharf hosts the 8th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas! There will be games, a DJ, beer garden, dog costume contest, and the highlight of the afternoon, 128 Chihuahuas racing for fame and fun! The event benefits Rural Dog Rescue, a non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in shelters who are often overlooked for adoption or rescue. Go here for information and to sign your Chihuahua up to race visit. And read more about The Wharf here.

Show Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

* Join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Arts onthe Horizon presents Sailing on a String
* Sesame Street Live! is at EagleBank Arena
* Junie B. Jones is at Olney Theatre this weekend only
* See P.J. Masks Live! at the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore
* Create your own adventure as you Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* It’s the final weekend for Jack and the Beanstalk at The Puppet Co.
* Mother Goose Caboose is the featured Tiny Tots performance at The Puppet Co. on Saturday.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* Venture Into the Woods at Ford’s Theatre.

Revolutionary War Weekend
Where: Mount Vernon | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: $18-20/adult, $11-12/age 6-11, free/5 & under

Step back in time during one of the largest Revolutionary War re-enactments in the region! Watch hundreds of Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action on the estate. Throughout the weekend, learn more about life in the 18th century, discuss military techniques, and watch battle re-enactments. Wander through the encampment and meet the soldiers. This family-friendly event features a youth muster on the bowling green and even meeting General Washington!

Spring Fling At SSFS
Where: Sandy Spring Friends School | Sandy Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 9-11am
Admission: Free

Join us for a fun-filled family event for children ages 2-5 and their families! Our Spring Fling event features a fun morning full of FREE activities including a petting zoo, face painting, a moon bounce, story time, and fun on our playground. Admission staff will be available to answer questions and show our preschool classroom space.
RSVP encouraged, but not required.

Silver Spring Truck Touch
Where: Silver Spring Nursery School | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $5, Under age 2 are free

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.

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 21st 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.

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

Experience the thrill of seeing raptors — real owls, hawks, eagles and other predators — 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. Mascot Otus the Owl will be there to greet you, too. Don’t forget your camera!

Creativity Workshop
Where: Phillips Collection | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $18/adult & child

Let your creativity fly in several art-making stations — it’s an art materials “petting zoo” for the whole family! Each station has a different project with art materials, instructions, and artistic inspiration from The Phillips Collection. A professional art educator is on site to support families who would like guidance. Comes with Artful Wellness Kit for parents and caregivers. Geared for families with children ages 2 to 8. See the website for more details! Read more about the Phillips and an upcoming annual event in this KFDC post.

Where: La Maison Française | Foxhall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: $10-40

The DC Chocolate Festival is a celebration of artisan and fine chocolate from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond! The event brings together over 30 chocolate vendors and thousands of chocolate lovers for a day of tasting, talking, and learning. The Morning Block (10:30-11:15am is perfect for families & kids, with a hands-on, interactive experience perfect for younger chocolate enthusiasts.

Family Yoga: Earth Yoga
Where: Roda Movements | Takoma Park, MD
When: Sunday, 10:30–11:30am
Admission: $15/family (siblings/parents/relatives included)

Finally you can go to yoga class with your children! Prepare to sweat, dance, sing, strike poses, balance, play games, do partner acro-yoga,  go on yoga adventures, and enjoy meditative time to relax, reflect and connect.  Class includes smoothies and themes like “Earth Yoga,” “Yoga Dance Party” and “Happy Yoga.” 

Commit to Be Fit
Where: Rhode Island Row
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join friends and neighbors and commit to being the healthiest you at the Commit to Be Fit event. Enjoy free fitness classes, health screenings, healthy food offerings, kids activities, giveaways, and more! See the complete schedule here.

Children’s Arts & Crafts Workshops
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 12-3pm
Admission: Free

Let your creativity loose and draw inspiration from the current exhibits in House of Sweden and participate in STEAM activities for kids, encouraging innovation and children’s curiosity. Children will be able to create abstract art, make small popsicle stick homes in honor of Folkhem’s sustainable wooden home design in Sweden, and more! You can also check out the interactive room Children in the City – Little Library & Funky Town or listen to a Swedish children’s book (in English) after you are done crafting, during Storytime at 3pm. Located at 2900 K Street NW.

DC United vs. Columbus Crew
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 8pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary

Kick it at a DC United match on Saturday evening as they host the Columbus Crew. If you haven’t been to the new stadium yet, you’re in for a treat — it’s a great arena with excellent views of the action on the field as well as the city skyline. I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult. Or park in the Navy Yard neighborhood and plan to have dinner, then walk from there.

Rockville Arts Festival
Where: Rockville Town Square | Rockville, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

This two-day event will feature 140+ artists at an outdoor gallery in Rockville Town Square in Rockville, Maryland (Maryland Ave. and E. Middle Lane). This year’s festival places emphasis on arts organizations in Rockville, featuring performances by local theater and dance groups, hands-on art demonstrations by VisArts faculty, and a special community mosaic project.

Taiwan Day
Where: KID Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday
Admission: $12/child + 2 adults

Join KID Museum and the Vogai Children’s Choir to explore Taiwanese culture through creative hands-on projects. The whole family can enjoy building mechanical bears, making water soakers from bamboo, tasting homemade Taiwanese fig jelly, and many other activities. KID Museum’s Taiwan Day will feature performances by visiting children of the Bunun tribe, an indigenous group from Taiwan. Join them for traditional dance, music, and song.

BlackRock SpringFest
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Sunday, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Join this free celebration at BlackRock! Taking place on the Center’s front lawn and Outdoor Stage, the event will be filled with traditional music, dance, and more featuring local musicians and entertainers, craft vendors, food trucks, and 100 performers from Washington Revels. The highlight of SpringFest will be May Revels, Washington Revels’ long-running family-friendly performance that revives old spring traditions from the United Kingdom that will include opportunities for audience participation. After the performance, children from the audience can join the Revels cast in a Maypole dance.

Literary Hill BookFest
Where: Eastern Market North Hall | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

The BookFest is an annual celebration of Capitol Hill-based books and authors. This family-friendly event has become a local tradition, and features more than 50 authors, booksellers, publishers, libraries, and other exhibitors, putting book lovers of all ages face to face with some of the most respected writers and literary institutions in the country. This year, exhibitors including the Library of Congress and award-winning children’s publishers Platypus Media and Shout Mouse Press will share the spotlight with beloved children’s author Katy Kelly, Tom Noll of Green Kids Press, acclaimed author and illustrator Rashin Kheiriyeh, and many others. Families will love the lively Children’s Corner, with readings, poetry, crafts, puppetry, and more. 

International Family Equality Day
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the beauty and importance of family diversity at the National Zoo. Enjoy family-focused activities, including field games with prizes, special animal enrichment demonstrations and live entertainment. See the website for the schedule of events.

Where: Gaylord National Resort | Nation Harbor, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

The Navy League of the United States and Office of Naval Research are bringing the biennial STEM Expo back to the DC area on Sunday. This event, aimed at students in grades 5-12, is packed with fun opportunities to explore a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and is free for all attendees.Parents, teachers and students can look forward to experiencing exciting exhibits from 20 different vendors, including live robotics demonstrations, VR experiences, video games, 3D printing and other hands-on demos, hourly engineering-themed magic shows from mentalist Paul Draper; live liquid nitrogen ice cream-making demos a a mpecial performance by the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team; and more.

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.

* In case you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a brand new round-up of ideas for Mother’s Day celebrations.
* There’s also a new write-up about the active entertainment center and indoor waterpark at The St. James.
* I’m giving Stitch Fix another go. If you want to try it, too, this referral link will get you a $25 credit.
* A great idea for a Mother’s Day gift: A family photo session with Darcy Troutman. She’s an amazing photographer — the best at capturing the beauty and fun of real life moments. (She’s a super cool person, too!)
* The Library of Congress is hosting a conversation with Kevin Kwan, author of “Crazy Rich Asians,” on May 22 as part of their Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month programming. Tickets are free, but required — register for them here.
* The National Building Museum’s Great Hall will be transformed into a giant lawn this summer.
* I’m currently reading Small Fry, the memoir of Lisa Brennan-Jobs (daughter of Steve Jobs) and highly recommend it!


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Ideas for Mother’s Day Celebrations Around the DMV

Beach fun (and blue crabs) with my babes last Mother’s Day

Moms’ big day is right around the corner, and it’s an occasion worth making extra special plans for (in my totally unbiased opinion 😉). Whether you prefer to coordinate your own celebration or enjoy made-just-for-the-day events, this round-up has ideas to help make the occasion a great one for all of the honorees. Happy Mother’s Day!

Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival
Where: Central Place Plaza | Rosslyn, VA
When: May 11, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Mother’s Day a little early and drop by the region’s premier spring flower market, the Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival. Petworth florist Holley Simmons of She Loves Me will bring her unique cut-flower creations and live indoor plants to Central Place Plaza for a day filled with shopping, fun, and activities for all ages. There will be two kids’ workshops for ages 8-12 — free but registration is required — plus coloring and sticker stations for younger children throughout the day.  All other workshops are open to public, and recommended for ages 16+. Although all the workshops are subsidized by the Rosslyn BID, there is a registration fee for the adult workshops. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up soon!

A Day with the (First) First Lady
Where: Mount Vernon Estate | Mount Vernon, VA
When: May 11-12
Admission: $18/adult, $11/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

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. Moms will also receive a lavender sachet from Lady Washington while supplies last. You might also consider dining at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, where they’ll have a special Mother’s Day buffet. Note: The above admission prices are online rates; they are slightly more at the door.

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 makes for a lovely outing, especially when there’s often more to do than just look at the plants and flowers. Stroll among the many multi-tiered plats at Dumbarton Oaks. Explore, play, and see the amazing azalea bloom 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. 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.

Open Studio: Celebrate Mothers
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: May 11
Admission: Free

Join the museum on Mother’s Day weekend to experience Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912! Take a family-friendly tour and learn about the lives of Qing dynasty empresses (12:30pm and 2:30pm). Drop in anytime to create your own royal portrait and greeting cards inspired by the exhibition. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Gospel Brunch
Where: The Hamilton | Downtown DC
When: May 12, 10:30am
Admission: $45

Enjoy a tasty meal and a soul-stirring show this Mother’s Day. The Hamilton will present an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with breakfast classics and Southern dishes to warm anyone’s down-home heart along with a performance by the Howard Gospel Choir. Admission also includes a choice of one morning specialty mimosa, bloody mary, or soft drink. Hallelujah to that!

Family Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: May 12, 2pm
Admission: $19/adult, $17/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 teams 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.

Free in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: May 12
Admission: $12-56, free for Mom

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 her ticket free using the promo code MOM19. (FYI: This is one of my very favorite adventures in the area — read more about it here and here.)

Mission: Grand Opening
Where: International Spy Museum | L’Enfant Plaza, DC
When: May 12
Admission: FREE for moms (see below for rest)

The International Spy Museum is officially opening its doors to the public at its new L’Enfant Plaza location! With interactive exhibitions and installations, the foremost collection of spy artifacts in the world, and first-person accounts from top intelligence officers and experts, the new Museum places visitors in the shoes of the spies. Admission is $24.95/adult, $13.95/age 7-12, free/6 & under. In celebration of Mother’s day, all moms will receive free admission on Sunday. To access a free ticket in advance, call the Call Center at 202.393.7798. Moms can also obtain tickets onsite that day only. Note that same-day tickets are subject to availability. Read more about the Spy Museum (at its former location) here.

Paint with Mom
Where: Art Jamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: May 12
Admission: $30

Get artsy with mom and paint a beautiful nighttime scene with a Mom and Baby owl perched on a Cherry Blossom branch. You and mom will use two canvases to create one scene, while Mom sips on a complimentary craft cocktail. ArtJamz Instructors will take you through the steps and Mom will leave with a whimsical scene to take home and treasure forever.

A (Crab) Feast Fit for a Queen
Where: Eastern Shore, MD
When: Ongoing
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

Take advantage of the start of blue crab season to celebrate! And you really can’t beat a feast of the steamed Old Bay-spiced creature at a waterfront crab house on a nice day. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and Mike’s Crab House in Riva is also popular with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. Last year, we had a super Mother’s Day at Kentmorr’s restaurant and beach scene. Keep it closer to home (but forego the waterfront) at Quarterdeck, Ivy City Smokehouse, and Bethesda Crab House. Wherever you go, make reservations, because special occasion days guarantee crowds.

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. The wetlands at Huntley Meadows offer a nice hike and great views. Pohick Bay Regional Park and Prince William Forest Park are both great places to walk in the woods, too. A day trip to Harpers Ferry also makes a great outing. And this go-to KFDC post has even more recommendations for good places for the whole family to hit the trail.

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

This was 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. Afterwards, treat yourselves to ice cream on Solomon’s Island or even stay for dinner at one of the many waterside restaurants there.

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. We spent a wonderful Mother’s Day a few years ago at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis — with lots of options for outdoor recreation along with paddling, it’s particularly awesome. This post has a round-up of even more places to navigate the local waterways.

Mother’s Love Treasure Hunt
Where: Mansion on O Street | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Throughout May
Admission: $35

Think with your heart and feel with your mind as you search through themed rooms and behind secret doors. The folks at O Mansion will never ruin the surprise of finding a secret door by giving you a map, so be sure to keep your eyes open. If you find two secret doors you are an above average sleuth! There are easy clues and hard clues on this treasure hunt — but everyone is sure to have fun. You can also enjoy a special brunch on Mother’s Day, May 12 ($85/person). Get a glimpse and read more about the Mansion on O in this KFDC post.

Kick It
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: May 12, 7pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

If mom is a soccer fan, take her to the DC United game against Sporting Kansas City. You can make an afternoon and evening of it — plan for an early dinner in the The Yards area, then walk over to the Audi Field for the match. Some restaurant recs: The Salt Line, Due South, Osteria Morini, All Purpose Pizza, and Chloe.

Up in the Air
Where: Preakness Balloon Festival | West Friendship, MD
When: May 10-12
Admission: Free, but parking is $20/vehicle

If you really want to splurge and do something extra cool, book mom on a hot air balloon ride at the annual Preakness Balloon Festival. You can also just go and enjoy the view of them floating above along with fun festivities on ground. With many hot air balloons, rides & games, helicopter tours, a ferris wheel, hot dog eating contest, skydiving show, balloon glow after dusk, and live music, mom is practically guaranteed an awesome day. Free Flight balloon rides start at $250 and there are fees for most activities.

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