The Weekend Round-Up: May 8-10

I'll take a note like this anytime -- regardless of where she was or what she was doing while writing it.

I’ll take a note like this anytime — regardless of where she was or what she was doing while writing it.

Start off the weekend excitement on the National Mall today with the much anticipated flyover and a garden fest. Continue it over the next couple of days with a European tour, a Washington Ballet performance, more great live entertainment, a Nats game, fun on the farm, or some tennis. Or make some plans based on these ideas for Everyday Play. Whatever you do, make sure it includes something special for mom. Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover
Where: The Skies over the National Mall
When: Friday, 12:10pm
Admission: Free

This sight that is certain to be spectacular. Honoring those who fought in World War II on its 70th anniversary, the flyover will include dozens of vintage aircraft flying in historically sequenced warbird formations from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol. The National Mall will be the most obvious viewing place, but it’s bound to be crowded, so you may want to find an alternative spot to witness the event.

Garden Fest
Where: Enid A. Haupt Garden
When: Friday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with an array of activities focused on the important roles that pollinators play with regard to our food and ecosystems. Explore the history of honey bees, learn what you can do to attract pollinators to your own garden, and participate in all kinds of hands-on activities. The day will also include the return of popular events like the annual Container Contest, free water bottles from Fairfax Water, and musical performances by Bay Jazz Project. The Enid A. Haupt Garden is located behind the Smithsonian Castle.

Shortcut to Europe
Where: EU Embassies
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Avoid the hefty airfare and jet lag and explore The Continent from this side of the pond. Passport DC invites you to join European Union embassies and the EU Delegation for a day of international food, dancing, kids entertainment, exhibitions, vacation planning, and more. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the embassies, some of which are among Washington’s historic and architectural treasures. Admission is free, but bring identification, as some embassies will conduct security checks. Get an idea of what to expect in this post about our experience at an Around the World Embassy Tour.

Fly-in to Victory Day
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

If you can’t make it to the Flyover on Friday, you still have a chance to see the vintage airplanes – just not in flight. The day after formations of World War II aircraft fly over DC as part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, a selection of the historic airplanes will be on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe will also feature educational and WWII-era activities, including performances by the U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note, swing dancing, themed story times, and hands-on activities.

Nats vs. Braves
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Braves this weekend, and there are a few family-friendly promos to enjoy along with the action on the baseball diamond. On Signature Sunday, kids can get autographs from players starting an hour before the game (a voucher is required and given out on a first come-first served basis on a first come, first served basis at Sections 109 and 140). Mother’s Day is also being recognized, and Kids Run the Bases welcomes 4-12-year-olds can loop the infield after the Sunday game.

Fun – & Asparagus! – on the Farm
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

Why buy mom roses when you can you can give her a bouquet of something as unique and fresh as asparagus? The veggie is at its peak and full of flavor this time of year, and you can get it at Great Country Farms – and have a ton of fun. Let dad take the kids out to the five-acre play area, while mom enjoys shopping in the Farm Market stocked with jams & jellies, honey, local meats, baked goods and great gift ideas! Or just relax over lunch and a strawberry sundae at the Roosteraunt concession stand. They’ll have a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry for each visiting mom to thank her for her love, patience, and nurturing in raising our next generation – now, that is sweet!

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

* Be enchanted by The Washington Ballet’s Alice (in wonderland) at the Kennedy Center (look for a deal on select seats)
* Enjoy the symphony with little ones at NSO Kinderclassics: Beethoven at the Ballpark, also at the Kennedy Center
* It’s opening weekend for Creatiive Cauldron’s Once on this Island
* Catch a performance of Sinbad: The Untold Tale at Imagination Stage
* The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* See a show on strings at The Puppet Co. where Cinderella is the current main stage production
* And Penguins’ Playground and Animal Crackers are the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre
* Rock out with Beatles & Bubblegum at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning

Spring Farm Day
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: $7/advance, $8/at door

Have a super fun day getting the farm experience at Frying Pan Farm Park’s annual spring fest — milk a cow or goat, visit baby animals, see farm equipment demos, and watch some sheep lose their wool. Along with the farm-y stuff, there will be carousel and wagon rides, plus crafts, games, and fair food for all to enjoy.

Q’s Gadget Day
Where: International Spy Museum
When: Saturday, 11am, 12pm, or 1pm
Admission: $8

Tech-ops in training ages 8 and up have a chance to create way-cool spy gadgetry for their future missions at this KidSpy Family Workshop. From cameras that shoot through a button-hole to a secret listening device in the heel of a shoe, spies have always used the slickest tools of the trade. Whether it’s to hide top secret intelligence, escape from a sticky situation or communicate covertly, trainees will have the choice to use everyday objects, recycled materials, or basic electronics develop a pre-determined spy gadget or create a new gadget of their imagination.

National Train Day
Where: National Postal Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Trains played a critical part in America’s postal history. From 1864-1977, the Railway Mail Service used clerks on board moving trains to sort and process mail, speeding delivery. And this weekend, the Postal Museum is paying tribute on National Train Day. If you choo choo choose to visit the Museum on Saturday, you can see model train displays and enjoy special railway themed activities the whole family will enjoy!

Free Tennis Play Day
Where: Trinity Washington University
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Want to get a pre-summer sample of a new camp coming to DC AND have a fun time on the tennis court? RDUTennis is hosting a Free Play Day and Clinic on Saturday. Get some tips, meet the staff, learn about their programs, and have fun! Brian Rosenthal and staff will be on court for two hours to provide instruction and answer questions. RSVP to with the name of your child, age, skill level, and when you plan to arrive. Go for the whole two hours or just a few minutes. Participants should bring their own racquets, but RDUTennis will have all the balls ready. Trinity Washington University is located at 125 Michigan Ave NE.

Ultimate Frisbee Clinic
Where: Glenallan Elementary School, Silver Spring
When: Saturday, 11am – 1pm
Admission: Free

Girls in grades 3-6 are invited to this two-hour clinic that will introduce them to the basic skills of Ultimate Frisbee, one of the fastest-growing team sports in the country, in a fun and positive environment. The clinic will be led by coaches from local women’s club teams and is organized in partnership with Impact Silver Spring. Glenallan Elementary is located at 12520 Heurich Road in Silver Spring. To register call Damian at 240.650.2797 or email

Kids in the Kitchen
Where: Mosaic District’s Glass Alley
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

The Junior League of Northern Virginia’s Spring Health Fair aims to encourage kids to live a healthy lifestyle by providing resources for child-centric exercise and nutrition education and recipes for healthy eating habits. The event will include fitness demonstrations, interactive booths, games and many other fun activities for all ages.

Pachamama: Mother Earth Celebration
Where: American Indian Museum
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a line-up of lively entertainment at the American Indian Museum. See dance performances by Tinkus Llajtaymanta, Tradiciones Bolivianas, Somos Bolivia, and Grupo Autoctono Tarkeada Bolviana. Musical group, Los Jathas will perform, and artists from ASUR Textiles, cocoa products from El Ceibo, Bolivian Stevia Growers, and quinoa products from Alimentos “La Chapaquita” will be exhibiting. Be sure to stop in the imagiNATIONS activity center for more kids’ activities.

Walk in the Woods
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

How about hitting the trail? This go-to KFDC post has a bunch of recommendations for good places to hike with kids (though I heard Greenbelt Park has been having a tick problem recently). Find more details on the Riverbend to Great Falls trail here. And a few that aren’t on the list, but great for family tramping: Turkey Run Park, just off the GW Parkway and Scott’s Run Nature Preserve near Great Falls.

Mother’s Day on the Patuxent
Where: Solomons Island
When: Sunday (or anytime)
Admission: Varies

Still making plans for Mother’s Day? We celebrated last year with a pontoon boat outing on the Patuxent River, a fun and relaxing time for all — read all about it here. But if you want to stay closer to home, you can turn many of these outdoor ventures into a family outing with some mom celebrating.

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