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Five Things: May 8, 2024


1. A corpse flower bloomed this week at the U.S. Botanic Garden!  The rare plant is known for its stench, which is strongest in the first 24 hours of blooming, but it’s quite interesting to view after that, too.  The bloom only lasts a few days, so try to see it while you can. If you miss it, though, there’s still plenty to see and do at the USBG.  Tour the plant collections, check out the interactive Cultivate: Growing Food in a Changing World exhibit, and take kiddos to the adorable Children’s Garden, which has opened for the season.  Hours are 10am – 5pm, the outdoor gardens 7:30am – 7pm, and admission is free. Read more about the USBG here.


2. The Downtown DC BID is looking for talented youth to perform at Kids World on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, in Franklin Park — and they will be holding auditions at a Kids World 2024 Talent Call. The call is open to singers, dancers, rappers, bands, poets, cheer squads, magicians, and others between the age of 5-17. Auditions will take place on May 25, from 12-4pm, and are limited to 10 minutes each. Register here!


3. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy some “me” time around DC on Mother’s Day, here are some ideas. (And re-sharing this round-up of ways to celebrate with the fam.)


4. Mother’s Day gifts that will get there quickly, if you need… This cookbook (I’ve perused it, and the recipes look so good and easy to make),  this neck massager (a friend highly recommends it), and this Stanley (not your kids’ water bottle).


5. 10 Happy Things for May!

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Ideas for Celebrating Mother’s Day Around the DC Area (2024)

A lovely Mother’s Day in Annapolis last May


Mother’s Day is an occasion worth making extra special plans for (in my totally unbiased opinion 😉). This round-up, very similar to previous years but updated for right now, has ideas to help make it a great one for all of the honorees — whether it’s spent as a family, with friends, or even solo. With recommendations that range from fairly mellow to very active, totally free to a total splurge, there’s sure to be something to make every mom’s day. Happy Mother’s Day!

Hike & Aprés Hike
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Go for a nice walk in the woods, then follow it with some good aprés hike fun!  Hit the trail then have a yummy meal, relax with some sips, and maybe even play some outdoor games as you extend mom’s special day at a beautiful, fun place. This round-up suggests six great combos around the DC area to do just that.

An Indoor-Outdoor Art Stroll (& Brunch)
Where: Glenstone | Potomac, MD
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by museum

For moms who love art, the indoor-outdoor art museum in Potomac is a perfect place to spend the day. Glenstone offers a unique art adventure at one of the loveliest museums around. The catch: Kids must be at least 12 to visit.  The bonus: They get guaranteed admission along with an adult. (Of course, mom can go solo if kids are too young.). There is a cafe on the grounds to enjoy a casual bite, or you can go to nearby(ish) restaurant after for a nice meal. Old Anglers Inn and MoCo’s Founding Farmers are both about 15 minutes away.

Celebrate Mom Tour
Where: Mansion on O Street | Dupont Circle, DC
When: May 10-12
Admission: $52.50

Celebrate mom with a glass of champagne (21+) and chocolates as you explore this wonderfully unique and quirky mansion and search for secret doors. Over 100 rooms (at least 60 of which you are guranteed to see) are filled with all kind of interesting decor. Even better, just about all of it is for sale, so BYO shopping bags — and plan to find some treats for mom! Get a glimpse and read more about the Mansion on O in this KFDC post.

Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: May 11-12
Admission: $40/advance, $50/weekend of

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s annual Mother’s Day event is taking place over two days this year. Tour the insides of nine beautiful homes and three semi-public buildings within the Capitol Hill Historic District. It’s always fun and interesting to get a peek inside the house featured on this tour! A refreshment break with treats from local vendors at the historic Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is included, plus an architectural tour of the building will also be offered.

Browse & Brunch
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Ongoing
Admission: Free (& the cost of your meal)

Enjoy a lovely day out at Eastern Market’s outdoor weekend flea market. It’s a personal neighborhood fave any time of year, but especially pleasant to browse and stroll during the spring — I can vouch that at least one mom loves it. Spend time at the vendor tents to shop art, apparel, jewelry, home goods, food and more. After (or before), enjoy Mother’s Day brunch at one of the many restaurants in the area.

Brunch & Play
Where: Around the DC area
When: ongoing
Admission: Varies by activity

For moms who like to get their game on or enjoy a fun mission, take her to place that offers opportunities to play. From pickleball and roller skating to bowling and bocce to tennis and ping pong to escape rooms and scavenger hunts, this round-up has a bunch of ideas for celebrating with some active indoor fun. Even better, many of the places also serve food to include a meal, too. (If not, just find a restaurant close by!)

Flower Power
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Instead of bringing flowers to mom, take her to them! 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. Wander around the sprawling Green Spring Gardens. 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.

Bonsai Fest & More Fun
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: May 10-12
Admission: Free

The National Arboetum’s annual Bonsai Festival occurs the same weekend as the holiday, perfect for moms who are horticulture enthusiasts. See the tiny trees at one of the prettiest places in the city. Each day also features demonstrations, exhibits, vendors, and the renowned collection of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. While you’re at the Arboretum, be sure to see the blooming azaleas and the rest of the beautiful plant collections, and maybe even bring a picnic to enjoy amidst it all. Read more about the Arboretum here and here.

A (Crab) Feast Fit for a Queen
Where: Around the DC Area & Eastern Shore
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 creatures 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. We’ve enjoyed Mother’s Day at Kentmorr  (no steamed crabs anymore, but still plenty of crab dishes) as well as The Point in Arnold, MD, and Skipper’s Pier in Deale, MD. Keep it closer to home (but forego the waterfront) at QuarterdeckIvy City Smokehouse, and Bethesda Crab House. Wherever you go, make reservations if possible, because special occasion days guarantee crowds.

IlluminAsia | Celebrate Mothers
Where: National Museum of Asian Art | National Mall, DC
When: May 12
Admission: Free

Join the museum its annual IlluminAsia festival in celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This third and final day of the festival will feature Mother’s Day-themed activities for the whole family, including a guided sound bath by Mel Beyond Yoga, paper flower-making, and more fun.

Mother’s Day Brunch with the Eric Byrd Trio
Where: The Hamilton | Downtown DC
When: May 12, 10:30am & 1pm
Admission: $25-55

Enjoy a tasty meal and some live music 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 the Eric Byrd Trio.  Enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz rooted in swing and be-bop, the Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style.

Plan a Picnic Hike
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Ongoing
Admission: Varies by locale

Similar to the first suggestion, but with a BYO al fresco meal.  Take a hike to see flowers in bloom, enjoy scenic views, explore history, or just enjoy a day of active fun. And bring along a picnic lunch full of mom’s favorite treats. Some lovely places with fun trails and picnic tables:  Riverbend Park (you can hike to Great Falls), Pohick Bay Regional Park, Prince William Forest Park, Harpers Ferry, Patapsco Valley State Park, and Turkey Run Park. 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: Around the DC Area
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. Depending on where you go, plan for a picnic or a restaurant meal after your paddle. This post has a round-up of places to navigate local waters. And this post has suggestions for family-friendly places to dine in DC.

Movie & A Meal
Where: The Alamo | Northeast DC & Crystal City, VA
When: Daily
Admission: $13/adult, $11/child, $12/senior
After 4pm – $15/adult, $13/child, $14/senior

Take cinema-loving moms to The Alamo, where she can enjoy a good meal along with a great movie-watching experience.  The theaters are really nice, the seating is comfortable, and the food is tasty. See what’s playing there now.  And, of course, let mom pick the flick.

* Give mom some “me” time with a spa package!
* Jose Andres’ restaurants have special dining experiences for Mother’s Day.
* Enjoy the day at home, and prepare a special meal for mom.
* Or have her favorite faraway treats delivered right to her.
* These DIY kits are sweet, too.
* Gift idea: This tiny photo necklace.


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The Weekend Round-Up: May 11-12

The Friday Concert Series at Yards Park is a perfect way to kick off the weekend

The Friday Night Concert Series at Yards Park, a perfect way to kick off the weekend

This round-up of events keeps the weekend’s honorees in mind, with picks that moms will, hopefully, enjoy just as much as the kids. (Plus, one that’s just for all the mamas.) Happy Weekend! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!

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

Avoid the 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. Free shuttle bus service will be available throughout the day, and some embassies are convenient to Metro for walking. 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 the Around the World Embassy Tour last weekend.

National Train Day
Where: Union Station
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

All aboard for National Train Day! Events celebrating the day will take place all around the country, and Union Station’s will feature free kids’ activities sponsored by Chuggington, interactive and educational exhibits, model train displays and giveaways. Visitors will have the chance to tour private luxury railcars, freight and commuter trains, as well as current Amtrak equipment.

Hello Gorgeous!
Where: The Tabula Rasa
When: Saturday, 5-9pm
Admission: $10/person, $15/two people

Hey, Mamas (or Dads who are still looking for a way to treat Mom)! How about treating yourself to some fun and pampering in honor of YOU on Saturday? The Tabula Rasa on Barracks Row is hosting a “Hello Gorgeous” pop-up event. Indulge in hair, make-up, and mini-photo sessions with locally acclaimed photographer Elizabeth Dranitzke of Photopia; do a little (or a lot of) shopping, and enjoy sweet treats and bubbly. This post has all the details. See you there!

Carousel Grand Opening Celebration
Where: National Harbor
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 12pm
Admission: Free

National Harbor is unveiling the newest addition to its expanding waterfront with a Grand Opening celebration all weekend long. The Carousel at National Harbor is a 36-foot Americana-themed carousel installed at the water’s edge. The area housing it also features a newly-built playground and picnic area for families looking to relax and soak up some sun at the harbor. Throw in the toddler play area and the view and it becomes a waterfront attraction with never-ending appeal! Grand Opening festivities start at 12pm each day and feature:
live entertainment by Rocknocerus and The Great Zucchini; appearances by Slapshot, G-Wiz, Pinch, Peep and Fireball; Radio Disney
hosting; Stella’s PopKern Truck, balloon art, and face painting. Visit the website for the detailed schedule.

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

The Nats are hosting the Cubs this weekend, with an evening game on Friday (7:05pm) and afternoon games on Saturday (4:05pm) on Sunday (1:35pm). Take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Pack promo and stay after for Kids Run the Bases when children ages 4-12 can loop the in field after the final out. (Cross fingers that my unlucky streak ends tonight! If the Nats lose, I think we can officially say it’s my fault.)

Shag by the River
Where: Yards Park
When: Friday, 6:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

It’s going to be a perfect evening for a Yards Park Friday Concert. The series got off to a great start last weekend, and with the band Shag playing Brit pop tunes tonight, the fun is guaranteed to continue. Concessions will be available from Pepe, Jose Andres’ mobile sandwiches, and the BBQ Bus food truck. You can also BYO food and drinks (adult bevvies okay, too). As I’ve mentioned before, the fountains are not on right now, but there’s plenty of space for kids (and grown-ups) to frolic and dance on the boardwalk.

Maryland Faerie Festival
Where: Darlington,MD
When: Friday 5pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $5/ages 3-12, $15/ages 12-99

Indulge little faerie dreams at the annual festival inspired by faerie folklore and literature. From what I hear, it’s kind of like Renn Fest on a much smaller scale with facets that will delight children, especially those who believe in the faeries. Treasure hunts, a May pole, craft projects, giant bubbles, and acrobats are some of the activities kids (and adults) will enjoy. Art, craft, and jewelry vendors, plus classes on gardening and cooking will appeal to the bigger faeries in the crowd.

Art & Asparagus Mother’s Day Weekend
Where: Great Country Farms
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $8/child $10/adult

Forget the flowers for Mother’s Day this year and replace them with a unique – and tasty – bouquet of asparagus, fresh from the farm! The veggies will be at their peak, so Great Country Farms is offering them along with other special treat. 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 in our Roosteraunt concession stand. 

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

Here’s the live entertainment on local stages this weekend:
– See a special Friday night concert by Johnny Juarez at Adventure Theatre at 7pm this evening.
– Catch a performance of Big Nate at Adventure Theatre.
The Amazing & Marvelous Cabinets of Kismet, a special puppet show, will be at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint.
The Magic Finger & James and the Giant Peach are still on the Imagination Stage – shows have been extended through June 2!
– See the marionette version of Cinderella or a Tiny Tots show at The Puppet Co.
Farmer Jason is playing the 10:30am show at Jammin’ Java on Saturday.
Hello Dolly! is still on stage at Ford’s Theatre production.

Bolivian Festival
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Free

I’ve found over the years that the American Indian Museum knows how to do a good festival, and it sounds like this one will follow suit. The Bolivian Festival celebrates the International Year of Quinoa with dance performances, storytelling, folk music, art demos, food, and more fun for all ages. The event is on now and running through Sunday. Be sure to stop by the imagiNATIONS family activity center on the third floor for programs especially for kids. Museum hours are 10am -5pm.

International Migratory Bird Day Festival
Where: Rock Creek Park Nature Center
When: Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Join the Rock Creek Nature Center and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center for guided bird walks, live raptor programs, children’s activities, performances from local schools as well as Latin American dance groups, a special planetarium program focusing on bird constellations, healthy Latin American food, and more. Get outdoors, learn about migratory birds and how they connect the Americas, and participate in bird conservation.

Super Science Saturday
Where: 10am – 3pm
When: Saturday,
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

It’s Super Science Saturday at the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. This month, learn about Astronomy.

Team America Rocketry Challenge
Where: Great Meadow in the Plains, Va.
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The nation’s top 100 finalists in the world’s largest student rocket contest are competing for the national title, along with $60,000 in scholarships and a chance to compete in an international Flyoff in Paris this July. The top one hundred teams represent a diverse cross-section of Americans, with several all-girls and 4-H teams defying typical stereotypes and competing for the top-spot. Bring the family and cheer them on to share with your kids how fun science and rocketry can be! The Great Meadow in the Plains, Va. is located 5089 Old Tavern Road.

Potomac Overlook Open House
Where: Potomac Overlook Park
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

The park’s Open House is a springtime tradition, now in it’s 28th year. Enjoy a day full of fun activities and exhibits for all ages, including music, entertainment, food, community exhibits, games, a maypole dance, and much more.

Contemporary Portraiture Family Day
Where: National Portrait Gallery
When: Sunday, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 with students from Ivymount Middle School in Rockville, Maryland. This special day includes an exhibition of artwork by Ivymount students, a musical performance by an Ivymount student, a tour of the the related exhibition, musical performances by Sean Lane and Bay Jazz, and hands-on art activities. Borrow a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum.

Farewell Birds of Paradise
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Through Sunday
Admission: $11/adults, $5 ages 5-11, free for kids under 5

This weekend is your last chance to see Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution at the National Geographic Museum. The fantastic exhibit showcases the work of photographer Tim Laman and Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes from their years-long partnership documenting the extraordinary avian species of New Guinea. Through the photographs and video and audio recordings from their 18 expeditions, the duo reveals the extravagant plumage, crazy courtship dances and bizarre behaviors of the birds, including 39 previously unknown species. Read more about the exhibit in this KFDC post.

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