Expecting another rubbery pancakes in bed and macaroni picture frame Mother’s Day (not that you don’t find those things precious-to-the-max). You might be surprised—it’s easier than ever for your family to deviate from the norm to show you how much you rock , thanks to a slew of super-fun activities happening around town. Let them write sweet-nothings to you in chalk at Bethesda’s ginormous annual art show, share a seat with your littlest at an adorable Pinocchio puppet show, or fill your bellies to the brim with deliciousness at an Asian culture and food festival. Go ahead; have seconds—you deserve it!



Chalk It Up at Bethesda’s Huge Art Festival
Looking for a new piece to hang on kiddo’s wall, but can’t seem to find anything super-cute and super-unique? Make a point, then, to stroll the tents of over 130 contemporary artists from all over the country who are gathering in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle for this annual festival. Bring the little ones to get their opinions (it is their room). And don’t worry if they get antsy—there will be live entertainment, plus a childrens’ activity area on Auburn Ave. where they can let out some of that creative energy. Sat-Sun, 10 am. Bethesda. Free. All. Event details.

Pinocchio’s Nose Grows at the Puppet Co.
Pinocchio gets the 411 on what it’s like to be a real boy in this puppet show presented by The Puppet Co. The D.C. institution located in Glen Echo Park, features an open room that allows little ones to sit criss-cross applesauce as they watch life-like rod puppets prance around the stage going from one adventure to the next. Performances are held Thursday through Sunday.Fri-Sun. Glen Echo. $10. 2 and up. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Mmm-mmm-good! Taste of Asia 2014
Kiddo can’t turn down a veggie dumpling? Your mouth waters whenever you think of a shrimp tempura roll? You have your neighborhood Thai restaurant on speed dial? If this sounds like your family, stop by this annual celebration of Asian-Pacific American heritage and cuisine. The fun, family-friendly offers food tastings, arts and crafts stations, performances, models in traditional Asian clothing, musical instrument stations, and a raffle prize drawing. Pay only to taste and participate in select activities. All sales and proceeds will benefit future projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Youth for Unity. Sat., 11 am-2 pm. Tyson’s Corner. Free (pay for food). All. Event details.

Party With Mama Martha (Washington) at Mount Vernon
Join “Martha Washington” and her granddaughters as they share fond memories and sage advice with visitors (moms in particular). There’s also a host of tours and craft options for kids. Bonus: All mothers receive free lavender sachets while supplies last. Sat.-Sun. Mount Vernon. 17/adults, $8/kids ages 6-11, Free/ kids under 5. All. Event details.


Chug Along to National Train Day
Union station becomes a train lovers haven at this annual festival that commemorates the anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s inception. For kids, The Chuggington Kids Depot is a must visit. Little conductors will enjoy train play tables, arts and crafts, and photo ops. Grown-ups should live it up with a walk through of a privately owned luxury train car. And if you’re itching for a ride, pay $5 (kids under 12 are free) for a 35-minute round-trip ride. Make a day of it by grabbing a snack (we suggest Pie Sisters) afterwards in Union Station. Sat., 11 am-4 pm. Union Station. Free. All. Event details.

Stretch Out Mother’s Day
This Mother’s Day workshop for moms and their big girls (daughters over age 8) focuses on the craft of hand-knotting a delicate strand of vegan faux pearls into a bracelet mala (Sanskrit for garland), followed by partner yoga. Sat., 11 am-4 pm. Union Station. Free. All. Event details.

How do you plan on spending your Mother’s Day weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo courtesy of David Sim via Creative Commons