Mom, you rock! And lucky for us, so does this weekend. Just in case your littles (and +1) need some help planning the perfect Mother’s Day, we suggest you lay a trail of leftover Easter candy to your open laptop with this roundup of fun family activities conveniently displayed on your screen. From a family fun run to tea with the first Mother of our country and a host of festivals in between, we’ve got you covered.

Flowers for mom


Mother’s Day Silhouette Tea at Tudor Place
Celebrate Mother’s Day with tea, and take home a traditional keepsake portrait to remember your special day. After tea, take one of the guided, family-friendly tours to see 200-year-old silhouettes of the first children to grow up at Tudor Place. Held at Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW. $20/child, $40/adult. Sun. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 5 & up. Event details.


See Sinbad at Imagination Stage
Don’t miss Sinbad, a classic tale of adventure (genies! sword fights! magic boats!) that will have your kiddos daydreaming about what might happen if all the grown ups in their life went to sleep. Psss… All mothers will receive a flower on Sunday. Held at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Tickets start at $12. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Don’t miss downtown Bethesda’s two-day arts celebration, with local and national vendors, entertainment, food, and (drum roll) a kid’s corner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days of the event! Held at Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, Del Ray, Auburn and Norfolk Avenues. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Oxon Hill

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day
Bring your flock to Oxon Hill Farm for bird watching, birding by ear demos, character meet and greets, and a lesson on bird-friendly gardening in celebration of Migratory Bird Day. Held at Oxon Hill Farm, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Glen Echo Park

Catch Tiny Tots at The Puppet Co. 
The morning has already peaked-out in your living room, and cabin fever is setting in. Where should you go? What should you do? No, don’t run! Just load ’em up and head over to The Puppet Co. for a 30 minute show designed especially for kids ages 0-4. Held at The Puppet Co., 7300 MacArthur Blvd. $5. Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 10 a.m. Under 5. Event details.


Train Day at the Gaithersburg Community Museum 
Turn your little engineers loose at the Gaithersburg Community Museum’s Train Day, where they can check out some serious model train displays, explore a caboose, and visit the 1918 steam locomotive on display in the adjacent History Park. Held at Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 South Summit Ave. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Hains Point

Mother’s Day 5K Dash and Kids Fun Run
Prepare to spend Mother’s Day burning a few early morning calories while racing with the kiddos during this Capital Sprints activity that raises money and awareness for the Friendship Children’s Center in D.C. The flat course is perfect for beginners. Held at East Potomac Park, 972 Ohio Drive SW. $40/ adult, $15/ child. Sun. at 8 a.m. All ages. Event details.

Mount Vernon

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Martha Washington
Head to Mount Vernon to join the “Mother of our Country” for Mother’s Day weekend. In addition to the gorgeous gardens in bloom, all mothers will receive a lavender sachet, while supplies last. Held at Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy. Free with admission ($17/ adult, $9/ child, Free/ 5 & under). Sat. and Sun. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

How will you spend your weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey

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