SATURDAY, May 8th
Artist at Work @ Hirshhorn (DC)
After a tour of the Louise Bourgeois exhibit, local artist Mary Coble leads participants in hands-on art workshops inspired by Bourgeois’s work. Aspiring young artists explore themes of dreams, the home, and the family as they create their own drawings and sculptures. Participation in all three workshops is encouraged but not required.
Rocknoceros @ Avalon Theatre (DC)
2006 Wammy Award winners for Best Recording in Children’s Music, Rocknoceros, return to the Avalon.
PRINCESS PEANUT’S RAINY DAY @ Theatre on the Run (Arlington, VA)
Poor Princess Peanut! It’s raining out and her whole day is ruined… or is it? Join her and her Mom (Queen Macadamia), her dad (King Walnut), and her big brother (Prince Almond) as they sing and dance their way through a very rainy day.
Baby Loves Disco: Love Your Mama!@ Rock & Roll Hotel (DC)
Baby Loves Disco transforms the Rock and Roll Hotel into a child-proof disco as children and parents let loose for an afternoon dance party featuring classic disco tunes from the 70s and 80s spun by DJs.
Saturday Language and Culture Programs @ Parlez Vous… Foreign Language and Culture Center (Alexandria, VA)
Turn off the Saturday morning cartoons! Join an hour of activities, songs, arts and crafts, stories, and projects introducing children to Chinese, German, Spanish, or Italian language and culture. They’ll explore such topics as art, history, festivals, food, people, and geography while getting exposure to the language.
Mother Goose @ Classika Theatre (Arlington, VA)
The interactive musical production brings to life the most favorite rhymes, songs, and stories.
National Train Day @ Union Station (DC)
Celebrate all things train with Amtrak displays, magic shows, arts and crafts, face painting, toy trains, model train and hobbyist displays, raffle drawings for great prizes, a gallery of train photography, and more.
Old Town Family Treasure Hunt @ Market Square (Alexandria, VA)
The Urban Bush hosts a treasure hunt through Old Town. Each child is given a pouch, pen, bandanna, and envelopes of clues. Each envelope contains a set of educational clues for a given location all leading up to a final treasure.
Mother’s Day Weekend Special @ Newseum (DC)
Celebrate Mom at the Newseum with free kid’s tickets all weekend and special events including a discussion with Cokie Roberts about her book Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation (5/10, 3pm) and the chance to be a TV reporter and record a special Mother’s Day video greeting to e-mail to Mom (both days).
Family Tai Chi Classes @ Historical Society (DC)
Bring the entire family out to learn tai chi on the grounds of the Historical Society. The ancient art of tai chi is a style of kung fu that emphasizes internal energy. The movements are slow and easy and able to be performed by anyone regardless of physical condition or age. Free lessons are provided by the Wong People Kung Fu Association, which is directed by Raymond Wong and has been in Washington D.C. since 1985.
SUNDAY, May 10th
Free Mother’s Day Tours @ Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (Alexandria, VA)
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum offers free tours on Mother’s Day for all visiting mothers! Treat Mom to a tour of the historic tavern and City Hotel made famous by John Gadsby. Notable visitors (other than your beloved Mother) include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.
Mother’s Day Tea in the Garden @ Tudor Place (DC)
Children and adults can sample period teas, finger sandwiches, and delicious desserts in Tudor Place’s beautiful gardens, join costumed interpreters for a lesson in tea etiquette, and then after the tea ceremony, children make a special period craft for mom to take home.