Celebrating Mom

Elena Sonnino - Washington Dc
April 30, 2013

The sounds and sights of Mother's Day are getting close as Washington families prepare for treating their moms with flowers, cards, and beautiful clay projects made in art class. While some families like to go to brunch (and others opt for breakfast in bed), Sundays in May are a beautiful time to venture out into the city's neighborhoods. The usual problem for families in the Washington area is picking from among so many choices, so we are narrowing it down to a few off-the-beaten path ideas to celebrate Mother's Day in Washington DC.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum offers free tours on Mother's Day from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. for all visiting mothers! (Cost is $4 for all other adults and $2 for children ages 11-17.) Gadsby's Tavern is a unique destination in Old Town that takes you back in history to the times of George Washington. After your tour, the family can stroll down to the Potomac River to look at boats docked in the marina, stop for an ice cream treat at Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream, or window shop along King Street.

Another historical celebration can be found by joining the "Mother of Our Country," Martha Washington, and her granddaughter "Nelly" with Mother's Day at Mount Vernon. The whole family can explore the stunning mansion, extensive gardens, and grounds. The Mount Vernon Inn also serves a special buffet on Sunday (reservations are required).

Mother's Day Tea at Tudor Place is a perfect destination for a unique outing. The meal includes period teas, finger sandwiches, and delicious deserts, all eaten while while exploring tea etiquette with the guidance of a costumed interpreter. After the tea, guests will create a special period craft to take home for the moms in their lives.

Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park offers families a treat for the senses with the Wings of Fancy Butterfly Exhibit. Young and old will excite as the live butterflies fly free  in the south conservatory. While there you will learn about the life cycle of these amazing creatures, and what to do as a gardening family  to attract native caterpillars and butterflies to your own backyard.

Washington DC is a global hub with embassies from all over the world. Throughout May, Passport DC opens the door to many embassies in the area featuring a wide range of performances, talks, and exhibits. On May 11, the embassies of the EU Member States invite visitors to experience the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of 28 distinctive nations.  If you are looking for an outdoor festival feel, the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival  on May 11 and 12 will open your eyes to the works of 140 contemporary artists. The entire family can enjoy live entertainment, children's activities and maybe even lunch or dinner at one of many downtown Bethesda restaurants.

Families that are looking for a low key day might decide to grab a picnic and head to the C & O Canal or Great Falls for a family hike to celebrate their favorite mom. Whole Foods and Panera are just some of the quick and easy places to grab picnic sandwiches before heading out to enjoy the fresh air. 

Whatever you decide to plan for Mother's Day, celebrating mom is important every day of the year. 

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