Here’s a tip: what Route One moms really want for Mother’s Day is some time to themselves. Luckily, Route One Fun has all the dads and other parenting partners covered with a full schedule of activities to keep the kids busy while mom relaxes. On Friday, grab some last minute Mother’s Day gifts at Flower Mart or sing songs by the campfire at Watkins Regional Park. On Saturday, get everyone tired out at the Azalea Classic or on a wetlands bike tour at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, then grab some lunch at a festival in Greenbelt, Bowie, or Laurel. And on Sunday, make mom a fairy garden or take in a movie with her under the stars at National Harbor. (Moms, go ahead and forward this post straight onto whomever is handling the plans for this weekend while you take a much-deserved break!)
Hyattsville Library Ready 2 Read Storytime (ages 3-5)
Bring your preschooler and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and more at the new Hyattsville Library. The story time will be held outdoors, but be sure to stop inside to see the new space while you’re there.
When: 10:30-11 am
Where: Hyattsville Library
Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart (all ages)
Flower Mart is the annual fundraiser for the Cathedral’s gardens and grounds. Grab some spring plants for your garden or do some last-minute Mother’s Day shopping at over 65 boutique booths. The kids will love riding on the antique carousel, which dates from around 1890. There will also be live entertainment, food, and a children’s area with games and carnival rides.
When: Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Washington National Cathedral, NW DC
First Friday Campfire at Watkins Nature Center (ages 2+)
Enjoy nature tales and roasted marshmallows over a community campfire! Bring hot dogs if you like. Start new friendships and make family memories.
When: 7-8:30 pm
Where: Watkins Nature Center, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $4 per person (register in advance)
“Love You, Mom” at RollingCrest-Chillum (ages 10-17)
Teens aren’t always great about expressing their love for their mothers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care. Gently nudge them toward this event so they can create a special gift for the mama in their life for Mother’s Day.
When: 7-10 pm
Where: RollingCrest-Chillum Community Center
Rise and Fly Soccer (ages 10-17)
Teens and tweens can enjoy a game of 4-on-4 outdoor soccer under the stars (and parking lot lights)! Losers sit out, winners will play again.
When: 7-10 pm
Where: Langley Park Community Center