Fantastic Mother’s Day Events for June

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Mother’s Day 

Homemade Mother’s Day Cards
May 10, 10-10:30 a.m.
Lubber Run Park | N. Columbus & 2nd St., Arlington, VA 22203

Seniors join Lubber Run preschoolers to make handmade cards in the park. This arts and crafts morning allows intergenerational bonding as both adults and children make gifts for mothers.

Free; need 55+ pass to register | arlingtonva.us

Mothers Stepping Out Against Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking
May 11, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
National Harbor | National Harbor Blvd., Oxon Hill, MD 20745

In this pre- Mother’s Day 5K walk/run, mothers band together to advocate against abuse and violence against women and children.

$25 youth 16 and younger, $45 general admission | eventbrite.com/e/mothers-stepping-out-against-domestic-violence-and-human-trafficking-tickets-526180559217

Mother’s Day Flower Workshop & Afternoon Tea
May 12, 4-5:30 p.m.
Rolling Ridge Floral Design | 7409 Brink Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20882

A Mother’s Day gift in a beautiful setting; design a flower arrangement with ages 12+ in a cozy floral shop above the barn with tea and seasonal treats (gluten-free and vegan available) and photo ops.
$95 | rollingridgeflowers.com

Little Shop of Horrors
Now – May 18

Catch this classic sci-fi horror combo at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. that adds humor with a dose of doo-wop, Motown and rock. This show is best for families with kids ages 8 and older; sensory-friendly performance May 4

Orioles at Nationals
May 8, 6:45-9:45 p.m.

See the Washington Nationals in a regional baseball game against The Baltimore Orioles, the team’s neighbor to the north, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Family Drag Show
May 11, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (show starts at noon)

Miss Evita’s Family Drag Lunch offers a family-friendly environment with stories, games and coloring sheets that celebrate the creativity and artistry of the drag world; every second Saturday at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack in Falls Church, VA

Memorial Day
May 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A family-friendly ceremony and parade to celebrate Memorial Dat at Rockville Town Center Park in Rockville, a tradition since 1944. Find parade route and details at rockvillemd.gov.

More Events

The Capital Rare Book Fair
May 3-5, 5-8:30 p.m. Friday (preview night fundraiser);
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
University Club | 1135 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
$10-$15; younger than 16 free | finefairs.com/capital-rare-book-fair

Rare Book Fair an Opportunity for Young Collectors
By Lindsay C. Vanasdalan

Collectors can be born at any age—and kids often start early, whether they’re collecting stickers or Pokémon cards or coins.

To generate your child’s interest in both collecting and reading, you can point out the rare book collections available right in Washington, D.C., and learn about how they came to be.
The Capital Rare Book Fair is a local effort from D.C. residents Eve and Edward Lemon, a millennial couple from the Meridian Hill neighborhood who founded Fine Book Fairs in 2022 to encourage a new generation of collectors.

Among the rare collector’s editions of children’s books at the fair are first printings of “Anne of Green Gables” (1908) by L.M. Montgomery and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1885) by Mark Twain and a signed limited edition of “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie.

Families attending the fair can look out for author talks such as that of Christy Cashman, a mother, author and founder of YouthINK, a not-for-profit mentorship program for young artists in the United States and Ireland who has a third children’s book in the works.
The Lemons hope to bridge the gap between old and new collectors with this year’s fair, held at D.C.’s historic University Club from May 3 to May 5.

“We have found that there is a growing number of younger enthusiasts who are discovering the pleasure of collecting,” says Eve Lemon, in a news release. “For many, it is not just about buying a first edition or finding a signed copy of a rare book; it is about enjoying the entire experience.”

For more information about the fair, visit finefairs.com.

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