Washington, DC

    May 12: Mother's Day Brunch Cruises

    On the Potomac

    Early Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or Afternoon Brunch: 3-5 p.m. $$ Tickets. Delicious buffet menu, private table, amazing views of iconic D.C. sights, onboard entertainment and interactive games. Complimentary drink and flower for each mother. Departs from Pier 4, 580 Water Street SW, Washington, D.C. 866-302-2469 spiritcruises.com

    May 12: Mother's Day Fashion Tea

    Tudor Place

    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All ages. $$ Register. Celebrate Mother's Day with an elegant mansion tour following a delightful tea. View rarely seen examples of fashion worn by grandmothers, mothers and daughters over two centuries. Tudor Place, Washington, D.C. 202-965-0400 tudorplace.org

Maryland

    May 11: Mother's Day Party and Celebration

    EJM Event Center

    10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All ages. $$ Tickets. Mother Daughter Initiative is hosting its first Mother's Day celebration. It will be a day for the entire family to celebrate, recognize and honor moms. 563 Ritchie Road, Walker Mill, MD. motherdaughterinitiative.com

    May 11-12: Mother's Day Weekend

    Clark's Elioak Farm

    10 a.m.-5 p.m. All ages. $$ Free Hayrides for all mothers and grandmothers accompanied by a child. Enjoy our wonderful baby animals and their moms! Kids can make a craft for their mothers and grandmothers. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD. 410-730-4049 clarklandfarm.com

    May 12: Mother's Day Extravaganza Hosted by Culture Paint DC

    The Waldorf Culture Center

    1-4 p.m. All ages. $$ Tickets. Get your tickets today for our upcoming Mother's Day Paint and Shop! Not into painting? No problem, our general admission is perfect for the whole family. Come in and shop and mingle. Or come paint our pre-drawn canvases - yours to take home and remember forever! 109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf, MD. 240-754-7732 waldorfculturecenter.wixsite.com

    May 12: Mother's Day Tours

    Darnall's Chance House Museum

    Noon-4 p.m. All ages. $$ Complimentary tours of the museum for mothers and grandmothers when accompanied by a paying child or grandchild. Children have the opportunity to make a Mother's Day card for their mother. Darnall's Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro, MD. 301-952-8010 mncppc.org

    May 12: Mother's Day at the Mansion

    Riversdale House Museum

    12:15-3:15 p.m. All ages. $$ Treat your mother, or other special ladies to a free, guided tour of the mansion. Make it an afternoon and stay for a free chamber concert. Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park, MD. 301-864-0420 mncppc.org

    May 11-12: Mother's Day Painted Pots

    Locust Grove Nature Center

    Noon-2:00 p.m. Ages 4+. Free. Registration. Make Mom a personal gift this Mother's Day with a hand-decorated flower pot. A Native Plant Sale will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - shop to find the perfect plant to fill your pot. Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD. 301-765-8660 parkpass.org

    May 18: The MOTHER of all Comedy Shows

    Silver Spring Black Box Theatre

    7:30 p.m. 16+ $$ Tickets. Join us for sweetness, sass and swagger as we celebrate women with this ALL LADIES line-up: Chanel Ali, Michele Sometimes, Abby Mello and Eryca Nolan! Special giveaways and treats for everyone in the audience. A perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day and a chance to treat yourselves to a great night out. 8641 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD. 301-351-2096 improbablecomedy.com

Virginia

    May 11-12: Mother's Day Weekend at Mount Vernon

    Mount Vernon

    9 a.m.-5 p.m. All Ages. Included with Admission. Join the Mother of our Country, Martha Washington, with a stroll through Mount Vernon's magnificent gardens in bloom. Lady Washington will give lavender sachets to all mothers on the Mansion piazza (while supplies last). George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA. 703-780-2000 mountvernon.org

    May 12: Mother's Day Brunch

    The Ritz-Carlton

    10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. All Ages. $$ Reservations. Cherish your mother this Mother's Day with an elegant brunch to celebrate with family and friends. Live entertainment and activities for the children. Take home a group portrait to remember the day. The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, McLean, VA. 703-744-3999 ritzcarlton.com

    May 12: Mother's Day Museum Open House

    Gadsby's Tavern

    1-5 p.m. All ages. $$ Gadsby's Tavern Museum offers free tours for all visiting mothers on Mother's Day. Notable visitors (other than your beloved Mother) include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Guided tours at 2 & 4 p.m. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA. 703-548-1288 alexandriava.gov/gadsbystavern

    May 12: Mother's Day Tea

    Carlyle House

    2:30-4 p.m. All Ages. $$ Registration. Treat your mother, grandmother or special woman in your life to an elegant afternoon tea. Relax in the beautiful setting of our Magnolia Terrace and enjoy personalized tableside service. Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA. novaparks.com/parks/carlyle-house-historic-park/events/

    May 12: Mothers' Day Tea

    Green Spring Gardens

    1 p.m. All Ages. $$ Reservations. Enjoy cooking demonstrations for chocolate-dipped strawberries and strawberry shortcake - just like Mom used to make! A special afternoon tea menu tops off the festivities. Favor bag included with tea. Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA. 703-941-7987 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring/teas


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Christopher Dooly is a freelance writer from the Washington, D.C.area. He lives with his fiancé, Olivia and pet dachshund Han Solo in New York City. He is passionate about the arts, entertainment and politics.