It’s her big day and the best gift a mother can receive is LOVE! Here are some fun Mother’s Day ideas to celebrate the holiday and to create more special memories!
MomFest May 8-10
Annapolis Towne Centre
In-store events, restaurant offers, live music and more. Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, Annapolis. 410-573-9050
Mother’s Day Tea May 9
Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site
May 9. Afternoon tea at Montpelier and self-guided tour. Reservations required. Ages 18 and up. $25-29. 1:30pm. Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site, Laurel. 301-377-7817
Mother’s Day Canoe Tour & Gourmet Lunch May 10
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Discover wildlife in the marsh and enjoy our picnic lunch at historic Mt Calvert. Ages 16 and up. Reservations required. $30. 11am-3pm. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. 410-741-9330
Mother’s Day Brunch Sailing Cruise May 10
Three-hour cruise including one free Bloody Mary or Mimosa and food. Reservations required. $48-88. 10am-1pm. Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Annapolis. 410-263-7837
Hollywood Mother’s Day Breakfast May 10
Includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, waffles and sausage. Takeout available. 7:30-11:30 a.m. Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, 43256 Rescue Lane. 301-373-3131. $10, ages 5-12 $5, age 4 and younger free.
Moms Favorite- Cheese and Chocolate May 1-31
Treat your mom this month! This months pairing is all about Mom! Treat her to a variety of cheeses and chocolates paired perfectly with Linganore wines. $10. 11am-6pm. Linganore Winecellars, Mt. Airy. 301-831-5889
2015 Maryland Pickers – Annual Maryland National Road Yard Sale May 8 – 17
What Mom doesn’t love a bargain? Check out the National Road Yard Sale. 2 full weekends of treasure hunting and selling on the 170-mile byway from Baltimore to western Maryland. Check periodically for yard sales, special events and Main Street specials. Get the list!
Mother’s Day Special: Tea & Scones in the Garden May 9
Enjoy a beautiful springtime morning out with your mother or a friend! Sip tea and sample home baked scones at the historic Brown sisters’ farmhouse. Registration Required. $5pp or $10family. Mt. Pleasant, Woodstock. 410.465.8877
Make a Butterfly Garden May 9
Spend some quality time with your child learning about butterflies and making a container garden. At this Mother’s Day program from 4 to 6 p.m. May 9, you’ll get a private tour of Brookside Gardens’ Wings of Fancy live butterfly exhibit. Then, get your hands dirty by planting a container garden that will grow and attract butterflies at home. $32/$30 FOBG. Brookside Gardens, Wheaton.
A Day at the Farm May 12-13
Spend the day at Clark’s Elioak Farm in Ellicott City, Md., where moms and grandmothers accompanying a child get a free hayride. There’s plenty to do at the farm throughout this weekend-long celebration May 12-13: pony rides, a petting zoo, picnic areas, an enchanted forest and much more. Stop by the produce stand on your way out for fresh fruits and veggies.
Q’s Gadget Day May 9
Tech-ops in training ages 8 and up have a chance to create way-cool spy gadgetry for their future missions at this KidSpy Family Workshop. From cameras that shoot through a button-hole to a secret listening device in the heel of a shoe, spies have always used the slickest tools of the trade. Whether it’s to hide top secret intelligence, escape from a sticky situation or communicate covertly, trainees will have the choice to use everyday objects, recycled materials, or basic electronics develop a pre-determined spy gadget or create a new gadget of their imagination. International Spy Museum. $8. 11am/12pm/1pm.
Moms in History May 9-10
“Mother of our Country” Martha Washington and her granddaughter Nelly as they celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at Mount Vernon, Va. Washington will reminisce about motherhood and hand out lavender sachets to mothers (while supplies last). 8am-5pm.
Free Mother’s Day Tours at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum offers free tours on Mother’s Day from 12 to 5 p.m. for all visiting mothers! Treat Mom to a tour of the historic tavern that George Washington frequented in Old Town Alexandria. Tours begin at quarter past and quarter ‘til the hour. Last tour at 4:45 p.m. Cost is $4 for all other adults and $2 for children ages 11-17.
Mother’s Day Garden Tour & Tea May 10
Enjoy a delightful docent-led tour of the gardens at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Then raise your teacups in honor of mothers and nurturers everywhere at a traditional English afternoon tea in the Historic House. Take home a special gift box of teatime favors. Reservations required. The cost is $42. For more information, please call 703-941-7987.
Mansion Tours May 10
Enjoy a visit to the historic Gunston Hall Mansion where tours will highlight the roles of women at leisure in the Mansion and at labor in the hearth kitchen. Regular Admission; Mothers and Grandmothers Free. For information, call 703-550-9220
Fly-in to Victory Day May 9
If you can’t make it to the Flyover on Friday, you still have a chance to see the vintage airplanes – just not in flight. The day after formations of World War II aircraft fly over DC as part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, a selection of the historic airplanes will be on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe will also feature educational and WWII-era activities, including performances by the U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note, swing dancing, themed story times, and hands-on activities.Free, but parking is $15. 10am-3pm.