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Family and kid friendly events in Washington DC during the month of May

The Yards Park is a great place to take out your boat.

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Family and kid friendly events in Washington DC during the month of May

It’s July! I mean May, it’s been really hot already. This month brings us Embassy Open houses, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Let’s talk about what’s important, Mother’s Day brunch. If you plan on going out to eat I recommend you make those reservations as soon as you finish reading this article. Also splash pads will open at the end of the month but if you feel like you can’t wait don’t forget that the water features at The Yards Park and City Center are already on.

The Flower Mart at the Washington National Cathedral will take place May 5-6th. We visited last weekend to play on their playground and I was delighted to learn they had an onsite coffee shop!

The Flower Mart at the Washington National Cathedral will take place May 5-6th. We visited last weekend to play on their playground and I was delighted to learn they had an onsite coffee shop!

Mark your calendars 

May 4th, Thursday

May 5th, Friday

  • Jojo’s Puppy Adventure a play at Discovery Theater for ages 3-7. 10:15am & 11:30 am. Tickets $3-$8
  • The Annual Flower Market at the Washington National Cathedral. Free family event 10am-6pm.
  • Union Market Drive in Movie series, family event. Walk-ups are free, cars are $10/each and advanced reservations are recommended. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be playing. Lot opens at 6pm, movie begins at 8pm.

May 6th, Saturday

May 7th, Sunday

  • Holi DC is a family event in Maryland celebrating the Indian festival of colors. $5-30 for tickets/parking.
  • Revolutionary War Weekend at the Historic Mt. Vernon will feature battle re-enactments and even a youth muster. $0-20 (ticket discount when you buy online.) 9am-5pm
  • The Literary Hill Bookfest 2017 will connect authors and fans at Eastern Market and will feature a children’s corner from 11:05- 2:45.

May 12th, Friday

  • Garden Tours at Tudor Place from 11am-2pm provide the perfect opportunity to take a stroll and find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day in their gift shop. free, no registration needed.
  • Nearly Lear at the Kennedy Center is a play for ages 9+, a sensory friendly performance will be held on Saturday May 13th. $20/ticket. Performance times vary.

May 13th, Saturday

May 14th, Sunday {Happy Mother’s Day!}

May 17th, Wednesday

  • Shakespeare for the very young at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Midsummer Magic, a puppet performance for the young. $6-10/ticket. May 17th-May 21st.

May 18th, Thursday

  • Shakespeare for the very young at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Midsummer Magic, a puppet performance for the young. $6-10/ticket. May 17th-May 21st.

May 19th, Friday

  • Memorial Arboretum Walking Tour at Arlington National Cemetery, 8:30am- free.
  • Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden returns for the season, yay! 5:30-8:30pm Family friendly.
  • Shakespeare for the very young at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Midsummer Magic, a puppet performance for the young. $6-10/ticket. May 17th-May 21st.

May 20th, Saturday

May 21st, Sunday

  • Titus at the Kennedy Center, ages 12+. $20/ticket. Various show times.
  • Dragon Boat Festival at the Thompson’s Boat Center, still time to register your team (or you can just watch)
  • Artful Afternoons at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, May’s theme is Theater & Storytelling. Best for grades K-3.  $20-50/ticket options.
  • Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood at The Kennedy Center, $15-18/ticket. Ages 5+. Various performances, sensor friendly show at 1:30pm.
  • Shakespeare for the very young at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Midsummer Magic, a puppet performance for the young. $6-10/ticket. May 17th-May 21st.
  • Mouth Open, Story Out– a one man show at The Kennedy Center ages 8+. $20/ticket, show times vary.

May 26th, Friday

  • If your kids likes motorcycles you might want to check out the full schedule of events for the Rolling thunder Motorcycle rally in honor of Memorial Day they’ll be having events around DC.
  • Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. 5:30-8:30pm Family friendly.

May 27th, Saturday

  • If your kids likes motorcycles you might want to check out the full schedule of events for the Rolling thunder Motorcycle rally in honor of Memorial Day they’ll be having events around DC.

May 28th, Sunday

  • Mouth Open, Story Out– a one man show at The Kennedy Center ages 8+. $20/ticket, show times vary. (the 1:30 showing is sensory friendly)
  • If your kids likes motorcycles you might want to check out the full schedule of events for the Rolling thunder Motorcycle rally in honor of Memorial Day they’ll be having events around DC.

May 29th, Monday

  • The DC Memorial Day Parade begins at 2pm and will run along Constitution Avenue.
  • If your kids likes motorcycles you might want to check out the full schedule of events for the Rolling thunder Motorcycle rally in honor of Memorial Day they’ll be having events around DC.

Ice Cream consumption is an ongoing event, this beauty is a sundae from Ice Cream Jubilee.

On-Going Weekly Events

These events occur regularly every week, I encourage you to check the original website just in case there’s a cancellation. To find events at your local library, click here. And to see the full list of daily events happening at The National Zoo, click here. The Kennedy Center hosts nightly live, free performances check their schedule, here, to see if your child may enjoy an upcoming event.

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And I’ll leave you with this image of pure joy from the National Zoo, we go for the animals and stay for the misters (also they serve beer and to the mom last week I saw pushing a double stroller in one hand and holding a beer in the other- you’re my hero!)

The National Zoo had become our favorite place to play in the misters, which are now on for the summer season.

The National Zoo had become our favorite place to play in the misters, which are now on for the summer season.

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