What’s Happening In May

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It’s spring!  Time to head outdoors and get out and about to explore what’s new.  Here are some top finds for May.

Pajama Party Movie Night:  This fun annual tradition at Hillwood Museum, Estates, and Gardens is a great way to enjoy Hillwood’s beautiful grounds with your family.  Bring a picnic from home or grab an express dinner on-site. Before the movies begin, kids can also explore the mansion and complete an art project.  This year’s theme is Animal Antics. PJs, pillows, and blankets are encouraged!

Catch a Nats Game!:  The Nationals have 10 home games in May with tons of promotions including Firework Fridays, beach bags, and bobble heads.  In May, kids can run the bases after the game on May 19th and May 26th (and throughout the season).  A day at Nationals Park is a great way to spend the afternoon and there are plenty of ways for kids to have fun besides watching the game from meeting the Presidents to playing in the newly expanded PenFed Kids Fun Zone playground, and lots of new kid-friendly food options.

Peek Inside Embassies:  Go around the world without leaving DC.  Check out the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 4th.  Participating Embassies will open their doors to the public, with most hosting special cultural events.  Japan, Kenya, Nepal, and Afghanistan are just a few of the participating countries.  Not to be outdone, the European Union will be opening their Embassies on May 11th.

National Math Festival:  Can math be fun?  Yes it can!  The National Math Festival returns to the Convention Center on May 4th.  This free, all ages event will have plenty of math-based games and skills-builder for toddlers through adults.

Hot Air Balloons Galore:  Check out the Preakness Balloon Festival for a lovely afternoon of hot air balloon watching.  See huge, colorful balloons up-close and watch the sky fill with more hot air balloon than you will ever see in one place.  Kids and grown-ups can even take their own (tethered) rides.

Take a Ride on Thomas:  Thomas the Tank Engine chugs into Baltimore once a year and it’s the only opportunity in the DC area to take a ride on the beloved train.  May 3rd – 5th is your last opportunity to head to the B&O Museum to meet Thomas, Sir Toppem Hat, and engage in a day full of Thomas-related activities.

Head to Wonderland:  Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through May 12th, head to Lake Fairfax Park in Reston to experience life-sized Adventures in Wonderland.  There are giant tea cups, colorful flowers, 10-ft tall mushrooms, and more.  This pop-up event is a great way to enjoy spring n with your family!

See the New Spies:  It’s been a long wait, but the Spy Museum is opening in its new, larger location on May 12th.  The museum will be full of new exhibits explaining how spies work, exploring the tools of the trade, and opportunities to participate in interactive experiences.  Be one of the first to check it out!

Stop to Smell the Flowers:  The Flower Mart heads to the grounds of the National Cathedral on May 3rd – 4th.   The name of the event doesn’t quite capture all there is to do.  Yes, you will find flowers galore but you there is plenty for kids to do as well from riding an antique carousel to seeing a puppet show to playing games and riding carousel rides.  There will also be tons of performers and food from funnel cake to barbeque.

Festival Find:  Check out the Landon Azalea Festival May 3rd -5th.  The highlight for kids will be a Great Zucchini or Rocknoceros performance on Saturday and Sunday.  There will also be carnival rides, upscale resale, and plenty food!