Moms, you’ve been busy these past two months. In addition to your “normal” work and household responsibilities, you’ve had to help kids with schoolwork and then keep them occupied for the rest of the day. You’ve probably been cooking more meals than ever before—and doing more dishes, too. And you’re exhausted because nobody has been sleeping well during the coronavirus pandemic.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day at home this year, our wish for you is that you get to enjoy a little R&R. In fact, go ahead and pamper yourself! We recommend sipping a cocktail at brunch, whipping up a homemade face mask (beauty, not medical) and giving yourself a DIY manicure in a bright spring color.
Keep reading for more ways to make the weekend memorable.
Hone Your Spy Skills
Take family game night up a notch by competing against other households in the Spy Museum’s new Covert Couch Challenge on Friday, May 8, at 5 p.m. It’s a race against the clock as you and your teammates (aka, your spouse and kids) create coded messages, dress in disguises and design the ultimate spy gadgets. Spots are limited, and tickets cost $10 per household.
Visit the European Union
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, which founded the European Union. With embassies in D.C. closed to the public, the festivities are moving online this year, staring with a live broadcast of “Stronger Together: Aiding the Recovery,” featuring Mayor Bowser, chef Jose Andres, travel host Rick Steves and others on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. Then tune into “HomeWithEU” from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for virtual concerts, cooking demonstrations, tours of cultural sites and museums and more.
Virtual Kindness Celebration
Join Potomac 4th grader Sophia Fox and her mom, Carrie, for the launch party of their brand new children’s book, “Adventures in Kindness,” on Saturday, May 9, at 3 p.m. Learn what making the book was like for the mother-daughter duo (and Sophia’s aunt, who illustrated it!) and participate in a group kindness activity. Best for ages 6-14. Registration is free, and all attendees receive a $10 voucher towards a purchase of $40 or more in the Adventures in Kindness store.
Doodle for Charity
Did you know that doodling is a natural stress reliever? Grab some pens or markers and take a few minutes this weekend to hand-draw flowers for BIC’s new 4-Color Garden. As you help grow the virtual garden, you’ll also be helping Kids In Need Foundation: For each flower shared on social media with #BIC4ColorGarden, BIC will donate $1 up to $50,000 through July 1, 2020.
Plus, two more ways to celebrate Mother’s Day at home:
Stretch Away the Stress
Speaking of rest and relaxation, Past Tense, a yoga studio in DC’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood, is hosting a Mother’s Day workshop on Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. This 90-minute virtual retreat includes an all-levels flow class with restorative poses followed by a discussion on self-care practices to make motherhood easier during this challenging time. Tickets cost $30.
Hosted virtually by Politics and Prose Bookstore, award-winning food writer Ruth Reichl talks about her newest memoir, “Save Me the Plums,” on Sunday, May 10, at 5 p.m. Now available in paperback, the book covers Reichl’s personal journey as the last editor in chief of Gourmet, offering a glimpse into the glamorous world of magazines as digital was about to take over.