6 Things to Do With Your Kids in DC: May 2-3

A dance-along funk parade, magic boat rides, and flower power.

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STOP (AND SMELL THE ROSES): Garden enthusiasts flock to the National Cathedral Flower Mart each year, but there’s more to this outdoor festival than perennials and baby’s breath. Don’t miss the garden tours, musical performances, and gourmet food, and make sure kids check out the festival’s rock wall, moon bounce, Ferris wheel and old school carousel. 10 AM, free.

GET FUNKY: After a successful inaugural year the Funk Parade on U Street is back, featuring everything from marching bands to beat boxers. Prop junior on your shoulders to watch, and take advantage of the long line of food and art vendors slated to set up along U St. 12 to 7 PM, free.

REV THOSE ENGINES: Car (and truck, bus, and motorcycle) loving kids won’t want to go home after checking out the annual Silver Spring Nursery School Truck Touch event. From fire engines and Metro buses to construction vehicles and police cruisers, there’s a four wheeler for everyone to get up close and personal with. 10 AM to 2 PM, $5; Free for kids under two.

SEE SINBAD: The classic adventure story has it all—genies, flying carpets, sword fights…oh my! By the end of this Imagination Stage performance, your kids will be wishing for a magic boat ride home. Various times, $10 and up.


BAILAR!: Brush off your dancing shoes (and your sombreros) for the National Cinco de Mayo Festival, held annually at the National Mall. There will be live music, tons of dancing, and plenty of authentic fare to go around. 12 to 7 PM, free.

ZEN OUT: Practice relaxation techniques and learn some meditative breathing with your bambino (newborn to pre-crawler) at this Breathing Space class. Expect some incorporative yoga moves, fun rhymes and songs, play and baby massage. 3:30 PM-4:15 PM, $20 per duo.