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D.C. Mother's Day Plans For The Unplanned (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post  |  By Brandon Wetherbee  |  Posted: 05/10/2012 8:08 am

WASHINGTON -- The second Sunday in May is almost here. That means Mother's Day. Oh, what's that? You forgot it's Mother's Day? Don't worry, most of us have.

To remedy your lack of planning, we've compiled a list of 10 viable, no-advance-planning-needed options. From gifts to events to odds and ends, we've done all the motherly work for you.

Gifts not your thing? Our slideshow of D.C. restaurants where you don't need reservations should also be quite handy.

Not a mother? Mom not nearby? Don't worry about it. Anna Jarvis, the creator of Mother's Day, wasn't a mother herself. The day is for anyone that is a mother or was birthed by a mother. So that's most everyone ever.

Click through the slideshow below for some no planning Mother's Day options.

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  • Global Market Place at National Museum of Women in the Arts

    New to the Passport DC events, this shopping event features items created by women from emerging economies. Not only can you buy your Mother's Day gift, you can feel good about what you're doing. Inside the museum will be the exhibits <a href="" target="_hplink">Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections and Women Silversmiths from the NMWA Collection</a>.

  • Torpedo Factory's Annual Spring Open House

    Stroll through this <a href="" target="_hplink">Alexandria art space</a> on a Sunday afternoon. Live music, demonstations, wine, cookies and more make this something that mom might enjoy. It may not be a Mother's Day event, but there's inevitably something there she'll like.

  • Bethesda Fine Arts Festival at Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle

    If an indoor art market in Virginia is too stuffy, how about an <a href="" target="_hplink">outdoor art market in Maryland</a>?

  • National Zoo

    For the nature-loving mom, a stroll through one of the <a href="" target="_hplink">Smithsonian's greenest spaces</a>. This is great for multiple reasons. It's free. It's not age specific. If you're child-less and want kids, you'll witness happy families making memories. If you're child-less and do not want kids, you'll witness tantrums making therapy sessions.

  • Harlem Gospel Choir at Howard Theater

    Good for the parents that are visiting and don't approve of your hedonistic lifestyle. Even if you're an atheist, it's hard to deny the awesome power that is gospel music. Also, a good chance to check out the renewed <a href="" target="_hplink">Howard Theater</a>.

  • Mother's Day Soul Jam Tickets at Lincoln Theater

    For the soulful mom, this is your best four. Performances from Blue Magic, Mad Lads, The Unifics, Black Ivory and Urban Guerilla Orchestra at the beautiful <a href="" target="_hplink">Lincoln</a>.

  • Sunday Night Comedy Presents: Liz Miele at Sonoma's

    If your day plans don't go according to plan, mom might want to have a laugh. This <a href="" target="_hplink">mostly female bill</a> has NYC-based stand up Liz Miele headlining.

  • NSO Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals at Kennedy Center

    For the mom that may have <a href="" target="_hplink">children too young</a> to realize they should be giving gifts.

  • We Love Mamas: A Special Evening in Honor of Mother's Day! at Lil Omm

    Everyone deserves a good stretch. <a href="" target="_hplink">Lil Omm</a> hosts an annual two-hour yoga session dedicated to "motherly love, reflection, and joy."

  • Monsters on the Beach at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    Who says mom doesn't love monster trucks? We say all <a href="" target="_hplink">moms love monster trucks</a>.

No Reservations: Granville Moore's
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Dining at Granville Moore's on H Street isn't a good idea for claustrophobes -- the booths and bars that line the narrow eatery are cozy, the lighting dim, and ceilings not especially high. That being said, the blue cheese mussels are some of the most addictive bivalves in the city, and the beer selection and knowledgable staff are tough to beat.

Close quarters have an unexpected benefit: It's easy to make friends here. Of course, that banter is equally likely to take place while waiting outside -- the restaurant only allows reservations Monday through Thursday up until 6:30 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday after 9 p.m, which means sometimes long waits during peak dining hours.