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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/ 5/2010

Artful ideas for Mother's Day

By Lavanya Ramanathan

Flowers and perfume are perfectly acceptable gestures for Mother's Day, but there is no better way to say, "Thanks for changing my diapers," than actually spending time with the woman. Still in search of a few ideas for Sunday? Look no further.

With its focus on one of the preeminent women artists of the 20th century, "Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction" at the Phillips Collection would please any artsy mom. For the exhibit's final days, the Phillips is staying open till 10 p.m., welcoming visitors for an extra five hours each day Saturday and Sunday. It should give you more time to see the show, but may also mean you'll be spared the typical closing-weekend traffic jam in the galleries.

Afterward, if you're looking to grab a quick bite in the area, my own mom has been mildly obsessed with dulce de leche gelato since I introduced her to Dolcezza in Georgetown; now there's a shop just a few steps from the Phillips. If your mom isn't necessarily a sweets fan, the Counter Culture Coffee the shop serves is certainly more inspired than Starbucks next door.

For a twist on a typical formal brunch, the annual Mother's Day brunch at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is held in the museum cafe and features made-to-order eggs and waffles, pastries, tea and coffee, and it includes admission to the musem and docent tours for less than $30 a person. Find a menu here; make reservations by calling 202-628-1068.

In Bethesda, Sunday is closing day for the annual two-day Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. With restaurants and live music set up in the streets around downtown Bethesda, it should make for an all-around fun outing with mom.

City Artistic Partnerships is paying mom a musical tribute with an all-female cabaret-style weekend of music dubbed "Warehouse or Bust!" Events begin Friday at the Warehouse Theater. On Sunday, the two ladies-only a cappella groups, Capital Blend and Kismet, team up for a matinee performance that will include pop and oldies numbers. Seats are $15 for that 3 p.m. show, but when I checked, Goldstar had discounted tickets here.

And finally, if you're toting young kids along for a day out with the whole family, consider heading to Brookside Gardens; the MoCo park just opened its annual live butterfly exhibit, "Wings of Fancy," for the season, and the park is always a hot spot for parents (though strollers aren't allowed into the exhibit).

-- Lavanya Ramanathan

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | May 5, 2010; 12:18 PM ET
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