mother's day

Make mother’s day extra special by treating her like the wonderful woman she is. Here are some fun ideas around the Twin Cities to take mom out for her special day.

The big day lands on Sunday May 14th, 2017


Mother’s Day Cruise (Various)
Many cruise companies offer special mother’s day cruises. Some have brunch and music options. Here are a few local companies: Padelford Riverboats, Afton/Hudson Cruise Lines, St Croix Boat & Packet Co, Taylors Fall Scenic Boat Tours, Lady of the Lake

Mother’s Day at the Minnesota Zoo (MN Zoo, Apple Valley MN)
Bring your special mom to meet some of our special mothers during our Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend celebration. Moms in FREE both Saturday and Sunday, May 7th and 8th.

Como Zoo Mother’s Day Bonsai Show (Como Zoo, St. Paul MN)
Take Mom to this annual tradition! The Minnesota Bonsai Society will be displaying some of their finest work in the Ordway Gardens. Trained professionals will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai. Family tree anyone? Sunday May 8th.

Mother’s Day Weekend (Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River MN)
Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother’s Day Weekend. Help plant seeds in the garden, harvest the first greens and meet the new baby animals as they try out their young legs. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a child. May 7th 10-5pm & May 8th noon to 5pm.

Friends School Plant Sale (MN State Fair Grounds, St. Paul MN)
With more than 2,500 plant varieties, it may be the largest plant sale in the U.S. It’s a fund-raising event sponsored by the Friends School of Minnesota, a small Quaker K – 8 school in the Hamline-Midway area in Saint Paul. May 6th – May 8th

Run Like a Mother (St. Paul MN)
Join us for the 2nd Annual Twin Cities Run Like A Mother event at Lake Phalen in St Paul. Enjoy the scenic course, post-race massages and goodies from sponsors. Awesome tech tshirt, finisher’s medal and flower presented to all who cross the 5K finish line. Saturday May 7th.

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk (Wild River State Park, Center City MN)
Why bring flowers to your mother when you can bring your mother to the flowers? Spring is a wonderful time to hike through the park to see which wildflowers are blooming.

Mother’s Day Wildflower Stroll (Interstate State Park,Taylors Falls MN)
Treat your mother to an afternoon of wildflowers and river views. Stroll a loop one-mile loop along a mostly flat section of the River Trail.

Take-a-Mom Fishing Weekend (Minnesota)
Mother’s fish for free with their children. Moms do not need a fishing license on Mother’s Day weekend.

Mother’s Day Brunch and Spring in Full Bloom (Arboretum, Chaska MN)
Not only is this elegant holiday brunch available Sunday, the Arboretum will be in FULL BLOOM with 30,000 tulips, 10,000 additional spring bulbs, crabapples and lilacs showing their beauty. Sunday May 8th 9-2pm $35.99/adult


St. Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Free Concert (Landmark Center , St. Pau MN)
A slavic bouquet at 1pm. Don’t miss this beautiful violin concerto. Sunday May 8th.

Pancakes and Jazz (Prospect Park UMC, Minneapolis MN)
The Minnesota Freedom Band is a Twin Cities-based, non-profit Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied (GLBTA) concert, jazz, and marching band.  We are committed to presenting quality performances, providing opportunities for our members to improve musicianship, and gathering to build relationships with each other and with our community. May 7th 9am-1pm

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis MN)
Free daily admission. On the second Sunday of every month (Mother’s Day), you’ll have a blast making art, going on artful adventures, meeting local musicians, dancers, and storytellers, and more! Sunday May 8th.

Rustic Art Project at Carlos Creek Winery (Alexandria/Glenwood MN)
Bring your mom or loved ones for a relaxing day of mimosas, brunch and shopping!

Listen to Your Mother (Riverview Theater, Minneapolis MN)
Listen to Your Mother is a series of live, on-stage readings across North America on or around Mother’s Day. Tickets $18 online, $20 at the door. May 4th

Mother Daughter Tea (Redeemer Church, Fridley MN)
Come to Mom’s Haven of Hope’s Annual Fundraiser! Silent Auction proceeds will help support single mothers in Anoka County through our developing housing program.  May 7th 1-3pm. Doors will open at 12:30 pm.

Minnesota Potters Tour and Sale  (Upper St Croix River MN)
The Tour is hosted by eight Minnesota potters located in the Upper St Croix River Valley. May 6-8th 10am-6pm (5pm on Sunday).

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