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A Little Advance Planning Shows Mom You Care
Mother’s Day is big. Almost too big. How do you thank the person who loves you more than anyone else in the world? Candy and flowers are passé. (Although if that’s what Mom wants and expects, go for it.) Breakfast in bed is a good start, but then what?
The key to Mother’s Day is think ahead of time about the Big 3: brunch, gift, activity. Pick one, two, or even all three.
Brunch. Mother’s Day brunch is classic and timeless. If Mom is the one primarily responsible for meal-planning and preparation, nothing says love better than eliminating that task. Options abound, but before you make a reservation, think outside the box. If you’re in Atlanta for Mother’s Day, enjoy brunch in the Oceans Ballroom, where floating ceiling panels and aquarium windows transport you to an underwater world. In Toronto, Casa Loma (a castle formerly owned by a Canadian financier) offers a “Royal Brunch” with a wide array of delectables including lavender and honey scones and a chocolate fountain. In San Diego, SeaWorld offers brunch poolside with Shamu.
Gift. Would Mom love something handmade or a beautiful bauble? In Houston, you can find both. As part of the Children’s Museum of Houston’s “Mommy’s Day Bash,” kids can make bling for Mom using LEDs. Mom will really glow with pride! Or visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston the week before the holiday. Designers will be on hand to showcase their works, offer suggestions and answer questions. Other handmade options are a paint-your-own pottery studio or even the local library, where craft sessions are often offered for various age groups.
Activity. What to do with Mom on her day? If music is what she loves, look around for live music. Many college campuses have spring recitals, often free, for senior music students. Or you can turn to the professionals. For example, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has a Mother’s Day afternoon concert featuring violin and guitar compositions by Paganini.
One of the best ways to enjoy the day is to be outside. Mom might enjoy an afternoon of wine-tasting (my family’s plan) or shopping a plant sale. (Casa Loma’s annual sale features rare annuals and heirloom vegetable plants.) In San Francisco, a Blue & Gold Fleet bay cruise might be just the thing, or you could ride the cable car rails all day, making stops at Mom’s favorite places.
If Mom’s feeling the need for companionship, you could introduce her to other moms – at a zoo! Many zoos offer special programs for Mother’s Day that showcase the animals’ nurturing side. At the Toronto Zoo, you can meet Ngozi (a gorilla) and Mya (a cheetah). The really adventurous can take advantage of San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s “Roar and Snore Family Sleepover,” which offers the rare opportunity to be in the zoo after hours. In Atlanta, you could visit baby Po – the only Giant Panda born in the U.S. last year – and his mother, Lun Lun. The pandas’ living area is separated from human visitors by tall sheets of acrylic, so it’s easy to feel like you’re part of the family.
Whatever you do, show the Mom you’re honoring that you’ve thought about what she would want, and then everyone will be happy.