Of course, mothers should be appreciated every day of the year, but it doesn’t hurt to remind everyone to make a full stop and say, “Hey mom — you’re great!” NYC provides lots of way to celebrate everything moms do all year round, no matter what their individual style. Have a special mother-child crafting session, bask in some upscale glam and glitz, or just enjoy a day out in the sun with the whole family. We’ve cherry-picked the best NYC Mother’s Day events happening this year. Check them out below and find your mom day match!

Design Pillows and Make Bouquets at CMOM

Nothing shows appreciation better than a handmade item. Join the CMOM for a celebration of mothers through special crafts made just with mom in mind. Kids under five years can create a crafty bouquet that will last forever. This event is drop-in.

Children over six can take it a step further by designing and sewing a unique pillow out of fabric, markers, and stuffing. As an extra-special treat, kids can include a hidden message for mom inside their personalized pillow. Due to the popularity of this event, it requires advanced registration. Head to the lobby one hour before the event to sign up and be granted entry.

Sat., May 12 & Sun., 13
Free with museum admission
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 W. 83rd St.
Upper West Side
Online: cmom.org


Test Your Mettle with Think 'N' Fun

Get up and get moving on Mother's Day with Think 'N' Fun's "Tough Muddah's Day Fun" run. This kid-oriented mommy and child obstacle course is intended for little feet and a memorable experience for both mom and tot. After the race, stop by the craft station to make a mommy-themed craft to take home. The event will be held rain or shine, just inside Riverside Park near Riverside Drive. Use the MUDDAHFUN promo code for $2 off!

Sun., May 13
10:30 a.m.
$27 per mother-child group until May 12; $35 after that. $10 per additional child.
Riverside Park
Upper West Side
Online: eventbrite.com

Create Personal Cards at the Museum of the City of New York

Imbue your Mother's Day with a bit of NYC history through this family event, Meet strong historic women Abigail Franks and Mary Alexander at the interactive board in Port City, 1609-1898. Then work together as a family to create a special card that shows appreciation for moms and all that they do. This event is intended for kids 6-12 years old, is meant to be a collaborative family project, and includes a snack.

Sun., May 13
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave. at 103rd St.
Upper East Side
Online: mcny.org

Create a Tiny World at Twig

Learn how to craft a delicate enclosed world inside a glass jar with the terrarium experts at Twig. Included in the price is a terrarium workshop for two and a catered brunch from Catskill Bagels. Enjoy a low-key, comfortable atmosphere as you create a succulent terrarium to take home. Learn how to maintain it and even put a tiny figure to live inside! All materials are provided. We recommend this one for older kids with lots of patience (a love for creating things is a bonus!).

Sun., May 13
12-2 p.m.
$145 for two people
642 Coney Island Ave.
Ditmas Park
Online: verlocal.com

Go on a Shopping Spree with FAD

Find the perfect gift for mom, or treat yourself if you are mom! Browse wares from 55 different creators, both local and not. Find handcrafted jewelry, art, bath goodies, and plenty of other wares at this indie pop-up market. Make it a solo shopping outing, or bring the whole family for a nice day out together.

Sat.-Sun., May 12-13
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
City Point-Prince Street Corridor
445 Albee Sq. W.
Fort Greene
Online: fadmarket.co

Enjoy a Bit of Culture with United Palace

Celebrate with some Hispanic culture by watching this enchanting performance of Ballet Hispánico. Watch four upbeat Latin dance performances curated for the whole family to enjoy and stick around after the show for a Q&A with the dancers. Arrive early for an extra-special treat: The first 100 visitors to enter get to take part in Baila Con Mami (Dance with Mommy), a special interactive dance segment that takes participants through classic dance moves from the Cha Cha to the Merengue.

Sun., May 13
3 p.m. (doors open at 2)
$15-25; free for kids 12 and under
United Palace of Cultural Arts
4140 Bway & W. 175th St.
Online: unitedpalace.org

Take a Garden Stroll with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Enjoy a full day of fun in the sun at the annual Brooklyn Botanical Garden Mother's Day weekend celebration. Visit the garden for a weekend packed with events like games and outdoor events, mom-themed crafts, live kids-friendly performances and entertainment, and guided tours and walks around the garden grounds. This event is huge and therefore gets crowded: We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance and arriving early.

Sat., May 12-Sun., May 13
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Free with garden admission
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.
Crown Heights
Online: nybg.org

Join the Wild Side at the Central Park Zoo

Grab the kids and head out to the Central Park Zoo for a fun family-oriented Mother's Day. Meet and treat some animal moms (and their adorable babies), go on a scavenger hunt, and make a Mother's Day craft to take home. This event is recommended for kids ages 3-10, and includes a snack and a surprise animal guest.

Sun., May 13
9-10:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m.
$75 for 1 adult and 1 child
Central Park Zoo
E. 64th St. & 5th Ave.
Online: wcs.org

Celebrate Mother Earth at Wave Hill

Bring a photo for making a super-personalized, South American culture-inspired Mother's Day Card. Kids will learn about the South American Pachamama and our relationship with mother Earth, and make a pop-out painting card for mom. For an extra-special weekend, make reservations for Mother's Day brunch at Wave Hill or bring your own packed lunch and enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

Sat.-Sun., May 12-13
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free with museum admission (admission is free until noon)
Wave Hill
West 249th St. & Independence Ave.
Hudson Hill
Online: wavehill.com  

Eat Brunch and Design a Bouquet with the NY Botanical Garden

Visit the Queens Botanical Garden over Mother's Day Weekend for some real treats for mom. Pay the garden a visit on Saturday for a special lesson on flower arrangement and create a wonderful and personalized gift for mom with her own special bouquet. Or visit on Sunday to enjoy a delightful brunch in the garden, catered by local food vendors and featuring fresh hot food, delectable desserts, coffees and teas, and a complimentary glass of wine (for mom, not the kids of course!). Advanced registration is required for both.

Floral Design Workshop:

Sat., May 12
2-4 p.m.
$30 (does not include garden admission)


Sun., May 13
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$60/Adult, $30/Child (includes garden admission)
NY Botanical Garden
43-50 Main St.
Online: queensbotanica.org

Hit the Town (and the Pubs) with Slattery's

Ditch the kids and head out for a drink — you know you deserve it. Presented by POGO Events and in conjunction with Slattery's Midtown Pub, the Amazing Mother's Day Scavenger Hunt takes moms on a mom-themed hunt around the city. You and your group will follow the clues and complete a series of mental and physical tasks over a three-hour-long scavenger hunt. Meet new people or have a mom's night out with friends in this cool event. You'll need a smartphone and a MetroCard for this one (and comfortable walking shoes!).

Sun., May 13
1:30 p.m.
Hunt begins at Slattery's Midtown Pub
8 East 36th St.
Online: fareharbor.com

Eat on the Open Seas with Bateaux

For a really memorable treat, have your brunch onboard a cruise ship! Bateaux is offering Mother's Day special brunch cruises, with a three-course menu, unlimited coffee, soda, and teas, and bottomless mimosas (for the grown-ups). The cruise takes you on a 2.5 hour trip with gorgeous views of the NYC Skyline, a live band, and room to dance it up while you sail. For a more sophisticated experience, opt for the no-kids-allowed dinner cruise for a nice getaway.


Sun., May 13
12-2:30 p.m. (boarding time is 11:30)
Starting at $89.90/adult, $53.95/kid


Sun., May 13
7-10 p.m. (boarding time is 6:15)
Starting at 146.90
Departs from Chelsea Piers
Online: bateauxnewyork.com

Get Pampered with the Peninsula Spa

The Peninsula Spa has a super-relaxing spa experience for moms on their special day. This five-star spa resort will provide mothers with a luxurious experience with different levels of packages to enjoy. Enjoy some downtime with a series of massages, a complimentary glass of champagne, and a lunch at the Naturally Peninsula. Make a day out of it and take advantage of the perks that come with this package, which include access for an entire day to the pool, fitness center, sun terrace, and fitness programs.

Available for purchase through May 31, and can be redeemed any time
The Peninsula
700 Fifth Ave. at 55th St., 21st Fl.
Online: newyork.peninsula.com

How are you celebrating the main mom in your life? Tell us in the comments! 

—Yuliya Geikhman


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