We’re not saying don’t go out to brunch. But we are suggesting you down some java or a festive Mimosa and hit up one of these spectacular events happening on (or celebrating) Mother’s Day. Whether you want to soak in spring’s glory, create some food or art as a family, stretch it out with some yoga or meet some baby lemurs, we’ve got you covered. (And that’s not even everything!) Happy Mother’s Day!


photo: Geoff Livingston via Flickr 

Japan Day at Central Park
Spend the day in Central Park celebrating Japanese culture with traditional foods, kabuki face painting, origami, and Japanese performances like taiko drumming and folk dance. The festivities kick off with a road race that kids can run, too (after the adults finish).

Central Park Bandshell
May 8, 8:30 a.m. race, 9:30 a.m. activities, 10:30 a.m. performances
Tickets: Free
69th St. at 5th Ave.
Upper West Side
Online: japandaynyc.org


Clay Bar photo: Children’s Museum of the Arts Facebook page

Mom Day at CMA
Bring Mom to CMA for some special Mother’s Day art-making together or let her relax at home, while young artists make Mom a special, hand-made gift. (Note:All Moms receive FREE admission on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8!) Young artists will create upcycled flowers for Mom — while loving Mother Earth — using items destined for the recycling bin. Inspired by 11 year-old Daila Melhem’s portrait of her mother in CMA’s permanent collection, young artists will create portraits of a special woman in their life, be it their mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, coach, or friend. At the popular Clay Bar, kids can bake a miniature pastry for mom or someone special. Finally, CMA’s youngest artists (ages 5 and under) can make dot marker Mother’s Day cards in the WEE Arts Studio.

The Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St.
Online: cmany.org

monkey do yoga

photo: Monkey Do! Yoga

Yoga With the Family
Stop by Monkey Do! Yoga for a Parent and Baby class, or Family Yoga for the whole gang (kids 5 and up). Note: Monkey Do! is offering FREE Yoga for Moms in May every Wednesday; the class will have a special focus on restoring and recharging the ladies!

May 8, Parent & Baby 11:15 a.m.; Family Yoga 12:15 p.m.
Monkey Do! Yoga
279 3rd Ave. (between President and Carroll)
Online: www.monkeydoyoga.com

young musicians concert

photo: courtesy of AMTL

81st AMTL Young Musicians Concert
If you have some budding musicians in your household, show the whole family how to get to Carnegie Hall, where the 81st annual Associated Music Teachers League will present a concert in celebration of the crème de la crème of developing pianists, string players and vocalists ages 15-22.

Carnegie Hall
May 8th, 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
57th St. at 7th Ave.
Upper West Side
Online: carnegiehall.org

photo: via Wave Hill/Joshua Bright

Mother’s Day at Wave Hill
Escape the city mentally, if not technically, by spending Mother’s Day in the gorgeous gardens of Wave Hill.  Families can make cards and floral sachets with a Family Art Project and then join the Garden Highlights Walk to see the best of what’s in bloom right now!

Tickets to Wave Hill: $8 adults, Free for children under 6
Family Art Project and Garden Highlights Walk Free with admission
W. 249th St. at Independence Ave., Bronx
Online: wavehill.org/events



photo: via NYBG Facebook page

Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party New York Botanical Garden
The NYBG celebrates mom all weekend with a garden party. Note lilac lovers: the historic lilac garden has been restored and expanded and is ready to surround you with heady springtime scents. The Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party features live music, dancers, games, food trucks, and casual picnicking on the grounds.

May 7 & 8, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $20/adults; $8/children 2-18, free/children under 2
2900 Southern Blvd.
Online: nybg.org

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photo: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society

Meet the Bronx Zoo Baby Lemurs
The Bronx Zoo’s Madagascar exhibit just welcomed three baby lemurs. Head to the zoo to honor moms of all species!
Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
Online: bronxzoo.com


photo: via Prospect Park Facebook page

Eat, Play, Shop in Prospect Park
Prospect Park will be a hotbed of activities of all kinds on Mother’s Day. Take your pick: go on adventure hike; learn about Warblers, the colorful songbirds that pass through the park in May, and then go in search of them with staffers from the Audubon Center; go back in time at the Lefferts Historic House and learn about wool (make your own ball of yarn to take home!); stop by food cart emporium Smorgasburg for some grub, and then drop into Brooklyn Flea to buy a Mommy Day present for yourself!

May 8
Prospect Park, various locations
Online: prospectpark.org

queens botanical garden

photo: Queens Botanical Garden

Mothers Day Brunch at the Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Botanical Garden is hosting a catered brunch in honor of mom. Fill up and then stroll the grounds to walk it off! Tickets for brunch start at $21.99. You must buy tickets in advance here. 

Queens Botanical Garden May 8th, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Tickets to QBG: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students with ID and children 3-12
43-50 Main St. Flushing 718-886-3800
Online: queensbotanical.org


photo: via Taste Buds Facebook page

Mother’s Day Tea Party at Taste Buds Kitchen
For a “where does my scone come from” kind of tea party, celebrate this special holiday with a tea time of your own making. Taste Buds will teach you and your budding chef how to make blueberry scones with lemon glaze and some sun tea to wash it down. Kids ages 2-5 cook with a caregiver on Saturday, while big kids ages 5-9 do it on Sunday with the family. Festive attire is welcome and advanced registration required: call 212-242-2248 to reserve a spot.

Taste Buds Kitchen
May 7th and 8th, 9 a.m.
Tickets: $40 per parent/child pair on Sat.; $50 for child and family on Sun.
109 W 27th St, 10th Fl.
Online: tastebudskitchen.com

afternoon tea st regis

photo: iwantcheese via Flickr

Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis New York
If you’re really dying to dig out your gloves and glam it up, head over to The St. Regis New York for its legendary Afternoon Tea. The sumptuous menu includes fancy food you never eat like tea sandwiches and petit fours, and though the institution’s tea tradition is elegant, the St. Regis welcomes kids. New moms can even pull their strollers right up to the table (just be sure to request this in advance). Reservations for Mother’s Day may be made by calling 212-339-6857.

The St. Regis New York
Daily, 3-5 p.m.
Tickets: $55/person or $70 with a glass of champagne
2 E. 55th St. at 5th Ave.
Online: stregisnewyork.com


photo: Mamapalooza Facebook page

Rock Hard & Thrive with mothers and the people who love them at this annual festival featuring music, family-focused vendors, wellness activities, art, & activism. 2016’s theme inspires all to find their voice and bring a message of peace, tolerance, and equality. All are welcome.

May 15
Pier 1
Online: mamapalooza

What are your Mother’s Day plans for 2016? Tell us in the comments below!

—Mimi O’Connor