According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. consumers spend roughly $1.9 billion on flowers, and roughly $671 million on greeting cards annually for Mother’s Day, making it the second largest U.S. spending holiday.
Arguably, though, the art of making that wonderful mother in your life feel extra special can be considered priceless – and, if you’ve found the idea of flowers and a card to be a little too traditional, know that Massachusetts is full of unique experiences that will help to cap off the ultimate “Thanks, Mom!” on Mother’s Day.
As Sunday, May 13th (Mother’s Day) is right around the corner, today on MassFinds, we felt it to be entirely necessary to showcase some things to do with mom across the entire Commonwealth − brunch options, ways to explore the great outdoors, events with music and entertainment, and activities along the shoreline.
Enjoy, and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Unique Massachusetts Mother’s Day Activities Across The Commonwealth
Mother’s Day In and Around The Hub…
Odyssey Cruises: Mother’s Day Brunch Cruises, Boston – This Boston Harbor delight includes a flower for every mom, Odyssey brunch buffet, children’s activities, complimentary juice & soda for kids, complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa for adults, live entertainment and spectacular Boston skyline and harbor views. Price: starting at $64.90 per adult, $32.95 per child age 3-12.
Duckling Day Parade, Boston Common, Boston - Based on the book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, children and their families will retrace the steps of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their family of eight ducklings. Led by the Harvard University Marching Band, children relive the adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard dressed as one of their favorite characters from the book. To participate in the parade there is a $35 donation per family ($40 day of the event). Registration beings at 11:30 AM, and the parade starts at noon.
Lilac Sunday, Arnold Arboretum, Boston - The Arnold Arboretum’s large lilac collection comes into its glory in May, putting on an exuberant show of color and intoxicating fragrance. Visit on Mother’s Day, A.K.A. Lilac Sunday, which is the only day of the year when picnics are allowed! Free and open to the public, activities and refreshments will run from 10 A.M. through 4 P.M.
SoWa Open Market, Boston - With opening day having kicked off on Sunday, May 6, the SoWa Open Market takes place every Sunday afternoon through October in Boston’s South End. Overflowing with original works by local artists, artisans, and indie designers, there is also a farmer’s market, antique emporium, and much more. Each Sunday, SoWa is open from 10 A.M. through 4 P.M.
Fort Point Open Studios, ArtWalk, Boston - Join Fort Point artists as they open their studios to the public on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 – also open 5/11 and 5/12 – featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and much more, that can help you find the perfect unique gift for mom on Mother’s Day. The studios will be open from 12 through 5 PM
Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge - Artists throughout Cambridge open their doors to the public for the fourth annual citywide Cambridge Open Studios (COS) during two weekends in May. Meet local artists and discover unique paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, film, mixed media, literary works, and more, all for free. May 12 & 13 – East & Central Cambridge. 12–6 PM each day.
A Delectable Brunch…
Langham Hotel, Boston - The “Bed, Brunch and Beyond Package” features luxury overnight accommodations, Sunday City Brunch for two in Café Fleuri, valet parking, and access to the fitness facilities, and indoor pool. Voted “Best Brunch in Boston,” the Langham’s City Brunch buffet is the perfect spot to celebrate Mother’s Day, offering an assortment of brunch stations from omelets to seafood, a Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar, and live jazz.
Peabody Essex Museum, Peabody - The Peabody Essex Museum will be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch in the Garden Restaurant from 11 AM – 3 PM, prepared by Hawthorne Catering, served overlooking the museums peaceful Asian Garden. After brunch, your family can head over to the award-winning Museum Shop to pick out the perfect gift for Mom. For reservations and information, please call 978-745-9500 x3157. Museum rates apply for non-members.
Showcase Live, Foxboro - Showcase Live is hosting Mother’s Day Brunch featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir. The world famous, Harlem Gospel Choir, travels the globe sharing its joy of faith through music and fundraising. Doors open at 1 PM for brunch, and showtime start at 2 PM, and tickets are $35 in advance for adults and $12.50 for children under ten.
Verrill Farm: Mother’s Day Brunch, Concord - Celebrate Mother’s Day with an outdoor brunch along the beautiful setting of Verrill Farm, featuring live acoustic music, and activities for children. $30 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Reservations required, for booking please call: 978-369-4494 by May 11.
The Publick House, Sturbridge - Enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch buffet at this historic inn with traditional breakfast pastries, omelet station, and much more. A dinner buffet will also be offered this Mother’s Day, which will feature New England classic comfort food. Served from 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM, reservations required.
Hotel Northampton, Northampton - Enjoy brunch this Mother’s Day with a Grand Ballroom brunch. Traditional brunch includes, but is not limited to, an assortment of fresh pastries, salads, carving stations, omelet station, bacon, sausage, eggs benedict, a decadent Viennese sweet table, and a complimentary Mimosa or Bellini. Cost: $29.95 adults, $16.95 children 5-12. Reservations required.
Mother’s Day Exploring the Outdoors…
Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls - With the thought of Mother’s Day, the outdoors, and a glorious arrangement of flowers, the experience that comes to mind is, undoubtedly, the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls. The bridge, which used to function as an old trolley bridge, now features over 500 varieties of flowers, vines, and shrubs that span across 400 feet of pure beauty. The Bridge of Flowers is, in some ways, the definition of a beautiful Mother’s Day experience.
Zoar Outdoor, Charlemont - On Sunday, May 13, Zoar Outdoor, one of New England’s premiere providers of white water rafting, kayaking, and zip lining, will offer moms a free raft or zip with two paying members. Book activities and lodging and receive a 10% discount off of the combined price.
Cape Cod Kayak - Cape Cod Kayak offers guided kayak tours for all ages. This Mother’s Day, embark on a Popponesset Island getaway to take in the beautiful sites of Cape Cod. Tours generally last 2 to 3 hours.
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon - Celebrate Mother’s Day at Moose Hill with a pancake breakfast and nature walk. Start with a guided hour-long nature walk featuring signs of spring; after your nature walk enjoy a hearty breakfast. Tickets are $8 – $10. Free of charge to children 3 and younger.
Island Spirit Kayak, Martha’s Vineyard - Pamper mom with some time off to relax with a wonderful outing for her and the whole family! This adventure will bring you out to enjoy the island you love – from the water. You will paddle in calm waters out to a beach brunch picnic, complete with champagne and flowers for mom! No experience necessary, single & tandem kayaks available. Tours last 2.5 hours, and start at 11 AM. $75 adults and $55 children 5-12.
Music and Entertainment…
Boston Ballet’s Fancy Fee, Boston - This Mother’s Day, see why Jerome Robbins’ first ballet has proved to be one of America’s favorites. Peter Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto and Harald Lander’s beloved Études complete this outstanding program. Playing May 10 – 20. Half priced tickets available.
Boston Center for the Arts Presents Xanadu, Boston - Running May 11 – June 17, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts and presented by the SpeakEasy Stage Company, the New York Times calls this musical “Relentlessly, hysterically funny.” Half priced tickets available.
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents Avenue Q, Boston - This musical will be running May 11 – June 17, with a 3 P.M. showing on Mother’s Day. The New York Times calls this musical, “a savvy, sassy, and eminently likeable, breakthrough musical.”
Wheelock Family Theatre Presents The Miracle Worker, Boston - A play by William Gibson, “The Miracle Worker” is a remarkable tale of strength, courage, dedication, and love. It is a celebration of a young woman’s rebirth into the world around her, following the inspiring story of Helen Keller and her devoted teacher, Annie Sullivan. This prize-winning play illustrates our very human need to connect and to communicate. Half priced tickets available. Runs April 13 – May 13.
The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley - This Mother’s Day, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra is presenting Lisa Park with violin favorites – Massenet’s Thaïs, Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso & Havanaise, and In the Forests of the Night by Howard Frazin. Plus two orchestral blockbusters Liszt’s Les Préludes and Ravel’s Bolero. Price: $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students, free admission for children under 12. Half priced tickets available.
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester - The Worcester Art Museum is hosting a Mother’s Day Chamber of Commerce concert, with an unforgettable performance from Baroque Oboe and Harpsichord, with Michelle Graveline and Stephen Hammer in the European Galleries. The concert will feature an intermission talk with WAM Director, Matthias Waschek, followed by complimentary desserts and an opportunity to meet the musicians. Concert runs from 2:30 – 4:30.
Mother’s Day Along the Shore and Islands…
Cape Cod Irish Village, Yarmouth - The Cape Cod Irish Village is offering its Mother’s Day package again this year. Book two nights during the weekend of May 11, and stay until Sunday at no additional cost. Each guest will receive complimentary breakfasts and one complimentary dinner, with live Irish entertainment.
Cape Cod Central Railroad “Mother’s Day Brunch Train,” - Take Mom back in time to when rail travel was the only way to celebrate a holiday. Enjoy a three-course brunch, while viewing the traditional New England views of Cape Cod. Many of these terrific views are only accessible by railways. Train departs at 11 AM, and advanced reservations required. Proper dress required, as well.