With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of how to celebrate. This year’s holiday lands on Sunday May 14, and we have all of the best ideas for a memorable day! Whether it’s brunch, a dinner cruise, or just quality time, here are 15 ideas to make the day special!
Treat you and your mother to this immersive Bridgerton Experience consisting of Regency era decor, costumes, performances, and more! The Queen’s Ball is the ultimate experience for any mother who loves the show, or simply wants to enjoy an exclusive immersive ball! You can take photo ops together, sip on cocktails inspired by the show, and of course join in on the performances!
Are you ready for an unforgettable culinary experience that makes a perfect surprise for Mom? Book your tickets to Dining in the Dark, a tasting journey that guides you through a blindfolded menu of delicious cuisine! You can choose between a seafood, meat, or vegan offering that includes a tasty starter, main, and dessert that’s carefully curated. Let mysteriousness and your curious senses guide you and Mom through one of NYC’s most exciting food experiences right now!
🍽️ Or, grab tickets to the regular edition of Dining in the Dark here!
Nothing says quality bonding time like some good brunch food with your mom! Many NYC restaurants are offering specialty menus for Mother’s Day this year, free mimosa deals, complimentary flowers, and so much more. Check out our list of restaurants serving up delicious brunch deals and make sure you get your table reservations in before it’s too late! Full list here.
4. Take in views from SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
Bask in all of the gorgeous Manhattan views when you and Mom visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. Their goal is to “continue to highlight the true immersive experience that bends reality” and you can do it this year! Alongside the breathtaking views and endless photo opportunities, SUMMIT will delightfully be serving “Mom-mosas” to celebrate the holiday too! Learn more and grab your tickets here!
Focusing on miniature artworks, Small is Beautiful is one of NYC’s hottest art exhibits right now! Grab tickets for you and your mother and enjoy a few hours of soaking in tiny sculptures and photographs from 32 local & international artists. This fantastic world of mini art is just waiting for you to step into!
6. Get massages and attend a mental health workshop at THE WELL New York
THE WELL New York is offering a few different relaxing options for mom this year, starting with a “spa day” consisting of an infrared sauna session, a customized bodywork treatment, Pre & Post Natal Massages, a nutritious meal at Kitchen & Table, plus more.
They are also hosting a workshop hosted by yoga therapist Nicole Katz and perinatal psychotherapist Elizabeth Baron, which will focus on physical movement and then transition into an open conversation on prioritizing maternal mental health. Check out all of THE WELL’s happenings here.
Where: 2 E 15th St
7. Attend a flower arts and crafts workshop at The William Vale
Dig into your creative side with mom at this Flower Crown Design Workshop at The William Vale. In partnership with Hanato Floral Design Studio, a woman-owned boutique flower shop and floral design studio in Williamsburg, you and your mother can work together to create a beautiful bouquet using their sustainable wildflowers. It’s happening on May 15 at 5:30 pm for $95 per person! Learn more and reserve your spot here.
Where: 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn
Guide your mom through a world of one of the most famous sitcoms, where you can sit on Joey’s famous couch, grab a coffee from Central Perk, and so much more! The immersive FRIENDS™ Experience is the perfect gift for any parent who’s a fan of the iconic TV show. You can take photos together, grab official merchandise, and view dozens of props and costumes directly from the show!
Relax, unwind, and spend some time with mom as you reset your wellness! NYC’s spas are the perfect “getaway” that can have you and your mother feeling as good as new! We’re talking everything from saunas to deep tissue massages to even hot tubs! Check out our picks for the best spas in NYC and make your reservation today! It’s the perfect gift!
Bonus: Check out Sonic Sanctuary Sundays — an immersive world music and wellness experience featuring top instrumentalists and wellness practitioners plus healing techniques from cultures around the world!
Feel like royalty with your mom when you sip on high afteroon tea around NYC! Our favorite place to do it is at Marie Belle, but there are so many options to choose from! It’s a great alternative to brunch and most of these places are gorgeous to visit and are a perfect way to spend a few hours. Check out our favorite afternoon tea spots here.
11. Check out the Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party at NYBG
Stop and smell the flowers with mom this year at the Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party at New York Botanical Garden. It’s happening on both May 13 & 14 from 11 am – 5 pm, and you can expect all sorts of fun activities happening on Daffodil Hill. There will be garden party lawn games, card making opportunities for Mom, face painting, arts and crafts, a DJ dance party, and so much more! It’s fun for the whole family and is a great activity to do with kids! Check out everything that’s happening here.
Where: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx
12. Watch a mom-themed movie at Metrograph
Cozy into this Lower East Side movie theater to enjoy some films themed around the special relationships we have with our mothers! On May 14, they’ll be showing Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother (1999), Chantal Akerman’s News from Home (1976), and Wayne Wang’s The Joy Luck Club (1993). Plus, you can also have brunch at this movie theater from 11 am – 4 pm! It’s the perfect brunch/movie combo!
Where: 7 Ludlow St
13. Take a Mother’s Day cruise around New York
Cruise NYC waters this Mother’s Day and take advantage of the lovely brunch and dinner cruises that are available! You can dine on delicious food, feel the warm breeze on your face, and ease into summer with your mom by your side! Check out some of our favorite cruises below and book them now before they fill up:
- Premier Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
- Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
- NYC Skyline Dinner Cruise
- New York Brunch Cruise from Pier 61
- NYC Whale Watching Adventure Cruise
- Mother’s Day Weekend NYC Cruises
- Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise
14. Decorate sweet treats with Mom
Does your mom have a sweet tooth? Take on one of these hands-on adventures to create tasty treats that you both can enjoy! Check out some dessert classes below and sign up now!
Korean Lunch Box Cake Experience: In this class, experienced chef Jansen Chan will teach you different decorating techniques of 4-inch Korean lunch box cakes.
Mother’s Day Cupcake Decorating: This hands-on class will teach guests how to decorate cupcakes with buttercream frosting using multiple designs, including star, rosette, leaf, and a 5 petal flower! You’ll also get a glass of champagne while you practice!
15. Challenge Mom to a game of pickle ball
Pair up with mom and challenge her to a friendly game of pickleball! The iconic Wollman Rink has turned into a massive pickleball space for the summer, which includes 14 pickleball courts, a food and drinks court, an area to lounge around, and more! If you’re looking for an outdoor activity to do with your mother this year, this is a great pick! Read more about CityPickle here.
Where: Wollman Rink