On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, treat the mom in your life to a special day in Manhattan. We’ve got your guide to Mother’s Day events and deals in New York City and other ideas for scheduling a perfect day for Mom.
- Surround yourself with beautiful blooms. Multiple moms suggest hitting one of NYC’s five botanical gardens: the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Bay Ridge’s smaller Narrows Botanical Gardens, the Queens Botanical Garden and Staten Island’sSnug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, plus Wave Hill. On Mother’s Day, the NYBG is hosting a retro Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party complete with Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra playing Jazz Age tunes, a vintage photographer, and classic lawn games like badminton and croquet. But these green spaces are tranquil destinations on any day.
- Have a catered picnic. “Usually picnics are a pain because mom has to do all the planning,” says Shari. “But there’s no work involved if you buy pre-made picnic boxes.” Perfect Picnic NYC delivers to your home or even Central Park, and you’ll find similar offerings at Chelsea Market andBlue Ribbon Bakery. All mom needs to do is pick her favorite NYC park.
- Volunteer as a family. Natalie, our volunteering with kids guru, enjoys bonding with her family while giving back to the community. “There’s a program called Pitch In, Pick Up and you can do it anytime—just stop by one of the Central Park Conservancy’s visitors centers, and borrow a trash grabber or a sweeper.”
- Go hiking. You don’t need to leave the city to go for a kid-friendly hike. “We often go for a walk at Fort Tilden in Rockaway,” says Teri. Other great NYC hiking spots that feel particularly rural include the Staten Island Greenbelt and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
- See a show that’s enjoyable for all ages. In other words, not a dinky children’s show. New York Theatre Ballet (which is performing Carnival of the Animals & Sleeping Beauty’s Wedding on Sunday) and the New Victory Theater (where you can catch the wordless dance pieceHYPERish) were both on multiple moms’ lists. And I want to put in my personal vote for Cirque du Soleil’s latest spectacle Amaluna at Queens Citi Field. With a woman director and an overwhelmingly female cast, it’s got lots of girl power. My daughter and I saw it back in March and she can’t stop talking about all the super-cool circus ladies.
- Enjoy a spa day. Original? No. But lots of moms insist all they want is a spa day. And if you’re looking for an all-ages option, Queens’ Spa Castle, with its heated pools and kid-friendly lounges, is definitely the best destination of its kind for families.
- Go boating in Central Park. Stephanie suggests renting one of the rowboats at the Loeb Boathouse. Don’t want to do any work? You can sit back and relax on a Venetian gondola tour.
- Take a trip to Medieval Times. Our LA editor, Roberta, enjoys “taking the kids to the Renaissance Faire, where all the men make a big fuss over the ladies.” Unfortunately the New York Renaissance Faire doesn’t start until August; however, New Jersey’s thematically similar Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament attraction is open year-round and offers moms free admission on Mother’s Day. It’s also near the great small town of Nutley, which is worth a day trip.
- Spend the day in Coney Island. The beach may be closed but as Katie points out, “everything else is open,” including the rides at Luna Park andDeno’s Wonder Wheel, the New York Aquarium, Nathan’s and the continuous Coney Island Sideshow, which is kid-friendly during the day.
- Do the downward dog. Anne likes taking a family yoga class. There arelots of kid-friendly yoga studios and many offer sessions for all ages.
source: Mommy Poppins