Hey, Dads! Kids! and Caregivers! Mother’s Day is May 8, 2022. We expect more events than last year, but events have been trickling in later this year. So, check back often. You can also check out our list of 10 ideas for free ways to celebrate the special women in your life that don’t require an event.
We’ve also collected a bunch of ideas for Mother’s Day Weekend in a special edition of our traditional Twin Cities Weekend Events Guide.
10 Free Last-Minute Gifts That Moms Love on Mother’s Day
Although most events are back in 2022, many require pre-planning and reservations. Don’t worry. Even if you wait until the last minute to plan, these 10 ideas are sure to show mom your love and appreciation for her!
- Her favorite breakfast with her favorite people (with cleanup included, please). Whether that is Eggs Benedicts, a premade quiche, French toast or just coffee and cream with some sweets, I don’t know any Mom who will turn down breakfast in bed.
- A picnic in a park, where she can stretch out in a sunny place while everyone else runs out their energy. Need some ideas: 10 Places for the Perfect Picnic in Minneapolis.
- Her favorite meal for dinner (takeout is just fine!). Don’t forget dessert. (Chocolate dipped strawberries, maybe?)
- A dandelion bouquet.
- Help in her own garden or a stroll in a garden maintained by someone else. We have some ideas: Public Flower Gardens: 5 Local Parks with Beautiful Gardens to Explore.
- Homemade cards from the kids (and Dad, too, if he wants).
- Homemade brownies or cookies.
- A nap and/or a long hot bath – both without interruption.
- Someone else to do laundry. This would seriously be my dream present.
- Family movie night when Mom gets to pick the movie.
2022 Mother’s Day Events
Free for the Family
May 8th: Free Salsa Dance Lessons
Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake St #G10, Minneapolis, MN 55407
This monthly event happens to fall on Mother’s Day in May and what could be more fun than teaching mom to Salsa dance at 11am on a Sunday morning? Dance instructor, Rene Thompson will be offering FREE salsa lessons in center court from 11am-noon.
Bonus Family Fun: Choose a MGM restaurant for a Mother’s Day Brunch.
May 7th-8th: Have An Art Day at the MIA
Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Always FREE and no pre-registration required. Speaking for myself, a day at the Minneapolis Institute of Art would be a fun day out for Mom. Mother’s Day always falls on Family Day, so there will be additional activities for families, including a bouquet the kids can make for Mom.
Bonus Family Fun. Buy mom a ticket to Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art, showing in the Target Gallery. $20/pp.
May 7th-8th: Take a Mom Fishing Weekend
Any lake in Minnesota
Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license for species that have open fishing seasons. Minn. Stat. Sec. 97A.445, subd. 4. (Kids under 16 can fish without a license all the time). Dad will still need a license to fish (unless you fish at a State Park, which you can usually do without a license any weekend of the year).
Don’t know where to fish? Fishing the Twin Cities: 10 Best Fishing Holes in the Twin Cities
May 7th-8th: Visit the Wildflower Garden
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, 1 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55422
Naturalist-led garden walks are offered 11am-11:45am or explore on your own any time between 10am-6pm. Find a garden map here. (Can’t make it this weekend? The garden opened April 15th and is open every day but Monday with daily naturalist walks.)
Bonus Family Fun: Go Birdwatching: What to Pack for Birdwatching
May 7th-8th: Mother’s Day Bonsai Show
Como Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St Paul, MN 55103
Visit the annual Minnesota Bonsai Society show at the Como Conservatory. Then get out and enjoy the zoo. Don’t forget you need to pre-purchase your tickets in 2022.
Bonus Family Fun: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Spring Checklist.
May 7th-8th: Visit the St. Paul Farmer’s Market
St. Paul Farmer’s Market, Downtown St. Paul, 290 East 5th Street, St Paul, MN 55101
St. Paul Farmer’s Market hours are Saturday from 7am-1pm and Sunday from 8am-1pm. Moms who love yoga can take a free class from 10am-11am and kids activities are offered from 10am-12pm. Both days offer fun for the whole family:
- There will be a kids’ Paint-a-Pot craft station where kids can decorate a flowerpot and choose a flower plant to take home (9am-12pm)
- A free yoga class suitable for all skill levels (10-11am)
- Live music (9am-12pm)
- Fun games courtesy of FriendChip Farm (9am-12pm)
- Non-perishable food drive for Open Your Heart.
- And, of course, a bountiful selection of locally grown and produced early season veggies, plants (herbs, flowering, and greenery), goat’s milk apothecary items, baked goods, cheese, meats, honey, wellness beverages, coffee, gluten-free mixes, delicious cooked foods, and much more
Bonus Family Fun: Take Mom out to the ball game! The St. Paul Saints play at home both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. That gives you time to enjoy the market and find your seats before the game starts. Buy tickets at the Online Box Office.
May 8, 2022: Mother’s Day Plant Sale
Farm at the Arb, 3210 W. 82nd St., Chaska
Mother’s Day is the traditional day when Minnesotan’s can put plants in the ground without fear of frost. For moms who love to garden, a visit to the Landscape Arboretum’s Plant Sale would be a marvelous outing. FREE, but you need a reservation. Book your visit.
Bonus Family Fun: Why go all the way out to the Arb without visiting the gardens? $15 for adults/Free for Kids. You also need a reservation for the gardens. Purchase tickets here. Note that the annual Mother’s Day Brunch is sold out.
May 8th: Mother’s Day Concert
Bonus Family Fun: The Landmark Center is open from 12pm-3pm on Sundays, so come an hour early if you would like to explore the various exhibits and museums within the building. Then maybe take a walk in Rice Park.
May 8th: Mother’s Day POUND® Fitness Class
Staring Lake Park Amphitheatre, 14800 Pioneer Trail Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347
Have fun with an energetic POUND workout led by Eden Prairie Community Center instructors. FREE, Drop In. 4pm-5pm.
Bonus Family Fun: Find more Family Fitness Ideas Here.
2022 Paid Mother’s Day Events
May 7, 2022: Mimosas & Roses on the Train
Minnesota Transportation Museum, 193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul, MN 55130
Take Mom to the Jackson Street Roundhouse for a fun train ride. Moms and dads can get mimosas and kids can drink lemonade. Included with regular Saturday admission. $15/adults; $10/kids 5-15; $7 for tots 2-4; or $45 for a family (2 adults; 2-4 kids). Book your tickets here.
May 8, 2022: Mother’s Day Riverboat Excursion
Taylors Falls Boats, 220 South St, Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Each 80-minute cruise includes a narrated scenic tour through The Dalles of the St. Croix, a mimosa, and a carnation for all the Mothers on board. $17.99-$30.99/pp. Book your excursion here.
Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Why not take mom to a Sunday Matinee at the Riverview or any of the theaters on our Cheap Flicks list. Easy, relaxing and there’s popcorn!
Mother’s Day Gifts that Kids Can Make
Find a Mother’s Day gift idea to make at home or around town.
Workshops, Classes and Open Studios:
May 4, 2022: Clay Rosebud
Linwood Recreation Center, 860 St. Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN, 55105
Make these Mother’s Day Gifts with Kidcreate Studio. Kids between 4 and 10 can make a rose-bud sculpture for mom using air-dry clay, paint and glitter. $24.00/child. Register here.
May 4, 2022: Fused Glass Sun Catchers
Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts 2213 Snelling Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55404
Open to adults, teens ages 14-17 (with guardian release) and kids ages 9-13 (with participating adult). Create a fused glass sun catcher for Mom. 40 minute class. $45.00/child. Register here.
May 7, 2022: Mother’s Day Flower Planting
Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center, Sunfish Lake Park, Entry Road, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Part of the weekly, Family Nature Exploration Saturday, kids can plant a flower pot for Mom. Supply Fee $5/child. This is a drop in program with a suggested donation of $5/family.
Staring Lake Park Lakeview Room, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
This is an adult/child activity for Pre-K kids. Choose a project like fizzy bath bombs, candle holders, chore coupons, lavender scented eye pillow, decorated candles or a tic tac toe game. Register here.
Find our full list of studios where you can make art and leave the mess behind: Arts and Crafts for Kids around Town.
Anytime Projects to Do At Home:
- Gianna has some ideas for projects kids can do at home. Many of these ideas make excellent Mother’s Day gifts:
We like this easy Sugar Scrub recipe from Reasons to Skip the Housework. There is a good chance you have all the ingredients in the house and it would take minimal supervision from dad or an older sibling.
Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner Ideas:
When asked what they want for Mother’s Day, a meal out is one of the top choices of moms and grandmothers around the country. We know going out to eat with kids poses its own challenges, so we have some ideas to help with this:
- We have some great local restaurants on our Kids Eat Free or Cheap on Sunday List. Whether you are looking for a buffet, Sunday brunch, pizza, steak or pancakes, this list has a little bit of everything. We DO recommend calling ahead because some restaurants will limit deals on Holidays.
- For mother’s among the vast majority who just want to do something as a family at home. Pre-order a Family Meal for Takeout or Delivery from a Local Restaurant.
- First year moms may appreciate these 10 Baby Friendly Restaurants in the Twin Cities.
- If the weather cooperates, a picnic at a local park could be just the thing.
May 8, 2022: Broders’ Mother’s Day Pasta Bar Brunch
Broders’ Minneapolis, 2308 W 50th St., Minneapolis, MN 55410
Serving pastas, classics and special brunch items. 10am-2pm. Reservations accepted by phone 612-925-9202.
May 8, 2022: Edinburgh USA Mother’s Day Brunch
The Brooklyn Restaurant & Bar, 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Treat mom to a buffet including “deliciously prepared entrees, accompaniments and scratch-made desserts. $34/adult; $16/children 12 and under. Reserve a spot online.
May 8, 2022: Q.Cumbers Buffet
Centennial Lakes Park, 7465 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
Mother’s Day Brunch starts at 10am and includes breakfast and lunch options, featuring tons of veggies (and bacon?). Please call ahead for reservations of 8+. (952) 831-0235.
May 8, 2022: Pinstripes Mother’s Day Brunch
3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina, MN 55435
Sunday Brunch Buffet includes Bottomless Mimosas and Aperol Spritzes. Moms get a complimentary flower. $32/adults; $12/kids ages 6-12. Make a reservation here.
Events We Hope to See Return in 2022
Some of our favorite events have been on hold for a few years? We hope to see them return in 2022 and will update our list if we see any of these events:
Visit Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum Hobby Show
Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Road, Suite 8 Saint Paul, MN 55114
The Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum traditionally offers a Mother’s Day Special with free admission to moms. They also, traditionally, wait until the last minute to announce this deal. So keep this one in mind and follow TCMRM on Facebook to get the most up-to-date news. Last Minute Update: I don’t think we’ll see this offer in 2022, because TCMRRM is at the Fairgrounds for its Spring Hobby Show Mother’s Day Weekend. If you have a mom who loves model railroads, stop by the MN State Fairgrounds Education Building, 1265 Snelling Avenue North, Falcon Heights, MN 55108 (Admission $6 for ages 8+).
Maybe? We certainly hope so. It was an annual tradition for years, but over the last several years, the zoo hasn’t done anything that would encourage large crowds. Either way Farm Babies will be in full swing, so it may be fun to just go either way! If they do offer this deal, you will need to purchase timed tickets, so we advise getting on their mailing list if this interests you. Scroll down to the green section of any page to find a newsletter subscription box.
In 2019, this brunch included all sorts of great food with separate breakfast, lunch and dessert menus to satisfy any appetite. Brunch tickets also included general admission (IMAX Theater extra) to the museum, so the $30.95/adult pricing was well worth it.
2019 Breakfast Station Offerings:
Denver Scrambled Eggs
Baked Egg Florentine
Smoked Kielbasa & Bacon
Waffle and Pancake Station
Fresh Baked Coffee Cake
Fresh Fruit Display
Berry Bliss Salad
2019 Lunch Station Offerings:
Ancient Grain Salad
Primavera Pasta Salad
Smoked Salmon Platter
Parmesan Hash browns
Herb Crusted Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Seafood Pasta with Lemon Caper Sauce
Chef Carved Striploin Roast
Assorted Breads and Rolls
2019 Dessert Station Choices:
Lavish Dessert Display
Banana Nut Bread Pudding