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Hey, Dads! Kids! and Caregivers! Mother’s Day is May 14, 2023.
In this guide, we’ve included 4 gift ideas from local makers and businesses, restaurants to enjoy, special mother’s day activities, and DIY gifts. You can check out our list of 10 ideas for free ways to celebrate the special women in your life that don’t prefer an event.
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4 Local Gift Ideas
These gifts will be remembered forever. I don’t think it’s about getting the perfect gift. It’s about making it memorable. Here are some local favorites.
2023 Mother’s Day Events: Free for the Family
May 13, 2023: Mother’s Day Tea & Cookies
Little Roos MN, 122 Pioneer Trail, Chaska, MN 55318
Little Roos Children’s Clothing Store will have FREE cookies and drinks, plus a photo opportunity with professional photographers. 10am-2pm. Learn more here.
May 13-14, 2023: 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.
May 13-14, 2023: 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 13-14, 2023: Visit the Wildflower Garden
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, 1 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55422
Naturalist-led garden walks are offered or explore on your own any time between 10am-6pm. Find a garden map here. (Can’t make it this weekend? The garden is open every day but Monday with daily naturalist walks.)
Bonus Family Fun: Go Birdwatching: What to Pack for Birdwatching
May 13-14, 2023: 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 2023.
Bonus Family Fun: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Spring Checklist.
May 13-14, 2023: Visit a Farmer’s Market
St. Paul Farmer’s Market hours are Saturday from 7am-1pm and Sunday from 8am-1pm. Mill City is Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Farmers Markets offer fun for the whole family. We have several more weekend farmer’s market options all over the Twin Cities.
May 13-14, 2023: 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. Mother’s Day Brunch tickets sell out fast. Grab this year’s tickets ASAP.
May 14, 2023: Free Family Fun Day: Busy Bird Moms
Drop in to Richardson Nature Center to learn all about mother birds. Then go exploring as a family. FREE. Drop In.
May 14, 2023: 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.
2023 Free For Mom
May 14, 2023: Mother’s Day Streetcar Rides
Moms ride free from 12:30 to 8:30 pm. Everyone else rides for $3.
May 14, 2023: Paint Pottery with Mom at Color Me Mine Eagan
Mothers get FREE studio fee, juice and treats. Everyone else is $10/studio fee. Pottery pieces range from $17-$40.
May 14, 2023: Moms are Free at Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum
All moms get in free on Mother’s Day. All others over the age of 4 are $10. Drop In.
2023 Paid Mother’s Day Events
May 13, 2023: Visit Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum Hobby Show
MN State Fairgrounds – Education Building, 1327 Cosgrove Street, Falcon Heights, MN 5510
The hobby show is back in 2023. Held in the Education Building at the State Fair Grounds, families can view model train layouts and and listen to a story read by Engineer Paul! Admission is $7/pp ages 8+. Free for ages 7 and under.
May 14, 2023: 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.
May 13-14, 2023: Take Mom to a Movie
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:
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.
10 Free Last-Minute Gifts That Moms Love on Mother’s Day
Although we list several spontaneous options, 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, ice cream 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!). If the weather cooperates, an outdoor BBQ is always welcome in May. 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.
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.
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.
TBA: 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.
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 2023
Some of our favorite events have been on hold for a few years? We hope to see them return in 2023 and will update our list if we see any of these events:
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.