Hey, Dads! Mother’s Day is May 9, 2021. Yay! We expect more events than last year, but events have been trickling in late this year. So, check back often. You can also check out our list of 10 ideas for free ways to celebrate with mom 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 THINGS MOMS LOVE ON MOTHER’S DAY
If we can’t get out on Mother’s Day, we have some recommendations for things we love that don’t cost anything and don’t require an event.
- Her favorite breakfast with her favorite people (with clean up included, please).
- A picnic in a park, where she can stretch out in a sunny place while everyone else runs out their energy.
- Her favorite meal for dinner. Don’t forget dessert!
- A dandelion bouquet.
- Help in her own garden or a stroll in a garden maintained by someone else.
- 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.
GABBY’S DOLLHOUSE MOTHER’S DAY GIFT PACK
DreamWorks Animation’s Gabby’s Dollhouse and Wicked Good Cupcakes are teaming up to celebrate Mother’s Day with the purrrfect gift for Mom! Follow this link to sign up for a chance to win. Entries must be received by Monday, May 10 at 9am. Three winners will receive a Gabby’s Dollhouse Mother’s Day gift pack. Or, skip the wait and visit WickedGoodCupcakes.com to order a specialty Gabby’s Dollhouse themed Mother’s Day gift pack that includes your choice of jar flavors (including the new Cakey Cat flavors) along with a pack of Gabby’s Dollhouse character cards and stick-on earrings. Prices start at $21.45 for a two-pack pack.
Gabby’s Dollhouse is now streaming on Netflix. It’s a cute show that encourages imaginative play for preschool kids. My youngest is six (so the top of its target audience), but I love to see the way she can take television shows and turn them into her own play.
Note: Family Fun Twin Cities is sharing this information, but not running this giveaway. We received the Gabby’s Dollhouse gift pack to test. The pack included four cupcakes in a jar, a set up character cards that could be used for coasters or collectibles, stick-on earrings (that my six year-old daughter LOVED), and four plastic spoons to eat the cupcakes. My kids gobbled them up fast, but I was able to get one taste. It was delicious.
2021 MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS
FREE FOR THE FAMILY
Online, Pick up Your Supplies at the MOA
The Mall of America is offering its popular Toddler Tuesdays virtually this spring. This week, pickup a kit at the TOYS Store (near the LEGO store) between April 29th and May 3rd. Then tune in to the Mall’s Facebook page between 10am and 10:30am May 3rd to participate.
May 7th: Overdressed Duo Tiny Lawn Concert
Fulton Neighborhood, Drew Ave South between 50th and 49th street, Minneapolis
The Overdressed Duo is a classical vocal music duo offering a Tiny Lawn Concert Series beginning Mother’s Day Weekend. These free, family-friendly concerts present a wide array of musical styles including opera, musical theatre, American folk songs, and even some Disney for the younger crowd in a casual and fun setting. Bring a picnic and your own seating (lawn chair or blanket). Concert begins at 6pm.
May 8th-9th: Global Fashion & Jewelry Crawl
Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Conveniently scheduled for Mother’s Day Weekend, Midtown Global Market is offering a Global Fashion & Jewelry Crawl 11am-4pm on Saturday. Moms who have missed shopping may love an opportunity to browse the clothing and jewelry offered at the market. Make it a day, with a stop at one of the market’s restaurants for take out.
May 8th-9th: Take a Mom Fishing Weekend
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).
May 8th-9th: Visit the Wildflower Garden
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis
The garden opened April 15th. Visitor capacity is limited and visitors need to follow a one-way trail, maintaining a distance from other parties. Open 10am-6pm Tuesdays-Sundays plus extra hours on Thursdays. Find a garden map here.
May 8th-9th: Visit the Farmer’s Market
St. Paul Farmer’s Market, Lowertown
One of the few local farmer’s markets to openly invite families with children back, St. Paul’s hours are Saturday from 7am-1pm and Sunday from 8am-1pm. Check out the new free kids’ “Farmers’ Market Bingo Cookbook Club” that launched in March of this year.
May 9th: Virtual Mother’s Day Concert
Landmark Center Website
This annual tradition will be broadcast online this year. Stay tuned for more details TBA.
2021 MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS
FREE FOR MOM
May 9th: Visit TCMRRM
Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul
Mom’s get free admission all day on Mother’s Day (open noon – 5pm). Use discount promo code MOMSFREE. Kids 4 and under are also free. Everyone else is $10.00. Discounts for families of 3 or larger.
May 9th: Mother’s Day in the Studio
Color Me Mine, Eagan & Woodbury
Reserve a time slot for painting, muffins, coffee and juice. Studio Fee $12/person; mom is free. Pottery is an additional fee and is priced by the piece. Times are: 9am-11am, 11:30am – 1:30pm, 2pm – 4pm. Reservations required. Call 651-454-4099 Eagan; 651-717-5663 Woodbury.
May 9th: Mother’s Day in the Studio
Color Me Mine, Maple Grove
Reserve a time slot and a table package for a 2 hour reservation. $20/Studio Fee for 2. Add $10/pp up to 6 painters. You will choose and pay for pottery on the day of the event. Times are: 1am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, 4pm – 6pm. Reservations required.
2021 PAID MOTHER’S DAY EVENts
May 9, 2021 Mother’s Day Riverboat Excursion
Taylor Falls Boats
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. $16.99-$28.99/pp. Book your excursion here.
May 9, 2021 Mothers Day Brunch
Q. Cumbers Restaurant, Edina
Q. Cumbers is serving a Mother’s Day Brunch from 9am to 3pm. Visitors can make a reservation or walk in. If you are not ready for indoor dining, take advantage of the restaurant’s take-out containers and freshly-stocked buffets, then picnic at Centennial Lakes Park.
Fun Gifts for Mom
Thanks to WCCO for Hosting Gianna in 2018 with more craft ideas to make for gifts: