Let’s be honest, it can sometimes be hard to find new ways to celebrate one of the people we love the most – our mothers. Thankfully, Calgary has a lot of options available for Mother’s Day, 2015.
Whether you’re the Dad planning a day with Mom and small kids, or if you’re an adult celebrating your mother, here’s 10 options to get you thinking.
1. Mother’s Day Walk/Run
If you’re in the active mood, why not participate in the 5km or 10km Mother’s Day Walk/Run this year? This walk/run is all about you and doing it at your own speed. You can even have your little ones join you for free (newborn – 4), provided a parent is registered. Registration is $35 per person, ages 11 and up and the 5km run/walk starts at the reasonable hour of 9:05. Just planting the seed… perhaps it will take away from the guilt of my next suggestion?
2. Brunch at the Safari Lodge, Calgary Zoo
You had me a chocolate fondue with breakfast. YES! Every Sunday the Calgary Zoo offers brunch at their African themed Safari Lodge, but Mother’s Day is set to be busy and no doubt they’ll pull out all the stops. Imagine all the typical brunch food and then more (Belgian waffle bar anyone?). I can’t imagine a tastier way to spend the day, and best of all no dishes! Reservations required.
Child (3-15) $21.95
Adult (16-59) $39.95
3. Curious about Kurios?
If your house is a little bit like a circus, why not take your team of clowns to the Cirque du Soleil Grand Chapiteau (a.k.a. Big Top en anglais)? Their new show, Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, is in town and it’s creating quite the buzz. Making the impossible possible and the invisible visible, Kurios is sure to captivate not only your avid attention, but also your imagination.
Tickets range form $62-$132, or higher for a VIP experience.
4. Picnic on Prince’s Island Park
If you’re on a bit of a budget, why not get creative and pack a picnic brunch. There are many parks in Calgary that would make great brunch/lunch picnic spots, but I personally love Prince’s Island Park.
You’ll find a number of picnic tables on the West side of the island, a children’s playground on the north side, and the flowers are definitely starting to bloom (let’s just hope that the weather holds). Plenty of parking in Eau Claire with holiday rates (I’m fairly sure it’s free on public holidays).
5. Celebrate Your Inner Artiste at Vin Gogh Paint and Sip Studio
For the older child, ahem… like me…, why wouldn’t you celebrate your Mother with a champagne brunch?
Exactly! Vin Gogh Paint and Sip Studio offers the perfect experience for mother and grown child where you will each create your own work of art, all the while fed with an Italian antipasto style buffet, dessert, and, naturally, champagne. The best gifts are always experiences, right?
$75 per person + GST, register early
6. Brunch and the Reader’s Garden Cafe
I personally think that the Reader Rock Garden and it’s Cafe are a best-kept Calgary secret… until now. Whoops! I’d be selfish to keep it to myself. Tucked away in Union Cemetery is the recreated home of William Reader, a superintendent of City of Calgary Parks from the 1940s.
The garden is a joy to explore with many varieties of flowers, intricate rock garden structures, pathways and little bridges. Granted I’ve only been for lunch and not brunch, but the food is to die for and made with fresh ingredients.
7. Pamper Her With a Spa Day
I don’t think it matters if your mother in question is dealing with toddlers or has full-grown kids, ANY WOMAN appreciates a relaxing spa day. Make sure that you have a good idea of what kind of treatment your mother (or spouse if you’re the Dad booking it!) likes, as there could be nothing worse than booking her in for a pedicure if she has ticklish feet. My favourite spa in Calgary is Oasis Wellness Centre & Spa. Let her escape from it all!
8. Learn About Tea at the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen
Is your mother a tea-afficianado? Does she want to be? On Saturday, May 9 (day before Mother’s Day), join the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen for a cooking demonstration and a talk about tea. Sample some home made treats and sip to your heart’s content.
$50 per person
9. Go Prehistoric at TELUS Spark with Dinosaurs in Motion
These prehistoric skeletons at TELUS Spark have been recreated using modern materials, pulleys and levers, and definitely have some artistic flair to them. They’re a feat of engineering that combines some major design skills. Take a sketchpad if you’re an artist at heart, or simply marvel at how these interactive exhibits were crafted.
Adults (18-64) $19.95
Youth (13-17) $15.95
Child (3-12) $12.95, Under 3 = FREE!
10. Take a Hike… ahem… Walk!
Best-selling local author, Lori Beattie, is back with 35 exciting walks around Calgary. I myself have tried a couple (will be reviewing the book next week and doing a giveaway – so check back!) and they were fantastic.
It can be hard to get out of your usual walking routine and try something different, but Beattie provides plenty of inspiration to become a tourist in your own back yard. Definitely a great option for the budget-minded on Mother’s Day in Calgary. Pack a picnic lunch or bring a thermos of coffee. I’m sure your Mom will appreciate it.
I plan to treat my Mom to brunch at my place, then perhaps we’ll wander over to Prince’s Island Park for a walk.
How are you spending your Mother’s Day?