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Make Mom Feel Special: Main Line and Philly Mother’s Day Events

Celebrate Mom (and you!) with these special events around town.

Moms! We love you! We are you! Mother’s Day is coming up, and whether you want to celebrate the mothers in your life or enjoy some quality time with your kids, there are so many ways to celebrate. From brunch to woodworking and everything in between, here are some special events around town to make your day memorable.

Crafty Events to Get Ready

Necklace Making for Mom at Little Moon + Arrow

May 5, 11 am — 7 pm

729 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia


Stop by anytime for a free Mother’s Day necklace making workshop, with all materials provided. Make colorful beaded necklaces with a sliding knot as a special gift.

Youth Workshop: Mother’s Day Gift and Card

May 5, 1 — 3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne


Kids ages 7 and up can create a “top secret” Mother’s Day project. Kids will leave with a handmade gift wrapped and topped off with a special hand-printed card.

Mother’s Day Pottery Workshop

May 5, 1 — 3 pm

Community Arts Norristown, 506 Haws Avenue, Norristown


Daisy Chapman will teach kids (with an adult caregiver) how to make a Mother’s Day pottery gift.

Mother’s Day Gift Workshop at Sue’s Art Class

Photograph by Laura Swartz

May 5, 1 — 3:30 pm

2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia


Hand paint large glass vases or bowls, or make a handmade, painted, and adorned cake plate from terracotta pots.

Tyler Arboretum Garden Sprouts

May 8, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media


Kids ages 4-6 will go on a garden walk using all of your senses and then make a scented surprise for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Craft at Ludington Library

May 9, 10:30 — 11:30 am

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr


Kids can make a fun free craft and gift to take home for Mother’s Day.

Mother & Father’s Day Craft at Gladwyne Library

May 9, 4 — 4:30 pm

362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne


Make a Mother’s Day gift and card, and a Father’s Day gift. Use your imagination and Gladwyne’s art supplies to make something special.

Mother’s Day Plants

May 9, 4:30 pm

Eastwick Library, 2851 Island Avenue, Philadelphia


Kids can plant some flowers in a pot and bring them home for Mom!

Card Making for Mother’s Day at Middletown Free Library

May 10, 10 am — 7 pm

21 N. Pennell Road, Media


All day long in the library, there will be arts and crafts supplies for kids and their caregivers to come and make Mother’s Day cards for all those special moms, grandmas, aunts, and mothering adults in their lives.

Make and Take Craft for Mother’s Day at Washington Avenue Green

May 12, 10 am — 2:30 pm

1301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


Come to the pier and make nature crafts for Mother’s Day. Then stay and play along the trail, and learn about the wildlife that live at the waterfront. There will also be outdoor activity toys and refreshments.

Mother’s Day Clay on the Wheel

May 12, 10 am — noon

The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. Second St., Philadelphia


Celebrate Mother’s Day with some quality time together making pottery. For kids age 4-12 (kids age 4-7 share a wheel with their grownup). Pre-register online.

Woven Beaded Jewelry Workshop with Sandi Young

May 12, 2 — 4:30 pm

Sue’s Art Class, 2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia


Visiting artist Sandi Young will demonstrate and share her easy technique to finger weave beaded jewelry. For kids age 10 and up and a parent. Cost is $90 for a mother-daughter pair ($45 per person). Pre-registration is required.

Mother’s Day in the Workshop at Independence Seaport Museum

May 12, 1 — 5 pm

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


Build a flower box or toolbox with traditional woodworking tools. Guided sessions will take place every hour. $20 fee includes one tool kit to build your flower or tool box and admits one child to the museum. This workshop is recommended for kids age 6 and up.

Mother’s Day Craft at Ryerss Museum and Library

May 12, 1 — 3 pm

7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia


Come for a free Crafty Kids workshop where kids can make and decorate a flower pot.

Corsage Workshop at Wyck

May 12, 1:30 — 3 pm

Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia


This class is open to adults, as well as kids in eighth grade and up.  Martha Keen, Wyck’s Horticulturist and Landscape Manager, will teach students the history of corsages and how to make them. Participants will leave with two finished pieces of their own making.  All materials and supplies will be provided, but bring a pair of pruners and a hot glue gun if you own them.

Mother/Daughter Workshop: Beautiful Bangles

May 12, 2 — 4 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne


Design and decoupage a custom wooden bangle using strips of magazines and printed collage papers. This workshop is sure to bring you and your child together for fun, laughs and crafts! For kids ages 8 and up. Cost is $20 per person, and you should pre-register to reserve your spot.

Kids’ Crafts for Mom at Terrain

May 13, noon — 1 pm

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills


Bring along the little ones to make a sweet surprise! Reservations are required. $5 per child includes all materials and instruction.

Mother’s Day Craft and Tea at Awbury Arboretum

May 13, noon — 2 pm

Agricultural Village at Awbury Arboretum, 901 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia


Create a lovely tea cup garden, as well as other plant related crafts, in this fun filled Mother’s Day craft activity. A light tea will be served. Email to register in advance.

Mother’s Day Craft at PHS Pop-Up Garden

May 13, 1—5 pm

1438 South Street, Philadelphia


Bring the family to the garden on Mother’s Day. Kids can decorate a picture frame as a special gift.

Special Events

Storytime at Ryerss Museum & Library

May 4, 10:30 — 11:30 am

7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia


For children ages 0-5, accompanied by an adult. The theme for this storytime is “Baby Birds and Mother’s Day.”

Mother’s Day Party at Nest

May 12, 10 am — noon

1301 Locust St., Philadelphia


Come for a morning of open play, live music, bagels, and crafts. Kids can make a Mother’s Day card and bring home some special surprises for Mom too!

Mother’s Day Weekend at Adventure Aquarium

May 12—13, 9:30 am—5 pm

1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ


Adventure Aquarium is celebrating moms with special themed programming, promotions, and penguins! The African penguin babies will make their official debut, and kids can continue the penguin-themed fun by coloring a penguin card for mom!

Colonial Chocolate Making

May 12 and 13, 11 am — 3 pm

Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia


In celebration of Betsy Ross and all colonial mothers, meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women and mothers played an active role during the American Revolution, from making important military supplies, such as flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like hot chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.

Mother’s Day Fishing at Linvilla Orchards

May 13, 8 am– 4 pm

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media


Mothers fish for free at Linvilla’s Orchard Lake with paid child’s admission.

Mother’s Day Bird Walk

May 13, 10 — 11 am

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia


BirdPhilly’s George Armistead will lead a free bird walk to explore the amazing diversity of birds at Bartram’s Garden.

Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: Beatles for Kids

May 13, 11:30 am

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore


Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock!

Bring Your Babe to Barre

May 13, noon — 1 pm

Tuck Barre and Yoga, 1155 S. 20th St., Philadelphia


This class will focus on building core strength and the strength of the pelvic floor as well as increasing flexibility, and toning arms, core, calves, and buns all while bonding with your baby. All babies that can be carried or worn are welcome.

Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony at Shofuso

May 13, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Lansdowne and Horticultural drives, Philadelphia


Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by Shofuso’s own tea school. Members of Urasenke Philadelphia will demonstrate a tea ceremony, and then provide guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet.

Phillies’ Mother’s Day Game

Photograph by Laura Swartz

May 13, 1:35 pm

Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia


Watch the Phillies take on the Mets. Come early for a pre-game tribute dedicated to all moms. All women age 15 and over will get a free pullover at the gate. And you just know Phoebe Phanatic will show up to celebrate with her son!


Special Meals

Mother and Child High Tea

May 5, 1 — 4 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne


In this three-hour workshop, mothers and children will learn about and prepare dishes for a high tea, hear about English table etiquette and experience the diverse blend of flavors, textures, colors and herbs while enjoying a meal together. The cost is $30 per person, and pre-registration is required. This is suited for kids ages 4 and up.

Proper English Tea

May 11, 1 — 3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon


Just in time for Mother’s Day weekend, Jenkins Arboretum is partnering with A Taste of Britain to host a Proper English Tea. Enjoy delicious tea sandwiches, scones, pastries, teas, and champagne for the grownups. The gardens will be at the peak of spring bloom, so take a lovely garden walk after the tea.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Elmwood Park Zoo

May 12 and 13

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Pick from many seatings throughout the morning and afternoon all weekend, and enjoy a delicious brunch buffet and a day at the zoo.

Mother’s Day Brunch and Storybook Weekend at Sister Cities Park

May 12 and 13, 10 am (Storybook Weekend goes from 11 am — 3 pm)

210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia


Celebrate with a VIP meet-and-greet and character brunch with your favorite superhero mom. Brunch is followed by Storybook Weekend, two fun-filled days of activities, storytelling, and more throughout the park. Plus, entertainment and live music, face painting, balloon art, crafts, educational demonstrations, and maybe even a splash in the boat pond if it’s warm enough!

Mother’s Day El Bruncho at Lulu’s Casita

May 13, 9 am — noon

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


Enjoy all you can eat food stations, mimosas for the adults, and complimentary chair massage for all the mamas (while your kids play in the playspace).

Brunch at the Philadelphia Zoo

May 13, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia


Choose from three available seating times and enjoy a delicious unlimited brunch buffet in the zoo’s private Peacock Pavilion. During your meal, get up-close with some of the animals and learn about their maternal instincts and behavior from the zoo’s education staff.

Brunch at Morris Arboretum 

May 13, 9:30 am and noon

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


Enjoy a delicious brunch at Compton Café, then walk it off as you enjoy all spring has to offer at the arboretum.

Radnor Hotel Mother’s Day Brunch

May 13, 10 am — 4 pm

591 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids


A special Champagne Sunday Brunch with magnificent views of the Formal Gardens, live classical piano, and a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet.

Mother’s Day Tea at Museum of the American Revolution 

May 13, 1 pm and 2 pm

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia


Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Museum with Founding Mother, Martha Washington! Enjoy a delicious buffet with tea sandwiches and scones, then explore the museum afterwards.

Brunch at Franklin Square

Photograph by Laura Swartz

May 13, 11 am

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia


Enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch in the Pavilion in Franklin Square. After brunch, enjoy a ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel, a round of Philly Mini Golf, and a daytime view of the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Mother’s Day Aboard the Strasburg Railroad

May 13, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm

301 Gap Road, Ronks


Enjoy a traditional Lancaster County meal aboard the scenic Strasburg Rail Road’s Lee E. Brenner Dining Car.

Mother’s Day Cruises on the Spirit of Philadelphia

May 13, 10 am, 2:30 pm, and 7 pm


Come for brunch, early dinner, or dinner and celebrate Mother’s Day with a two-hour cruise with amazing skyline views, live entertainment, a buffet meal, and a flower for every mother on the cruise.



Lead photograph by Gwyneth K. Shaw. 



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