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Where to Spend Mother’s Day in Philly

Brunch? Shopping? Maybe both! There's tons to do May 14.

Mother’s Day in Philly has tons of options, from great restaurants to great views. So grab your cards, bouquets, and spa gift certificates and hit one of these spots for a terrific day.

Brunch

Members Brunch at the Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Spend Mother’s Day at one of the city’s most kid-friendly places. There will be food, crafts, two storytimes, and a chance to enjoy the museum with a relatively small crowd.

Davio’s

111 S. 17th St., Philadelphia

 

Davio’s Mother’s Day brunch features both breakfast traditionals and dinner specials all day long, so there will be something for everyone while you’re dining in this classic Center City steakhouse.

Lacroix

210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

 

Get ready to knock mom’s socks off. This jazz brunch at the Rittenhouse Hotel is pricey, but it’s as sophisticated as it gets. Plan a post-brunch walk around the square, too.

Cake

8501 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Grab mom’s favorite bottle and head to Cake in Chestnut Hill for its BYOB Sunday brunch. Dining in Cake’s converted Victorian greenhouse is sure to make it feel like a special morning.

Moshulu

401 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Do brunch a little bit differently this year – by having it on a ship! Docked at Penn’s Landing, you can catch views of the Delaware while enjoying brunch with mom.

Fork

306 Market St., Philadelphia

 

This Old City stalwart is a delicious way to show mom some love.

Ela

627 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

With a seriously indulgent menu — think deviled eggs and lobster Benedict — this Queen Village spot is bringing the butter to the party.

Events

‘Music Among Us’ at the Mann Center

5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

Get an early start on Mother’s Day with this free May 13 concert featuring the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and young talent from Play On, Philly and the School of Rock. It’s an all-ages show; doors open at 5:30 pm and the concert starts at 7. Seating is limited, so click here to register.

Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

If you can’t make the brunch, moms get free admission to the museum all day! The museum is open from 11 am — 5 pm, and kids can make a card for mom, sit in on a family-themed storytime, and enjoy the final day of the great “Fantastic World of Dan Yaccarino” exhibit.

Race for the Cure 

2400 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

The mother of all Mother’s Day events, the Susan G. Koman Philadelphia Race for the Cure will return to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its 27th year in support of breast cancer research. Ceremonies at the base of the Art Museum Steps and fun and festivities in The Oval happen along with the 5K race.

Revolutionary Tea

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution will host its first Mother’s Day Tea in Liberty Hall. The elegant afternoon celebration will include a special display of antique schoolgirl samplers and guests can explore the museum’s exhibits to learn about the women of the revolution.

Mother’s Day in Franklin Square

200 Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Brunch by Cooperage in the park’s pavilion, crafts, carousel rides, and rounds mini golf make Mother’s Day in Franklin Square a fun day for both moms and kids.

Family Jam at the Magic Gardens

1020 South St., Philadelphia

 

PECO Family Jams at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens gives mom and the whole family a chance to create beautiful dream catchers, take family-focused tours, and enjoy a range of other activities in one of Philly’s most unique and beautiful spaces.

One Liberty Observation Deck

1 Liberty Place, Philadelphia

 

It’s selfie time! Wow mom with great views from 57 floors up. On May 13 and 14, moms get ticket for $7 — half price — with the purchase of a full-price ticket.

Philadelphia Zoo Member Morning Stroll

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

If you’re a zoo member, take mom for a special 8:30 — 9:30 am visit!

Art Star Craft Bazaar

Penn’s Landing

 

You can shop for mom’s gift on Saturday, then bring her back on Sunday for more fun. The show runs from 11 am — 6 pm both days, and features more than 125 vendors, plus food trucks and activities.

 

Photograph via Canva. 

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