12 Sweet Things To Do For Mother’s Day In Philadelphia

Show mom your love and devotion with a creative and delicious outing in Philly...

Mother’s Day — Sunday, May 14 — is almost here, and it’s time to honor the maternal figures in your life.

In Philadelphia, the possibilities for celebration include creating or shopping for a one-of-a-kind craft, a garden visit, brunch at a great restaurant and much more.

Haven’t made plans to make mom’s day special yet? We’re here to help with suggestions of things to do on both Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14.

Read on for our top picks for making this holiday a memorable one in Philadelphia.

Mother’s Day Brunch In Philadelphia

SOUTHPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Restaurants across the region are serving up brunch for mothers and their families with special menus and the occasional complimentary drink or live music set. Check out South, Little Nonna’s, Fork and others.

Mother’s Day Brunch In Philadelphia

When:Sunday, May 14
Where:Various locations including South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, 600 N. Broad Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Art Star Craft Bazaar

ArtStar Craft BazaarPhoto courtesy Art Star Craft Bazaar

Stroll the aisles of this annual art show with over 140 craft vendors on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Choose a special handmade gift like stationary, clothing, jewelry, pottery, home wares and much more while enjoying live music and food truck treats.

Art Star Craft Bazaar

When:Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Mother’s Day Brunch in Franklin Square

Franklin SquarePhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Cooperage serves brunch in the park’s Pavilion at this all-ages event. Families can also enjoy craft making for mom, carousel rides and mini golf.

Mother’s Day Brunch in Franklin Square

When:Sunday, May 14, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Where:Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Cost:$25 (advance tickets required)

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Museum of the American Revolution’s Mother’s Day Tea

MoARPhoto by J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution

Learn about the women of the American Revolution while celebrating mom at the new Museum of the American Revolution with a Mother’s Day Tea. The special afternoon tea service includes scones, tea sandwiches, petit fours and sweets in the museum’s Liberty Hall.

Museum of the American Revolution’s Mother’s Day Tea

When:Sunday, May 14, 1-3 p.m.
Where:Museum of The American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:$45, adults; $35, youth (ages 6-17); $10, children 5 and under

www.amrevmuseum.org

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

Support cancer research by walking, running or cheering on the participants. This important annual event is a great way to spend some active time with the women in your life.

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure

When:Sunday, May 14, 7 a.m.
Where:The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$15 and up, participants; free, specatators

www.runsignup.com

Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso Japanese GardenPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Learn about the traditional Japanese tea ceremony offered by the Urasenke tea school — with matcha and a seasonal treat — at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. Reservations required.

Mother’s Day Tea Ceremony at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

When:Sunday, May 14, 1-2 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Where:Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Dr & Horticultural Drive
Cost:$30, members; $35, general public

www.japanesehouse.org

Fitler Square Spring Fair

Browse the flea market, listen to live music and enjoy children’s activities (including a bounce castle!) at the square in bloom. The event benefits Fitler Square’s Improvement Association.

Fitler Square Spring Fair

When:Friday, May 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Fitler Square
Cost:Pay as you go

www.fitlersquare.org

Morris Arboretum Plant Sale

Gardener moms can peruse the annuals, perennials, woodies, roses, rock garden plantings and more at the Morris Arboretum Plant Sale. This year, the sale offers ten-minute talks at the top of the hour with experts advising attendees how to plant the special selections.

Morris Arboretum Plant Sale

When:Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.morrisarboretum.org

Mother’s Day Weekend at Longwood Gardens

Longwood GardensPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Longwood Gardens is beautiful any time of year but it’s especially pretty with the wisteria, peonies and azaleas in bloom. Moms can enjoy the outdoor wine and champagne bar, live music and a meal at the 1906 restaurant. Tickets required.

Mother’s Day Weekend at Longwood Gardens

When:Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where:Longwood Gardens, 401 E. Street Road, Kennett Square
Cost:$23, adults (18 and older); $20, seniors (62 and older); $20, college students (with valid ID); $12, youth (ages 5-18); free, children (ages 0-4)

www.longwoodgardens.org

Mother’s Day Make and Take Planter at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Bring mom along to make a special craft or pull together a last-minute gift with a native plant in an attractive container, complete with bow.

Mother’s Day Make and Take Planter at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

When:Saturday, May 13, p.m.- 3 p.m.
Where:Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope
Cost:$18, general admission; $15, members

www.bhwp.org

Hand Crafted Soap Making Workshop at The Clay Studio

Nichole Gerding of Thankful Sage Farm School teaches participants how to make their own soap. In addition to the handmade goods, you can take home a soap dish by artist Sasha Barrett.

Hand Crafted Soap Making Workshop at The Clay Studio

When:Sunday, May 14, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Where:The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$35, general admission; $30, members

www.theclaystudio.org

Mother’s Day Card Making

Surprise her with a special gesture: Visit Historic RittenhouseTown for a card-making workshop and learn how to make paper from pulp.

Mother’s Day Card Making

When:Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where:Historic RittenhouseTown, 208 Lincoln Drive
Cost:$20 with registration in advance

www.rittenhousetown.org

Mother’s Day Dumpling Making Party

Join the dough-pinching party at Five-Spice Philly and learn how to make your own dumplings in a fun and friendly competition.

Mother’s Day Dumpling Making Party

When:Sunday, May 14, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where:928 Race Street
Cost:$35, in advance; $40, at the door

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