Don’t get us wrong–we love a good Mother’s Day brunch, but many of the city’s cultural institutions will also be rolling out the red carpet for moms this weekend. So, why not enjoy some art with your Eggs Benedict, or for that matter, some of the city’s most picturesque gardens? We’ve also included a pick for those who’d rather make their own brunch themselves, and a special tea party with the Plaza’s favorite resident. Happy Mother’s Day!
Wednesday, May 6-Sunday, May 10
Celebrate Mother’s Day at CMA
Free with museum admission
Whether you bring your mom to CMA for a memorable day of art-making together, or let her unwind at home while you hand-make her a gift, you won’t want to miss Mother’s Day at CMA! “Bedazzle Your Mother” with a sewn paper collage, make her a bouquet of hand-made flowers, write an “Ode to Mom” and record it in the sound booth, and check out the special installation of Crayola Crayon garments in the lobby!
Friday, May 8
Mother’s Day Tea and Rawther Fancy Flowers at the Plaza
$75 per child, $50 per adult; reservations required
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Eloise’s Rawther Fancy Tea Party, where kids and adults will enjoy tea and treats at the Plaza Hotel. Children are invited to decorate flower pots, complete with plants from Gramercy Flowers, to take home after the event.
Saturday, May 9-Sunday, May 10
Mother’s Day Weekend at CMOM
Free with museum admission
Come to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a weekend filled with Mother’s Day fun! Join Robofun at for some time spent with your little one building and creating with Legos; create an instant family portrait with the help of students from the Fashion Institute of Technology; and make an oven mitt or natural soap gift!
Mother’s Day Tea Party at Taste Buds Kitchen
$40 per parent/child pair
Celebrate Mother’s Day by baking some blueberry scones with lemon glaze and making some refreshing Sun Tea. Festive tea party attire is encouraged!
Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party at the New York Botanical Garden
Tickets include All-Garden Pass admission and are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 2-12; children under 2 are free
Celebrate mom with a garden party in her honor in one of the city’s most magnificent natural spaces! The New York Botanical Garden’s Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party will feature live music, games, picnicking on Daffodil Hill, and more. Children can craft Mother’s Day cards and get creative with chalk drawing. All are invited to enjoy a special brunch and see a dance performance on the Conservatory Lawn. Plus: Savor tasty offerings from food trucks,and adults can toast mom with wine or beer available for sale.
Mother’s Day Brunch & Children’s Craft at the Queens Botanical Garden
Session 1: 10am-12:30pm
Session 2: 12:30-3pm
$4 adults, $3 senior citizens, $2 students and children ages 3-12
Enjoy a light Mother’s Day brunch provided by La Crepe C’est Si Bon, and the chance to create botanically-themed treats at the Queens Botanical Garden. Two sessions are available; registration is required.
Mother’s Day at Wave Hill
Seatings at 11:30 am, 12pm, and 12:30pm
$45 per adult, $30 per child; $40 for members, $25 for member children
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Wave Hill! Enjoy brunch in the historic Wave Hill House, go on a birding walk, get creative in a special Family Art Project–Satchets and Floral Fantasy for Mom–plus enjoy a Blossom and Bloom Family Walk on the grounds.
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Brooklyn Museum
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd floor
$60 adults, $50 members, $33 children ages 4 and up
Join the Brooklyn Museum for a brunch featuring seasonal champagne drinks, pastry baskets, a variety of quiches, yogurt and granola parfaits with fresh berries, and a roasted-salmon salad. After brunch, join staff members for a Mothers’ Day themed museum tour. Be sure to grab a gift bag on your way home with goodies from certified Brooklyn Made businesses.
Mother’s Day at MoMA
Sunday, May 10
$95 per adult, $55 per child; $85 for members
Take part in this annual MoMA tradition: Enjoy breakfast at the Terrace 5 Café overlooking The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden before the museum opens, and then join staff members for a tour of the Painting and Sculpture Galleries, which feature many masterworks from MoMA’s unparalleled collection. Registration required.