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Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

Put a smile on mom’s face by spending her special day at one of these family-friendly Mother’s Day events around town.

  • Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

    Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    A Rawther Fancy Mother's Day Tea

  • Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Family Workshop: Mother's Day Bedazzled Beads

     

  • Photograph: Matthew Pinto for The Skyscraper Museum

    Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Mother's Day Card Workshop at the Skyscraper Museum

  • Photograph: Joshua Bright

    Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Family Art Project: Sachets and Floral Fantasy for Mom

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    Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party at NYBG

  • Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Mother's Day Weekend Picnic in the Garden at Queens Botanical Garden

  • Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Hip Tot Music Fest: Mother's Day Show with the Trummytones

  • Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Macy's Sunday Story Time: Mother's Day

     

  • Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Mother's Day at Central Park Zoo

  • Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Mother's Day "Mum" Cupcakes

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    Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Mother's Day Tea Party with Make Meaning

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    And Ode to Mother: Speeches and Poetry at the Children's Museum of the Arts

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    Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

    Museum on Eldridge Street: Special for Mother's Day!

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Mother's Day events 2013 for New York City families

A Rawther Fancy Mother's Day Tea

Moms should be celebrated every day of the year, but especially so on Mother's Day (this year, the holiday falls on Sunday, May 12). At Mother's Day events around the city, families can spend quality time together by listening to Mom-themed stories, enjoying a special tea party or having a picnic in a beautiful garden setting. Kids can also create handmade gifts for Mom at many of the Mother's Day events—think paper flowers. beaded jewelry and custom cards. Plus, make sure to enter a picture of Mom and her kids in our Mother's Day photo contest for a chance to win a $150 gift card from Oasis Day Spa. Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day events

A Rawther Fancy Mother's Day Tea

  • Price band: 3/4

Moms and tots can take their tea with the famed Plaza resident Eloise! Guests can decorate a pink flower pot and fill it with special arrangements from the Gramercy Park Flower Shop. Fans of all ages are welcome to join in the fun, which includes pink lemonade, desserts, and storytime in the Eloise Shop. Reservations are required. All ages.

  1. Eloise at the Plaza One W 58th St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Until Fri May 10
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Family Workshop: Mother's Day Bedazzled Beads

  • Price band: 1/4

Little ones will use clay to mold unique beads and learn about patterns as they make fun jewelry for Mom. Ages 2 to 8.

  1. Sony Wonder Technology Lab Birthday Parties 550 Madison Ave, between 55th and 56th Sts
  2. Until Sat May 11
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Mother's Day Card Workshop

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids craft architectue-themed greetings to present to their mamas on the big day. All ages.

  1. The Skyscraper Museum 39 Battery Pl, at 1st Pl
  2. Until Sat May 11
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Family Art Project: Sachets and Floral Fantasy for Mom

  • Free

This art workshop for families is all about flowers and moms this weekend. (Mother's Day is, after all, just a week away.) Participants get busy making unique floral gifts, such as paper flowers or fragrance satchels filled with lavender, tied with ribbon, and adorned with buds and other natural materials. All ages.

  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave, 10471
  2. Until Sun May 11
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Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party

  • Price band: 2/4

Take Mom to the mother of all Mother's Day locales: the New York Botanical Garden. Families can pose for pictures taken by professional photographers, fly a kite, play badminton, enjoy ragtime music and try their hand at watercolor painting. (Little ones can also craft a special card just for Mom.) When hunger sets in, they can enjoy a picnic on Daffodil Hill with treats from various food trucks. All ages.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd
  2. Until Sun May 11
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Mother's Day Weekend Picnic in the Garden

  • Price band: 1/4

Treat Mom to a day of family and fun in the garden's scenic Crabapple Orchard. Pack a picnic basket or a brown-bag lunch and find a green, sunny spot to enjoy your homemade (or store-bought) lunch. All ages.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Until Sun May 12
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A Clearing in the Forest: Flowers for Mother

  • Free

Celebrate Mother's Day with a springtime tale by "Storyteller Supreme" Tammy Hall. Then, kids can pot their own flowers to take home to Mom. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Peter J. Sharp Children's Glade, Central Park W 103rd St, Central Park West
  2. Until Sun May 12
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Hip Tot Music Fest: Mother's Day Show with the Trummytones

  • Price band: 2/4

Treat mom to a performance by the all-dad band the Trummytones, led by world-renowned trombonist Vinny Nobile. After headlining the children's stage at the Gathering of the Vibes festival and opening for Dave Matthews and Paul Simon, the pop-zydeco-reggae band brings its island sound to Brooklyn. Ages newborn to 8.

  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Until Sun May 12
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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Mother's Day

  • Price band: 1/4

Today, tots and their moms will listen to Amy Hest's When You Meet a Bear on Broadway, about a little bear who gets lost in the middle of New York City. Ages 4 to 7.

  1. DiMenna Children's History Museum 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
  2. Until Sun May 12
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Mother's Day at Central Park Zoo

  • Price band: 2/4

Celebrate the moms in your life with an Animal Mom scavenger hunt, Mother's Day-themed crafts, and tasty treats. Ages 3 to 10.

  1. Central Park Zoo Southeast corner of Central Park,, enter at Fifth Ave at 64th St
  2. Until Sun May 11
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Mother's Day "Mum" Cupcakes

  • Price band: 2/4

Moms and kids can whip up cupcakes, learn easy decorating techniques and then enjoy the fruits of their labor. Ages 2 to 8.

  1. Taste Buds Classes 109 W 27th St, at Sixth Ave, tenth Floor
  2. Until Sun May 11
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Mother's Day Tea Party with Make Meaning

Make Meaning and David's Tea with lead a group cookie-decorating activity, so your whole family can create their designs together. Then, once the cookies are decorated, families can relax, sip on tea, and celebrate Mother's Day. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Make Meaning 1501 Third Ave, between 84th and 85th Sts, 10028
  2. Until Sun May 12
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An Ode to Mother: Speeches and Poetry

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids can head into the museum's Sound Booth and write an original poem, speech, or song, telling their moms (or guardians) how important they are to them. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 10014
  2. Until Sun May 12
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Real Housewives of Eldridge Street: Special for Mother's Day!

This month's installment of Preservation Detectives, specially themed for Mother's Day, encourages families to get to the bottom of why two women ran into the Eldridge Street Synagogue shouting "No meat!" After piecing together the story, kids will reenact it as a drama. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and reservations are recommended. Ages 4 to 10.

  1. Museum at Eldridge Street 12 Eldridge St, between Canal and Division Sts, 10002
  2. Until Sun May 12
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Redeemable Hugs

  • Price band: 1/4

Tots can give the gift of hugs this Mother's Day when they design and create a completely personalized book of redeemable hug coupons. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 10014
  2. Until Sun May 12
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