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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
Eloise at the Plaza

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

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.

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Family Art Project: Sachets and Floral Fantasy for Mom

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.

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Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party

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.

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