Mother's Day in New York

Plan the perfect day with our guide to exceptional spas, restaurants and gifts for Mom

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You can do better than a dozen carnations this year to show your mom how much you love her and how well you know her. After all, she brought you into the world, the least you can do is show your appreciation (and maybe call her more). Check out these Mother's Day ideas for inspiration on where to eat, what to do and how to spoil the most important lady you know.

Shopping and style

Mother's Day gift ideas

These gifts will show Mom just how much she means to you

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Things to Do

Flower shops for Mother’s Day

Show Ma you care by throwing down for a bouquet at one of these trusty spots

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Shopping and style

Floral fragrances for Mother’s Day

Perfume and flowers have always been fail-proof Mother’s Day gifts

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Restaurants

The 10 best chocolate shops

Find out where to buy the best gourmet chocolate including bonbons, truffles, ganaches and more

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Shopping and style

New York spas by neighborhood

New York spas might a dime a dozen, but everyone should have a go-to

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Restaurants

Best bars and restaurants to take parents

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Movies

The 50 most classic movie mothers of all time

We rank the sweetest, saltiest and most downright toxic moms to ever grace the big screen

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Restaurants

The 50 best brunch places in NYC

Take mom out to one of the best brunch spots in the city

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Things to do for Mother's Day

Things to Do

Mother's Day at Central Park Zoo

The Central Park Zoo will host a family party to celebrate moms, both animal and human. Meet zoo moms and their babies on a scavenger hunt, make treats, and do some Mother’s Day-themed arts and crafts. Ages 3-10 with adult.

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Museums

Guggenheim Sunday Family Tour

These creativity-driven museum tours were designed for families, with discussions about the artwork and gallery activities mingled throughout. This spring, families can learn about different artists' depictions of places in Where aAe We? (Apr 13); celebrate Mother's Day among the photos of Carrie Mae Weems at Snapshot (May 11); and explore art created by and made for children in Child's Play (Jun 8). Registration is required. Ages 5 to 10.

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Things to Do

"Listen to Your Mother" Reading Series

Moms and Dads can head out to this one-of-a-kind, nationwide reading series encouraging women to share their stories of motherhood. The New York City show, which takes place on Mother's Day, will feature stories from 19 local writers and performers, including Barbara Patrick, DeBorah "Momma D" Gray, and Tracy Beckerman. Each woman will read a personal anecdote, story, or perpective on motherhood. For adults.

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Things to Do

Mamapalooza

This celebration on the Hudson is all about motherhood: Mamas are honored with music and burlesque performances, live stand-up routines and lots of activities for little ones. Don't miss a performance from local preschooler-regaling punk rockers the Anna Banana Band, or a chance to jump around in the Gymboree play tent. All ages.

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