Planning a last-minute Mother's Day celebration? Don't stress; peruse our list of the best events you need to take your mum to for a great Mother's Day day out. Check out Time Out's complete guide to Mother's Day in Melbourne for gift ideas and other activities you can do with your mum.
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Mother's Day events
Dans le Noir is Australia’s first dip into Paris’s high-concept dining-in-the-dark experience. For Mother's Day the restaurant is doing a special dark brunch. The two-course menu has a vegetarian/vegan option available and includes a glass of sparkling or suprise mocktail on arrival. $75pp.
Take your mother to see Wonderland, a highly interactive and immersive journey through Alice's many incarnations in pop culture over the years, from Lewis Carroll's original texts to countless adaptations. The exhibition begins with the earliest moving image adaptations of Carroll’s three Alice stories and moves chronologically through each major work. The result is an exploration of the evolution of film, as Alice graduates from silent film into animation, live-action cinema, CGI, 3D and video games. Adults $25, children $16.
Why give your mother flowers and brunch when you can give her flowers and ice cream? Beloved Fitzroy ice creamery Billy van Creamery has teamed up with forists Megan Schmidtke and Morgana Robb of Candy MT to design flower-and-ice cream parings that are perfect for Mother's Day. Billy van Creamery has created three special flower-flavoured ice creams for the occasion: chamomile and turmeric; lavender and acai; and vegan beetroot, strawberry and rose. And in case your mum doesn't consider ice cream to be a complete meal (we have no idea why she wouldn't), there will also be coffee and pastries available.
Take your mum for a trip on the Melbourne Star this Mother's Day. All mums flying with their families on Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13 will pay just $10.50 for their ticket, which includes a glass of sparkling, red or white wine, beer or cider. If you're bringing the whole family book online for special family rates.
If you want a very classy, very traditional Mother's Day lunch or dinner, the Langham is a sure bet. The luxe hotel is offering special seafood-focused Mother's Day lunch and dinner menus, and if your mother hasn't experienced the famous Melba restaurant buffet, it's high time she did. Lunch (which includes free-flowing sparkling wine) offers grilled lobster, poached blue swimmer crab, tiger prawns and oysters, along with pasta bucatini with crab claw as well as pasta and steaks made to order. Mothers will also receive a gift certificate for the Langham's weekday Wedgewood high tea. Dinner options include sashimi and sushi, mussels, Singapore-style chilli crab, and Italian, Indian and Chinese dishes. Lunch $225, children $99. Dinner $109, children $54.50.
Book your mum into a Mother's Day breakfast or lunch with a panoramic view at the Baths Middle Brighton. The beachside restaurant's main focus is seafood, so definitely make the most of dishes like the pan-seared barramundi at lunch. Breakfast $45pp, lunch $100pp.
Treat mum to the sweet stuff at Bibelot, which is doing a tasting menu of the restaurant's best pastries and cakes on Mother's Day. The menu includes savoury bites, Bibelot's famous French-style cakes, a chocolate-enrobed biscuit and a glass of sparkling. Plus you'll get a small gift to take home with you. Cheers to that! Adults $55, children $25.
The highest restaurant in Melbourne is offering a three-course special lunch for Mother's Day, including the venue's signature cocktail. The menu features cured ocean trout, beef fillet, and chocolate and praline feuillantine, plus plenty of premium wine. The venue has breathtaking views from the 89th floor of the Eureka Skydeck, so this one's not recommended for those with a fear of heights. Adults $150 adults, children $55-$105.
[Sponsored] Take Mum out for a smart and sophisticated two-course lunch this Mother's Day and book into Footscray's Station Hotel. This Mother’s Day, the steak house and French brassiere will be dishing out a special menu with all mums receiving a complimentary glass of Pol Roger Champagne on arrival. You'll start with small plates of whipped parfait and cont shallots on brioche; goats cheese and pineapple on crackers; and cured salmon with cucumber and caviar. For your main you can each choose between a juicy eye fillet steak with charred broccolini and parsnip; seared barramundi served squash, green beans and hazelnuts; or a rich and earthy risotto with parmesan and mushroom. $75pp.