Mother’s Day is the one time of year when Mom is likely to be OK with attempts to shower her with attention and pampering, rather than the other way around. If you’re looking for the perfect way to show her how much she means this Mother’s Day (it’s May 14 this year), here are some suggestions – a few unique and a few tried-and-true – to say, “Thanks, Mom.”

Of body and soul

Combine a love of yoga and her love for her children with Mom & me yoga at Brewing Bliss Yoga. Crafted to allow lots of hugs and connection along with a yoga sequence, there are Mother’s Day classes aimed at youngsters and teens.

When: Sunday, May 14, at 1 p.m. (youngsters) or 3:30 p.m. (teens)

Where: Brewing Bliss Yoga, 1998 Ranchwood Way, Orléans

Cost: $25 or $29 per pair

Registration: https://motherandchildyogadate.eventbrite.com (youngsters) or https://motherandteenyoga.eventbrite.com (teens)

Info: website

A family favourite

Mother’s Day marks the final day of the Ottawa Children’s Festival (it runs May 10-14). It features a selection of theatre, dance, arts and music from both international and local artists, along with fun activities and more.

When: all day

Where: LeBreton Flats and the Museum of History

Cost: some activities are no charge, others require tickets (see website)

Registration & info: ottawachildrensfestival.ca

Family escape

Take in a unique interpretation of the classic Beauty and the Beast at a performance by Les Petits Ballets, with professional guest dancers. Featuring colourful costumes, moving sets and lively music to capture everyone’s attention.

When: Saturday, May 13, 1 p.m. or 7 p.m.

Where: Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr.

Cost: $17 to $23

Tickets & info: centrepointetheatre.ca

How about brunch?

Brunch is a popular way to spend some family time on Mother’s Day. Here are a few options:

Venue: Museum of Nature

When: 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

Where: 240 McLeod St.

Cost: From $12.50 for children aged 5 to 12 (it’s free for 4 and under) to $32.50 for adults (museum admission is extra)

Registration: 613-232-2325 or [email protected]

Info: nature.ca

Venue: Canadian Tulip Festival Mother’s Day Dutch Brunch

When: Sunday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park

Cost: not yet available at the time of posting

Registration: http://www.tulipfestival.ca/mothers-day-dutch-brunch-bruyere-foundation/

Info: tulipfestival.ca

Venue: Brookstreet Hotel, either with or without a live jazz performance

When: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: 525 Legget Dr., Kanata

Cost: Ranging from $4.95 for children aged 4 and under to $45.95 for adults

Registration: 613-271-1800 or [email protected]

Info: brookstreethotel.com

The personal touch

If a formal brunch doesn’t suit you and the weather looks to co-operate, why not pack a picnic lunch  and sit among the tulips at Dow’s Lake and perhaps take in a tour to learn about Ottawa’s deep connection to and history involving tulips. You can get tour information here.

Or, if you’re not a fan of tulips, take that picnic lunch up to Gatineau Park and enjoy a stroll or a hike through the forest.


Tea for two (or more)

Then there’s the sophistication of afternoon tea, either high style or casual. Tea is typically served with scones, finger sandwiches and desserts. Here are a couple of afternoon tea options:

Venue: St. James Anglican Church (proceeds go to their outreach in Resolute Bay)

When: Saturday, May 13, either at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Where: 1138 Bridge St., Manotick

Cost: $15 each

Registration: 613-692-2082 or via Eventbrite

Info: website

 

Venue: Château Laurier

When: Saturday, May 13 or Sunday, May 14, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: 1 Rideau St.

Cost: $25 for children; $44 for adults

Registration: 613-241-1414

Info: Fairmont.com

Venue: The Tea Party Café

When: Daily, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: 119 York St.

Cost: $16 to $23 each

Registration: 613-562-0352 or [email protected]

Info: theteapartycafe.com


Just for her

And to really pamper her, consider sending her off for a day all to herself at Le Nordik Spa. From massages to body treatments and special packages for Moms to be, she’ll feel like a queen.

When: Daily

Where: 16 Nordik Rd., Chelsea

Cost: From $40 for an à-la-carte Källa treatment to $300 for packages

Ordering: 819-827-1111

Info: lenordik.com