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
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
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]
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
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]
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
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
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]
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.
Where: 16 Nordik Rd., Chelsea
Cost: From $40 for an à-la-carte Källa treatment to $300 for packages