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May 04, 2015

10 ways to celebrate Mother's Day

Brunch isn't the only option this weekend

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Mother's Day is almost here!

Everyone loves a good brunch, but since when does Mother's Day have to be celebrated with some late-morning reservations in a packed restaurant? There are plenty of ways to honor the women in your life without waiting an hour or two for a table at your closest trendy eatery.

Check out the list of alternative options below, then make the mom in your life breakfast in bed instead.

Mother's Day May Manicure Special

Mothers (or daughters) who get a haircut and pedicure at Laurentius Salon during the month of May will receive a complimentary manicure. Celebrity hairstylist, and the salon's namesake, Laurentius Purnama is known for getting clients like Britney Spears ready for their close up. 

Now through Sunday, May 31
Laurentius Salon
815 Christian St.
(215) 238-0764

Mother's Day at Penns Woods Winery

With a weekend of mom-centric activities, Penns Woods Winery will host live music and food for guests. Saturday's events include a $45 two-hour painting class, glass of wine included, and Sunday includes a $50 hour-long yoga class with a wine pairing. 

Saturday, May 9 to Sunday, May 10
Entertainment hours vary | Pay as you go
124 Beaver Valley Rd., Chadds Ford, PA 
(610) 459-0808 

Art Star Craft Bazaar

The 12th annual juried art and craft fair returns for a special Mother's Day weekend. They'll host make-and-take craft areas, live music, food and, of course, tons of shopping.

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10
11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Free admission
Penn's Landing Great Plaza
Columbus Blvd., between Walnut and Chestnut streets

The Philly Mart 

The second date for this Manayunk-based artisan craft show falls on Mother's Day weekend. Take your mother along for the day, or head there solo for a unique last-minute gift.
Saturday, May 9
11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Free admission
7 Lock St., Manayunk

Family Culinary Series: Mother's Day Cake

Learn how to make either a salted caramel chocolate cake or a strawberry shortcake with a hands-on parent-child workshop. Each child will take home a cake for their mother. 

Saturday, May 9
1-3 p.m. | $50 for one parent and one child, $25 for each additional child
413 Maplewood Ave. Wayne, PA
(610) 688-3553

Mother's Day Event with Shelley Spector

Local art scene fixture Shelley Spector's "Keep the Home Fires Burning" exhibit is inspired in part by mother-daughter relationships. Spector will take guests on a tour of the exhibit with her own mother. Afterward, guests will be served afternoon tea.  

Saturday, May 9
2-4 p.m. | $40 for members, $45 for non-members
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building
2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Call (215) 235-7469 for tickets

Mother's Day Birds & Blooms

Take the family on a morning walk through Bowman Hill's wildflowers. The program includes a craft, a discussion on birds, plants and flowers, and a native plant for mom to take home. 

Sunday, May 10
10-11:30 a.m. | $25 per family, $18 per family for members
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve 
1635 River Rd., New Hope PA
(215) 862-2924 

Mother's Day Tea Ceremony

Check out what a traditional Japanese tea ceremony is really like by learning about the ceremony's history, drinking matcha tea and tasting a seasonal treat. Space is limited for this ceremony and the day's first ceremony has already sold out.

Sunday, May 10
2:30-3:30 p.m. | $30 for members, $35 for non-members
Lansdowne Dr. and Horticultural Dr.
(215) 878-5097

Mother's Day Concert

The 4th Annual Marian Concert is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and features the works of Howells, Bruckner and Bach. The Cathedral Basilica Choir, Archdiocesan Choir, Archdiocesan Girls Choir and Archdiocesan Boys Choir will all perform.

Sunday, May 10
3-4:15 p.m. | Free admission, donations welcome
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
1723 Race St.
(215) 587-369

Free Cocktails for Mom

Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran's restaurants Little Nonna's, Barbuzzo, Jamonera and Lolita will serve mothers a complimentary cocktail during their regular Sunday service.

Sunday, May 10
5 p.m. (3 p.m. at Little Nonna's) | Pay as you go
Locations vary