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Celebrate Mom – Unique and Fun Ideas for Mother’s Day

Friday Apr 26th, 2024

The word “Mom” can be applied to many types of people.  It can be your birth mom, adopted mom, step-mom, grandmother, great grandmother, mother-in-law or just someone who has been like a mother to you over the years.  Mother’s Day is a day we set aside to honor those special “Moms” and thank them for their unconditional love and support.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend the day with mom.  Main photo of Goodell Gardens.

Scheduled Mother’s Day Events

Goodell Gardens flowers

Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Goodell Gardens Mom’s Market: Surround yourselves with acres of blossoming plants, shrubs, and trees while browsing this amazing market filled with locally made products. The market also includes a seed and house plant swap and self-guided tours of Goodell Gardens’ beautiful gardens. Add an extra touch to your visit with a VIM (Very Important Mom) ticket. This VIM experience is held from noon to 3 p.m. inside Goodell Garden’s event barn and includes locally-made bee pollen pastries, tea, and a make-and-take tulip bouquet. Mom’s Market is free. Purchase VIM tickets here.

 

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Saturday, May 11, 1 to 3 p.m.
Glass Growers Gallery Let Creativity Bloom: Paint & Pot Party: This Mother's Day weekend, create a cherishable handmade gift from the heart during this interactive workshop. It’s a fun-filled DIY workshop to paint and plant a terra cotta pot. Pick a pot, paint it, and then plant flowers with your loved ones and watch them grow! Each ticket includes a 4” pot, soil and seeds, art supplies, and light refreshments. 

Photo credit: Dave Tamulonis

 

Grape Discovery Center Mothers Day

Sunday, May 12
Mother’s Day Brunch:
Treat mom to a well-deserved break so she can relish in a delicious brunch! Numerous Erie County establishments are ready to make Mother's Day memorable with brunch options ranging from traditional favorites to unique dishes and tempting desserts. Reach out to your preferred venue to check availability and make reservations. Additional brunch suggestions are here.        

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Sunday, May 12, 1 p.m.
Erie SeaWolves Mother’s Day Buffet: Join the 2023 Eastern League Championship Erie SeaWolves, Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers for their annual Mother’s Day Buffet in the Stadium Club at UPMC Park. The Mother’s Day buffet coincides with the SeaWolves’ 1:35 p.m. game vs. Richmond on Sunday, May 12. The event is limited to the first 100 buyers and includes a Stadium Club game ticket, an all-you-can-eat menu, and Pepsi soft drinks. Buffet service will begin at 1 p.m. and continue for 90 minutes. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from the bar. $49 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the UPMC Park ticket office or online at SeaWolves.com. The buffet purchase deadline is Wednesday, May 8 at 5 PM (or sooner if it sells out).

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Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last admission sold at 4:15 p.m.)
Mother’s Day at the
Erie Zoo: Go wild with your family on Mother’s Day at the Erie Zoo, where mothers of all species across the globe will be celebrated for being the kind and loving caregivers that they are. Enjoy quality time with mom exploring the zoo grounds, and say hello to the animal moms. All mother figures will receive half-off admission.

Mother’s Day Ideas and Inspiration

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A Touch of Sweetness: Splurge on mom (she’s worth it!) with a special “Mom’s Care Box” from Romolo Chocolates. This festive box is brimming with decadent sweet treats: a one-pound chocolate assortment gift box, Romolo’s famous sponge candy, a milk chocolate art bar inspired by local artist Kevin-John, bridge mix, peppermint patties, chocolate-covered pretzels and almonds, caramels, milk chocolate rose and sucker, chocolate stir-in spoon, and a fun gift (Substitutions of equal value may occur depending on product availability).  Pulakos Chocolates celebrates Mother’s Day weekend with the return of its chocolate-covered raspberries, a delightful burst of sweet and tart flavors. In addition, Pulakos offers Mother's Day samplettes, Build Your Own Boxes, and Mother's Day candy bars.  

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Spa/Massage/Wellness Therapy: Give your Mom the ultimate gift of tranquility and relaxation with a day at the spa. Individual and group options are available at A Compassionate Hart Massage Therapy, Bella Salon & Day Spa, and Monacella Massage and Kinesiology. Spa services range from hot stone massages and mani/pedis to various stress-relieving spa packages.   

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An Afternoon of Art: Let your creativity flourish during Second Sundays at the Erie Art Museum, a family-friendly drop-in art event where each month involves a different art project and style. This Second Sunday features guest activity leader Ana Balcazar, curator and artist of Entre Plantas y Mujeres. Crafts are suitable for all ages. Admission is pay-what-you-wish. 
Sunday, May 12, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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A Night of Laughter:

  • Stand-up Magician Derek Hughes at Kellar’s Magic and Comedy Club: Lauded by audiences and critics alike, celebrated conjuror and comedian Derek Hughes has performed his stand-up magic on several nationally televised shows including Penn & Teller’s Fool Us and was a finalist on season ten of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Charley’s Aunt” by All An Act Theatre: Experience live local theater at its riotous finest. This funny farce follows Jack and Charley's comedic attempts to woo their loves by enlisting their friend to pose as Charley's wealthy aunt, leading to chaotic confusion and a hilariously happy resolution. Performances will be held at The Station Dinner Theater, Friday through Sunday, May 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.
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Plan an Overnight Escape: Surprise Mom with an overnight or weekend getaway to use at one of Erie’s fabulous lodging options. From the grand Victorian-inspired Victoria Inn to the newly renovated Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, give mom the space to stretch out and be pampered in style where every creature comfort is covered.

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Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

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Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

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Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

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