Go Beyond Brunch! Six Unique Ideas for Celebrating Mother’s Day 2014

A couple with their baby sitting on a blanket having a picnic at the New York Botanical Garden

Photo Cred: New York Botanical Garden

Mother's Day is traditionally the single busiest brunch day of the year which, if you've ever waited on any one a hundred hour-plus-long lines around town on a normal weekend afternoon, is really saying something. With that said and while there is certainly nothing wrong with celebrating your mom by eating eggs and sipping Bloody Mary's, maybe this is the year you mix it up a bit and try something new. Here are a few ideas we've rounded up… 

Crowds forms in front of Citi Field stadium and an apple statue with the Mets logo on in it and the text "Home Run"

Outside-The-Box Mother's Day Activities

  1. Take her out to the ball game: The good thing about spending Mother's Day watching the Mets take on the Phillies at Citi Field? First, moms and kids get free t-shirts. Second, if the game is great, mom gets to sit for a couple of hours, relax and cheer while you run and get beers and snacks. And third, even if the Mets are getting trounced, Citi Field is both a fun place to walk around and a fantastic place to picnic. Don't miss the Pat LaFrieda stand. 
  2. Go to the Zoo: Or how about spending Mother's Day with bunch of actual animals at the Central Park Zoo? You can get tickets for the official family party, which includes up-close meetings with animal moms and babies, and a scavenger hunt. Even if you just want to wander around on your own, this is a fun way to spend some time with mom, especially if you are bringing your kids with you.
  3. NYC Scavenger hunts: Speaking of scavenger hunts, Pogo Events is hosting an epic one, with Mother's Day-themed clues and prizes, on Saturday the 10th, beginning at Sony Center in midtown and sending everyone who knows where.    
  4. Picnic in the park: If you'd prefer a walk (and picnic) in the park, the New York Botanical Garden is holding its traditional Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party, 11:00 to 5:00 each day, on Daffodil Hill (pictured at top). The Jazz Age band Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra will be performing all afternoon, there are games and activities for kids, tours and walks, and lots of lunchtime choices from a fleet of food trucks.
  5. Mamapalooza: Or wait a weekend and head over to Pier 1 at 70th Street in Riverside Park on May 18 for the raucous Mamapalooza, featuring all sorts of empowering entertainment.
  6. NYC Cruise: Finally, there's always the special occasion "get on a boat" option, either the Staten Island ferry (really! it's fun!) or the East River Ferry to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn Bridge Park, or a two-hour brunch cruise on one of Hornblower's yachts.

An image of a cruise boat on the river floating past the New York City skyline

Do you have any other unique ideas for celebrating Mother's Day in New York City? Let us know in the comments!

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