Make Mother’s Day Special – A Guide to Mother’s Day Activities

by Janet Jonus

Calling all kids! It’s time to make plans for your own very special Mom on Mother’s Day.

Brunch with Mom

Make your Mom’s Day with one of these special Brunches. Reservations fill up so act quickly. (If you miss out on these special brunches, check out your local restaurants and hotels as many of these will have a Mother’s Day Brunch too. Or take a page out of FamilyFunPittsburgh and make Mom your very own brunch!)

The National Aviary has a Mother’s Day Brunch with two sittings – 1030AM and 1230PM. Enjoy a buffet-style brunch with French Toast, Quiche, and more and then explore the birds of the Aviary for a very special Mother’s Day. Adults and children 11+ are $44, children 4-10 are $22, children 3 and under are free. (Aviary members are $39 for Adults 11+ and $19.50 for children 4-10, children 3 and under are free.) All ages. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-brunch-at-the-national-aviary/

Phipps Conservatory has Brunch in Bloom on Mother’s Day. There are two seatings at 1130AM and 200PM. Enjoy sustainable food in the beauty of Phipps Conservatory. Adult admission is $45, children admission is $20. Admission to Phipps Conservatory is included in the price. NOTE: As of this writing this event is Sold Out. To add your name to the waiting list, please call: 412-651-5281.

Soergels Orchards is hosting a Mother’s Day Breakfast and Brunch. Enjoy a buffet with breakfast and brunch favorites and then take a hayride through the orchards for a FamilyFun outing. Mother’s get a complimentary mimosa! Reservations are required, seating is limited. Breakfast is from 900-1030AM. Brunch is from 1200-130PM. Admission is $17.50 per person. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-breakfast-and-brunch-soergel-orchards/

The Gateway Clipper Fleet celebrates Mother’s Day all day long. Enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch on-board with breakfast and lunch buffet. There are two seatings. The first seating boards at 1015AM, the second boards at 1045AM. The cost is $57 for adults and $26 for children. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-brunch-cruise-gateway-clipper-fleet/

The Gateway Clipper’s Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise boards at 1145AM. The cruise includes a lunch buffet. The cost is $57 for adults and $26 for children. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-lunch-cruise-gateway-clipper-fleet/

The Gateway Clipper Fleet has a Dinner Cruise for Mother’s Day. Enjoy a dinner buffet and a DJ. The first seating boards at 315PM. The second seating boards at 345PM. The third seating boards at 445PM. The cost is $57 for adults and $26 for children. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-dinner-cruise-gateway-clipper-fleet/

Tupelo Honey Teas hosts a Mother’s Day Tea with two seatings from 1000AM-200PM. Reservations are required. This special Tea includes a five-course vegan meal and all the tea in China! $25 per person plus gratuity. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-tea-tupelo-honey-teas-millvale/

Chatham College has a Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch. Enjoy steak and eggs, pancakes, and more while listening to a live concert. Pre-sale prices are $20 for 12+, $14 for ages 4-12, 3 and under are free. At-the-door prices are $22 for 12+, $15 ages 4-12, 3 and under are free. From 1100AM-130PM. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-jazz-brunch-chatham-college/

The Mother’s Day Brunch for a Cause at Tree Pittsburgh celebrates mothers and nature. Join Tree Pittsburgh for a special brunch. Every ticket contributes to the planting to a tree in the Pittsburgh area. Space is limited, reservations are required. 1100AM-200PM. $60 per person. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-brunch-for-a-cause-tree-pittsburgh/

Hobby Prodigy has a Mother’s Day Craft and Brunch for all moms. The catered brunch features breakfast and lunch dishes plus you get to make a special Mother’s Day craft. 1100AM-230PM. $12 per person. Reservations required. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-craft-and-brunch-hobby-prodigy/

Artistic moms will love the Mother’s Day Brunch and Art Tour at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. After a catered brunch, guests will be taken a tour of the WMAA’s special selections featuring mothers and children. 1130AM-230PM. $30 per person. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-brunch-and-art-westmoreland-museum-of-american-art/

Put on your Sunday best and head out for High to at a Mansion. Enjoy small savory and sweet bites paired with the finest tea. At The Sleeping Octopus Yingling Mansion. $60 per person. 200-700PM with seating times, reservations required. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/high-tea-in-a-mansion/

Early Bird Brunchers have two options for Mother’s Day Brunch on May 11th.

Brunch with Mom at the Zoo includes a delicious brunch buffet and sundae bar, live entertainment, and animal presentation and then you get to spend the rest of the day at the Zoo! Brunch is from 1100AM-100PM. The cost for adults 17+ is $42, children 2-16 is $30, and children under 2 are free. Zoo admission in included. Reservations required. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/brunch-with-mom-at-the-zoo-note-on-may-11/

The Hartwood Acres Mansion has a Mother’s Day Tea from 1100AM to 200PM. Enjoy tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts followed by a tour of the Mansion. Reservations are required. The cost is $33 per person for Allegheny County residents and $41 for non-residents. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-tea-hartwood-acres/

Mother’s DayFun

If brunch isn’t your thing, there are many Mother’s Day events throughout the Pittsburgh area for FamilyFun.

The Annual Susan J. Komen Race for the Cure starts at 630AM at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/susan-g-komen-race-for-the-cure/

Spend the day at Mother’s Day at the Zoo. Mothers get in FREE when accompanied by one or more of their children. (Children and family members pay the regular rate.) From 900AM-500PM. Regular admission is $0-17. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-celebration-pittsburgh-zoo/

Browse the vendors at the Mother’s Day Neighborhood Flea, grab a bite at a food truck, and find a bargain. Admission is FREE but parking is $3. 1000AM-300PM. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-neighborhood-flea-market-strip-district/

Fun Fore All has a Mother’s Day Special. Play all day at Fun Fore All. Mother’s get a free two-hour play pass. Purchase tickets for mini golf, arcade games, rock climbing, go karts, and more ($0-7 per attraction per person). 1000AM-1000PM. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/mothers-day-neighborhood-flea-market-strip-district/

The Pittsburgh Circus Center has a Super Mama Mother’s Day (and me) special class. Learn circus arts, aerial silks, and more with your kids at Circus Arts. 700-815PM. Mothers are FREE. Each child is $25. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/super-mama-mothers-day-pittsburgh-circus-center/


Take Mom out to the theater for Mother’s Day.

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents The Sleeping Beauty. Spend a few hours in the beautiful enchantment of  the Sleeping Beauty with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa (a FamilyFun Mom favorite). The performance is at 200PM. Tickets are $28-112. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/the-sleeping-beauty-pittsburgh-ballet-theatre/

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is at Prime Stage Theatre. Mom will love the tale of Viola, brave, witty, smart, as she romps through one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The performance is at 230PM. Tickets are $10-30. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/twelfth-night-prime-stage-theatre-2/

Step back in time to Our Town at Butler’s Little Theater. The classic story of love, life, and loss is presented at 230PM. All tickets are $13. https://familyfunpittsburgh.com/event/our-town-butler-little-theater/


Remember, the best gifts for any Mom are homemade gifts. Look at this space for FamilyFunHome how-to’s for crafts, gifts, and a brunch your Mom will love!

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