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Published April 15th 2018
Time to celebrate your Mum
Motherhood is one of life's more challenging (and rewarding) roles. Remind your Mother - or Grandmother, Godmother, Aunty, Stepmother, Foster Mother or any other lovely person who's been there along the way - why they looked after you, dried your tears, always listened, gave good advice and provided lots of love. Spend the day with them doing something fun. Yep, you can do the usual breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, but there are some fun variations on the theme. After all, your Mother is not like anyone else's (except your siblings of course) and she deserves a day worth remembering.
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Learn Something Beautiful
Combining a course with some treats to eat and drink is a winning combination at Fig and Bloom's Mother's Day Workshop where you can learn how to design a stunning vase arrangement along with a serious high tea, champers and savoury bites. Paint Your Mum Picasso Style at Cork & Canvas Paint and Sip (BYO drink and nibbles) sounds like good fun or you could go all out and become an ultimate coffee artist with Barista training.
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Sip a Beverage or Two
Such serendipity that Mother's Day falls during Good Beer Week. Amongst the many events on offer on 13th May, check out Girl Power at the Fox Hotel with a focus on female brewers and female musicians, Buxton Down Under at the Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars where you can sample a range of ice cream beers on tap, Mum's the Word at Stomping Ground Brewery to sample beer made by the mums for the mums (mums get the first one free) and Family Fun Day at the Dan O'Connell Hotel, featuring local breweries and produce. All of these events are free entry and there's a heap more options both free and ticketed, see the day's events page to browse further.
Alternatively, you could look at going on a wine tour in the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula or Macedon Ranges.
Have breakfast or High Tea lunch amongst the creatures at Melbourne Zoo or a little further out at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Admission to the relevant Zoo is included with the ticket so you can make a whole day of it.
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Adventures on the Water
Being out on the water is a lovely way to spend some time and there are several options on Mother's Day. Enjoy lunch while cruising the Yarra with Melbourne River Cruises or hop aboard the Lady Cutler Show Boat for a Champagne and Seafood Brunch or a Champagne and Seafood Sunset Dinner Cruise enjoying beautiful city views from Docklands to Williamstown. Further out of town you can experience High Tea on the High Seas enjoying some impressive bay and coastal views sailing between Queenscliff and Sorrento on Searoad Ferries.
A Little Retail Therapy
The Big Vegan Market will be held on the 12th and 13th of May and promises over 200 stalls of food, drinks, fashion, craft and skincare where "you don't have to ask around, you can be sure that every product sold is animal and cruelty-free". At the Royal Exhibition Building from 10.00am-6.00pm each day, entry is $2.00 and everyone is welcome.
Running on Mother's Day Mornington Racecourse Market offers unique quality hand made items, features live music on the lawn, buskers and plenty of yummy food.
Note that as Mother's Day tends to be one of the busiest days of the year at many venues it's a good idea to make a booking where possible.