Mother's Day is a special time of year to thank the mother figure in our lives for everything they do - day and night, all year around. You may wish to celebrate with breakfast in bed, a bunch of flowers, a visit to their favourite café or something more extravagant, depending on your budget. There are also events around the city which you can go to together, in the lead up to Mother's Day and on the day itself. Many people work on the weekends or can't visit their Mum on the actual day, so there are also some ideas of what to do in the week before Mums big day, so you can celebrate early. Go on, plan something special - she deserves it!
Register for the Mother's Day Classic on Sunday, 13th May. Image: Original images from Mother's Day Classic Facebook
If you can't spend the actual day with Mum, why not take her out the week before to one of these entertaining events...
1/ Karinya House Annual Mother's Day Dinner will be held the weekend before, on Friday, 4th May at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden. All money raised will go to Karinya House, which provides professional care and support for new mothers - during and after their pregnancy. See here for details.
2/ The Handmade Marketwill be held at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) on the weekend of 5th and 6th May. There will be over 260 stalls selling handmade products and gourmet food items, so you are sure to find something perfect for your Mum. Why not take your Mum with you to this special Mother's Day market, so you can enjoy a day of shopping together and she can point out what she likes? Entry is by donation to a local charity. See here for details.
3/ The Canberra Theatre Centrewill be showing three performances in the week before Mother's Day, if your Mum loves drama, ballet or live music. The Bleeding Tree will be held between 8th - 12th May, The Ballet Revolution will be showing on the 10th May and Missy Higgins will be performing on the 11th May. Meanwhile, in the forecourt of the theatre, a huge ornamental tent will be set up, known as the Spiegeltent, below.
4/ Spiegeltent Canberrawill be hosting a huge line-up of comedians, musicians and entertainers, as well as a risqué burlesque performance by the popular Blanc de Blanc. Why not book tickets to Rove McManus on Friday, 11th May and start the weekend with a laugh! See here for a full list of entertainers performing within the tent.
See Rove inside the Spiegeltent on Friday, 11th May. Image: Original photos from Canberra Theatre Centre website and Facebook
5/ The National Gallery of Australia will be hosting a High Tea for Mother's Day, which also includes entry into their new exhibition Cartier: The Exhibition. The exhibition showcases more than 300 of Cartier's jewelled pieces which were created for international clientele including royalty, aristocrats, socialites and stars of the stage, cinema and music. The cost is $90 for non-members and $75 for members of the gallery. See here for details.
7/ Canberra Southern Cross Cruises will be having a Mother's Day Cruise and sumptuous lunch, starting at 12:30pm. Enjoy a sparkling wine on arrival and then a 3-course lunch starting off with seafood and ending with Raspberry and White Chocolate Cremeux! The cost is $88 for adults and $45 for children aged between 5 and 12 years. See here for details.
8/ The Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club, back at the wharf, will be hosting both breakfast and lunch with a view. If you get up early, why not treat your Mum to a Buffet Breakfast for $49 adults and $29 for children (aged between 5 and 12 years). Pile up your plate with healthy options, pastries, cold meats, toasts and of course bacon, eggs and hash browns! See here for details. Alternatively, book at the restaurant for lunch, which has the same menu as the cruise above - for $78 adults and $35 children. See here for details.
9/ Marble & Grain restaurant in Braddon have organised a Mother's Day Lunch between 12:30pm - 2:30pm. Enjoy a 3-course meal, with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. The cost is $85 plus booking fee. See here for details.
10/ Poachers Pantryin the Canberra Wine District will be celebrating Mother's Day with a 4-course lunch and a glass of Wily Trout Pinot Chardonnay on arrival, for $80 per person. See here for details.
Enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club. Image: Canberra Southern Cross Club
11/ The Mother's Day Classic will be held at Lake Burley Griffin, with pink-clad participants completing a 5km walk, 5km run or 10km run. Now in its 11th year, this event raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Why not register as a family and support and remember those touched by breast cancer. See here for details.
12/ The National Gallery of Australia will be showing free movies in a Mother's Day Movie Marathon, with movies which relate to the Cartier exhibition - To Catch A Thief, The Pink Panther and Diamonds Are Forever. The screenings are free, however bookings are essential. See here for details of all the events. If you have small children, it is also the last day of NGA Play: Indieguerillas, the free kids activity space in the foyer.
13/ Calthorpe's House is a historical home in Red Hill, which has weekend tours so that visitors can step back to the early 1920's and learn about life in early Canberra. On Mother's Day, they will be holding Mother's Day tours, to take a glimpse into the life of a mother during the inter-war period and each mother and grandmother will receive a Chrysanthemum posy. See here for details. If your Mum loves local history, also take her to Mugga Mugga, for another tour and posy!
14/ The Canberra Raiderswill be playing a home game, if your Mum is a fan of the footy! Book tickets to the afternoon match against the Sharks, with the main game starting at 4:10pm. Book in early to get her the best seats in the house! See here for details.
15/ James Reyne - A Crawl To Now will be held at The Street Theatre in the city centre. If your Mum loves James Reyne, why not enjoy lunch in the city and then watch the show at 3pm. Tickets cost $55. The show runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes, including interval. See here for details.
These are just some of the events and experiences happening around Canberra before and during the Mother's Day weekend. Have you found an idea that suits your Mum? Wherever you choose, your Mum is sure to love it - as you'll be there!
Spend time with your Mum for a good cause at the Mother's Day Classic, 13th May. Image: Mothers' Day Classic Facebook