Last Minute Mother’s Day Fun For You

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English: Hemerocallis middendorffii growing at...This post was almost called “Mother’s Day Sucks,” but I decided I’d feel better if I put a positive spin on this deceptive little holiday.

Every year I get annoyed at the flood of ads for Mother’s Day gifts (Diamonds! Flowers! A new vacuum!) and places to take mom for brunch. Yes, please let me get the kids dressed up so we can stand in line with half the city for eggs and French toast. Yuck.

Truth be told, Mother’s Day is not one of my favorite holidays. I know the kids love me. I know I will get a totally awesome finger painting from my kindergartener and pancakes from my teenager. He got most of his cooking skills from the Boy Scouts, so I’m just glad he’s going to use the stove and not build a campfire out back on Sunday morning.

My husband will make me coffee, tell me he loves me, then load up the SUV with fishing gear and slip away for the morning. If I’m lucky, he’ll take the 6 year old with him.

I’m not complaining. I like it this way–I plan to hit an art fair and do some scrapbooking.

So if your family is less than stellar when it comes to Mother’s Day, don’t mope about it. Do something fun! If you’re a working mom, maybe that fun is taking the kids to the zoo, or out for ice cream. If you’re a SAHM, you might want to just get away from those little bundles of joy for the afternoon.

Here’s a couple things you can do (with or without kids) to celebrate Mother’s Day your way in St. Louis. Enjoy!

  • Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park: This is one of St. Louis’ premier art fairs with pretty things to buy, fair food to eat and live music. The fair runs from May 10 to 12th (Friday to Sunday). Admission is $10 for anyone over 12, kids from 6 to 11 are $5 and under 6 are free. Go by yourself to enjoy the beautiful art and maybe pick up a Mother’s Day gift for yourself. Or take the kids and enjoy the Creation Location with art projects for kids of all ages–free with admission.
  • St. Louis Art Museum: Go by yourself if you have squirrely kids who can’t stand still long enough to admire real art. Or, take the kids and enjoy “Family Sundays” from 1pm to 4pm. They have a special tour and craft just for kids.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: Take a stroll through the best garden in town. The Mother’s Day brunch is sold out (drats!) but don’t let that stop you. If you’re flying solo, visit the Garden Gate shop for a Mother’s Day trinket. Or take the kids and feed the giant koi and stop by the Children’s Garden.
  • Hit the mall: Wander about West County Center on Mother’s Day. If you’re going without kids, have a coffee at Barnes & Noble (far, far away from the indoor playground) and pick out some chocolates at Godiva (join Godiva’s club online first to get a free chocolate every month). Take the kids and check out the grand opening of the Lego store and help build an 8-foot-tall Hulk. If you buy $100 worth of goodies at the Lego store AND at least one other mall store, take your receipts to the mall’s customer service and get two free movie tickets to the Des Peres Wehrenburg theater and a free kid’s meal at Bravo.
  • Grab some free bulbs: Real estate developer Staenberg Group will host an annual tulip giveaway on Sunday. Get there by 8am and bring your own bag–the Post-Dispatch says Staenberg has 50,000 bulbs, but they’re usually gone by 10am.
  • Magic House and City Museum: This one is just for moms who want to do something special with the kiddos. On Sunday, moms get in free to both the Magic House in Kirkwood or the City Museum downtown.



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