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Philly Mother’s Day Events (and Brunch!)

Celebrate Mom (and you!) with these special events around town.

Moms! We love you! We are you! Mother’s Day is coming up, and whether you want to celebrate the mothers in your life or enjoy some quality time with your kids, there are so many ways to celebrate. Here are some special events around town to make your day memorable, and scroll down for our top Mother’s Day brunch recommendations!

Gogh, Mom!

May 1—31

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Book a Highlights or Premier Tour in May, and mom gets to pick up a Van Gogh inspired gift from the Barnes Shop. Choose from a canister of tea, a box of mints, or a miniature book inspired by Van Gogh in the Barnes collection.


May 12, 11am – 4pm

Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch in the Barnes’s Garden Restaurant. Reserve your table online or call 215-278-7070.


Mother’s Day Walkabout

May 8, 10 am—noon

Meet at the Cedars House Café (Forbidden Drive)


In celebration of Mother’s Day come out and hike in the Wissahickon on a two-mile moderate trail.  As you hike, learn fun ways to participate and see examples of many of FOW‘s sustainable projects. Register online.

Make Mother’s Day Cards at Richmond Library

May 8, 4 pm

2987 Almond St.


Kids can come make a beautiful card for a special mom, grandma, or any special person in their lives.

Mother’s Day Name Bracelet Workshop at UCAL

May 8, 6—7:20 pm

University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St.


In this one day workshop children will stay after the regular UCAL afterschool programming to make a jewelry art project and prepare for Mother’s Day early. For grades K-8. Pre-register online.

Mother’s Day Pop-Up Flower Shop at Benna’s Café

May 11, 9 am—noon

1236 S. Eighth St.


Myrtle and Magnolia Floral Designs will be hosting a pop-up shop at Benna’s Cafe in honor of Mother’s Day! Preorder a Tea Pot ($55) or Tea Cup ($35) and bring the kids to make a bud vase ($10) while you have some coffee!

Queen For A Day: Mother’s Day Party at Nest

May 11, 10 am — noon

1301 Locust St.


Moms will receive the “royal treatment” including champagne, a flower, a quick chair massage, and a selection of sweet treats. Children will create a special gift for mom. Register in person or over the phone at (215) 545-6378.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Kith + Kin

May 11, 10 am—noon

3060 W. Jefferson St.


Karith from Nimble Craft will help kids create custom necklaces and a personalized gift box to give to mom on her special day. Plus, while the kids craft, the grownups will enjoy mimosas! Register online.

Moms and Mimosas

May 11, 10—11:30 am

The Logan Hotel, 1 Logan Sq.


Bring the kids and enjoy a complimentary DIY Mom-osa bar and chair massages on the hotel’s outdoor terrace while the kids are led through a fun, kid-friendly yoga class (ages 4 and up). The event is free and first come, first served.

Kids’ Mother’s Day Container Garden Workshop

May 11, 10:30 am—noon

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.


Each child (ages 7-12) will have the opportunity to select plants to fill their container and decorate the garden with accessories and fresh cut flowers. There will also be craft supplies to make a keepsake card.  Pre-register online, and bring a box to take home your arrangement.

Mother’s Day Clay on the Wheel

May 11, 11 am — noon

The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. Second St.


Celebrate Mother’s Day with some quality time together making pottery. For kids age 4-12 (kids age 4-7 share a wheel with their grownup). Pre-register online.

AAMP Macy’s Family Fun Day: Nurture and Grow

May 11, 11 am—3 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia,


In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, kids age 5 and up can make tissue paper flowers, nature-themed jewelry, and flower crowns. The first 250 people will receive free museum admission for this event.

Mother’s Day in the Independence Seaport Museum MakerSpace

May 11, 2—4 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard


Kids will create a custom laser-cut wood picture frame with a springtime design in the museum’s MakerSpace, plus a “Thanks for Helping Me Grow” planter. Tickets available online.

Mother’s Day at PlayArts

May 12, 10 am—noon

1241 N. Front St.


Celebrate Mom with mimosas, balloons, and giveaways. The event begins at 10 am with open play in the playspace, followed by complimentary champagne at 11 am and a balloon drop at noon. Regular drop-in rates apply.

Mother’s Day Boats to Bartram’s Garden

May 12, noon and 12:55 pm

Departs from Walnut Street Dock, located under the Walnut Street Bridge


This three-hour tour includes a guided riverboat ride and walking tour of Bartram’s Garden. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on the boat, and there are picnic tables and a lawn area at Bartram’s Garden for those who wish to bring a picnic lunch. Tickets available online.

Mother’s Day Make-and-Takes at PHS Pop-Up Garden

May 12, 1—4 pm

1436 South St.


Create your own blooming picture frame, complete with colorful paper flowers and unique plant materials. Crafts are $10.

Special Meals


Photograph by Laura Swartz.


Brunch at XIX

May 12, 11 am—3 pm

The Bellevue Hotel, 200 S. Broad St.


Enjoy the ultimate fancy Mother’s Day brunch with delicious selections from XIX’s raw bar and salad bar, entrees, and made-to-order pasta, eggs, and waffles. Plus an amazing dessert spread and even more amazing views! Make reservations online or by calling 215-790-1919.

Mother’s Day Breakfast at Adventure Aquarium

May 12, 9—10:30 am

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ


Enjoy a breakfast buffet and aquarium visit with family-themed animal talks throughout the morning.  Moms receive a complimentary flower upon arrival, plus a special Shark Realm talk and family photo opportunity! Reserve online.

Brunch at Morris Arboretum 

May 12, 9:30 am and noon

100 E. Northwestern Ave.


Enjoy a delicious brunch at Compton Café, then walk through the gardens and you enjoy all spring has to offer. Register online.

Mother’s Day Crafts and Brunch at Craft Hall

May 12, 10 am—3 pm

901 N. Delaware Ave.


Celebrate a day of family-friendly fun on Mother’s Day at our favorite new spot to drink with kids: Craft Hall! They’ll have arts and craft stations for the kids to make Mom a handmade card and are serving brunch til 3 pm. And don’t forget to visit the chickens and bunnies outside!

Mother’s Day Tea at Museum of the American Revolution

May 12, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

101 S. Third St.


Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Museum with Founding Mother, Martha Washington! Enjoy a delicious buffet with tea sandwiches and scones, then explore the museum and learn about all the amazing women of the Revolution. Reserve online.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Barnes Foundation

May 12, 11am – 4pm; last seating at 3:30pm

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Take in some art and then dine in the museum’s Garden Restaurant, featuring a special menu. Reservations are encouraged; reserve online or call 215-278-7070.

Waterfront Brunch or Dinner at Rope and Anchor

May 12

201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.


Enjoy a special brunch or dinner on the Delaware River Waterfront (outdoor seating available, weather permitting), then stay and play at Penn’s Landing as it is also opening weekend of the Waterfront attractions! Menus and reservations available online.

Mother’s Day Cruises on the Spirit of Philadelphia

May 12, 10 am, 2:30 pm, and 7 pm


Come for brunch, early dinner, or dinner and celebrate Mother’s Day with a two-hour cruise with amazing skyline views, live entertainment, a buffet meal, and a flower for every mother on the cruise. Reserve online.

Mother’s Day Dim Sum

May 12, 11 am—2 pm

Dim Sum House, 3939 Chestnut St.


Dim Sum House offers two authentic styles of Chinese dim sum service (Shanghai and Cantonese), complimentary tea, plus seating for large groups of families. And thanks to a new partnership with Zsa’s Ice Cream, you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert! Reserve online.



Lead photgraph J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia.

Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org



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