When it comes to Mother’s Day, you’ve probably done the brunch thing to death and it’s not likely you can get away with the popsicle-stick picture frame any more–even if you do glue tiny little pasta shells all over it. The best gift you can get your mom this year is time spent together–so why not pick something super fun? Mix up the classic on a brunch tour of the East Village or a brunch cooking class, or watch her try not to fall into the water at SUP yoga. Check out these 10 fun things to do this Mother’s Day!
#1 – Celebrate Mother’s Day in full bloom at The Glades
The Glades is hosting its a grand reopening on Mother’s Day this year. This five-acre open garden is home to over 1,600 mature rhododendrons, azaleas, and other exotic blooms. Admire the lush botanicals and enjoy the live music. Tickets are $5 if you buy them before May 11th, $7 at the door, and kids get in free.
This gift costs: $10–$14 for two
#2 – Take your mom to the ultimate bake-off at Nourish
If you haven’t been to Nourish yet, what are you waiting for? This lovely, bright cooking studio in Point Grey is organizing a special Mother’s Day pie and biscuit making class on Sunday, May 14th, from 11am to 1pm. Take your mom and indulge in sweet and gooey homemade pies with tasty seasonal fillings.
This gift costs: $190 for two
#3 – Put a twist on the classic Mother’s Day brunch at Posh Pantry
Brunch is a classic choice for Mother’s Day celebrations. Put a twist on this go-to gift at Posh Pantry in Burnaby where you can learn to make a fabulous brunch—and eat it too. On the menu? Buttery lemon and raspberry mini scones, whipped mascarpone-stuffed pain perdu with red wine berry compote, and more.
This gift costs: $138 for two
#4 – Get creative together at Create-It Emporium
For creative moms, check out Create-It Emporium in Surrey. This cute little studio hosts regular paint nights for $55 per person—which includes a complimentary glass of wine.
This gift costs: $110 for two
#5 – Sharpen your wits at SmartyPantz
Moms are the best detectives—they always know where you’re at and what you’re up to, no matter how much you don’t want them to. So imagine your mom unleashing her sweet detective skills at SmartyPantz escape room in Gastown. Get the whole family together for some bonding time. Just make sure you check out the room’s storyline before you book and make sure it’s kid-friendly.
This gift costs: $100 for a team of four
#6 – Treat your mom to a SUP Yoga lesson
If you and your mom like to do yoga together, take your practice onto the water with SUP yoga. Check out Deep Cove Kayak Centre‘s classes offered against the breathtaking backdrop of the Indian Arm fjord. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 10am and Wednesdays 6pm for $45 per person.
This gift costs: $90 for two
#7 – Mix paint with wine at Paint Nite
Paint Nite hosts painting parties at various bars, cafes, and pubs all over Vancouver—and while the focus is on painting it’s also on socializing and letting go of your worries. Perfect for a mom looking to cut loose. Pick a spot near you, decide what you’ll be drinking, and enjoy painting.
This gift costs: $90 for two
#8 – Take Mom on Vancouver’s Best Brunch Tour
Forgot about sitting down in a stuffy restaurant for Mother’s Day brunch. Off the Eaten Track organizes a tour of the best brunch spots in Vancouver’s East Village Saturday and Sunday mornings where you can experience a different side of Vancouver while also stuffing your face with delicious brunch treats.
This gift costs: $140 for two
#9 – Escape the Candy Coaster at Exit
For moms who like escape rooms but hate the scare factor, check out Exit’s amazing candy-themed room—Candy Coaster. It looks like it was lifted right out of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Get the whole family together for this one—more heads are better than one!
This gift costs: $96 for a team of four
#10 – Treat Mom to a cooking class at The Dirty Apron Cooking School
If you and your mom are always looking for ways to get into, rather than out of, the kitchen, The Dirty Apron Cooking School is for you. There’s a reason these cooking classes sell out so fast—The Dirty Apron is one of the best cooking schools in all of Vancouver. From exotic international menus to classic comfort food, there’s bound to be something here your mom will love.
This gift costs: $340 for two
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