Mother’s Day is coming up quick! May 12. If you’re looking to observe the holiday in some official capacity, simply forward this post to all necessary parties – subject line: “Let’s Celebrate Me and My Contributions.” Or make the plans yourself and treat some of the mothers in your life! Last year a few of the moms in my family got together for brunch, leaving the menfolk behind with the kids – it was just the ticket.
While brunch is your standard way to celebrate in Dallas, we also wanted to point out a few other activities that would make for a lovely day out.
Unique Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day:
May 2 :: Our annual event for expecting moms, new moms, experienced moms, and even grammies happens to fall right within the Mother’s Day celebration window this year. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax amongst your people. Nobody gets moms like other moms, right? Enjoy an evening out on a rooftop in Historic Downtown Plano with appetizers & sweets, pop-up shops, giveaways, swag bags full of goodies, mini-makeovers from Sephora, and lots more. Tickets on sale HERE! 7pm to 9:30pm.
May 11-12 :: Now in its 46th year! Guests will be able to travel between the tour homes in air-conditioned mini coaches staffed with a volunteer guide or take a horse-drawn carriage down Swiss Avenue. Nearby Savage Park will host the entertainment and festivities. From the Home Tour site:
This weekend-long tribute to Dallas’ historic past will feature five of the city’s most fabulous Early 20th Century homes and, on Saturday only, an historic Gothic sanctuary built by noted architect, C.D. Hill. There will also be an open-air art fair, a vintage auto display, a children’s play area with a kid-size railroad, live entertainment on the Avenue, freshly prepared food, ice-cold beverages, and much more.
Tickets for the Home Tour are $30 in advance or $35 the weekend of. Children 12 and under are free! See the site for tons of details including a schedule of the weekend events and info on the al fresco Mother’s Day Brunch (Sunday, 11am-2pm). May 11: 10am to 6pm, May 12: noon to 6pm.
Brunch or Dinner Cruise on the Lake
May 12 :: Unless you’re a lake house-type, you probably don’t get a ton of opportunities to spend time on the water. Both Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lewisville offer public cruises that allow you to bring your own picnic and/or adult beverages (sodas and other drinks are offered on board for free).
On Lake Ray Hubbard (near Rowlett/Rockwall), Sail with Scott uses a 40′ catamaran for up to 49 guests (tickets $30 per person.) The daytime or sunset cruises are perfect for all ages and children can take turn steering the boat if they’d like. Bring a picnic for this one. FAQ here.
Harbor Lights offers buffet-style Mother’s Day Brunch or Mother’s Day Dinner cruises on a double-decker party boat (with dance floors!) with seating for up to 90 guests. Adults 18+ ($69), teens 13+ ($30), kids 5-12 ($20), 4 and under ($5). FAQ here. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended for all of these.
On Lake Lewisville, Sam’s Dock will have a Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise. Brunch includes omelet and pancake stations and other breakfast items, plus unlimited nonalcoholic beverages (BYOB for adult drinks). Adults ($69), children ages 8-12 ($25), and children 7 & under ($9). I do love those FAQs, ya know. Boat leaves at 11:30am sharp and cruises until 1:30pm. Reservations required! Be aware: they must meet the minimum of 15 people to sale or you’ll receive a full refund.
May 12 :: Here’s another one the whole family can enjoy. Head down to Fair Park for their annual Mother’s Day concert with The Women’s Chorus of Dallas.
- The 12:30pm performance is tailored for families with young children, with added interactive elements (50 mins). New this year!
- The 2:30pm performance follows a traditional crowd-favorite format (60 mins).
Concerts conclude with a live butterfly release in the 2-story butterfly habitat. You can also get family photos taken for free in the lobby by their onsite photographer between 1:30-2:30pm.
Admission to Texas Discovery Gardens is included in ticket price. General admission seating: $10 child; $15 seniors; $25 adults. Online ticket sales through May 11 at The Women’s Chorus of Dallas site, after that tickets will be available at the door.
May 12 :: Outdoor group workouts can be so revitalizing. There’s nothing else like it. Take time for yourself or bring some gals with you to Klyde Warren Park for a little free fitness. 9-10am. From their site:
Barre in the Park class is a full-body workout that consists of isometric holds and heavy repetition, working muscles to fatigue to develop muscle stamina and endurance, then finishes off with some deep full-body stretching. Barre is low impact and is for all fitness levels. Bring a mat and a friend.
May 12 :: Another group idea for ya – how about a wine tasting at Times Ten Cellars? If you’ve never done one, guided tastings like these are actually really neat and would make for a memorable afternoon with your favorite moms. You can also get a 15% discount on any take-home bottles if you like what you try. Purchase tickets here ($35). 12:30pm. Here’s what the class consists of, per the website:
The class, taught by Level 1 sommelier Cait Maxwell, includes:
-Learn the popular varietals and their characteristic on wine menus
-Practice the proper way to hold a wine glass
-Master the art of serving and storing wine
-Taste and discover 6 popular wine varietals
-Learn how to describe the sight, smell and taste wines
-Discover basic wine and food pairings to impress your next party
Dallas Brunch Locations (& Menus) You Won’t Want to Miss:
I’ve always heard that Dallas has the most restaurants per capita in the country. Probably an urban myth; but nevertheless, brunch options abound! Here are a few that have good food AND good aesthetics. We had to narrow things down somehow, after all.
San Martín Bakery & Restaurant ($-$$), Uptown on McKinney, is full of fresh-made pastries and cafe items with Italian and Latin influence all served at marble-topped bistro tables. The decor and ambiance are *chef’s kiss.* Menu here (FYI my browser prompted me to translate since the original is in Spanish – their first and only other location is in Guatemala).
Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar ($$) is in the Harwood District and has the added bonus of being right below The Samurai Collection. Dine inside or out (everyone agrees on the great ambiance here), then head upstairs to the museum. Their patio is consistently voted one of the best in Dallas. Menu here.
**With all these locations, it is highly recommended that you make a reservation when possible. Mother’s Day brunch tends to get crowded in Dallas! **
El Vecino ($$) has locations in Lake Highlands and Knox areas, both with stellar reviews. Sit on the upstairs patio (Travis Walk/Knox) or in one of the colorful floral-backed booths (Lake Highlands) and feast on Tex-Mex and $5 brunch cocktails. Menu here.
Communion Cooperative ($$) in Richardson serves brunch all day in the neighborhood restaurant/coffee shop side of the space. Brunch items include kid-friendly offerings and, of course, fancy coffees. See the link to download a PDF of the menu.
Ida Claire ($$) is also in the Addison area. Fine southern cooking (all the classics) and a charming interior. They’ve also got a cute and casual patio, which is always a good option if you’re bringing little kids. Menu here.
Meso Maya ($$) is another one of those really delicious spots that has branched out all over town in recent months. Lots of locations to choose from and they’ve been voted readers’ choice “Best Brunch” in D Magazine. Menu here.