The best Mother’s Day gifts and events in Philadelphia


Whether she wants a fun day with the kids, a relaxing day away from the kids, or something in between, we have ideas to make Mother’s Day special for every mom on your list — even if that mom is you.

Kouklet has a special Mother’s Day gift inspired by flowers. / Photo by Mike Prince

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re looking to celebrate the moms in your life or have some quality time with (or away from) your own children, we’ve got you covered. From museums to spas, there are so many options that go beyond brunch and flowers. (Though brunch is great, too. Foobooz, don’t hurt us.) So make some plans, buy some last-minute gifts, and thank us later.

Get something better than flowers

Kouklet Brazilian Bakehouse is whipping up special Mother’s Day Flor de Maio pastry boxes for pre-sale at its East Passyunk store. Each pastry in the $35 box represents a flower that owner Mardhory Santos-Cepeda discovered as a child living with her mother and grandmother. “When I think of mothers, I think of flowers,” Cepeda said. “Not only because of the tender and feminine aspects, but also because of my own personal life.” Pre-orders are currently available online until May 4th and can be picked up between 10am and 4pm on May 8th $35, order online by May 4th, collect May 8th; Kouklet Brazillian Bakehouse, 1647 East Passyunk Avenue.

Create something together

Tina Dixon Spence, owner of Mount Airy’s luxury children’s boutique Buddha Babe, is a mom herself, so she knows just how badly moms need to lay down. Why not in style? Buddha Babe is hosting a special Mommy-and-Me workshop on May 7th so you and your mom (or child aged 7+) can work side-by-side to make a pair of matching bow pillows. This sewing workshop is suitable for beginners and all supplies and supplies are provided. $95 for two, May 7, 4-6:30 p.m., Buddha Babe, 7101 Emlen Street.

If your mom is still decorating the house with crafts you made in kindergarten, then she — and her home — definitely deserves an upgrade. Pine + Quill in West Chester often hosts hands-on crafting classes where you can learn how to create a work of art and then take it home. Although there is no session on Mother’s Day, you can both attend a resin coaster making class with dried and pressed flowers ($58) on May 22nd or a succulent wall framing workshop ($60) on June 5th. Both events run from 1pm to 3pm and include mimosas, light snacks and 15 percent off in-store purchases. Sign up for one or both here. Pine + Quill, 23 North Walnut Street, West Chester.

Drink tea with a fashionable side

Featuring over 250 artifacts, the Penn Museum’s Stories We Wear exhibit explores how clothing, accessories, and other adornments and body modifications reveal culture and identity across 2,500 years. This collection features a dress worn by civil rights icon and opera singer Marian Anderson. On May 7th, Jillian Pirtle, CEO of the Marian Anderson Museum and Historical Society, visits the Penn Museum to discuss Anderson’s legacy and sense of style. Tea attendees will also get a rare look at Anderson’s wedding dress, which is not on view to the public. After the program, tea and light snacks will be served. Tickets include museum admission for the day.
$7.50-$20, May 7, 1-3 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.

Marion Anderson’s dress is on display at the Penn Museum. Just one of the icon’s dresses you’ll see at her special Mother’s Day event. / Photo by Eric Sugar, University Communications

Entertain the kids

It won’t be very relaxing if you have young children and plan to spend your Mother’s Day with them, let’s face it. Luckily, some of the best spots in town for the little ones plan events to keep the kids busy (and hopefully tiring them out).

If your kids can’t stop singing “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” visit Nest for one Encanto themed party on the three floors of the play area. Meet Mirabel and Bruno (he’ll tell you fortune!), sing along to the Disney film’s greatest hits with Nest’s house band, and more. $50 for a family of 4, $15 for each additional family member; May 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Nest, 1301 Locust Street.

Meanwhile, Kith + Kin is collaborating with Jazz in Fairmount to bring Lemon Hill music for the whole family. At 4:00pm, enjoy music with Gina’s family-oriented program (toddlers and preschoolers love them), then at 4:30pm, the Lucas Brown Trio performs. Local goodies from New June Bakery can be purchased on site, with proceeds supporting future Jazz in Fairmount concerts. The event is pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation; Online registration is requested.
Pay-what-you-wish, May 8, 4-6pm, Lemon Hill Pavilion, Fairmount Park.

Book a special spa treatment

There’s nothing quite like being pampered at a luxury spa – and the mom in your life deserves it more than anyone else. If you really want to let off some steam, opt for the Mom’s Day In package at W’s AWAY Spa. For $1,000, you get an all-day suite, plus a mimosa bar and two 50-minute massages—one for the two of you. Otherwise, we recommend the Spring Detox, which includes a 50-minute massage and 50-minute Gua Sha-enhancing facial just for mom so she can relax from head to toe. $315, AWAY SPA at W, 1439 Chestnut Street. A book here.

Another fantastic option is partying at iBeachClub in Manayunk. Her Mother’s Day special includes four spa mini-treatments: a head and scalp massage, a peppermint shoulder and neck massage, a mud mask, and a hand massage and scrub. The pampering doesn’t end there, however. Afterwards, Mom enjoys a 30-minute full-body massage, as well as time in the whirlpool, sauna and zero-gravity massage chair. Oh, and did we mention the package includes a choice of complimentary sangria, espresso, or cucumber citrus water? USD 239 per guest or USD 215 per guest when booking for two or more people, iBeachClub, 150 Green Lane. A book here.

Give mom some relaxation for Mother’s Day. / Photo courtesy of W. Philadelphia

Relieve those aching muscles

If a spa massage isn’t mom’s thing — but you know she still needs some tension relief — sign up for the Roll It Out workshop at EveryBody Movement & Wellness. The 60-minute session starts at 11:30 am on Mother’s Day and teaches your mother (and you if you’re participating!) how to massage yourself using a variety of balls and rollers. $15, Everybody Movement & Wellness, 4305 Locust St. A book here.

Celebrate revolutionary women

Throughout Mother’s Day weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution, discover the diverse women who played unsung but important roles on the home front and with armies during the Revolutionary War. Learn about these “forgotten revolutionaries” through lectures and hands-on experiences in the gallery, and visit the children’s discovery center on the ground floor to create your own Mother’s Day card inspired by the German art of paper cutting. Anyone who comes on Mother’s Day also gets a carnation to take home for free. Do you want to make a day out of it? Visit Amada for a post-museum brunch and receive 10 percent off all meal orders—including a special Mother’s Day Prix Fixe menu—when you show your museum stub. Free for museum members and children under 5; $13-19 general admission, May 7 & 8, 10am-5pm, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street.

Shop local manufacturers

Whether you need a last minute Mother’s Day gift or treat, or just want to take your mom shopping, why not support local businesses and artists while you’re at it. First up we have Art Star taking over the first floor and terrace of The Bourse food hall. Thirty craft vendors — from jewelry to pottery to soaps — will be there all weekend, along with cocktails from the Attico Rooftop Bar and the usual Exchange food menu, including coffee, tacos, poke, ice cream and more. Art Star’s regular retail outlet in The Bourse will also remain open for even more handcrafted delights.
Free participation; Pay-as-you-go, May 7 & 8, 11am-5pm, The Bourse, 111 South Independence Mall East.

Sisterly Love is also planning a special pre-Mother’s Day market on May 7th at the Lutheran Settlement House in Fishtown. Stay tuned for their vendor list, but their events usually feature a fantastic selection of food, art, jewelry and personal care products. Attend free, May 7, Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Avenue.

In the meantime, look for deals around town, like Northern Liberties, where Trunc is giving away a soft canvas t-shirt for purchases worth $75, and the Random Tea Room will give you a free bag of Tulsi Rose tea when You show them a picture of Mom. Further south, East Passyunk kicks off its month of Garden Days with live music at the Singing Fountain, landmarks adorned with flowers, and a chance to win a weekly gift card raffle for every $100 you spend on the avenue—just pick one up Punch card and receive a punch for every $10 spent, and participate by returning a completed card at a participating store.

Buy jewelry that she will love

Speaking of local makers, we love these gold-filled bangles from The Sable Collective – and you save when you buy two so you can have twins with your Mother’s Day gift. ($58-$78; Buy here.) We also can’t get enough of the Maggie Mae Clay Company’s adorable clay earrings, which come in a variety of colors and designs for mom to mix and match with any outfit. (Prices vary; search here.)

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