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Mother’s Day in #BurlON

by Kelly Harris

Sunday May 13 is the day we celebrate Mother’s Day; whether you call her Mom, Mum, Ma, Mama or Mother, it’s a day to say thanks for who they are and all that they do for you.  Being a Mom to two children, I know it’s a day I look forward to each year and enjoy seeing what the kids (and my hubby) plan for me. Looking to celebrate Mother’s Day in #BurlON?  We have some ideas to help make your Mother’s Day planning easier as there is lots to see & do in Burlington.

Champagne Tea at Ireland House

Get an early start to the big day with the Mother’s Day Champagne Tea on May 12 at Ireland House Museum. Guests will enjoy a glass of champagne and champagne infused desserts and tea. Get Mom something from the museum gift shop and receive 25% off. Each sitting will also feature a tea reading for Mom and a guided tour of the Museum.  There are three seatings available – 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and tickets must be purchased in advance  (12 years and older please).

Celebrate Mom at the RBG

Enjoy Mother’s Day at the RBG. It’s a popular spot so their Brunch and Afternoon tea are both sold out. However, you can still take Mom and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens. They are offering a Get Back to Nature Hike from 2-3:30. Contact them directly for the meet-up location.

Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake offers a Wildflower Walk for Mom from 1:00-3:00. This is a popular event so don’t delay getting your tickets.  You can also visit Crawford Lake and enjoy a beautiful walk around the lake or hike to Rattlesnake Point – it’s a great way to get outdoors and spend the day with Mom.

Crawford Lake (copyright MarkZelinski.com from the book “Heart of Turtle Island: The Niagara Escarpment”)

Centro Market

The Centro market kicks off for another season on Mother’s Day and is open from 9 am-noon. Browse the vendors and shop for local produce at this community based market. Grab a coffee, enjoy the market, a walk through beautiful Downtown Burlington and along Spencer Smith Park – make a day of it and grab lunch at one of the many delicious downtown restaurants. There is something for everyone!

Halton County Radial Railway

Take Mom for a ride on the rails! Moms are free on Mother’s Day with a paid child. Ride on a variety of restored streetcars, radial cars and work equipment from the 1890’s to the 1990’s. See the 1912 Grand Trunk railway station and 2 display buildings. Bring a picnic lunch or visit their snack bar and don’t forget the ice cream shop! No reservations are needed.

Live Shows

Burlington Performing Arts Centre is offering a 3pm show on Mother’s Day – Symphony on the Bay; From Rags to Riches featuring music by Gershwin, Bach, Elgar and more!  Or visit Drury Lane Theatre for their show ‘Curtains’. at 2 pm on Mother’s Day. Curtains is a parody of the 1950’s ‘whodunit’ theatre mysteries.

Brunch & Dinner Out

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Centre

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Burlington Convention Centre

There are lots of other great locations to ‘brunch’ in Burlington – check out our brunch blog for some inspiration!  At the time of writing, there was still room at Barque Smokehouse, Culaccino, Earl’s, Jackson’s Landing, Rust Bistrobar, Lowville Golf Club (brunch at 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm), and Tucker’s Marketplace.

Give Mom a break from the kitchen with dinner out. We have so many great restaurants in Burlington for you to try.  The Water Street Cooker which has beautiful lakefront views is offering a special dinner buffet running 3:30-6 pm (6 is the last reservation available). They will feature prime rib, salads and seafood and an assortment of pastas plus lots of other delicious food. (Please note their Sunday brunch is already sold out for Mother’s Day).

Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for gift ideas for Mom, Burlington has so many great spots to shop. Visit Downtown Burlington for lots of different boutiques and stores. Pure Boutique has great jewellery and scarves, Burlap and Twine has wonderful bath and skincare products that Mom would love and Joelle’s has so many beautiful tops, scarves and accessories that we know you’ll find something for your special Mom (or for yourself if you are allowed to pick out your own gift!).  Get Mom flowers from Brant Florist, a new book from A Different Drummer Books or you can never go wrong with a gift card for the spa – Spa in the Village has recently undergone a gorgeous renovation and what Mom doesn’t love time at the spa?

Want to treat Mom extra special on Mother’s Day? Get her a treat – there are so many good ‘treat’ spots in Burlington.  Visit Mrs. B’s Gifthouse for their homemade biscotti and gift baskets, Christy’s Gourmet Gifts has lots of tasty treats for Mom , Kelly’s Bake Shoppe is full of delicious cupcakes and other amazing baked goods and Walkers Chocolates is always a good choice!

For a unique idea, why not get Mom a gift certificate for a food tour? Burlington Food Tours has tours starting again in May and they run monthly from May-October. Each month features different restaurants on their tour and their website highlights the restaurants on each tour.

No matter how you spend your day and who you spend it with, we hope it is a good one! Remember our Visitor Centre located at 414 Locust Street in Downtown Burlington is open from 9 am-4pm daily to elp you plan your visit to Burlington. Stop by and say hi!

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