Where to Celebrate Mother's Day in the New York City Area

Where to Celebrate Mother's Day in the New York City Area


Celebrate all of the mothers and motherly figures in your life!

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 13 this year, and there’s no better way to celebrate mom or any motherly figures in your life than to take her around town to an event just for her. Treat Mom to activities she will appreciate and love spending time doing, including brunches, crafts, shows, storytimes, and more at museums, libraries, zoos, botanical gardens, and nature centers to name a few. Here is where you can celebrate Mother's Day in New York City and the surrounding areas, including ManhattanBrooklynQueens, the Bronx, Westchester County, Bergen County, NJ, and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.

Mother's Day Events in Manhattan

Mother's Day Card Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 10:30-11:45am
WHERE: The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, Battery Park City
WHAT: Show mom how much you care and create a fun, architecture-inspired Mother’s Day card.
WANT TO GO? $5. 212-945-6324. skyscraper.org.

Mother's Day Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 9am and 1pm
WHERE: Central Park Zoo, East 64th Street and Fifth Avenue, Central Park
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Families will meet a variety of zoo animal moms and their babies, make tasty morsels for some super animal moms, and go on an animal moms scavenger hunt that concludes with meeting a special animal guest.
WANT TO GO? $75. 718-220-5100. centralparkzoo.com.

The Amazing Mother's Day Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 1:30pm
WHERE: Slattery's Midtown Pub, 8 E. 36th St., #3, Midtown
WHAT: A series of clues leads you around the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way. This hunt celebrates moms and all they do in a fun, interactive way.
WANT TO GO? $39. 718-344-8962. pogoevents.com.

Ballet Hispánico en Familia
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 3pm
WHERE: United Palace, 4140 Broadway, Washington Heights
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Before the show, join Ballet Hispánico artistic director Eduardo Vilaro on stage for Baila Con Mami (Dance with Mommy) to journey through Latino dance legacy from the cha cha cha to merengue. After the show, there will be a Q&A with the dancers.
WANT TO GO? $15; free for children 12 and younger. 646-765-4773. unitedpalace.org.

FREE Story Time with Kellogg's NYC
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 10:30am-1:30pm
WHERE: Kellogg's NYC, 31 E. 17th St., Gramercy Park
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: A series of four special readings on Mother's Day. Additionally, Kellogg's NYC will be offering other free family-friendly activities, along with Dylan's Candy Bar giveaways.
WANT TO GO? 212-473-1452. strandbooks.com.

FREE 17th Annual Mamapalooza
WHEN: Sunday, May 27, 12-5pm
WHERE: Riverside Park Pier I, 500 W. 70th St., Upper West Side
WHAT: Celebrate moms and the people who love them at this annual music and art-filled festival featuring family-focused vendors, wellness activities, face painting, art, and activism.
WHY WE LOVE IT: There will be a Gymboree play area, chair yoga sessions, and sungazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association.
WANT TO GO? 877-711-6667. mamapalooza.com.


Mother's Day Events in Brooklyn

FREE DIY Windmill Planter Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Home Depot Gowanus, 550 Hamilton Ave., Gowanus
WHAT: Learn about the benefits of non-polluting sustainable energy in this hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model windmill that holds a beautiful seasonal flower or low maintenance herb just in time for Mother’s Day.
WANT TO GO? 718-832-8553. homedepot.com/workshops.

Mother's Day Breakfast
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 9-11am
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Participants will meet in the zoo before it opens, enjoy a light breakfast, meet an animal close up, and help prepare special treats for the some of the amazing animal moms.
WANT TO GO? $50. 718-399-7339. prospectparkzoo.com.

FREE Mother's Day Storytime
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 11am
WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 106 Court St., Downtown Brooklyn
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Join us for a special Mother's Day storytime featuring I've Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb and Everthing Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon. Activities to follow.
WANT TO GO? 718-246-4996. bn.com.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of Bob Marley for Kids
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
WHAT: Brooklyn Bowl and The Rock and Roll Playhouse present The Music of Bob Marley for Kids for a Mother's Day Celebration with David Langlois and The Brooklynites.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 1 and mothers. 718-963-3369. brooklynbowl.com. 

Mother's Day Events in Queens

Toddler Tales: 'Is Your Mama a Llama?'
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 1:30pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Encourage a child’s love of reading by listening to a nature related story especially chosen for the littlest nature lovers. Journey along with Baby Llama as she looks for her mama and learn about animal mothers in nature. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $21. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Storytime with the Author: 'Mommy and Me' by Ebony Troncoso
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Rochdale Village Branch, 169-09 137th Ave., Jamaica
WHAT: Queens native and author/illustrator Ebony Troncoso will join in for a reading of her picture book Mommy and Me, the story told by a child who cherishes nothing more than spending time with her mother and begins to realize that moms really do have superpowers.
WANT TO GO? 718-723-4440. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Family Storytime: Mother's Day
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 11:15am
WHERE: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Children and their parents or caregivers are invited for stories, games, songs, and more on Mother's Day.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Mother's Day Open House
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 12:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Girl's Basketball & Beyond, 55-11 Queens Blvd., Woodside
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: A special Mother's Day open house and summer camp registration day, where all mother's will receive and free gift bag. Children and youth will have fun playing basketball shoot-out games, and can win prizes engaging in a basketball trivia contest, and dribbling competition. There will also be a raffle for a free week of summer camp.
WANT TO GO? 718-697-1699. girlsbasketballandbeyond.com.

WHEN: May 12-13, Saturday-Sunday, 11am
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: The Pixar movie focuses on the rebellious Princess Merida and her more traditional mother, Queen Elinor. A great film for Mother's Day weekend about the struggle to become independent and the love and bonds of family.
WANT TO GO? $15; $11 seniors and students; $7 children ages 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 718-429-2579. movingimage.us.

Mother’s Day Brunch in the Garden
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 10am and 1pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
WHAT: Treat mom to a farm-to-table brunch featuring a menu by local caterers, including freshly made hot dishes, muffins, scones, fair trade coffees, teas, and a complimentary glass of wine. Then enjoy a stroll around the garden.
WANT TO GO? $60; $30 children. 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

Family Brunch: Celebrating Moms
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 11:30am
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona
WHAT: Enjoy a light breakfast and explore the animals in the zoo this Mother's Day. Children will make a craft for their moms and take pictures with the family to remember their visit. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $35. 718-271-1500. queenszoo.com.

FREE May Craft Series For Kids
WHEN: May 2-30, Wednesdays, 4:30pm
WHERE: Hillcrest Library, 187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Kids will show off their creativity at this craft series. Make Mother's Day marbled cards on May 2; Mother's Day gifts on May 9; a Very Hungry Caterpillar craft on May 16; a Memorial Day Craft on May 23; and create a summer reading bucket list on May 30.
WANT TO GO? 718-454-2786. queenslibrary.org.


Mother's Day Events in the Bronx

Family Art Project: Messages for Mother Earth and Mom
WHEN: May 12-13, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Wave Hill, 649 W. 249th St., Bronx
WHAT: Bring photos of the moms in your life whom you wish to acknowledge through notes and images on special papers. Learn about Pachamama, revered in South America, who teaches moderation in what we take from the earth. Then make an inspired painting on a card with pop-out elements.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 students and seniors; $2 children ages 6-18; free for children younger than 6; admission is free until 12pm on Saturday. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party
WHEN: May 12-13, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
WHAT: Plant yourself among the most beautiful spring landscape New York City has to offer and enjoy live music, lawn games, picnicking on Daffodil Hill, and more. Or, make a reservation at the Hudson Garden Grill and enjoy a delicious meal with your loved ones.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Moms will love the garden collection tours and floral demonstrations.
WANT TO GO? $28; $25 seniors and students; $12 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.


Mother's Day Events in Westchester County

Kids in the Kitchen: Dolci per la Mamma - Linzer Tarts
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2pm
WHERE: Westchester Italian Cultural Center, 1 Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: What better way to thank your extraordinary mom than gifting her with a dessert that will warm her tummy, as well as her heart? Presented by Cathy Blanco.
WANT TO GO? $65. 914-771-8700. wiccny.org.

FREE Mother's Day Cards
WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 4pm
WHERE: The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Make a homemade Mother's Day card for your mom. The library supplies all the materials, you supply the love.
WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847. fieldkids.wordpress.com.

Mothers and Others Tea Musicale
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 1pm
WHERE: Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah
WHAT: Take in a mini concert in the Music Room. Then, take a tour of the extraordinary Rosen House, a Mediterranean-style villa. After the tour, there will be a delicious assortment of tea sandwiches and desserts served in the cozy Summer Dining Room.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A great way to spend Sunday with mom and grandma.
WANT TO GO? $60; $43 children. 914-232-5035. caramoor.org.

Mommy's Lil' Sprouts
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 1-2pm
WHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Gather in the Manor House to read a short story and meet some furry friends. Afterwards, plant a variety of seeds to take home and nurture them as they grow.
WANT TO GO? $8. 914-723-3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org


Mother's Day Events in Bergen County, NJ

FREE Mother's Day Hike to the Women's Monument
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 11am
WHERE: Palisades Interstate Park Headquarters, Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 2, Alpine, NJ
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: The destination and turn-around point will be a 1929 trailside monument honoring the crucial role that the New Jersey Women’s Clubs played in preserving the Palisades and creating the park. The hike will cover about four miles in two hours.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Spend a scenic, active, thoughtful day with mom.
WANT TO GO? 201-768-1360. njpalisades.org.



Mother's Day Events in Nassau County, Long Island

FREE Mother's Day Coasters
WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30pm
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Make a set of marble coasters created with polymer clay for Mother's Day.
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

FREE Mother’s Day Event: Moms In Real Life
WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 1-4pm
WHERE: Broadway Commons Center Court, 358 N. Broadway, Hicksville
AGES: Adult
WHAT: This special Mother's Day event includes vendors and free massages and manicures, plus two cake decorating classes.
WANT TO GO? 516-621-1446. specialtyconnections.com.

FREE Mother's Day Fun
WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 4:30pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Join in for stories and activities to celebrate our wonderful mommies.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

FREE Mother's Day Candle Making Workshop
WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 4:30pm
WHERE: Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Cove
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn how to create a beautiful candle with Chrissy from Curiously Creative Candles.
WANT TO GO? 516-676-2130. glencovelibrary.org.

FREE Mother's Day Craft
WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 4pm
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Make a fun and useful message center that you can give as a Mother's Day gift. 
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

An R&B Mother's Day with The Whispers, The Dramatics, and Lenny Williams
WHEN: Friday, May 11, 8pm
WHERE: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Take Mom to this "old school" concert and experience the finger-snapping, toe-tapping repertoire of these iconic singers.
WANT TO GO? $39 and up. 516-334-0800. thetheatreatwestbury.com.

FREE Mother's Day Story Time
WHEN: Friday, May 11, 10am
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Come celebrate how special moms are with stories, songs, and a simple craft.
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

FREE Mother's Day Storytime featuring 'I've Loved You Since Forever' and 'Everything Is Mama'
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 11am
WHERE: Barnes and Noble -Carle Place, 91 Pld Country Rd, Carle Place
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Join us for a special Mother's Day Storytime featuring books by bestselling authors Hoda Kotb and Jimmy Fallon. Activities to follow.
WANT TO GO? 516-741-9850. barnesandnoble.com.

FREE The Beautiful Music of Richard Rodgers: Mother's Day Event
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2pm
WHERE: Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave., Wantagh 
AGES: All 
WHAT: An enjoyable afternoon of the music of Richard Rodgers will be presented by composer/pianist Paul Joseph and his jazz trio which offers inspiring instrumental jazz renditions of classics such as "If I loved You," "Bewitched," "My Funny Valentine," and more. 
WANT TO GO? 516-221-1200. wantaghlibrary.org.

Mother's Day Tea
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 3pm
WHERE: Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point
WHAT: This event offers a light afternoon snack of scones and finger sandwiches to tide you over from brunch to dinner.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Live chamber music accompanies the festivities.
WANT TO GO? $35; $20 children ages 4-12; free for children 3 and younger. 516-571-7901. sandspointpreserve.org.

Mother's Day Skate
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 2pm
WHERE: United Skates of America, Inc., 1276 Hicksville Road, Seaford
WHAT: Have the time of your life skating. Cost includes admission, skate rental, unlimited pizza and sodas. Mom skates for half price with paid child admission.
WANT TO GO? $15. 516-795-7454. unitedskates.com.


Mother's Day Events in Suffolk County, Long Island

Whale of a Mom
WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 9:30-10:30am
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Bring your little one to this pre-K program for Mother’s Day. Explore how oceanic moms take care of their little ones, create a card for someone specia, and enjoy story time, a snack, and a mommy-and-me scarf.
WANT TO GO? $12; $4 per sibling. 631-367-3418 . cshwhalingmuseum.org.

FREE Mother's Day Ceramic Wall Hangers
WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 4pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Participants will design a ceramic wall-hanging flower pot to give to mom for Mother’s Day. Registration and Westhampton Free Library card required.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.

FREE Drop in Craft: Mother's Day
WHEN: Friday, May 11, 4-5pm
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Make a gift for Mom or someone special in your life.
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228. riverheadlibrary.org.

Mother's Day Paint Event 2018
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Key to My Art, 10 W. Oak St., Amityville
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Celebrate being a mom or having a mom in this two-part painting with one or more of your children. Registration reqired.
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-608-9048. keytomyart.com.

Mother's Day Weekend: Learn to Garden
WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 9am-6pm
WHERE: Garden of Eve Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead
WHAT: Come celebrate Mothers’ Day weekend by enjoying a “make-and-take” class with mom. Workshops include planting patio gardens, fairy gardening, essential oils, and more.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-722-8777. gardenofevefarm.com.

Message in a Bottle for A Special Lady in Your Life
WHEN: May 12-13, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Write a heartfelt message and place it in a decorated bottle as a keepsake for your mother or special lady.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.

Mothers' Day Brunch on the Farm
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Garden of Eve Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead
WHAT: The buffet prix-fixe brunch includes starters, salads, entrée, dessert, beverages, and coffee/tea.
WANT TO GO? $30; $15 children. 631-722-8777. gardenofevefarm.com.

Mother's Day
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 11am-5pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
WHAT: Moms get in free with paying child.
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children ages 4-18; free for children younger than 4 and moms. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.

Mother's Day Brunch
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 10am; 12pm; 2pm; 4pm
WHERE: Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main St., Riverhead
WHAT: Enjoy a delicious brunch or dinner with a diverse menu, and then leave time to enjoy the Aquarium (admission is included with your brunch fee). Reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $54.95; $26.95 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 2. 631-208-9200 . longislandaquarium.com.

Happy Mother's Day
WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor
WHAT: Free admission for mothers only when accompanied by their children.
WANT TO GO? $6; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3 and moms. 516-692-6768. cshfha.org.

RELATED: Get Weekend Activities Sent to Your Inbox