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Celebrate Mom – Unique and Fun Ideas for Mother’s Day

Friday Apr 21st, 2023

The word “Mom” can be applied to many types of people.  It can be your birth mom, adopted mom, step-mom, grandmother, great grandmother, mother-in-law or just someone who has been like a mother to you over the years.  Mother’s Day is a day we set aside to honor those special “Moms” and thank them for their unconditional love and support.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend the day with mom.  Main photo - Goodell Gardens

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Friday through Sunday, May 12 – 14
Fri. Noon to 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Erie Wine Country Wine & Tapas Weekend: Treat Mom to a day of wine and dining! Each participating winery will prepare a small food or appetizer to pair with a selected wine. Your ticket also includes three additional wine samples, a wine and tapas weekend gift, and a $5 voucher to be used at any Lake Erie Wine Country winery. Wine & Tapas Weekend also runs May 19-21.



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Saturday, May 13, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Goodell Gardens & Homestead Mom’s Market: Spend the day with Mom surrounded by acres of roses, flowering plants, shrubs, and trees while browsing a market filled with locally made handcrafted goods. Mom’s Market also includes a seed and house plant swap and self-guided tours of Goodell Gardens’ picturesque gardens. Free admission.


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Sunday, May 14

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch: Treat Mom to a delicious meal out! Many Erie County restaurants are offering Mother’s Day Sunday Brunches filled with savory favorites and tempting desserts. Contact the restaurant of your choice for availability and reservations. Some great dining options are:

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Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Go Wild: On Mother’s Day, the Erie Zoo will celebrate mothers throughout the world for being the kind and loving caregivers that they are. Explore the zoo and its more than 400 animals and eleven beautiful botanical gardens, take a spin on the Wildlife Carousel, or a leisurely ride aboard the Safariland Express Train. All moms will receive half-off admission all day.

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Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Unleash Creativity: Spend time and get creative with your family while surrounded by the inspirational exhibits at the Erie Art Museum “Second Sundays” event on May 14. Each month involves a different art project such as painting, drawing, or working with other art mediums. Crafts are suitable for all ages. Upcoming Second Sundays are June 11 and July 9. Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

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Make Her Day Sweeter

Spoil Mom with a “Moms Care Box” from Romolo Chocolates. This ultimate assortment box is packed with a pound of decadent sweet treats just for her including Romolo’s famous sponge candy, milk chocolate art bar, bridge mix, peppermint patties, chocolate-covered pretzels, caramels, chocolate-covered roasted almonds, milk chocolate rose and sucker, chocolate stir-in spoon, and a fun special gift.

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Revitalize and Recharge

Give your Mom the gift of tranquility and relaxation with a day at the spa. Individual and group options are available at A Compassionate Hart Massage Therapy, Bella Salon & Day Spa, and Monacella Massage and Kinesiology. Spa services range from hot stone massages and mani/pedis to a variety of stress-relieving spa packages.   

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Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m. to Noon

Tea-rrific Tea Tasting: Spend a relaxing Mother’s Day with a special tea tasting at the Hagen History Center. Join Hagen History Center hosts executive director Cal Pifer and assistant director of facilities Adam Macrino for a true tasting of black, white, and oolong teas along with finger sandwiches and scones. The event also includes learning a bit of history about each unique loose-leaf tea being served and a self-guided tour of the Hagen Campus. The event is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Reservations can be made here.

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Plan an Overnight Getaway

Surprise Mom with an overnight or weekend getaway to use at one of Erie’s charming bed and breakfasts. Book a room at the Victorian-inspired Spencer House Bed & Breakfast where she can stretch out in one of their beautifully decorated rooms or curl up with a good book in their stylish parlor. The classic elegance of the Victoria Inn is a perfect getaway for Mom to unwind and feel pampered. Inside this historic mansion, every creature comfort is covered, including a delicious home-cooked breakfast. Welcome Mom to take a delightful step back in time at  The Elsie Greer House Bed & Breakfast in the historic town of North East. Here, she’ll experience a huge helping of old-fashioned hospitality served among a stunning 19th-century environment of polished carved woods, ornate fixtures, and stately decor.

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Sunday, May 14, 12:30 p.m.

Erie SeaWolves Mother's Day Stadium Club Buffet: Treat mom to a special day at UPMC Park. The Mother’s Day Buffet coincides with the SeaWolves’ 1:35 p.m. game on Sunday, May 14. The event is limited to the first 100 buyers and includes a Stadium Club game ticket and an all-you-can-eat menu.

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