Mother's Day is usually a pretty easy holiday to shop for, though it is sometimes shamefully hard to remember. In the past you've probably spent cash on flowers, candy, jewelry, and other cliché gifts that moms typically love. How about something different this year? Give her something you'll both appreciate: time. Check out these mom-friendly happenings around town this weekend.
For the mom that likes a road trip:
Baby Animals Weekend
Oliver H. Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River; 763.441.6896
This working 1860s farm is a bit of a drive; it will take you about 41 minutes to get there. But if you and your mother share a love for fluffy, fuzzy little animals, you need to check out this event. Baby chicks, goats, and other animals will be wandering about the farm. History buffs should also enjoy tours by costumed characters, the vegetable garden picking, and butter churning. Moms get in free when you pay full price. $5-$8. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For the low-key, zen mom:
Mother's Day for Peace
Lyndale Park Peace Garden, 4124 Roseway Rd., Minneapolis; 612.230.6400
Who doesn't love peace? Mom will love this afternoon of poetry, storytelling, and music with Larry Long and friends. Guests can also practice folding origami cranes. After the performance take a walk over to the Rose Garden to see how the buds are blossoming, or take a walk around Lake Harriet and treat Mom to some ice cream at the bandshell. Sunday, free, 2 p.m.
For the mom with a green thumb:
Mother's Day Weekend Bonsai Show
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, 651.487.8200
The Conservatory is always a fun stroll. Check out the exotic plant life and flowers in bloom. This weekend will feature a unique show of privately owned and grown bonsai. If it's nice out take a picnic basket lunch with you and have lunch outdoors. Saturday and Sunday, free, donations encouraged, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For the mom that loves history:
Relax into Mother's Day
James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.297.2555
Learn about how the roles of women in the home have changed over the years (and how they haven't). This special tour will examine the lives of the women who resided and worked at the Hill House. Simply thinking about their daily chores should bring on stress, so afterwards enjoy a relaxation class led by life coach Beth Freschi. Sunday, $12, 4:30 p.m.
For the mom that loves to shop:
Girls on the Town
various Hopkins locations
visit www.thinkhopkins.com for more info
This Saturday Hopkins offers a city-wide celebration geared towards women. Many stores and performance venues around town will have free gifts and discounts for shoppers, relaxation activities including chair massages, and other deals. Stop by Hopkins Center for the Arts (1111 Mainstreet) for a complete guide of events and participating locations. Saturday, free, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For the nostalgic mom:
What Were You Watching?
Suburban World Theater, 3022 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.9000
This Saturday, take a stroll down memory lane with Mom. This flick takes a look at the influence that film, television, and media had on the Baby Boom generation. Saturday, free, 6 p.m.
For the mom that loves the Twins:
Mother's Day at the Metrodome
900 5th St. S, Minneapolis, 612.338.9467
Hit a home-run with Mom as the Minnesota Twins take on the Seattle Mariners this Sunday. Moms get a free T-shirt at the gate while supplies last. Sunday, $8-$107, 1:10 p.m.
For the mom that likes to drink:
Happy Hour at French Meadow Café
2610 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.870.7855
The menu features pastas, salads, and sandwiches that will easily charm your mother. Spend $20 on food Sunday between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. and you and your mom can split a bottle of wine for half price.
Happy Hour at Pizza Nea
306 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.331.9298
Enjoy some of the best pizza in town from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $5.95 (on select pizzas). More importantly, tap beer is only $2.50 when you purchase food.
Kegs, Pegs, & Eggs at Great Waters Brewing Co.
426 St. Peters St., St. Paul; 651.224.BREW
From noon to 2 p.m. diners can enjoy cribbage, a $5.95 breakfast, and $2 pints (they make their own beer, and it's good!), mimosas, screwdrivers, and bloody Marys.