Treat yourself, or hint to a loved one that you want a gut-bustin’ brunch or an adventurous balloon ride (aff) for your special day! To everyone else ready to celebrate, here are a few unusual or unique ways you could surprise one of your favorite ladies with things to do on Mothers Day.

Skip the experience and go straight to the gifts for mom. 

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We celebrate dog moms, too! 

Brunch like Royalty

On May 11 and 12 at 12 noon sharp, a Scarborough Faire Mother’s Day Brunch is offered to mothers and families at the Crown Pavilion to kick off her special day. Over the admission price, each adult is $20 and children are $10. They offer a full brunch buffet with mimosas, coffee and tea. The King and members of his royal court will stop by to honor the mothers. 

Brunch on a Boat

Take a drifty two-hour cruise by gondola on Lake Carolyn in Irving! With dessert, brunch, dinner and no-food cruises available, it’s a nice time to be on the water with just the two three of you. A few other boaty options at the link, too.

…On Lake Lewisville

Arispop runs cruises year-round, but on Sunday, May 12, you can choose from a day cruise with a brunch, or an evening, CHILD-FREE dinner cruise. Ooo how would you choose? With music and activities, and a rose for mom, you can’t go wrong. Or for you land lubbers, Sneaky Pete’s is putting on a fab brunch for moms for $33 adults, and they’ve got indoor/outdoor seating, with a pier bar that gets full service, too. 

… On Lake Ray Hubbard

Harbor Lights Cruises are doing it up in the morning and in the evening on Mother’s Day. Live music with Caribbean steel drums. About two hours for each cruise, $65 and up. 

It’s a miracle our moms let us live to become adults.

Find local fun stuff with great deals on Groupon (aff) to get the lucky lady in your life a spa experience, massage, salon trip, fitness, food, personalized gifts, and more—all in her own neighborhood.

Tea and crumpets around the metroplex

Read our list of tea rooms here for a low-key, high tea luncheon experience with mom 

Lavish brunches we love

These are the kinds of extraordinary brunches that go vast and deep. ​

​Treat mom to something extraordinary at The Fairmont in Dallas: Breakfast and lunch options, seafood, carving station, desserts and more. $69/adults & $35/kids. Various seating times, so call to reserve. 214-720-5249

Warwick Melrose at the Landmark Restaurant in uptown Dallas. We can vouch for the luxurious and delicious options. The huge cold cocktail shrimp, the bloody mary bar, omelet station,  carving station, fruit and cheese bar and desserts galore. It’s my personal favorite special occasion brunch, hands-down. $70 for adults. 

Who knew The Colony could rock so hard?? Taking their smorgasbord brunch to the next level, Lava Cantina is going all out for moms Sunday, May 12 from 11a – 2p. Adults are only $25, kid $10. See the whole menu here.

​It was hard to find info about this, but the Cast Iron at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth has been putting on an awesome brunch for years. Reserve at OpenTable: $68/grownups and $38 kids.

The Ranch in Irving — 9:30am until 3 pm 

Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

From 2-4 pm on Saturday, May 11, sign up for the High Tea—wave your pinky in the air like you just don’t care! They say it sells out fast. $45 adults, $35 each child. RSVP required.

…And in the evening, visit FWBG for the Lanterns in the Garden, $18 per person. 

​Dallas Zoo Safari Nights

While not an “official” Mothers Day event, this is a Friday evening date night opportunity at the Zoo that’s included with admission. 6 to 9 pm that includes DinoSOAR. More details here.

Is your family a zoo, too? 

The Dusty Biscuit

Is mom missing the French Quarter? Don’t fret, cher. Sashay to popup Sunday Mother’s Day brunch with the Dusty Biscuit at Locust Cider in Fort Worth. Get hot beignets, biscuits and gravy, and more. 

Chestnut Tea Room & Bistro for Jazz Saturday

When’s the last time you went to an ice cream social? This is a one-two punch of Mother’s Day fun: Food catered by the Chestnut, held at Aunt Sue’s Barn. Browse the berry farm and peach orchard too. Sunday 1-3 in Ponder. More info, menu, and a link to tickets here. 

Moms love wine

Wine it down a bit at Messina Hof, a wildly popular wine bar on Main St in Grapevine. Every year their Mother’s Day buffet sells out earlier and earlier, so hop on this one. Prices and menu available here.

​Moms deserve something truly awesome—your time.

Pre- or post-brunch things to do in DFW…

Mrs Wonder Mother 5K and fun run in Dallas Saturday.

​Visit Recycled Books, Denton’s massive used book store on the square.

If mom’s a history buff, she’ll love this play about Amon Carter in Hurst.

Yoga with Puppies AND Goats in Deep Ellum, Sunday 10-11a.

The Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens 

Asian Festival at The Sound Stage and Amphitheater in Dallas, May 11.

Mother’s Day Wine & Jazz Festival at Fair Park, Saturday & Sunday

Grapevine: Mother’s Day Train Ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and/or the Spring Bead & Jewelry Show Friday through Sunday.

Mother’s Day Mom-osa Walk in Bishop Arts

Historic Home Tour in Fairmount neighborhood, Fort Worth, noon til 6p both days

The Wizard of Oz is on stage at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth all weekend. 

Kaboo Texas touts food, comedy, music and whatnot at AT&T Stadium, Friday, May 10.

To the birth moms, adopted moms, stepmoms, dog moms, foster moms, the Mr. Moms, moms-in-law—thanks for making our lives so full!! 

If you visit any of these fun places for Mother’s Day or any other time, tell ’em you found it on 

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