Mother’s Day Activities Happening in Toronto

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Is your family still wondering how to celebrate Mother’s Day? While we’re all for brunch followed by some alone time for mom, some years it’s nice to spend the whole day together.

This year there are plenty of activities happening on and around Mother’s Day that will satisfy everyone in your family, regardless of their age, interest or gender. Here’s a roundup of 11 such events that will help you celebrate Mother’s Day 2019 as a family.

Have Dinner with a King

Medieval Times may not be the first place that comes to mind when you hear “Mother’s Day dinner” but it’s actually a fantastic place to create some family memories; after all, where else can you eat with your hands, cheer on a knight and see some impressive animal tricks? And between now and Mother’s Day, mom’s ticket is free, with the purchase of another adult ticket. Want to take things up a notch? Medieval Times is also offering a special “mom’s package” that includes a glass of champagne or a mimosa.

Check Out a Street Festival

Parkdale is easily one of Toronto’s most colourful neighbourhoods, packed with amazing shops, restaurants and people. On May 11, join its residents at the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market. This family-friendly event features a zero-waste fair, tulip giveaways and a giant kids zone that will keep your children busy while you browse the flea market and sidewalk sales. There will also be a 10,000 square foot food market that will have something for even the pickiest palate.

Get Pampered at a Soccer Game 

Does your family love sports? Then this twist on a TFC game might be perfect for your brood. Two options are available. The first starts off with a gourmet brunch that of course includes mimosas. It also includes early access to the Pamper Zone. Option two skips brunch but does include the Pamper Zone, which will feature mini-makeovers, manicures and tons of giveaways. Both options also include tickets to the game, which will see the TFC play the Philadelphia Union.

Or Get Spoiled at a Baseball Game

More of a baseball family? Then consider spending May 12 at the Rogers Centre where the Blue Jays will be taking on the Chicago White Sox. Just for Mother’s Day, the 200 West Jet Level Flight Deck will be transformed into the Mom’s Oasis where mothers will receive makeup and hair touch-up, wine samples, the chance to pose for family photos and more. As well, the first 15,000 fans at the ballpark will also receive a free Marcus StroGnome Giveaway.

Get Your Nails Done Together 

The Ten Spot is one of Toronto’s most popular nail chains for good reason: It’s known for uncompromising quality and cleanliness. The Ten Spot also aims to be a salon that’s open to everyone, making it somewhere the whole family, including kids and a husband, can enjoy together. Its kid-friendly manis and pedis include a soak, nail shaping, scrub, massage and polish in your child’s choice of colour. Adults can choose between gel, classic and quickie options. There are over a dozen Ten Spot locations across the GTA, meaning there’s likely one near you.

Hit the Spa 

Family-friendly spa Glama Gal is offering a special Mother’s Day package on May 12. For one price (additional children can be added on), mom and one child get manicures, arm massages, a keepsake necklace and photo and some tasty snacks. Already have plans on May 12? Then contact one of the spa’s six GTA locations and see if you can organize the package, or another collection of the spa’s offerings, for a date that does work for you.

Or Bring the Spa to You 

Want the spa experience but in the comfort of your own home? Then consider throwing your family a spa party. Mobile company The Spa Treatment offers everything from massages to facials to chocolate pedicures. It also offers treatments for men and for kids age four to 10 and 11 to 17. Mix and match treatments to create a custom experience for your family that will also leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.

Make the Perfect Brunch

Here’s a fun twist on the classic Mother’s Day tradition of brunch. At The Chef’s Upstairs May 12 brunch class, you and your family can learn the secrets to making the perfect eggs benedicts from a professional chef. The delicious menu that you’ll help to make also features French toast and a mimosa. If you prefer, there’s the option to have The Chef Upstairs send a chef to your house and teach your family there. The Chef Upstairs offers a wide variety of family-friendly cooking classes throughout the year, making this a good option if you can’t celebrate Mother’s Day on the 12.

Mother’s Day Plant Café

Are you a gardener? Then your perfect Mother’s Day might be found at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. Grab the family and enjoy a delicious boxed lunch that comes with a reusable bag and a coupon for one plant at the Gardens’ plant sale. Then take a guided tour of the Gardens, which features 17 different spaces. All moms will also receive a pretty pashmina scarf. Note that this event does require advance registration.

Take a Chocolate (or Food) Tour

This is the perfect way for families with a sweet tooth to spend the afternoon of May 12 together. Tasty Tours’ Mother Day’s Chocolate Tour will take you on a guided walking through central Toronto that will see you visit some of the city’s top sweet shops. Also included are plenty of samples as well as an exclusive chocolate tasting lesson. Not a fan of chocolate? Tasty Tours is also offering a Mother’s Day Food Tour that will have your touring Kensington Market’s many multi-cultural flavour.

Visit a Shoe Museum

On May 12, the Bata Shoe Museum is hosting a special event that’s all about mom. Included in the museum admission are a number of fun crafts that all ages will enjoy. You and your family can paint a clog, do a scratch-paper craft and more. Afterwards, check out the museum’s many colourful galleries that are also surprisingly educational.


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