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Celebrate Mom: Mother’s Day 2016 on the Main Line

Christine Mawhinney Lark

Christine Mawhinney Lark

Contributing Writer

Posted March 30, 2015

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Looking for some fun family activities for Mother’s Day? If you just want to relax and have a nice meal out, go and explore, or do something fun and exciting, we have a list for you. Enjoy your special day, no matter what you choose!

Music and Gorgeous Blooms

May 7 and 8, 9 am — 8 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1000 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Take mom out for live music, and the perfect place for a pretty picture with gorgeous flowers all around. While the buffet is already sold out (mark your calendar for next year!), a trip to the gardens will still make for a memorable day during Mother’s Day weekend. Registration is required. Tickets include garden admission.

Crafting and Cooking at Valley Forge Flowers

May 8, 4 — 6 pm

The Barn at Valley Forge Flowers, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

Does mom love canning? Is she trying to cut back on refined sugar (who isn’t)? Then she’ll love this special event, presented by WHYY. Local food blogger Marisa McClellan will share what she’s learned about substituting maple syrup, coconut sugar, and other less refined sugars to create healthier preserves that taste great. She’ll also help demystify canning, for moms who are just starting out. A portion of the proceeds will go to Main Line Animal Rescue.

WHYY is offering Main Line Parent members a special discount for the event: register as a WHYY member and use the code MLPM when signing up to get the station member price of $35 for a single ticket, and $30 for additional tickets. (You’ll also get a copy of McClellan’s book, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars.)

Color to Dye For

May 8, 10 am — noon

Main Line Arts Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

Spend time with mom making your own personal creations. This workshop will teach everyone how to dye their own yarn, and learn to weave. Everyone will bring home a keepsake of their own naturally dyed yarn. Perfect for ages 5 and up.

Woodland Wildflower Walk

May 8, 2 pm 

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

If mom enjoys the outdoors, this event is for her. Stroll through the beautiful countryside during this wildflower walk, discovering fun folklore for each flower. It’s free, and best for adults and children ages 10 and up. Soak up the sunshine, and enjoy the outdoors! Pre-registration is required.

Delicious Brunch in a Beautiful Setting

May 8, 10 am — 4 pm

The Radnor Hotel, 591 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids

Get out of the kitchen and take mom out for a special meal. Tempt her with treats on the Mother’s Day brunch menu, and enjoy the posh surroundings. Plus, she can relax to the soothing sounds of the classical piano.  

Painting fun with Mom

Gift workshop: May 1, 11 am — 2 pm

Paint with mom: May 8, 9:30 — 11:30 am

Pinot’s Palette Lower Merion, 20 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore

A week before Mother’s Day, enjoy this open studio opportunity to create a special gift for Mom. There will be an artist in the studio to help out. Choose your own project, or follow one of the suggestions. Either way, you are sure to create a memorial gift for Mom. On Mother’s Day itself, paint with mom to create a special keepsake that you will both treasure. Children and mothers can enjoy a special treat of milk, doughnuts, and mimosas on this exciting day.

Yoga in the Winery

May 8, 10 am — 5 pm

Penns Woods Winery, 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford

If mom likes to get Zen while also enjoying her rose, then sign her up for Penns Woods Winery’s Yoga in the Vineyard. In addition to a relaxing yoga class, there are perks involved, like a six-bottle wine bottle tote and souvenir wine glass. There will also be food trucks at the winery and live music.

To The Races

May 8, 10:30 am

Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

A day at the races, accompanied by a lively tailgate party and scrumptious brunch, make Winterthur’s fun Point-to-Point event the perfect Mother’s Day celebration. Winterthur holds Point-to-Point on Mother’s Day every year, so make it part of your family’s tradition and head out! Pre-registration is required, and tailgating spots must be purchased by May 7. See event link for more details.

Mother’s Day Dinner Train

May 8, 1, 2, and 3 pm

Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks

Enjoy a traditional Lancaster County dinner aboard the luxurious Lee E. Brenner Dining Car while riding through the countryside on on old-fashioned steam train. In addition to the scenery, mom can enjoy baked turkey, fried chicken, and pineapple-glazed ham balls, plus vegetables and a choice of desserts that includes shoo-fly pie. Tickets are $44 for ages 12 and up; $25 for ages 2 to 11; and $10 for ages 2 and under. Buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended; do it at the railroad’s website or by calling 866-725-9666.


Photo Courtesy of Winterthur’s Point-to-Point Facebook Event Page.


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