This Sunday, May 14th is Mother’s Day, and while every mother loves to be showered with gifts, spending some quality time with your Mom without the distraction of gadgets, is more valuable than anything you can buy. So instead of opting for the usual flowers and chocolates, here are some local events and ways to share a memorable day with your one and only Mom.

Galleries & Museums

Toronto has a wide variety of world-class art exhibits, from specialty museums like the Bata Shoe Museum which offers an afternoon of activities that includes clog decorating or watching an expert shoemaker ply his craft. The AGO is exhibiting the work of noted artist Georgia O’Keeffe, known for her gorgeous paintings of enlarged flowers.

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Botanical Gardens

Instead of buying cut flowers that last only a short time, why not take your Mother to one of these glorious gardens. The Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton offers a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on May 13 and a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 14. Treat Mom to a meal just for her before touring the fragrant and colourful spring blooms. The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens offers 99 acres of beautiful parkland. A horse and carriage tour of the gardens offers a unique and memorable way to take in the surroundings.

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Tulip Festival

The 65th anniversary of Ottawa’s Tulip Festival celebrates the capital’s official flower with four venues across the city showcasing millions of tulips in bloom. Activities include a gourmet Mother’s Day Brunch accompanied by a live jazz performance amid the heady bulbs in and around The Tulip Café.

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Mother’s Day Walk

Join the thousands of Canadians who raise funds for the treatment, early detection, and cure for breast cancer. Find a location near year you and sign up for the 5 kilometre walk or run, a mall walk, or a Zumba class. Participating in The Breast Cancer Society of Canada’s Mother’s Day Walk is a great way to show your love for your Mom and all of the wonderful women in your life.

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Animal Moms

Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Toronto Zoo will feature zoo moms like Josephine the gorilla mom and Er Shun the giant panda mom and their babies in interpretive stations in the Indo-Malaya pavilion.

Skylon Tower in Pink

In honour of Moms, Niagara Falls’ Skylon Tower will be illuminated in pink and at 775 feet you get the best view of Niagara Falls. Take Mom for a meal in the revolving dining room that rotates 360 degrees every hour or brunch in the Summit Suite Buffet.

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Butterflies are Free

Until September 15th the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory has a special exhibition. Butterflies of Egypt and East Africa lets you observe the Black Swordtail, the Pearl Emperor, and the Blue Pansy, among others, up close flying freely in a lush tropical environment. This special feature runs in conjunction with Egypt: Gift of the Nile, a travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum on display in the galleries.

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Sweet Tooth Temptations

Instead of the usual boxed assortment, for those chocolate loving Moms why not take her on this Mother’s Day Chocolate Tour in Toronto? Spend the afternoon watching a chocolate making demonstration by an award-winning chocolatier and sampling chocolatey goodies.

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By: Allison Webster