A floral celebration, free day of bowling, and an evening of a cappella highlight some of the events in and around Boston this Mother’s Day weekend.
Treat Mom to the Arts
Saturday & Sunday
You could do flowers; you could do a card; you could do a day of pampering. Or this Mother’s Day you could treat Mom to a day or evening of culture, by exploring the Boston arts. Our friends at Arts Boston passed along their recommendations for Mother’s Day arts events, including a ballet, comedic stage plays, and an exquisite art exhibit. Read more about their suggestions in our list of Best Boston Arts For Mother’s Day.
Arnold Arboretum, Boston
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Springtime is magic time at the Arnold Arboretum with its thousands of flowering plants. Only one of those plants, however, gets its own daylong celebration each year. It’s Lilac Sunday and admission is free. Tours of the lilacs, dance performances, picnicking, and family activities make for a memorable day.
Duckling Day Parade
Boston Public Garden
Sunday at Noon
An adorable Boston tradition, The Friends of the Public Garden celebrate Mother’s Day with the annual Duckling Day parade. Based on the children’s classic Make Way for Ducklings, children can dress like ducklings and retrace the steps of the beloved characters, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their family of eight ducklings. Registration begins at 10:30am at the Shaw Memorial on the Boston Garden (near the State House). There is a $25 donation per family to take part.. but watching is free.
Kids Bowl Free
Boston Bowl, Dorchester
In an effort to raise awareness about the upcoming Kids Bowl Free Summer Program, kids get two free games of bowling this Saturday at Boston Bowl on Morrissey Boulevard. The nationwide summer program offers free bowling for kids at dozens of New England bowling alleys, seven days a week, from the end of June through August.
Portsmouth Kitchen Tours
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Have a case of kitchen envy? You can tour kitchens of many varieties – sleek and contemporary, cozy and traditional, packed with innovation and imagination. Now in its 20th year, this benefit for the Music Hall will feature kitchens and dining spaces in its home town of historic Portsmouth. Tour-goers will get a map and guidebook for the self-guided tour of open kitchens. But tickets online or at the Music Hall Box Office.
Garden in the Woods
All weekend, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This living museum is open for the season in Framingham, with more than 1,000 native plant species. Guided tours are available for all ages. Be sure to stop by the Idea Garden, meant to inspire local home gardeners, or the Rare and Endangered plants garden.
International Steampunk City Weekend
Friday through Sunday
Described as “Ringling Brothers meets the Industrial Revolution”, this city festival takes over downtown Waltham all weekend long. The celebration includes thousands of hours of entertainment spread across five stages, two city streets, and twenty other venues. The weekend features art galleries, vendors, street and stage performances, live bands, storytelling and a Victorian picnic.
Sounds of Concord Mother’s Day Concert
St. Michael Parish, Bedford
Saturday, 6 p.m.
The Sounds of Concord will put on a night of show tunes, love songs and gospel, sung a cappella. “With the top ranked men’s barbershop chorus in Massachusetts, now over 40 singers strong, and a number of entertaining quartets, we’ll provide an evening rich with the wonderful a cappella harmonies of the barbershop style.” The $20 tickets include a pasta dinner.