2017 Des Moines Mother’s Day Guide - dsm4kids.com

2017 Des Moines’ Mother’s Day Guide

Looking to treat Mom this Mother’s Day in Des Moines? We’ve pulled together a few ideas for you in our handy 2017 Mother’s Day Guide.  We’ve listed places to brunch, special events and where to find a few fun gifts.  There’s no excuse not to show your favorite mom (sister, aunt, grandmother, BFF, MIL…) a little love and appreciation this Mother’s Day!!!

Treat Mom to Brunch on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Brunch at 801 Chophouse

801 Chophouse is opening their doors from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 14th for a special Mother’s Day celebration. Enjoy traditional brunch fare like eggs benedict, French toast, Croque Madame and more. Moms will appreciate the complimentarily champagne toast.

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Christopher’s

Sunday, May 14th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, Christopher’s in Beaverdale will be serving Mother’s Day Brunch buffet style.  They’ll have a carving station, hot buffet items, seafood, cold displays, salads and a dessert table. Coffee, soda and iced tea are also included with the meal.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Le Jardin

Le Jardin will be serving Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14 with seating between 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Chefs Tag and Ashton will be serving a special menu including complimentary honey cornbread muffins and coffee for all guests. Menu selections include your choice of two sides.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Strudl Haus

Moms can enjoy brunch from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at this European restaurant and bakery on Sunday, May 14th.  Choose from a number of entrees like omelets, pancakes, wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, goulash and cheese spaetzles.  In addition, orange juice, bread, jelly, Nutella, cheese and a pastry are included with your meal.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Triple Crown Buffet

Make Mom’s day with a trip to Triple Crown Buffet located in Prairie Meadows on Sunday, May 14. Enjoy a huge spread featuring prime rib, carved cherry wood ham, and broasted chicken. Reservations available for groups of 6 or more. To make a reservation, call (515) 967-1000.

Find Unique Gifts for Mom in Des Moines

Art of Life Salon

Everyone can use a little pampering, especially mom.  Schedule her a spa day at Art of Life Salon in Urbandale. They offer spa services like massages and facials or, if you’re not sure what kind of treatment your mom might like, there’s no need to worry, since you can buy her a salon gift card. Don’t forget to download their $20 Off Gift Card which is good towards a new service at the salon.

Boards & Brushes

Boards and Brushes is a DIY studio, in Clive, where customers create cool graphic wood signs.  Sign up for one of their classes, choose a sign from their gallery of 100 plus designs, make a sign and wrap it up and give it to Mom.  Or, purchase a gift card so she can create her own unique wood sign.

Lutheran Services in Iowa

This Mother’s Day, let the special mother in your life know how much she means to you by giving a gift in her name. LSI supports thousands of women right here in Iowa who have overcome trauma. Give a gift today, and tell them who it will honor. They will send an e-card to let the strong mom in your life know what she means to you.

Sweet to Eat Bakery

Let mom eat cake on Mother’s Day! Sweet to Eat Bakery in Ankeny is offering blank cakes that kids can decorate specially for mom. It’s a gift and dessert all in one! Cakes need to be ordered in advanced and are $45 for the cake and edible pens.

Viaduct Gallery

The Des Moines Social Club’s Viaduct Gallery supports local artists and helps to enhance the art scene in Des Moines. They’ve stocked up on a number of unique items to help you show mom how much you love and appreciate her this Mother’s Day. Stop by to grab a card, jewelry, t shirts, and more!

Special Events in Des Moines to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Cooking Class

May 7th, 2:00 pm. You and your child can sign up for this special class with Real Food 4 Kids, which is located in West Des Moines.  You’ll enjoy making breakfast items which include individual egg cups with your choice of fillings, popovers and parfaits with homemade granola. At the end of class, you’ll get to eat your delicious creation.

Tea for Two

May 10th, 3:00 pm. Don your finest apparel (hat and gloves are acceptable!) and join Indianola Parks and Recreation for finger sandwiches, decadent sweets, and, of course, tea (or lemonade). Moms and daughters will create lasting memories as you enjoy fun activities and games with your favorite girls. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 3, or when full.

Mother / Daughter Tea

May 13th 10:00 am. Celebrate the girls in your life by joining Urbandale Parks and Recreation at the Giovenetti Community Shelter for a Mother/Daughter tea party. Mothers and daughters are encouraged to dress up for this garden party. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is May 8th.

Mother’s Day 5K & 10K Run/Walk

May 14th, 8:30 am. The Des Moines Mother’s Day 5K & 10K Run/Walk races into town.  Every finisher gets a rose.  Mom’s is her’s to keep everyone else, it’s yours to give.

FREE Admission at Reiman Gardens

May 14th 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  In honor of Mother’s Day, all moms are admitted FREE of charge to Reiman Gardens.  Take the kids and check out the new sculpture exhibit: “Washed Ashore”.

FREE Mother’s Day Fun at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

May 14th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Mom’s get FREE admission to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Enjoy some “me” time and explore the gardens on your own or take the whole family and enjoy the last day of their Spring Garden Festival.

Yoga in the Gardens

May 14th, 11:00 am. Bring your mom to the Salisbury House and enjoy a morning of yoga in the peaceful setting of The Gardens. Emily Boyd, yoga instructor with Pop Up Yoga Des Moines, will lead an hour long outdoor vinyasa yoga class focusing on postures and breathing techniques. After the class guests will be allowed to take a self-guided tour of Salisbury House.

Mother’s Day Event at the Heritage Carousel

May 14th at 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Mom can feel like a kid again with a ride on the Heritage Carousel in Union Park. It’s open for Mother’s Day.  Mom’s ride FREE and receive a carnation, all other riders cost 50 cents for kids and $1.00 for adults.

Mother’s Day Wine Tasting & Tour

May 14th, 12:00 noon. Moms can enjoy a tour and tasting of up to six wines at Summerset Winery in Indianola. They’ll also have delicious bites to pair with each wine and attendees will go home with a Summerset Logo Wine Glass. Reservations are required and you must be 21+ to participate.

Mother’s Day Bike Ride

May 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Join the Des Moines Bike Collective for a bike ride from Jasper Winery to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.  Riders are encouraged to wear pink at this FREE event.  Toast mom and decorate helmets at Jasper Winery and stop by Mullets for games & helmet fittings. All moms and the first 200 kids to arrive at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden will receive FREE admission.


What fun activities do you have planned for Mother’s Day? Tell us in the Comments below. 

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