Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, 2019, and mothers everywhere (is it fair to say especially in DSM?) deserve to have a great weekend! From enjoying brunch out, to taking a stroll through a local park or garden to finding a great gift, we’ve come up with some great ideas for how to enjoy a fun-filled and budget-friendly Mother’s Day with (or without;) the kids.
Here is dsm4kids’ 2019 Mother’s Day Guide:
Mother’s Day Brunch Options
Sunday, May 12th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Americana is a well-known brunch spot in Des Moines. Mom will love their wide variety of traditional breakfast items and classic comfort food including a custom grilled cheese station and Bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar.
Sunday, May 12th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The District Venue and Whiskey River Ankeny will be serving Mother’s Day brunch. With over 20 buffet options you are sure to find something to please the whole family on this wonderful day. Get your spot before they fill up! Email reservations to email@example.com.
Sunday, May 12th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Food Depot Bar & Grill in Grimes will be serving Mother’s Day Brunch. Find your favorite selections on their brunch buffet.
Sunday, May 12th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Gilroy’s in West Des Moines serves up a great brunch every Sunday and Mother’s Day is no exception. They serve a buffet style brunch, complete with made-to-order eggs + omelettes. You can also pair brunch with their Bottomless Mimosas + Bloody Marys special.
Sunday, May 12th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. St. Kilda’s serves breakfast every day of the week. Healthy modern dishes, fresh-baked pastries and breads, artisanal coffee beverages and a full bar serving cocktails, beer, and wine are all on the menu.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Consider a different kind of Mother’s’ Day gift: A seasonal CSA share from a local farmer. CSA is shorthand for community supported agriculture. It’s an awesome option for families who enjoy cooking and eating healthy and local. You’ll receive weekly (or bi-weekly) certified natural vegetables grown by former refugees in Central Iowa. Boxes will be filled with Iowa favorites and fun surprises like African eggplant and roselle leaves. Visit the website to find more info. and to sign-up.
Most moms end up UBERing kids around at some point. Help her keep her ride in tip top shape with a gift card for a car wash or a full car detail from Mister Car Wash in Urbandale. Better yet, just take the car in and have it done for her, so it’s not another thing she has to add to the “To Do” list!!!
If your mom loves diving into a good book and enjoys being surrounded by all things literary a gift from a local bookstore will make her day more than pink balloons or flowers. Plot Twist Bookstore in Ankeny has many thoughtful gift options to give to booklovers this Mother’s Day.
Wine or Beer from Jasper Winery or Twisted Vine Brewery
Alcohol is a gift that most moms will enjoy! I’m not saying that kids drive us to drink….well maybe I am;) Two good local options are Jasper Winery in Des Moines and Twisted Vine Brewery in West Des Moines. Visit their locations to pick up a bottle or two or make it a fun outing and enjoy a tasting session.
Make a Donation, in Your Mom’s Name, to a Local Charity
It’s no secret that sometimes the hardest person to shop for is also one of the most special: your mom. That’s why whenever you’re in doubt or can’t find that perfect gift, making a donation, in your mom’s name, to a charity or cause that she is passionate about makes a thoughtful caring gift.
Special Events to Celebrate Mom and Mother’s Day in Des Moines
May 1, 2019, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Mothers and Grandmothers, gather your little girls and celebrate the special women in your life with a sumptuous afternoon tea party just in time for Mother’s Day. Don your finest apparel (hat and gloves are acceptable!) and dine on finger sandwiches, decadent sweets, and, of course, tea (or lemonade). Hosted by Indianola Parks and Recreation, registration deadline is Wednesday, April 24, or when full.
May 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm. Boys grab your superhero outfit and a lady you love and fight crime in Clive! Superheroes can bring their mother, grandmother, aunt or any other special lady. Ladies feel free to dress up in costume as well. For ages 3-7. Registration required.
May 11 at 10:00 am and May 12 at 12:00 noon. Enjoy some creative bonding time at a Mommy+Me Canvas Painting Party with Painting with a Twist in Urbandale. On Saturday paint a “Precisous Panda Set” (5+) and on Sunday paint “Unicorn Set” (5+). Registration required.
May 11, 2019 10:30 am. Celebrate MOM in sublime style. Enjoy the legendary, tasty sweets and savories created by Chef Sharon VanVerth, enjoy live entertainment… Sit, sip and surround yourself with Victorian splendor at Terrace Hill, Iowa Governor’s Residence and National Historic Landmark. Reservations required.
May 11, 2019 1:00 pm. This Mother’s Day celebrate the important women in your life! Give the women who mean the world to you a day of fabulous fun at the Altoona Public Library. You will make our own lip gloss, do nail art, play games, and more! This is a FREE all ages event, so bring your whole family! (sons, daughters, grandparents, etc.). Registration required.
May 12, 2019 10:00 am to 4:30. In honor of Mother’s Day, all moms are admitted FREE of charge to Reiman Gardens. This year, each season brings new toys and games for all ages to learn about the wonders of nature. Take the kids and check out their new collection of larger-than-life outdoor games.
May 12, 2019 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Mom’s get FREE admission to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Explore the gardens and sign up for their Mother’s Day Family Workshop where you’ll be able to Celebrate Mother’s Day by learning about a variety of flowers and creating handmade flower crowns and wands with your little prince or princess.
May 12, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Join Summerset Winery on Mother’s Day for live music. Mom’s get in for FREE and will receive a complimentary glass of Sangria! Tony Valdez & The Retro Rockets will be playing 2:00-5:00pm. This is a family friendly event. Cover is $5/pp or $15 a car load.
May 12, 2019 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Join the Bill Martin Group for a beautiful Mother’s Day afternoon on the lawn at Snus Hill Winery!
What are you doing to celebrate Mom? Let us know in the comments below!