Mother's Day has come again, and no matter how you feel about greeting-card commercialism, you know you love your mother. So write her a sweet note and send her some flowers...or if you're lucky enough to live near your mother, take her out for a nice day in Denver.
Here are seven fun, family-friendly things to do this Sunday.
Mother's Day 5K
Sunday, May 14, 9:30 a.m.
Sporty families can join the annual Mother's Day 5K and work up an appetite for a mid-morning feast. Entry fees are $40 for individuals and $125 for the whole family, and include brunch, a tech T-shirt (if you sign up early enough), and discounted admission to the Denver Zoo. Child care will be provided. For more information, go to the Mother's Day 5K website. Run your heart out.
Mother's Day Family Show
Comedy Works South
Sunday, May 14, 3 p.m.
Family tensions? That's okay. Take Mom to Comedy Works South, where John Heffron is sure to make even stone-faced mothers crack a smile. If you're worried the material will be too risqué, never fear. It's a family-friendly affair – and not the kind your mom and dad had behind each other's back when you were a kid and blissfully oblivious to their shenanigans. This event is just an afternoon of laughs, and it's a bargain, to boot: Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the Comedy Works website.
Annual Serenata Madrelinda (Serenade to our Beautiful Mothers)
Sunday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center
Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center will host a Mother's Day brunch replete with Caribbean-inspired Latin piano music played by New York-based composer and performer Desmar Guevara. Brunch includes regional Chicano food, pastries, hot coffee and mimosas. Tickets are $50 per family or $160 for four families. For more information, call 303-296-0219.
A Mother's Day Musical Matinee - Tamara Goldstein and Friends
Sunday May 14, 2 p.m.
Tenn Street Coffee & Books
If your mother is a classical-music fan who likes surrounding herself with books and sipping coffee (and who doesn't?), this free concert at Tenn Street Coffee & Books is for her. Pianist Tamara Goldstein will be performing a selection of classics – including Beethoven's "Kreutzer Sonata," Schubert's "Fantasy for Piano" duet, and trios by Mozart – with her friends Deborah Marshall on clarinet, Renée Patten on violin, Helen McDermott on viola and Liudmila Startsev on piano.
Mother's Day Open Farm and Snuggle Day
Sunday, May 14, 1 to 3 p.m.
Broken Shovels Farm
Animal-loving moms will enjoy a trip to Broken Shovels Farm, a no-kill dairy where mama animals and their babies are not separated at birth, as they are at commercial dairies. This, of course, leads to a lot of animals that aren't all that productive, at least in the traditional agricultural sense. But animal-rights activist Andrea Davis's farm is a great place to snuggle with some friendly goats, buy a little homemade cheese and yogurt (and vegan delicacies for the dairy-averse) and experience farm life not too far from the city. While a visit is technically free, a $5 donation is requested at the gate.
Mother's Day Art for Advocacy Fundraiser
Sunday, May 14, noon to 4 p.m.
Fox Fire Farms Winery, Ignacio
If you're looking for a mini Mother's Day vacation, consider taking a road trip to Ignacio, where the local chapter of the national Great Old Broads for Wilderness is hosting an Art for Advocacy fundraiser to benefit their elder-led activism protecting wild lands. Taste wine, take horse-and-carriage rides and peruse landscape paintings. Admission is $35 for adults; kids under eighteen get in free. Purchase tickets here.
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Denver Botanic Gardens
Sunday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1005 York Street
Visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens on Mother's Day is kind of like riding a New York City subway at rush hour. Expect elbows to the ribs. Even so, the gardens are glorious, and summer hours start on Mother's Day, which means you can visit in the evening, too. Admire rare flowers, plants and koi, enjoy the fountains and check out the new Alexander Calder exhibit.