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Ten Things to Do for Mother's Day for Ten Types of Moms

Happy Mother's Day! Kiss your babies and have a blast.
Happy Mother's Day! Kiss your babies and have a blast. Linnea Covington
With so many different types of moms out there, it's impossible to pick just one Mother's Day adventure. From super-active moms to ones who long for a laugh to mommies who just want to eat the day away, there's something for everyone to do this weekend. Here are ten awesome options.

click to enlarge The moms behind the Pump and Dump Show. - THE PUMP AND DUMP SHOW
The moms behind the Pump and Dump Show.
The Pump and Dump Show
For the Funny Mom
Local comedians Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee are bringing their iconic Pump and Dump Show back to the city for another Mother's Day eve spectacular. This is the sixth year the two moms have hosted it, and you can bet it's just as funny as it was on day one. Expect music, comedy, games, prizes, a dance party and lots of drinking. After all, the next day is Mother's Day, so shouldn't someone else get up with the kids? See it Saturday, May 12, at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $26.

For the History Buff Mother
If you're in need of a little walkabout this holiday weekend, on Saturday, May 12, Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec Street, will host its annual Mother's Day tour. But why, one may ask, should the graveyard be the place to bring Mom? Perhaps it's to help ease her morbid curiosity about the lives of famous women from Colorado. Such ladies include Elizabeth Iliff Warren, who co-founded the Iliff School of Theology at the University of Denver; a number of actresses; and famous woman like May Bonfils, Mattie Silks, Emily Griffith and more. The two-hour tour starts at the Chapel in the Pines at 10 a.m., and is free to all mothers accompanied by a child or adult who pays the $12 ticket fee.

click to enlarge Music at Boettcher Concert Hall. - BRANDON MARSHALL
Music at Boettcher Concert Hall.
Brandon Marshall

For the Musical Mama
Bring culture and class to Mother's Day this year by booking tickets for Mozart's "Elvira Madigan Piano Concerto No. 21" at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. After all, many moms feel their life with kids has made them circus performers — not unlike the real Elvira Madigan, a tightrope walker who inspired the 1967 film that helped bring a piece from Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 21" into the limelight. But, unlike the heroine of the story, this concert will give Mom a happy ending this weekend (Madigan was killed by her lover) and hopefully add a little peace and beauty to the chaos of the everyday. The show is at 1 p.m., and tickets start at $20.

For the Business Mommy
Moms are tough, so why not learn about other strong, passionate women on Mother's Day? During a walking tour dubbed "The Influential Women of Denver Mother's Day Tour," you and your mother, grandmother or wife can enjoy a jaunt around downtown, while your host (courtesy of Denver Impulse) divulges tidbits about all sorts of powerful women who used to grace the city's streets. The two-and-a-half-hour tour leaves from Milkbox Ice Creamery, 1701 Wynkoop Street, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday; the $40 per-person fee includes a cocktail, photo and surprise gift for Mom.

click to enlarge The Bloody Mary bar at Punch Bowl Social in Stapleton. - LINNEA COVINGTON
The Bloody Mary bar at Punch Bowl Social in Stapleton.
Linnea Covington
For the Food-Loving Mom
There are tons of special Mother's Day brunches out there, but none quite like the one going on at both Punch Bowl Social locations, in Stapleton and Baker. For starters, when you arrive, each mom gets a mimosa (virgin drinks available as well). Chase that with a plate from the decadent brunch buffet, an extravaganza that includes an omelet station, taco bar, salad bar, biscuits, eggs, breakfast meats, and a pile of pastries and desserts. Follow up the meal with games galore, which means Skee-Ball, ping-pong, board games and more. As a bonus, each mom gets the chance to roll a strike and win brunch on the house. The special event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., costs $25 per adult and $12 for kids twelve and under; children under five eat free. (And for more places to eat, see our Mother's Day brunch guide).

click to enlarge Second Star From the Right story time in Berkeley. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Second Star From the Right story time in Berkeley.
Linnea Covington
For the Literary Mother
Entertain the kids and give yourself a break this Mother's Day by bringing them by for a free hour of children's stories at the charming house that makes up Second Star From the Right in Berkeley. The focus will be books by Eric Carle (think The Very Hungry Caterpillar) as well as books all about Mom. Just remember to pack a snack and water and then let the staff entrance your children with books. If they are older kids, you can let them listen as you wander the tight shelves of the bookstore and pick up a couple tomes to read later. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. in front of the bookstore.

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington