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Eleven Things to Do for Mother's Day in Denver

Celebrate your mama and any mom-like figure this Mother's Day.
Celebrate your mama and any mom-like figure this Mother's Day. Linnea Covington
For all those moms and mother figures in your life, do something a little different this year...or at least add to the celebration by tacking on an awesome experience to go with those flowers and chocolate. From an annual comedy show all about being a mom to free plants to a movie party straight from the ’80s to, yes, a fancy brunch, here are eleven ways to make Mother's Day 2019 a winner.

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Flowers on the Vine and Temper Chocolates team up this Mother's Day.
Flowers On the Vine
Temper Chocolates Pop-Up at Flowers on the Vine
May 10 and May 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denver Central Market
2669 Larimer Street

Most women are happy to get flowers and chocolate, and on May 10 and 11 you can source both at this special pop-up shop inside Denver Central Market. Give that lady in your life something special: a $40 bouquet of blossoms and a box of six artisan, French-style bonbons. Visit the RiNo venue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up a bundle, and stop for a bite to eat while you're there.

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Some of the succulents sold by the Fresh Herb Co. at the Union Station Farmers' Market.
Linnea Covington
Free Succulents for Mom
Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.
Union Station
1701 Wynkoop Street
Free

When the Union Station Farmers' Market starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, it will not only celebrate the start of the season, but mothers, as well. Be one of the first 100 moms to visit the grand opening and get a potted succulent to take home. While you're there, pick up all the local fixings to make a Mother's Day feast, from pasta to vegetables to meat. And if you miss the 100-moms mark, fear not: There will be other stalls there with plants to purchase for her.
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The Pump & Dump
Pump and Dump's Annual Mother's Day Eve Show
May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Theatre
1621 Glenarm Place
$29.50 and up

For seven years, Denver's own Tracey Tee and Shayna Ferm have celebrated moms with their annual comedy show the night before Mother's Day. “There’s nothing we love more than performing in our home town, especially for such a special event," says Tee. "There’s no better way to ring in Mother’s Day than laughing with your mom friends, listening to hilarious music and dancing hard after the show at our once-a-year special dance party, and we’re proud this has become a yearly tradition for Denver moms.” Get tickets, starting at $29.50, at altitudetickets.com for the May 11 performance at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place.

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Go have Mother's Day brunch at Spanky's Roadhouse.
Lauren DeFilippo
Homemade Cards
Sunday, May 12
Spanky's Roadhouse
1800 East Evans Avenue

Have your brunch and get a homemade card for mom at the same time at this south Denver staple. For every mother who enters the door, the general manager will make a festive card that you can take home along with your doggy bag. Plus, you get a delicious brunch of red velvet pancakes, Bananas Foster crepes, breakfast burritos and hot chicken Benedict. Children will enjoy the scavenger hunt on the kids' menu, which involves searching for clues around the restaurant. The winners get a scoop of ice cream, and mom gets a little break as she indulges in bottomless mimosas.

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Make something with your mom to take home.
Ceramics In the City
Create Art at Ceramics in the City
Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
5214 East Colfax Avenue
Around $25 per person

For over fourteen years, mother-daughter duo Sharon and Stephanie Magennis have hosted a Mother's Day fete at their Park Hill studio, and this year is no different. "We are a mother- and daughter-owned business, so Mother's Day is a special day to us," says Stephanie. Make it exceptional for you family as well by reserving a spot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to paint your own pottery, learn glass fusing or do a canvas painting. Rates start at $5 depending on the project, but Stephanie says you can expect to spend about $25 per person. For the Mother's Day celebration, there will be Voodoo Donuts, fruit, juice and coffee for everyone who comes to make art. Best part, you don't have to hobble together a gift for your mom or grandma; they can make their own instead.

Dirty Dancing and Brunch
May 12, 11 a.m.
Alamo Drafthouse
4255 West Colfax Avenue
7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
$40

You'll have the time of your life singing along to the classic 1987 movie Dirty Dancing at both the Sloan's Lake and Littleton locations of the Alamo Drafthouse at 11 a.m. on May 12. What better way to treat Mom, or send her off with her girlfriends, than with a morning of nostalgia, mimosas and breakfast tacos. The $40 price covers both the movie and a curated brunch, so there's no need to look at the bill unless you pile more goodies on. And, hey, it's Mom's day, so you might as well add the truffle popcorn and warm cookies to the lineup.
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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