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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
For the Zen Mama
Nothing says "Happy Mother's Day" like a gift of time to do yoga. Three of the Kindness Yoga studios – Golden, Hilltop and Capitol Hill – are offering a free class at 2 p.m. for all you mamas out there. The Golden location is doing a 75-minute align and flow, good for beginners and those looking to take an easy and restorative class. The other two offer 75-minute Vinyasa courses, something a little more traditional. Attend for free and even bring a comped guest if you're in the mood.
For the Girly Girl Mommy
Let Mom build her own bouquet this Mother's Day at Hotel Teatro, 1100 14th Street. Fluorescence Flowers will host the four-hour event (you can come in any hour in between) on May 12, just in time for the bunch to brighten the window at home come Sunday. Floral experts will be on hand to help craft the bouquet, and attendees can choose from small ($30), medium ($40) or large ($50) bouquets. An extra buck will get you a vase, and mimosas and coffee will be passed out as you build. Go alone and make one for your mother, or let her do her own arrangement.
For the Mother Who Loves to Shop
Let Mom do her own shopping for a special, wearable gift this year, by taking her to the Mother's Day Trunk Show on Saturday, May 12. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., four female artisans will be at Balefire Goods, 7417 Grandview Avenue in Olde Town Arvada to showcase their unique jewelry. Artists include Nikki Nation, Kirsten Denbow, Studio Luna Verde and Adriane Panciera. It's a small sampling of amazing works one can find in Colorado, and a great way for Mom to get something she will treasure always. Attendees can sip complimentary mimosas and nibble on chocolate from the Honduras Chocolate Company as they shop.
For the Fitness Mom
Celebrate all moms by running, jogging or walking this Mother's Day 5K in City Park. The event is in its eighth year and has been popular from the get0go. Enjoy race-time child care, a fun kids' race, a post-race expo and awesome prizes. Prices vary on group size, starting at $45 for an individual. If you register for the race before Friday, May 11, you can get brunch after the race as well as a T-shirt (while supplies last). The event starts at 9:30 a.m., and if you're still going strong, participants can enjoy discounted entry at the Denver Zoo afterward.