Mother’s Day Fun Guide

Moms are superheroes – and they really deserve more recognition that just one day a year! Here at Cincinnati Parent, we know how special moms are, so we’ve compiled a list of fun, unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Choose one (or more!) of these ideas and spend some time showing Mom just how important she is to your family.

1. Celebrate all the moms in the animal kingdom at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Zoo Babies. All during the month of May, the littlest residents of the Zoo will be on display – and on Mother’s Day, moms get in free! The Zoo is open 10 am – 5 pm this Mother’s Day.

2. Take a cruise! Sail down the Ohio River on one of BB Riverboats’ two Mother’s Day cruises: a brunch cruise from 1-3 pm or a dinner cruise from 5:30-7:30 pm. Spectacular views, delicious cuisine and a souvenir photo make this a truly memorable and unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

3. Check out the International Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory from 10 am – 5 pm on Mother’s Day. Moms get in free on their special day. Celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary, which pays tribute to the Filipino culture. Coupons are available from their website for the rest of the family.

4. Enjoy the arts at the Taft Museum, which is free every Sunday and conveniently located downtown near all the great restaurants. Make sure to get there for the “Highlights of the Taft” tour at 1:30 pm. You can also head up the hill to the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park and check out the “Warhol and Baseball” exhibit currently on display. Admission to the Art Museum is free; parking is $4.

5. If Mom’s a Baseball Fan, visit the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. The current “Stars of the Queen City” exhibit features local players from the past 100 years, and would be fun for hometown moms – and dads, too! The museum is open 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday-Sunday, and adult admission is $10.

6. Get your adrenaline rushing! For thrill-seeking families, Kings Island is a great option. The park is open from 10 am – 8 pm on Mother’s Day, so come early and stay all day! After you’ve taken in the park’s rides and thrills, treat Mom to a classic Cincinnati dinner at one of Kings Island’s LaRosa’s or Skyline Chili restaurants.

7. Get your brunch on at one of the many fine-dining establishments in the area. Rookwood Commons’ Buca di Beppo, Brio Tuscan Grille in Newport and downtown’s Palomino have special menus to commemorate the occasion.

8. Sit down for tea at the BonBonerie in O’Bryonville, which offers an afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, desserts and quiche. This would be a wonderful option for moms, daughters and grandmothers. Call early for reservations.

9. Get musical. On Saturday, May 9, head to Music Hall to see violinist Joshua Bell in concert. Or, on Mother’s Day, attend the 2 pm showing of Crazy for You at the Aronoff Center. More shows can be found at the Cincinnati Arts Association’s website.

10. Kick off festival season at Coney Island’s Appalachian Festival. This event features artisans, crafts, dance, food vendors, storytelling and bluegrass music. Tickets cost $8 for adults ($4 for adults over 55), and the event runs May 8-10.

However you choose to celebrate, we wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms in our area!

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