6 local Mother’s Day activities that aren’t brunch


Image courtesy of Storm King Art Center

Sure, brunch is nice. But if you truly want to stand out this Mother’s Day (or, if you waited too long to make a reservation), consider something different. Treat mom to a unique and unforgettable experience that she’ll be raving about long after Mother’s Day. Chafing dishes are ephemeral; experiences are forever. 

For the runner mom: Run Like a Mother 5K

The Run Like a Mother 5K is back and in-person for 2022. This Ridgefield, Connecticut women’s 5k and kids 1-mile run starts at the Ridgefield Playhouse and ends at Ballard Park. The race is designed for every kind of runner, from beginner to elite. After the race, Ballard Park will transform into a family celebration area with refreshments and kids activities.

For the outdoorsy mom: Lewisboro Land Trust “Ladies Only” Hike

Moms (and all ladies) are invited to the Marian Yarrow Preserve in Katonah this Sunday for a “brisk social hike.” Participants will pass through wooded forest, wetlands, a stream, and a hidden lake. All adult ladies (regardless of motherhood status) are welcome, as well as babies under 2 in carriers and friendly dogs on leash. At the end of the hike, participants will enjoy refreshments and a flowering plant gift.

For the oenophile mom: Mama’s Day Off gift basket from Folkways Wines
The wine experts at Croton Falls’ Folkways Wines have assembled the perfect gift baskets for the wine loving mama. Choose from one of three baskets compiled by Graze New York. Each features an assortment of high-end snacks such as cured meats, cheeses, jam and biscuits accompanied by a carefully selected bottle of wine. Choose from “The Mom’s Day Trip to France,” “The Fancy Mamma” or “The Thirsty Mama.” Then, bring mom and the basket to one of our area’s beautiful open lands and enjoy a perfect picnic.

For the artistic mom: an outdoor day of art at Storm King Art Center

This 500-acre outdoor museum features ambitious, large-scale sculptures from world-renowned artists. Have mom pack her most comfortable sneaks; the Center’s grounds comprise varied terrain including rolling meadows, hills, wooded areas, paved paths, and gravel paths.

For the adventurous mom: a high ropes climb at The Adventure Park

Does mom like to get her adrenaline racing? Moms climb free at The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This 5-acre aerial adventure park features high ropes courses of varying degrees of difficulty. Conquering fears and zipping through the trees together will make for a memorable day. 

For the mom who loves live performances: catch comic Steve Solomon’s show at The Ridgefield Playhouse

The three-time award winning “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy” is one of the longest running one-man comedy shows in history. Steve Solomon offers a funny look at family relationships in this performance, bringing more than twenty wacky characters to life through accents, dialects and hilarious story-telling.

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