Upon hearing the phrase "Mother's Day," many women who are raising or have raised children will scoff and say, “Everyday should be Mother’s Day,” the implication being that moms are the hardest working people on earth (and the veterans of the most pain). It is an assertion against which it is hard to argue. So to make this year special, here’s a spin on the usual breakfast in bed, card and flowers, comprising three events nearby this weekend:
On Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at Michaels (490 Payne Rd, Scarborough), the Kids Club crafting activity will be making handmade Mother’s Day cards, with supplies provided. Ask any mom whether she prefers original drawings or slickness from the drugstore on the cards she gets for Mother’s Day and you can see why this is a good idea. Parents do not have to be in the crafting room with their kids (ages 3 and up), but they must remain on Michaels premises. (If you’ve seen their inventory, you won’t be at a loss for things to look at.) There are only ten seats available for this Kids Club, so register at https://classes.michaels.com/OnlineClasses/control/main (click on Kids’ Programs) for only $2.
Okay, the cards are made and hidden, to be given the next day, to Mom’s adulation. Now it’s time for a Mother’s Day Brunch, specifically, the one at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine (142 Free St., Portland) on Sunday, May 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. The meal is free with admission to the museum, which is $10 per person (under 18 months free). The menu? Delicious fresh fruit, and hotcakes shaped like hearts. And the best part, nobody has to clean the kitchen! So enjoy brunch, and take a gander at some of the other offerings at the Museum.
But don’t stay too long, because for the ‘flowers’ part of the program, you’ll be heading to the Spring Wildflower Walk at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park (426 Wolf Neck Rd, Freeport), that same day at 2 p.m. You’ll need to pay for admission to the park (for Mainers, under 5 free, 12–64, $5, 65 and older free), but the walk doesn’t cost anything extra. A friendly and knowledgeable guide will spend an hour with your family, discovering and enjoying Maine wildflowers, from the common Blackeyed Susan to the secretive Jack-in-the-pulpit, much to the delight of the one who’s probably already wondering what she’s going to feed her crew for dinner.
Dads and partners, you might want to do the dishes.