Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011, is a day to show Mom just how much she means to you and your family. In today’s economy, you might think that finding fun and affordable family activities for Mother’s Day would be a challenge, but Salt Lake City and surrounding areas have lots to offer. Many of the ideas listed below are free, or nearly free, so pin a spring flower to your hat and make Mother’s Day as special as she is.
Salt Lake Art Center
Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling through art exhibits with Mom on Saturday (the center is closed on Sundays). Mom will enjoy the quiet time together and be highly impressed with your love of culture. Admission is free. Hours and exhibits are posted on their website.
A variety of artists will perform “A Spring Bouquet of Art Songs” on Friday evening, May 6, at 7:30 in Assembly Hall. Treat mom to a visit to Salt Lake City’s biggest attraction, Temple Square, and end the evening with a floral arrangement for the ears. Admission is free, but restricted to family members 8 years and older.
Chase Home in Liberty Park
Chase Home is a folk art museum that focuses on Utah history. The charming abode is located inside Liberty Park, so pack a lunch for a relaxing picnic before you tour the museum. Inside Chase Home, you can meander through a variety of exhibits, from occupational artwork, to Native American.
Also housed inside Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, the Tracy Aviary is hosting the Urban Bird Festival, May 7 and 8, 2011. With activities geared toward adults, children and families, this is a great way to spend time as a family for Mother’s Day. Interactive, hands-on displays and crafts are available. Cost: $7.00/Adults, $6.00 Kids/Seniors, $5.00/ages 3-12, Under 2/Complimentary.
Red Butte Garden at University of Utah
Nothing says, “I love you, Mom,” better than spring flowers. This year, instead of spending your cash on a bouquet, take mom to a living bouquet. The Red Butte Garden at University of Utah is open every day and there is no cost.
Mother’s Day Garden Fair
West Jordan is hosting their annual Mother’s Day Garden Fare. Admission and parking are free at the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, 8215 S. 1300 W., West Jordan, UT. There will be vendors, experts, mini-classes throughout the day.
Family Night on the Farm is hosting a special event just for Mother’s Day. The new babies on the farm are having trouble figuring out the perfect gift for their moms. Children can follow clues to help each baby figure it out, and then craft a special gift for their own moms. The cost is only $5.00 per person, regardless of age.
The Gathering Place Mother’s Day Brunch
Finding an affordable brunch on Mother’s Day can be a challenge. The Gathering Place at Gardner Village, 1100 West 7800 South, West Jordan, is solving that problem with a delightful brunch on May 8, 2011. For only 19.95 for adults, and 10.95 for children (3-11), you can have a relaxing meal with mom, and then browse the fine, specialty shops in this unique outdoor mall. Call 801.566.8903 for details, or visit the Gardner Village website.
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