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Save or Splurge: 11 Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas Near NYC

By Lauren Matison

Looking for a few fun activities for Mother's Day? You've reached the right place. Whether you identify with Abraham Lincoln, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,” or George Carlin, “I remember when I was a kid I used to come home from Sunday School and my mother would get drunk and try to make pancakes,” use oM’s guide to celebrate a truly memorable Mother’s Day around New York City and beyond.


Save: Bring the family to Prospect Park for a fun DIY feast at Smorgasborg. [PP]

Save/Splurge: Take Mom on a joy ride on the new Citi Bike NY bikes. [CitiBike]

Save: Harness your chi together at a free fitness class amidst art. [SocratesSculpturePark]

Prospect Park. Photo Credit: Detroit Photographic Co., Library of Congress


Save: Enjoy locally-sourced fare and special Mother’s Day bites in a Brooklyn garden. [iCi]

Splurge: Escape to the countryside for a lavish Sunday brunch at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Hudson River. [Harvest on Hudson]

Gifts (for Mom and Mother Earth)

Save: Sponsor a wild place like Yellowstone National Park or Yosemite for as little as $20. [SierraClub]

Splurge: Plant a Prospect Park tree in your mother’s name. [ProspectPark]


Save: Take Mom to a Hatha Yoga class at Wave Hill, then treat her to lunch in the cafe. [WaveHill]
Splurge: Tour a gorgeous, historic mansion on the Hudson River, attend a food and wine tasting of the best restaurants and wineries in the Hudson Valley, and enjoy the view. [Boscobel]


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