Beyond brunch: Where to take Mom this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 12th, and while you may have already made your brunch reservations (and if you haven’t, you better get on that pronto), wouldn’t it be nice to do a little something extra for the person who raised you? Here are some events around Cleveland that will keep mom happy on her most special of days.

For the animal loving mom:

Bring your binoculars to the Audubon Bird Walk at The Holden Arboretum (9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland). From 7:30-10:30am, you can go on a guide-led tour within the Holden grounds in the quest to get a look at the birds of Northern Ohio. The event is free, and needs no reservations.

Get up close with the farm live at the Sheep Shearing & Fiber Arts Weekend at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark (8800 Euclid Chardon Rd, Kirtland) on Mother’s Day weekend. You can see the sheep be sheared, and then shop with local craft vendors who can help you turn wool into a personal masterpiece. Admission to the festival includes all other Farmpark activities. 9am – 5pm, general admission: $8, seniors: $7, children under 12: $6, Children under 2: free.

All dog lovers: bring your extended canine family along for Dog Mom’s Day at Sibling Revelry Brewing (29305 Clemens Rd, Westlake). This dog-friendly bar will be giving $1 from every beer sold to the Erie Shores Humane Society. Raffle items will be up for grabs, and food from FHusion Catering and Management Services. And dogs, plenty of dogs. Event is free, but they ask that you RSVP on the event page. Event runs from 11am-3pm.

For the music fan mom:

You don’t get more classic than Tony Bennett. The legendary crooner has performed with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga, and he’s going to be singing in Akron’s W.D. Packard Music Hall (1703 Mahoning Ave NW, Warren) this Mother’s Day. See the 92(!!!) year old perform all the hits. Tickets go from $67.50 – $127.50.

Celebrate the music of Patsy Cline at the Music Box Supper Club when Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys perform one of the greatest country singer’s songbooks. Starting at 4pm, you can order an entree while listening to “Crazy”, “I Fall To Pieces” and “Walkin’ After Midnight”. An all ages show, tickets are $10 general admission.

For the mom who travels in style:

Mother’s Day Carriage Rides will be available at the Crocker Park shopping center (189 Crocker Park Blvd). For five dollars a ride, you can clip-clop your way around the streets of the market area. Available from Noon – 4pm, with a break from 2-2:30pm.

Want to enjoy a classic vintage train ride? Muffins With Mom is a Mother’s Day event created by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. A round-trip excursion, you’ll go on a two and half hour ride through Ohio in a train car built in the 1940’s. And, of course, a huge muffin. Tickets are $35, and have three departure times. Two from the Rockside station (7900 Old Rockside Rd, Independence) at 9am and 1pm, and one from the Akron station (27 Ridge Street, Akron) at 10:50.

For the art appreciator mom:

You can watch the 1953 classic film Roman Holiday on the big screen at the Capitol Theater (1390 W 65th St). The Academy Award-winning movie features Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in a timeless romance. Tickets are $6, screening at 10am.

The Cleveland Museum of Art: it’s beautiful, it’s free general admission, and it’s one of the best things about the city. Along with the museum’s regular collections are special exhibits Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art and Color & Comfort: Swedish Modern Design. Shinto features treasures from Japanese shrines and Color & Comfort showcases Swiss craft and design from the 1920’s to 1960’s. Viewing Color & Comfort is free admission, Shinto is $10 adults; $8 seniors and students; $5 children age 6-17; $5 CMA member guests; free for CMA members and children ages 5 and under.

For the athletic mom:

Now in its 31st year, the Big Creek Run 5k & 1 Mile Walk (16000 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights) gives runners two options to run through a beautiful, shaded course along the Metroparks. The event will be chip timed, and give awards to top runners in five age categories. The run will benefit the Adaptive Recreation, Boy Scouts Program Support, Pathway for Children, Middleburg Heights Food Pantry, SCAN Hunger Center Pantry, AND the Special Olympics! Hosted by Peace Racing, this event is open to all ages. Race begins at 9am, with tickets for both tiers available on the event website.

Cyclofemme Ride is an all-inclusive slow bike ride through Lakewood. Meeting at the Lakewood Woman’s Pavilion (14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood) the ride will go from noon until 2pm. The event is free and open to all.

A race to benefit the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services, Moms Rock! 5k will be kicking off at Crocker Park (239 Market Street, Westlake). Sponsored by Hermes Road Racing, this race will have several award tiers (including stroller runners!), chip timers, race shirts and flowers for every Mom. Open to all ages, with a special “kids dash” for kids under six, starting before the 5k. Race begins at 8:30am, registration is $30 for adults, $25 per person for families (two or more people), and $10 for the Kids Dash. Tickets can be purchased here.

Enjoy a relaxing trip down the river with Burning River Adventures Mother’s Day Kayaking event. A two-hour journey down the Cuyahoga River, with canoe and kayak options available. The event begins at Water Works Point (2025 Munroe Falls Ave, Cuyahoga Falls) and runs from 1-3pm. Tickets run from $27 to $65, depending on amount of people and watercraft selection. Tickets available on the event website.