Mother’s Day Fun 2020
Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day in Columbus! Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to celebrate your mother, grandmother, a mother-figure, or motherhood by doing something special. It’s a day when moms all over Central Ohio are asked “What would you like to do today?” Here is a list of some of the special events, options, and stuff to do on this special day. Whether you’re looking for a 5K run, a fancy dinner, or fun stuff to do as a family, the time to make plans and reservations is now. We’ve got a few suggestions below!
Do you have young and restless children and need to find an inexpensive family-style Mother’s Day solution? Why not go classic?
Mom’s love breakfast in bed. Imagine breakfast in bed for Mommy, with homemade cards signed by the kids. (Do you have an infant? Tiny footprints will be a keepsake for life!) Next, create a picnic lunch to go out and play in one Highbanks, Columbus and Franklin County, or another one of the Columbus-area wonderful Metro Parks! Many of our parks do something special for mom, too! Here are a few suggestions.
- Topiary Park, Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, 2-4 p.m. – Mother’s Day Tea. Happening in the Topiary Park, a free event put on by Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company. The Saturday experience will be stationary, so bring your folding chairs to enjoy the dancers. On Sunday, you can follow the dancers on their journey through the garden. More details about this can be found on CoMo’s website, or you can register here.
- Columbus Zoo, Sunday May 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Free Admission for Mothers and Grandmothers. At this annual event, mom’s and grandma’s get free admission (worth anywhere from $12-$22) at this world-renown zoo. You and your mom, grandmother, or mother-figure will do a lot of outdoor walking, while perhaps looking in at some of the zoo’s new moms and animal families. Details on this Columbus Zoo web page.
- Highbanks Metro Park, Sunday May 10, 12–11:59 p.m. – Central Ohio Folk Festival. This annual event is for all the moms and mother figures who love good music and good times. Experience concerts, workshops, and even an ‘instrument petting zoo” for kids. More information can be found on this event website.
- North Market, Sunday, May 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A no-obligation enjoy the market with mom day. The Market is located at 59 Spruce Street in Columbus.
- Topiary Park, Sunday May 10, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. – Let’s Roam Treasure Hunt: Columbus Sails East! You, mom, and the whole family can enjoy this event as you embark on an epic scavenger hunt. Take in Columbus’ history and culture while visiting some of the area’s most entertaining sights. This is a paid event, and prices vary, but the Family Pack (up to four players) costs $44. This AllEvents site has more information for you.
Perhaps mom would prefer to be chauffeured around, or get active? Here are two ideas for you:
- Easton Town Center, Sunday, May 10, 3-7 p.m. – Mother’s Day Carriage Rides. For $10 per person, you can take mom on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the North District. Pick-up is across from Eddie Bauer. Kids under 15 ride for free with an adult. Find out more on this Easton Town Center web page.
- Easton Town Center, Sunday, May 10, 8:30 a.m. – Mother’s Day 5k. Active mom? Runner? She’s going to love this annual event by running or walking the 5k/3.1-mile distance. There are post-race activities, as well as lots of perks including a $10 Easton gift card, slippers, and more. And yes, there are even things for all the kids and the men! Register or find out more on this Easton web page.
Parks, carriage rides or runs not her style? If you have extra to spend on that special mom so at least this one day she doesn’t have to cook, here are a few ideas we thought you might like.
- Why not order up a fantastic Panera breakfast for mom? They have everything you need to order online, and on the way you can get the kids to create handmade cards for mom. When you get there, enjoy your breakfast, and when you get home, mom can enjoy her own quiet breakfast in bed. Panera has several locations in the area, but you can reacquaint yourself with their menu and services here (their East Broad Street location).
- Need more choices for mom’s special breakfast? Consider DoorDash’s Breakfast delivery in Columbus service. They have a list of over 120 breakfast restaurants you can choose from, including favorites like the Corner Bakery Cafe and Perkins. Find out about delivery in your area at this DoorDash website.
- What if mom would love a romantic dinner? Or anything from brunch to lunch. No problem. There are lots of choices to fit every budget. Lindey’s in German Village is an always-popular spot for that very special dinner, as is the Refectory. Need something less pricey? Perhaps brunch? There’s the Epic Buffet Hollywood Casino, and that might be fun for dad as well. Blunch, a cheerful breakfast and brunch place, is on High Street in Clintonville.
For a more thorough list of Mother’s Day restaurants and specials, please look at the following. Remember to book early, as places go quickly. And please, check with the venue first. Here’s the list:
- Columbus Food Adventures: Fabulous Foodie Tours. Tours vary, as do ticket prices, but what a wonderful thought, and something very different. They have both van-based and walking tours. Check out their main website for more information.
- OpenTable Columbus Restaurants to Connect in For Mother’s Day. This is the granddaddy (or grand mom, in this case) listing 48 popular spots in and around Columbus to take your mom, grand mom, or mother-figure to this year. Prices vary from inexpensive on up. Reservations required at most locations, so reserve now. To find a place near you, have a look at this OpenTable map-based website.
- The Blackwell, Bistro 2110 & Simon’s Lounge 7 Bar. A highly-rated hotel with a wonderful bistro. You can find out more about their offerings here.
- Is your mom in the mood for Italian fare? You can’t beat the highly rated Buca di Beppo. Featuring family-style Italian food. Visit their website for more information.
- Cameron’s American Bistro, on W. Dublin Granville Road in Worthington, is also highly rated. It’s a relaxed place, serving New American cuisine. Again, you’ll want to check into reservations early. Here’s their website.
- And to round out our list – all the following spots do have websites, so please check online – here are some honorable mentions. McCormick & Schmick’s, at Easton Town Center, the Lemongrass Fusion Bistro on North High St., Eddie Merlot’s Steakhouse on Polaris Parkway, The Boat House Restaurant on W. Spring Street, Martini Modern Italian, and Molly Woos Asian Bistro.
What else can you treat mom to, or attend with mom? Here’s one last idea that, well, didn’t fit into any other category:
- Eclipse Theatre Company, Motherhood Out Loud, May 1-May 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Find out what a collection of celebrated American writers think about motherhood.
To all the Mothers in our lives and in yours, for all their hard work and sacrifice, we say “Happy Mother’s Day!” from The Columbus Team.