Motherhood is a journey. Moms play all sorts of roles, from caretaker to friend to role model. The bottom line: these special people deserve thanks every day for all of their courage and hard work. If your mom is like most, she sacrificed a lot of her own enjoyment to make sure you were raised right. Now it's your turn to treat her to something that will make her feel amazing this Mother's Day.
There’s no one-size-fits-all gift when it comes to mothers, so check our list below for all kinds of activities to choose from this May 12.
The Palms Hotel & Spa Mother-Daughter Spa Retreat. Treat your hardworking mom to some well-deserved relaxation with a day of Zen at this spa inspired by nature. For the entire month, the Palms Hotel is offering a mother-daughter mini-spa retreat including a 50-minute side-by-side personalized aromatherapy massage, along with a manicure and a bento box lunch, for $170 per person. For an extra $109, Mom can also get a custom 50-minute invigorating facial treatment. You two can also use the steam room, stretch out on plush beach loungers on the hotel's sandy shores, or relax poolside in a private tiki cabana while sipping colorful cocktails. You'll both leave feeling like a million bucks. 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-0505; thepalmshotel.com.
Exquisito Chocolate Factory Tour. If you and your mother share a sweet tooth, head to Exquisito Chocolates on Calle Ocho, where you can take a tour through the factory and learn everything about turning cacao into chocolate — and even make your own bonbons. The journey begins with a virtual-reality visit to one of
Special Mother's Day at Jungle Island. Nothing is as therapeutic as time spent in nature, so why not gather the family for time out at Jungle Island? Mothers will enjoy free all-day admission to spend their special day among rare animals and enjoy new attractions such as Adventure Bay, an action-packed playground overlooking Biscayne Bay. There will also be a pop-up outdoor spa on the park's Banyan Deck offering à la carte services such as nail art and massages, along with a complimentary mimosa. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami; 305-400-7000. Admission is free for mothers. General admission is $49.49 per adult and $37.34 per child from 3 to 10 years old at jungleisland.com.
Mother’s Day Champagne Bay Cruise at the Deering Estate. Mother's Day falls during that magical time of year when the weather in Miami is still pleasantly warm. A cruise on Biscayne Bay is a special and elegant way to honor mom, so the Deering Estate is offering a two-hour catamaran ride with plenty of champagne to toast again and again to the greatness of the one who gave you life. The cruise departs from the estate, a 21st-century house, museum, and ecological field station, which is also a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There will be plenty of marine wildlife to enjoy and photograph. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, aboard the Pelican Skipper, departing from the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay; 305-235-1668; deeringestate.org. Tickets cost $45 via deeringestate.org/mothers-day.
The Lion King at the Arsht Center. Mom spent your whole childhood enduring the annoying cartoons you once loved. Now you can show your appreciation by treating her to a Broadway experience that adults love (even if it does evoke a bit of nostalgia for your youth). The Lion King is playing at the Arsht for nearly the whole month. It's a classic coming-of-age story, set in an animal kingdom on the African savanna. Go ahead and sing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” with a memorable cast of actors. You know your mom still remembers all the words. May 8 through May 26 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722. Tickets start at $50 via arshtcenter.org.
Salsero Sundays at Ball & Chain. Sometimes moms need a wild night out. So this Mother's Day, sweat the night away Latin-style with your mama as you two show off your dancing skills at this Little Havana nightclub, bar, and lounge. Enjoy a delicious drink served with a side of guava pastries. The 84-year-old Calle Ocho mainstay offers a roster of vibrant local bands and serves some of the city's best Cuban bites and a drink list of mojitos and pastelito daiquiris. Sundays, Ball & Chain hosts its Salsero party with live Latin jazz. 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, May 12, at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com.
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New Times' Brew at the Zoo. If your mom loves a good brew, start your Mother's Day celebrations early with a perfectly decadent evening of music, fun, and suds. Saturday, May 11, New Times will host its tenth-annual Brew at the Zoo, which will offer beer by dozens of brewers, including Concrete Beach, Guinness, Veza Sur, Hop Life, the Shed, Gulf Stream, and Biscayne Bay Brewing. The event will also include a performance by Grammy-nominated Locos
Mother's Day Extravaganza at the Fillmore. Is Mom a music fan? Take her to the Fillmore for a special concert. The show will feature R&B/Soul platinum recording and Grammy-nominated artist Keyshia Cole, singing hits such as "Never," "I Changed My Mind, and "(I Just Want It) To Be Over." 7 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $44.