Celebrate Mother’s Day 2023 with some great events and activities! We all have a person in our life that mothers us and cares for us in one way or another. You might call her mom/mama/mommy or mother, or it might be a grandma, sister, aunt or female friend who gives motherly advice and looks out for you.
Buying a gift for a person who means so much to you can be hard, and truly, what does mom always say she *really* wants? Time with the ones she loves! This Mother’s Day weekend, gift your mom an experience or a day together that she doesn’t have to plan or pack for. Trust us, she will be so grateful that you planned a special day to spend together.
And moms, if you’re reading this– send this guide on to your kids and partners to give them a little nudge with the planning!
For the Foodie Moms
Mother’s Day Brunches: Take Sunday brunch to a whole new level with some of these special menus just for mom. Brunch is popular on its own, but Mother’s Day Brunch is SUPER popular. Make sure you secure your reservations well in advance!
Food Truck Festival- Coquitlam: Sample new and favourite flavours at this popular event. There are plenty of tables available and pop-up tents in case of rain. Whether you swing by and pick up some food to go, or take supplies and make it a picnic, moms who love trying new flavour are sure to appreciate this event!
Mother’s Day Tea: Enjoy tea and treats aboard a 1921 Venosta train car at the Port Moody Station Museum.
High Tea Guide: Treat your mom to a special afternoon out at one of Vancouver’s best places for high tea. Many of the tea shops offer child-friendly menus so the whole family can enjoy an elegant afternoon out! Be sure to reserve your spot soon- Mother’s Day Tea offerings fill up fast!
Metro Vancouver Farmer’s Markets: The weather is improving and that means that Summer Farmers Markets are starting again! Head to one of the amazing markets on Mother’s Day weekend to pick up some delicious locally-grown & made items to take home.
For the Garden Moms
Abbotsford Tulip Festival: Stroll along the gorgeous rows of tulips and take in the beauty of the different colours. The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is only on until May 14th, so don’t delay!
Mother’s Day at Glades Woodland Garden: Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at The Glades Woodland Garden. Come together with your loved ones to enjoy live music, a beautiful stroll through the blooms, and sit and enjoy a picnic on the south lawn overlooking the pond.
For the Adventure Moms
Royal Canadian International Circus: Take Mom to a show she won’t soon forget! The Royal Canadian International Circus is in Vancouver this weekend and Richmond next weekend, so you have two chances to catch this incredible event before it leaves town! Best of all? Use the code [familyfunvancouver] to get TWO tickets for the price of one!
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: If mom is tired of the daily grind, take her to become a recruit for the Mightiest Heroes on Earth! Complete challenges and learn about the Avengers as you explore their backstories. This exhibit is only open until May 28th, so you can take mom the week after Mother’s Day, too!
Train Rides & Events: What’s better than a single train ride? A whole day of train fun! Check out some of these train rides and activities around Metro Vancouver.
Your Next Adventure: Port Moody: Plan a whole day of adventure in Port Moody. Visit Rocky Point Park for a walk, eat at one of the delicious local restaurants or stroll along Brewer’s Row and pop in for a beer (for mom) and juice (for kids)! The Port Moody Station Museum is right next to Rocky Point Park for an indoor experience.
Playground with a WOW Factor: Heading to a park might not seem like the first thing that comes to mind for Mother’s Day, but many moms love hanging out at the park, playing with kids, or sitting on a nearby bench watching their kids have fun. Take mom to a park she hasn’t been before– and don’t forget to pack some snacks!
For the Performing Arts Moms
55 Years of #1 Hits with the Maple Leaf Singers: Journey back through the last 55 years with some of the greatest hits in rock, pop, gospel, Broadway and movie memories. This is a toe-tapping event that Mom is sure to love!
VanMan Summit Concert: 200 voices join in song at this incredible concert presented by Chor Leoni, The Leonids, the MYVoice youth choirs, Emerging Choral Artists, and VanMan Festival singers. Each group will perform their own set and then come together for an enormous vocal ensemble piece.
“Crazy For You” by Royal City Musical Theatre: Take Mom to the theatre for a fun and light-hearted musical about a man who dreams of performing on Broadway, despite being stuck in his 9-5 job as a banker. With sensational music and impressive tap choreography, audiences will leave this show determined to follow their dreams!
Madagascar: The Musical: Join Vancouver Performing Stars on a fun and hilarious adventure with your favourite characters as they escape their home of New York Central Park Zoo.
Spring Breeze- A Celebration of Resurgence: A Spring Breeze gently flows through the blossoms at the Vancouver Chinese Garden. Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with a concert of beginnings and resurgence. Premiering music for the Chinese flute (dizi) by Yong Sun, a renowned composer making a comeback after decades on hiatus.
For the Cinematic Moms
Doxa Documentary Film Festival: If Mom loves documentaries, then she will appreciate seeing some up-and-coming films.DOXA Documentary Film Festival will showcase 39 feature and mid-length films and 25 short films. Check out the event schedule here.
Cineplex Family Favourites: Popcorn, comfy seats, and a movie for $2.99 are the perfect combination for a Saturday morning. Family Favourites happen every Saturday at 11am and tickets can be purchased in advance. The movie of the week is updated frequently.
Twilight Drive-In Theatres: Pack some blankets, some snacks and a radio for a fun evening at the Drive-In. Check back to see what films are playing on Mother’s Day weekend.
Events & Activities for All Moms
Poco May Day: The PoCo May Day Parade is a family-favourite activity and a highlight for many locals. It takes place on May 13th, leaving Mom to relax on actual Mother’s Day. Treat Mom to a FREE pancake breakfast before the parade, and then head to the May Day celebration following the parade for a full day of fun.
Mother’s Day in Point Grey: Head to West 10th on May 13th for a fun afternoon of “Animals and Petting Zoo” activities! Cinemazoo will be there with animals for children to interact with, there will be live music and arts&crafts set up as well.
Photo Opportunities at Metrotown: Strike a pose and snap a photo with mom at Metrotown’s glamourous Mother’s Day display. With prizes to be won and Mom’s favourite stores all around, this is sure to be a hit!
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