Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Cincinnati

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Mother’s Day is coming up next month! The moms in our lives work so hard and give so much, so it’s important to take a day to make them feel special. Whether you’re celebrating your own mother, a step-mother, the mother of your children, or a friend who is a mom, here are some ideas of wonderful things to do with her.

Sleepy Bee Café – Oakley

Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for many people to take their mom out for brunch. This is always a winning idea, and in Cincinnati, there’s no better place for brunch than Sleepy Bee Café! Located in a 100-year-old brick building in a historic neighborhood, the café takes pride in sourcing seasonal ingredients locally so that your meal is fresh and delicious! You’ll be able to find plenty of brunch favorites here, from pancakes to avocado toast to egg scrambles to fancy oatmeal. It’s also a prime spot to sample Cincinnati delicacy Goetta, a meat-and-grain sausage patty. Should you be uncomfortable dining in due to COVID-19, they also have meal kits so you can take their delicious flavors home.

Afternoon Tea

Another lovely option to celebrate mom is a refined Afternoon Tea! If you’ve never been to an afternoon tea, it’s a relaxed and beautiful experience. We recommend attending one at The BonBonerie (you’ll need to schedule at least 24 hours in advance). You can choose from over 15 different types of specialty teas to sip and your snacks will arrive on an impressive 3-tiered tray. The tiers include three types of delicate finger sandwiches, tea cookies, French macarons, double fudge brownies, an assortment of mini scones, slices of warm quiche, fruit bread, and seasonal berries. If you want to really channel the UK, you can request clotted cream to go with it as well! For moms with small children, you can make it a tea party the whole family will enjoy with the children’s tea, including turkey & Colby and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, brownies, and cookies.

Ault Park

May is the beginning of picnic season! The weather is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, and outdoor celebrations are a safe option during COVID-19. A great place to take your mom for a picnic locally is Ault Park. The park is a lovely spot to relax and comes equipped with picnic tables and a historic pavilion. After you eat, you can take a stroll on one of the many trails that go through the park and enjoy panoramic views of the valley from the hilltop.


If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out. Consider Please in the Over-the-Rhine District. This past year, chef and owner Ryan Santos was a semifinalist for the James Beard Award Best Chef: Great Lakes category. You can currently book a private tasting experience for up to eight guests.

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