Things to Do for Mother’s Day near Journal Square

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 in Jersey City.

Kitchen Step

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 near Journal Square there’s no better place for brunch than Kitchen Step, a rustic-chic American bistro in the Historic Downtown section of Jersey City. Executive Chef Ryan DePersio has created a vibrant, modern, and creative menu of seasonal foods from local New Jersey purveyors. Some current delicious brunch options include eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise, Nutella swirl pancakes, and kiwi bellinis.

Liberty State 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 Liberty State Park. While you enjoy your food, you’ll be treated to jaw-dropping views of the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. There’s plenty of designated picnic areas, too, and if you have a large group full of your siblings or your mom’s friends, you can rent a pavilion through the park website.

Mother’s Day Spa Party

Moms work really hard and often don’t get enough time for themselves. Which means one of the best gifts you can get your mom is an afternoon of serious pampering. And with tickets to the Mother’s Day Spa Brunch hosted by Angela Branch Skincare, your mom will get just that. Spa treatments include massages and a facial or foot scrub – you can also add on a goodie bag of floral skincare products for your mom to take home. Brunch will also be provided, with a choice from several delicious entrees, followed by fruit and strawberry cheesecake. And don’t forget the mimosas! The event runs from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Legaci Events Center and space is limited due to COVID-19, so book your tickets early.

15 Fox Place

If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out at a renowned restaurant. Consider 15 Fox Place, a recently accoladed restaurant right off Journal Square. This former home turned Italian eatery was a semifinalist for the 2020 James Beard Award for Hospitality. You’re in for a whole experience eating here, as it’s reservations only and there is no menu -you’ll eat whatever owner Kathryn Budinich puts in front of you! But don’t worry, the multi-course, fixed-price meals served here will make your Italian grandma jealous.

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