Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Minneapolis

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.

Hi-Lo Diner

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 Minneapolis, there’s no better place for brunch than Hi-Lo Diner, a hip spot set in a 1957 diner! There’s a lovely assortment of breakfast foods, pies, and non-alcoholic beverages available, but make sure you try one of their house-made donuts while you’re there!

Lakeside 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 Gold Medal Park -the name says it all, right? Here, you can take in lovely views of the Mississippi River and a large sculpture. Conveniently located downtown, this green space is near a bunch of yummy places where you can pick up take-out, too, in case you don’t feel like packing picnic food.

Socially Handcrafted

If you want something unique to do with your mom, try a group crafting workshop at Socially Handcrafted. This fun, woman-owned DIY spot is located in the warehouse district of nearby Burnsville and is the perfect place for a girls’ night. You and mom will get to make and take home a fun project! If you prefer, they have the option of creating a “Make and Take Kit” so that you can DIY from the comfort and safety of your home.

Afternoon Tea

Do you and your mom enjoy feeling fancy? If so, there’s not much fancier than enjoying n English-style high tea! You can enjoy this event in style at the St. Paul Hotel, sipping tea while you’re serenaded by live piano music. Your tea will come with a two-tier platter of sweets, scones, and tea sandwiches. The tea on Mother’s Day begins at 1 pm and lasts for two hours – make sure to reserve your tickets well in advance as their teas often sell out.

Hai Hai

If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a night out at a famous restaurant. Consider one of the most accoladed restaurants in Minneapolis: Hai Hai. This Southeast Asian restaurant was named on “best new restaurant” lists by Thrillist, Eater, and Esquire in 2018. Its chef has also been a James Beard award finalist for Best Chef: Midwest in both 2020 and 2019.

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