Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Newark

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.

The Deluxe 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 Newark, there’s no better place for brunch than The Deluxe Diner. This classic diner has been family-owned since 1969 but boasts a chic and modernized interior. They serve an extensive menu of diner classics – some fun picks for brunch include the lox and onion omelet, funky monkey pancakes, and red, white, and blue waffles. Please note, they’re closed on Sundays due to COVID-19, so you’ll have to celebrate Mother’s Day a day early or a day late.

Weequahic 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 Weequahic Park. This 300+ acre park was designed by the Olmsted Brothers’ firm and boasts the largest lake in the county. After you eat, there are plenty of paths you can stroll around to warm up while taking in the spring scenery and spotting ducks in the lake.

Sip and Paint

If you want something unique to do with your mom, treat her to a Mother’s Day Sip and Paint Party at Urban Taste in nearby East Orange. Several local businesses have come together to make this fundraiser happen, which will be supporting humanitarian work in Haiti. Enjoy food from Urban Taste and music from DJ Vaselli while getting in touch with your creative side (painting materials and instruction will be provided). Drinks will be available for purchase, or you’re also allowed to BYOB.

Van Vleck House & Gardens

A lot of people get their mom flowers for Mother’s Day – but how about taking her to see thousands of blooming flowers? The Van Vleck House & Gardens is a lovely place to spend Mother’s Day with your special someone. The gardens of this historic, 12-acre estate are open to the public 365 days a year. There are many lovely gardens onsite for you to explore, including an “edible” garden of herbs, the wisteria courtyard, a butterfly garden, and more!

Fornos of Spain

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 heading to Fornos of Spain, one of the most accoladed restaurants in Newark. It has both won awards and been proclaimed a “must try” by various national magazines. So, enjoy the night sipping wine, sampling tapas, and laughing with your mom!

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