Mother's Day On The Town

Since President Woodrow Wilson declared it a holiday in 1914, Mother’s Day has been a holiday every mom and grandma looks forward to each year. For sons and daughters it’s the day to say "thank you." With there being many places to go and people to see around Pittsburgh, why not take Mom out for an unforgettable time this Mother’s Day weekend? Following is a list of a few of our favorites.

May Market: Eco-Garden Festival at Phipps Conservatory
In addition to a huge selection of beautiful plants, including tropical plants from the Phipps greenhouses, the May Market at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will feature eco-conscious vendors and lectures, Phipps’ Top-10 Sustainable Plants, children’s activities and cooking demonstrations and prepared foods in the café. Plus, no May Market would be complete without the traditional mushroom sandwiches and hand-dipped fondant strawberries. (One Schenley Park, Oakland. Fri, May 7, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sat, May 8, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 412/622-6914 or

Pittsburgh Pirates baseball
Fresh off a sweep of the Chicago Cubs, our Bucs take on the St. Louis Cardinals and moms and gets 14 and younger get to take home a free Zach Duke jersey strap bag, courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods. Before the Kids Day game, walk on over to the Family Fun Zone on Federal Street—sure to be a good time that is full of inflatable, fun play areas. At the game, watch for Melissa Ward, Allison Park resident, serving as the honorary batgirl—part of a campaign that partnered the Pittsburgh Pirates and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, recognizing baseball fans who were affected by breast cancer. (PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore. Sun, May 9, 1:35 p.m. Info/ tickets: 412/321-2827,

Performances in the Pittsburgh Cultural District
Though nothing may beat one of her youngster’s school musicals, mom would be thrilled to head out on the town to see live performances in the downtown Cultural District. Shows this weekend include: the “monstrously” funny musical “Young Frankenstein” at the Benedum, the ageless children’s hit "Annie" at the Byham, the time-shifting sly comedy "Time of My Life" at the O’Reilly and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn performing “Hahn & Shostakovich” at Heinz Hall. comedy Gospel explosive “Mother’s Day CCGE” and ageless children’s hit “Annie.” (Info/tickets: 412/456-6666,

Shopping is for the Birds at the National AviaryLive shows are part of
the fun at the National Aviary.
On Sat., May 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of World Environment Day and Fair Trade Day, enjoy a trunk show from Women of the Cloud Forest. You’ll have the chance to purchase bags, wallets, clothing and jewelry made from natural fibers and materials. A portion of the proceeds from the trunk show will benefit the National Aviary. On Sun., May 9 from noon to 5 p.m. the Aviary greets all mother and grandmothers with free admission. (Allegheny Commons West, 700 Arch St. Info: 412-323-7235,

Mother’s Day Handmade Weekend at the Childen’s Museum
No store-bought gift can compete with a gift made by your little one’s own hands. At the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh this weekend kids can create a variety of handmade gifts for moms and grandmas from wind chimes to jewelry to silkscreened cards to mini-motors.
(10 Children’s Way, North Side. Sat. May 8 and Sun. May 9. Info: 412/322-5058,

Beauty and Relaxation at the Pittsburgh Zoo
At the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium moms receive free admission, chair massages and beauty tips when accompanied by kids. (One Wild Place, Highland Park. Sun, May 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 412/665-3640,

Mom’s Day Movie Classics at the Hollywood Theatre
This Mother’s Day see some mom-themed Hollywood classics on the big screen in the beautifully restored 1924 Hollywood Theatre in Dormont. 2:00 p.m: “”Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) rated NR. Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda star in the story of widowed Naval nurse with 8 kids marrying a widower Naval officer with 10 kids. (And you thought “Jon & Kate Plus 8” was wacky!) 4:30 p.m. "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" (1961) rated NR. A classic film starring a classic beauty. Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly, a New York playgirl who won’t let anything interfere with her plans to marry a millionaire, not even a romance with new neighbor played by George Peppard. 7 p.m. "Mommie Dearest" (1981) rated PG. Faye Dunaway stars as Joan Crawford in this campy, controversial biopic based on the book by Crawford’s daughter, Christina Crawford. (Note: There’s popcorn aplenty, but no wire hangers.) (1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. Info 412/344-1245,

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