It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and you’ve already bought the flowers and the card. Now what? There’s a lot more to do on Mother’s Day than go out for brunch, especially if you’re a Denver local. Whether your mom is a foodie, a fitness enthusiast, an animal lover, or an artist, here’s a list of fun things to do in Denver this weekend that will be sure to make it the most memorable Mother’s Day yet.
Crisp & Green, a new healthy fast-food restaurant in Denver, is hosting myriad enjoyable Mother’s Day events this weekend. “We’re hosting free, fun, energetic workout events on our sunny patio as a way to celebrate all mothers and connect with the community. We’ll be partnering with YogaSix, a local yoga studio, to offer a Vinyasa flow and HIIT class. We’re also partnering with other local businesses to offer raffles at the end of the classes,” said Mark Bastiaens, one of Crisp & Green’s employees. Some of the local businesses in the raffle include Heyday Denver on Tennyson Street, offering a free facial, and Blue Sky Nails, offering gift cards for nail and lash appointments. After the workout classes and raffles, they are offering class attendees a buy one get one free deal for their savory salads and bowls. Plus, all weekend long, if you spend $30 at Crisp & Green, you get $5 back. The event starts on May 13 at 9:30 a.m. at 7111 E. Lowry Blvd.
Painting with a Twist is offering Mom & Me classes this weekend, and prices range from $27-$39 per person depending on which class you take. They’re also offering a special $15 bottomless mimosa deal. Office Manager Jordan Fickling said there’s something there for everyone, no matter what your artistic skill level is. “You can choose all kinds of different surfaces to paint on, like canvas, wood board, or anything else. We also have DIY candle-making, where you get to make your own candles before the class starts. And if you like sparkles, gems, or things that glitter, this is the spot to be, she said. Painting with a Twist has seven different classes to choose from on its website and has two locations in Denver, as well as locations in Westminster, Lakewood, and Aurora.
On Mother’s Day, you and Mom can get into Warrior II pose while watching the elephants meander about at the Denver Zoo. The zoo is offering barre, Zumba, and yoga with the elephants, and prices vary from $15-$30 depending on which class pass you buy. The zoo will be providing a free pop-up juice and coffee bar as well as special animal demonstrations, and with the purchase of a ticket, you get free admission to the zoo for the rest of the day. “The yoga with the elephants will be really cool because it’s right in front of the elephant exhibit,” said Christine, a zoo employee. “But no matter which class you do, you’re within eye-line of an exhibit, so there’s potential to see animals while you’re getting your Zumba on too.” The classes will take place from 7:30-10:30 a.m.
The Highlands Ranch Mansion, a beautiful historic Colorado property built in 1891, is offering free open hours on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets and reservations are not required. “It would be a lovely outing for Mother’s Day. Visitors can come for free and take their own self-guided tour through the mansion and learn about the history. We”ll have docents there to answer any questions guests might have. We are offering catered box lunches for $15 a piece, but people can also pack picnic lunches if they want and enjoy those on our lawn. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, but we have an indoor space planned as well in case it rains,” said Christina, who works in the marketing department at Highlands Ranch Mansion.
The South Broadway Press is putting on a free morning poetry open mic event on Mother’s Day at Mutiny Information Cafe. “Ever eat a bowl of cereal in your pajamas while listening to amazing poetry? This is your chance!” reads an event promo by Brice Maiurro. Mutiny Information Cafe is a secondhand bookstore that sells coffee, cereal, and lots of other snacks. The event starts at 10 a.m.
If you’re the active type, look no further than the Denver Mother’s Day 5K. The event is open to runners and walkers of all levels. The event draws in a crowd of hundreds of volunteers and spectators each year to cheer you on from the sidelines. And, all mothers receive a rose at the finish line to celebrate the holiday. After the race, local business Flippin’ Flapjacks is providing a pancake and sausage breakfast. You can register for the race day-beginning at 7:30 a.m., and the race kicks off at 9 a.m.
Denver Yoga Social is hosting a free Mother’s Day market featuring 25+ local artisans, a free goat yoga class (with baby goats!) food trucks, massages, local craft wine, and more. All of the food trucks and businesses are local. The market is on May 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery.
If you have a green thumb, Barquentine Brewing Company is hosting a kid and dog-friendly succulent and crystal terrarium-making workshop on May 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. You can choose from a variety of succulents and crystals, and then create your own 7-inch bubble glass terrarium. Lauren, an expert from ELEPH Succulent Boutique will give everyone guidance on caring for their succulents once you take them home. Tickets are $65 for adults and $35 for kids. Adults get a complimentary craft beer with their tickets.
Heirloom Tomato Farms has gone mobile. You can catch Co-founder Tracy Weil in his tomato truck on Mother’s Day at 2532 Larimer St. from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and buy some delicious heirloom tomatoes, or some of his tomato plants if you’re feeling brave.
Dog moms are included this Mother’s Day! On May 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., you can get a free photoshoot of you and your pet at the Pier on Sloan’s Lake. After the photoshoot, there are complimentary treats for you and your furry friend, giveaways, and a single-prize raffle drawing.
Celebrate mom on Mother’s Day (and every day) because you love your mama!