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Things to do in Edmonton with Mom

Gillian Thomson Edmonton
by Gillian Thomson

One day per year doesn’t seem like enough to celebrate everything Mom does for us. Of course, there are some Mother’s Day specific events to take part in, but here are ways you can show Mom your gratitude for all the unconditional love only she can give.

Refined Taste Mom

She likes to indulge in fine flavours and décor.

Duchess Bakeshop is Edmonton’s most popular French bakery for good reason. Using only the highest quality and freshest ingredients possible, Duchess serves everything from croissants to pies to mini meringues. If Mom likes what she tastes, take home Duchess Bakeshop’s first cookbook that reveals the recipes behind the famous treats. Pick up the ingredients you need at Provisions by Duchess (connected to the bakery) and recreate their baking at home. Hint: Duchess makes it look a lot easier than it is!

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald offers a royal tea and tour on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm. Put your pinkies up while you sip loose leaf tea, sparkling wine and traditional afternoon tea sandwiches and treats. After you’ve eaten all the sweets you can handle, take a guided tour around the historical hotel and the spectacular Queen Elizabeth II Suite (if it isn’t occupied). Make reservations ahead of time!

Java Loving Mom

She knows what pour-over, macchiato and flat white means

Edmonton is home to all the independent coffee shops Mom could ask for. Would Mom prefer a round of ping-pong in a warehouse turned café like Iconoclast? Or the bright white and airy space at Transcend (Garneau)? Or perhaps a historic brick house turned coffee shop in Riverdale (Little Brick)? We’ve collected all the best coffee shops Edmonton has to offer in this handy list.

Admiring the Arts Mom

She is inspired by all forms of art: live theatre, dance, music and galleries

Take a weekend afternoon and peruse through the Gallery Walk or Art Gallery of Alberta with mom. After you’ve contemplated the works of local, national and international artists, go for a nice dinner at a restaurant around Churchill Square. May we suggest the hickory smoked flavours and craft cocktails at Woodwork? Or some fine dining to match the contemporary art at Zinc? How about a dramatic and flavourful Canadian dish at Hardware Grill? Finish off your night on the town by catching the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at Winspear Centre or the featured play at Citadel Theatre. Mom won’t forget it!

Cookin’ up a Storm Mom

She is right at home in the kitchen making tasty meals for the family

Enroll in a hands-on cooking class with Mom! Kitchen by Brad is a private dining room that offers hands-on classes and cooking demonstartions. If you want to sit back while Mom gets her hands dirty, you can pick your pace at a Get Cooking Edmonton class. Pick what type of cuisine gets your mouth watering in their class schedule then add a few recipes to Mom’s repertoire at the class.

Strategizing Mom

She uses her smarts and logic to work through any puzzle

If Mom’s a strategist and always loves a challenge, why not take her to one of two board game cafés in the city? Choose from hundreds of games and keep the snacks and drinks coming at either The Hexagon Board Game Café or Table Top Board Game Café.

If live action is more Mom’s style, gather the rest of your family and head to one of Edmonton's live action escape games. How it works: Your group is locked in a themed room where you can find hints and solve puzzles that eventually lead you to the keys you need to break free. You’ve got to be sharp and quick–the 45 minutes you have to break free goes by fast when you have so many clues to decipher!

Green Thumb Mom

She likes to stop and smell the roses. And plant them.

If you say “those are pretty flowers” and Mom can tell you their name and how much sun they need, then the garden is where you should take her! Muttart Conservatory is more than just a favourite feature in Edmonton cityscape photos. Every pyramid has a different climate, so Mom can take in the sights and smells of flowering plants you wouldn’t find in Edmonton’s backyard.

Take a break from the city with Mom at Devonian Botanic Gardens. Within 30 minutes of downtown Edmonton, you’ll find over 80 acres of display gardens including a butterfly greenhouse and the five-acre Kurimoto Japanese Garden. Mom will be in heaven!

In the summer months, Mom can shop for aromatic herbs and bedding plants from local growers at City Market or Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market. What a nice way to make your special day with Mom last all season!