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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 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). Be sure to make reservations ahead of time!

Sleep in and treat Mom to a four course brunch, three course lunch, or afternoon tea from Vintage Fork at the historical Rutherford House. The restored and furnished Edwardian-era home gives you a glimpse of the past with costumed interpreters and guided tours. Mom will love the smell of fresh baking coming from the wood-burning stove and spending a relaxed afternoon in the 107-year-old red-brick mansion.

Java Loving Mom

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

Edmonton is home to all of the independent coffee shops Mom could ask for. Would she prefer a round of ping-pong in a warehouse turned café like Iconoclast? Or the bright white and airy space at Transcend? Or perhaps Little Brick, a historic brick house turned coffee shop in Riverdale? 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 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? 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 demonstrations. If you want to sit back while Mom gets her hands dirty, you can pick your pace at a Get Cooking Edmonton class. Browse through their class schedule and choose the type of cuisine that gets your mouth watering. Then help Mom add a few new recipes to her repertoire! Looking to get a little competitive? Indulge in the tastes and smells of Italian cuisine at Sorrentino's Public Cooking Classes! Work together, or take part in some friendly competition as you and your Mom test your culinary, creative flare. You'll both learn a kitchen secret or two and leave with a belly full.

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 a board game café? Choose from hundreds of games and keep the snacks and drinks coming at either The Hexagon Board Game Café , Table Top Board Game Café or Board and Brew.

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 the University of Alberta 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 gardening 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!

Shop Till She Drops Mom

If only retail therapy was covered by your health insurance.

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Where would we be without our Moms and their wildly savvy shopping expertise? Wearing mismatching clothing that is far too big for us, that's where. You can admit it, your Mom will always dress you better than you can ever dress yourself and we love her for it. Which is why spending a day shopping with her isn't such a bad thing. One item for you, two items for her, it's a win, win situation. Hit up West Edmonton Mall's 800+ retailers for a shopping experience with a wide variety. Looking to get outdoors? Take a stroll along Whyte Avenue, 124 Street, or the 4th Street Promenade where you can pop into a plethora of trendy local boutiques and buy yourself a one-of-kind item.