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Mother's Day at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden/ FB

Mother’s Day: The one day out of the year — hopefully, not really the only day — when we thank the ladies in our lives for being the wonderful loving, caring, nurturing, hard-working superwomen they are. We honor them with presents, flowers, brunches. But why not just “gift” them with a wonderful, shared experience? We have found a couple of fun things to do with your favorite girl!

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Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Mother’s Day Stroll

Instead of bringing your mom flowers, how about bringing your mom to the flowers by taking her on stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens? The cherry blossoms may still be in bloom, and the lilacs and tulips are usually sprouting at that time.

In addition to enjoying “just” the beautiful blooms, the Garden also offers a range of programs and events including brunch in the Palm House; the Seasonal Highlights Tour, a free guided walk that visits BBG’s burgeoning blossoms at their best; or the Frida Kahlo: Plant Inspiration Tour, that showcases many of the plants that inspired Frida’s artwork and garden design. For details, go here.

When: Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 | 10:00am –6:00pm | $10-$20, get tickets here.

Where: Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Brooklyn Grange, one of the world’s largest rooftop farms atop the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Photo credit: Brooklyn Grange

Discover Urban Farming on Brooklyn’s Roofs

For the mothers with a green thumb and who are curious about urban gardening and farming, a tour of Brooklyn Grange, the country’s leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business, may be a wonderfully mind-blowing experience.

On top of Building 3 inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Grange operates one of the world’s largest rooftop soil farms. Each year the farms produce tens of thousands of organically-cultivated produce while promoting sustainable living and local ecology through food and education. On this tour, participants will take a closer look inside the “green design” at the Grange, which includes a discussion on the engineering and architecture necessary for creating the farm to the ongoing care and design of the site today. In addition, participants will learn about some of the Yard’s newest food businesses opening their doors in Building 77.

And, if you want to explore more innovative designs, the Yard also happens to host the city’s largest design expo, BROOKLYN DESIGNS, this weekend! So —- there is a whole lot to see, do and eat!

When: Sunday, May 12, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Brooklyn Grange, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

How much: $20. For tickets, go here.

Find a cozy spot in Prospect Park with your favorite girl! Photo credit: NYCgo

Mother’s Day Picnic in Prospect Park

Pick up some good grub from the weekly food extravaganza Smorgasburg and then find an idyllic spot in Brooklyn’s backyard. Smorgasburg, also dubbed the Woodstock for Foodies, offers a range of cuisines from 100+ local and regional food purveyors every Sunday at the park’s Breeze Hill section, just a short stroll from the boathouse.

When: Sunday, May 12, 11:00am – 6:00pm (Smorgasburg hours of operation)

Where: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Habana Outpost in Fort Greene. Photo credit: Habana Outpost

Dinner and (Outdoor) Movie

Habana Outpost, a Cuban restaurant and community space located in the heart of Fort Greene, hosts a free movie night every Sunday, all spring and summer long. The screenings are delightfully lo-fi affairs, with a projector beaming cult classics onto the side of a building. This Mother’s Day, they are  playing Robin Williams’ 1993 family hit Mrs. Doubtfire. The movie starts at 8:00pm, but it’s best to show up early to get a good spot.

Where: Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

When: Sunday, May 12, 8:00pm

How much: The movie is free, the food is good and affordable!

Li-Lac Chocolates. Photo credit: The Big Apple Core

Chocolate Tasting Tour

A box of fine chocolates for your mother dearest? Why not get her a whole tour where she can sample the finest chocolates made in Brooklyn? With the Explore Brooklyn Brooklyn Chocolate Trail Map you can be your own tour guide and explore up to 12 local chocolatiers, factories and tasting rooms.

If you rather just want to hop on a bus, you can book a tour with A Slice of Brooklyn. The fun, adventure-packed bus tour will take you to the iconic landmarks, movie locations and the best food — or chocolates – that Brooklyn has to offer! For more info go about at Slice of Brooklyn Tours, go here.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Brooklyn mothers!

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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