Mother's Day in Pittsburgh

Mother's Day 2016 is right around the corner on Sunday, May 8 and time is ticking down to plan the perfect Mother's Day excursion. I should know, my mother's birthday falls on Mother's Day this year. Luckily, I did the research for you and put together some possible Mother's Day activities the whole family will love! With top family attractions, picturesque views abound, and beautiful spring weather, Pittsburgh makes for the perfect Mother's Day destination. Check out my list to craft the perfect day to celebrate your mom!

On the Menu:

Mother's Day Brunch Cruise

For this brunch option, you're cruising on Pittsburgh's three rivers on the beautiful Gateway Clipper. On board, there's a delicious brunch buffet and a DJ, making for interactive family fun perfect for families with children of any age.

Brunch in Bloom

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for this blossoming brunch. You're not just eating brunch here, you're also enjoying free admission with your brunch purchase. Making your trip particularly special is the seasonal Butterfly Forest (, where you'll be greeted by free flying butterflies.

Brunch at The National Aviary

For this brunch at the National Aviary, you'll be dining in the picturesque Rose Garden with a menu prepared by Atria's. Aviary fun doesn't have to conclude after brunch, at 3pm, The National Aviary is hosting Penguin Painting ( Penguin Painting is a beloved event during which penguins create art. The penguins' feet are dipped in paint and they then waddle across canvas, which makes for an adorable keepsake for attendees.

Grand Concourse

If your mom is a bit more traditional, you'll want to call The Grand Concourse in Station Square right away and make reservations for the acclaimed Grand Concourse brunch. Not only is this arguably one of the best brunch options in Pittsburgh, but the Grand Concourse is located in a historic former train station with views of the Monongahela River that cannot be beat.

Grand Concourse

After Brunch:

For Animal Enthusiast Mothers

While the Mother's Day Brunch at the Pittsburgh Zoo is officially sold out, there's still an opportunity for budget friendly fun! On Mother's Day, mothers receive free admission when accompanied by her children to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. After your Zoo exploration, take your mom on a walk through the immersive Highland Park, which surrounds the Pittsburgh Zoo.

For Nostalgic Mothers

Reopening on May 7th, Kennywood makes for the perfect Mother's Day outing. Create a family tradition with a day at the historic Kennywood Amusement Park. With the perfect mix of exhilarating rides and old school nostalgia, every family member will find something to love.

Looking for museum nostalgia? Take a trip back in time with the Toys of the '50s, '60s, and '70s exhibition at the Senator John Heinz History Center, Pennsylvania's largest history museum. There's entertainment for everyone with the acclaimed Toys exhibition, a play space for children, and The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, all included in the Heinz History Center admission price.

For Arts Aficionado Mothers

Reserve your evening plans with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky in the impressively grand Heinz Hall. Prior to seats at the Symphony, explore The Andy Warhol Museum, located across the Allegheny River about a ten minute drive away from Heinz Hall.

While the Symphony and Warhol Museum work best for mothers with older children, artistic mothers with younger children won't miss out. Playhouse Jr. will perform Stone Soup and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Mother's Day weekend. After the 2 p.m. performances, enjoy a day at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, both of which are right down the street from the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Heinz Hall

Happy Mother's Day!