If there's one thing Pittsburgh's got a lot of, it's a love for its family scene. And, while moms are celebrated everyday, it's fun to amp up the revelry on Mother's Day.
May is a great month in Pittsburgh. Warm weather. Outdoor activities and, of course, Mother’s Day. Plan a special day with your mom, wife, grandmother, mother-in-law, aunt, sister or friend. There are lots of fun and family-friendly things to do to show mom a good time.
Treat her to breakfast at Pamela’s Diner in the Strip District. Their crepes and pancakes are scrumptious, and the old photos that line the walls give it a cozy, family atmosphere. Waffles INCaffeinated features gourmet waffles (savory or sweet), creative sandwiches and custom coffee drinks.
Head to The Frick Pittsburgh, home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick from 1882–1905. This meticulously restored 22-room mansion (Clayton) features an impressive array of fine and decorative art. Tours are available by appointment. Also, on the grounds is The Frick Museum, Car & Carriage Museum, greenhouse, café and gift shop.
Mom will feel pampered and relaxed having High Tea in the grand and historical atmosphere of the Omni William Penn Hotel. Sample delicious pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of premium teas. Whether you choose the Victorian, The Royal or the Mad Hatter Tea, you’ll enjoy the indulgence. Monday–Saturday, Palm Court lounge, 2:30-4 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Create a beautiful gift for mom at The Candle Lab in Lawrenceville. There’s a special Mother’s Day deal May 10-11, where you can pour your own scented candle. It’s a fun activity you can enjoy together. Sip on a mimosa and nibble on a special sweet treat while you create your candle. And mom receives a commemorative Polaroid photo of your day together.
Strike up a great time bowling at Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville. Special discounts happen all weekend. Head there on Friday for TGIF Bowling (6-8 p.m.) - all you can bowl for $9.95. Super Saturday (12-3 p.m.) is only $7.95 and SunDaze (1-4 p.m.) is $6.95 entry price, which includes 50 cent games, shoe rental, hot dogs and soda. Note: bowling is cash-only but credit cards are accepted for the bar and food.
Dinner with a View
Experience spectacular views of the city from Mt. Washington. Take the Duquesne Incline, a historic cable car and one of the only remaining funiculars in the country, up the mountain and take a pic of you and mom with Pittsburgh’s gorgeous skyline in the background. It’s almost as beautiful as mom! Have dinner at one of the restaurants along Grandview Avenue, known as “Restaurant Row.” Then take the Incline back down and get great nighttime photos. Parking is available at the lot on West Carson Street where you can take the stairs to board the Incline (cash only, $5 roundtrip for adults).
Explore Pittsburgh’s vibrant Cultural District, a 14-square block encompassing more than 90 retail shops, 50 dining establishments, seven world-class theaters, eight public parks and art installations and a dozen art galleries. Spend an evening with the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they perform Mahler Song of the Earth & Beethoven Violin Concerto May 10-12. Enjoy great drama at Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Catch a performance of Indecent, based on incredible true events, this story of a Jewish playwright and his resilient acting troupe unfolds with unexpected joy, beautiful stagecraft and the contagious melodies of a live Klezmer band. Through May 19.