Mother's Day

What to do for Mother's Day in Dallas

Mother's Day fun runs, DIY crafts and, of course, brunch.

Jennifer Simonson
Posted on May 5, 2021

Mark your calendars for Mother's Day on May 9. Moms have had a tough year of balancing virtual learning, work, and pandemic fatigue, all while keeping the family in good spirits. If there were ever a year to shower her with all the love and attention she deserves, it is this year. Dallas is blessed with countless restaurants to take Mom to for brunch, but we rounded up some other activities to pair with an afternoon of dining. 

Run (or walk)
Have an active mom who likes to start the day with a brisk run? If so, join the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas on Mother's Day morning for their 35th annual Bagel Run. Run, jog or walk through the scenic Hillcrest neighborhood in a timed 10k, 5k or Kids K run. A virtual option is also available for those who feel more comfortable running without a group. The family-friendly activity starts at 7:00 am.

Stop by Shug's Bagels after the race to replace all those carbs you just burned off. The uber popular shop sells some of the best Bagel & Lox, cream cheese and bagel sandwiches in town. The Sunday morning line for bagels usually stretches down the block, so make sure you have some post-race snacks handy to hold you off until you get that piping hot bagel.

Let your mom pick out her own gift
Did you wait until the last minute to buy your mom a Mother's Day present? If so, bring her to the Boho Market at Klyde Warren Park on Sunday to let her pick out a gift for herself. The Boho Market is the largest open-air makers market in Texas. The Boho team hand picks local artisans, makers, and curators to ensure every item sold is made by small local businesses. Expect to see tons of jewelry, home goods, candles, glass art, and every mother's favorite - bath bombs. After you shop, stroll over to Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar for brunch. The garden patio housed in a 1920s historical building is consistently voted one of the best in Dallas.

Make your own terrarium
If your mom is too picky to buy someone else's boho home accessories, bring her to Jade and Clover and let her make her own. This boutique gift shop sells plants, home decor, gifts, and jewelry. It also has a DIY terrarium shop for customers to make their own indoor gardening container. Think Build-A-Bear, but with plants. Start by picking your plants, planter, sand and rocks, put it all together and viola – you have your own customized terrarium. After working up an appetite, take mom over to Vidorra in Deep Ellum for a brunch full of tacos and mimosas. Enjoy a green chili eggs benedict, cinnamon churro toast, or a Mexican egg casserole with chorizo called cazuela de brunch on the rooftop patio that overlooks the Dallas skyline.

Paint with a view
Mom can create her own Mother's Day piece of art from the top of the city's most recognizable building. Painting With A View offers a painting class at the top of Reunion Tower on Mother's Day. The class takes place on the Cloud Nine rotating level, so you will always have a new view of Dallas to inspire your inner artist.

For more inspiration take the elevator up to the Geo-O Deck observation floor where high-definition cameras, telescopes and interactive screens help you take in the 360-degree city views from 470 feet up in the air. You can also take Mother's Day selfies with the skyline in the background from the observation deck.

After class, walk over to Bob's Chop House for a dinner to remember. The iconic steakhouse specializes in hearty portions of mouth-watering prime steaks, chops, and seafood. Make sure to save room for the peanut butter and chocolate brownie sundae, topped with triple chocolate and peanut butter cup ice cream.

Go on a picnic
Instead of battling reservations and crowds to get a table at that perfect brunch spot, pick up a basket of gourmet food, head to your favorite park, spread out a blanket and have a Mother's Day picnic. The seasonal American cafe, Rise and Thyme, in the AT&T Discovery District is offering baskets full of fruit, pastries, a charcuterie plate, panzanella salad, chicken salad sandwich, and a bottle of Rosé for Mother's Day.

White Rock Lake with its multiple picnic area is an obvious spot for a lovely picnic, but if the weather is nice, it might be more crowded than you would like. Central Square Park near Deep Ellum, Turtle Creek Park in Oak Lawn, and Reverchon Park in Uptown are options for those who want a more secluded location.