May 7, 2013

Mother and daughter activities for Mother’s Day

The best girl-bonding outings to enjoy in and around Fort Worth this Sunday

Rants, raves, reviews and resources for Dallas-Fort Worth parents

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. This year, celebrate the special bond between mother and daughter. Here, we’ve rounded up the best activities to celebrate your relationship with girl time in and around Fort Worth. No matter your interests — or your age — these activities are a fun way to spend the afternoon together.

Day at the spa

Every girl needs some pampering now and then. Hide Away Spa and Salon is offering several Mother’s Day packages. The Mom and Me special ($210) is a treat for mom and daughter to enjoy together. It includes two 30-minute Swedish massages with a sugar scrub for the back, plus two “more than just a facial” treatments. Ages 14 and older only. For younger girls, a manicure ($25) and pedicure ($30) are treats. Call to schedule an appointment. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Hide Away Spa and Salon, 5756 Boat Club Road, Suite 500, Fort Worth; 817-238-0200;

The art of mothering

Painting your own pottery at Brushstrokes requires no appointment or special skills. Mothers and daughters of all ages may choose from several pottery pieces, such as plates ($8.50-$18), mugs ($9-$10) or tiles ($4-$8). For moms with a very young daughter, the clay handprints and footprints ($45 and up) are a popular choice. Studio fees are half the price of your painted piece and include paint, supplies and firing. Most items are ready to be taken home four to six days later. Hours are 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Brushstrokes, 4400 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth; 817-731-9249;

Vetro Glassblowing Studio allows visitors to help create a fired glass bowl ($50) or flower ($30). Choose your colors and apply them to the molten glass. The artist will then heat and shape your piece. It will need to cool and then can be picked up the next business day after 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Hours for Mother’s Day weekend glassblowing sessions are 1-6 p.m. Friday and and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery, 701 S. Main St., Suite 103, Grapevine; 817-251-1668;

In the kitchen with Mom

Mom and her little sugar plum can get messy in the kitchen at Young Chef’s Academy. Sign up for the Mother’s Day Chocolate Workshop ($60/pair, $25 for an additional child), designed for kids of all ages and a parent. The chocolate class will be 6-8 p.m. Friday. It will include mini chocolate cheesecakes, chocolate dipped fruit and several other chocolate treats. Register online or by phone.

Young Chef’s Academy, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 260, Fort Worth; 817-989-2433;

For older kids and adult children, Central Market Fort Worth has cooking classes to suit every taste. The Mother’s Day Brunch ($50), for ages 18 and older only, will include demonstrations of chicken and waffle Monte Cristos, boursin and cheddar cheese grits, candied bacon, English berry trifle and pomegranate mimosas. On June 1, the Parent and Child: Easy as Pie ($90/pair) class will teach parents and kids age 7 and older how to make quiche, cherry, lemon and fried peach pies. Register online or by phone.

Central Market, 4651 West Freeway, Fort Worth; 817-377-9005;

Tea time for two

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at the Gardens Restaurant between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Mother’s Day menu will include beef, chicken and seafood entrees, as well as a breakfast buffet and salad bar. Desserts include cheesecake and tiramisu. Cost is $29.99 per person, $9.99 for children ages 10 and under. The Gardens Restaurant is inside the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, so before or after your meal, enjoy a stroll through more than 100 acres of spring blooms.

Gardens Restaurant, 3220 Rock Springs Road., Fort Worth; 817-731-2547;

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