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Here’s how to celebrate Mom all over town

Homemade cards are sweet and breakfast in bed is a thoughtful touch for Mother’s Day. It’s also certainly OK to go with the standard flowers, chocolates or spa certificate.

But if you really want to impress the mom in your life, send her on an experience she will never forget. After all, what she truly wants is to spend time with the ones she loves most.

Here are some suggestions that will put you at the top of the favorite list:

For the artsy mom

Mom and the whole family can enjoy the acclaimed “México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde” for free on Mother’s Day during the Dallas Museum of Art’s Family Day. Families can enjoy art-making activities, music, bilingual tours and DMA gallery activities for all ages.

Good to know: At 2 p.m. Sunday, don’t miss the launch of DMA’s film series celebrating the golden age of Mexican cinema, from the 1930s through the 1950s. The event will start with a discussion of gender and identity in Mexican films of the era led by director and film historian Sonia Fritz, followed by a screening of the 193 movie “Distinto Amanecer.”

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 14

Where: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas

Cost: Free


For the geeky mom

Let your mom get her geek on at the National Videogame Museum in Frisco. It is offering half-price admission for moms on Mother’s Day. The museum features a 1980s-inspired arcade full of classic games such as Asteroids, Centipede and Donkey Kong. You can also play the classic game Pong on the world’s largest home Pong console: a giant 15-foot TV replica from the 1970s.

Good to know: The collection of rare artifacts displayed include the only Sega Neptune prototype and the unreleased Barbie edition for the Nintendo Game Boy Pocket system.

When: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 14

Where: Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco

Cost: $6 for moms, $12 for 11 and older, $10 for 10 and younger, as well as military, educators and seniors with ID


For the high-flying mom

Has your mom ever wanted to skydive? Give her the gift of flight. The indoor iFLY experience lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes and each flight is the equivalent of 1.5 skydives, but she won’t have to wear a parachute or jump out of a plane and the whole family can watch and cheer her on.

Good to know: Buy a flight voucher or gift package through Sunday, May 14, to save $50. For more information, visit

When: Check the website to book flight times.

Where: 663 Loop 820, Hurst, 817-818-4359; 8380 Texas 121 in Frisco, 214-618-4359

Cost: Packages start at $69.95


For the meat-loving mom

Give mom a break from cooking and washing dishes. Why not take her to an all-you-can eat meat lover’s paradise. May we suggest the Brazilian steakhouse Rodizio Grill in Irving where mom can get a variety of rotisserie grilled meats, glazed pineapple, a gourmet salad bar and authentic Brazilian sides. For Mother’s Day, the restaurant will also offer bacon-wrapped dates, smoked salmon and unlimited desserts.

Good to know: Mom will receive a complimentary Lunch Rodizio to be redeemed on her next visit to Rodizio Grill (during lunch only, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday).

When: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14

Where: Rodizio Grill, 5400 Green Park Drive, Irving

Cost: $39.99 per person

Info: To make reservations, call 972-550-8888

For the Renaissance mom

Celebrate mom 16th century style at Scarborough Renaissance Festival, which offers a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet that includes mimosas, coffee and tea. Members of the Royal Court will make a special visit to honor all mothers. Mom will also get a kick out the 24 stages of entertainment, artisan and craft vendors, and from being treated as queen for the day.

Good to know: Mother’s Day Brunch is $20 adults and $10 children, and is not included in the price of admission.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14. The festival runs Saturdays and Sundays through Memorial Day.

Where: Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie

Cost: $28 adults; $13 ages 5-12 . Children age 4 and younger are free. Discount tickets can be purchased at DFW area Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores and discount coupons are available at Waxahachie Nissan. Parking is free.


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