Monday, June 4, 2012

What a Mom Wants…

To cherish our sunshine, to kiss our cuts & scrapes, to hear all about everything that matters to us…

AroundTown brings you our TOP ideas to give back to the Mom in your life with something meaningful, something relaxing and most of all, a little bit of the ones she loves…
Our busy lives don’t leave much time for really being present in special moments with our families. Taking a class provides for some great quality time to reconnect & just enjoy with your mom. 

A cooking class is a delicious & fun way to spend an evening together as a family or just with mom.  Families that cook together, stay together!  Try Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School’s regular weekly classes that are hands-on, fun and informative. Check out the Spring Schedule for a broad variety of classes to choose from – find the perfect one for your date night with mom! Visit • 954.300.1055

Create a unique & lasting memento by commissioning one of the many artists at Bakehouse Art Complex to create a custom portrait of the kids, the grandkids or mom herself.  The Bakehouse provides portable studio space for artists so that you can choose to do something classic or funky in various media from watercolor, oil, collage, sculpture, etc.  Instructional opportunities are also available.  Visit for more information or email
For nature and history lovers, a unique opportunity to take your mom on a stroll through the lovely green splendor of Coconut Grove in the cool evening with HistoryMiami Eco-historian Frank Schena. Learn about the early residents, the abundant flora and fauna, and the various environmentalists that have called this neighborhood home such as Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. Mother’s Day Coconut Grove Twilight Eco-Walk Tour scheduled for Sunday, May 13 from 7-9 p.m. advanced reservations and payment are required. Email or call • 305.375.1621

Mom’s with little ones are always looking for fun ways to entertain. Miami Science Museum took on the task for Mother’s Day weekend and added some bonuses for mom! Saturday before Mother’s Day, May 12th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Miami Science Museum will have fun activities for the whole family; Mom’s Quick Fix workshop - hosted by our MiaSci Moms, giveaways, Food Trucks and more! Moms receive a free entry for the day! Children & adults regular museum admission. For more information visit

What Mom doesn’t love a show with her special someone or even the whole family? A unique experience where Classical Music meets Contemporary Dance with the CrossTown String Quartet and Karen Peterson and Dancers are performing at the New World School of the Arts on Mother’s Day, May 13th at 4pm.  All Mothers get ½ price tickets. Tickets are available at the door. For information visit

Jewelry is the quintessential Mother’s Day gift, but here is an option with a twist...  Shantilly jewelry, designed by Shandi Levy, developed from the mastery of childhood crafting where a mother taught her daughter to create artwork and accessories using scraps of fabric. This knowledge evolved into an eclectic & unique line of designer jewelry incorporating vintage scarves and exotic textiles. So if you have access to grandma’s scarf, or a special piece of fabric, you can transform your keepsake into a gorgeous jewelry memento for the mom in your life. For new moms, Shandi’s unique, customized ring collection, S.L., can display the names or initials of their little babes so that they may carry them wherever they go.  Shantilly and S.L. may be found at GUYandGIRL (Shelborne Hotel) or at
The joys of treating your mom to a relaxing day with you... and maybe even some cocktails (if age appropriate). Turnberry Isle Miami Resort offers “Mom Rocks,” which includes a 60-minute Hot Stone massage, an express Facial and Turnberry Pedicure, plus access to the state-of-the-art fitness center and the resort’s tranquil Cascata Pool. Available through May 31, 2011. To reserve the “Mom Rocks” spa package, visit • call (305) 933-6930

Every Mother’s Day needs a brunch so here is our pick for the year.
Deering Estate at Cutler’s annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13, 2012, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. You will find a variety of appetizing dishes and desserts provided by Chef David Schwadron. Continue the experience by touring the grand Stone House and historic Richmond Cottage, and take in the natural beauty and grandeur of the Estate. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Kids ages 4 and under brunch for free. Advance reservations are required. For more information and to view the menu, please visit • 305-235-1668 ext. 233.

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