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Top 10 Things to Do for Mother's Day

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Make this Mother's Day--Sunday, May 11, 2014--a day to remember with this list of the Top 10 Mother's Day activities in Vancouver. Find the perfect way to thank your mom, whether she wants to spend the day relaxing alone, with her friends, with her partner, or with her whole family.

For gift ideas, see: Where to Find or Make Mother's Day Gifts in Vancouver.

1. Indulge in Mother's Day Brunch

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Start the day off with a fabulous Mother's Day Brunch. Vancouver has lots of options for Mother's Day Brunch, ranging from lavish and opulent buffet brunches at top Vancouver hotels to brunches at great locations (where you can make a day of it), to more family-friendly (and budget-friendly) options.

Guide to Mother's Day Brunch in Vancouver

2. Celebrate with Afternoon Tea

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If Mom loves jazz, take her to Mother's Day Tea (May 11)--complete with champagne cocktails and scones--at the Cellar Jazz Club. Listen to the Jennifer Scott Quartet at this fixed-price tea that includes mini croissants and almond petit fours.

If jazz isn't her thing, take her to one of the Best Afternoon Teas in Vancouver, which include the fancy Afternoon Tea at the Castle at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Afternoon Tea at Truffles Cafe at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

3. Picnic at Stanley Park

Picnic at Stanly Park
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If the weather is good and a fancy meal isn't in the budget, create a Mother's Day feast to remember at Stanley Park.

Stanley Park Picnic Reservations

There are plenty of great family activities to do at the park, too. Bike or stroll the Seawall or take Mom for a walk through the blooming gardens.

4. Give Her a Spa Day

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Moms don't always treat themselves as well as they treat their families, so why not give Mom the gift of relaxation and indulgence at a Vancouver spa?

If spa prices are too hefty but Mom could really use a massage, the student sessions at the Vancouver Pacific Institute of Reflexology are only $20. These sessions are only on Tuesdays--you must book ahead--and would make a great, inexpensive gift.

5. Stroll Through a Garden

Stanley Park Rhodie Garden
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Lots of the flowers and plants in Vancouver's gardens are in full bloom by mid-May, just in time for Mother's Day. Strolling the gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park or Stanley Park is free, or you can splurge a little and spend the day at VanDusen Botanical Gardens after brunch at the Shaughnessy Restaurant.

Vancouver's Top 5 Spring & Summer Gardens

6. See the Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery

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When was the last time Mom went to the Vancouver Art Gallery? Current exhibits include work from Emily Carr, Vancouver-based artist Myfanwy MacLeod, and Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky. Bonus: Kids 12 and under get in free on Sundays, including Mother's Day!

7. Treat Her to the Theatre

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If you're looking for a fun family outing on Mother's Day that won't get ruined by rain, why not take in a show? The Arts Club Theatre has the Monty Python's Spamalot, or find the perfect show for mom via the complete theatre listings at GVPTA's online Vancouver Theatre Guide.

Save money with same-day, half-price tickets at Vancouver's Tickets Tonight.

Learn more: Guide to Theatre in Vancouver, BC

8. Take Her Shopping

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Maybe what Mom wants more than a surprise gift is a day spent shopping for her own gift. If Mom loves to shop, take her to one of Vancouver's great shopping districts and top it off with a fabulous dinner out. Head Downtown for Robson Street shopping, shop W 4th Avenue in Kits and South Granville, or spend the day exploring Chinatown.

Is Mom a new parent? Vancouver's Best Baby Stores

9. Splurge on a Fancy Dinner

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Fine dining can be pricey, but if there's ever a time to splurge it's treating your mom on Mother's Day.

10. Babysit

Vancouver Aquarium
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If the one thing Mom really wants this Mother's Day is time to herself--or just a silent house--give her the gift of free babysitting and take the kids for the day. A trip to the Vancouver Aquarium will take at least three hours, or take the kids to a park for a game of soccer or tennis.

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