Special Mother's Day Events in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Whether you're planning a trip to Phoenix or your mom is coming to visit you in the Valley of the Sun for a special Mother's Day, there are plenty of great opportunities to make beautiful memories with your mom this year.

In 2018, Mother's Day falls on May 13, and while it might be nice to send flowers to Mom, you might consider other ways to celebrate Mother's Day this year. You can make the celebration a memorable one with the gift of your time and a fun outing.

From special concerts and performances to nature exhibits and garden tours, there are plenty of great opportunities to make lasting memories with the person who brought you into the world, whether you're a Phoenix resident or just visiting the surrounding area with your mom this year.

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    Carnival of Illusion
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    Even mothers who aren't especially artistic can appreciate a great live performance or concert, so if you're looking for a sure-fire way to impress your mom this year, consider treating your mother to a touring Broadway show, special concert, or musical performance. 

    There are plenty of great deals on theatrical performances throughout the month of May, and getting your mom a ticket to see "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Phoenix Theatre makes for a great gift—though the show runs from May 16 through June 17, 2018.

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    Speaking of great concerts for mom coming to Phoenix this year, the Moonfly Production, Hug Detroit Day, and Unlimited Sky Production sixth annual Mother's Day Concert at the Tangent Gallery on Hasting Street will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

    This special concert features performances by Sky Covington (The Billie Holiday Revue Encore Show), Mystics of Music, The Sad Boy, Villy & Ace the Phoenix, Dream Element, and Otis Davis. Additionally, you can browse 15 local vendors in the shopping bizarre or attend a motivational speech or live artist demonstration.

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    Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
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    If your mom is more into sports than theater, consider getting her a special Mother's Day ticket to see Phoenix's hometown Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. On Sunday, May 13, the Arizona Diamondbacks will take on the Washington Nationals at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

    Before the game, there will be a special performance of the National Anthem, and 10,000 lucky moms will also get to take home a special promotional A's tote bag. Buy your mom some flowers and maybe even catch a fly ball—either way, you're sure to make lasting memories enjoying "America's favorite pass time."

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    Butterfly Wonderland
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    Each year, thousands of butterflies emerge from their cocoons at Butterfly Wonderland, a special attraction that's part of Scottsdale's  OdySea in the Desert development—which also features the OdySea Aquarium, Dolphinaria, Talking Stick Resort, and the OdySea Mirror Maze.

    You can help your mom celebrate her special holiday by taking her through the exhibit, which is open year-round and only costs $3 to attend. However, on Mother's Day, the Butterfly Wonderland will offer a free gift to the first 200 mothers who visit the attraction.

    Additionally, the Scottsdale Strings Quartet plays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the conservatory. If you come during this time, you can avoid some of the larger brunch crowds gathering for Mother's Day and instead enjoy an early dinner afterward.

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    Odysea Aquarium in Scottsdale, AZ
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    The largest aquarium in the Southwest, OdySea spans across 200,000 square feet of the desert landscape and holds 2 million gallons of water. Spending the day among thousands of fish while making memories that will last a lifetime is a great way to bond with your mom this Mother's Day.

    Mothers will also receive $10 off general admission on Sunday, May 13, 2018, with combo tickets and encounter programs excluded from this special price. Additionally, you could gift Mom a lifetime membership at $25 off the regular rate online through May 10.

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    Children's Museum of Phoenix
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    The Children's Museum of Phoenix celebrates Mother's Day with free admission for moms and grandmoms who visit the museum on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

    Although obviously meant for children, even adult mother-child pairs can enjoy this special attraction. Still, the Children's Museum of Phoenix makes for an especially great trip for mothers with younger children as they can spend the day learning together through the Partners to Assist in Learning (PAL) program of the museum.

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    Hackett House Tempe, AZ
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    Treat your mom to Mother's Day Tea at the historic Hackett House in downtown Tempe. The full tea menu includes its signature famous scones, an assortment of savory and sweets snacks, and tea served in fine china cups on fresh-pressed linens.

    You'll need to register in advance to reserve seats, and adult tea parties cost $35 per person while champagne, mimosas, and wine are available for an additional cost.

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    Mystery Mansion Dinner Theatre Phoenix
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    For over 25 years, the Mystery Mansion Dinner Theater has been entertaining guests of all ages from all around the world. This Mother's Day, you can treat Mom and the family to an entertaining evening of interactive dinner theater at Oregano's in Old Town Scottsdale on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Solve a hilarious whodunit while the audience gets pulled into the action as you dine on a three-course meal served to you by the cast.

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    i.d.e.a Museum
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    The i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa has several ways to celebrate moms and grandmas this year, starting on Wednesday, May 10 with the "Mommy and Me" art workshop, part of the Infant Messy Creations series hosted by the museum.

    On Saturday, May 13 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., you can also attend the Multi-Generational Mother's Day Tea Party featuring cucumber sandwiches, mug decorating, tea service, and all sorts of memory-making opportunities for mothers, grandmothers, and their children (aged 4 and over).

    Finally, on Mother's Day, moms and grandmothers will have free access to the museum all day long on Sunday, May 14. Your mom can enjoy art, nurture creative thinking, and create memories for free—but you'll still have to pay the regular admission price for other guests, including yourself.

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    Swim with Dolphins at Dolphinaris Arizona
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    A special for moms and their families for Mother's Day: 30% off dolphin experiences and free access to the Dolphinaris Beach Club for the entire day. Part of the OdySea in the Desert development, this special attraction also features an on-site resort if you want to make a weekend out of your Mother's Day adventures.

    Dolphin Experiences include the Dolphin Land Experience, Dolphin Water Experience, Deluxe Dolphin Experience, and Dolphin Trainer Experience. The land experience provides an up-close encounter with a dolphin from outside the habitat. With the water experience, guests enter the waist-deep water for a personal interaction with one of the friendly Dolphinaris bottlenose dolphins.