Special Events, Concerts, and Shows For Mother's Day

Plan a Special Day for Mom on Mother's Day 2017

In 2017 Mother's Day is May 14. It's nice to get flowers for Mom, but if you and your mother live in the Greater Phoenix area, here are some unique ideas for Mother's Day activities. If you live elsewhere but your mother lives in metro Phoenix, you can still arrange for her to attend these events with someone else.

Check back often — I add events here right up until the holiday!

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Mother's Day at Local Resorts | Florists That Deliver

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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    Carnival of Illusion
    ••• Carnival of Illusion is the longest running show in AZ. Photo by S&E / Courtesy of Carnival of Illusion

    Would Mom enjoy a play? the symphony? Check out the concert and show schedule for May. You might also take a look at Goldstar.com, where you can find discounted tickets to local performances.

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    Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
    ••• Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks/Getty Images

    The Arizona Diamondbacks are home this year on Mother's Day weekend, in a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates! The following weekend, the Mets are in town. The D-backs play at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

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    Butterfly Wonderland
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    In celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14, 2017 mothers receive $2 off admission and a special gift for the first 200 to arrive.

     Map to Butterfly Wonderland.

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    Odysea Aquarium in Scottsdale, AZ
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    Mother’s will receive $10 off general admission on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Combo tickets or special encounters programs excluded. Scottsdale (map).

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    Children's Museum of Phoenix
    ••• Courtesy of Children's Museum of Phoenix

    The Children's Museum of Phoenix in Downtown Phoenix is celebrating Mother's Day by offering free admission for moms and grandmoms visiting the Museum on Sunday, May 14, 2017. $11 general admission for all other guests 1 year and over. 

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    Hackett House Tempe, AZ
    ••• Tony the Marine / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. Treat your mom to Mother's Day Tea at the Hackett House in downtown Tempe. The "full teas" include their famous scones, an assortment of savories and sweets, tea served in fine china cups and on fresh-pressed linens. Register in advance to save a seat for you and your mom. Prices for adult tea parties are $35 per person. Champagne, mimosas and wine are available for an additional cost. To register call 480-350-8181.

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    Ballet Arizona
    ••• Courteys of Ballet Arizona

    An evening of works by the father of American Ballet, George Balanchine. Recorded music. Phoenix Symphony Hall, performances May 11 - 14, 2017. Tickets start at $25.

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    Mystery Mansion Dinner Theatre Phoenix
    ••• Courtesy of Mystery Mansion

    Treat Mom and the family to an entertaining evening of interactive dinner theatre at Coup Des Tartes, 1725 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, on Sunday, May 14 at 4 p.m. The three-course dinner includes: Caesar Salad, choice of Chicken Cordon Bleu or Pork Tenderloin or Salmon, Coup Des Tartes Cheese Cake. $79 until May 1, 2017. Call for details 480-994-1520. 

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    Mommy & Me cupcake and tea
    ••• Melissa Fink, used with permission

    Moms (or grandmas, aunts or other special ladies), bring your girly for a tea party, photo, craft project, and more on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. $15.95 per person, advance booking required. Hosted by Girly Girlz, 15425 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 240 in Scottsdale. Call 480-998-4832.

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    i.d.e.a Museum
    ••• Courtesy i.d.e.a Museum

    The i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa has several ways to celebrate moms and grandmas.

    Infant Messy Creations: Mommy and Me Art
    Wednesday, May 10 from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Create lasting memories and artwork with your infant at this Mother's Day workshop. Although smocks are provided, you may want to bring a change of clothes for the young art maker. Ages: 6 months - 24 months; child must be accompanied by adult.
    Cost: Members, $5; nonmembers, $13 
    Multi-generational Mother's Day Tea Party
    Saturday, May 13 from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Celebrate Mothers and Grandmothers with this Mother's Day Tea Party. Create cucumber sandwiches, decorate a mug for the woman of honor, sip tea, and build memories. Each participant must register. Registration includes admission. Ages: 4+
    Cost: Members, $12; Nonmembers, $15 
    Mother's Day
    Sunday, May 14 
    Free museum admission for moms. Enjoy art, nurture creative thinking and create memories. Regular admission is $8 for ages 1 and up, free for members. 

    Call...MORE to register  for programs 480-644-2468.

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    Swim with Dolphins at Dolphinaris Arizona
    ••• Make friends with a dolphin at Dolphinaris Arizona. © Judy Hedding

    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.

    The Beach Club overlooks the Dolphinaris habitat, giving guests a view of the dolphins playing, feeding and interacting with trainers and guests. It includes two large hot tubs, numerous cabanas, lounge chairs, gourmet catering, a full-service bar, and a swimming pool, which includes an underwater window into the dolphin habitat. 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 waist-deep water for a personal interaction with one of the friendly Dolphinaris bottlenose dolphins.

    Reservations can be made online using promo code: MOMS. Reservations must be made between 4/26/17 and 5/14/17 and redeemed by 5/31/17.

    More...MORE about Dolphinaris Arizona.

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    Mother daughter dance Florence, AZ
    ••• Courtesy of Town of Florence

    The Annual Mother/Daughter Dinner and Dance is on Friday, May 5, 2017. The event will be held at the Florence Library and Community Center, 778 N. Main Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Mothers and daughters will enjoy a memorable night full of activities including dance music, food, games, and fun. $12.00 per person, pay at the Library & Community Center, Florence Fitness Center at 133 N. Main Street, or online. There is no onsite registration accepted; pre-registration is required and must be paid by Friday, April 28.