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By: Jennifer Agress

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start planning a day of pampering and fun for a special mother in your life. Check out our list of great Mother’s Day ideas in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, including a luxurious spa day, taking part in a garden macramé class, exploring one of our popular museums, seeing a ballet performance or attending a music festival on the beach.

Family at Frost Science Museum
Take Mom on a science adventure at Frost Science Museum

Make It A Museum Day

Throughout April and May

April and May are Miami Attraction & Museum Months, so plan to spend a day with your mom at one of Miami’s many wonderful museums. If it’s contemporary and modern art you seek, head to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) or The Bass. Learn about Miami history at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the Renaissance-inspired estate of the late James Deering, or at HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami's history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. Finally, don’t miss the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. It has both a state-of-the-art planetarium and the 500,000-gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium.

Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau
Pamper your mom with a spa day

Spa Day

Throughout May

Is there anything more luxurious for mom than a Mother’s Day full of pampering? Treat her to one of Miami’s fabulous spas and give her a day fit for a queen. Choose a spa with fabulous amenities such as water journeys, yoga classes and pool, gym and beach access so she can enjoy a full day of it. Some favorites include Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach and Tierra Santa Healing House at Faena Hotel Miami Beach.

Mommy And Me Macramé: Plant Hangers

Friday, May 6

If your mom loves to be creative, take her to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for a special macramé class. Led by Rey Alvarez of Macramé del Rey, this beginner-level class will teach guests how to use the art form to make beautiful plant hangers, while also explaining the history of macramé and guiding students through to complete their creation. This class will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Materials will be provided, and no macramé experience is necessary.

Attend the GroundUp Music Festival at the Miami Beach Bandshell

GroundUp Music Festival

Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8

The 5th annual GroundUp Music Festival is coming back to the Miami Beach Bandshell this May. Hosted by three-time Grammy Award winning artist Snarky Puppy, who will perform all three nights, the festival will include concerts by popular jazz musicians and groups, artist talks and masterclasses, food from top local chefs and idyllic Miami Beach views. Music lovers will be excited to see performances by Emily King, Moonchild, Cory Henry and more than a dozen other acts, plus an improvised performance by SpaceJam with Kimbra and Friends.

Miami City Ballet Red
Catch the Miami City Ballet's performance at the Arsht Center

Miami City Ballet: Prodigal Son At The Adrienne Arsht Center

Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8

The Miami City Ballet will put on three performances of “Prodigal Son” over Mother’s Day weekend. With music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by George Balanchine, this ballet tells the dynamic Biblical story of a young man who leaves home against his father’s wishes in order to live his own life. Performances will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Dinner Show For Mom At Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant

Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8

Celebrate Mother’s Day by treating your favorite mother to a festive evening of Spanish food and dancing at Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant. Taking place outdoors in beautiful Coral Gables, “Pasion Flamenca Under the Stars, Mother’s Day Edition” is an unforgettable soiree with a prix-fixe dinner menu and performances by some of Miami’s best flamenco artists. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Dinner reservations are recommended and can be made for any time between 6 and 10 p.m. Outdoor performances are weather-permitting.

pelican skipper
Treat mom to a picnic & cruise at Deering Estate

Mother's Day At Deering Estate

Sunday, May 8

This year, take mom to enjoy the historic bayfront setting at Deering Estate. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests are invited to bring their own picnic and enjoy this idyllic property overlooking Biscayne Bay. Before or after your picnic, hop on a relaxing cruise on the Pelican Skipper (a 45-foot Corinthian catamaran that departs from the estate) and enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne. Cruises set sail at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and last two hours; tickets must be purchased online in advance.

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