We've been working hard all year for it... May 13 is Christmas for Moms! ... Well, for some of us, it feels more like Arbor Day (when's that again?) or Labor Day (you get a day off from the normal routine, but instead—let's do this even harder full day with the kids!) It doesn't have to be like that this year, but you're going to have to stop hinting and start explaining exactly what you'd like.
Uh oh! Not sure what you want? See below for some ideas!
But first, we have the winner of our Family Four Pack of tickets to LEGOLAND. Congratulations, Susanna R! Didn't win? You can still get something free: Shake, Rattle & Roll music is offering a free trial class for new families. This multicultural music program for young ones meets in six locations: Pelham, Bronxville, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Scarsdale, and Riverdale. Try a class during the next two weeks and enjoy singing, dancing, instrument play, musical fun and learning! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Mother's Day Gift Ideas - Westchester Edition
A Day Off From the Kids
Don't laugh, it's every mother's oh-so-ironic dream! And it can be done! I have a friend who has successfully managed to book a hotel room in the county for a quick night alone with spa treatment, dinner out, and a dip in the pool. For less than a Broadway show this can be yours! The Tarrytown Estates has a heated pool and a restaurant. There's no spa, but a masseuse will come in by appointment and there are massage rooms by the pool. Rooms are below $200 a night.
Doral Arrowwood is also under $200 and has restaurants, pools, fitness equipment, and saunas. And if you want to be blown away there's Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown, which is gorgeous and has lots of spa treatments and delicious food, but that is closer to $300 a night.
There are tons of sentimental gifts you can order with birthstones, names, or little baby animals to represent your brood. Origami Owl has some cute stuff. Lisa Leonard designs also does amazing work. Auburn Jewelry is a local company that specializes in charms.
A Meal Out
Just make sure all high chairs are on the other side of the table so you can get a break from feeding the Human French Fry Machine. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants to dine at. If you can't quite score reservations at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, there are still plenty of notable restaurants like Moderne Barn, Red Hat on the River, Rye Grill and Bar, or you can get creative (AND budget friendly) and visit one of Westchester Magazine's Best Burgers By Every Town. Or pizza, Chinese, or whatever theme rocks your boat.
Photos and Crafts
Who doesn't love a canvas print from Shutterfly? Or a pillow with your kid's artwork on it? The Pieced Palette is a local company that can make custom pillows and gifts. You can also take the little ones out locally to make something for mom. Fun Craft allows walk-ins, but suggests you call in advance on the weekends. If your little one is old enough, you can sign up for the Mommy & Me painting class at Painting With A Twist in Scarsdale. You paint one half and they paint the other. At Muse Paintbar in Ridge Hill, you can make a personalized "family nest" painting with your last name or a baby and mama animal silhouette painting..
A Day Off From Her Diet
With all of Westchester's fantastic bakeries at our fingertips, finding a sweet treat won't be hard. Locally, you can head to Martine's, Topps, Baked By Susan, or Lulu's Bake Shop for baked goods. Chocolations in Tuckahoe has custom chocolate treats, or there's Fully Dipped custom chocolate covered decorated Oreos. If she's got her eye on a specific treat she craves from Manhattan, odds are you can get it at the Grand Central Market. Grab your lightest stroller and make your way to the platform for a quick city day trip to get the bread/cheese/dessert of her dreams!
Yes, there's every Broadway show in Manhattan, but you don't have to leave the 914 for some pretty good seats. Westchester Broadway Theatre is showing Sister Act, and they have a deal with GotItLocal.com, where you can get 2 seats for about $90. That includes dinner and a show for 2! Beat that, TKTS booth! There's also a trip to the Botanical Garden, or music at Tarrytown Music Hall or the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. At Rye Playland on Mother's Day, moms ride free and everyone else gets $15 admission.
LEGOLAND Ridge Hill is hosting a Moms Go Free Weekend on May 12 and 13. Moms will be treated to free admission with the purchase of a child ticket. The “Moms Go Free” offer may be redeemed online using promo code 181008 and is valid for one free one-day adult ticket with the purchase of a full-price one-day child ticket to be used on May 12 or 13. The offer is also valid on walk-up tickets with the coupon (either printed or displayed on smart phone).
I hope this helps you find the perfect gift! That's it for this week. Don't forget about our weekly Mommy Meetup at Lil Chameleon from 10:30am to noon most Mondays. For our (almost always free) Event of the Day, follow us on Facebook or Instagram. And as always, check our website for events and our easy-to-navigate chart of every weekly kids library program in Westchester.
See you next time!