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7 Places to Take Your Mom on Mother’s Day

With this carefully crafted guide, you’ll prove to your mother why you have in fact always been the favorite in the family.

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Let’s face it: Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and you probably haven’t bought anything for her. Many of us may soon be feeling the tightening grip of procrastination. Instead of dwelling on material gifts, focus on planning a day your mom won’t soon forget. 

Marcus Theatres’ Brunch & a Movie

Forget dinner and a movie, instead take your mom out to brunch and a viewing of the 2008 classic musical Mamma Mia at Marcus Theatres. The Majestic Cinema of Brookfield will have two showings, each featuring a buffet spread from the Big Screen Bistro. Guests are invited to arrive early for proper seating and dining options. Tickets cost $29.95 for adults, and 14.95 for children 11 and under. Reservations are welcome and suggested.
(262) 798-6800; 770 N Springdale Rd., Waukesha

Milwaukee County Zoo ‘M.O.M’

Moms get in free at the Milwaukee County Zoo this Mother’s Day! Check out their special presentation, “M.O.M.,” (Missing Orangutan Mothers), which brings attention to the crisis facing wild orangutans and their offspring, and what can be done to help conserve the species. Besides the exhibit, the zoo will also host activities for kids all day long. The zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Milwaukee County residents with I.D. receive $1.75 off regular Zoo admission.
(414) 256-5466; 10001 West Bluemound Rd.

Iron Horse Brunch

The Iron Horse Hotel’s Smyth restaurant has all your basic food groups covered (fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat…and mimosas). Sunday brunch goes from 9 a.m. ­– 4 p.m., featuring fresh salads, artisanal cheeses, a seafood raw bar featuring shrimp, crab, oysters and clams, as well as various carved-to-order options. Be sure to bring the family and enjoy the wide assortment of tasty and fresh options. Reservations are suggested, and the cost is $39.99 per adult and $15 per child.
(414) 831-4615; 500 W Florida St.

Safe House Brunch

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at Milwaukee’s most elusive and secretive restaurant. This Milwaukee landmark will be offering themed “SpyMom-Mosa” or a “Spy-cial” Bloody Mary free to celebrating mothers valid with purchase of select entrees. Safe House will open its doors at 11:00 a.m. and stay open till 11 p.m.
(414) 271-2007; 779 N Front St.

Mother’s Day 5K

If brunch is on your agenda, consider also burning off some carbs at the annual Milwaukee Mother’s Day 5K & 10K run/walk. The event will be divided into two categories: a chip-timed and a non-timed portion. Runners are invited to either pick up their packets ahead of time, or get it delivered for a charge of $9.99. The races will start at 8:15 a.m. for the children’s portion and 8:30 for the adult 5K/10K. 
(224) 757-5425; 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr. (Veterans Park)

Kelly Kellz Annual Mother’s Day Comedy Show

As the sun goes down, be sure to check out the Kelly Kellz Annual Mother’s Day Comedy Show. This event, hosted by local comedian Kelly Kellz, will feature acclaimed actor and comedian Howie Bell as the headliner act. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at The Point. Guests are invited to purchase tickets online for the reduced price of two for $40. 
(607) 583-9346; 906 South Barclay St.

Milwaukee Art Museum Brunch

The Milwaukee Art Museum is also inviting moms from around the city to come and celebrate through a carefully crafted brunch menu that promises to satisfy all appetites. This extensive brunch buffet includes a number of salad options and savory favorites like the sea salt-crusted prime rib or the sage-cured turkey breast. The menu also includes a delicious array of sweets and treats such as the red velvet almond bliss mini cupcake, or a dark chocolate mousse shooter cup.
414-224-3200; 700 North Art Museum Dr.