Sunday 13 May is the day to celebrate and appreciate the work of mothers.
A browse of online entertainment guides and Council websites reveals activities of all kinds for the occasion. Here we offer a brief selection to give you some ideas.
350 Princess Highway, Officer.
Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, Sundays 10am to 5pm.
Fifty years of experience makes Berwick Potteries a reliable source of ceramic giftware. From pots to statues, fountains, and even letterboxes. Check their range of monthly specials regularly at
www.berwickpotteries.com.au. Phone 5943 2241.
Bonsai Sensation Nursery
253 Centre Road, Narre Warren.
Open weekdays 9am to 5pm, weekends 10am to 3pm.
This family business assists Bonsai enthusiasts of all skill levels to find the perfect plant for the popular Japanese art of cultivating miniature trees. With more than 30,000 trees to choose from, and a large range of specialised tools and pots, this is the heart of Bonsai in Melbourne. For all the details, visit bonsaisensation.com.au.
Fair@Square Ethical Lifestyle Festival Program 2018
Federation Square, Melbourne, Saturday 5 May 11.00am to 9.00pm.
A week before Mothers' Day, this free public event is a one-stop shop for visitors looking for gift ideas. Live cooking shows, sustainable lifestyle workshops, fashion programmes and talks, children's activities, music, shopping and more.
TT Hotpot Buffet
Shop 7, Main Road West, St Albans. Open seven days 12 noon to 11 pm. The Hotpot is one of the most enjoyable ways to share a meal, and TT Hotpot are masters of the art. This venue is very popular, so booking is strongly recommended. Phone 0474 461 800.
Little Thai Princess
285 Burke Road, Glen Iris
A restaurant of long experience, and winner of many awards, Thai Princess is regularly praised in the Melbourne Good Food guide. There is no lunch option, but Mother's Day Dinner is provided from 5.15 pm. View the menu or book at littlethaiprincess.com.
25/27 Portman Street, Oakleigh. If you are dining at home, why not order a specially designed cake for the occasion? Phone 9569 6338 or visit nikoscakes.com.au.
Swanson Hotel Buffet Lunch
195 Swanston St, Melbourne, Sunday 13 May, 12pm to 3pm.
The lavish Buffet Lunch includes seafood, hot and cold dishes, a live carvery and desserts. All mums will be greeted with a celebratory glass of sparkling wine and a box of chocolates.
The cost is $85 per adult, and $25 for children aged between 5-12. Bookings are essential as places are limited. To reserve your table, call 8662 1637 Monday to Friday, or email email@example.com.
For more information, please visit theswanstonhotel.com.au.
Omaru Alpacas Open Day
190 Hildebrand Road, Cottles Bridge
$10 per adult, children free
Omaru Alpacas is located in scenic Hurstbridge, around an hour's drive from the CBD. Come down from 11am to 3pm and meet and feed the friendly alpaca girls and watch the gorgeous babies frolic. There will also be face painting for the kids and a sausage sizzle. Enjoy the fresh air, and check out the other attractions in the town of Hurstbridge. Entry is $10 per adult. Children admitted free. For more information, please visit www.omaru.com.au/openfarmdays and Facebook.
Mother’s Day Classic
Alexandra Gardens and the Tan Track, 3 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne.
This annual event is part of a national movement to raise funds for breast cancer by registering for a walk or run of 4km or 8km. It is open to all, men, women and children.
The events begin at 6.30am and finish at 12 noon.
Because the purpose is to raise funds, entry prices range from $25 (children and concession) to $50 (adult without concession), with family tickets from $70. There are also other fundraising options.
For full details and registration, phone 8677 3853, or visit www.mothersdayclassic.com.au.
There are also options to combine lunch with a pleasant sightseeing cruise.
The Lady Cutter Melbourne Showboat Seafood and Champagne Cruise offers a Brunch cruise at 11.15 am and a Dinner cruise at 4.30pm. Both cruises run between Docklands and Williamstown. Details and menus can be found at www.ladycutler.com.au/category/5/upcoming events.htm.
Another possibility is the Lunch Cruise on the Yarra from 12.30pm to 3.00pm on the Spirit of Melbourne. For bookings visit www.melbcruises.com.au/mother-s-day-lunch-cruise.html.