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Mother's Day is on May 12th, so you'd better be ready with to celebrate the woman who fed, bathed and clothed you (and let's not forget about all those diapers). Here are some Boston-area activities to help you prepare, as well as some unique things to do on the big day. So get out your calendar, and get busy planning!
"National Public Gardens Day," New England Wildflower Society, Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. Fri., May 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults, $10; 65+, $7; 3-17, $5; under 3 and members free. Instead of buying Mom flowers, take her to a garden! Grand opening of new family activity area amid the 45-acre living museum. www.newfs.org
"Pop-Up for Mom," Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Fri., May 10, 10 a.m. - noon. Adults, $8; ages 1-18, $6; under one and members, free. Visit the pop-up exhibit with the curator and learn how pop-ups are made. Make a pop-up card for someone special you’d like to honor on Mother’s Day. www.wenhammuseum.org
"Mother's Day Storytime and Activity," The Curious George Store, 1 JFK St., Cambridge. Fri., May 10, 10:30 - 11 a.m. Free. RSVP required. Hear stories about awesome moms, like "Llama Llama Red Pajama," "Mama, Do You Love Me?," and other great stories. Then make a pretty card to thank mom for all her hard work. www.thecuriousgeorgestore.com
"Made for Mom," Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Fri., May 10, drop-in 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Adults, $11; ages 60+, $10; children, $11; under one and members, free. Explore the science of papermaking as you design and create your own Mother’s Day card to share with Mom, Grandmom, or someone special this weekend. www.discoverymuseums.org
"Duckling Day," Boston Common and the Public Garden, Boston. Sun., May 12. Registration and entertainment on the Common begin at 10:30 am at the Parkman Bandstand, and the parade begins at noon. $35 per family in advance. This beloved annual event on Mother’s Day celebrates the classic children’s story "Make Way for Ducklings." Join thousands of costumed children for face painting, a puppet show, and other entertainment before marching through the Common behind the Harvard Band to the Public Garden. www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org
"Mother's Day Art Exhibit," Paragon Carousel, 205 Nantasket Ave., Nantasket. Sun., May 12, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. All ages. Free. Paintings, photographs and jewelry on display and for purchase, and demonstrations in painting and jewelry making. The Paragon Carousel will also be open for rides. www.paragoncarousel.com
"Mother's Day Yoga Workshop," Down Under Yoga, 306 Walnut St., Newtonville. Sun., May 12, 1-3 p.m. $35. Honor all mothers on this special day. This all-levels, heart-warming slow flow, gentle yoga and partner stretching class can be shared with your mother, your daughter, your son, your friends' mother -- or come as yourself! Mothers of ALL kinds, ages, faces, yogas, invited and encouraged to attend. Open to all and no yoga experience is necessary. www.downunderyoga.com
"The One Family Music Festival," Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Ave., Boston. Sun., May 12, noon - 5 p.m. Free, but donations encouraged to benefit The One Fund Boston. All ages. An afternoon of food, fun and music, featuring nationally-acclaimed, Boston-based artists such as Ben Rudnick & Friends, Stacey Peasley Band, and more. www.onefamilymusicfestival.com
Free Admission for Moms, New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. Sun., May 12, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Moms enjoy free admission with any accompanying full-price ticket, free popcorn with an IMAX movie and 10% discounts at the Aquarium's cafe and gift shop. www.neaq.com
Free Admission for Moms, Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, NH. Sun., May 12, noon - 5 p.m. Moms enjoy free admission all day long (others, $9). Kids can make a gift to give to the special woman in their lives. www.childrens-museum.org
Free Admission for Moms, Providence Children's Museum, 100 South St., Providence, RI. Sun., May 12, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free all day for moms and grandmoms (others, $9). Children create cards and collages using an array of colorful papers. www.childrensmuseum.org
Free Admission for Moms, Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd., Boston. Sun., May 12, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Moms can visit the zoo for free all day long (others: adults, $17; 62+, $14; 2-12, $11; under 2 and members, free). Visit all of the resident animal moms at the Zoo including western lowland gorilla Kiki and her daughters Kira, Kimani and Kambiri, Cheyenne, a Grant’s zebra, and her offspring Nemo, as well as Annakiya, a bongo, and her calf. www.zoonewengland.org
Free Admission for Moms, Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Sun., May 12, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Bring Mom along with the entire family for a memorable day with the unforgettable animals that call the Zoos home. Zoo New England’s 2013 radio partner, MAGIC 106.7, will be onsite from noon to 2:00 p.m. with music, games and prizes. Moms are free; other adults, $14; 62+, $12; 2-12, $10; under 2 and members, free). www.zoonewengland.org
Find out about Mother's Day brunch at Boston-area restaurants. (Photo: Cafe Fleuri)
And don't forget to share your Mom & Me photos with us! (Photo: Lila Rose and mommy, sent in by Jess of Boston).
Need more ideas? Please check out our Mother's Day 2013 guide, full of events, gifts, photos, recipes, and more.
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.