Gallery: 6 Green Activities to Celebrate Mother’s Day in NYC

Mother's Day is coming up fast and if you're lucky enough to spend this spectacular Sunday in the world's greatest city with Mom, there's no doubt there will be plenty of exciting things awaiting your favorite lady. We've rounded up 6 fun-filled, eco-friendly NYC activities for you and your mom to enjoy this weekend -- and they're sure to please no matter what your age! From a walking tour of the city's wild flower fields to crafting a cool terrarium in one of Manhattan's oldest buildings to drawing up some architecture-themed greeting cards for Mom, check out our top picks ahead!

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Walking Tour of Manhattan’s Wildflower Fields

Join ecologist and author Eric Sanderson for a tour of Manhattan’s nature including a walk along the tidal marshes of Broad Street, over the stream at Maiden Lane, up the Golden Hill (site of a pre-Revolutionary War tussle and a patch of Celadine), and then to the South Street Seaport Museum. Learn about the local flowers on site and get excited for “some surprises with the unusually warm weather.” Tours are being given as a part of NYC Wild Flower Week.

Time:  Sunday, May 13, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Location: Meet at the northern edge of Bowling Green Park on Broadway just north of Beaver Street

© Bridgette Meinhold

Mother’s Day Terrarium Workshop

Learn how to make a terrarium in a vintage glass for your mom, or have a mother/child afternoon making this special gift. These miniature indoor gardens are fun to create and easy to care for. A workshop will be conducted by Twig Terrariums at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum. Recommended for ages 5+. Reservations required.

Time: Saturday, May 12 1:00 PM; $45, RSVP required Location: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, New York

Architecture-Themed Mother’s Day Card Workshop

Kids craft architecture-themed greetings at the The Skyscraper Museum to present to their mamas on the big day.

Time: Saturday, May 12 10:30–11:45 AM. $5. All ages; register via email Location: The Skyscraper Museum

Milagros Mother’s Day Walk Against Domestic Violence

On Mother’s Day, hundreds of people will gather to celebrate women who have overcome domestic violence by participating in the First Annual Mother’s Day Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Join in on this momentous occasion that also benefits Milagros Day Worldwide.

Time: 10AM meeting at Park Row and Centre Street ; 11AM walking across the Brooklyn Bridge in silence; 12 to 2PM Reception/Concert at Cadman Plaza Park

Eco-Frame Craft Workshop for Families

Surprise Mom with a hand-made picture frame crafted from natural materials! This event is being hosted by the Central Park Conservancy and is FREE, but only families are invited to participate.

Time: Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Location: At the Chess & Checkers House (mid-Park at 64th Street)

Two rose cupcakes courtesy of Shutterstock

Mother’s Day Cupcake Decorating at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

This Mother’s Day, Ripley’s Times Square is offering free admission for mom, and cupcake decorating on top of all that Ripley’s wackiness. Pop in to indulge in a sweet treat and some mind-bending oddities.

Time: Sunday, May 13 12:00 PM Location: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Times Square Odditorium, New York


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1 Comment

  1. Mark Boyer May 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Love the eco frame workshop — with we had something like that happening out here in the Bay Area.