Forget the flowers, the bath salts, and the foot soak. Indulge your mom, your wife, or—yes!—yourself with a a splurge-worthy breakfast or brunch to celebrate the fine art of motherhood. Boston’s special kid-friendly Mother’s Day brunches take it up a level with live music, cruises, crafts for kids, and decadent drinks. If you had another type of outing in mind for your special day, check out these springtime activity ideas.
Brunch plus crafts and seaport views at TAMO; photo courtesy of TAMO Bistro + Bar
1. Mother's Day Brunch at TAMO Bistro + Bar, Seaport District, Boston
Cost: $75 per adult, $18 per child 5 and up, free for children under 5
Hours: 11am to 3pm
How about brunch with a side of floor-to-ceiling harbor views? TAMO's Mother's Day feast features an omelet station, french toast or pancakes with chantilly cream, and other special treats. Samara Lamm from the Kids Place 4 Fun will be on hand to lead the kids in crafts while you sip a mimosa and enjoy some live jazz.
1. Mother's Day Stroll and Brunch, Blue Hills, Milton
Cost: $15 members/$18 non-members, adult; $10 members/$13 non-members, child under 12
Hours: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Nature-loving moms are sure to enjoy this special breakfast followed by a walk in the Blue Hills. The guided hike includes a naturalist who will be pointing out wildflowers and spring birds, and leading the group to a scenic view from Chickatawbut Hill.
It's a harbor cruise plus a special meal and activities aboard the Odyssey. Photo courtesy of Mommy Poppins
2. Odyssey Boston Mother’s Day Cruise, Rowe's Wharf, Boston
Cost: from $69.90, kids $41.95
Hours: board at 9am, cruise 10am – 12pm; board at 1:30pm, cruise: 2 - 4pm
A flower for Mom, a complimentary mimosa, sumptuous buffets, goodies bags for the kids, professional DJ, balloon artist, and fabulous views of Boston Harbor–what more could you want? This year there are two brunch options, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
Cafe Fleuri's brunch includes a kid-friendly buffet and activities. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
3. Café Fleuri, Langham Hotel, Boston
Cost: $110 per Adult, $45 for Children 5-12, free for children 4 and under
Brunch hours: 11 am - 3 pm
The extensive Mother’s Day brunch menu at Café Fleuri speaks for itself. The dishes range from fresh seafood to a dessert buffet, and everything in between. Be sure to go on an empty stomach! The adults can sit back and relax with a mimosa (the first one is complimentary) and listen to live entertainment while the little ones indulge in made-to-order waffles and enjoy kid-friendly activities.
Crispy smoked salmon cake with poached eggs is a special at The Beehive. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
4. The Beehive, South End
Cost: $52 per person
Brunch hours: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
The decor is just the right amount of funky in this bohemian South End eatery, located at Boston Center for the Arts. Moms and their families can groove to the live music during The Beehive's Sunday Jazz Brunch while enjoying a special Mother's Day three-course prix fixe menu.
5. Mother's Day Brunch Picnic and Lilac Festival, The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover
Cost: Moms are free; Adult: $25; Child: $15
Brunch hours: 10 am - 1 pm
Smell the lilacs, listen to love music, and enjoy a catered picnic with coffee cake, fritattas, and more at this historic country estate. Kids can play lawn games like croquet and bocce before taking complimentary family photos with on-site professional photographers.
6. Mother's Day Brunch, Taj Boston, Boston
Cost: $135 per adult and $45 per child (8 and under), inclusive of tax, gratuity and processing fee
Brunch Hours: 11am - 1:30pm
Who wouldn't want to brunch while enjoying some of the most glorious views in the city? At this decadent brunch overlooking the Public Garden in full spring bloom, moms can curate their own tea blend from a selection of Taj Boston’s custom teas. Seatings are at 11:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm, and 2:30pm, and reservations must be made in advance as no walk-ins will be accepted.
Originally published May 2012; updated April 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018