6 Standout Mother’s Day Activities in Toronto

Toronto is internationally renowned for its culture, art, intensely diverse metropolitan area. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together this list of standout locations and events for you to celebrate on May 14.

Things to Do on Mother’s Day in Toronto

1. Brunch at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

You can’t go wrong by starting your Mother’s Day celebration with brunch. We’ve got just the place for you: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen. Hailed as a Toronto neighborhood gem and known as a top-notch location for Sunday brunch, their menu has no shortage of options to satisfy all tastes. We recommend you go with their blueberry buttermilk pancakes or their buttery currant scones- two of their most famous brunch plates.

When: May 14, starting at 9am  

Where: 85 Hanna Ave

2. Parisian Macaron Class

Le Dolci has year-round culinary classes. This year, they will host a special edition of their Parisian Macaron class, especially for Mother’s Day. This is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together on Mother’s Day and also learn a handy new skill: how to make delicious little Parisian treats. Best of all? Not only do you take home your newly acquired knowledge, you also get to take the macarons you make in class.

When: May 14, 11am-1:00pm

Where: 1006 Dundas St W

3. Day at the Spa

Trips to the spa are always a blast. When the spa in question is The Village, you can be sure they’ll take excellent care for you. Their spa services include relaxing massages, restorative facials, as well as a wide variety of body treatments. On Mother’s Day, they’ll be open for five hours during the afternoon, which is more than enough time to get fully pampered and walk out of there feeling thoroughly rejuvenated.

When: May 14, 12pm-5pm

Where: Pantages Hotel, 200 Victoria Street

4. Afternoon Tea at Dufflet

Dufflet is, simply put, an institution in Toronto when it comes to desserts, making it just the place for afternoon tea on Mother’s Day. Renowned for having the best cakes, tarts, and pies in town, their menu contains a wide array of options, including vegan desserts. Dufflet’s cozy ambiance and excellent service make it a perfect location for special occasions.

When: May 14, 11am-6pm

Where: 787 Queen St W

5. Brunch at the FRANK Restaurant and A Visit to the Georgia O’Keefe Exhibit at the AGO

The FRANK Restaurant (attached to the Art Gallery Ontario) is hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch this year. This event is on the pricier side, but well worth the money with the tasteful spread. Their selection includes a continental buffet and an at-your-table selection of oysters and shellfish to start, followed by a formal entrée, a la carte sides, and finishes with dessert. After you’ve had your delicious meal, you can go ahead and visit the well-curated Georgia O’Keefe Exhibit at the AGO.

When: May 14, 11am-3pm

Where: Art Gallery Ontario (AGO), 317 Dundas Street West

6. Cherry Blossom Watch at High Park

The High Park Nature Centre has a yearly tradition of watching as the Sakura trees located in the park flower. The peak bloom, which is when most of the pink blossoms are open, occurs only once a year, usually between late April and early May. This is a unique for nature lovers to celebrate Mother’s Day outdoors, with an indescribably beautiful cherry blossom background. As an added bonus, High Park is open 24 hours a day, every day, and is completely free of charge.

When: May 14

Where: High Park Centre, 1873 Bloor St W

Whether you’re looking to do something low-key or yearning for an upscale event for Mother’s Day, Toronto has an abundance of options. 

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