Bring mom Downtown for Mother’s Day! Many Downtown restaurants will open early for brunch, and special events take place throughout the day.
Special Mother’s Day events
Steampunk Mother’s Day Tea at Morris-Butler House
May 2 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Treat your mom to a special Steampunk-themed Mother’s Day tea. Circle City Aerodrome – Indianapolis’ own steampunk group – will explain the creative movement that blends steam-powered gadgets and 20th century marvels in a world of Victorian fashion, literature, art and history.
Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo
May 10 – 11 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Zoo is all about moms this weekend, whether they’re human or not. Take part in activities like a scavenger hunt, mom-themed keeper chats, Mother’s Day photo stations and more.
Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch at Old National Centre
May 11 at 1 p.m.
Considered by many to be the most popular brunch experience in the country, Gospel Brunch combines uplifting live music with a spectacular all-you-can-eat brunch.
Mother’s Day Jazz Affair with Will Downing, Euge Groove and Rick Braun at Old National Centre
May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate mom’s days with live jazz!
Mother’s Day Gondola Ride
Various times; season opens May 11
Old World Gondoliers kicks off their season on May 11, just in time for Mother’s Day. You and mom will enjoy a 30 or 60-minute singing gondola ride as you are transported into Old Italy (or the Indianapolis Canal).
Brunches, lunches and dinners
The Hilton will host a traditional Mother’s Day Brunch in their ballroom from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Selections include traditional breakfast food, omelets made to order, a salad bar, pasta made to order, a carving station, a chocolate fountain and more. Also included: complimentary valet parking, a glass of champagne or mimosa and flowers for mom.
$32.95 adults; $26.95 seniors; $16.50 children 12 – 6; FREE children 5 and younger
Make reservations in advance for brunch at the Propylaeum – this has become an annual tradition for many Indianapolis families and sells out quickly. Seatings are available on May 11 at noon, 12:30, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.
Market Table at The Alexander
Head to Market Table at The Alexander for Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Featuring: a chilled station with locally produced yogurt, a seasonal fruit display and salads, a sauté station, entrees including chicken and salmon, carving stations and desserts, including 12 flavors of locally produced gelato.
$32 for adults; $16 for children 7 – 12; FREE for children 6 and younger
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Treat Mom to a first-class dining experience at Ruth’s Chris and she will receive a complimentary $25 Ruth’s Chris gift card for a return visit. The restaurant opens at 1 p.m. with their regular menu.
Shula's Steak House
Take mom out for brunch at Shula's and enjoy breakfast favorites such as applewood bacon and chef prepared omelets and Belgian waffles. The restaurant will also have a carving station with prime rib and honey glazed ham, as well as herb crusted pork loin and ginger glazed Atlantic salmon.
$36.95 adults; $12.95 for children 5 - 10; FREE for children 5 and younger
Join the Rathskeller for their annual Mother’s Day brunch featuring quiche, bacon, sausage, French toast sticks and fruit. A full lunch menu is also available. Brunch begins at 11 a.m. and the dinner menu starts at 3 p.m.
Enjoy an all-day feast with mom at Weber Grill. The restaurant will serve a specially crafted menu of sweet and savory brunch specials, as well as lunch and dinner dishes. Children can enjoy the “Kid’s Brunch Plate” and adults can choose from a variety of options including iron skillet hash, double smoked bourbon glazed ham and more. Brunch is served until 2 p.m.
Other fun happenings
Bring mom to explore Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, featuring eight warriors, a “painted” warrior head from Xi’an dig pits and more than 100 authentic artifacts. Opening May 10, just one day before Mother’s Day, this exhibition will be the only chance to see the warriors in the U.S. in 2014. Take Me There: China is also opening May 10 and is one of the largest exhibits about contemporary China ever produced in the US.
Kids ages 3 -12 can participate in the Chase 500 Festival Kid’s Day & Rookie Run, a non-competitive fun run, on May 10 at 11 a.m. Just like the Mini-Marathon participants, kids receive a goodie bag, a runners bib and a finisher’s medal.
Take mom to the ballpark! The Indians take on the Norfolk Tides on May 10 at 7:05 p.m. and on May 11 at 1:35 p.m. Attend the Sunday game and kids eat free.