Tonawanda News — It’s Mother’s Day time again — next Sunday, May 5 — and with that comes certain expectations. You’ve got your typical flowers, brunch, perhaps a nice bottle of perfume.
But what if you want to think outside the box this year? What if what mom really wants is just to spend time with the kids and do something she wouldn’t normally treat herself to?
We’ve compiled a list of some unique Mother’s Day activities to do throughout the region, so go out there, enjoy and spoil your moms.
Be crafty and shop your heart out
The Downtown Merchants Association of North Tonawanda is hosting a Mother’s Day Shop Hop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the day before the holiday.
Suzanne Todaro, coordinator of the event and one of two owners of Gleam and Glimmer Glass Studio said the event sprawls down Webster Street roughly from Sweeney Street to Goundry Street.
The idea is for moms and their families to take the opportunity to check out the street’s merchants and get a little crafty at the same time.
“You get to (start off by) painting a little clay pot at Partners in Art and then you hop from shop to shop up and down the street and pick up a little flower” from each participating merchant,” Todaro said.
By the end of your travels, you’ll have an entire flower pot full of fresh blooms to give to mom and perhaps a few newly bought gifts.
Todaro said she doesn’t have the final list of participating merchants at this point, but last year 14 stores took part.
“Look for a sign on each door saying they are participating,” she said, encouraging customers to also to take in a meal at one of the street’s many restaurants.
“It’s a great excuse to spend the day with mom,” Todaro said.
For moms with younger kids
The Herschell Carrousel Museum in North Tonawanda is hosting special Mother’s Day activities May 12, hoping to appeal to both the young and old alike.
Museum Director Rae Proefrock said the museum will have a special craft for kids to complete to give to mom, as well as a family friendly concert by folk singer Nan Hoffman.
“And of course rides on the carrousel and happy music,” she added. “It should be a nice day.”
Proefrock said said the museum is the perfect destination for mothers of younger children, because it keeps the kids happy, but also entertains the adults.
The museum is located at 180 Thompson St. Call 693-1885 for more information.
For the active mother
For the past 16 years, folks around Lockport have made it a tradition to spend part of their Mother’s Day joining the fight against breast cancer.
The 17th annual Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk starts with registration at 11 a.m. at Widewaters Marina on Market Street.
The two-mile walk along the canal towpath begins at 1 p.m. Hundreds of mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, along with husbands, fathers and sons, walk along the canal as a wall of support to honor lives lost, celebrate survivors and promote breast cancer awareness. The event also includes a huge basket auction and entertainment, and non-walkers are also welcome.
This year’s walk is in memory of Mary DeFilippo and in honor of Cathy MacFarlane.
The proceeds benefit Mary’s Room, a wig room at the American Cancer Society in Amherst, named for Mary Marvin, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1998 at the young age of 42. Mary was diagnosed at the age of 38, and her legacy is the Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk.
Pledge forms and more information are available at breastcancercanalwalk.org.
If you want to spend some relaxing time with your mom, but your Mother’s Day is already filled with activities, Hartland Bible Church is hosting a Spa Night fundraiser, “ ‘Toon’ into Wellness For Mothers and Daughters,” from 7 to 9 p.m. May 17 in the church’s Fellowship hall, 8110 West Ave., Gasport.
Moms and daughters can spend the evening getting pampered with a variety of spa services, including hair design, manicures, massages, and nutritional information. Speakers will be Mercedes Holloway, founder of For Our Daughters Inc., www.forourdaughters.info and Ami Patrick of embodyhealthandwellness.com.
The event and services are offered free, but donations are encouraged. All money raised will go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Tipping is also encouraged, and all ladies are welcome.
If your mom loves the ocean and all its sea creatures, consider giving the the gift of a close-up and personal sea lion or penguin encounter at the Aquarium of Niagara. For $75 mom will get 15 minutes with a sweet little penguin all dolled up in its own natural tuxedo, or she can get a whiskery kiss from a sea lion.
The watery encounter will make for a family adventure that mom will remember long after her shoes dry. For more information visit www.aquariumofniagara.org or call 285-3575 ext. 214.
If you and mom would like an outing that’s a little more adult, consider “Mom’s Night Out,” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday at Wine on Third in Niagara Falls. The upscale wine bar and restaurant will feature chocolate tastings, cosmos, and even a little shopping with jewelry and bath and body products. Every mom will get a free ticket for a raffle and there will be live music by Jamie Holka.
Call the restaurant, which is located at 501 Third St., at 245-4147.Sunday Lifestyle editor Danielle Haynes, and features editors Anne Calos and Michele DeLuca contributed to this story. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.