6 Things to Do with Your Mom This Weekend

Drink beer, eat doughnuts, learn how to hand letter — there are lots of ways to spend Mother's Day with your mom.

Take a workshop with your mom at Recess.

Photograph by Alana Willerton


Dessert Sharing Plates at Cacao 70

Do the thing your mom never let you do growing up and make dessert your meal. Cacao 70 has a brunch menu and a sweets menu with dessert pizza, crepes, cakes, waffles, ice cream and fondue. But, since this is Mother's Day, go all in on the dessert share plates. The grilled marshmallow plate comes with marshmallows you roast on your own grill and pair with graham crackers, toffee bananas, peanut butter sauce, whipped cream and melted chocolates. If you really want it all, order the Bring-It-All-On Sharing Plate for Two or More. Chocolate pizza, banana split waffles, brownie bites and fondue are just a few of the long lists of treats that come with that order. 

Cacao 70, 136, 30 Springborough Blvd. S.W., 587-774-7070, cacao70.com


High Tea at Brasserie Kensington

Brasserie Kensington offers afternoon tea most Saturday and Sunday afternoons, but for Mother's Day it is partnering with Alora Boutique for a little something extra. This tea includes tiers of treats including duck rilette banh mi, salmon and cream cheese pinwheels, scones, preserves, profiteroles, tarts and more. And, $10 from each tickets goes to the Louise Dean School, which is an education program for pregnant and parenting teens. Colleen Shepherd, a former student of Louise Dean School, will give a presentation. Tea is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and tickets are $55.

Brasserie Kensington, 1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., eventbrite.ca


Hand Lettering and Calligraphy Workshop at Recess Shop

Wandering through Inglewood for an afternoon of shopping is a good way to spend a sunny afternoon. Be sure to stop in the new stationery store Recess to browse the notebooks, pens and other office items. Or, plan ahead and sign up for the hand lettering and calligraphy workshop that starts at noon. Kari Carvey will spend two hours teaching you the basic brush strokes as you work your way through the alphabet. By the end of the afternoon, you'll have a framed piece of lettering work and you get to take home your brush lettering supply kit. The workshop is $75. If you miss the class on May 13, it is offered again on June 10.

Recess Shop, 1323 9 Ave. S.E., 587-433-4226, recessshop.ca


Beer and Doughnuts at The Brewer's Apprentice

The Brewer's Apprentice is a beer store in East Village that has 48 beers on tap. It's where you go to get your growler filled and it also hosts special events. For Mother's Day, it's partnering with Pretty Sweet Bakeshop for a two hour tasting that pairs eight beers with eight doughnuts. Learn about the beer, eat some dessert and hang out with your mom for $40. The event is 3 to 5 p.m.

The Brewer's Apprentice, N3 Building, 448 8 Ave. S.E., 403-804-4924, thebrewersapprentice.com


Mother's Day Yoga and Tea at Peak Studio

Start your afternoon with a 90-minute flow and restorative class. Once you are stretched out and relaxed, stay for tea and snacks and make some essential oil to take home. It all happens from 1 to 3 p.m., which means you also have time to go for brunch before or dinner after. Yoga and tea is $19.99.

Peak Studio, 213, 100 Rainbow Rd., Chestermere, 587-573-9642, eventbrite.ca


A Mother's Day Tea Party for a Good Cause

From 3 to 4:30 p.m., settle in for an old fashioned tea party at the Dalhousie Community Association. Tea will be served along with desserts and there will be a silent auction. Tickets are $20 and the event is raising funds for local non-profit Helping Families Handle Cancer. 

Dalhousie Community Association, 5432 Dalhart Rd. N.W., mothersdayteayyc.com

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