Join moms across the Pittsburgh region for a memorable experience that may be enjoyed by all family members. Pittsburgh is rich in historical, cultural and recreational events, and there are a host of interesting choices to experience. There are opportunities to experience the beautiful scenery, architecture and the famous Three Rivers for a relaxing ambiance. Families can walk, run, cruise, observe, dine and participate in all that Pittsburgh has to offer to honor mothers. Sharing all these moments in a comfortable and safe atmosphere will be be a gift that keeps moms and families as a highlight of any holiday or special event.
Komen Race For The Cure
Schenley Park at Flagstaff Hill
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Date: May 12, 7:30 a.m.
Price: Check here for details
Join in for an event that includes the entire family at the annual Komen Race For the Cure for awareness of breast cancer, raise funds, honor cancer survivors or those that have succumbed to the disease. It doesn’t matter if you leisurely run or walk with thousands of other participants or join the ranks competitively.There is an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Pittsburgh region in Schenley Park and get some exhilarating exercise. Sign up for teams or as an individual and register for the event. All donations will shine brightly in a display of pink colors that is indicative of the support for breast cancer. Join mothers on this special day to support a cure for breast cancer, and check out the volunteers and booths for important information and activities for the family.
Gateway Clipper Fleet
350 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Price: $40/adults; $20/child
Date: May 12, 2013; various departure times
Treat mothers to a fabulous cruise and delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet menu aboard one of the cruise ships that will wind its way along the famous Three Rivers. Mothers may enjoy the music and sights of Pittsburgh and won’t have to lift a finger to prepare a meal. Moms will enjoy a day of pampering and share with their families, who may add to the memorable experience by purchasing a special package deal in Mom’s honor. Check for boarding and return times for each cruise appointment and buffet reservation to ensure an exciting day of cruising and sharing time with the family.
Hartwood Acres Park
200 Hartwood Acres
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Date: May 11, 2013 tea/ May 12, 2013 tours
Mothers can regale in the beauty of the Allegheny Park system at Hartwood Acres Park for a Mother’s Day Tea on May 11 or a tour of the mansion on May 12. Reservations are requested for both events, and mothers will be admitted free of charge with another paid mansion tour. Families may enjoy the splendor of the mansion, which is a country estate that is adorned with antiques and architecture to relive the style of the Pittsburgh region in the 1920’s. Mothers can relax and stroll through the gardens or take a leisurely excursion on the walking trail to enjoy the picturesque boundaries of Hampton and Indiana Townships.
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
One Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Date: May 12, 11 a.m & 1:00 p.m.
The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Schenley Park welcomes mothers on their special day to enjoy a nutritious brunch and an opportunity to walk through myriad of rooms that display flowers, plants and sculptures. Make reservations for scheduled seatings to ensure that moms and their families can enjoy the brunch, which is arranged by chefs in a variety of seasonal choices. The Mother’s Day Brunch includes the price of admission, and the view of the Oakland area of Pittsburgh from the Special Events Hall and the Tropical Forest India will be a memorable experience on this exceptional day. A final stop at the gift shop will provide some time to peruse the store to purchase garden materials, jewelry, books and decorations.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
1 Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Date: May 12, 11:00 a.m. –3 p.m.
Price: $14/adults; $13/seniors (age 60+); $12/children(ages 2-13); free/children under age 2
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium plan to pamper all the mothers to a free chair massage and information for healthy habits. Moms get a free pass to the Pittsburgh Zoo with a child’s paid admission. Families may traverse the Pittsburgh Zoo to celebrate Mother’s Day together and enjoy all the animal exhibits, amenities and educational experiences. There are a host of activities for the children, including amusement rides, games and dining choices at the Safari restaurants. Be sure to stop at the zoo gift shops to purchase a memorable souvenir for mom to treasure the memories of Mother’s Day.
Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.