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Here’s how to celebrate Mother’s Day in Brooklyn

May 10, 2019 Scott Enman
Cherry blossoms make the perfect backdrop for a family portrait. Eagle file photo by Paul Frangipane

Dinner, flowers and a card should be the bare minimum that moms receive this year for Mother’s Day.

With the holiday this Sunday, here are 10 things you can do with her to supplement the smaller gifts. Sunday’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain, but Saturday looks to be mostly sunny, so feel free to celebrate a day early.

1. ¡Dance Party: Viva Frida Kahlo!

Nickolas Muray (American, born Hungary, 1892–1965). Frida with Idol, 1939. Carbon print, 11 ¼ × 16 ¼ in. (28.6 × 41.3 cm). Courtesy of Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
Nickolas Muray (American, born Hungary, 1892–1965). Frida with Idol, 1939. Carbon print, 11 ¼ × 16 ¼ in. (28.6 × 41.3 cm). Courtesy of Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Celebrate another extraordinary woman, Frida Khalo, at the Brooklyn Museum. Bid farewell to the “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving” exhibit, which closes on Sunday or start the weekend by dancing the night away at a party dedicated to the Mexican artist on Friday. The event will feature musical tributes, performances and a makeup station.

2. Buy her some trinkets at NYCxDESIGN Market

FAD Market. Photo courtesy of FAD Market
FAD Market. Photo courtesy of FAD Market

Often overlooked for the more mainstream Brooklyn Flea, the FAD Market periodically operates inside The Invisible Dog Art Gallery in Cobble Hill and showcases goods from Brooklyn’s creatives. This weekend is a special edition: FAD’s third annual NYCxDesign Market in honor of NYCxDESIGN and BROOOKLYN DESIGN. Buy mom some tableware, clothing or jewelry from roughly 50 designers.

3. Take her to see the cherry blossoms

A cherry blossom closeup. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
A cherry blossom closeup. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

Instead of bringing the flowers to mom, bring mom to the flowers. Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s famous cherry blossoms are in full bloom now. For a less crowded option, head to Green-Wood Cemetery to see the beautiful trees there as well.

4. Picnic on Governors Island

Governors Island. Photo by Trey Pentecost
Governors Island. Photo by Trey Pentecost

The island is officially open, and it’s got something for everyone this summer, including world-class dining, activities for kids, history lessons and endless nooks and crannies to get lost in. We’ve even planned out the perfect day for you to spend together.

5. Waterfront Kite Festival

Kites dot the Manhattan skyline. Photo by Alexa Hoyer
Kites dot the Manhattan skyline. Photo by Alexa Hoyer

This year marks the second annual rendition of Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival, the kickoff event of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s spring and summer season. From noon to 3 p.m., bring your own kite or just appreciate the colors swirling in the air.

6. Brooklyn Mother’s Day Half

Brooklyn Mother’s Day Half. Photo courtesy of Citytri Runs
Brooklyn Mother’s Day Half. Photo courtesy of Citytri Runs

Sweat it out side-by-side and do four loops around Prospect Park at the Brooklyn Mother’s Day Half marathon. Check in is at the Greek Shelter, and there will be a bagel and cream cheese spread after the race.

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7. Dirty Dancing Mother’s Day Brunch

Alamo Drafthouse. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

Is there really a better way of celebrating Mother’s Day than with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze? Probably. But who doesn’t love Dirty Dancing?

Watch the 1987 film at Alamo Drafthouse on Sunday and enjoy themed brunch, including diced watermelon with roasted goat cheese, baby spinach quiche with tomatoes and sweet onions, and a lemon-thyme shortbread cookie.

“You’ve had the time of your life’ and you owe at least some of that to your mom,” the event page reads, and we tend to agree.

8. CHOCOLATE

Chocolate. Photo courtesy of Pexels
Chocolate. Photo courtesy of Pexels

Everyone likes chocolate, including your mom (we hope). Bring her down to Raaka Chocolate in Red Hook, Mast Brothers in Williamsburg or FINE & RAW Chocolate in East Williamsburg and indulge in the delicious treats.

9. Birding in Peace

A bird in Green-Wood Cemetery. Image courtesy of Jennifer Kepler.
A bird in Green-Wood Cemetery. Image courtesy of Jennifer Kepler.

Before the gates open to the public at Green-Wood Cemetery, roam the grounds undisturbed with birding expert Rob Jett, who leads Sunday morning walking tours. During May, 163 different bird species have been spotted in the cemetery, including ruby-throated hummingbirds and monk parakeets.

10. Go for a spring stroll

Ditmas Park West. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan
Ditmas Park West. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

From Highland Park in Cypress Hills to the cobblestoned streets of Red Hook, take mom for a spring stroll throughout the borough. We’ve picked 10 of our favorite routes.

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