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A Quirky NYC Mother’s Day

Forget flowers and cards. In a city like New York, there are so many better ways to celebrate your leading lady. That is, your mom. Here are some quirky ideas to help make Mom feel special this Mother’s Day.

The Amazing Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Cost: $25 per person

Cue The Amazing Race theme music! If mom is an adventure-seeker and NYC enthusiast, she’ll love this three-hour scavenger hunt. Part hunt, part obstacle course, the race begins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub and takes you on an adventure throughout Manhattan. Here’s how the hunt works: There are four types of scavenger hunts you’ll have to complete on this Mother’s Day hunt, like “discover your city,” where you’ll have to solve a mystery that usually involves a NYC landmark.

The Amazing Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt: starts at 8 East 36th Street

Distorted Diznee for Mom’s
Cost: $20

At some point in your life, you may have forced your mom to watch countless hours of your favorite Disney movies. Distorted Diznee, a Vegas-style parody led by a troupe of fabulous drag queens, recreates the animated classics with Disney princesses singing songs that definitely weren’t in the films. Think numbers by Cher, Patti LuPone or Rihanna.

Laurie Beechman Theatre: 407 W. 42nd Street; 212-695-6909

Mother’s Day Celebration at the Central Park Zoo
Cost: $75 (includes one adult and one child)

The Central Park Zoo is throwing a party in honor of all moms—and not just human ones. The guests of honor are a special bunch of zoo animal moms and their babies. We humans can enjoy the party with arts and crafts, treats and a surprise meeting with one very furry guest. Mum’s the word on who this special guest will be (Central Park Zoo is staying quiet). The big reveal will take place on Mother’s Day.

The Central Park Zoo: 64th St. and Fifth Ave., 212-439-6500

A Cheesy Mother’s Day
Cost: $70 per person

Moms who love cheese and want to expand their palate would be forever thankful for a Cheese 101 Mother’s Day class at Murray’s Cheese. Taste seven types of cheese; learn how to create a perfect cheese course; and indulge in unlimited pours of sparkling and red wines. This is the cheesy celebration Mom won’t mind.

Murray’s Cheese Shop: 254 Bleecker St.; 212-243-3289

Mother’s Day Brunch in a Garden
Cost: from $21

Who needs flowers when you have the entire Botanical Garden? Enjoy complete access to the beautiful outdoor garden and catered brunch for two hours. Brunch includes a classic continental breakfast—omelets, bacon and sausage, potatoes, and warm bagels, muffins, croissants and danishes. And coffee, there will be lots of coffee.

Queens Botanical Garden: 43-50 Main St.; 718-886-3800

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