Whether you’re making plans for your mom, or you’re a mom yourself, make Mother’s Day extra-special this year with one of these Morris or Sussex County Mother’s Day events!  From hayrides to winery brunches and zoo trips to psychic fairs, Team Nest Builder has you covered.  Need to drop a hint? Just print this out and leave it somewhere mildly conspicuous...like taped to the TV or refrigerator...

Painting with a Twist Mother’s Day Brunch: Painting with a Twist, Montville

Grab your smock, your favorite beer or wine, and your own special snacks and settle in for an afternoon of painting!  Bagels and OJ will be served.  Event runs from 1pm-3pm but it’s recommended you arrive 15-20 minutes early to uncork and nosh a bit before the painting begins.  Call 973-922-3756 to reserve a seat and ask questions.

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Space Farms Mother’s Day:  Space Farms Zoo and Museum, Sussex

Celebrate mothers of all breeds from 9am-5pm and enter a free drawing for a chance to win a season pass.  There’ll be special nursery feedings and educational sessions on maternal behavior as well--the animals’, not yours!  Call 973-875-5800 for more information.

Mother’s Day Brunch:  Cava Winery and Vineyard, Hamburg 

Take Mother’s Day brunch to a new level at this winery and vineyard!  From 11am-2pm, all mothers’ meals include a delicious flight or glass of wine, as well as an unlimited Mimosa Bar and buffet.  Tickets must be pre-purchased---no walk-in’s accepted.  Call 973-823-9463 for more information.

Mother’s Day Brunch & Bowl:  STRYXE, Madison

The whole family gets in on the action at STRYXE with two hours of unlimited bowling (from 11am-1pm). Signature and speciality food items will be available in an action-style setting where all can enjoy tapas, specialty Tabisca-style pizzas, and sweets. By reservation only. Call (973) 377-8919 for more information.

 

Psychic Fair:  Yoga West Holistic Center, Roxbury Township 

We see a fun time in your future!  Take mom for a mysterious psychic reading at this Mother’s Day Psychic Fair.  From 11:30am-5pm, visit a range of Psychics including Tarot Card Readers, Mediums, an Astrologer, Palmist, Psychic Detective, and Past Life Reader and a Wellness Counselor.  Call 973-584-6664 for more information.

‘Gold Star’ Mother’s Day Tea:  Morris County Historical Society, Morristown

Honor Gold Star mothers who lost their children in the American Armed Forces by joining this Mother’s Day Tea!  You’ll celebrate your mother while raising money for the SGT. Ryan E. Doltz Memorial Foundation, Operation Gratitude and Hearts of Hope.  Acorn Hall opens for tours at 1pm, and the Tea begins at 2pm with featured guest speaker Cheryl Doltz, founder of Gold Star Mother and the SGT Ryan E. Doltz Memorial Foundation.  For more information and to reserve your seat, call 973-267-3465.

Mother’s Day Extravaganza:  Elements Spa and Reflections Spa at Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg

Help mom slow down and relax for a change with the Mother’s Day Extravaganza Package that includes one night’s stay at the resort, a massage at either spa AND a special mother’s day brunch!  Call 855-977-6473 for more information.

"Garden State: Living Off the Land in Early New Jersey":  Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison

Learn with mom how mothers of old lived off the land in early New Jersey through exploring the technology and tools, from bee smokers to cradle scythes, that farmers in 18th and 19th century New Jersey utilized. The exhibit also features a new generation of Garden State farmers who are working to make the distance from farm to table a little bit shorter for today’s families.  From noon-5pm.  For more information, call 973-377-2982.

Mother’s Day Brunch: Alstede Farms, Chester

Give mom a down-home-style Mother’s Day at Alstede Farms from 9am-2pm.  Enjoy a scenic hayride and buffet brunch with open table family style seating. Plus, all moms get FREE ice cream cones! For reservations, call 908-879-7189.

Fresh Perspectives Juried Exhibition:  Morris Museum, Morris Township

Bring your artsy mom to the Fresh Perspectives exhibition of works by accomplished high school students, then pop into contemporary artist Alexis Bonavitacola’s exhibit of beautiful, dream-like alcohol ink paintings and vibrant encaustic wax art.  From noon-5pm.  Call  973-971-3700 for more information.

There you have it! 10 awesome alternatives in Morris and Sussex County to the same old Mother’s Day brunch.  C’mon mom--Team Nest Builder knows you’ve earned it.