If you’re reading this on Saturday morning, and you just realized you haven’t planned anything for Mother’s Day yet, read on.
Consider this your emergency guide to celebrating Mom:
Here’s a great idea: Take Mom out to eat this afternoon — thus avoiding the maddening crush of brunchers on Mother’s Day. Of course, if you want to avoid all crowds, you can always cook dinner at your house. But if you do, make sure Mom doesn’t end up doing any of the work.
You can also take Mom to Birds & Breakfast this morning (7 to 11 a.m.) at Hawthorn Hollow, 880 Green Bay Road. There’s also a plant sale. www.hawthornhollow.org.
Treat Mom to some outdoor shopping (and munching!) at the Kenosha HarborMarket, which begins its outdoor season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The market, located on Second Avenue between 54th and 56th Streets, along 56th Street and at the adjacent Place de Douai, includes a wide variety of vendors each Saturday. Admission is free.
Downtown Kenosha venues are celebrating Second Saturday, with most events starting at 6 p.m., including artists’ receptions at Lemon Street Gallery, 4601 Sheridan Road, and Re:Vision Gallery, 4625 Sheridan Road.
Raise a glass to dear old Mom
Buy Mom a beer as Kenosha Craft Beer Week starts. The Kick Off Party is noon to 10 p.m. today (with music, food trucks, games and brews) at R’Noggin Brewing, 6521 120th Ave. There are events and specials all week. For more event details, go to www.kenoshacraftbeerweek.com.
Buy Mom a beer OUTSIDE at the Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten, which opens at noon today during its “soft opening.” The grand opening is Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month. Note: The Biergarten is not open on Mother’s Day.
Take a hike
Walking in the fresh air is always a good idea, especially if you’ve just finished one of those popular Mother’s Day brunches.
In Kenosha, take a walk along the downtown lakefront. Besides the great views of Lake Michigan, you’ll stroll past the Kenosha Public Museum, the Civil War Museum and downtown shops and galleries, offering plenty of places to pop inside if the weather is cold or you just need a break.
Farther west, Silver Lake has beautiful trails (and all that lake scenery), as does Fox River Park, KD Park and Petrifying Springs Park.
Lake Geneva is also a great place to walk around, either downtown (for shopping) or along the lakefront path that circles the lake. You can also treat Mom to a cruise around the lake, with narration about the history behind some of those lakefront mansions. Call 800-558-5911 or go to www.cruiselakegeneva.com for cruise details.
The art of motherhood
Make it a watercolor weekend: The Kenosha Public Museum is again hosting an exhibit by the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. The group’s annual national show runs through Aug. 4 at the museum, 5500 First Ave. Admission is free to the museum, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The downtown Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., offers free admission Sunday for all mothers, from 10 a.m. to to 5 p.m. www.ramart.org.
If theater is her thing, take Mom to see Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes comedy/drama “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” performed by students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The final two performances, in the school’s Black Box Theatre, are 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and faculty/staff members and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 262-595-2564 or go online to www.uwp.edu.
Kenosha’s Lakeside Players are performing the farce “Noises Off.” The final performance is 7:30 tonight at the Rhode Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10-$13 at www.rhodecenter.org.
In Racine, “9 to 5 the Musical,” based on the 1980 film, is on stage at the Racine Theatre Guild. Performances this weekend are 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$20. To purchase tickets, call 262-633-4218 or go online to www.racinetheatre.org.
Does Mom love animals? Then take her to the Racine Zoo — just north of downtown. It’s a great spot for a stroll among the animals, with great views of Lake Michigan, too. www.racinezoo.org.
The Milwaukee County Zoo offers free admission to all mothers on Sunday. www.milwaukeezoo.org
Virtually every restaurant in Kenosha County will offer brunch, lunch and/or dinner on Mother’s Day. We suggest calling ahead for reservations NOW.
Also, the Tremper Golden Strings will perform during their annual Mother’s Day Brunch and Show. This year, the event has moved to Tremper High School, 8560 26th Ave. Seatings are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-10 and free for children 3 and younger. In addition to the food and live music, there are silent auction items. Find more information on the group’s website, www.thegoldenstrings.com.
The Southport Park Association is hosting a Mother’s Day Weekend Spring Flower Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Southport Beach House, 7510 Second Ave.
Show Mom a good time by taking her to the Mitchell Park Horictulture Conservatory (The Domes) in Milwaukee. As a bonus, you can use the blossoming backdrop for family photos. www.milwaukeedomes.org.
Nothing says “I love you, Mom” like a roller-coaster ride. (Just try not to throw up on her!) Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., is open for the 2019 season. For more details and admission specials, go to www.sixflags.com.
Pass that popcorn
Going to a movie isn’t the most original idea in the world, but area theaters are showing some Mom-friendly flicks this weekend:
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star in the comedy “The Hustle,” a reboot of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” This time, it’s two women who are out to score the big con job.
Diane Keaton headlines the new comedy “Poms.” She plays a woman who starts a cheer squad — yes, you read that correctly — in her retirement home.
Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are the unlikely (but adorable) couple in the romantic comedy “Long Shot.” She’s a politician looking to run for president; he’s a former childhood friend (and out-of-work journalist) she taps as her speechwriter. Let the fun (and romance) begin!
If Mom is an action fan — and can tolerate sitting still for four hours in a theater— then take her to “The Avengers: Endgame.” If nothing else, this will take care of Mother’s Day afternoon!
For something different, head to the Renaissance Cinema in Sturtevant Sunday afternoon for a 3 p.m. showing of ”The Sound of Music.” I’ll bet you’ve never seen Julie Andrews twirl in the Alps on the big screen! For tickets, go to www.marcustheatres.com.