Quick! What happens every year on the second Sunday in May?
If you answered “Mother’s Day,” you’re way ahead of the game.
But if you said, “I forget it’s Mother’s Day until about noon and then run to the grocery store to buy a card and a wilting bouquet of flowers,” relax. We’re here to help you plan something fun, and now you’ve got a whole three days to get ready:
Celebrate on Saturday
Here’s a great idea: Take Mom out to eat on Saturday 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 Saturday at Hawthorn Hollow, 880 Green Bay Road. There’s also a plant sale. www.hawthornhollow.org.
Treat Mom to something fun at the Kenosha HarborMarket, which begins its outdoor season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 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.
Buy Mom a beer as Kenosha Craft Beer Week starts. The Kick Off Party is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday (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 Saturday during its “soft opening.” The grand opening is Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month.
Enjoy both of Kenosha’s lighthouses. First up, head to the North Pier Lighthouse on Simmons Island (you can’t miss it; it’s the red lighthouse jutting out into Lake Michigan). After you walk out there for the view, head to the historic Southport Lighthouse and Light Station Museum, 5117 Fourth Ave., which are open for the season. The maritime museum, inside the keeper’s house, documents Kenosha’s lighthouse keepers, shipping and fishing history. Visitors can also climb the lighthouse tower, which dates back to 1866 and stands 55 feet above the grounds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, depending on the weather. Admission is free for the keeper’s house tour. A lighthouse climb costs $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 8 to 12 (must be 8 or older to climb). www.kenoshahistorycenter.org. Bonus: The lighthouse is free to climb today (May 9) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy some laughs at the final performance of the farce “Noises Off,” 7:30 Saturday night at the Rhode Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10-$13 at www.rhodecenter.org.
Head to the Kenosha Comedy Club, inside the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 5125 Sixth Ave., and take Mom to see comedian Bryan Cork. He’s performing at 7 and 9 Saturday night. Admission is $12 at www.hap2it.com. Tickets are also sold at the door.
See amazing artwork
The Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., is again hosting an exhibit featuring works by members of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. This is the group’s 43rd annual national juried exhibition and showcases 80 paintings from the top transparent watercolor artists in the country. You won’t believe what these artists can do with watercolor paints. The show runs through Aug. 4. Admission is free to the museum, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Take a day trip
There are a lot of cool places within driving distance of Kenosha County — Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cedarburg. Here are a few ideas:
Take Mom out to the ballgame — and you spring for the hot dogs and beer. The Chicago Cubs are hosting the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend, which could make for some interesting in-family rivalries! The games are Friday through Sunday at Wrigley Field. Friday’s game features a Cole Hamels Bobblehead, and Mother’s Day is “Pink Out T-Shirt” day, with free shirts. Go to www.mlb.com for more information.
Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., is open for the 2019 season. For more details and admission specials, go to www.sixflags.com. If Mom is a theme park super-fan, buy her a season pass or a Six Flags membership.
Old World Wisconsin in Eagle is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch (seatings start at 9 a.m.), and the Old World Wisconsin museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It’s a nice drive there from Kenosha, and you can listen to Mom tell you all about how hard life was back when she was growing up ... there were no cellphones, and she may not have had a TV in her bedroom! Note: All moms get in free on Mother’s Day. 262-594-6300 or www.oldworldwisconsin.org.
The Racine Zoo offers free admission to all mothers on Sunday. Go to www.racinezoo.org for more details.
The Milwaukee County Zoo is also offering free admission for all moms. (But that hefty $12 parking fee is still in effect.) www.milwaukeezoo.org.
The local forecast for Sunday calls for cloudy/rainy skies and temperatures in the low 50s, but you can treat your mom to a “tropical” mini-vacation close to home:
Splish, splash! Who needs a sunny beach in Florida? The RecPlex facility in Pleasant Prairie has a 17,000-square-foot aquatics center. The indoor waterpark area contains three waterslides, an in-pool playground, zero-depth entry, geysers and fountains. Call 262-947-0437 for non-member day pass rates.
Butterflies are free: If you’re looking to get really warm, check out the Milwaukee Public Museum’s two-story butterfly exhibit, where the temperature is always tropical. Butterflies fly freely through the exhibit and — if you stand still — one might just land on you. www.mpm.edu.
Pass the popcorn
Going to a movie isn’t the most original idea in the world, but area theaters are showing some Mom-friendly flicks on Sunday:
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!
And 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!
Who says you have to celebrate this weekend? Your mom might be thrilled to get tickets to an upcoming show.
Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater is hosting “Dancing with the Stars” favorite Derek Hough on May 18. Upcoming shows at the Riverside Mom might like getting tickets to include ”Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” as performed by the Milwaukee Symphony (May 31-June 2) and Diana Ross (July 14). Mom-friendly shows at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater include ”Live on Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie” (May 26) and Rob Lowe (June 15). Go to www.pabsttheater.org for tickets and more information.
Our own Kenosha Kingfish baseball team starts playing May 28 at Simmons Field. Why not buy Mom two tickets to an upcoming game? Or — better yet — get her a 7-game ticket package, which includes a pre-game buffet, a free Kingfish baseball hat and guaranteed giveaways, so you won’t miss out on the coveted Elvis Gump Bobblehead this summer. If you tuck two tickets into a funny card, you’ve got Mother’s Day covered. Call 262-653-0900 or go to www.KingfishBaseball.com.