8 non-traditional things to do for Mother's Day



If you haven't made your brunch reservations for Mother's Day, it's probably too late now. Don't get all panicky and head for the nearest Walgreens to buy a generic card and a cheap fabric flower, though. As long as your mom's not expecting a fancy Benedict-and-mimosa brunch, we've got some ideas that could fit the Mother's Day bill for you:

Bananas Modern American Diner

In case you missed it, Bananas' very last day will be Mother's Day, when they will be performing their final gospel brunch at the Mills Avenue mainstay. You'd best get on this one soon, because rumor has it reservations for the brunch are almost sold out.

When: noon & 1 p.m. Sunday, May 11

Where: Bananas Modern American Diner, 924 N. Mills Ave.

Mom's Sunday Funday

If your mom's two favorite things are drinking beer and painting, take her to Orlando Brewing Company. As part of their Mom's Sunday Funday, all moms get free beer at OBC on Mother's Day. Plus they can take in some live music and make some art of their own with Colors & Bottles Orlando.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, May 11

Where: Orlando Brewing Company, 1301 Atlanta Ave.

The Full Monty

OK, so this one might get a bit awkward, but this musical about unemployed steel workers-turned-strippers is so much fun. And you won't see anything more embarrassing than butts and some man-nipple; they keep the important bits covered with hats.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11

Where: Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Highway 192

Bike Polo Night 

Your mom's got two options at this event: She could hop on a bike, grab a mallet and jump in the game, or just sit on the sidelines watching men in bike shorts while sipping a basil grapefruit mojito.

When: 5 p.m. Sunday, May 11

Where: Langford Park, 1808 E. Central Blvd.

Game of Thrones Live Viewing

If your mom can't tear herself away from the Seven Kingdoms long enough to celebrate Mother's Day with you, drag her into the Geek Easy at A Comic Shop. Every Sunday, they host a Game of Thrones live viewing. Bonus: You can treat your mom (and yo'self) to a grilled cheese and a beer.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, May 11

Where: The Geek Easy, 114 S. Semoran Blvd.

Dandelion Red Tag Art Sale

While you're noshing on a salad and sipping some tea, peruse the art on the walls at this adorable tea house. It's all for sale, so you can let mom pick out her own gift.

When: The art show runs through June 1

Where: Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N. Thornton Ave.

Cocktails on the Beach

Using our handy mix and match cocktail guide, get your mom sauced while she oohs and ahhs over nature's bounty. Pack her some cheese and crackers or something, though; it's a long ride home from the beach.

When: The park is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Canaveral National Seashore, 308 Julia St., Titusville

And if you couldn't make your mom happy by taking her to see butts, wear bike shorts or get tipsy at the beach, drag her on over to Hot Dog Heaven. I mean, your mom has always told you she knows how to pick a wiener, right?