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Don't just do the dutiful lunch - Mother's Day is a great excuse to hang out with ma properly, and we've rounded up just the events at which to do so.

Mother's Day Classic


Register to walk, run or jog in one of Australia's biggest charity races, the Mother's Day Classic. You can opt for 4km or 8km course, which snakes its way around Alexandra Gardens and the Tan or put your hand up to volunteer and help out on the day. It's really like a social gathering in trainers.

Mother's Day Fun at Luna Park

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Luna Park is not just for the kids – it treats mums to a free Unlimited Ride Ticket on Mother's Day when they purchase a child’s Unlimited Ride Ticket. The first hundred mumsies to do so will also receive a bonus gift of an Endota Spa visit.

Puffing Billy Wine and Dine on Mother's Day


Get on board with Puffing Billy’s Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train. This three-hour stream train adventure is sure to ease the cross-generational age dilemma of hosting both Mum and Grandma, with picturesque scenery and indulgent food enjoyable by all the above.

Monet’s Garden: The Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris


Claude Monet wasn’t just a painter. At his home in Giverny, France he created a wonderland of creeping roses,nasturtiums, daisies and poppies, and weeping willows that hung elegantly over his waterlily pond. His ravishingly beautiful oil paintings are on show at the National Gallery of Victoria. More impressive than a bunch of flowers?

Mother’s Day at Melbourne Aquarium


Surrounded by the strange-smelling creatures of the sea, Melbourne Aquarium is hosting a Mother’s Day breakfast and lunch. Make sure you leave plenty of time for leisurely looks at manta rays and sharks in the giant tanks. If you're a family that celebrates Mother's Day with kids in tow, well... Bob's yer uncle.

Yvette Johansson's Vintage Pearls


Treat your mum to an afternoon of vintage swing, style and class as Yvette Johansson and her band perform a selection of delightful ditties from the ’30s and ’40s. With light cuisine, quality jazz and an open dance floor, book tickets now and make this Mother’s Day unforgettable.

Indie Market Place


Featuring over 60 stalls of treasures, including handmade jewellery, fashion, candles and housewares, this is perfect place to visit this Mother’s Day weekend. If you're buying for Mum, this market falls the day before Mother's Day, leaving you just enough time to get something noice.

Hollywood Costume


Direct from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hollywood Costume features dozens of iconic designs spanning the history of cinema – from silent era gowns to Kill Bill’s ninja jumpsuits. It includes several pieces by Powell – an Elizabethan frock from Shakespeare in Love and mid-19th century gangster getup from Gangs of New York.

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Updated on 16 May 2013.

By Christine McGinn   |  
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