Even before a child can say “Ma,” a mother has her work cut out for her. Between running around to school events, taking care of errands and keeping the family organized, it’s no surprise that the average mom appears to be in five places at once. Then, as the years go by, moms continue to play an important role in their children’s lives, whether it’s cheering from the sidelines or jumping in to help at a moment’s notice. It is true that a mother’s job is never done, so treat mom to something extra special on Mother’s Day with this list of fun, memorable activities around Baltimore that will let her know just how much she’s appreciated.

Zina’s Day Spa & Salon
2832 O’Donnell St.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 342-2077

It’s not easy being a mom, so pamper her at Zina’s Day Spa & Salon where there are countless relaxing services available to help her unwind and rejuvenate on Mother’s Day. Choose a la carté from a wide selection of spa treatments or opt for a spa package like “Beauty Indulgence,” which includes the works – a one-hour Swedish massage, manicure, pedicure, facial and even a free lunch. You can rest assured knowing mom is in good hands as the friendly staff members here are experts at making customers feel welcome, and work hard to make sure you walk away feeling like a million bucks. An added bonus, the salon’s location is within walking distance to several restaurants and taverns so you can grab a bite to eat with mom before or after her visit.

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(Credit: The Baltimore Conservatory Association on Facebook)

(Credit: The Baltimore Conservatory Association on Facebook)

Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens
3100 Swann Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21217
(410) 396-0008

One of Baltimore’s most beautiful destinations, the historic Rawlings Conservatory is a sweet-smelling and colorful escape for moms in the city. Not only do the greenhouses and botanic gardens contain impressive displays of plants from all over the world, but the “Orchid Room” features a breathtaking, ever-changing display of orchids, a favorite especially on Mother’s Day. Further, these well-kept grounds promise a serene setting for families to treat a typically harried mom to an idyllic picnic. With five unique greenhouse rooms and a half-acre garden dedicated to flower beds, at Rawlings Conservatory, there is no shortage of blossoms to keep mom smiling the whole day long.

Spirit Cruises Baltimore
561 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(866) 312-2469

Moms will enjoy a special day full of spectacular harbor views and fun activities on-board Spirit Cruises. Choose from a lunch, brunch or dinner cruise on May 11 and no matter what time you sail, all mothers receive a carnation and mimosa upon boarding. After dining, it’s time to celebrate with some lively DJ entertainment and dancing, or keep it low key by stepping out on deck and feel the bay breeze as the Baltimore skyline drifts by. With lots of opportunities for family photos, make sure to capture a few special moments to frame and give to mom later. Sailing around the harbor is truly a Mother’s Day treat not to be forgotten any time soon.

Historic Ellicott City
Main St.
Ellicott City, Md. 21043

Baltimore hosts plenty of great shopping destinations, but for the mom who has exhausted popular shopping areas like the Inner Harbor and Fells Point, take her instead to the historic town of Ellicott City – located about 15 miles west of downtown Baltimore. Founded in 1772, Ellicott City still retains its old world charm and boasts unique, quaint stores including antiques, bookstores, hand-crafted accessories, vintage boutiques, wine and much more. As a special treat for kids and history buff moms, make a pit stop by the oldest railroad station in the U.S. or learn more at the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum located on Maryland Avenue. The entire five-block district can be walked comfortably in a day, plus with several delicious dining options dispersed throughout the journey, the town promises an exciting, full-day adventure for mom and the whole family.

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“Peter and the Star Catcher”
The Hippodrome Theatre
12 N. Eutaw St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 837-7400

Date: May 6-18, 2014

For an entertaining gift that both mom and kids can enjoy together, get tickets to see “Peter and the Starcatcher” at The Hippodrome Theatre. This Broadway musical is winner of five Tony Awards and a prequel to the well-loved children’s story “Peter Pan.” While this imaginative and high-energy performance is suitable for younger audiences, it’s best enjoyed by those who are at least 10 years old. On Mother’s Day weekend, there are showtimes at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her online at beazellblog.com and Examiner.com.