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Mom's the Word

As a mom, you put your kids first, and while you love to treat them every chance you get, there’s nothing wrong with indulging yourself just a bit on Mother’s Day (or the whole month of May for that matter). From bountiful brunches to picnics in the park, take a minute to celebrate someone who may fly under the radar in the family—you!

Bring your mother, grandmother and your little princess out for an enchanting Mother’s Day celebration. At the Fairy Tale Mother’s Day Tea, hosted by the Plano Children’s Theatre and McKinney Youth Theatre, you and all your favorite women can sip tea and savor finger sandwiches, scones, white chocolate mousse and berries, all while watching a performance of Into the Woods. Characters from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and more will be on hand to make this a fanciful afternoon. Mix and mingle with the characters (don’t forget a camera!) and participate in a raffle for theater tickets and other great prizes.
11am-1pm May 7. $25 per person.
More info:
El Dorado Country Club
2604 Country Club Dr., McKinney.
972/529-6779; planochildrenstheatre.org

Escape to some place a bit whimsical. For its sixth year, the Frisco Women’s League will host a Mother & Daughter Tea in Wonderland, a time for you and your little girl to bond while raising money for City House and other charities. Come early to peruse silent auction items, then sit down for a tasty tea and lunch while you watch a stylish hat show. Be sure to don your own hat for the fancy hat contest, as this year’s honorary chair, Miss Frisco 2011 Kendall Morris, will be giving out prizes for zaniest, most elegant and the hat with the most panache.
1:30-4pm May 14. $40 adults; $17 children; purchase tickets in advance online.
More info:
Embassy Suites Hotel
7600 John Q. Hammons Dr., Frisco.

They do the cooking … you do the laughing (it is, after all, the best medicine!). Bring the whole family out for a rollicking evening during When Mama’s Laughing, Everyone’s Laughing. Local improv and sketch team Locked Out Comedy Troupe will bring you an evening of good, clean fun and laughter while you enjoy a delicious dinner, interactive activities and a silent auction. You’ll also have the chance to get a family picture taken. Yet another bonus: All moms will receive a gift!
Details: 6-8pm May 7. $30 each.
More info:
This Side UP! Family FUN Center
1100 Capital Ave., Plano.
972/633-8783; thissideupfamily.org

Give yourself a different kind of treat … one for your taste buds! While you sleep in on Saturday, have the hubby take your little “Iron Chefs” for a cooking class at Central Market. The kids will stir up an edible goodie for you with help from the chefs at the gourmet grocer. They’ll learn how to make a delicious coffee cake (perfect for Sunday morning breakfast!); while it’s baking, they’ll craft a special bouquet for the world’s best mom.
10am-12pm May 7. $45 per child, ages 8-12.
More info:
Central Market
320 Coit Rd., Plano.
469/241-8389; centralmarket.com

At McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, moms are honored with free admission. Make a special picnic to eat in the garden, take family photos and go for a leisurely stroll through the butterfly garden. See how many different native plants and butterflies you can find!
1-5pm May 8. $9 adults; $6 seniors and kids 3-12; moms free.
More info:
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Pl., McKinney.
972/562-5566; heardmuseum.org