Mother’s Day is a few days away, but you’ve still got plenty of time to plan something unforgettable in Mesa. From traditional tea parties and brunches, to catching a show, taking a hike, or playing a bit of laser tag, Mesa has options perfect for every personality.
  1. Multi-Generational Mother’s Day Tea Party at i.d.e.a. Museum
east valley mothers day Mothers and grandmothers will delight in a whimsical tea party at the i.d.e.a. Museum filled with cucumber sandwiches, mug decorating for the woman of honor, and tea sipping to build memories. Each participant must register. Tickets are limited! Ages: 4+, although there is an admission cost for the Tea Party, all moms can enter the i.d.e.a. Museum’s exhibits for free during Mother’s Day! Where: 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. 480.644.2468 Cost: Members, $12; Nonmembers, $15 | Min 12, Max 40 Registration closing date: Thursday, May 10 @ 11:59 p.m.
  1. The Vistas at Las Sendas: Mother’s Day Brunch
Enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch in the Pavilion with stunning views of the Valley and a gourmet brunch buffet from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Vistas Pavilion is adjacent to Las Sendas Golf Club off Power Rd. near Bush Highway and promises a variety of seasonal and specialty brunch entrees, desserts and drinks to please every palate.mesa arts center mothers day Where: 7555 E. Eagle Crest Drive, Mesa Cost: Brunch prices are $48 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 5-12. Reservations are recommended—call today! 480-396-4000 x221
  1. Laser Tag at Stratum Laser Tag
Chase your mom around 13,000 square feet of fun, with 15 different levels, 90 towers, bridges, and ramps! This is a family-run business that has been part of the Mesa community for over 16 years. All Moms play free with the purchase of any Laser Tag Game. The entire experience is about 25 to 30 minutes including game instruction, game play, and receiving scorecards. Ages 5 and up, although children under 5 years old may play if they are able to wear the vest on their own. Children may not be carried and vests may not be shared. Where: 1455 S Stapley Dr. #11, Mesa Cost: Prices start at $9.99, Moms are free!
  1. Catch a Show at the Mesa Arts Center
The Mesa Arts Center has several opportunities to bond with Mom on her special day. Or, buy her a ticket for an upcoming show and give her something to look forward to! These are the shows/events on May 13:
  • east valley mothers day activitiesView the Fantastic Planet exhibit, an installation of six, gigantic inflatable humanoid figures by Australian artist Amanda Parer. Figures are scattered throughout downtown Mesa. Free.
  • Shrek the Musical, presented by CYT Phoenix, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. 2 p.m., $15 and $20.
  • Can’t Stop the Beat: Music from Stage and Screen–Enjoy toe-tapping tunes from stage and screen as the 150-member Tempe Community Chorus serenades you from Broadway to Hollywood. 4 p.m., $15, ages 11 and under free.
  • Carnival of Illusion, presented by Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed. Comical, magical with a blend of Vaudeville-inspired roadshow charm. $52 Check website for times. Best for teens and adults.
Where: One E. Main St., Mesa, 480.644.6500 Cost: Varies
  1. Take an Excursion into Nature at Usery Park
If your mom loves the desert cacti, birds and lizards, take her to Usery Park in East Mesa to enjoy the outdoors together. The park is 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. There are 29 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 0.2 miles to over 7 miles, and range in difficulty from easy to difficult. Pack plenty of water, wear sunscreen and go either very early or late in the day to avoid the heat. The gorgeous landscape also creates a great opportunity to take some family photos that you’ll be able to frame for her and Dad, because don’t forget, Father’s Day is coming up! Where: 3939 N. Usery Pass Rd., Mesa Cost: $7 per vehicle   For more tips on East Valley living, or to learn about new homes in Mesa that you can pass from generation to generation, visit