Greater Des Moines has countless ways to thank and spend quality time with mom. Read on for ideas on how to Catch Des Moines with mom - from free activities for the whole family to culinary experiences and unique gift ideas – we got you covered!  

🌸 Spend some quality time with mom or mother figures strolling the Downtown Farmers' Market. Pick up a bouquet of colorful cut flowers, sip on fresh-squeezed juice and then enjoy lunch al fresco at one of the many patios lining Court Avenue.

🌸 Be inspired while you lead mom through the many galleries at the Des Moines Art Center. After you've shared your art interpretations and maybe a delectable bite at Tangerine, take the conversation outside and stop to smell the roses (and maybe snap a quick selfie!) with mom in the Rose Garden located just outside the Art Center's doors. 

🌸 Treat mom to an extravagant morning at the Terrace Hill Mother's Day Tea. At the Governor's residence, you'll enjoy scones, tea sandwiches, and sweets while you meander the historic landmark admiring its 18th-century Victorian splendor. Remember to make your reservations for this special event in advance!  

🌸 Take a short road trip up to Ames for a tour through Reiman Gardens. Families will enjoy exploring the beautiful grounds and Moth-ers (see what we did there?) will love the magical butterfly wing filled with 800 live butterflies representing up to 80 different species. Moms are invited to visit Reiman Gardens for free on Mother's Day! 

🌸 Keep it simple and take mom out for a memorable brunch – complete with mimosas! Check out our list of the best brunch spots in Greater Des Moines. Everyone will enjoy the break from cooking, but don't forget to make reservations in advance – these hot spots fill up fast! 

🌸 Visit the tasting room at Jasper Winery with mom for a fun afternoon sampling locally made wines and cheeses. After toasting mom, you can wander through beautiful Water Works Park or cross the street to take a leisurely lap around Gray's Lake. 

🌸 Blooming with thousands of plants and flowers, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is the perfect place to spend a peaceful afternoon with mom. With several indoor and outdoor gardens to explore, you'll have plenty of time to catch up. Mom will especially enjoy lunch at Trellis on the patio with a perfect view of the downtown Des Moines skyline. 

🌸 Take mom out for lunch and a rom-com at Flix Brewhouse. You'll enjoy plush seats, snacks and drinks delivered right to you, and plenty of laughs!