Mother’s Day is around the corner, do you have anything planned or are you still wondering how to treat your mother and make her feel special?
Take this quiz and find out what you can do in Nelson Mandela Bay with your mom!
Shopper at heart
Your mother loves shopping – be it online, in a store or even window shopping, she enjoys everything from clothes to interior or art pieces, to books. Why don’t you treat your mother to a shopping day in Nelson Mandela Bay? Stop by at one of the malls, stroll around Richmond Hill, go antiquing, venture down to the beach front for arts and crafts, go help her with her grocery shopping or just pop into a store and bond over delicious soapy smells, flowers and perfume.
She’s all about nature!
Sounds like your mom has a deep connection with Mother Nature. Take her on a self-drive game drive through Kragga Kamma Game Park or meet up with the big ones in Addo ?Elephant National Park. Book a boat cruise and see if you can spot whales, penguins and dolphin, go bird watching in Cape Recife Nature Reserve, give back at the penguin rescue and rehabilitation centre, SANCCOB, or go for sundowners and a mightly slice of nature at Schoenmakerskop, or a dune climb and beach stroll at Sardinia Bay.
Food, food, food!
She is a foodie at heart and deserves a spoil of all that is delicious. Book a Mother’s Day lunch or brunch in advance? at one of Port Elizabeth’s finest restaurants or treat her to something a bit more dainty like a high tea; Hacklewood Hill Country House offers high teas any day of the week (minimum 6 people), while the Boardwalk Hotel put out their finest tea cups on Saturday afternoons. If you want something different, use the whole of Nelson Mandela Bay as your restaurant and go on a family picnic.
She’s all about art!
?She knows her Picasso from her Pierneef and be it sculptures, oil paintings or ceramics, she puts the art in heart. Take your mother to the arty side of Nelson Mandela Bay and spend a day or afternoon gallery hopping. There is the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Art Museum that consists of South African art (particularly that of the Eastern Cape), British art, international printmaking and Oriental art (including Indian miniatures and Chinese textiles). GFI Art Gallery with a collection devoted to the science of aviation, Art on Target where B.A Moolman’s paintings can be seen and artEC, the community art centre.
She needs rest and relaxation!
Your mother works hard and deserves a day of rest and relaxation. Why not treat her to a spa day? There is Shambala Wellness Spa running a Mother’s Day special on their Deluxe Manicure and Deluxe Pedicure, Casa Mia Health Spa in Addo, Isango Gate Boutique Hotel, No5 By Mantis and Camelot Spa with its Mother’s Retreat Special as well as the Spa Taster for two: Mother and Daughter. If you have a Nelson Mandela Bay Pass you can also visit Camelot Spa and get R100 off a 60min massage of your choice.
Get active with your mother!
Active is her middle name! See who has the best climbing skills at Valley Crag Indoor Climbing Centre, join a Park Run, go sea kayaking with Pro Dive, learn the art of surfing with Oceanside Surf Store (you can also hire a bicycle from them and explore our beachfront) and go horse riding in Sardinia Bay with Heavenly Stables. If your mother is game for anything and everything, and if she is one for an active adventure, get yourself a Nelson Mandela Bay Pass and experience the thrill of the zipline at Addo Adrenalin or go sand boarding at Sundays River. Fun, fun, fun for the whole family.
She loves food, but if there is one thing your mother loves more, it is cooking. While she definitely knows how to cook and bake your favourite treats, why don’t you attend a cooking class together and learn how to make a few foreign dishes? The well-known Pastryworks Pastry Cooking School offers numerous courses until June. Learn how to make Thai Food on the 4th of May (R350 per person), get skilled in Japanese Patisserie in a 2-night class on the 9th and 10th of May (R590 per person), get an introduction to Korean Cooking on the 11th of May (R350 per person), attend an introduction to Sous Vide on the 18th of May (R375 per person), make Mexican Tacos on the 25th of May (R350 per person), Vietnamese on the 1st of June (R350 per person), master the Macaroon in a 2-night class on the 6th and 7th of June (R590 per person), cook food from Persia on the 8th of June (R350 per person), there’s Middle Eastern Cooking on the 22nd of June (R350 per person) and a Curry Evening on the 29th of June (R350 per person).
Treat your creative mama!
She does not only appreciate art but she also makes art! Get creative with your mother and dip your brush in some paint as you attend a class or two together. Crafty Arts in Walmer has a special event where artist, Fanie Smit, will teach the art of Palette Knife Oil Painting on the 25th or the 26th of May. Another art store in Walmer, A Peace of Art, also has a workshop about Pewter and Chalk Paint on the 26th of May. Visit both these stores’ Facebook Pages to stay up to date with their latest classes.