Things to do with mum to celebrate Mother’s Day 2021

With Mother's Day just around the corner here's a few ways to show her you care.
23 Apr 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

This Mother’s Day, May 9, take time to pause and reflect on everything the mum in your life has done for you.  And if you have the chance to show her you care, here’s a few ideas for gifts or things to do together.

Picnic at Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes picnic

Book mum in for a picnic at Watercress Creek Olive and Lime farm in Pine Mountain, picnic packs can be booked online starting at $25. 

There will be coffee and cold drinks available to purchase on the day.

BYO a picnic blanket and wine.  Simply arrive, find a shady spot among the olive trees and relax.

When: Sunday May 9, 10am-3pm.

Magical moments event for mums and market day

The Soul Nook Collective

The Soul Nook Collective is hosting a Magical Moments Mother’s Day event on Friday May 7 at 6pm, in partnership with Sip n Dip Australia.

The event includes your choice of either a concrete candle making or a resin wall clock workshop, dinner box (with either vegetarian or chicken risotto, warm roll, cultured butter and sticky date pudding with hot organic coffee), live music by Taylor Wilton, discounts in store and a gift to take home.

Arrive by 6pm and  relax by the fire, listening to the ambient tunes of Taylor Wilton.  Enjoy your delicious, soulful dinner prepared by wonderful chef, Areta. Then mosey on into your preferred art class, whilst your not crafting, you can sit back and enjoy the time with your mum.

Cost is $130 per ticket, BYO wine.

There will also be a Mother’s Day Market on Saturday May 8 from 9-2pm – the same day as The Marburg Show.

Grab something special with flowers from Boho Posies, interactive bracelet and flower workshops, giveaways, live music and market stalls from all your Soul Nook favourites as well as some new friends.

When: May 7 and 8

Top tip: The Soul Nook Collective offer private styled picnic packages that can be booked from Wednesday-Saturdays, so if you want to grab the family together to celebrate mum, this is another great option.


Float away with mum

Treat mum with a Floating Images Hot Air Balloon ride

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights has a few limited places left for the a flight on Mother’s Day morning.

Float high above the countryside and make new memories with your mum with these small group flights taking only 4-10 passengers at a time.

Experience the city and the country from the air with a personal, hands-on experience (yep, you can help inflate the balloon!)

You can gift an unforgettable hot air balloon experience with a Mother’s Day themed gift voucher, these are valid for three years.

When: May 9

Wonderland floral teacup workshop with Starr Fine Art

Wonderland Floral teacup workshop

Starr Fine Art will be holding a special workshops for Mother’s Day in the Gallery on Brisbane St.

The workshop will be held in Starr’s beautiful Alice in Wonderland creative space.  Jump down the rabbit hole for a few hours with French champagne and seasonal blooms to celebrate mum, or treat yourself.

Starr is an accomplished artist who will teach you the art of arranging fresh flowers in foam, BYO your own teacup or coffee mug.  Included is seasonal blooms and greenery, a glass of champagne, class, locally made macaroons and sweet treats, and instruction on how to create and instaworthy photograph of your creation.

When: May 8, 10.30-12.30pm

Free tour and taste at Summer Land Camels

Farm Tour – Dairy

Mum can do a free Tour & Taste Farm Tour at Summer Land Camels valued at $25 this Mother’s Day.

Just use the code MUM2021 when booking to take advantage of the offer when booking online.

They also have 30% off Mother’s Day Packs, normally $71.95 they are now $49.95.

The pack includes a 300ml Camel Milk Body Wash (Rose Geranium and Lavender), a 50ml Camel Milk Hand Cream (Rose Geranium and Lavender), a 100g Rose Geranium and Lavender Cleansing Bar , a 50ml Anti-Aging Night Cream (Rose Geranium and Lavender) and a 10ml Lip Conditioner (Shea Butter and Coconut).

When: May 9 tours only.

Four courses at The Cottage with champagne

Mother's Day lunch at The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage Restaurant will be offering a fabulous four course lunch lunch on Mother’s Day.

Be greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival.

Then enjoy Hervey Bay whiting, Barramundi brandard and red pepper coulis; Brisbane Valley quail, eggplant caviar, crème fraiche blini; seared sirloin and 72hr brisket, pommes sarladaise and nasturtium puree; finished with bitter sweet chocolate veloute and blueberry ice cream.

Cost is $80 per person, bookings are essential and a 50% deposit is required on booking.  No redemption of gift vouchers is available for Mother’s Day lunch.

When: May 9, 11.30am

Mother’s Day banquet at Memories of India

Memories of India banquet

Memories of India will be open for lunch and dinner on Mother’s Day from 11.30-2.30pm and 5pm-9pm with a special menu.

Mums receive a complimentary glass of wine and sweet treat on the day.

Enjoy grilled tandoori salmon, stuffed golgappa with mint chutney and tamarind sauce and Bourbon chicken tikka for entree, followed by butter chicken, prawn methi malai, Bombay lamb masala, saffron rice, mixed naans for your mains and finish with a sweet treat.

When: May 9

Celebrate mum with breakfast or lunch at 4Hearts

Salmon croquettes at Dovetails

Book in for a special breakfast or lunch at lunch at the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery.

Lunch at the Pumpyard starts at 12pm and finishes at 3pm.  There will also be live music from 1pm-4pm.

The special of the day will be a BLAT, (double smoked bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato on a burger) served with pump seasoned fries paired with a Hibiscus Seltzer Mimosa, made with house brewed seltzer.

When: May 9

Make mum and Evil Jenny (Ginny) with an Imbibis pink gin pack

Imbibis pink gin cocktail

Imbibis Craft Distillery have a new Mother’s Day pack that includes a 700ml bottle of their pink gin, 4 bottles of Schweppes signature raspberry, six pieces of Turkish delight, a cocktail pack of dried edible flowers, and a pack of dehydrated citrus.

These ingredients combine to create the “Evil Jenny (Ginny)” named after their neighbor who created the delicious mix.  To make the present even better, make mum a cocktail while she relaxes in the afternoon!

Imbibis will be open by appointment on Mother’s Day and they’ll also have a stall at the Soul Nook Collective Mother’s Day market in Marburg on Saturday May 8.

When: By appointment only

Crispy duck breast or buffet breakfast at CSI

Crispy duck at CSI for Mother's Day 2021

Book into Club Services Ipswich for a hot buffet breakfast on Mother’s Day from 6.30am.  Mum will get a free gift, plus there will be raffles and lucky door prizes.  There’s two sittings for the breakfast the first at 6.30am-8.15am and the second 8.30am-10.30am.

Or take mum out for lunch or dinner and order the crispy duck breast special.  It comes served on a bed of sweet potato and mixed greens topped with cranberry sauce – $29.90, available from 11.30-2pm and 5pm-8.30pm.

Bookings essential.

When: May 9

Win with a booking at the Racehorse

Sticky date pudding at the Racehorse Hotel

The Racehorse Hotel will be open for breakfast from 8am-10.30am on Mother’s Day and their all day dining menu from 11.30am.

If you’re celebrating early, dining leading up to Mother’s Day will enter you into the draw to win one of two picnic hampers or a trip to Noosa!

When: May 9

See the Savannah Sipping Society together

Incinerator Theatre | Ipswich

The Savannah Sipping Society is a comedy directed by Chris Greenhill and Robyn Flashman performed by the Ipswich Little Theatre at the Incinerator Theatre in Queens Park.

The plot involves the lives of four Southern women who meet at happy hour and decide to reclaim their enthusiasm for life. Over a six month period filled with laughter, misadventure and the occasional liquid refreshments, these middle-aged women bond and find their confidence again. Say “Cheers”.

Licensed Bar, wheelchair friendly and ample parking available.

When: May 9-12 and 15th.

Take mum to see the animals at a Ewe Nique Hobby Farm

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm will be open the entire Mother’s Day weekend with $20 morning tea platters available.

Each platter will serve two adults and two children with freshly baked scones with jam and cream, strawberries dipped in chocolate with rose petals, cupcakes with strawberries and cream and a surpise gift for mum!

Take mum to enjoy the tranquil farm, grab a coffee and delicious morning tea and relax as the kids visit with the animals!

Sessions times are 9am and 10.30am, bookings are required.

When: May 8 and 9, 9am and 10.30am

Book mum in for a much needed massage or spa day

new rooms

Ipswich Massage and Herbal Spa will be open on Mother’s Day from 9am-3pm for massages, facials or packages.

There will be rooms available for spa days together.

Or pick up a gift voucher before the day so mum can spoil herself at another time and go into the draw to win a prize!

When: May 9

Treat mum with a getaway at Quest Ipswich 

Quest Ipswich

Treat mum this Mother’s Day and enjoy 15% off any of studio, one, two, or three bedroom apartments at Quest Ipswich.

Enjoy the peace of mind of a fully flexible 2pm day-of-arrival cancellation policy, and receive a complimentary box of chocolates on arrival and complimentary late checkout of 12pm.

Valid Friday May 7, Saturday May 8, and Sunday May 9.

To book, call or email the friendly team on 07 3813 6000 / [email protected] or use the promo code “MOTHERSDAY” on the property website. Offer is limited so book now!

When: May 7-9

Special menu at Ballistic Springfield

Mother’s Day at Ballistic Springfield will see the kitchen open from 10.30am to 4pm.  There will be live music with Lochie Mathews performing from 12pm-3pm and a jumping castle (weather permitting).

On the day Ballistic will be offering platters for two, which include a large core range beer and a glass of sparkling, choose from arancini balls, sliders, pork belly BAO buns and calamari for $50 and two meats, two cheese with pickled veg, olives, dip and bread for $55.

Bookings are recommended and can be made online.  

When: May 9, 10.30-4pm (venue closes at 6pm).

Mother’s Day breakfast and lunch at Jets Leagues Club

Jets Leagues Club

Treat mum to breakfast or lunch at Jets Leagues Club!

Head in for 7.30am-9am or 9am-10.30 for a plated breakfast.

Option one is eggs Benedict, savoury Pancake, ham or smoked salmon, served with spinach, hollandaise sauce and spring onion.

Option two is a sweet potato rosti, poached egg, roasted vine cherry tomatoes, avocado and chilli flakes.

Option three is a big breaky with hash brown, sausage, toast, egg, tomato, bacon, mushroom and baked beans.

All breakfasts are finished with either a dark chocolate or strawberry cheesecake chia pudding.  Price is $19.90 for members or $26.90 with a drink (choice of tea, coffee, juice or non-alcoholic mimosa).

There is also a kids breakfast on offer for $10.90 choose either pancakes with syrup and ice cream; or eggs, bacon, hash brown and toast.  Both come with a choice of small juice, available to kids 12 and under.

On the day indulge in an alcoholic mimosa for $9 or for non-alcoholic mimosa for $7 all day from the bar.

And if you book in mums will receive flowers and chocolates on the day!

The coffee shop will also be open with French toast served with fruit and icing sugar for $12.90, add maple bacon for another $3; and dark chocolate or strawberry cheesecake chia puddings on sale for $8.

Lunch specials will also be running for $25.90 (members price) in the restaurant – grab a chicken saltambucca wrapped with prosciutto, served with crushed chat potatoes and blanched broccolini, finished with mustard cream sauce – this special includes an alcoholic French mimosa.

When: May 9


Take mum to buy an original piece of art

Jules Art Gallery

Head out to Julesart Gallery to pick up an original piece of art for Mother’s Day.  Julesart is offering up to 20% off paintings and drawings and 10% off porcelain and jewellery.

Julie’s collection includes porcelain vases, jewellery, paintings and more.

Gift vouchers are also available for purchasing art at the discounted prices until the end of May.

When: May 1 – 31.


Gift packs, classes and living gift baskets at Trevallan

Living gifts at Trevallan

This year Trevallan Lifestyle Centre will once again open a stall out the front of the shop for easy gift buying on the go!  The shop will also be open with living gift baskets (baskets full of living plants) and gift packs available.

Deliveries will also be available on May 8 and 9 as well as click and collect for online orders.

On Mother’s Day two beautiful workshops will be held for mothers and daughter or just mums to take some time out.

The first is a meditation circle, come along and experience a beautiful circle of soul communication. Claire Roe will use this circle time to connect with our higher selves, guides and greater wisdom keepers and share our souls stories so that we can gain a better clarity and understanding on our paths. We are encouraging participants to come along and celebrate their inner child and maybe bring their mother/child along to share in this incredible soul touching experience.

The second is learning how to make a macrame pot hanger.  The best Mother’s Day present ever…time to yourself!  Spend a tranquil morning at Trevallan gently knotting your frustrations away. Elise, a highly talented macrame artist, is going to spend the morning helping you to create a beautiful macrame pot hanger.

When: May 9

Relive the romance of rail and have a picnic

Mother's Day at The Workshops Rail Museum

A great place to take mum, that will keep the kids entertained is The Workshops Rail Museum.  Mum can check out the exhibits while the kids work off some energy in the Sciencentre and little nippers area.

The Workshops Rail Museum is also offering picnic hampers to enjoy on the grounds on Mother’s Day. 

There’s a morning tea hamper available at 10am with freshly baked scones, mini cupcakes, fruit, poppers, coffee/ tea and water. 

The lunch hamper at 12 noon includes Turkish bread with salad and cold meats, sandwiches, fruit, vanilla profiteroles, juice, tea/coffee and water, while the afternoon tea hamper at 2pm has a grazing board with cheese, deli meats, bread sticks, crackers and fruit as well as sweet cookies, juice, coffee/ tea and water.  You can also order mum a glass of wine enjoy with the hamper. Book by calling 3432 5100 before May 6, more information here.

When: May 9, 9.30am-4pm,

Mexican Mother’s Day meal packages

Montezumas chilli verde

Montezumas will be offering a special date night deal for Mother’s Day weekend from Saturday May 8 to Sunday May 9.

The deal includes two entrées, two mains and dessert for $60.

Choose from jalapeno poppers, taquitos, queso fundido dip, guacamole dip, ranchero dip or frijole dip for starters.  Then choose nachos, albondigas (Mexican meatballs), enchiladas, chilli verde, a taco platter or Montezuma’s delight (a corn tortilla smothered with frijoles, toppings, cheese, diced vegetable salad, ranchero sauce, sour cream and olives).  Dessert is four churros to share with chocolate and salted caramel dipping cause and two scoops of ice cream!

If you’re dining with more than just two the Family Fiesta is great for a family of four and available all Mother’s Day weekend too.

For $80 you get a full plate of vegetarian nachos (includes sour cream and guacamole) or a three dip combo with ranchero, frijoles and queso fundido; four enchiladas or mini burritos (choose vegetarian, beef or chicken), a share-size rice, beans and Monte’s Mexican salad, a bowl of corn chips with Ranchero sauce and sour cream; 8 churros, salted caramel and chocolate dipping sauces and four scoops of ice cream.

When: May 8 and 9

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Brothers

Brothers Restaurant

This Mother’s Day Brothers Leagues Club is offering a hot buffet breakfast with season fruit, tea and coffee included and a complimentary glass of bubbles for mum for $30 (members price) and $12 for kids under 12.

For lunch and dinner they’re serving up a special of oven roasted Atlantic salmon with creamy garlic prawns, chips and garden salad or char grilled Angus rump (200g) with creamy garlic prawns, chips and garden salad – $30 (members price).

There will also be entertainment on the day from 12pm-3pm and 5.30pm-8.30pm.

Lunch bookings will be taken from 11.30-2pm and dinner from 5.30pm-8.30pm, the regular menu is also available.

When: May 9

Win a year’s supply of chocolate


For Mother’s Day Riverlink are giving away a year’s supply of chocolate to celebrate mum.

Simply spend $30 or more at a participating store, present your receipt to the Mum’s Station near Michael Hill from April 29 to May 9 between 10am-2pm to enter the draw.


Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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