This post is written by Bri Pollard, an intern at Experience Columbus. Bri is a senior at The Ohio State University and will be graduating in June with a degree in Communication. ___________________________

We’ve all done flowers and breakfast in bed for mom. Why not show her you really care and do something different this Mother’s Day? With the assortment of things going on around the city, there’s sure to be something for every deserving mother. Here are eight ways to do Mother’s Day, Columbus Style.


1) Put a twist on the traditional Mother’s Day brunch at the Ohio Historical Center with Brunch at Ohio Village on May 8. Treat your mom to a delicious meal in the American House Hotel and watch “In Mother’s Drawers,” a historic fashion show featuring women’s and children’s fashions through the years in Town Hall. Sunday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $39 Adults. $16.95 Youth (ages 6-12).

2) Rather than just giving your mom flowers, take her to Plant Fest in downtown Worthington on May 7 to pick out the plants she likes for a much longer lasting gift. Spruce up her house or help her get her garden started. Outdoors on the historic Village Green at the corner of Rt. 161 and High Street. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

3) Take mom out for lunch and shopping in Grandview , the Short North Arts District or German Village .

Grandview Stop in for a drink at Vino Vino for a great selection of wine or have a beer at the bar at the Grandview Café . Then experience hand rolled sushi from Shoku , wood-fired pizza at Figlio or Pacific Rim cuisine at Spagio. For dessert, try a Columbus favorite, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams for a delicious variety of homemade ice creams or a piece of cheesecake from the Columbus Cheesecake Co. After lunch, walk to Stauf’s to pick up some coffee beans or make your own candle at The Candle Lab . For unique gifts for everyone, Accent on Nature has a great selection of jewelry and art.

Short North Arts District Enjoy a decadent Italian lunch at Rigsby’s Kitchen or a light and local breakfast or lunch at Tasi Café. Treat your special lady to a treat from le Chocoholique or Vino 100 , then let her shop at the numerous Short North boutiques. Celebrating early? Bring your mom to Gallery Hop on Sat., May 7, 4-10 p.m. for art and entertainment.

German Village For a gift as unique as your mom, visit Helen Winnemore Craft for decor, jewelry, art and more created by American artisans. Or, let her pick out her own gift and make a day of it. Have a nice relaxing lunch with live music at Barcelona Restaurant then stroll through the shelves at The Book Loft .

If you’re looking for a gift to send to your mom, Pistacia Vera has delightful indulgences such as assorted gift boxes of colorful macaroons (my personal favorite), rich toffee, truffles, cookies, coffees and teas. Can’t choose? Go for a gift collection that includes a little bit of everything. Order online or stop in to taste test before buying.

Also in German Village, Mother May I will be held on Sat., May 7, 2011 at 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. as well as the GartenMarkt 2011 in the German Village Meeting Haus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enter to win the MMI Gift Basket, filled with wonderful items and offerings from local German Village businesses. Your mom will find the perfect plants and outdoor living accessories to complement her own haus und garten!

4) For an entertaining night out, accompany your mom to Vonn Jazz on May 8 to see Meredith Evans with Luxury Brown Lite 7-10 p.m. while enjoying dinner. Admission is $5 and the full menu will be available. Call 614-431-5299 or email for dinner reservations (the best seating).

5 & 6) Celebrating Mother’s Day with the kids? Go for brunch at Cap City Fine Diner 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Or, for a different atmosphere, try the brunch at the Columbus Museum of Art from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Brunch for nonmembers is $29.95 per adult and $12.95 per child twelve and under. Member price is $26.95 per adult and $10.95 per child twelve and under. Call the museum to make reservations at 614-629-0359.

7) Also, the Franklin Park Conservatory is celebrating the day with a brunch, Adopt-a-Butterfly and the Magpie Consort , a choral ensemble honoring moms with a special presentation. Brunch is held 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and tickets range from $19.95 to $55. Adopt-a-Butterfly is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and the Magpie Consort is at 2 p.m. These activities are sure to help create a special memory for Mom and the entire family.

8) The King Arts Complex presents “The MOMologues: The Original Comedy About Motherhood” from May 6-8 featuring NBC4's Ellie Merritt, WOSU's Ann Fisher and other high profile local moms. Showtimes are Friday thru Sunday at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25. This Boston-based production is a staged reading about the hilarious realities of motherhood.

However you celebrate Mother's Day, make it special for both of you.