While “surprising” mom with breakfast in bed is always a good call (if kitchen clean-up is included), there are plenty more ways to celebrate mom and have some good “clean” family fun this weekend. Highlights include Motherhood Out Loud, Vintage Market at the Grove, the Evanston Garden Fair, Mother’s Days Tea Party/Brunch cooking classes and the 42nd Annual Evanston House Walk. The rest of the weekend, the animals take over with a Doggie Dip at Glencoe Beach, a screening of Zootopia at Indian Hill Park in Winnetka and the chance to be a Vet for a Day! 


Doggie Dip
May 12: 6 – 7 pm
Glencoe Beach, 635 Sheridan Rd., Glencoe 

Bring your dog to the Glencoe Beach for a whole lotta doggone fun! Owners can watch their dogs swim in Lake Michigan while enjoying the company of other dogs in this fun-filled free event! Aggressive dogs, dogs in heat, or dogs under 4 months of age will not be allowed. Owners must clean up after their dogs. Dogs must wear flat buckle/snap collars for controlling them while on the beach (no prong, choke or training collars). All dogs must be up to date on their vaccines to participate. Dog owners must be 18 years of age or older. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. In the event of rain, event will be canceled.


Movies in the Park: Zootopia
May 12: 6:45 – 9:30 pm
Indian Hill Park, Hill Rd & Bertling Lane., Winnetka 

Join in once a month at one of Winnetka’s lovely parks to enjoy a new or classic film with your friends and family. Before every movie (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to sunset) there will be various activities/shows that will go along with the theme of the movie.  This month’s feature is Zootopia. Prior to the movie, enjoy the Animal Quest Animal Show at 6:45. All movies will begin at dusk with concessions being available through the Grand Food Center. Free event! For more info, click here.

Motherhood Out Loud
May 12 & 13: 8 pm; May 14: 3 pm (through June 11)
Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview 

When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical event. Utterly unpredictable, MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. Tickets: $35, students: $20). For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


Vintage Market at the Grove
May 13: 9 am – 4 pm
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview 

Come shop the best collection of vintage, vintage-inspired, handmade and upcycled treasures on the north shore at the beautiful, historic grounds of The Grove. Featuring 50+ Vendors, Product Demos, Live Music and Food Trucks. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. For more information, call 847-724-5670 or click here.


Evanston Garden Fair
May 13: 9 am – 4 pm
Independence Park, 2000 Central St., Evanston 

The annual Evanston Garden Fair features a variety of vendors selling homegrown perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables, container gardens, and more. Proceeds will benefit community garden projects in Evanston. Master gardeners will be on hand to offer advice, and Random Acts of Flowers will be there to collect your unwanted vases. For more info, call 847-328-5968.


Vet for a Day
May 13: 10 am – 1 pm
Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview 

Roll up your sleeves and assist large and small animal veterinarians. Learn how veterinarians look after pets, wildlife and livestock through discussions, demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. All ages welcome. Admission is $5; children under 2 free. For more information, call 847-724-5670.

Mother’s Day Tea Party
May 13: 9 am – 10 am (Ages 5-8 with parent)
May 14: 9 am – 10 am (Ages 2-5 with parent)
Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn 


Moms are the best! What better way to celebrate this special holiday than with a Tea Party for moms and their budding chefs? Make melt-in-your-mouth Blueberry Scones that are drenched in a perky Lemon Glaze and brew a refreshing Sun Tea. Enjoy this fun mother/child tradition which is our little way of saying thank you for all that moms do! Festive Tea Party attire welcome. This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! $30 per child with one caregiver included. For more info, call: 847-230-0330.


Mother’s Day Brunch – Family Cooking
May 14: 11 am – 1 pm (ages 9+)
Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn 

Weekends are the best part of the week, so take advantage and unwind with a homemade brunch that’s all about making new memories with mom! Put a fresh spin on brunch staples as you whip up some mouth-watering sweet & spicy bacon to compliment famous French toast sticks. And no brunch is complete without homemade eggs Florentine. Come hungry and ready to celebrate the weekend in culinary style! This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! Sign up as many family members as you’d like. One adult participant minimum required per group. $45 per person. For more info, call: 847-230-0330.


42nd Annual Mother’s Day House Walk
May 14: 12 -5 pm
Evanston History Center at the Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston 

Evanston History Center's 42nd Annual House Walk marks the centennial of World War I. The homes included in this year’s House Walk reflect how the war affected the lives and homes of the people of Evanston. This House Walk will feature 5 historically and architecturally significant houses and 2 extraordinary coach houses in southeast Evanston, the neighborhood surrounding the former home of the Dawes family and current headquarters of the Evanston History Center. Admission: $40 in advance, $45 day of. Members receive $5 discount. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


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