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Mother's Day 2011: Great Mother's Day gifts for Kansas City moms

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Happy Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8, 2011! Here is a list of great Mother's Day gift ideas and fun Mother's Day (or any-day) activities for Kansas City moms.

A Gift Fit for a Princess

This Mother's Day, give mom tickets to see “Diana: A Celebration” at Union Station. Any mom with royal wedding fever will appreciate this chance to see Princess Diana's wedding gown and many mementos that celebrate her life and influence. The exhibit will remain in Kansas City through June 12, 2011. To avoid large crowds, plan to see the exhibit during the week. Note that the exhibit is NOT OPEN MONDAYS. For more information, go to “Diana: A Celebration.”

Before or after seeing “Diana: A Celebration,” treat Mom to tea. Full tea and light tea are available by reservation (advance payment required), Tuesdays through Sundays. Call 816-765-4707 to reserve your tea.

Dinner and a Play

Moms love the great food and great shows at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas. To buy tickets to “The Odd Couple” (showing now through June 19th) or “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” call the box office at 913-649-7469 or go here: New Theatre.

Take Mom and the Kids to See Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil's “Dralion” is coming to the Sprint Center in Kansas City shortly after Mother's Day, May 11-15. Use the promo code “MOM” to get two adult tickets and two kid's tickets for $110. Read more about this special promotion and order tickets at Ticketmaster.com. Watch a preview of Dralion--“a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western acrobatic prowess”--here.

Does Mom love the opera, symphony, and ballet?

Surprise her with tickets to the fabulous grand-opening events at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City:

Friday, September 16, 2011: Placido Domingo will make his first-ever appearance in Kansas City! Program includes performances by the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Kansas City Symphony.

Saturday, September 17, 2011: Concert in Helzberg Hall, featuring virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman and jazz singer Diana Krall, accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony.

Go here to learn more.

Fun Mother's Day Events in Kansas City:

Family Fun at the Ballpark

Take mom and the whole family to a ballgame in Kansas City this Mother's Day, May 8.

Royals vs. Athletics at 1:10 p.m. The first 10,000 ladies into Kauffman stadium will get free Royals tote bags, presented by Hy-Vee. It's also a Family FunDay, and everyone can run the bases in the Sprint Fun Run after the game. View the Royals' 2011 Promotional Schedule and order tickets here.

T-Bones vs. Saltdogs at 3:05 p.m. (exhibition game). Order tickets online here. Take Mom out to eat at her favorite restaurant in the Legends shopping center, and then head over to CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Family Fun at the Zoo

May 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is Hy-Vee Mother's Day Ice Cream Sunday at the Kansas City Zoo. Moms get free admission to the zoo and free ice cream cones, while supplies last.

Monet's Water Lilies and More

Moms are invited to Mother's Day Brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Rozelle Court Restaurant inside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on May 8th.

Museum admission is free. Tickets are required, however, to see Monet's Water Lilies exhibit (museum members and children under 12 get in free). This exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday, now through August 7th. Even if you can't take Mom to the museum on Mother's Day, she might appreciate tickets to see Monet's Water Lilies at a later date.

Garden Party

This Mother's Day, take Mom out to one of Kansas City's beautiful gardens. Admission is free at both the Overland Park Arboretum and Kauffman Gardens.

Make reservations now for Mother's Day Brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Powell Gardens. Brookside Brass will play music on the lawn from 1 to 3 p.m. Read more about it: Mother's Day at Powell Gardens.

Still need more ideas? Here are some helpful links:

Mother's Day 2011 activities in Kansas City: http://www.kcparent.com/more/holidays/mothersday/11-04-21/Mother_s_Day_in_Kansas_City_2011.aspx

Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner Specials in Kansas City: http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?pid=77&m=87

Day Spas in Kansas City: Read the reviews and decide which local day spa would be perfect for your mom. A gift certificate to a day spa would make most moms very happy this Mother's Day. http://local.yahoo.com/MO/Kansas+City/Health+Beauty/Day+Spas

Sources:

http://www.unionstation.org/diana/index.php

http://www.unionstation.org/diana/tea.html

http://newtheatre.com/home.html

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/dralion/default.aspx

http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/dzbnsh?brand=sprintcenter

http://www.kauffmancenter.org/events-tickets/grandopening/

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=kc&y=2011

http://www.tbonesbaseball.com/

http://www.kansastravel.org/kansascitykansas/kansaslegends.htm

https://www.kansascityzoo.org/Event/Event.asp?IdS=0076EE-6279710&EntryType=Public&Id=598

https://peo.nelson-atkins.org/daily_events_list.asp

https://peo.nelson-atkins.org/show.asp

http://www.opkansas.org/Things-to-See-And-Do/Overland-Park-Arboretum-And-Botanical-Gardens

http://www.powellgardens.org/default.asp?page=KauffmanMap

http://www.powellgardens.org/default.asp?page=MothersDay

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