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8 Mother's Day Events To Make Up For Being a Problem Child
By May 11, 2018 Dining
Mother's Day weekend, maggots. You have exactly 48 hours to make up for years, if not decades, of greying hairs and those moments when her gaze just sort of unclicks and drifts into the middle distance. For the majority of you, this means a Skype call. For the lucky sods still within physical reach of their Creator, here're a handful of deals and activities. Luv ya ma.


The Food

Daily until May 13 2018

Celebrate Mother’s Day in The Peninsula

The Peninsula Shanghai - 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Beijing Dong...

Sir Elly’s ode to wonderful mothers is a Sunday Brunch consisting of five modern Mediterranean dishes with a choice of unlimited Champagne, wine and beer, plus a bunch of activities for the kiddos, including DIY cupcake decorating, balloon-making and a magic show. There's also a dinner menu on Saturday and Sunday with five courses with wine selection, live music performance and opportunity for photographs. (Note, there's a bevy of offers, menus and gifts throughout the rest of The Peninsula, enquire directly to the venue for all the details.)

Every Sat, Sun until May 13

Mom-Tini Mother's Day Brunch

The Cut Rooftop - 7/F, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Na...

The Cut Rooftop recently launched it's weekend #MYBRUNCH thing with free-flow drinks, and the option to select your own tunes (on the vinyl juke box); the Mother’s Day edition of #MYBRUNCH is available on May 12th & 13th, serving Moms at the table complimentary free-flow Mom-tinis mixed with whisky, beetroot, rose, and lemon juice. Prices start at 148rmb for 2 dishes, and the family can enjoy 2-hour free-flow drinks including cocktails, wine & beer for 158rmb, and 98rmb for fresh juices, softs and mocktails.

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'Pamper Her the Way She Deserves' Mother’s Day Brunch

Grand Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria, Heritage Building, Club L...

The Grand Brasserie goes all out for Mother’s Day. Served from midday-3pm, the brunch prices start at 488rmb per person, plus you can combine the booking at one of the better brunches in town with a trip for mom to the spa with a special price on a range of treatments; Aromatherapy Massage, Foot Reflexology Massage, and Special Facial. For more information and to book, contact 6322 9988.

The Activities

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Motherly Sunday

RIINK - 1/F, Bund Square, 658 Dapu Lu, near Long...

Brand new skate rink RIINK is celebrating mothers by letting them (plus their kids over 18 years old, it's still a bar people), skate for free from 6pm onwards on Sunday. Take your mum out for a night of roller-drinking.

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Mother's Day Bike Tour and DIY Workshops

Andaz (Xintiandi) - 88 Songshan Lu, near Taicang Lu

Culture Shock Tours is teaming-up Fernanda Sung from Studio 5 and Craft'd for a ride around Xuhui on a vintage cruiser bicycle. Starts from the Andaz hotel in Xintiandi. Sign-up via the QR code on their flyer. 350rmb participation fee.

Daily until May 13 2018

Mother's Day Spa Packages

Subconscious Day Spa (Dagu Lu) - 458 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Er Lu

Subconscious Day Spa is offering spa packages for momma; 980rmb Beauty Package includes S4 Anti-Aging Nourishing Facial, Ultrasonic Cleansing and Shellac Manicure (140 mins). 720rmb Healthy Package includes FIR (far-infrared ray), and Vacuum Massage Full Body (120 mins). Book via or just pick up the gift certificates at any of the Subconscious Day Spa locations.

Carnations wonderful, except for the fact that they eventually wither. Why not use cotton thread to make everlasting one instead? Here's a little one-off workshop where they provide all the materials and good packaging, so you can send it off as a gift right after you've finished it. Sign up details and location on the event listing. 200rmb participation fee.

on Sun May 13 2018

Mother's Day Yoga: Two for One

Iyengar Yoga Vidya - 5/F, 801 Changle Lu, near Changshu Lu

New yoga studio in town's offering a Mother's Day yoga deal; 199rmb for two people (maybe get dad to take her, help rekindle their spiritual bond), class starts at 10.30am. Sign-up by emailing

Bonus Event Next Weekend

Daily until May 20 2018

Commune Market

Colca - 2/F, 199 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu

Commune Market was originally scheduled for Mother's Day but rain forecasts have moved it to May 19-20. Mix of local designers, art, unique retail, international culture, popular local gourmands, craft beer and cocktails. Free entry, it's on 11am to 6pm on both days.


Plenty more dining and activities to check out on our special page for Mother's Day.


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