New York City (April 28, 2014) — Remember all those Little League games, ballet recitals and guitar lessons your mom sat through when you were a kid? Well, payback’s … you know, actually, it’s not so bad, especially if Mom likes to travel. This Mother’s Day, take her someplace she’s always wanted to go. Or, spend some time revisiting the places and things she loves best.
Art Nirvana — Mom tried her hardest to get you interested in art when you were younger. Seeing you walk into a museum of your own accord will likely have her crying tears of joy. And you’ll be happy, too, because you kno now that Mom was right all along: art is cool. Not that you have to mention that part.
You can peruse contemporary art at the de Young Museum in San Francisco (don’t forget to climb to the top of the museum’s Hamon Observation Tower for a bird’s-eye view of surrounding Golden Gate Park), or catch the Think Pink exhibition (through May 26) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Using fashion, accessories and art, this thought-provoking exhibition explores the history of the color pink, as well as its social significance and gender associations.
In the Windy City, you can dive into one of the world’s finest Impressionist collections at the Art Institute of Chicago. Works such asWater Lilies by Claude Monet, Young Woman Sewing by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait will have your head swiveling as you come face to face with masterpieces you’ve seen a hundred times before in books and online.
Iconic Views — Mom was always your biggest booster. Show her she’s tops in your book, too, with a trip to the Empire State Building Observatory. Step out and drink in panoramic views of Gotham City, the rivers and Central Park from atop one of New York’s most visited sights. Or, pop over to the Top of the Rock observation deck atop Rockefeller Center. If Radiance — a spectacular wall of glass panels, mouth-blown glass, crystal clusters and fiber-optic lighting adorning the lobby — hasn’t already taken Mom’s breath away, the unobstructed views from the outdoor viewing deck most certainly will.
Seattle’s saucer-shaped Space Needle, the Emerald City’s most famous landmark, offers views of Puget Sound, snow-capped Mt. Rainier and other peaks in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Farther north, Toronto’s iconic CN Tower has two observation levels: one at 1,136 feet (346 meters), and a “Glass Floor” viewing spot 1,122 feet (342 meters) in the air.
Talk to the Animals — Mom might think she had her hands full raising you, but a trip to the zoo could convince her that all moms have their challenges. At Zoo Atlanta, giant panda mom Lun Lun definitely has her paws full raising two adorable — and extremely energetic — panda cubs, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, who went on view to the public last November. Two-month-old baby elephant Duncan, born at the Houston Zoo in February and already on exhibit, loves getting messy with mud. Also born at the Houston Zoo this February is Baridi, a giraffe calf who stood six-and-a-half feet tall at birth!
America’s first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, also has new additions to its family. In early fall, Moja, a female black-and-white colobus monkey, was born. Moja, whose name means “number one” in Swahili, was the first of four colobus monkeys recently born at the zoo. The others include Mbiili (a male whose name means “number two”), Tatu (a female whose name means “number three”) and Nne (another male, the meaning of whose name you should be able to figure out by now). Also born in the fall is Orion, a white-handed gibbon. He and his family currently reside in the PECO Primate Reserve, and can be seen on exhibit as a group, happily playing, swinging and jumping with one another.
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