Looking for ideas on what to do in Wichita for Mother’s Day this year? Here are suggestions to inspire you, from where to find gifts for mom to ways to spend time with her over the Mother’s Day weekend, May 12-14.

A woman sits on a motorcycle at Twister City Harlye-DavidsonBrowsing bikes at Twister City Harley-Davidson

Shopping With Mom

Mother’s Day falls on the second weekend of the month, which coincides with Wichita’s 2nd Saturday – a day to find exclusive discounts at locally‐owned businesses within Douglas Design District, Downtown, Historic Delano and Old Town. For example, at The Workroom you can get 15% off local art and gifts and also explore the other small businesses located at Cleveland Corner; learn more about this hot spot by reading our blog post.

Make it a full day of shopping, starting with the Saturday morning farmers markets before heading to special shopping events and markets listed in the events section below or exploring Wichita’s many shopping centers and local boutiques. Discover treasures at our variety of unique shops, from estate home furnishings at The Vault Collection to architectural salvaged elements at Uniquities Home plus antiques, vintage and repurposed items at Generations Antiques and Artisans, , Paramount Antique Mall, Paramount East Antique Mall and Paramount Marketplace - Antiques, Vintage and New.

Miss Kansas checks out a pair of shoes at FartleksShopping for shoes at Fartleks

Shopping For Mom

If you’re not able to shop with mom, Wichita has many local specialty stores to shop for mom.

Find a wide selection of goods from local and regional makers at The Loud Cicada and Clifton Collective plus bath and body products at Bungalow 26, jewelry and apparel at Lucinda’s and Aida Stenholm and hats at Hatman Jack’s, to name just a few!

Cultivate her hobby with a gift certificate or items from The Sewing Center, Twister City Harley-Davidson, kitchen and food gifts at Viva La Olive, outdoor living necessities at All Things Barbecue, running gear at Fartleks and plants and plant accessories at GROW Giesen Plant Shop.

Don’t forget the awesome gift shops inside our museums, as well as art galleries and studios including Infinity Art Glass and Karg Art Glass.

A woman relaxes while getting a face massage at A. Jay Health and WellnessRelaxing at A. Jay Health and Wellness

Helping Mom Relax

Schedule a day of pampering and relaxation – or pick up products that will give her an excuse to spend time on self-care – at The Health Connection, The Health Connection - East, Bohemia Healing Spa East, Bohemia Healing Spa Delano and A. Jay Health and Wellness.

Bring her a bottle of wine from Grace Hill Winery or a growler of locally crafted goodness from one of our breweries and cideries. For non-alcoholic options, pick up a kombucha tea from Apollo Fermentations or a bag of gourmet coffee roast or specialty tea from the The Spice Merchant & Company. Micro-roaster Local Roasters also has a storefront to sell their coffees, or stop by one of our many coffee shops.

A man and woman sip from the same milkshake at Old Mill Tasty ShopSipping sweets at Old Mill Tasty Shop

Splurging on Sweet Treats for Mom

From ice cream parlors to chocolate shops, popcorn makers and gourmet bakeries, have fun finding the perfect treat to satisfy mom’s sweet tooth in Wichita.

Treat her to a special ice cream treat at Andy’s Frozen Custard (College Hill, East and West), Old Mill Tasty Shop, Churn and Burn or Jimmie’s Diner (South and North Rock).

Order in advance from Cocoa Dolce Chocolates (Downtown, East and West) for pick up or take mom into one of their sweet lounges for an indulgent treat. Find more sweet and savory treats at Nifty Nut House, Kernel’s Popcorn Express and The Popcorner (East and West).

Get a slice of decadence at Monica’s Bundt Cake, Bagatelle Bakery, Bakesale Treat Parlor or one of Wichita’s many other sweet spots.

An elderly woman focuses on her painting at CityArts in Wichita
Hands-on Creativity at CityArts

Creating With Mom

Take a class together at Rayer's Bearden Stained Glass, Senseney Music or Paint the Towne. CityArts, Mark Arts and a number of Wichita museums also offer classes and workshops in a variety of mediums. You’ll find culinary classes at The Kitchen, Mark Arts as well as Viola’s Pantry and All Things Barbecue, both of which also carry giftable cooking necessities.

Two women take a selfie with a giraffe at Tanganyika Wildlife ParkSee exotic animals at Tanganyika Wildlife Park 

Exploring With Mom

Bramble Café, the picturesque outdoor café at Elderslie Farm, opens for the season on Mother’s Day. Record your day together by booking slots at The Selfie Spot on Douglas, where you can pose at more than a dozen Instagram-worthy photo booths.

Check out this blog post on the latest exhibitions at Wichita museums and attractions, or take advantage of some Mother’s Day weekend deals.

Mothers and daughters celebrate Mother's Day at Fulton Valley FarmsMother's Day at Fulton Valley Farms

Attending a Special Event

Sometimes the best gift is time. Build your celebration around spending time together at one of these Wichita events happening during Mother’s Day weekend. If you want to take it up a notch, book a limo for transportation!

For more events and experiences, check out our calendar of events.