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Celebrate mom this weekend in Toronto

Last Updated May 10, 2019 at 1:25 pm EDT

A gift box with a Mother's Day card. GETTY IMAGES/Moncherie

A mother’s work is never done, so this is her weekend to sit back and relax while everyone else does the work for her — which also includes planning her day of enjoyment. While some moms want a day of leisure, others would prefer to have a more active day. Below are some events to help you plan Mother’s Day weekend.


Mother’s Day at the Toronto Zoo
The Toronto Zoo is getting in on the Mother’s Day spirit this Sunday, celebrating three of its newest mothers. Moms and their families can visit the Western lowland gorilla Ngozi and her daughter Charlie in the African Rainforest Pavilion, Asha the greater one-horned rhino and her calf Kiran, or the white African rhino Zohari and her calf Theo. The zoo says seeing these animal families will bring something special to the day. These births also help ensure that such species will continue for generations to come. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mother’s Day.

Toronto Blue Jays Mother’s Day Oasis
Celebrate mom at the Blue Jays game against the White Sox this Sunday at Rogers Centre. The 200 level WestJet Flight Deck will be transforming into a Mother’s Day Oasis, dedicated to pampering Mom. There will be makeup stations and hair touch-up stations, live music, wine sampling and more. The first 15,000 fans to arrive at the ballpark will also receive a Marcus StroGnome giveaway. First pitch is just after 1 p.m.

Tastemaker Toronto
Bring your appetite to Evergreen Brickworks this weekend for Tastemaker Toronto. The event is described as a culinary house party for the foodie, experience seeker and everyone in-between. It features the best chefs, restaurants and producers from the city. Guests can explore the Tastemaker Kitchen; eats, beats and sips; and new this year, the Tastemaker Bar, featuring mixologists putting a local twist on all your favourite libations. There are several sessions and menus to choose from Friday through Sunday. For a full event line-up, click here.

Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival
Put a spring in your step at the ‘Spring into Parkdale’ Sidewalk Festival and Night Market this Saturday. The annual outdoor street festival includes a sidewalk sale with over 100 vendors, live entertainment and free, family-friendly activities. The sidewalk festival takes place along Queen Street West from Roncesvalles to Dufferin and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the Night Market runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. There’s also a Kids Zone, Community Zone, Cycling Zone, Zero Waste Fair and more.

Sporting Life 10K
The Sporting Life 10K will be taking over city streets this Sunday. The 2019 edition of the run has a new start line, located at Yonge and Davisville. Runners will take off starting at 7:30 a.m., they will head south down Yonge towards Richmond Street, eventually travelling through the Financial District and Entertainment District. The finish line is set up on Fort York Boulevard. There will be a Post Run Party at Coronation Park, where runners can celebrate their accomplishments. All proceeds from the Sporting Life 10K support Camp Ooch, helping send children with cancer to camp. The event is expected to raise over $2 million.

TTC service

Partial Line 1 closure
Subway service will be shut down between St. Clair West and Union stations on Saturday and Sunday for signal upgrades. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be available. Dupont and Museum stations will also be closed.

Road closures

Cherry blossoms at High Park: The park will be off-limits to drivers on Saturday and Sunday for the cherry blossom festival.

Sporting Life 10K: A series of full and rolling road closures will be in effect at various times between 4:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Road closures will be along Yonge, Richmond, Jarvis, and Front streets. Click here for more information.

Toronto Raptors tailgate and viewing party: Bremner Boulevard from Lake Shore Boulevard West to the east side of 25 York St. will be closed on Sunday from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Meagan’s Walk for Sick Kids Foundation: Elizabeth Street between Gerrard Street East and Elm Street will be closed on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for a list of other closures taking place around the city this weekend.

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