By Alicia Dziak

Mom. Whether you’re a little tyke needing her to mend a boo boo, a teenager needing tough love, a young adult needing guidance, or a woman needing a friend (or help with your own kids!) there’s no one in the world like your mom. If you’re lucky enough to still have yours around, Sunday, May 13 is the day to celebrate her and everything it means to be a mother.

If you’re looking for a great way to be together, how about brunch? Not having to cook is a gift in and of itself.

Check out the brand new Steelbound Brewery and Distillery at 6600 Route 219 in Ellicottville, which opened just this week. They will be offering a special brunch buffet with specialty items like stuffed blueberry French toast and Pacific salmon with tequila lime sauce on the menu, along with bacon, sausage, three cheese mac and cheese, roasted acorn squash and more. Reservations are encouraged by calling (716) 803-2916.

The Park Restaurant, located inside the Red House Administration Building at Allegany State Park, will feature their special Mother’s Day brunch from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The buffet will feature all the favorites like French toast, eggs, fresh fruit, shredded hash browns, ham, bacon and a cook to order omelette station.

Is your mom the adventurous type?  This Mother’s Day, moms climb free at Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park.  Reserve by calling the Harness Shop. Get mom in the trees for free with the purchase of any full price ticket!

There are plenty of other special events happening in WNY if you want to go a different route.

On May 12 and 13, Rock City Park in Olean will hold their annual Mother’s Day Arts and Crafts Show. The show will include returning popular artists and crafts people as well as new artisans who will be displaying their watercolors, oils, sculptures, photography, jewelry, glass, metals, wood and much, much more.  Vendors will be located indoors, but then visitors can take a hike through the park, exploring the huge rocks and crevices in, under and around them. For info, visit www.RockCityPark.com.

Does your mom like flowers? Check out Mother’s Day Weekend at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, May 11, 12, and 13. The whole family will delight in a trip to the tropical oasis for some time to relax and enjoy each other and nature. Mom will also delight in magically creative designs on display as part of the Fairy and Gnome House Exhibit. May 11 is also National Public Gardens Day, which is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens www.buffalogardens.com

May 12 is opening day at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, which isn’t just a place to visit on your kid’s fourth grade field trip!  On Sunday, Mother’s Day festivities focus on two very important facets of 19th-century culture: fashion and chocolate! All mothers are admitted free on Mother’s Day! Fore more info, visit www.gcv.org

Have you been to the Buffalo Zoo recently? Spend the day with mom as you explore the Zoo together! Moms get in for Free with paid child admission at regular price. For more info, visit buffalozoo.org.

Mom. She’s been there for you through thick and thin with her unwavering support and love. Let her know how much she’s appreciated this Sunday! Happy Mother’s Day!