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Spend Mother’s Day with Mom at one of these Wichita-area events

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 5:07 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, May 12, 2013, at 7:07 a.m.

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and venues in and around Wichita have organized several activities to entertain Mom — and those who love her.

Following are several places Mom might like you to take her.

•  The 54th Annual Art and Book Fair: One of Wichita’s longest lasting Mother’s Day traditions is the Art and Book Fair, put on by Friends of the Wichita Art Museum. The event fills Century II’s Exhibition Hall with more than 100 artisans from around the country who are selling paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures and more. This year, the event also will include a show by the British Car Club of Wichita outside on Kennedy Plaza, as well as chalk art on sidewalks and on easels, created live by area students. Several local food trucks will be stationed outside. The event also includes a book sale on the balcony of the Exhibition Hall.

The Art and Book Fair is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Read our recent story about the event at Kansas.com/entertainment. And for more information, visit http://wichitaartmuseum.org/artBookFair.html.

•  Bartlett Arboretum: Arboretum owner Robin Macy and the Cherokee Maidens will perform their annual Mother’s Day concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the venue, which is at 301 N. Line St. in Belle Plaine. Macy will debut her new six-song EP, “Wild Sweet William,” at the event. Gates open at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 at the gate. Picnics are welcome, but barbecue and Italian food also will be sold. Moms also can take freshly dug tulip bulbs for free. For more information, visit www.bartlettarboretum.com.

•  Botanica: Mother’s Day at Botanica, 701 Amidon, offers free admission for moms and $5 admission for everyone else from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Among the things to see that day will be the Wichita Rose Society’s Rose Expo, an iris show, a daylily sale and an interactive exhibit based on fairy tales called “Once Upon a Time.” (Read more in a recent story at Kansas.com/garden.)

Admission to that exhibit is an extra $5 for ages 3 and up. Visitors can enter the flower events without paying admission, but they won’t be able to enter the gardens. For more information, call 316-264-0448 or visit www.botanica.org.

•  Brunch bonanza: Restaurants across town are offering special brunch buffets or dining specials for mothers on Sunday. For a list, which has been updated since it was first published in the May 3 GO! section, visit Kansas.com/dining.

•  Lake Afton Public Observatory: The observatory, 25000 W. 39th St. South in Goddard, is inviting moms and grandmothers to its Black Holes in Space program. They’ll receive a free admission per paying child to view Saturn and other celestial bodies. Hours are 9 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Regular admission is $5, $3 for ages 6 through 12, free for those under 6. There’s also a family rate of two adults with their children or grandchildren for $15. Bring cash to pay admission. For information, call 316-978-7827.

•  Sedgwick County Zoo: Mothers will be admitted free to the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd., on Sunday when they’re accompanied by a paying child. And from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, the zoo will put on an all-you-eat Chris Cakes pancake and sausage brunch for $5 a plate. For more information, visit www.scz.org.

•  Wichita Art Museum: The museum’s restaurant, The Muse, will put on a brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, then at 1 p.m., the museum will offer a lecture in the Wooden Lecture Hall titled “From Mother to Daughter: Quilting.” The lecture will look at the role that quilts and quilting played in women’s lives in the 19th and 20th centuries. The quilt talks will continue throughout the week, with other talks at 2 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Thursday and May 18. The lecture is free with regular museum admission, which is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors over age 60, $3 for ages 5 to 17 and free for children 4 and under. For more information, call 316-268-4921.

•  Museum of World Treasures: Learn about influential mothers in history from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 835 E. First St. Moms get in free with a paying child. Visitors can check out Economics of Empire, the museum’s newest exhibit. Regular admission is $8.95, $7.95 for seniors and $6.95 for children. Ages 4 and younger get in free.. For information, call 316-263-1311 or visit www.worldtreasures.org.

Contributing: Lori O’Toole Buselt of The Eagle

Reach Denise Neil at 316-268-6327 or dneil@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter ( @DeniseNeil) and check out her blog at blogs.kansas.com/dining.

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