Mother’s Day is as early as it can get this year, since the first Sunday of May was also the first day of May.
Don’t let the weekend get by without celebrating; several venues have special events for mothers in the Wichita area, ranging from women as a theme of a musical fashion show spanning the decades at Bartlett Arboretum to free admission for moms at Botanica and the Sedgwick County Zoo on Sunday.
Some events also are on Saturday, including some opportunities for the kids to make gifts for mom.
If you’re looking for last-minute gifts, some of the venues have ideas, and memberships to the museums is another thought.
Here are some of the things going on.
Moms and mimosas
Towne West Square is having a Mother’s Day party on Saturday with a fashion show, free wine or mimosa samples, other freebies and prizes for moms from 1 to 3 p.m. in the north Dillard’s court, 4600 W. Kellogg. Free.
Mother’s Day pageant at Bartlett Arboretum
More than 80 models – garden volunteers, local celebrities and others – will wear fashions spanning the decades from 1910 until today at “Who We Were and What We Wore: A Century of Gardens, Music and Fashion” on Sunday at Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine.
A live band playing music from the different eras along with commentary by Bonnie Bing – playing Mary Poppins – will accompany the fashion show, in which the models will portray personages such as Dale Evans on horseback, Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Twiggy and Jackie Kennedy, as well as various suffragettes, flappers and hippies.
The year 1910 was chosen as a starting point because that’s when the arboretum was founded.
Gates open at 3 p.m., and the show starts at 4. Vintage-clothing collector Pat Watt will lead a conversation at 3 p.m. The cost is $10; children get in free. You can bring a picnic or buy food from vendors. Bring a chair or blanket.
If the weather looks iffy, it will be rescheduled for May 15; see bartlettarboretum.com for updates. The arboretum is near K-55 and Line Street.
Moms free at Botanica
Moms get in free at Botanica on Sunday, and there will be live music and other festivities to celebrate. Mimosas and lunch will be available for sale. The Wichita Iris Club will have a show, the Wichita Rose Society will have a Rose Expo, and the Prairie Winds Daylily Club will have a sale of both potted and bareroot daylilies in all kinds of colors and varieties. There also will be a book sale. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Botanica, 701 Amidon.
Art & Book Fair
The annual Art & Book Fair will move into the newly landscaped grounds of the Wichita Art Museum. You’ll find local, regional and national artists in the parking lot, used books for sale inside the museum (along with the last weekend of a Gordon Parks photo exhibit) and entertainment and food both indoors and outdoors.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the museum at 1400 W. Museum Blvd.; admission is free. Food trucks will have food for sale, as will the museum’s Muse Cafe. If you’re interested in Mother’s Day brunch at the cafe, call 316-268-4973. More info: www.wichitaartmuseum.org, 316-268-4921.
Mother’s Day at the zoo
Mothers get in free at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd., on Sunday when accompanied by a paying child. (If a child is 2 or younger, another paid admission will get mom in free.) Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., an all-you-can-eat Chris Cakes pancake and sausage brunch will be served for $5.
Spring Art Fair
The Wichita Center for the Arts will have its student Spring Art Fair on Friday and Saturday. Kids can make a gift for mom during the event, which is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center at 9112 E. Central. The fair is free. More info: www.wcfta.com, 316-634-2787.
Opening of Old Town Farmers Market
The Old Town Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, and kids can make a gift for Mother’s Day. Hours are 7 a.m. to noon at First and Mosley. More info: www.oldtownfarmersmarket.com.
The annual garden party celebrating herbs will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road. There will be garden seminars and demonstrations; herbs, plants and other garden-related items for sale; lunch for sale; and the Kansas Grown Farmers Market in the parking lot until noon.
Vintage Market Days
An upscale vintage-inspired market will feature vendors of art, antiques, decor, clothing and food Friday through Sunday at the Kansas Pavilions, 1229 E. 85th St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5; children under 12 get in free. More info: vintagemarketdays.com/Market/wichita/home.
Fountains at Waterwalk
The city will turn on the fountains at Waterwalk for the summer season on Mother’s Day. The fountains’ 1,200 nozzles put on a 10- to 15-minute show set to music at noon, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The fountains are at 605 S. Wichita, between the Waterwalk apartments and the Boathouse. It’s free, but check the wind before you head out. The show doesn’t go on if wind speeds exceed 15 mph.