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How to Spend the Perfect Mother’s Day Weekend at Rockefeller Center

By Paulina CajigalMay 3 2023
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While we should celebrate our moms and motherly figures all year round, Mother’s Day is the time to make every moment count. A greeting card often isn’t enough to remind moms just how much they’re loved, so Rockefeller Center is swooping in with a list of meaningful ways to make them feel appreciated on their special day.

From memorable meals to everlasting jewelry and perennial bouquets, the 22-acre campus has everything you need to treat your mom to an unforgettable Mother’s Day in New York City. Here’s how we’d recommend laying out your schedule over the big weekend.

11:45 am: Pick up a bouquet at Flower Girl

Find it on the Rink Level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza

Set the tone for the day’s festivities — and put a smile on your mom’s face — with a stack of stems from Flower Girl. The boutique flower shop has a variety of prearranged bouquets that match every personality, or you can even customize your own. Flower Girl is also a participating partner in Rockefeller Center’s Under 30 program, a list of noteworthy offerings all under $30.

To make sure your mom has enough energy for the day…

12 pm: Have a meal at NARO

Stay on the Rink Level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza

Pair quality time with a quality meal at NARO, a new restaurant at Rockefeller Center from the team behind Atoboy and Atomix. The Korean eatery is celebrating Mother’s Day with an exclusive five-course tasting menu from 12 pm to 2 pm on May 14. If your mom can’t stop raving about the meal, you can return for its 5 pm to 8 pm dinner service. Reservations can be booked through Resy. NARO is also offering a Mother’s Day Cookie & Tea Set, a pairing of the restaurant’s signature custom tea blends with 30 shortbread cookies in five different flavors. The $48 set is available for pickup May 11 to 13 from 12 pm to 2 pm.

To remember the day forever…

1:45 pm: Get zapped at Catbird

Head outside to the Channel Gardens, toward the corner of 5th Avenue and 50th Street

Catbird is back on campus for another spring residency, bringing along its famous 14K Forever Bracelets. The jewelry brand set up shop in the Channel Gardens to “zap” permanent bracelets on all its visitors. Appointments take 10 minutes each and can be booked here.

To make some new memories…

2:15 pm: Show off your moves at Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace

You don’t have to travel far; just walk through the Channel Gardens to reach The Rink

If your mom was around in the 1970s, chances are she remembers the days of roller boogie. See if she still has the moves at Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace, an open-air revival of the iconic Los Angeles-based roller skating rink. As an added treat, moms skate free with their kids on Mother’s Day. To redeem the walk-in-only offer, just mention or show this article at the Flipper’s ticket booth. For those who prefer to reserve their spots beforehand, tickets, which include a one-hour session and a $10 skate rental, can be bought here.

If you need a moment to relax and catch your breath…

3:30 pm: Stop by Hill House Home

Walk half a block down 50th Street

There’s something for everyone at Rockefeller Center, and Hill House Home follows that philosophy to a tee. The digital-first lifestyle brand started with bedding, but its timeless collections now include bath, baby, accessories, and apparel. You might even recognize Hill House Home for its Nap Dress® — a frock so iconic, it’s trademarked. Plus, its storefront feels like it was pulled off a movie set, so your mom can reenact the shopping montage of her dreams.

To top off your day…

4:15 pm: Grab a celebratory drink at Lodi

Find Lodi between 48th and 49th Streets, across the street from The Rink

Inspired by Italian aperitivo culture, Lodi will take you and your mom on a trip across the pond. Its cocktail menu is a mix of classic and contemporary, with fruit-forward spritzes and a special Rockefeller Martini. The chances of drinks spilling into dinner are high at the all-day café, so take time to enjoy its wide selection of quintessential Italian dishes. Reservations can be made here.

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