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By Scott Roberto / May 8, 12:00 AM
Mom’s Day Out
Photo: Angela Sciaraffa


Looking for a special way to spend Mother’s Day this year? Look no further than the Hub, which hosts two annual celebrations that are fun for the whole family. At Boston Common and the Public Garden, experience Duckling Day (pictured)—a yearly extravaganza inspired by the Public Garden-set children’s classic Make Way for Ducklings—beginning at 10 a.m., which includes a noontime parade and dozens of adorable tykes in duck costumes. At Arnold Arboretum from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., partake in Lilac Sunday, which highlights the facility’s vast collection of 172 different kinds of fragrant, colorful lilacs. Families can take guided tours, enjoy a picnic by getting refreshments from on-site food trucks and participate in various fun activities while enjoying the (hopefully!) lovely spring weather.

UPDATE: According to the Arnold Arboretum, Lilac Sunday has been cancelled. From its press release: "Due to forecasts of severe showers, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has elected to cancel all Lilac Sunday activities planned for Sunday, May 14, and will instead offer a modified slate of tours and family activities for the public on Saturday, May 13 from 10am–3pm. Although picnicking privileges—typically allowed only on Lilac Sunday—will be extended to Saturday, food truck vendors associated with Food Truck Festivals of America will not be participating in the event. Details on Saturday’s event can be found on the Lilac Sunday page of the Arboretum website."

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