It’s Mother’s Day and you need The Big Idea. The one that will make up for that time you stole the golf cart and crashed it into a neighbor’s mailbox. Something grand enough to forgive when you blamed your bedroom’s weed-smoke stink on funky gym clothes and Uncle Ron. Basically it needs to be excessive enough to state the obvious: that even if you could exist without her, you would have died a long time ago if she weren’t constantly running Grim Reaper interference. Obviously you should make her dig for diamonds at a racetrack. Yes! For Mother’s Day, Lone Star Park (1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie) lets the first 500 women (age 21 and over) dig through dirt for a diamond solitaire valued at $2,500. Nothing says “I love you, Mom” like exposing your favorite matriarch to “various inherent risks, dangers and hazards which may include, but are not limited to: strain or pain caused by picking up, bending, digging, kneeling, or walking; exposure to sun and other outdoor elements.” The dirt-moving starts when the last race ends and entry to the park is just $5 per adult. First horses run at 1:35 p.m. Visit lonestarpark.com. If your mom is into falcons (don’t worry, she is), bring her to Medieval Times (2021 Stemmons Freeway) for an old-fashioned castle rodeo. Queens are free with one paid adult admission, which is great, because you aren’t living up to your financial potential and Mom’s too nice to point that out. If you can scrape together an extra $25, Mom will get a royal treatment, complete with a “Queen of the Castle” sash, a commemorative Champagne flute and mimosa, a photo with the court, a commemorative poem and a cheering flag. Or, just eat with your hands and hope a knight gives her a rose. Either way, you’re a good kid in this scenario. Visit medievaltimes.com. Certainly the most upscale option of the day is also the most soothing, aesthetically. The Nasher (2001 Flora St.) opens early for a special double brunch seating, beginning at 10 a.m. Let Mom find her center as she sips Champagne cocktails from the mimosa bar (mmm, mimosa bar) and nibbles on Wolfgang Puck fare. Attend the first or second seating (the late shift begins at 1 p.m.), and spend your non-eating time exploring that tremendous Ken Price exhibition. Brunch includes museum admission and costs $50 to $60. You’ll need to make a reservation. Call 214-242-5144. Visit nashersculpturecenter.org.
Sun., May 12, 2013