04/28/2011 02:15 pm ET Updated Jun 28, 2011

Mother's Day 2011 In Denver: Fun Things To Do With Mom

So you're planning to take mom to brunch on Mother's Day. Then what? Step it up a notch! Here are five ideas for how to spend the rest of the weekend.

Picnic at Botanic Gardens:
Enjoy the fresh air and spring blossoms of the Moore in the Gardens exhibition at York Street's Botanic Gardens. Food vendors will be onsite, but you're welcome to bring your own and enjoy a picnic amidst the exquisite scenery.
Sun., May 8, 9am - 9pm; included in general admission
1007 York St.; 720-865-3500

Chocolate Festival:
Since there's a really good chance your mother loves chocolate, as nearly all humans do, immerse her in all things chocolate here. There's lots of goodness to accompany this fine edible, such as wine, whiskey and live music.
Fri., May 6, 4 - 9pm, Sat., May 7, 10am - 6pm; free admission, $10 for 12 taste tickets
Denver Merchandising Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave.; 303-292-6278

Indian Hot Springs:
Soak away all her worries with a trip up the hill to Indian Hot Springs mineral water swimming pool. Said to possess healing properties, the pool is set beneath a dome with a tropical ambiance. For extra pampering, sign Mom up for onsite spa services.
$16/person, ages 5 and under free
302 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs; 303-567-1303

High Tea at The Brown Palace:
Mom deserves to be catered to, and high tea at The Brown Palace is an elegant way to do it. Relax to the sounds of a harpist or pianist while sipping tea and indulging in pastries, sandwiches and scones accompanied by authentic English Devonshire cream.
Sun., May 8, noon - 4pm
321 17th St.; 303-297-3111

Adams Mystery Playhouse:
Add a little mystery to the day with this interactive murder mystery event. Featuring the comedy Red Hot Murder, this theater experience also includes lunch.
Sun., May 8, 11:30am - 2:30pm; $42 - $46
2406 Federal Blvd.; 888-203-1975