If mom's preferred entertainment is of the culinary kind, Cafe ArtScience in Kendall Square is making the exception for the day, with brunch service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a homey take on their typically grandiose gastronomy experience. On the menu: Brioche French Toast with preserves and bacon whipped cream and Peekytoe Crab Salad with sesame tulle and caramelized miso. (650 E Kendall St, Cambridge. 857.999.2193, www.cafeartscience.com)
Harvard's Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain is celebrating their 108th Annual Lilac Sunday with Mother's Day on Sunday, bringing 20 awesome local food trucks to the grounds for a snack bonanza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The one-day event presented by Food Truck Festivals of America will feature local options to satiate all of mom's cravings: Jerk chicken and curry stews from Jamaica Mi Hungry, farm-to-table salads from Heritage Food Truck, Bangladeshi halal from Chili Mango & Lime, and of course, sweet treats from Cameo Macaron. (arboretum.harvard.edu, 617.384.5209)
Southie's Coppersmith will feature an a la carte DIY Bloody Mary Bar with jars of snacks, toppers, and upgrades for your savory sipper. A $45 prix fixe gets Sunday guests a brunch inspired by Chef Jason Heard's Georgia upbringing — including Sweet tea custard donuts, Blue Crab Benedict with Old Bay hollandaise and Shrimp and Grits with Allen Benton ham and charred pineapple. Attendees will also leave with a mini bottle of Grandma Clarice's Carolina Mustard, a fam recipe from Chef Heard's home to yours. (40 W 3rd St, South Boston, 617.658.3452, www.coppersmithboston.com)
Central Square's Naco Taco is teaming up with Plant Nite for a DIY terrarium making party with master gardener/host Samantha McConaghy. Mom and her guests can learn to make Pinterest-worthy succulent arrangements in hanging glass orbs while snacking on Naco Taco's modern Mexican nosh — watermelon-jalapeno gazpacho and smoked tofus tacos, please. The $50 ticket includes all supplies needed to make the plant you can't kill, but will still call mom for advice for. (297 Mass Ave, Cambridge. 617.945.1548, www.nacocentral.com; tickets required from plantnite.com.)
Boston Mother's Day events we can't wait for
Just brunch is grand — but these are better.
Harvard Square's Beat Brasserie has an evening of live music with a set by 3 Sudacas, a South American jazz fusion group, from 6 to 11 p.m. A special Mother's Day menu will also be offered, including crispy baby artichokes with Green Goddess dip and seared duck breast over kale and tart cherry risotto. (13 Brattle St, Cambridge. 617.499.0001, www.beatbrasserie.com)