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What to do this Mother’s Day – 2021

This Sunday 9 May is Mother’s Day in South Africa. If you’re looking to treat your mom to a day or night out on the town this weekend, but aren’t sure what to do, we’ve put together a few arts and heritage-related activities and experiences to help get you started.

Cape Town:

Spend a day at The Norval Foundation

Cape Town’s Norval Foundation is currently showing four extraordinary exhibitions that are worth visiting, namely Jackson Hlungwani’s Alt and Omega, Athi-Patra Ruga’s iiNyanga Zonyaka, Georgina Gratrix’s The Reunion, and the Khanya Mashabela-curated group show Mixed Company. After you’ve had your art fix, why not grab a bite to eat at the Skotnes Restaurant and take a stroll in the expansive Sculpture Garden?

What things to do this Mother’s Day 2021
See a new exhibition at the water’s edge

Everard Read’s Cape Town Gallery is exhibiting visual artist FAITH XLVII’s debut solo show in South Africa, CHANT, at its Waterfront gallery space. Head through to take in the show and then take a stroll over to the V&A Waterfront to grab some lunch and watch the boats come in.

What things to do this Mother’s Day 2021


Have a picnic in Africa’s oldest botanic garden

Did you know that the continent’s oldest surviving botanic garden is in KwaZulu-Natal? It’s also great for picnics. This Mother’s Day, head over to the Durban Botanic Gardens and take a stroll through the vast, lush gardens before settling down for a relaxing picnic in the shade.

  • What things to do this Mother’s Day 2021
  • What things to do this Mother’s Day 2021
Take a train ride through time

While the Umgeni Steam Railway usually only runs on the last Sunday of every month, they’ve put together a special Mother’s Day trip this year. Treat your mom to a spectacular diesel train view of the Valley of 1000 Hills, enjoy the Inchanga Station Craft Market, and enjoy a picnic under the trees afterwards.

What things to do this Mother’s Day 2021
Double up on some local art

Take a trip to the KZNSA Gallery this Sunday to catch the very last day of the group exhibition Double Up! Comprising all local artists, the group show features works by Alka Dass, Gift Banda, Laylaa Jacobs, Makhosi Ntshangase, Nivesh Rawatlal, Selloane Moeti, Simanga Zondo, Thembi Mthembu, Zama Ntshangase, and Zwelinjani Radebe. Be sure to grab a bite at the gallery courtyard café once you’re done.

What things to do this Mother’s Day 2021
Double Up!


Hear the story of the feisty Rose at The Market

Why not head out for an evening at the theatre? Currently showing at Johannesburg’s iconic Market Theatre is ROSE – ‘a fascinating and remarkable story about a feisty Jewish woman’. Written by Martin Sherman, directed by Malcolm Purkey, and starring Camilla Waldman, the play is a personal confession of an extraordinary woman in her remembering all of the brilliant and tragic elements of a life lived to the full.

What things to do this Mother’s Day 2021
‘Rose’ starring Camilla Waldman directed by Malcolm Purkey
Spend a day at the museum

This Mother’s Day weekend, head through to one of Gauteng’s many museums for a day spent taking in the country’s history and heritage while also spending some much-needed time outdoors. DITSONG’s Museum of Natural History, the Sammy Marks Museum, and the Tswaing Meteorite Crater are just a few examples of museums and heritage sites that offer museum tours, hikes, lunches and more.

What things to do this Mother’s Day 2021
Virtual events:

If you’d rather spend the day at home, bundled up under a pile of blankets, then we’ve got a host of virtual exhibitions and performances for you and your mom to watch together, too. From Debussy’s Petite Suite and Swan Lake to virtual gallery tours and artist interviews, be sure to visit our Virtual Events page for your creative fix.   

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