It’s almost Mother’s Day, and 2021 is starting to look a lot better than last year for celebrating your mom/mother figure.
Many restaurants and attractions are back open, and offering special deals or dinners/brunches to enjoy. Plus, a lot of people are getting vaccinated, making it safer to spend time together.
I’ve perused all the listings and press emails, and here are CitySurfing Orlando’s picks for celebrating moms on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021. All prices do not include tax or gratuity (please don’t forget to tip!). Under the restaurant list are some fun events happening to enjoy with mom, too.
On Saturday, May 2, the Orange County Regional History Center will host Straight Talk: All Lives Matter, in conjunction with its popular And Still We Rise story quilt exhibition.
Straight Talk will be a panel discussion addressing the cultural tensions surrounding community members, law enforcement and the media.
It will be moderated by Monica May (STAR 94.5 FM), and feature panelists Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Julian Chambliss (Rollins College), Darryl E. Owens, (Orlando Sentinel), Maylen Dominguez (Full Sail University), and Mitchell Bloomer (Holocaust Resource and Education Center).
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind with the opening of the new “Gone With The Wind: Reel to Real” exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center (OCRHC) on August 16.
The popular exhibition relives the magic of the iconic novel and film through artifacts and memorabilia. The exhibition features original gowns, costumes and artifacts of the film and is derived entirely from one collector, James L. Tumblin, who has the largest privately-held collection of memorabilia from the film.
Special events will also take place during the run of the exhibition, which ends November 30, 2014, including:
Aug 16 – Public Opening 10am-5pm, featuring a talk with curator/owner James L. Tumblin at 12:30 p.m. Rates below include admission into the museum.
Aug 17 – Sunday at the Museum features a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibit. Rates below include admission into the museum.
Sept 13 – Straight Talk – A Reel to Real Discussion about Gone With the Wind and Its Influence on Pop Culture from 1-3pm. Admission rates below include entrance into the museum and access to the special event. Call 407-836-7010 to register.
Oct 15 – Windy Wednesday Date Night – Movie Screening of The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind from 7-9pm. Call 407-836-7010 to register. The exhibit will be closed during this time.
For more information on the special events, or the exhibit itself, visit thehistorycenter.org. Admission to the museum is $15 for adults; seniors (60+), students, and military with I.D. $13; and children ages 5-12 $12. Members and children ages 4 and under are free. The OCRHC is located in downtown Orlando.
Visiting the new The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center is a fascinating look at the cartoons we all grew up with.
But if you want to make your visit a little more special, the History Center is hosting several events during the run of the exhibit that bring a little extra to the experience.
Saturday Morning Cartoons events will take place Feb 1 and March 1 mornings (9-11am) and will feature cartoons with breakfast. Cost is $14 children 5-12, $18 for adults, and $36 for a family (2 adults and 4 children under 18). Discounts are available for members.
Warner Bros. Valentine’s Day Date Night takes place February 15, and will feature romantic Warner Bros cartoons, along with popcorn, wine, champagne, and chocolate. This event is free for members and $15 for non-members.
February 19 is Home School Day: Outlaws, Mayhem, and Mischief!, where kids can learn about the judicial system, the workings of law enforcement, and what it takes to become a lawyer. Cost is $10 students and $6 adults ($6 students and $3 adults for members).
Friday afternoon, we got a sneak peek of The Art of Warner Bros Cartoons, a new exhibit that starts this weekend at the Orange County Regional History Center.
First thing we noticed was the trail of bunny footprints leading into the exhibit. The walls throughout the journey are lined with stills, and pencil drawings, showing the process of creating the cartoons.
Interspersed with the artwork are signs with information ranging from the history of Warner Bros. cartoons to how the animation is brought to life on screen. For instance, did you know that Porky Pig made his cartoon debut in 1935? Looney Tunes icon Bugs Bunny didn’t make his debut until 5 years later, with Elmer Fudd. Also, the man behind Bug’s voice, Mel Blanc, created distinctive voices for more than 90% of the Warner Bros. characters. What’s up Doc, indeed.
Kids of all ages will love The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons exhibit, which run January 25 through March 23, 2014, at the Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando.
Learn about the creative process that gave birth to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, and their comrades, and turned these entertaining animatedshort films into a cultural phenomenon.
The exhibition focuses on each step of the animation process and how it contributed to the overall success of the cartoon. From camera movements and musical cues, to witty dialogue and expressive drawings, each step of the process was perfected to convey the attitudes and charm of the characters.
Admision is $15 for adults; $13 for seniors (60+), students, and military; and $12 for children ages 5-12. Historical Society Members and children ages 4 and under are free.
Celebrate Halloween at the Orange County Regional History Center at their fifth annual Trick or Treat Safe Zone on Saturday, October 26, from 11am to 4pm.
Young ghouls and goblins can enjoy four floors of trick or treating and pumpkin decorating in the pumpkin patch along with creepy crafts, games, ghost hunting, haunted maze, and scavenger hunt.
Florida Dairy Farmers is joining the fun as well to promote chocolate milk as the official drink of Halloween, providing chocolate milk mustaches for a special photo opportunity. Guests will also be able to meet memorable characters from Central Florida history as they spontaneously come alive throughout the museum.
Kids ages 12 and under welcome to participate in this free event, but must be accompanied by an adult. Halloween costumes are encouraged for children and parents alike.
The Orange County Regional History Center is located at 65 E. Central Blvd., in downtown Orlando. For more information, call (407) 836-7010 or visit thehistorycenter.org.
Who doesn’t love dessert? Then you’ll want to check out an event called “America’s Sweet Tooth” that will take place at the Orange County Regional History Center on April 6.
Food historian and TV personality Francine Segan will host the 2-hour event, where she will trace the history of America’s love of desserts and sweet confections.
Learn – and taste – some of the country’s most loved desserts, including Martha Washington’s Currant Cake, Boston Cream Pie, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate chip cookies, and the 1930’s classic “Mystery Cake.”
The event begins at 11am, followed by a book signing by Ms. Segan.
Admission to the event is $8 for adults/$4 for children under 12, for members; non-members are $10 and $6, respectively.
It takes place on June 3, 2011, from 7pm to midnight.
This 21 and over event will have classic board and video games to play throughout the museum. There will be competitions on NCAA Football 11, Pong Toss Pro and Cornhole Toss, with the winners of each winning a $25 or $50 drink voucher to Wall Street Plaza nearby.
There will also be free samples from Monster Energy Drinks and Honest Tea, as well as other food and drink for purchase. 105.9 Sunny FM will also be on hand providing the tunes.
Admission is free for OCRHC members, $3 for non-members wearing their school logo, and $5 for those without a school logo on. Those attending also get a wristband good for free admission after to Wall Street Plaza’s Friday Block Party.
For more information, contact the OCRHC at 407-836-8500 or toll-free at 800-965-2030. It is located downtown at 65 E. Central Blvd.