Moms spoil us all year round, not to mention the years they spent raising us. This year, why not treat Mom to a famously hot weekend in Columbia, SC for Mother's Day? From learning to cook her an impressive meal or to spending an afternoon shopping to taking it easy on Sunday with a Southern brunch, we've got a list of things you can do to tell Mom, "Thank you."

Learn to Cook: Mother's Day Brunch at Charleston Cooks!
Want to cook for Mom but don't have the kitchen skills necessary? Sign up for this cooking class at Charleston Cooks in Cross Hill Market on Saturday, May 11 to learn how to cook a brunch meal fit for breakfast in bed. Mom will drool over mimosa crepes with blood orange mascarpone filling, a spinach, brie, and country ham quiche, avocado and lox breakfast burritos, a pancetta, asparagus, and potato hash and strawberries and cream biscuits. Sign me up!

Shop 'til you drop
Spend the afternoon strolling down picturesque Devine Street, stopping in stores and upscale boutiques like Just the Thing, LaRoque, Van Jean, HandPicked, My-Kim, Pink Sorbet and more. If Mom's into the outdoors, walk a little further to Half-Moon Outfitters or head to Main Street to Mast General Store. Hunt for some "timeless treasures" at City Market, the Columbia Antique Mall or Old Mill Antique Mall. For the cooking fanatic, stop in the Gourmet Shop or Charleston Cooks for a new toy for the kitchen, or to the Crescent Olive for a unique cooking oil. If Mom loves art, pick her up a one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass piece from One Eared Cow.

Mother's Day Brunch + Dinner 
Perhaps the most special thing about celebrating Mother's Day in the South is the large choice of Sunday Brunch spots.

Mother's Day Brunch at Momo's Bistro | 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Plan to brunch at Momo's with a delicious menu of quiche, blue cheese salmon, white cheddar shrimp & grits, hash brown casserole, amaretto bread pudding and more. Only $28 per adult. Call 803.252.2700 or reserve a table online.

Mother's Day Brunch at The Oak Table | 10:30 am - 3 pm
Fried chicken, carved leg of lamb, housemade bacon and sausage, pastries and more. Plates are just $29 per person - call 803.563.5066 to reserve your seat.

Mother's Day Brunch at Rue 77 | 10 am - 3 pm 
For $22.50 per person, get a continental breakfast & omelette station with choice of signature brunch entrée. For $32 per person, get the food above plus complimentary bottomless Bloody Marys & Mimosas. Call 803.708.4785 or email to make reservations.

Mother's Day Brunch at the Carolina's Restaurant at Clarion Hotel Downtown | 11 am - 3 pm
Choose an entree, sides, salads and desserts from a buffet for around $30 per person. See the full brunch menu and call 803.771.8711 to make reservations.

Mother's Day Brunch on the Spirit of Lake Murray | 11:30 am - 2 pm
Take a cruise on Lake Murray for Mother's  Day. For $39 per person, enjoy southern shrimp and grits, eggs monterrey, fresh fruit, spinach salad and more. Ship boards at 11:30, cruises from Noon - 2 pm. Make your reservation and pay ahead of time.

Mother's Day Dinner on the Spirit of Lake Murray | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
For $49 per person, indulge in fresh tilapia stuffed with gorgonzola and spinach, garlic rosemary chicken breasts, caesar salad, berry delight and more. Ship boards at 5:30 pm, cruises from 6 - 8 pm.  Make your reservation and pay ahead of time.

Mother's Day Brunch at Columbo's at the DoubleTree | 11 am - 2:30 pm
Honey baked ham, carved roast beef, dessert arrangement..all on a Mother's Day buffet at Columbo's. Call 803.744.2200 to make reservations.

Hit the museums
For free! South Carolina State Museum and EdVenture Children's Museum are offering complimentary admission to moms when they show up with their kids.

Pamper Her
Make an appointment for a manicure, pedicure, massage or all of them at one of Columbia's spas.

What's your favorite thing to do with your mother in Columbia, SC? Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter, or leave a comment below, and let us know!

Make a weekend of the holiday and book a room in Columbia, SC. For more happenings and things to do in Columbia, SC, get the list of What's Hot This Weekend: May 9-12 or check our calendar of events for Mother's Day weekend