From roller coasters to flower rides, 10 ideas to entertain mom this Mother’s Day weekend in the Chattanooga area

How are you celebrating mom this weekend? Here are some ideas for events around town that can show you’ve been thinking about something she might enjoy for Mother’s Day.

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– Make her laugh. Jeff Allen, known for his clean humor about marriage and family, is in a special engagement through Saturday at Comedy Catch, 29 Station St. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost between $30 and $35.

“Hear her scream. There’s nothing like a few rides on the Cannon Ball roller coaster at Lake Winnepesaukah to get your adrenaline pumping. The North Georgia Amusement Park, at 1730 Lakeview Drive in Rossville, opens for the season this weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Unlimited rides are $31 for ages 3-59 ($32 at the door). Go on Sundays for the Mother’s Day Special, which is $120 for up to five people.

“Give him a shiver. The Scenic City State Fair, aka Thrillville, continues through Sunday at Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. The attraction includes carnival rides by Kissel Entertainment, games, food stalls, and daily shows (Aquatic Acrobatics, Sea Lion Splash, Dominguez Circus, Wild West Medicine Show). Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10. Unlimited rides are $30 on weekdays and $35 on weekends.

— Bring a picnic. Sculpture Fields in Montague Park, 1800 Polk St., is encouraging Mother’s Day picnics in the park to accompany a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Sunday for “Lime Green Wedding Cake,” a new steel sculpture from Austin I. Collins. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

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— Take a walk among the wildflowers. DeSoto State Park, 7104 DeSoto Parkway NE in Fort Payne, Ala., is planning several free hikes and programs as part of its annual Wildflower Saturday celebration. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. CDT.

— Walk among the azaleas and rhododendrons. Massive rock formations give Rock City its name, but the park’s Southern Blooms Festival draws attention to the more than 400 species of native plants that grow along the wooded trails. The festival takes place the next two weekends at Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Timed entry is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and May 14-15. Tickets are $18-$28. Seerockville. com

— Give him mimosas. Rabbit Valley Farmers Market opens its season with a Mother’s Day celebration that will include mimosas among the food offerings. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 96 Depot St. in Ringgold, Ga. More than 40 vendors will have merchandise for sale, and musicians Josh Driver, Eric Kirkendoll, and Sam Steadman will perform between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. .

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— Help her cultivate a green thumb. Bees on a Bicycle, a garden shop located at 1909 Market St., will celebrate motherhood with Bees Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tables will be set up for potted plants to take home (cost varies). The day also includes a performance by Ballet Esprit at 11 a.m., drinks from Be Caffeinated, eco-friendly products from Olivine Glass Recycling and jewelry from Colefire.

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— Adjust it for a personalized t-shirt. For the World’s Best Mom Market, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., local business Neat Pony will be screen-printing “World’s Best Mom” ​​T-shirts in fluorescent pink or purple onsite. Bouquets and other gifts will also be put up for sale by the fifteen vendors.

“Make it a market day. The Chattanooga Market will be filled with vendor stalls to browse for the perfect Sunday gift, as well as fresh flowers and lunch options. Kathy Veazey and John Rawlston will perform at 12:30 p.m. and Call Me Spinster at 2 p.m. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Admission is free.

Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.

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