Treat mom to some flowers this weekend. Surrounded her with fragrant blooms at Old Westbury Gardens, where the gardens have started to burst forth with color. Visit with the kids on Saturday and find out how to add flowers to your cuisine, at an edible flowers workshop. Families can discover tasty delights growing in the garden beds, concocting and sampling a simple recipe full of delicious seasonal flavors.On Mother’s Day, bring Mom or any special lady, for a stroll in the gardens. The charming and fragrant lilacs are especially appealing this time of year. Mom will be transported by the beauty and fragrance of these historic and fascinating plants. Make sure to stop by the Plant Shop, where mom — actually all female visitors 18 and older — can receive a complimentary lavender plant. Bring a picnic lunch, or visit the Cafe in the Woods.
Saturday, May 13, 12 p.m., Eat Up! What’s Cookin’; Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $7 children 7-17, $10 students. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. (516) 333-0048 or www.oldwestburygardens.org.
Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!
Mo Willems beloved “Elephant & Piggie” books come alive on stage, in a lively theatrical adaptation commissioned by The Kennedy Center. Families will be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all day long, in the spirit of this vaudevillian romp of a musical. Best friends Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, all the while facing fundamental questions: What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty backup singers, The Squirrelles, this dynamic duo even gets the audience involved in the action.
Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m. $25 and $15. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.
The award-winning songstress graces the Adelphi University stage in her first Long Island appearance in over 10 years. Before country was ‘cool’, Crystal was ‘class’. Perhaps most identified with her long locks and timeless signature song “Don’t Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” the indomitable singer has yet to slow down. Newly inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry (by her legendary sister Loretta Lynn) in January, Gale is on the concert circuit, with that silky voice still delighting audiences. Her program will include something for everyone — country, folk pop, rock, Broadway, and gospel.
Saturday, May 13, 8 p.m. $50 and $45. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. (516) 877-4000 or www.aupac.adelphi.edu.