Fun Mother’s Day Activities to Do With the Whole Fam
Mom will love spending extra time quality time with all her favorite people.
It’s one of those clichés that’s actually true: The best Mother’s Day gift you can give to your mom is your time. And while the COVID-19 pandemic is still making it tricky for families to spend time together, there are still plenty of ways to make Mother’s Day special. We’ve found a range of Mother’s Day activities to suit your family’s needs. If you’re lucky enough to able to get together indoors with your mama, you can try the usual brunch — or go for something a little more creative and cook out of your comfort zone. Those who aren’t gathering indoors this year can find a bunch of outdoor activities, from lawn games to hikes to outdoor performances. And if you’re not living close to your mom at the moment and can’t travel home for a visit, there are plenty of ways to stay virtually connected and create a special quarantine Mother’s Day. (Hopefully, this one will be the last one.) Whether you treat her to a massage or take an online class with her, one of the suggestions on our list will surely create memories that she’ll talk about for years to come.
1. Have a make-your-own pizza party.
DIY pizza: It’s a craft (depending on how artfully you place the toppings), an activity and a meal all at once! Start with basic pizza dough, then everyone gets to add their favorite toppings. Mom gets first pick, of course.
2. Host a lawn-game tournament.
Croquet, cornhole, bocce, outdoor Jenga or horseshoes — what’s your family’s game of choice? Split into teams and drum up some friendly rivalry with — while soaking in rays — with a backyard challenge. Make a yearly tradition, and pass around a trophy too the winner each year.
3. Head to the beach.
Depending on where you are, it might not be perfect swimming weather yet. But the sun, the waves and a good book are the perfect ingredients for a relaxing Mother’s Day.
4. Pick your own fruit.
This activity is especially fun if you have a lot of kids who want to get in on the action. Then, when you all get home, you can whip up a treat for Mom with your selections. (Maybe give her a strawberry in a Champagne glass while she waits.)
5. Get theater tickets.
You can go to a play or a musical — lots of towns even host outdoor theater events. But if you’re still leery about heading to a theater, there are places that let you stream plays and musicals in the comfort of your home, like BroadwayHD or the National Theatre, which lets you see shows with world-class casts for prices you’d never get if you’d bought tickets.
6. Make a scrapbook.
Break out those old photo albums, print some of your phone pics and transform them all into something beautiful. (Newbies? You can get started by finding ideas online.) You and Mom can each work on your own scrapbook pages and bind them together when you’re done
7. Spruce up the garden.
Gardeners know that Mother’s Day is the perfect time to start planting seeds. Get the whole family outside and digging in the dirt together. Every time she sees them, she’ll be reminded of the special day — it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Some flowers that are fairly easy to maintain include sunflowers, marigolds and sweet peas — and if you’re just starting out, you can always consult our
8. Complete a jigsaw puzzle.
Find a puzzle with an image you know your mom will love (or make a custom one using a photo of the two of you) and put it together over wine and snacks. You’ll be amazed at how much chatting you can get done while puzzling.
9. Book a weekend getaway.
There’s no day like Mother’s Day to be impulsive! Book a weekend trip for the two of you at a cute B&B in a city Mom has always wanted to visit. Don’t have the cash to go far? Try a staycation instead.
10. Take a flower arranging class.
Mother’s Day arrives just as spring is in full bloom. Take advantage of the season by going to a flower arranging class with Mom. This year, they can be done virtually, so it doesn’t matter if Mom is long-distance, she can still have her own Mother’s Day flowers to show off at the end.
11. Bake dessert together.
Mother’s Day wouldn’t be complete without something sweet. If your mom loves to bake, whip something up together. We love this raspberry lemon pound cake
12. Head to the farmers market.
There’s nothing like waking up with the sun and going to the farmers market on the weekend. Pick fresh produce and discover new favorites with Mom, coffee in hand.
13. Serve breakfast in bed.
More like brunch in bed — let her sleep in, then enjoy flapjacks and snuggles! Don’t forget the coffee and/or mimosas!
14. Get a tarot card reading.
Is your mom interested in getting more in touch with her spiritual side? Visit a tarot card reader, psychic, astrologer or tea-leaf reader together. Even if you don’t totally buy in to your readings, you’ll have some great discussions about them afterward.
15. Enjoy a brunch outing.
It so happens that Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, which is also the universal day for delicious brunch. Treat Mom to her favorite place — just remember to call ahead to make a reservation, as seating this year might be limited.
16. Take an online cooking class.
Get out of your comfort zone at an adventurous cooking class where the two of you can learn a new recipe together. Whether you’re both seasoned home-cooks looking to try a new technique or beginners who are just starting out, there’s a class that you’ll both enjoy.
17. Book her a massage.
Mom will truly appreciate you going out of your way to set her up with a massage appointment. Join her if you can, and turn it into a fun spa day!
18. Treat her to a luxurious blowout.
Help Mom feel like the queen that she is by giving her a well-deserved blowout. If she has a favorite hair stylist, make sure to book time with them. Or, ask friends and family for recommendations!
19. Get on the water.
Take advantage of the warm May weather by going kayaking, paddle boarding or surfing with Mom. You can even bring the whole family!
20. Take a tour of historic sites.
If your mom loves history, gather the family for a tour of nearby historic sites. The beautiful weather and landmarks are sure to make her day even more memorable, and they’ll make for some great snapshots.
21. Go to a concert.
Depending on where you live, music performances might be starting up again — especially outdoor ones, which we all know are the best anyway.
22. Raise a glass.
Take Mom to an outdoor bar and treat her to whatever her heart desires. It’s a day dedicated to her after all. Or, find out her favorite and see if you can learn how to make it yourself!
23. Take a paint and sip class.
If everyone’s 21 and up, sign yourselves up for a painting and wine event. You’ll sip, laugh and take home a beautiful creation to remember the day.
24. Hunt for deals at a flea market.
Your mom is the best at finding epic deals, so why not join her for a little shopping? Head to a flea market or antique shop to add to your collection. You never know what you’ll find.
25. Belt it out at a karaoke night.
that’ll keep the entire family entertained for hours.
26. Book a family photo shoot.
What’s a better memory than a family photo? Hire a photographer to take countless pictures you’ll enjoy for years to come. The more generations of moms, the better.
27. Make a DIY sundae bar.
Turn your kitchen into an ice cream parlor (and promise her you’ll clean up after). Pick your favorite toppings, like maraschino cherries and hot fudge and place them in a row. Everyone can go down the line and make the perfect ice cream sundae.
28. Let her sleep in.
For Mother’s Day (especially if it’s her first one), give her what she’s been desperately craving: a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. You and baby can go somewhere out of hearing range and let Mom catch those much-needed ZZZs. Gift her a lavender eye pillow to make it extra relaxing.
29. Go swimming (or hang poolside).
Take advantage of the warm early-summer weather and spend a day relaxing at the pool. Let Mom kick back in the sun with a good book while dad handles sunscreen duty. Make it even better with a fun pool float:
30. Head to yoga.
If your mom can’t get enough “omm,” the whole family can join her for a yoga session. Many studios offer family classes that are designed for both parents and children.
31. Go wine tasting.
If the kids are all 21+, then head to a nearby winery for a Mother’s Day tasting. Or, if she’s not a “wine mom,” try a local craft brewery instead. At the end of the tasting, make sure to grab a bottle or two of her favorite to take home.
32. Watch a baseball game.
Mom loves to root for the home team as much as anyone! Take her out to the ball game this Mother’s Day. Nachos are on Dad.
33. Take a family bike ride.
Get the whole crew up and moving around town. You can deck out Mom’s bike with some pretty flowers.
34. Plan a picnic.
We’re sure any mom would love some fun in the sun with her favorite foods and favorite people.
35. See a movie.
These days a movie at home.
When’s the last time she got to watch something that wasn’t a kid’s show?
36. Make a delicious dinner.
If she’s always the person making the meals, give her a night off by making one of these easy Mother’s Day dinner recipes. Take it one step further by setting the table and doing the dishes.
37. Let her Netflix binge while you clean.
Set her up with some popcorn and a glass of wine and get scrubbing. She’ll get some much-needed “me time” and she’ll get to enjoy a nice, clean house after
38. Book mani/pedis.
Nothing says, “You’re the best” like a good foot scrub and a fresh coat of polish.
39. Make her a fizzy bath bomb.
Love arts and crafts? Make the mom in your life a refreshing bath bomb to help her relax and recharge. Gift her a face mask and a bottle of wine too to ensure she has a relaxing day.
40. Deck out the dining room.
Centerpieces are pretty, but decor that displays her name in fresh flowers on a lattice wall? Yep, that’s the winner.
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