Things to Do on Mother’s Day

Mother's Day tea party

Once a year, there’s this special day that’s dedicated to moms. It’s called Mother’s Day. D-A-Y. Not a few hours in the morning or meeting for lunch or a measly phone call. No. It’s an entire day that she gets to be honored as your mother.

That said, it’s important that you spend some quality time with Mom on the second Sunday in May. I’m not suggesting that you forgo giving her a Mother’s Day gift – she definitely deserves one – but I am saying that you should take some time to actually do something with her, too.

So, for Mother’s Day this year, check out this list of things you and your mom can do together to make her feel special (because she really is).

  • Craft Corner

Moms love handmade things, especially when the things are made by the hands of her children. Pipe cleaners become sacred installations and Popsicle sticks are transformed into masterpieces. That’s why doing something kind of artsy on Mother’s Day is right up Mom’s alley. She’ll get a memory of doing something fun with you, along with souvenirs she’ll cherish. Plenty of local potteries and art galleries host special events for moms and kids on Mother’s Day. Paint your own pottery studios have become increasingly popular over the years, and they’re all over the place, so you’re sure to find something in your area.

  • Story Time

Don’t adios public libraries and small bookstores just yet. Besides being, well, fabulous, libraries and quaint bookstores also offer readings for children, sometimes with music and puppets. Mother’s Day, such establishments often have special books picked out that Moms would enjoy too, giving her a special afternoon, as well as time off from making all the voices.

  • Afternoon Tea

Whether it’s tea for two or five for tea, Mom will love being treated to a nice relaxing afternoon with the fam. Mother’s Day tea is a popular tradition so check out what’s available in your area. Places that host Mother’s Day Teas are generally kid friendly and decked out for the occasion. Plus, tea means that Mom can still sleep in. (She’s really hoping for some breakfast in bed, too, just so you know.)

  • Finer Art

Larger museums, like the MoMa, offer Mother’s Day specials, but that doesn’t mean you have to hit up a big city to peep some artwork with Mom. Small museums and galleries in your local area may offer something special for the big day too. And even if they don’t have something “Mother’s Day-ish”, it’s still fun to admire works of art together.

  • Fun and Games

Okay, so she may not be head-over-heels for some sports (cough…football) but that’s not to say she doesn’t enjoy a little friendly competition. Play a game of pool, ping-pong, mini-golf, or croquet. Being together and having a few laughs is what will make the day so special to her.

  • The Great Outdoors

How frequently do you spend an entire day outside as a family? Probably not all that often. So, if it’s nice out, embrace it. Pack a picnic lunch, grab a kite, find a Frisbee, and make for the park or beach. Enjoy one another’s company, as well as some sunshine. (And don’t forget your camera to snap some memorable shots.)

  • Keep It Real

Sundays may be lazy days but that doesn’t mean they can’t be memorable, too. Make fun Mother’s Day cupcakes or a special dinner together. If no one feels like cooking (because we all know that happens), order some pizza, rent a few favorite films, and get that popcorn going. Curling up on the couch with her favorite people is sometimes exactly what Moms need.