How To Celebrate Mother’s Day: 27 Ways To Enjoy With The Whole Family
With Mother's Day just around the corner, it's a great opportunity to plan a special weekend celebrating yourself and those around you who shaped you as a Mom. If you’re not sure how you want to spend the day, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we're excited to share 27 creative and thoughtful Mother's Day activities you can enjoy with the whole family that will help you feel loved and appreciated. Whether you want to get out and about, do something active or have a quiet day recharging, we've got you covered. So, take a break from your busy schedule and let's start planning a memorable Mother's Day just for you!
Active Mother’s Day activities
- Go on a hike. If you’re an active Mom who loves spending time outdoors, a long walk or hike should be on your list. Look for local hiking trails or nature reserves that offer scenic views and fresh air. This can be a great way to bond with your family while getting some exercise. Whether you take the stroller or carrier, make sure you bring along a fully stocked diaper bag and some on-the-go accessories to stay organized. You’ll also want to keep sun protection top of mind, making sure to apply sunscreen and bringing along a bucket hat to protect your little ones’ delicate skin.
- Plan a scavenger hunt. Ask your partner or a friend to create a list of clues and items to find around your neighborhood or local park and work together with your littles to complete the scavenger hunt.
- Garden together. Spring is in the air, after all! If you have a green thumb, get the whole family involved in a day of gardening. You’ll get to do something you love and enjoy the fruits of your labor when you’re done. You can try planting new flowers or vegetables, pruning existing plants or just enjoy the sunshine and fresh air while working together to maintain the garden. We suggest buying a few plastic kid-friendly gardening tools your toddler can safely use so they feel a part of the activity.
- Head out on a family bike ride. A family bike ride is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors together. Look for local bike trails or parks with bike paths and plan a route that everyone can enjoy. You can even pack a picnic lunch or snacks to enjoy along the way. If your child is too young for a tricycle try a rear-mounted child bike seat or child bike trailer. These are typically suitable for children between 12 months to 4 years of age.
- Attend your favorite workout class. If you have a favorite class, consider booking a spot on Mother's Day. If your little ones are too young or old to join, take some time for yourself and enjoy the class solo. Meet up with them when you’re done for a smoothie!
Quiet Mother’s Day activities
- Spend the day lounging. Some Moms feel a lot of pressure to do something big for Mother’s Day when a little downtime might be just what you need. This is a friendly reminder that it’s okay to take a day to do absolutely nothing but lounge around the house if that’s what you need!
- Book a mani-pedi. Who doesn’t love a day at the spa? A manicure or pedicure (or both) is a fun option you can enjoy with your older kids. Call the spa or salon ahead of time to make sure they can accommodate you and your children together.
- Create an at-home spa experience. If going to a spa isn't an option, consider creating an at-home spa experience with candles, essential oils and soothing music. Take turns painting each other's nails or making cucumber eye masks. It probably won’t be the best manicure you’ve ever had, but you’re sure to have a lot of fun and a few laughs.
- Check items off your to-do list. It might not be the most exciting way to celebrate, but for a lot of Moms sometimes the best gift of all is checking a few items off the to-do list. Whether it’s cleaning the house, running errands or grocery shopping, get the whole gang together to get the job done. For younger children, ask them to help by putting their toys away or set up a bucket of water with some soap in the backyard and ask them to clean and dry their toys. When you’re finished, celebrate with a delicious dinner or yummy treat.
- Plan a movie night. Because you can be screen-conscious and need a break! Prepare some snacks, and choose a movie or TV series that everyone will enjoy. This is a great way to spend quality time together and give the whole family an opportunity to recharge at the same time.
Mother’s Day meal ideas
- Enjoy a luxurious breakfast. Start Mother's Day off right with a special meal. Go all out with your favorite breakfast foods and give everyone a job to pull it together. Set the table with fresh flowers and enjoy some quality time in their coziest pajamas. End the meal with a sweet treat that your little one can get involved in decorating!
- Plan a picnic. Look for a local park, throw on a comfortable caftan and pack a canvas tote with an outdoor play mat and some easy munching items like sandwiches, cheeses, crackers and fruit. You can even have a picnic in your backyard so you don’t have to do too much prep ahead of time. Here are some more ideas on how to plan the perfect picnic.
- Prepare a special meal. Get the whole family involved in trying out a new recipe or preparing an old favorite. Make it extra special by setting the table with your favorite dishes and candles. If your little one is too young to help out in the kitchen, take them on a walk to find some flowers you can pick for the centerpiece.
- Book a dinner out. If you want a night off from cooking, book your favorite restaurant or a new spot with a special Mother's Day menu. Try somewhere with a view or fun atmosphere to make the evening even more special. If your child is still young, you can opt for an early reservation or book a babysitter to help out for the night.
- Order in. If you’d prefer a night in, call ahead for take-out from your go-to restaurant. Be sure to include a few low-sodium options so your little one can try a few bites. This can be a great way to spend a relaxing evening together without having to worry about cooking or cleaning up.
- Attend a cooking class. Look for a local cooking school or restaurant that offers classes and book a lesson that you can all attend together. This can be a great way to teach your little ones about cooking and spend quality time together in the kitchen. If your babe is too young to try out a cooking class, set up something easier at home like cookie or cupcake decorating.
Cultural Mother’s Day activities
- Spend a day at the museum. If you love art or history, a day spent exploring a museum is a great way to celebrate Mother's Day. Look for a museum with an exciting new exhibit and spend the day browsing and learning together.
- Make a craft together. On the hunt for Mother’s Day activities preschool children can get involved in? Consider setting up a craft station. You can gather supplies for a specific project or you can set up a variety of supplies and get creative together.
- Attend a pottery class. Pottery is a great activity the whole family can enjoy. Look for a local pottery studio or community center that offers classes and book a session where you can learn to make your own pottery together.
- See a show. If you and your family enjoy the performing arts, consider getting tickets to see a show on Mother's Day. Look for a local theater that is showing a kid-friendly play, musical, or dance performance and spend the evening enjoying the show together.
Mother’s Day activities everyone will love
- Organize a family photo. A family photo is a great way to capture memories and celebrate Mother's Day at the same time. You can hire a professional photographer or simply set up a self-timer and take a family photo yourself. Make sure to get everyone dressed up and looking their best!
- Throw a party. Looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate Mother's Day with family and friends? Throw a brunch, lunch, or dinner party and invite them to celebrate with you. The more the merrier!
- Give back. Mother's Day is a great time to give back to the community and support a cause that is important to your family. You can volunteer at a local charity or organization, make a donation or participate in a fundraising event.
- Family game night. For a low-key Mother's Day activity, consider hosting a family game night. Choose a few games the whole family enjoys and be sure to have lots of snacks on hand!
- Make a scrapbook. A scrapbook or photo album is a beautiful Mother’s Day gift and a great way to spend the day. Purchase some scrapbook supplies at a craft store, print out some family photos and create something together that you’ll cherish for years to come. Be sure to take some time to sit down, flip through the pages together and reminisce on all the moments you’ve captured over the years.
- Have a dance party. Sit down and craft the perfect playlist with a mix of everyone’s favorite songs. Then clear some space in the living room, turn up the volume and have a dance party. It’s a great way to blow off some steam and make some new Mother’s Day memories.
Learn about the stars. Set up a cozy night in the backyard with some blankets and fun snacks. Download a stargazing app, learn about the different constellations and see which ones you can spot together.
No matter how you choose to spend Mother’s Day, remember, it’s your day! Pick an activity you love and get the whole family involved. You deserve to be celebrated for the incredible job you do every day. No matter what you choose, we hope you treat yourself to a day of relaxation, fun and quality time with your loved ones who made you a Mom!
Frequently Asked Questions
In most countries, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May each year. However, the specific date may vary depending on the country or region. For example, in the United Kingdom, Mother's Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which usually falls in March. In some other countries, like Russia and Serbia, International Women's Day on March 8th is considered a day to honor mothers and motherhood.
Here are a few meal ideas to consider for Mother’s Day breakfast:
A homemade breakfast sandwich with her favorite ingredients, such as eggs, bacon and cheese.
A stack of fluffy pancakes or waffles, topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream.
For a healthier option, a fruit and yogurt parfait or avocado toast can be both delicious and nutritious.
Don't forget to make a pot of coffee or tea and a pretty flower to complete the picture. It’s a special occasion after all!
Yes, expectant Mothers can and should celebrate Mother's Day! Although their baby has not yet arrived, they are already in the process of becoming a Mother and this day can be a special time to acknowledge that transition. It's a great opportunity to show them love and appreciation for all the hard work they are doing to prepare for their new role as a parent. Whether it's a heartfelt card, a special gift or simply spending time together, taking the time to celebrate expectant mothers on Mother's Day is a wonderful gesture.
Your wife's first Mother's Day is a special occasion that deserves to be celebrated in a thoughtful way. There are lots of activities you could plan to make it extra special, whether a day of pampering or having a special meal. As there’s a new little one in the picture, consider activities that are baby-friendly or where you can take them off her hands. You may also want to get a gift for your partner! Personalized, handmade, and no matter the size, it’s the thought that counts. You could even address it from baby for that extra touch!
Mother's Day doesn't have to break the bank. There are plenty of ways to celebrate while staying within your budget. From homemade gifts to simple outings, you can have a great day without spending a lot. Remember, the most important thing is the time you spend with your family and that’s priceless.