Ideas for Mother’s Day Activities2013 May 06 | Written by: Zye Angiwan |
Mother’s Day is that day set aside especially for the woman in your life who has had the greatest influence on you – whether that’s your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister or friend. Now, gifts can do the trick of showing women how much they are valued, but an even grander gesture would be planning activities tailored to what they specifically like. Women love details and events that show genuine effort, and going the extra mile by giving the special woman in your life an amazing, one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day celebration will be something she will treasure for the rest of her life.
As women are different and have their own personal preferences in all aspects of life, we’ve put together a list of ideas for Mother’s Day activities. Here, you’ll find something to suit every woman, from the nature enthusiast to the home chef to the busy businesswoman. The key to successful planning is to remember that you’re doing this for your mother and not for yourself – so even if she’d rather go to the shooting range than have breakfast in bed, give her the memories she wants and make her dreams come true.
What to Do for Mother’s Day
1. A picnic in a unique, out-of-the-way location – you can hold picnics just about any time when there’s sufficient sunshine and open space, so make this Mother’s Day picnic extra-special by going somewhere out of the ordinary, such as the woods in the next town over or a rooftop garden mum has never been to. Make or order her favourite food and drinks ahead of time, get her favourite flowers and wait on her hand and foot so that she can relax for once and just bask in the love and attention she’s being given.
2. Brunch or dinner at a place she’s never been to – you can make brunch or dinner and surprise your mother by setting up somewhere she’d never expect. You could also book at that restaurant she’s been hinting about, or look for new places to eat that offer her favourite dishes. New things are always exciting, and mum will love the fact that you went to so much trouble to find a place you think she’d like.
3. A shopping trip – does your mum love vintage shops or the more upscale boutiques? Whatever her preference, planning a shopping trip that’s focused on the things she likes to buy is a great way to day thank you for everything she’s bought for you over the years. For mothers who like the more bohemian feel, a trip to several thrift and vintage shops or antique stores will be right up her alley while mums who love the big fashion houses will adore a day devoted entirely to splurging at these retail arenas.
4. Wine tasting – for mothers with more refined tastes in wine and spirits, you can book for wine tastings at nearby locations and just drive up on the day itself. Not only will this be a great bonding event but you’ll likely meet lots of new, interesting people and will have stories to tell the family when you get home.
5. A day trip – take the entire family on a Mother’s Day Trip to a nearby town or city. The great thing about day trips is that you can go just about anywhere and do anything without necessarily planning everything down to the last detail (although some planning should still be in order). This is especially great for mothers who are spontaneous and love travelling.
6. A nostalgic trip back to her hometown – maybe mum hasn’t been home in a while, or has been missing her childhood home for a while. Why not give her her heart’s desire and take a trip with her back to where she grew up? Allow her to show you the sights and point out the places that hold some of her fondest memories. It’s a wonderful way to get to know your mother better and will show her just how much you love her.
7. A ball game or any sports event – this is perfect for the sports mum who has been to every single one of your football games or wrestling matches or has featured in athletics herself. Give her much-coveted tickets to a popular sports game or take her to a sports event she’ll be into and you’re golden for Mother’s day.
8. Extreme activities like bungee jumping, skydiving, hot air balloons, etc. – while not for everyone, extreme activities like these should be tried at least once in a person’s lifetime. For the more adventurous, thrill-seeking mothers, take them on one of these and get ready to photograph those scream-worthy moments!
9. A hiking trip or camping – mums who love nature and the outdoors will get a kick out of spending time with their loved ones trekking up a trail or spending the night under the stars in the woods. This needs proper planning, so be sure to have the right equipment ready, and know where you’ll be going to avoid getting lost and to prevent any accidents from happening.
10. A trip to the beach or water sports – for mothers who love to swim, the beach or water sports are just the thing. Take mum to a not-so-crowded beach and relax on the sand, or engage in kayaking, canoeing, jet-skiing, sailing and other water activities with her. Make sure to bring plenty of sunblock and to hydrate often.
11. A trip to an amusement park – wild rides, games and lots of food are the theme for mothers who enjoy amusement parks. A great option for mothers who have small children, spending Mother’s Day at an amusement park is guaranteed to be a fun activity for the whole family.
12. A historical tour or museum and art gallery hopping – mums who are history buffs, art lovers or culture enthusiasts will be thrilled at the prospect of a historical tour of popular destinations or a trip to several museums and art galleries. Make it even better for your mother by buying her a small memento related to the activity, like a miniature or a small piece of art.
13. Spa and beauty treatments – what woman doesn’t like to feel pampered? Treat your mum to the most relaxing, rejuvenating experience that a complete massage, spa and beauty treatment package can offer. This is excellent for busy women who never seem to have time for themselves or are always on the go, taking care of the family and working at the same time.
14. A weekend cruise or trip on a boat – a weekend cruise will need to be booked in advance, but it’s well worth the effort to see mum off to enjoy herself with the luxuries a cruise provides. You can also plan a boating trip and pack a light lunch or dinner to take with you. Let your mother sit back and feel the breeze lifting her worries away for the day.
15. Outdoor sports and games – this is perfect for mothers who have a competitive streak and would rather be the one at bat rather than watching from the stands. To make this a more enjoyable Mother’s Day, why not organise a sports-themed outing with other mothers and their families? Have sack races, football games and so on – all in the name of fun.
16. Short classes – for mothers who have always wanted to try learning a new skill or take up a new hobby, take that first step for them and sign up for classes in whatever she’s interested in – pottery, cooking, gardening, shooting, arts and so on. Join mum in a class, or let her take friend and watch her shine even brighter at taking on a new experience.
17. Musical events, plays or shows – mums who love music, play instruments, adore the theatre or enjoy shows in general will relish the idea of going to a big concert, a well-reviewed play or even a comedy performance if she’s up to it. If you want to amp it up, try to arrange a meet-and-greet with the stars of the show or with any celebrities available who she’d love to see up close.
No matter what you do or where you take your mum, just remember that the best things in life are not things: love, attention, sacrifices, compassion, a great sense of humour and a woman’s strength cannot be equalled. For more on this occasion, check out our recommended gift ideas for mothers or wonderful high tea recipes. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!