Mother's Day Ideas For Families
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Mother's Day Ideas For Families

From dance parties, to game nights, to theater tickets, to breakfast in bed, there are many great Mother's Day activities that the whole family can enjoy together, creating happy memories that they'll cherish forever.

Looking for some awesome Mother's Day activity for 2023? Get the whole family involved in these activities and adventures perfect for any mom to have a wonderful, happy Mother's Day filled with quality time with her family.

Mother's Day is a time to celebrate mom or a mother-like figure in your life.

Whether it's celebrating mom, grandma, an aunt, a friend, or another person in a caregiver role, Mother's Day is a special holiday where we can show those people how much they mean to us.

Celebrations can be as simple as the kids making mom a Mother's Day card, buying her a new perfume in a signature scent, watching home movies, dancing to her favorite songs in the car, sending her out for high tea with her friends, playing board games together, or sending her to get her nails done. Give her a break from her daily to-do list, and let her rest, relax, and be pampered on this lovely holiday.

Celebrate this special day by finding Mother's Day activities that involve everyone in the family.

Mother's Day activities don't have to be extravagant or require hours of planning. From traditional breakfast in bed, to having a dance party at home with mom's favorite tunes, to attending local events like a flea market or farmer's market, to planning a little pampering for mom at home, there are many ways to help mom feel loved and cherished this Mother's Day. 

Ideas For Mother's Day family fun:

Go out to brunch or host a virtual brunch 

Top View Delicious Pancakes Honey Blueberries Strawberries Plate Cutlery Marble

Pick mom's favorite restaurant, and go out for brunch! Or pick up food from her favorite spot and let her have brunch in bed. If extended family or friends live far apart, host a virtual brunch where everyone can eat and celebrate together on video call!

Sign mom up for cooking classes 

a group of moms cooking together

A cooking class can be a great gift for any mom who enjoys cooking or baking. Classes can be in-person or virtual, and are available in a variety of themes. Moms can even enjoy taking a class with the whole family at family-friendly cooking schools.

Check out a local museum or art gallery 

Spend time visiting a local museum or art exhibition, where mom can enjoy spending time with the kids and learning something new. Many cities have museums designed for family fun, and these can be a fun way to spend Mother's Day.

Art galleries are fun to visit, and families can spend a relaxing day looking at art exhibits learning about different artists and styles of art.

Set up a scavenger hunt or host a family game night 

Home jigsaw puzzle. little boy and his mother playing

Host a game night or create a scavenger hunt where every person in the family prepares a game or two to play together. Write out clues for mom to find her Mother's Day gifts around the house, or pick out some board games and enjoy an evening of friendly competition.

Family games include doing a jigsaw puzzle, playing Life or Monopoly, playing video games, playing soccer or baseball outside, or playing charades.

The winner of the game (or whoever completes the activity) can enjoy a special treat. The kids can make milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, or bake cookies to surprise mom with a sweet treat.

Have a picnic on the beach 

family picnic on the beach

Celebrate Mother's Day by planning an amazing meal at the beach for mom! Celebrate the special day by packing some delicious foods to enjoy at the beach. Having a dinner picnic while watching the sunset at the end of Mother's Day is a wonderful way to make mom feel extra special.

The whole family can enjoy a day at the beach, building sand castles, walking in the sand, collecting shells, and splashing in the water. If you live near a beach, a fun Mother's Day picnic right on the sand would be an amazing way to show mom how much you care.

There are also companies that specialize in planning stunning picnics for special occasions. These companies take care of planning, setting up, cleaning up, and styling a gorgeous meal to celebrate mom. Even if you don't use the services of one of these companies, you can browse their website to get the creative juices flowing as you plan your own special picnic!

Visit a nearby farmer's market (or a farm) 

Skip mundane grocery shopping and spend Mother's Day going to a local farmer's market. The farmer's market is a place full of family fun, where kids can taste and sample fresh produce, mom can pick out fresh flowers, and families can stock up on mom's favorite foods for the week ahead. Bonus points if you can find a farmer's market that includes food vendors, so the whole family can enjoy lunch together after shopping.

An alternative Mother's Day activity that can become a yearly tradition is visiting a farm. Enjoy interacting with farm animals, taking a leisurely stroll through a botanical garden, or sampling fruits and vegetables grown at the farm.

Start a garden 

Mother's Day is a spring holiday and is the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. Encourage mom to spend quality time outside in nature by setting up an at-home garden full of vibrant blooms, herbs, and produce.

Families can go to a local nursery and pick out plants together, or each family member can help plant seeds in the backyard to surprise mom on Mother's Day. A fun Mother's Day activity for the whole family is gardening. After breakfast in bed, get outside and enjoy creating the home garden mom has always dreamed of!

Buy her some pampering items for relaxing at home 

Create a nice gift basket full of mom's favorite things: a face mask, nail polish, hair care supplies, fuzzy slippers, silky pajama sets, a cozy blanket, a bubble bath, and a new book. It can be hard for mom to shop for herself and not the children, so why not gift her all of her favorite things this Mother's Day so she doesn't have to feel guilty about splurging on herself?

Visit a local winery for some wine tasting and outdoor exploration 

Family together in vineyard

Give mom a gift she'll love by arranging a wine-tasting outing at a local winery. Wineries offer a wonderful way to relax, enjoy some time in the great outdoors, and sip on some amazing drinks.

Some wineries are even family-friendly, meaning the kids can come along for the adventure. Spend time as a family picking out a winery to visit, perhaps indulging in some of mom's favorite foods at a nearby restaurant after the tasting. Wineries are often a perfect place to take a leisurely stroll as a family and take some adorable family photos to remember the occasion.

Book a private yoga session for mom 

If mom loves working out or attending fitness classes, try booking her a private yoga class at a local studio or getting her a membership for a virtual yoga class series.

Yoga classes are a great way to celebrate mom and show her that you care about her health and emotional well-being. Yoga is beneficial for the mind and body, allowing moms to relax, reconnect with their thoughts and feelings, and develop their own strength and endurance.

Let mom choose a local yoga studio, or the entire family can participate in a family-friendly yoga class together. The practice of yoga is a great form of self-care and brings a better sense of balance and peace in life.

Re-watch home videos together 

Family mother father and children watching projector, TV, movies

Watching videos of past vacations or just special occasions as a family can be a great way to bond and look back on fun times as a family. Mother's Day activities don't need to be expensive or complicated - just turn on some movies at home, or create a video montage of all mom's special moments over the past year.

Start a "book club" for mom and her friends 

A wonderful Mother's Day gift centers around an activity that moms truly enjoy. If moms enjoy reading, then there's no better way to celebrate her than creating a book club just for mom. It can be a mother-daughter book club, where you each pick out a book to read and discuss each month, or you can spend time arranging a group with some of her local friends.

The entire family can participate in creating the book club, by designing a comfy reading environment with pillows, throw blankets, highlighters, bookmarks, tea or coffee, and a nice sturdy bookcase to store all of those amazing reads.

Sign her up for a paint night or virtual paint night 

If mom loves arts and crafts, sign her up for a local paint night. Art classes are a great way to surprise mom with an activity she'll love. There are many locations and styles of classes all across the country, or there are even online classes that send the art materials right to your home. Any crafty mom will enjoy spending time relaxing, painting, and maybe sipping on a drink or two!

Sign her up for a flower arranging class 

Take it up a notch this Mother's Day. Instead of going to the store and buying mom a bouquet, sign her up for a flower arranging class. Flowers bring joy to everyone with their vibrance and scents, and moms everywhere can enjoy learning how to create beautiful arrangements to put on display in their home!

Plan a pampering spa day at home 

Cute mother and daughter sit together on bed in beauty masks patches at home

It's okay to celebrate Mother's Day right at home. The whole family can make sure mom feels pampered and relaxed by creating an at-home spa day just for her! Buy some fancy face masks, at-home manicure kits, fill a nice warm bath and include some bath bombs, light a candle, and get out her favorite robe or comfy pajamas.

Help mom feel extra special by giving her a few hours to herself! All moms deserve a break. You don't need fancy spa services or qualified estheticians to help moms feel loved - she can have a lovely afternoon or evening relaxing in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by luxurious skincare and bath products she can incorporate into her regular routine.

Give her a homemade Mother's Day card 

Daughter greeting mother

The best cards are the priceless ones that the children make themselves! Older children can write mom a special note with all the reasons why they love her. Babies and toddlers can enjoy doing handprint or footprint art, or finger painting, to create adorable cards to give to mom.

Mother's Day is a great day to spend time together as a family.

Whether it's browsing a local flea market, starting a mother-daughter book club, going to the zoo or farm, or enjoying some pampering at the salon or spa, Mother's Day is a time to celebrate mom, give her a break, and help her feel on top of the world!

Meet Our KeaMommy Contributor: Kaitlyn Torrez

I’m Kaitlyn Torrez, from the San Francisco Bay Area. I live with my husband and two children, Roman and Logan. I’m a former preschool teacher, currently enjoying being a stay at home mom. I love all things writing, coffee, and chocolate. In my free time, I enjoy reading, blogging, and working out.

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