Here are five tailor-made Mother’s Day activities that show Mom you get her, you really get her! The planning and prep ahead of time can be a fun weekend activity for Dads and kids as well. If your special Mom isn’t on our list, simply tailor a similar activity to her favorite hobby or passion.
P.S. Yes, you still have to make her breakfast in bed.
Check the dollar symbols at the end of each idea. FREE means you can do it for nothing, one $ involves some modest expense, and $$ means you should be willing to splurge a bit.
Map out a scenic bike route that the whole family can do. Bring a picnic with your special Mom’s favorite foods and lots of water. Make a mix of her favorite songs to play during the meal. Or you can serenade her yourselves if you are so inclined. $
Before the big day, take the kids to Mom’s favorite LYS (that’s fiber fan jargon for Local Yarn Store). Ask for the bargain bin if you’re on a budget. Let everyone pick a few skeins so you have at least a half dozen or so. Put the yarn in a basket or tote bag and tie a bow on the handle. To sweeten things up, toss in a glitzy crafts magazine or some chocolates. $-$$
Clean out a space in the garage or basement and purchase a small workbench to help Mom stay organized. Plan time with the kids to assemble the unit well ahead of the day, or see if the store offers assembly service. We know she’s handy, but don’t give it to her in the box and make her set it up. $$
Start a backyard compost pile. You’ll be amazed how many kinds of household and yard waste magically turn into high octane organic fertilizer for Mom to use later in the summer. You don’t need anything fancy — a simple wire enclosure or even a loose pile of sufficient mass will work just fine as the weather warms up. Note: If you are careful to compost only recommended materials and turn the pile weekly, it won’t smell. Of course, the neighbors might still hate you for having the biggest veggies on the block. FREE-$
Before the big day, check the listings of local musical performances. Get tickets for something Mom would love, even if it’s not the rest of the family’s cup of tea: perhaps a classical violin recital, folk concert or amateur Broadway musical. Just to be clear: the rest of the family has to attend the performance — you can’t drop her off and head for the mall. FREE-$$
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