Things To Do

Things to Do as a Family

Fun ways for your family to spend Mother's Day

After Mom has enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in bed and opened her presents, plan to spend some quality time together as a family. Mother's Day is the perfect time for some family fun. Plan for a slow-paced day - don't forget that it's supposed to be relaxing for Mom! Think about things she likes to do or the things she wishes she had time to do and make them happen for her. Here are just a few suggestions of things you can do together:

Take a hike - Get outside and enjoy some fresh air! Go for a family hike through a local national park or hit your favorite trails. Pack a picnic lunch and find somewhere shady to take a break.

Monkeying around - Zoos are a great place for families with young children to spend Mother's Day. Many zoos offer special Mother's Day programs where your kids can learn about animal mothers in the wild.

Work of art - Take Mom to an art gallery and spend the day soaking up some culture. Learn about the different paintings and sculptures by renting an audio tour or following a guide.

Life's a beach - If you live near the coast, take Mom to the beach for Mother's Day. Let her rest up and work on her tan while the kids play in the surf.

Work it out - While Mom's enjoying breakfast, have her write out a list of all the housework she does during the week or her wish list for home repairs. Send her off to the spa or park her on the couch with a good book and let the rest of the family tackle the list.

Movie madness - After a busy day, cuddle everyone up on the couch and pop in a movie that celebrates motherhood. Our top picks include:

  1. Stepmom
  2. Steel Magnolias
  3. The Joy Luck Club
  4. Terms of Endearment
  5. Stella
  6. Mask
  7. Not Without My Daughter
  8. Little Man Tate
  9. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  10. Baby Boom

Spending time with Mom on Mother's Day is one of the greatest gifts you can give, especially if you're grown up and moved out. Make sure you plan activities that you know she'll enjoy - is a Monster Truck rally really her style? Remember, Mother's Day festivities should mean a lot of relaxing and no extra work for Mom.

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