Mother’s Day is just around the corner. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Internet is saturated with ideas on how to celebrate Mother’s Day. Unfortunately, most of them tend to be geared towards older mothers and their adult children. What about new moms – those with babies, toddlers, and small children?
After all, signing up for a wine and art class or taking a road trip isn’t always feasible when your little one is 2 or 3 years old! If you’re looking for some ideas on celebrating this special day with the entire family, read on.
Go out and Enjoy
Excited about going somewhere for Mother’s Day? Maybe you need a breath of fresh air or just haven’t been out of the house for a while. Whether you’re working or stay-at-home mom, everyone needs a break from the daily routine once in a while. Some of these ideas may require advance planning or even reservations. For others, not so much.
Spa Day: Mother/Daughter day
This is one of the most popular ideas floating around on social media. Why not make a special trip with your daughter and mother at the same time? All three generations get to spend some quality time with each other. Your child may not be old enough for many treatments but even young girls will appreciate getting their nails painted just like mom!
Take a Road Trip
A road trip doesn’t have to be a long one to be enjoyable. You don’t have to go very far either. Depending on your children’s ages, even a day trip counts. Take the day to visit a favorite location like the zoo, a park or local children’s museum.
Go For a Picnic
With summer just around the corner, a picnic at your local park or even the beach is a great idea. Pack some snacks, grab a towel, and some sunscreen. This is one activity you don’t have to schedule in advance or spend a lot of money on. Grab some toys for the kids, a relaxing book or two for yourself and you’re all set.
Arts and Craft Classes
Sign up for an art or craft session geared towards young kids. Find an activity that both you and your kids love or wanted to try. Can be anything from painting, card making, or even pottery. You’ll make a mess but who cares? It’s Mother’s Day!
How about a Movie?
If your children are old enough, a movie is a good idea. Go for one of the earlier showings like the matinee. It’s likely to be less crowded than the ones in the evening. You’ll also find families with other children around.
Or Stay in for the Day
Had a busy week and just want to stay home? There are plenty of things you can do with your kids right at home. Staying at home means you don’t have to pack anything. There are a lot of fun things you can do with items around the house.
Read Some Books Together
Gather everyone around – including grandma and maybe even a few cousins or friends. Read a beloved favorite out loud. Get grandma to read a childhood favorite of your own. If you have a large group, you can even act out the story for a fun time!
Redeem Some Coupons
Mother’s Day weekend is a good time to catch up on hugs, cuddles, and kisses in the family. Create a fun schedule for the kids with silly things to do like ‘run around the living room and hug mom at noon’ or ‘spin until you’re dizzy and kiss everyone younger than you at 2 pm.’ The sillier the action, the better!
Create Something Together
What do you and your kids like to do together but don’t have the time for? Use this weekend to bake some cookies, color in some books or make a fun crafty project. Make some pancakes or waffles and have breakfast in bed with your kids. If you have a backyard, now is the best time to have a tea party. Invite your neighbors or friends and enjoy a fun time with kids and stuffed toys. It’s guaranteed to bring back images of your own childhood parties!
For another fun activity, especially if your kids are really young, is to take some foot and handprints. Fill a suitable sized tub with non-toxic paint and roll out a large paper banner. Have everyone dip their feet and hands in the paint and make their prints. You can even do this every year and see just how much your little ones have grown!
Remember that the point of this holiday is to spend some quality time with loved ones. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or make elaborate plans. All that matters is that your family should have fun together.