10 Unique Ideas for Mother’s Day Activities

If you’re searching for nontraditional and unique mother’s day activities you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s be honest – most of your typical mother’s day activities are neither fun nor relaxing.

Breakfast-in-bed is messy. BBQs mean tons of cooking, prep, and clean up. 

This year treat yourself to a not-so-traditional mother’s day that’s fun and catered to you. 

Here are some of the best ideas to get you started:

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1 |  All-Inclusive Picnic 

For many moms, picnics can mean a lot of work. There’s the location-scouting, planning, packing, list double-checking…

But picnics can also be fun and one of the best mother’s day activities! Make it easy on yourself this year and order a prepackaged picnic basket

Harry & David make some great, non-perishable options so you don’t have to worry about refrigeration. Just add some bottles of water (or wine!) and you’re good to go. 

For a more hearty meal, check out some local businesses for prepackaged picnic baskets. Many wineries, restaurants, and catering companies offer these around Mother’s Day. 

Virtual Cooking Class

2 |  Wake Up Early 

While the idea of sleeping in sounds nice in theory, it’s not always practical for moms. 

My husband can sleep through the deafening sounds of our daily morning-kid-avalanche, but I wake up at the slightest whimper. This usually means mom is lying in bed, squeezing her eyes shut, and forcefully willing herself to go back back to sleep and relax. 

So instead of sleeping in, start off your mother’s day activities by inviting everyone to wake up early. Clear your morning schedule and enjoy those early hours together as a family.

Cook breakfast, do dishes, play family games – whatever feels right. Just make sure someone is there to help with the kiddos, if possible, so the least amount of stress possible is on mom. 

3 |  Hiking 

Physical activities aren’t usually on top of the list for typical mother’s day activities – but it should be!  

Getting outside is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air – for both mom and kids. 

To make it as easy as possible on mom, have someone else be responsible for packing (sunscreen, hats, jackets, water bottles, etc) and holding the backpack. 

Make sure you take a deep breath and soak in all those beautiful sights and sounds that nature has to offer! 

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4 |  Girl’s Day

Take advantage of your special day and celebrate with other moms! 

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Wine and Paint 
  • Spa Day
  • Bartending Class
  • Movie Marathon
  • Tea Party
  • Board Games and Puzzles
  • Karaoke
  • Yoga Class
  • Psychic Readings 

In terms of childcare, do what feels right. Maybe you’ll pick an activity that offers babysitting on the premises. Another option is everyone pitching in together to hire a joint sitter, or even having partners hang out to watch the kids. 

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5 |  Ice Cream for Dinner 

Allowing yourself to relax and not worry about the rules can be one of the best mother’s day activities. 

Be the fun mom and have waffles with ice cream for dinner. Don’t forget the hot fudge, strawberries, and whipped cream!

Family friendly escape room

6 |  Escape Room 

Reserve a time at a nearby kid-friendly escape room for a unique idea that’s fun for the whole family! 

For larger rooms, team up with another family to increase your chances of victory. 

Be warned, these are extremely fun and addictive.

7 |  Virtual Cooking Class 

Take the stress out of planning dinner with a virtual guided cooking class. 

They make it super easy – the service will tell you exactly what ingredients to buy, what equipment to have on hand, and how much time you’ll need to prepare. 

Just decide if you want to do it by yourself, with friends (virtually or in-person), or with your kids and partner. 

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8 |  Make a Family Photo Album

This idea takes a little planning, but can be one of the most special and heartwarming mother’s day activities. 

A week or so before the big day, go back through old photos from the previous year and have them printed. Be sure to also buy a cute photo album, fun stickers, and other scrapbooking accessories ahead of time. 

On mother’s day, get the whole family together to assemble the album. Everyone can take a few pages to have it ready in no time. You’ll have fun exploring your creative side and reminiscing over fun memories. 

9 |  Give Back 

Bond as a family or with your mom friends to give back to your community on mother’s day. 

Bake cookies for your neighborhood fire station, go through the house for items to donate to your local shelters, send letters to seniors in nursing homes, or volunteer at a food pantry. 

10 |  Family Chores 

Take advantage of the fact that YOU pick the activity on mother’s day and plan a day of chores. You know, the chores you love but your kids usually whine about and you never get to do.

Nothing makes me happier than walking in to see clean bedrooms, laundry all put away, or a freshly purged toy room. 

Little helpers are the perfect height for cleaning baseboards. Or get some fun mop slippers and let them go to town on the floors. 

Personally, I especially love getting outdoor chores done. Mother’s day comes at the perfect time for planting flowers and mulching! 

Are you planning any fun and unique mother’s day activities for this year?

Let me know about them in the comments. I’m always looking for more ideas! 


About Author


Hi, I’m Jo!

I have two small children, Ry and Lily, only 19 months apart. It’s usually crazy around my house, but thankfully my wonderful husband is around a ton and helps keep the peace.

I also own my own business and work full-time. I’d love to list all these amazing hobbies I have, but honestly I can barely handle keeping the kids entertained, the house clean, and food on the table. Although on days I’m too tired to do housework, I love to pour a glass of wine and watch Supernatural or Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix.

My husband and I like to stay very busy and drag our kids everywhere with us. Weekends often include relaxing at wineries, festivals, exploring Washington D.C. and other short getaway trips.

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