9 Fun Mother’s Day Activities She Will Love

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While it’s easy to reach for flowers, champagne and gift baskets, Mum will love it if you surprise her with an outing or activity – something special to warm her heart. Luckily there are endless Mother’s Day activities you can do with your mum to bond.

Some Mothers Day activities might stretch the budget, but the trick lies in finding something she will love doing.

We’ve pulled together nine awesome ideas she she sure to adore.

Just tell her which day to set aside and then treat her like royalty with a special Mother’s Day activity!

And remember it’s her day – not a day of taking care of kids or grandkids – so if the activity is all about her be sure to find someone to take care of the little ones. All of your attention can then be on Mum.

1. Plant flowers together

If Mum keeps talking about setting up some flower pots or a herb garden, a wonderful Mother’s Day gift could involve buying flower seeds or herb saplings. Then, you can spend the day plotting and planting floral beauties or edible delights.

This is a Mother’s Day gift that will keep on giving, a wonderful symbol of how much she means to you and a talking point for years to come.

Mothers Day Activities - Plant Flowers

2. Treat Mum to a personal photo shoot

Sure you can gift Mum a professional portrait photography shoot, but often some of the best shots are candid rather than cultured.

Grab your camera, your Mum and some props! Enjoy a little time being silly and posing for your own, personal indoor and outdoor photo shoot.

Then sit down together in front of the computer and create an epic Canvas Collage featuring all the best pictures from the day.

Learn how to make a collage or shop our Canvas Collages now.

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3. Plan the perfect picnic

Invite Mum to a Mother’s Day picnic she’ll never forget. The perfect picnic means stepping it up; think French champagne, gourmet deli treats or a delicious high tea.

Aside from the food, this idea is all about spending quality time outdoors. Sure, her children or grandchildren might like to come along, but the focus must be squarely focused on Mum.

Take her to her favourite place – a park, the forest or by the beach – then tell her to relax while you lay out a beautiful blanket, picnic chair, cushions and picnic basket full of goodies to make Mum feel truly special.

Mothers Day Activities - Picnic

4. Take Mum to brunch

Sometimes the best Mother’s Day activities are the simplest. Taking Mum to brunch is an oldie but a goodie for a reason.

Choose her favourite restaurant or, if she’s a little more adventurous, find somewhere new and fancy with an eclectic menu and lovely atmosphere.

If you love to entertain then stay at home and cook a delicious spread full of foods she loves. Croissants? Strawberries? Eggs Benedict? The options are endless.

Mothers Day Activities - Brunch

5. Organise a craft-a-noon tea

Get your girlfriends together and invite all your Mums along to a Mother’s Day craft-a-noon tea. It may be something you do simply for fun or it could be a way to raise money for a good cause.

Anything goes at a craft-a-noon, so whether it’s painting, drawing, scrapbooking or making bath salts, flower petal soap, bookmarks, candles or crafty bouquets, you can partake in whichever activity you like!

Ask Mum to bring along her latest project or find out what she’d like to learn or create.

Mothers Day Activities - Crafts

6. Attend a cooking class

If Mum loves to cook (and even if she doesn’t!), a cooking class is a brilliant opportunity to:

  1. Get out of the house,
  2. Learn to cook something new and delicious, and
  3. Eat delicious treats!

Choose a cuisine or style of cooking you know she loves, but may not have mastered yet. It could be pasta making, chocolate making, Thai, Vietnamese or vegetarian.

There are a plethora of cooking classes around, so find somewhere local where Mum can enjoy the smells, sounds and tastes of yummy food.

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7. Host a DIY wine tasting party

Let’s face it; what could be more fun than tasting wine? Think outside the traditional winery tour and try a DIY wine tasting party at home!

The awesome thing about this event is that no-one needs to be designated driver, something all Mums will definitely appreciate.

Bring a group of Mums together to enjoy a sophisticated range of wines, some delicious cheeses and lots of laughs.

Mothers Day Activities - Wine Tasting

8. Enjoy the great outdoors

Does your Mum love adventure? Is there a hobby she loves doing, but rarely gets the chance?

Set aside a day where Mum can enjoy the great outdoors. Beat the Mother’s Day lunchtime crowds and escape to the country, the mountains or the seaside where she can relish in a day of hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding or cycling.

Mothers Day Activities - Outdoor Adventure

9. Host a fun spa party

This is a great one for the girls. Get Mum a beautiful spa voucher, where she can relax, rewind and rejuvenate.

Or, if you can’t afford to buy Mum a day at a luxury spa, simply bring the spa to Mum!

Transform her home (or yours) into a relaxing oasis complete with facial masks, manicure sets, conditioning treatments and group massages.

It’s super easy to organise, cost-effective and fun.

Mothers Day Activities - Spa Party

We hope these fun Mother’s Day activities can help you to mix things up this Mother’s Day. After all, activities are a great way to bond and spend some quality time with the family.

Top the day off with the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Check out our most unique Mother’s Day gift ideas here.


Eli is Canvas Factory's resident blogger and social media buff. She has a passion for art, craft, design, fashion and photography. She loves to explore the joys and challenges of family life, relationships, motherhood and pet ownership. Eli finds it's more funny to poke fun at herself than others. She's travelled extensively and considers herself a citizen of the world.

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