23 Fun Mother's Day Activities and Things to Do to Make Mom Feel Special

We rounded up the most creative ideas for what to do on Mother's Day—because the best gift you can give her is quality time together.

mothers day activities
Getty Images

Sure, Mother's Day gifts are always a nice surprise, but this holiday isn't about spending a ton of money—it's about spending quality time with one of the most important people in your life. Instead of (or in addition to) a flower delivery or a sweet message, treat Mom to a day that's all about her. Whether she likes to get out and explore or stay in and relax, our fun activities and ideas for things to do together will make this Mother's Day one she'll remember forever.

1 of 24
image
Ikaroo
Save These Ideas

Save these Mother's Day activity ideas by pinning this image, and follow Ikaroo on for more Mother's Day inspiration.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
2 of 24
mothers day activities dinner
Getty Images
Treat Her to a Meal Out

Everyone should get a break from cooking on Mom's special day. Whether it be breakfast or brunch, lunch or dinner, take Mom out for a meal at her favorite restaurant.

Get all the best Mother's Day deals.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
3 of 24
mothers day activities drinks
Getty Images
Host a Happy Hour at Home

Show off your bartending skills by making delicious drinks at home. If your mixing skills are minimal, just pop open a bottle of bubbly and get the celebration started!

Check out our favorite mimosa recipes.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
4 of 24
mothers day activities antiques
Getty Images
Go Antiquing

There's nothing more exciting for collectors than discovering a beautiful future heirloom. Take Mom to different antique stores around town and help her find some treasures.

Take a look at what expert collectors can't live without.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
5 of 24
mothers day activities breakfast
Getty Images
Serve Breakfast in Bed

Start off Mom's special day with a tray full of her favorite breakfast goodies delivered right to her bed. As she's enjoying her meal, clean up the kitchen to really impress her. She'll feel like a queen!

Make our best Mother's Day breakfast-in-bed recipes.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6 of 24
mothers day activities
Getty Images
Explore the Great Outdoors

Get outside and enjoy the fresh air with your mom leading the way. Whether you go for a long hike or a short walk, it will feel great to get up and get moving—especially before you enjoy plenty of Mother's Day desserts.

Shop our favorite hiking sandals for women.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
7 of 24
mothers day activities crafts
Getty Images
Craft Away the Day

Set up Mom's craft room with new supplies to surprise her and spend the day creating memories and art to last a lifetime.

Try these fun Mother's Day craft ideas.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
8 of 24
mothers day activities chicken fajitas
Brian Woodcock
Make Dinner Together

If Mom loves to cook, join her in the kitchen by making a delicious dinner together, like these chipotle chicken fajitas. If you really want to treat her, keep her out of the kitchen and treat her to a homemade meal—complete with a Mother's Day cake, of course!

Check out our quick and easy dinner recipes.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
9 of 24
mothers day activities road trip
Getty Images
Go on a Road Trip

Nothing is as therapeutic as the open road, and road trips are a great way to get away from the distractions of every day life. It's a time to have some heart-to-heart conversations or blast your favorite tunes.

Check out the best trips to take with your mom.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
10 of 24
mothers day activities picnic
Courtesy of Camilla Styles
Plan a Picnic

Skip the noisy, pricey restaurant and instead lay out a picnic in a quiet corner of the park. The beautiful outdoors, a loving family, and delicious food make for lasting memories.

See more at , and get our best picnic recipes.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
11 of 24
mothers day activities farmers market
Getty
Visit a Farmers' Market

If your mom enjoys fresh produce and local goodies, she'll love walking around a bustling farmers' market on a nice spring day. As she's enjoying the market, you can treat her to some last-minute Mother's Day flowers.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
12 of 24
mothers day activities
Brian Woodcock
Host a Brunch

Who wouldn't love waking up to the smell of a delicious brunch made just for you?! Recruit the rest of the family to help make a fabulous brunch spread that will be sure to impress your mom.

Get our favorite recipes for Mother's Day brunch.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
13 of 24
image
Tyler Joe
Set Up a Mimosa Bar

Mother's Day is about celebrating moms, and nothing says celebration like a mimosa bar. Invite the whole family over for a get-together and share memories over one (or two or three!) mimosas. Or, you can use this set-up for another type of cocktail if Mom has a particular favorite!

Get our mimosa bar tutorial.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
14 of 24
image
Rich Legg/iStock
Spend Time in Her Garden

Visit the local nursery and have mom pick out some new flowers or vegetables for her garden, then help her plant them with you get home. Pitch in with weeding or watering while you're at it—she'll appreciate the gesture.

See genius gardening accessories Mom needs.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
15 of 24
image
Getty
Schedule a Massage

Treat your hardworking mom to some well-deserved time with a massage therapist. She'll leave feeling completely rejuvenated.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
16 of 24
diy flower arrangement
Holly Wreford
Take a Flower Arranging Class Together

The only thing better than getting a bouquet of flowers is making your own! Spend some time together placing gorgeous blooms into creative arrangements by taking a class through a service like Alice's Table.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
17 of 24
image
Getty
Visit a Winery

If mom enjoys a glass of Merlot every night, consider scheduling a visit to your nearest vineyard for a day of sipping vino.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
18 of 24
image
Robin Stubbert
Throw a Tea Party

Mother's Day falls during that magical time of year when the weather is pleasantly warm (but not hot) and the trees and flowers are blooming once more, so why not move the party outside? A garden tea party is a special and elegant way to honor mom, and it's an excuse to make fancy finger sandwiches.

Get more ideas for a Mother's Day tea party.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
19 of 24
image
Getty
Go Strawberry Picking

Spring is the perfect time for strawberry picking, and chances are, there's a farm or orchard near you that will let your whole family come out and . Bring your camera and document all the fun berry-picking memories you'll make!

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
20 of 24
image
Brian Woodcock
Bake Something Together

If your love of baking comes from your mom, enjoy one of your favorite activities together by baking a gorgeous cake for the whole family to enjoy. We love this strawberry limeade cake with cream cheese frosting—and if you go berry picking too, you can even use those strawberries you collected.

Get more cake recipes for Mother's Day.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
21 of 24
image
Courtesy of Carissa Miss
Set Up a Scavenger Hunt

Hide a bunch of small gifts (under $5 each) around the house, then write riddles inside cards to lead her to their location. This is a fun activity that the little ones can help plan, too!

Get the tutorial at .

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
22 of 24
image
Getty
Take Her to a Movie

It sounds simple, but how often do you go out to watch a new movie with your mom? Share a bag of popcorn and enjoy talking about the film afterward.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
23 of 24
image
Getty
Go Horseback Riding

Most places that offer horseback riding have Mother's Day deals, so consider going for a country ride with mom.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
24 of 24
image
Getty
Treat Her to a Manicure

Freshly trimmed nails and a flawless new color will make her feel like a million bucks.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below