Sometimes a little change of scenery can do wonders for us all. So, instead of just celebrating mom inside this year, get outside and soak up the sun this Mother’s Day! Here are three outdoor activities that you can do with mom on Mother’s Day to make her day extra special.
Family Bike Ride
Start Mother’s Day morning with a family bike ride. You can go for a bike ride around your neighborhood, or go to mom’s favorite scenic spot and then cycle around there. After you’ve all worked up an appetite, take mom back home and surprise her with an outdoor brunch in the backyard. Set the mood by purchasing mom’s favorite flowers from the local florist, or by making a bouquet yourself using flowers from your garden. After you give mom the Mother’s Day flowers as a gift, place them in a vase or a mason jar and use them as a centerpiece. Then serve mom eggs Benedict, French toast, or whatever her favorite brunch food is.
After brunch, you can do a Mother’s Day scavenger hunt in the backyard to show mom some more love, while having good family fun at the same time. To complete the scavenger hunt, you’ll need to search the backyard for clue bags that contain a special task. Then your entire family will have to work together to complete the task before you can move on to the next clue. Or, if mom’s an avid gardener, you can head out to the local nursery after brunch and let her pick out new plants, flowers, and flower pots. Then when you get back home, you can all plant together outside. This is a great outdoor family activity, especially for moms with a green thumb.
And for those of you who aren’t necessarily morning people, you can take a bike ride to mom’s favorite store in town later in the day. Then let her walk around the store and enjoy her shopping experience. Bonus points if you buy her a great gift from her favorite store for Mother’s Day! But the most important thing is that she’s with her loved ones on Mother’s Day, and that’s priceless.
Mother’s Day Hike
If you have an outdoorsy mom, take her on a Mother’s Day hike so you can enjoy nature together. When you’re about to start hiking the trail, have her shut her phone off, and turn yours off, as well. This will allow both of you to take in the sights and sounds, and also catch up without any distractions. OK fine, you can snap a few photos together on the hike so you’ll have some photographic proof of the special day. But after that, turn your phones off so you can have uninterrupted, quality time together.
And if your mom enjoys being outside, but isn’t really up for hiking this year, plan a picnic with a view instead. Take her somewhere special, maybe a place that brings back a lot of fond memories for you both, and treat her to a delicious meal. And yes, you should turn off your phones during the picnic, too. Just after you take some selfies and pictures of the picnic spread, of course.
A Beach Trip
For the mother who’s an early riser, take her to the beach so you can watch the sunrise together. Yes, this means that you’ll have to wake up early yourself, but think about how happy it’ll make your mom on Mother’s Day. After you watch the sunrise, you can go get breakfast together, and drink some (probably) much-needed coffee.
On the other hand, if you and your family usually get up and moving later in the day on Sundays, head to the beach after you wake up. While the water probably won’t be warm enough to swim in yet, there are still lots of other ways that you can have fun at the beach. You can have a family sandcastle building contest, play volleyball together, or just relax and watch the waves. Make sure that you stay long enough to see the sunset at the beach, too. Then continue celebrating mom after your family beach trip by taking her out to dinner at her favorite waterfront restaurant nearby.