This article first appeared on Active Beat.
Most everyone likes to celebrate everything their mom does for them on Mother’s Day – so why not include the whole family in the festivities?
Sure, you could send mom off to a spa for some relaxation, but you could also round up the kids for some quality time together – after all, a lot of what moms do is for the love of family, so spending more time together is never a bad thing. Here are seven ideas for family-friendly Mother’s Day activities…
1. Make a Healthy Brunch Together
So maybe mom is still slumbering away on her special day, and that’s okay – you and the kids can take over this task. Health.com has a number of Mother’s Day brunch recipes that mom will surely appreciate, whether she helps prepare it or enjoys it in bed.
Some of the suggestions include cranberry citrus muffins, whole-wheat blueberry pancakes, melon salad, or a spinach and pear salad. There are also a few more “sinful” choices on the list, but you could save those as a dessert for later in the day.
2. Take a ‘Trip,’ and have a Picnic
Parents.com suggests rounding up some croissants and fruits (add more to the menu as you wish) and pretending you’re taking a family trip to Paris (or any city your heart desires).
You could put a checkered tablecloth for the dining room table to create that Parisian mood, or better yet, find a nice, peaceful spot outdoors where your kids can play while you enjoy the fruits of your labors. The source even suggests taking it a step further by teaching your kids a few basic French words and put on some music reminiscent of that country for added authenticity.
3. Plan a Scavenger Hunt
RealSimple.com says you can make Mother’s Day a bit more interesting by leading your mom around her favorite sites with a fun scavenger hunt. Each destination – “a coffee shop, a café for lunch, the spot in the park where she takes a morning run, or even under her pillow at home” – offers a note of appreciation from various family members.
Mom gets to enjoy all of her favorite places in the company of her family, and the kids get involved by writing notes about why they love and appreciate their mom. It’ll be something she can keep and look back on when the kids are older.
4. Make Art Together
What better way to express your feelings for mom than through art? SheKnows.com suggests have a family art party where each family member’s outline is traced onto wide paper (like butcher’s paper), and then everyone gets a chance to decorate them.
“Be creative: give yourself glittery hair, cut up old clothes and use the fabric to dress your portrait, cut images from magazines that represent things you like or admire or want to embody,” suggests the source. Or, you could have each member of the family choose someone to decorate, so you have their version of how they see you.
5. Go for a Hike or Walk Outdoors
Spending time together as family outdoors is special and educational. Getting fresh air, exploring the outdoors and feeling grounded will bring everyone together and is a great way to celebrate Mom.
Pack your bags, grab your walking sticks and make new memories together on your favorite trail – or find a new one and start a tradition.
6. Have a Lip-Synch Competition
Listening to music together as a family is great, but what if you take it to the next level on Mother’s Day – with a lip-synch competition! Have each family member pick his or her song of choice, and then perform it as the original singer would without making a sound.
This can also work for toddlers (mimicking their favorite children’s entertainers), notes Parents.com. You can cheer each other on and rate the performances based on how much each family member nailed the impression of the singer. Mom will end up winning no matter what the score is.
7. Plant a Garden Together
You may give your mom (or wife) flowers on Mother’s Day, but you can also get the kids involved and plant some flowers in the yard that will grow for years to come. Being outside and planting flowers is a great way to get fresh air while kids learn about gardening.
Better Homes & Gardens has some tips about creating a “winning garden” that incorporates elements for all ages (such as adding a sandbox for kids). Whatever you choose to put in your family garden, mom can remember her special day whenever she looks outside and sees the flowers in bloom.