Mother’s Day Activities for Moms and Kids in 2022

A mother’s love knows no bounds. She gives so much and asks so little that when her special day arrives, you’ll want to treat her to all she deserves. Kids and grandkids also want to join in the fun and show the moms in their life how much they love them. Get some wonderful ideas below for Mother’s Day activities that adults and kids alike will enjoy!

Mothers come in all types—the outdoorsy type, the posh, the lowkey, and the sentimental—but there are universally loved gifts and activities that take the stress out of planning Mother’s Day events and deliver a smile every time.

Pack a picnic

If the weather forecast cooperates, there’s no better way to appreciate life’s bounty than with fresh floral air and warm sunshine. Choose your favorite local park and pack up some delicious Mother’s Day treats and snacks. Consider bringing bikes, roller skates, a frisbee, or lawn games like bocce and bean bag toss to keep kids occupied. Set the ambiance with a blanket, picnic table linen, and a Bluetooth radio with mom’s favorite playlist pre-loaded.  

Take a hike

Love to cover new ground as a family? A hike offers an opportunity to create fresh new memories. Young children may not be up for long jaunts in the wilderness, so it’s best to choose a location with a lot of cool wildlife and stopping points along the way. Playgrounds are a bonus! is a helpful resource for finding new locations not far from home; here you’ll find helpful details on the length, difficulty, and terrain before you go. Bring along a scavenger hunt game like GoFindIt to encourage exploration—and don’t forget to pack drinks and trail-mix.   

Plant a garden

April showers bring May flowers. Add to the ambiance of your yard by planting flowers, a vegetable garden, or both. Marigolds will bring butterflies to your doorstep, while cherry tomatoes, beans, and cucumbers are fast and easy to grow. Kids love the opportunity to get a little dirty, especially if you set them up with kid-sized gardening gloves, aprons, sun hats, trowels, and watering cans. Consider gifting upgraded supplies for the gardening goddess herself. It is her special day, after all! Kickstart her collection with Mother’s Day plants like tulips, bougainvillea, or hydrangea. Indoor succulents also make a nice gift from nature that keeps giving year after year.

Indulge with a spa day

If you don’t have the budget or ability to book a spa day in advance, no worries. Any beauty supply store or big box retailer will carry face masks, nail polishes, scented lotions, and even bubbly portable foot spas. Add a few candles or incense and spa music in the background to set a calm mood. The kids can learn how to give a pedicure or be fellow patrons at the spa. The theme pairs nicely with a plush robe and decadent Mother’s Day chocolates.    

Plan a paint party

Creative moms and kids can enjoy a messy, fun day with all supplies provided and cleanup included. Craft stores sell canvases and acrylic paints or ready-to-go paint-by-number and paint party kits. Gift a painting apron decorated with the kids’ names and handprints. Pair with a bottle of wine or a mimosa to make it a paint-and-sip, which have become popular events in recent years. Spread out newspaper or consider painting outdoors to make cleanup a breeze. 

Make a custom gift basket

Putting together a custom gift basket can be a fun activity leading up to Mother’s Day. Each child can think of something special to add. If they need ideas, pitch general categories like a book, perfume, lotion, candles, or sweets. Ordering pre-made Mother’s Day gift baskets delivered right to your doorstep is another option that communicates how much you know and love her. 

Send her flowers

No matter what you choose to do to honor the Moms in your life, a thoughtful pre-planned gesture goes a long way. Flowers are a timeless gift every woman loves. With a special delivery, you’ll bring a beautiful surprise that brightens the day and provides a lasting centerpiece for the table that’ll have her feeling warm and fuzzy for weeks. Mother’s Day roses are the most traditional way to say “I love you,” but from seasonal daffodils and tulips, to lilies and orchids, to daisies and hydrangeas, there are countless colorful Mother’s Day flowers for the kids to choose.

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