35 Awesome Mother's Day Activity Ideas You Can Still Pull Off While Social Distancing
Every year, you take your mom out for a prix-fixe brunch and then spend some quality time together at the nail salon to let her know how much you love and appreciate everything she does. And sure, those are lovely ways to show her how much you care but they may not be feasible in these social distancing times. This year, you're going to have to get a little more creative since we’re still in the middle of a pandemic and all celebrations have to take place as safely as possible.
Limited access doesn’t mean Mother’s Day has to be a snooze-fest, however. Surprise your favorite lady with one of these out-of-the-box Mother’s Day activity ideas instead. There are plenty to choose from, whether you’re looking for something to do after that Mother’s Day brunch or looking for something to complement that Mother’s Day gift set you got her. For the moms who love the Great Outdoors, why not do some gardening or hiking together? Or if your mom is more of a homebody, there are a ton of virtual activities she can get into from the comfort of her couch—from virtual wine tasting to touring an art gallery. (And here's another great idea: send this list to your partner and have them treat you.)
1. Indulge in some (online) retail therapy
Every mom has “a thing.” Whether it’s antiquing, ceramic frogs or cheesecake, treat your mom to an afternoon of online shopping and buy her something nice. It may not be quite the same as strolling around town together arm-in-arm and actually seeing the goods in person but these are strange times. Bonus points if you can order from small businesses who could really use your support right now.
2. THROW A MOVIE NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA
Your local cinema may be closed right now so bring the movie magic home to you. A lot of film studios are releasing their roster of flicks to rent earlier than expected so the selection has never been better. Or pick one of these heartwarming movies that celebrates parenthood. Heck, you could even make it a double-feature. Just make sure to let mom choose the films and the snacks.
3. GIVE HER A MANI-PEDI
There’s nothing like a little pampering to encourage mother-daughter bonding. Here's how to give her the best at-home pedicure plus the secret to shaping your nails like they do at the salon. And remember, it's OK if it doesn't look quite as flawless as a professional mani-pedi—this is about spending quality time together. (Besides, who's going to see it, anyway?)
5. OR GO ALL-IN WITH AN AT-HOME SPA DAY
When you can’t exactly book a session with your favorite masseuse or spring for a body wrap with a pro, it's time to take matters into our own hands. From scalp massages and hair treatments to foot masks and facial steamers, here are ten genius home spa treatment ideas to try.
6. CHECK OUT AN ART GALLERY OR A MUSEUM
Virtually, of course. Due to COVID-19, museums around the world have shut their doors to visitors but thankfully, many of them have provided those of us stuck indoors with a way to still get our necessary doses of culture. Here are ten museums you can currently check out online thanks to Google's Arts & Culture platform (including the Guggenheim museum in New York, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the Palace of Versailles in France). We're also very into these Los Angeles virtual museums. Look at you, being all cultural.
7. OR AN AQUARIUM
Looking for something fun to do with your kids? Check out these virtual museum tours for children including a mesmerizing look at The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live web cams (the penguin cam is beyond adorable).
8. GET CRAFTY
Jewelry, tote bags, candles...there’s a DIY project that has your mom’s name all over it. Make something together or gift her one of these art subscription boxes and let her creative juices flow. (Either way, the finished product will be so much better than that macaroni necklace you made her in the first grade.)
9. HOST YOUR OWN SIP AND PAINT CLASS
While you may not be able to head to an art studio near you for a wine and painting event right now, you can bring the same creative fun to you by ordering some art supplies online and opening a bottle of your finest Chardonnay. Pick a subject (like the fruit bowl on your kitchen counter or your dad lounging on the sofa) and start painting. Just don’t expect your mom to hang your work of art on the fridge, OK?
10. ENJOY A VIRTUAL WINE TASTING
In the age of being homebound, Inman Family Wines is “putting the social in social distancing” and introducing a new virtual wine tasting that benefits a great cause. Owner of Sonoma County, California’s Russian River Valley winery, Kathleen Inman, is bringing her expertise to wine enthusiasts across the country with four new wine tasting packages. You can order a trio of rosé ($84), pinot noir ($189), sparkling wine ($214) or a mixture of “fan favorites” ($154) from the Inman Family Wines website and then schedule a “Meet the Maker” Happy Hour session online. Cheers.
11. TAKE A WORKOUT CLASS
The mother-daughter duo that sweats together, um, makes post-workout smoothies together? Stretch it out with a yoga class, get your heart rate up with something more intense like a spin class or work out those biceps.
12. BREAKFAST IN BED
From baked tiramisu French toast to asparagus and brie puffed pastry with thyme honey, here are 40 elegant Mother's Day brunch ideas that will make her morning.
13. GARDEN TOGETHER
Order supplies online beforehand and then spend the day potting, planting and pruning.
14. HOST A PICNIC
Pack an alfresco feast (think: cheese, fruit and sandwiches) and pick out a prime spot in your backyard (or driveway or front stoop) for a relaxing and delicious afternoon.
16. ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS (IF YOU CAN)
Unless your government officials have advised otherwise, it’s the perfect season for hiking, cycling or kayaking. (Just remember to practice the rules of social distancing.)
18. ORGANIZE YOUR FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM
Your mom is always trying to get everyone together for a family snap. Do the work for her this year and print out all those family photos you have on your phone (use an online service like Shutterfly) and put them in an album. Aren't you thoughtful?
20. SET UP A VIRTUAL PARTY
Whether she's technologically-savvy or not, she'll appreciate all the effort you went through to gather her nearest and dearest together for an online hangout using a video chat service like Zoom or Google Hangouts. Or organize a virtual game night with an app like Houseparty.
21. MAKE SOMETHING SWEET TOGETHER
Sachertorte chocolate apricot cake with dark chocolate ganache? Don't mind if we do. That and 29 more Mother's Day dessert ideas right this way.
22. GIVE HER A TAROT CARD READING
Help her answer a specific question in her life or make a decision she's been grappling with by giving her a quick glimpse into the future, thanks to the power of the cards. Here's everything you need to know about tarot for beginners.
23. SOLVE A PUZZLE
Here are five of our favorites.
24. TURN YOUR LIVING ROOM INTO A KARAOKE BAR
Channel your inner Celine Dion and belt out some classics. Keep it low-key with a Spotify playlist and some spatulas for microphones or go all out with an at-home karaoke system.
25. SET UP A SCAVENGER HUNT SHE'LL LOVE
This one's great for getting the kids involved. Create a list of activities to do (think: organize all the books in the shelf or record a video of you singing a song about mom) and then split the family up into teams. The winners get first pick at the ice cream sundae bar.
26. PLAN A PHOTOSHOOT AT HOME
What better way to make your mom feel special than giving her a reason to get glammed up at home? There are so many creative ways to do a photoshoot at home without having to buy expensive materials (think: You can utilize your backyard, choose a colorful shower curtain or even get crafty with your bedsheets).
28. START OR JOIN A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB
Perhaps there’s series of books you and your mom were both fond of back in the day and you just haven’t had the chance to revisit them (hello, The Thorn Birds). Well, consider this Mother’s Day an opportunity to find those pieces of literature that connected you and start your very own mother-daughter book club (or join one of these online book clubs).
29. HOST A VIRTUAL BRUNCH
Outdoor dining may be open in some areas, but you can play it safe by hosting a ladies’ brunch virtually. That way, your mom can still get some risk-free, quality time with her gal pals. Bonus points if you organize the entire event as a surprise.
30. PLAN A SMALL BACKYARD BARBERCUE
Making sure your safety is at the forefront, you can plan a small get together for your mom and the people who are in your quarantine pod. Here are some BBQ menu ideas to get you started.
32. GIVE HER THAT AT-HOME SALON TREATMENT
So, your mother can’t go to the salon and chop it up with her favorite hairdresser this year. That doesn’t mean we put the kibosh on her signature style though. You can give her a simple trim or check out these highly recommended blow dryers if you’re looking to give her hair some new bounce. For the natural mamas out there, you can offer up these natural hairstyles and see which she’ll go for.
33. MAKE A CHARCUTERIE BOARD
Charcuterie boards have been all the rage, so why not put your favorite lady onto one of the latest trends. The best part is, there is a wide variety of boards you can make depending on her taste. If she’s not into meats and cheeses, well, you can create a fruicuterie board packed with her favorite fruit. If she has a sweet tooth, you can create a board whose main stars are decadent chocolates. Either way, nom nom.
34. THROW A PAJAMA PARTY
The best part about throwing a pajama party is that you can do it no matter what age you are and no matter where you fall in the mother-daughter scenario. Take things up a notch by making it a themed party like a Mean Girls party or 70’s disco night, or keep it simple by buying your mom a special PJ set (we like this cozy pick from Nordstrom).
35.CREATE A HOME VIDEO
We are living in unprecedented times and making memories is important now more than ever. Capture your favorite lady in a setting of her choice and get her to reveal some things you may not already know about her (like if she ever got grounded as a kid or what surprised her the most about being a mom).