Mother's day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 14. Are you trying to think of something to do with your mom for Mother's Day? I know as a mom, what's most important to me on Mother's Day is being with my two daughters Randi age 12 and Graci age 11. I know not everyone can be with their mom on Mother's Day, so if you aren't able see her give her a call or write her a letter. It's important to let them know you are thinking of them.
As a mom with two young girls, I usually decide and plan the day unless my husband surprises me with something. Since my mom and mother-law don't live too far away, we usually see them both over the Mother's Day weekend.
I know coming up with a plan for the day can sometimes be a challenge, so I thought I would share 11 fun ideas of things you can do with your kids this Mother's Day. I even found some free things you can do.
1- Go to church
Since it is on Sunday, I usually go to church with the family on Mother's Day. It's a great way to start the day off right.
2- Go out to a restaurant
A lot of restaurants cater to moms on Mother's Day and offer specials or discounts. Some even offer free meals for moms. Check the internet for Mother's Day specials in your area.
3- Go to the beach
We are so fortunate to live so close to so many beautiful beaches. It is free to go to the beach and it is so relaxing and stress free. I love going with my kids to the beach and they love it too. They enjoy the sand and looking for sea shells along the shore.
4- Go for a bike ride
Another fun idea is riding bikes on the trail. We have the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail which is 70 miles of a paved bicycle trail from St. Petersburg in the south all the way to Tarpon Springs in the north. Lately it's been so nice out and this is a great way to get your exercise in.
5- Go bowling
Right now kids can bowl two free games a day for free. You can sign up and get free passes from now and throughout the summer at Kids BowlFree. Log onto www.kidsbowlfree.com and register. The only thing you would need to pay for is shoes and the adults who bowl.
6- Have a picnic at the park
Picnics are always fun and if the weather is nice, why not take the family to the park and eat lunch.
7- Get a manicure or pedicure
This is one of my favorites to do with my girls. We don't do it often, so a special day like Mother's Day is a good day to splurge. I enjoy going with my mom too! I guess it's a girl thing.
8- Have a tea party
You can have a tea party at home with your kids or go out to one of the local tea rooms and have high tea which includes mini sandwiches and tasty treats.
9- Play games and sing karaoke
My kids love to play games like Pictionary with the family. It's fun and entertaining and the whole family can enjoy it. We also like singing karaoke. You can find apps on your phone or iPad for both Pictionary and karaoke.
10- Go to a theme park or museum
We have so many different theme parks and museums to choose from. Some of them offer Mother's Day discounts. In less than two hours you enjoy several theme parks including: Sea World, Disney World, Epcot, Universal or LegoLand. Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are less than an hour away along with Lowry Park Zoo. Locally we have museums like the Salvador Dali, Great Explorations and the Morean Arts Center to name a few.
11- Go to a local water park
It's May and most of the local water parks are open now. There's a new place called Splash Harbor Water Park on Indian Rocks Beach (399 2nd Street, Indian Rocks Beach.) Florida residents and students with id's get a discount. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices range from $18.95 per person to $24.95 per person. *Mom's get free admission with a child's admission.
There's also a great water park at the HighlandFamily Aquatic Center in Largo (13120 Vonn Road, Largo), which will have their grand re-opening to the public on Mother's Day weekend. They will be giving away free hot dogs and having contests on Sunday. They are open from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. It's $12 per family with maximum of five people with a Largo recreation card and $23 for a family without a recreation card.
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These are just a few ideas. It really depends what you enjoy doing with your kids. It's your day so do what you want to do. Sometimes just sitting and doing nothing can be a fantastic Mother's Day.
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Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Thank you for all you do all year!