Celebrating Mother’s Day when you have little kids can be lot’s of fun. These activities are a great way for moms little ones to make her day extra special.
How To Celebrate Mother’s Day with Toddlers
If you want to know the perfect gift for Mother’s Day then the most important thing you should do is talk to mom. Some moms prefer time alone and some moms want to spend the entire day with family members. Everyone approaches holiday’s a little bit differently and you might find that you are surprised by what would mean the most to the mother you are want to celebrate.
The biggest take away is to be sure and ask mama what would be the most meaningful way for her to spend Mother’s Day. This is one of the best ways to make sure mom gets a great gift and a very happy Mother’s Day.
Once you have a good idea of the kinds of activities she likes you’ll be better prepared to choose something from this list of the best ideas for Mother’s Day with younger kids.
Fun Ideas For The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift
1. Leave Mom Home Alone
Round up the whole family, minus mom, and leave the house. Your happy hooligans can have a fun day at the park while mom gets to spend some time in an empty, and quiet, house all by herself.
2. Have An At Home Spa Day
A great idea whether you have younger children, older kids, or both. Pamper mom with a spa day at home complete with manicures, massages, and facials.
3. Schedule A Real Spa Day
Moms of all types can do with a little pampering as a thank you for all the hard work they do. Book mom a date at a spa to relax.
4. Go For A Hike
If mom loves to be outdoors then a hike can be a fun activity. Kids of all ages can enjoy the outdoors and possibly get nice and worn out before nap time.
5. Go To Brunch
Brunch is a popular choice for celebrating mother’s day. If mom is a fan of breakfast food and mimosa’s then this is the perfect time to take her to brunch.
6. Serve Breakfast In Bed
Your youngest kids will need some help preparing this one but it can be a real treat for mom. Make sure the kitchen gets cleaned up after breakfast is served though! It’s not as nice of a gift if mom is left with a disaster to clean up.
7. Hire A Cleaning Service
Speaking of cleaning up consider hiring a cleaning service to come do a deep clean of your house. Mom works so hard to keep everything running smoothly so she might appreciate having someone else do all the scrubbing.
8. Plan A Picnic
A picnic can be such a sweet gift for mom. For one thing all the crumbs are left outside and that might be reason enough to eat outside.
9. Volunteer At A Local Non-Profit
What better way to celebrate mom and teach your kids the value in helping others. If mom has a favorite charity or cause arrange a time for everyone to spend an afternoon volunteering.
10. Lock Mom In Her Craft Room
This might be one of my favorites! A crafty morning all to myself to get cozy with my sewing machine and indulge my creative side? Yes please! In fact, please feel free to message my husband and tell him about this fantastic gift idea.
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11. Schedule A Dinner Date For Mom And Her Best Friend
Moms of little kids notoriously do not have much of a social life. Arrange a date for mom and her bestie to share a meal together. She will love this special time to catch up with a friend.
12. Let Mom Sleep In
Mom are the most wonderful women in the world. They are also quite possibly the most sleep deprived. Turn off that alarm and let mom get some well earned shut eye.
13. Have A Cookout
This can be a pretty simple project but a very fun one. Fire up the grill and host a cookout for either the extended family or just your household. Either way it is sure to be a fun time.
14. Reminisce On Old Photos And Home Movies
One of the best mother’s day gifts I ever received was a beautiful picture frame with one of my favorite family photos. I take advantage of any chance to look back on photos and videos of when my toddlers were babies. Okay if we are being honest I can get misty eyed over just looking back to last week. They grow up so fast!
15. Go Camping
I have a few friends who would be thrilled to death if their husbands arranged a camping trip. If the mom in your life enjoys camping and being outdoors then consider putting together a camping trip for her.
16. Try A New Recipe
This may result in a messy little monster if your toddler or young kids are helping out but that might just be part of the fun. Personally, I am thinking our family should try to make sushi but if raw fish is not your thing then any recipe would work. Cooking and baking together is a great way to make memories.
17. Head To The Lake
Whether you want to swim, fish, lounge in a boat, or all of the above then the lake could be the ideal location for you. I grew up on the lake and look forward to making those memories with my kids as well.
18. Take Mom To Her Favorite Store
Hobby Lobby. JoAnn’s. The local quilt store. Half Priced Books. Michael’s. I mean whatever makes mom smile then that is the place to be!
19. Send Mom To A Coffee Shop To Read
To be honest the only thing I want to say about this option is… Yes, Please! A cozy coffee shop with book and not a sticky finger in sight. That will fill up my bucket every time.
20. Take A Walk Together
I absolutely love going for family walks. No phones allowed! We load the kids up into the wagon, grab the dogs leash, and head out. I am so fortunate to live less than a block away from a gorgeous park with a beautiful trail. I enjoy seeing how the trees and plants change throughout the seasons and just spending some quality time talking to the people I love the most.
How To Celebrate Mother’s Day With Toddlers
21. Buy Mom Supplies For Her Favorite Hobby
If you aren’t sure exactly what to get you could ask or just opt for a gift card. You can also take a page out of my mother in laws book. For Christmas this past year she determinedly asked several customers at a local fabric store if they quilted until she found, I’m not kidding, an extremely popular and award-winning quilter. Only her! She’s amazing like that. My mother in law then had the most qualified helper to pick out my Christmas gift ever!! To be honest I am a novice quilter and still cannot believe I have a small fabric stash picked out by one of the best.
22. Have The Kids Make An Easy Mother’s Day Craft
Go to Pinterest and just search for “easy mothers day crafts” then prepare to be overwhelmed with so many amazing options. The bonus of fun mother’s day crafts is that so many of them work on fine motor skills. It’s two birds with one stone! You get a thoughtful homemade gift and your little one is practicing some great skills.
23. Go To The Zoo
We took a zoo trip recently and it was such a hit. I loved it. The kids loved it. My husband loved it. I definitely recommend this as one of the most fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.
24. Take A Mommy And Me Class
This is something that is on my to do list and it would make such a precious gift. There are so many options for these classes and even some that are totally virtual. I have my eye on a tumbling class held by our local gymnastic studio but any Mommy and Me class would be fun.
25. Watch A Show At The Community Theatre
The success of this one is going to depend on the ages of your kids. If they would not sit for an entire performance then it might make a better date night for mom and dad to enjoy kid free. If you have older children however it could be a great option for the whole family.
26. Schedule A Blow Out
I have been to a salon for a blow out twice in my life and both times it felt like such a luxury. If a full spa day is not in the budget, or just is not moms idea of a good time, then this could be a great alternative.
27. Schedule A Mani/Pedi
I go back and forth on professional manicures. Admittedly I can be a bit of a penny pincher so it’s the price for me. I do love how nice my nails look and how long the manicures last though. Getting a manicure and pedicure can be a treat for a mom who enjoys having her nails done.
28. Get A Gift Certificate For A Massage
Recently, my husband called and scheduled a massage for me just out of the blue. It was one of the sweetest and loving things he could have done. I had been having awful migraines and he knew I wouldn’t spend the money on myself. Giving mom a chance to relax and have someone literally remove stress from life is an outstanding way to celebrate.
29. Set Up A Scavenger Hunt
I’m a sucker for a good scavenger hunt! I always find them to be fun and filled with laughter. Have mom go on a hunt around the house for her gift. I think it would also be fun to get the kids involved either in hiding the clues or trying to find them.
30. Go To A Museum
If mom is a history buff then a museum would be such a hit. I can say that in our family part of the gift would be that I get to stop and read every single marker and no one is allowed to complain that I’m taking too long.
31. Go To Mom’s Favorite Restaurant
Going out to eat with toddler can be a challenge but if you are feeling up to the task then visiting mom’s favorite restaurant is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. I find that moms usually defer to making meals the majority of the household, aka the littlest ones, will actually eat and that might not always be her favorite dishes.
32. Decorate Cookies Together
It does not have to be Christmas time for everyone to gather around the kitchen and decorate cookies. Pull out all the cookie cutters and icing and let the little minds run wild with creative cookie creations.
33. Setup A Pizza Toppings Bar
Put out dough for everyone to have their own personal pizza and let them go through a buffet of toppings to choose what they like most. Everyone gets a meal they enjoy and honestly who doesn’t love a good pizza party?
34. Visit Botanical Gardens
If you have botanical gardens near you then this is such a fun outing for the family. The gardens are just gorgeous in the spring time with all the flowers in bloom.
35. Make A Fort And Watch Movies
A great indoor activity that all the kids will love is making a blanket fort and having a movie marathon. Make sure that mom gets to watch her favorite movie and bonus points if you serve her favorite snack.
36. Make A Family Scrapbook
Bust out the construction paper and keep everything easy peasy for the toddlers. Everyone can work together to make a little photo album that mom will treasure for years to come.
37. Have A Tea Party
Have a tea party with cute little cakes and maybe consider letting the kids use apple juice instead of tea. Of course all stuffed animals will receive an invitation to this Mother’s Day celebration.
38. Visit A Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s markets today have so much more in addition to the delicious local produce. There are tons of craft booths and small businesses all with such unique goodies.
39. Fill Up Flower Pots
Plant fresh flowers to spruce up the yard for spring and give mom something beautiful to look at on her way in and out of the house when she is playing taxi driver. Be sure to let the little kids get all nice and dirty when you bring out the potting soil. They’ll love it and don’t forget that Dad is in charge of bath time after this one.
40. Play Games
Any kind of games that mom and the family enjoy playing together. My husband and I love to play board games after the kids go to bed but we also have a few games that our toddlers can join in on as well. If mom prefers outdoor sports and games over board games or video games that would be a blast as well.
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41. Make Handmade Gifts For Mom
Homemade mother’s day gifts might be the ones that she cherishes the most. It’s the thought, love, and time that goes into the gift that means the most. You do not need anything fancy. Just some basic craft supplies to put together some homemade cards will do the trick. Use these mother’s day messages for inspiration.
42. Hire A Babysitter
If mom needs a break, as so many moms do, then consider hiring a babysitter and scheduling a fancy date night. Let mom enjoy some quality child free time with the man she loves.
43. Have A Dance Party With Moms Favorite Music
We love a good dance party in this house! Most of our dance parties involve a baby shark, various goings on inside a bus, or a spider that just can’t get his act together with the water spout. Mix things up a bit and have a dance party with all of moms favorite (ahem, child appropriate) songs.
44. Put On A Play For Mom
If you kids are a little older have them put on a play or skit for mom. Depending on their age they could even write the story and put together costumes. Even very little kids can do a small skit acting out a favorite story or book with some help from Dad.
A karaoke party could be one of the funniest and biggest laughs you have had in quite some time. You do not need any fancy equipment and most popular songs have karaoke versions on YouTube these days. Use a hairbrush for a mic and live your best rock star life.
46. Order In Dinner
If going out to eat is not ideal but you still want mom to have a nice meal she did not have to make, or clean up after, then order in dinner to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.
47. Pick Flowers And Make A Bouquet
Let your little ones pick flowers and show them how to wrap them up into a bouquet for mom.
48. Visit An Indoor Playground
If mom likes the idea of the kids running around and releasing all their energy while she gets to sit and chat with Dad then an indoor playground could be a great idea. Just remember that when someone gets stuck on the monkey bars Dad has to jump up to save the day and mom gets to sit on her bottom and just enjoy the smiles on her kids faces.
49. Go To The Park
Another great way to get rowdy gets nice and tired is to visit a local park. Let the kids go crazy on the playground while mom soaks up the sun or takes a walk by herself. Dad can wrangle the tiny people while mom just takes in the scenery.
50. Attend Church
Mother’s Day is always on a Sunday and for our family that means church. Attending church together as a family is very important to us and I could not imagine a better way to celebrate motherhood than having my little children learning about Jesus and worshiping with us as a family.