Mother's Day: Ideas For Spending
Time With Mom Outside
Mother's Day lands during one of the best times of year: the flowers are blooming, things are a little bit greener, and there's no shortage of sunshine. With the abundance of natural beauty, it makes sense to celebrate mom with nature in May. Here are 4 ideas for spending time with mom outside on Mother's Day.
Mother's Day has a long history, and in just about every community there is an historical society ready to celebrate the holiday. At Old World Wisconsin outside of Milwaukee, they hold a 1890s-style Mother's Day brunch every year. After experiencing a 19th century meal in a barn, mothers and families can stroll through the village and discover what it was like to live on a farmstead in the 1800s. The bonus is admission is free for moms on Mother's Day. However, but you don't have to go all the way to Wisconsin to have an old-fashioned outing; there are many similar historical experiences around the country and like Old World Wisconsin you can try.
Get everyone outfitted in sports apparel and go on a family hike. Getting close to Mother Nature with your mother gives the family the opportunity to interact in a way that's more social than celebrating in a crowded restaurant. You learn new things about the Earth and about each other when you replace the noise of cars and cell phone with chirping birds and babbling brooks. Nature surrounds just about every community and there are options for adventure on your own, but you can also go the guided route. Near the urban landscape of Detroit, in Ann Arbor, Mich., a guided wildflower hike is offered in Black Pond Woods. Moms get to go free of charge.
You don't have to give Mom flowers to celebrate Mother's Day with flowers--a trip to the botanic garden is a gift and an activity Mom will appreciate. Almost every city has a botanic garden or an arboretum where you can celebrate a beautiful spring day with Mom. Some botanic gardens have events for Mom's special day. At the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Fla., they hold a Mother's Day Tea every year so Mom can spend the afternoon enjoying scones on wooden picnic tables, music, and flowers outside. If nature is something your mother treasures, there are birds, butterflies, and orchids you can adopt in her name.
All around the country, concerts will be held in parks and in gardens on Mother's Day. Even if your mom isn't a music enthusiast, an outdoor concert can be a relaxing way for her to spend a day with the whole family. In Richmond, Va., the Richmond Concert Band entertains guests on the lawn of Agecroft Hall. People are welcome to bring chairs, relax on blankets, and bring food for a picnic. Outdoor concerts often are inexpensive celebrations; like the one in Richmond, many of them are free.
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