Planning the perfect Mother’s Day is easy with so many fun options available in New England this year. Mothers just want to spend some quality time with their families, no matter the activity, but why not get creative and plan some new surprises this year. There are so many possibilities that it will be easy to find things for the whole family to enjoy.
Brunch is the quintessential Mother’s Day activity, and for good reason. What mother doesn’t love an extravagant meal that she doesn’t have to cook or clean-up after? Kick this holiday standby up a notch by taking a brunch cruise. There are boats all over New England offering this special treat. Bostonians should check out the Odyssey Cruise Line (www.odysseycruises.com/Boston/mothers-day), which offers balloon artists and goodie bags for children, live entertainment for adults and gorgeous views of the harbor. Residents of New Hampshire can hop aboard the M/S Mount Washington for a fabulous champagne brunch that explores the sights of Lake Winnipesauke. For information on booking tickets, head to www.cruisenh.com/brunch.html.
A unique way to combine eating with sightseeing is to take Mom on a hot air balloon ride. High 5 Ballooning in Derry, New Hampshire offers a champagne picnic following each ride, making it the perfect treat for this holiday. Schedule your trip at www.high5ballooning.com.
Mothers that prefer to stay on the ground while celebrating might enjoy sitting and listening to some classical music. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston
is hosting a concert to honor all moms on May 8 titled “Paganini the violinist/Paganini the guitarist.
” A link to purchase tickets can be found at www.mfa.org/programs/music/mother’s-day-concert-paganini-violinistpaganini-guitarist.
The book Make Way for Ducklings is a classic that is at the center of many fond mother and child memories. Families can, but don’t have to, dress up as their favorite character from the book and retrace the steps of these famous ducklings at Boston’s Make Way for Ducklings Mother’s Day Waddle. This parade will be led by the sounds of the Harvard University Marching Band. A per-family donation, benefiting the Friends of the Public Garden organization, will cover snacks and a toy for each child. Visit www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org/kids/ for more information and other Boston events.
There is something for everyone at Mom’s the Word, an event held at the Connecticut Convention Center on April 30, 2011. There will be gift bags, a spa hour and even a station where kids can put together handmade gifts for their mothers. If you want to do your gift shopping at the event, there will also be consultants to lead you to the perfect pick. There is much more happening at this event including a panel discussion about motherhood, so go to www.ctconventions.com/events/event_page.php?event_id=433 for the full scoop.
Glamorous moms should head up to Maine for the Lipgloss4Lives Mother’s Day Family Gala on May 7, 2011. She can bring her own dancing shoes to enjoy the dance floor and live music, or she can sit back and watch a professional dance team strut its stuff. Information on buying tickets can be found at www.lipgloss4lives.com/mothers_day_family_gala. The proceeds of this event go toward the organization’s scholarship fund.
Put a little pizzazz into your Mother’s Day plans this year and show her how special she is.