Hey, Dads! Mother’s Day is May 10, 2020 and, this year, the kids aren’t coming home from school with handmade gifts. With the most-recent extension of the stay-at-home order, almost every event has been cancelled. We have one online offering and fishing! If we find some more distance-appropriate events, we’ll add them between now and then. But, Dad, I’m afraid this is going to be on you this year. Check out our list of 10 ideas for free ways to celebrate with mom that don’t require an event.
10 FREE THINGS MOMS LOVE ON MOTHER’S DAY
If we can’t get out on Mother’s Day, we have some recommendations for things we love that cost anything and don’t require an event.
- Her favorite breakfast with her favorite people (with clean up included, please).
- A picnic in a park, where she can stretch out in a sunny place while everyone else runs out their energy.
- Her favorite meal for dinner. Don’t forget dessert!
- A dandelion bouquet.
- Help in her own garden or a stroll in a garden maintained by someone else.
- Homemade cards from the kids (and Dad, too, if he wants).
- Homemade brownies or cookies.
- A nap and/or a long hot bath – both without interruption.
- Someone else to do laundry.
- Family movie night when Mom gets to pick the movie.
2020 MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR THE FAMILY
May 9-10, 2020: Take a Mom Fishing Weekend
Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license for species that have open fishing seasons. Minn. Stat. Sec. 97A.445, subd. 4. (Kids under 16 can fish without a license all the time). Dad will still need a license to fish (unless you fish at a State Park, which you can usually do without a license any weekend of the year). Fishing is an encouraged activity during social distancing, so this will be something you can probably take advantage of in 2020.
May 10, 2020: Virtual Family Day: Stories of Resilience | MIA, Minneapolis
Treat Mom to a day wandering the MIA galleries. There will be free admission to the special exhibit When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration. 11am-5pm.
Cancelled: May 9-10, 2020: Annual Bonsai Show | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul
This annual event is always held the same weekend we celebrate moms. I’m not sure what else it has to do with mothering, but it is one of my favorite outings. (Learn more about the Bonsai Show here.) 10am-6 pm. FREE, donations appreciated.
2020 MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – FREE FOR MOM
Cancelled: May 10, 2020: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line | Minneapolis
Moms ride the historic streetcar FREE! 12:30-8:30pm, $2.50/pp.
2020 MOTHER’S DAY EVENTS – PAID
Cancelled: May 2, 2020: Playdate with Mom | Edina Senior Center
Create a beautiful handprint flower bouquet on a canvas board in this parent/child activity. Ages 18 months-6 years. 9:30-10:30am, $18/pair. Event #PR2025.
Cancelled?: May 9, 2020: Mother’s Day Make & Take Floral Workshop | Edina Art Center
Create a beautiful Mother’s Day floral arrangement at this fun parent/child workshop! Adult and child together create the arrangement. All supplies provided. Pre-register. 1-2:30pm, $35/pair. Event#EAC6103.
CANCELLED May 9, 2020: Mother’s Day Bowling | Sunray Bowling Center
Moms will receive flowers and kids will receive gifts. Dads are welcome, too. Pre-registration required. 4:30-6:30pm, $20/pp.
May 10, 2020: Lattes & Legos | Snapology Minneapolis
Coffee is included for mom while kids play in the drop-in Discovery Center. Stay and play with, or drop off if kids are 5+! Opens 9am, $8/child, pre-register at the link.
Cancelled May 10, 2020: Wild about Mother’s Day | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield
Make a card for mom, decorate mini-muffins with wildflowers you pick on a hike, make tea from wild plants and honey. Limit 25. 1-2:30pm, $5/pp.
2019 – FREE FOR THE FAMILY
Cancelled Mother’s Day Evening Tea | East Phillips Park, Minneapolis
An evening celebration in honor of all moms, with a craft project and refreshments served tea party style. 6:30-8pm. (May 10, 2019)
2019 EVENTS – FREE FOR MOM
The Works Museum | Bloomington
Moms and Grandmas receive FREE admission this weekend. Fri 9 am-3 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12 pm-5 pm. $9/pp. (This gets announced late every year. If the museum has re-opened, there is a good chance they’ll offer this deal again in 2020). (May 11-12, 2020)
Sky Zone | Blaine, Minneapolis & St Paul
Moms receive 1 free 90 Minute ticket (walk-in only, no online reservation and sky socks not included). (May 12, 2019)
Mother’s Day Open House | Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park
Bring mom to the nature center for her special day! Stop by anytime to do a scavenger hunt, meet a live animal and plant a flower to take home. End your time with a sweet treat. Pre-registration is encouraged. 2-4pm, $7/pp (resident) / $9 (non-resident); mothers attend for free. (May 12, 2019)
2019 EVENTS – PAID
Spring Programming Cancelled in 2020: Pre-Mother’s Day Printmaking Family Event | Leonardo’s Basement
Print on fabric, wood, paper or plastic to create signs, flags or cards. 12-2pm, $10-$25/pp. (April 28, 2019)
Cancelled for 2020: Mother’s Day Weekend Tour | James J. Hill House, St. Paul
Tours this weekend will center around Mary Hill, mother of 10 children. Take a self-guided tour on Sunday. Sat 10am-5pm | $6-$10/pp. (May 11, 2019)
Cancelled for 2020: Mommy and Me Tea Party | Lyndale Farmstead Park, Minneapolis An opportunity for you to dress up and spend an afternoon sipping tea, munching on sandwiches and have some quality time together. Noon-1:30pm, $5/pp (May 11, 2019)
Mother’s Day Brunch | Minnesota Transportation Museum
Brunch on a train ride. Tickets required. 10am-4pm. $50/pp age 3+; Under 2 is Free, but they don’t get food – I assume you can bring a bag of Cheerios or something. (May 11-12, 2019)
Mother’s Day Brunch | Science Museum of Minnesota
Enjoy a delicious brunch with a beautiful springtime view of the Mississippi River. Reservations required. 10am, 12 & 2pm. Adults: $30.95; Seniors: $24.95; Children 6-12: $15.95; Children 3-5: $6.95. (May 12, 2019)
Mother’s Day Celebration | Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
This year the zoo will be hosting a Mama Llama scavenger hunt along with mom-themed animal enrichment activities. Moms will also receive a special gift shop discount. Regular admission prices apply. (May 13, 2018)
Fun Gifts for Mom
Thanks to WCCO for Hosting Gianna in 2018 with more craft ideas to make for gifts: