Mother’s Day Events in the Twin Cities – 2020

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. 


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.

  1. Her favorite breakfast with her favorite people (with clean up included, please).
  2. A picnic in a park, where she can stretch out in a sunny place while everyone else runs out their energy.
  3. Her favorite meal for dinner. Don’t forget dessert!
  4. A dandelion bouquet.
  5. Help in her own garden or a stroll in a garden maintained by someone else.
  6. Homemade cards from the kids (and Dad, too, if he wants).
  7. Homemade brownies or cookies.
  8. A nap and/or a long hot bath – both without interruption.
  9. Someone else to do laundry.
  10. Family movie night when Mom gets to pick the movie.


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.

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