Mother’s Day is nearly here and that means it’s time for our annual round-up of the best ways to celebrate mom, because we think moms are awesome! We’ve found fantastic events and pulled together some great ideas to make the mamas in your life feel extra special on May 14th. And if you are the mom, make sure you forward this list on to the people who should be celebrating you this Mother’s Day.

Stop and Smell the Roses

If the mama in your life has a love for flowers, trees, and anything green, take her on a stroll through the gardens at VanDusen Botanical Garden, explore exotic landscapes at Dr. Sun Ya-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, or get lost in the horticultural wonderland that is Darts Hill Garden in Surrey. There’s also the UBC Botanical Garden, where you can take a walk up high in the trees, and the Nitobe Memorial Garden, which is a traditional Japanese tea and stroll garden, a perfect spot for the ultimate tranquil Mother’s Day. Thanks to all the rain April dropped on us, these gardens are lush and full of beautiful blooms.

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Visit Playland

For the adventurous, old-school-fun mama, take her back to her youth by spending a day at Playland! It’s open for the season on weekends only as of May 6th and we always find that the first few weekends aren’t super busy, so you can cram in a ton of rides during your visit. Don’t forget to pick up a pack of mini donuts for mom and maybe try to win her a stuffed animal or two on the midway.

Go For a Run (and support a good cause)

The Fairmont Mother’s Day Run is a 3k, 5k, 10k run and walk in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This fun run takes you around Stanley Park through to the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza. If there’s a mom in your life that loves to run or walk this might just be the ideal way to spend Mother’s Day together! There are tons of great family-friendly activities at the Finish Line Festival too, so the whole family will have a blast. You can even top off your run with a Mother’s Day Brunch at the Fairmont.

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Image via Fairmont Mother’s Day Run

Explore a Farmers Market

Mother’s Day is opening day for many spring-summer farmers markets around Metro Vancouver. Spend the morning with mom exploring your local market and make sure she gets her hands on lots of treats like locally made soaps, art, or jewelry. Grab some delicious local produce and maybe some flowers too, and then head home to cook mom a delicious, fresh, local feast.

Here’s a list of all the markets that are open on Mother’s Day this year:

Poirier Street Farmers Market, Dogwood Pavilion, Coquitlam
Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm, Opening day: May 7th

North Delta Farmers Market, North Delta Recreation Centre
Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm, Opening day: May 14th

Kitsilano, Kitsilano Community Centre, Larch Street, Vancouver
Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm, Opening day: May 7th

Ambleside Artisan Farmers’ Market, 1000 Argyle Ave
Sundays, 10 am – 4 pm, Opening day: May 7th

White Rock Farmer’s Market, 15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock
Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm, Opening day: May 7th

Get Crafty

For the mamas who love arts and crafts and anything handmade, check out a local craft fair. Spring craft and artisan markets are popping up all over town, and it’s an awesome way to spend the day with mom. Make a homemade Gift Certificate for mom to redeem at the fair for something that catches her eye.

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Watch the Birds

To celebrate with the bird and animal loving mamas, head to Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park where you can visit with over 120 free-flying exotic birds. The domed lush paradise has heaps of beautiful foliage to admire too. To see some local birds, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta is the place to be. The sanctuary spans 850 acres and contains wetlands, natural marshes and low dykes. Millions of birds call the sanctuary home during their annual migrations along the Pacific Coast. Gift mom a bird watching book and see how many species you can spot together. You can also enjoy a Mother’s Day tea with the Birds at Boundary Bay Regional Park. This Metro Vancouver Regional Parks event is in celebration of moms and International Migratory Bird Day! It’s a free event, open to all ages on Sunday, May 14th, from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, at Centennial Beach in Delta. Click here for more details.

Pack a Picnic

Gather some of mom’s favourite treats and snacks, put them in a cooler, and head to your local park for an awesome picnic lunch. Bring along a Frisbee or a ball to toss around and enjoy the day together as a family. If the weather isn’t cooperating, lay out your picnic blanket indoors and turn on a favourite family movie. Bonus points if you build a pillow and blanket fort for mom to enjoy her snacks in!

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Discover a New Neighbourhood

If mom loves new experiences and discovering hidden gems, take her on a day trip to a place in Metro Vancouver she’s never visited. We love spending the day in Fort Langley, Steveston, Ladner, or Deep Cove, to name a few. Check out some of the fun places we’ve gone daytripping for inspiration. Make sure to get mom a souvenir from a local shop to remind her of the fun day you spent together.

We hope this list of fun Mother’s Day activities inspires you to create a special day for the moms, grandmas and mother figures in your life. And if you are the mama – Happy Mother’s Day to you!

On the hunt for even more ideas to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day? We’ve got you covered:

By Michelle Hughes

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