Mom's Day: One of the best gifts is sharing an experience with mom

2014-05-08T00:00:00Z 2014-05-08T14:04:24Z Mom's Day: One of the best gifts is sharing an experience with momBarb Ruess Times Correspondent
May 08, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. This Sunday will see plenty of carefully prepared breakfasts in bed, handmade cards, and flowers. Many families will take their mothers out for brunch or dinner. All of these things are wonderful but this year, think a bit outside the box for Mother’s Day. Take mom out for a fun family experience!

Give her some one-on-one time

Some ideas gathered from local moms include: a gift certificate for a pedicure with a promise to take her go with her. Tickets to something you know she enjoys – the symphony, the ballet, theater or a concert and plan a date.

Families with younger children might want to plan an outing to Lake County Park’s Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center. Their “Mom and Me Manners Tea” uses real teapots, cups and saucers on a fancy table and includes a fancy hat making session, mint tea and cookies, and story time. Kara Mackey, General Manager of Bellaboo’s, says “Last year is the first year that we included the “Mom and Me Manners Tea” program in our Gaga for Mama week and it was a huge success! This year we’ve expanded the program and Friday and Saturday includes special activities such as Children’s Cooking: Fruity Flower; “Are You My Mother” story time, and a Give Your Mom a Hand activity.” Bellaboo’s Gaga for Mama week runs all week long, May 5-11, and moms are FREE on Mother’s Day. Visit their website for a full schedule of their Mother’s Week activities:

Take her on a trip

Sandi Blair of Crown Point notes, “Last year for Mother’s Day I took my mom on an overnight getaway. We didn’t go far but it was just the two of us. It was so nice that will be what I do for every year for as long as we can.” Another suggestion for adults and their mothers is to get together with siblings and take mom out of town for a show and dinner. Whether you get away for a weekend or an afternoon, plan something you know mom wouldn’t plan for herself.

That’s just what the Groenewold family did. They all live in the Chicagoland region and decided to plan a fun city adventure last Mother’s Day: an architectural kayaking tour on the Chicago River. As one of the sisters noted “It was something she never would have done on her own and we all loved it!”

Enjoy the outdoors

Take mom on a mother’s day hike. Go out and play golf. Pump up your bike tires and go for a ride. Marcy Jamrock of Crown Point tells her family that she wants “nothing to do with restaurants on Mother’s Day. I’d much prefer a Mother’s Day hike with my family or tickets to a White Sox game!”

Consider visiting our local arboretum Taltree. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a 360-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. “Spring is a beautiful time to come to Taltree,” said Anicia Kosky, Communications Director at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “Guests can explore a variety of landscapes - formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Our newest garden – the Adventure Garden – features ‘go green’ lifestyle initiatives, animals, an edible flower garden, prairie ABC trail and hidden music garden.” If you’re able to visit Taltree on Mother’s Day weekend you can take advantage of the spring open house on Saturday May 10 or if your mom is a runner she’ll love the idea of running their new Mother’s Day 5K: To learn more about Taltree visit or follow Taltree on Twitter at @TaltreeArb and Facebook at

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