Mother’s Day…  A day to celebrate all of the women who have done the amazing / terrifying / wonderful / exhausting / beautiful / challenging / blessed work of raising children! A day celebrated with gifts, cards, special activities, time off, a meal together, and more.

In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Here we are over 100 years later celebrating all of you AWESOME moms out there!

We polled our Facebook readers and asked what moms REALLY want for Mother’s DayThe most popular answers:

  • a full night of sleep / get to sleep in / a nap
  • massage / spa day
  • quiet time without being bothered
  • to be lazy / no household responsibility
  • a maid/clean house
  • mimosas (brunch optional)
  • a day out with the family
  • a day where someone else is in charge / makes all the decisions

ATTENTION DADS. MEN. SIGNIFICANT OTHERS.
If you’re reading this looking for ideas, see list above. Seriously, these are things moms actually want. 

We also know the moms out there wouldn’t mind a special activity planned by someone else and a meal they don’t have to cook… SO, we’ve got ideas for activities to do with mom, places to make crafts for mom, unique places to find gifts, and a list of local restaurants and Mother’s Day Specials.

This list has been edited from previous years to reflect what is and isn’t open for Mother’s Day during social distancing. Everything listed below should be open right now, links are included to find more info.

Activities with Mom & Deals at Lakeland area attractions

♥  Take the entire family for a walk or a picnic at Lake Mirror and a stroll through Hollis Garden (both are open)

♥  Golf at Family Fun Center – Moms Golf FREE all day on Sunday, mini-golf is open Noon-9pm

♥  See if your family can escape at Lakeland Escape Room (Now open – check the website or Facebook for updates)

♥  Catch a movie at the Silver Moon Drive-In

♥  Visit a U-Pick Blueberry Farm or a U-Pick Peach Farm – check out our list to find a farm near you!

♥  Go exploring at Circle B Bar Reserve  (Circle B trails will reopen on Friday, May 8. The Discovery Center will have limited hours. We do not know if the picnic pavilions will be open or not)

♥  Take mom for a sweet treat – we’ve got a full list of local ice cream and dessert places in our Sweet Treats & Frozen Eats Guide. (Be sure to check directly with these locations for current hours)

♥  Plan an ice cream party at home – be sure you get her favorite ice cream flavor, along with toppings, whipped cream, and cherries.

Get more ideas in our Outdoor Fun list.

If the beach is more your thing, find out which beaches are open and what regulations are in place.

Unique Gift Ideas

We have an entirely separate post for gift ideas! Find out where you can shop local this year for Mother’s Day.

Brunch / Lunch / Dinner Ideas

Since mom has probably been cooking for 8 weeks straight by now, be sure she doesn’t have to cook on Mother’s Day! Use our Family Meal Deal post to place a family-sized order for brunch, lunch, or dinner on Mother’s Day.

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April Mucci Lakeland Mom
April Mucci Lakeland Mom

About the Author: April Mucci

April is the owner of LakelandMom.com. She has lived in Lakeland since age 2 and is passionate about our community and connecting families with local resources. She is a mom to 2 boys and a mini goldendoodle, wife to Matt. You can often find April at the baseball field where she cheers on her baseball loving 11 year old, or home building Legos with her 9 year old. She loves reading, saltwater fishing, and working on Lakeland Mom!