Given a clearly-dictated opportunity to show gratitude and appreciation to the mothers and maternal figures in our lives, it’s surprising that we often default to buying a drugstore card and flowers. This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 14, and there are plenty of options around Central Florida if you want to break away from the usual and create memorable experiences with loved ones.
Get Zen with Mommy & Me Yoga
Start Mother’s Day weekend with good vibes by attending this Mommy and Me yoga class in the beautiful Mead Botanical Garden on Saturday, May 13. Starting at noon, the yoga class costs $16, covering both Mom and her children, and reservations can be made via their website at meadgarden.org.
Go to the Theater
Nothing feels more special than attending live theater, and Central Florida has a few shows playing on Mother’s Day. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will show a 1 pm matinee of the classic “My Fair Lady.” If you want to laugh, the Garden Theater in Winter Garden will host a 2 pm performance of their current show-in-residence, “Something Rotten!” For something the kiddos can get into, try “Make Way For Ducklings: The Musical” at the Orlando Repertory Theater.
Make Some Art
For the creatives in the family, these activities will inspire quality time. Learn to make block prints together at the Art & History Museums of Maitland. Buy tickets online for $50, covering all the supplies required to create and take home a stunning artwork. Those whose children are of drinking age should consider attending a class at one of the Painting With A Twist locations around Central Florida; they each have a class themed around the holiday available for booking.
Take in Nature
Moms get in free on Sunday, May 14, at Harry P. Leu Gardens and Bok Tower Gardens. Take the opportunity to stroll through beautifully curated vegetation, learn a few things about the natural world, and dedicate time to being in the moment with your loved ones.
Attend a Berry-Picking Party
Far Reach Ranch in Tavares will host Mamas & Mimosas from 10 am to 4 pm. The event has no admission fee and will feature live music, a mimosa bar, a build-your-own-bouquet station, and a chance to pick some blueberries from the blueberry farm.
Undoubtedly there are plenty of opportunities locally to shake things up this Mother’s Day, and a little intention can go a long way to create stronger bonds and lasting memories. Society owes much of its ability to function to the maternal figures that hold it all together, so we should pay homage and respect to them this season and beyond.