Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to show your mom, wife, or other special maternal lady in your life how much you care about and appreciate her! While it’ll be a bitter sweet conglomerate of emotions for me this year, I’m glad to be carrying on my 10-year tradition of heading to Nags Head with friends to
drink run my way through the Yuengling Nags Head Woods 5k race. Even though my mom can’t be at this year’s race with us, I’ll have fond memories of races past to reflect on with dear old friends.
But, if you’re around in Raleigh this weekend and are looking for a special way to celebrate the mom in your life, look no further than this list of unique organized events and park/picnic/restaurant/brewery ideas.
- Readings & Drinks for Girl’s Night Out (Thursday, May 7th or Friday, May 8th): give mom the night off to hear local bloggers/authors in the Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) show at Kenan Hall at William Peace University followed by drinks in the nearby Seaboard Station; I’ve attended the LTYM shows the past two years and have left full of emotion
- Mother’s Day Craft & Playtime with Stroller Strides at North Hills (Friday, May 8, 10-11am): Join Fit4Mom’s Stroller Strides group after class today for open play in the play area, a Mother’s Day craft, a game of Cow Toss, sample some Chick-N-Minis and MEET THE COW!
- Mother’s Day Surprise program at Optimist Park (Friday, May 8 at 12:30pm): creative arts-and-craft project or edible creation; ages 3-5; $7; program barcode #171955; at the time of this blog post publication only 1 spot remained
- Mother’s Day Family Class & Muffins with Mom at Pullen Park (Saturday, May 9 at 9:30am): Join the Fit4Mom Stroller Strides exercise class at 9:30am and a “Muffins with Mom” snack and playtime after class starting at 10:30am! Meet us for class and our Muffins with Mom time in the grassy area near the stage, behind the Pullen Cafe. The flat rate of $15/mom/class allows you to bring your family members to workout with you too (bring Dad along)!
- Decorate a Cookie for Mom at Whole Foods on Wade Ave (Saturday, May 9, 9-10am): stop by the cafe between 9-10am to create a cookie for Mom
- Family Fun Saturday at NC Museum of Art (Saturday, May 9 at 10am): take a guided tour in the Museum Park followed by a sketch of your explorations; families with children ages 5-11; $3 members/$5 non-members; plan ahead and bring a picnic lunch or stay for lunch at Iris
- Springtime Safari at Lake Crabtree Park (Sunday, May 10 at 1pm): trek around the park and discover flowers, insects, birds and more and then create a bouquet of flowers to give to Mom or someone special; $3 person/$5 family; plan ahead and bring a picnic lunch
Get out and try something fun:
- Sweet & Reflective – head to Lucettegrace for a refreshing coffee and yummy patisserie followed by a 10-minute walk to the gardens at Haywood Hall. Lucettegrace opens at 8am on Sunday and could be the perfect morning sweet treat!
- Frisbee Golf & Breakfast – catch 18 holes at Cedar Hills Park followed by delicious coffee and scratch-made biscuits and more at Jubala Coffee
- Brunch in the Gardens – grab brunch to go from Tupelo Honey Cafe and walk to the nearby Edna Metz Wells Park or Raleigh Rose Garden
- Trains & Lunch – arrive early at Pullen Park for train rides, carousel rides and playground time and then head to Player’s Retreat for lunch
- Jog & Beers – go for a light run or walk along Crabtree Creek greenway followed by delicious beers at the nearby Big Boss Brewing Co
- Family Boating & Picnic – rent a canoe, kayak or boat at Lake Johnson or Lake Wheeler followed by a picnic
- Hike & Beers – take a hike along Sal’s Branch Trail (2.8 miles) or Pott’s Branch Trail (1.6 miles) at Umstead Park (Rte. 70 entrance) and then grab takeout lunch from Brier Creek on your way to the nearby Gizmo Brew Works
- Bike & Beers – bike along Reedy Creek Trail and then walk over to Raleigh Brewing Company for some Hell Yes Ma’am beers!
- Run, Pie & Beers – go for a run along the Rocky Branch Trail and jog through Boylan Heights to your final destination of the area’s best homemade pie and craft beers at Trophy Brewing