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Mother’s Day

Every year around this time, I begin to wrack my brain for some glimmer of an idea of what to get my Mom for Mother’s Day. Each year, I stumble over the same cliche (albeit sweet) gifts and decide that I have exhausted these ideas for far too long.

Photo courtesy of Hayley Serr
Photo courtesy of Hayley Serr

If you find yourself in the same conundrum, don’t fret: there is a bevy of opportunities to show Mom how much you care just outside your doorstep. For every variety of Mom, the mitten offers boundless possibilities to make your Mother’s Day celebration absolutely perfect.

Want to get out and active with Mom?

If you’re in Traverse City, consider signing up for the Mother’s Day 5K. Proceeds benefit G1FT (Giving 1 Family at a Time), an organization founded by a ninth grader at Central High to help reduce poverty in the area. G1FT is asking Northern Michiganders to “Lend a hand. Use your feet.” this Mother’s Day. As a special bonus, mothers and grandmothers will be given a flower as they cross the finish line.

Comerica Park
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If you’re further South, how about taking Mom out to the ballgame? The Detroit Tigers will be hosting the Cleveland Indians at 1:08 p.m., so for all you sports fans, head down to Comerica Park to show your Tigers spirit with Mom.

Zingerman’s Bakehouse in Ann Arbor offers the chance to break out a different kind of mitt: your oven mitt. This Mother’s Day, Zingerman’s is offering their family class on creative cookie making. Not only do participants make their own dough and fondant and decorate their cookies, but they get to take what they bake! (And maybe even share some with Dad if the cookies make it all the way home.)

Love the idea of flowers, but tired of giving the same bouquet? Instead of bringing the flowers to Mom, bring Mom to the flowers!

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids offers over a dozen collections of sculptures, flora, and more. It’s no wonder that guests are advised to set aside several hours, as visiting the immense gardens is truly an experience. (If you want to make sure you don’t miss anything, consider a guided tour with one of the garden’s docents.)

Holland's Tulip Time Festival
Photo courtesy of Tulip Time Festival

Holland’s annual Tulip Time Festival is another true floral spectacle. And the thousands and thousands of gorgeous tulips aren’t the only thing for you and Mom to enjoy: there are parades, dancing, concerts, quilt shows, carnivals, and so much more. With something for everyone, this celebration of Dutch culture is a can’t miss (but beware, you’ll have to celebrate early, as this year’s festival ends on Saturday, May 11th).

Want to take Mom to a brunch that will put all others to shame?

Take Mom to dine among the butterflies this year at the Detroit Zoo. The Zoo’s two hour Mother’s Day breakfast is held in the butterfly garden, with an opportunity for kids to make a special gift for Mom after their meal. (Bonus: the inexpensive price of the meal includes general admission and parking at the zoo.)

The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa offers a Mother’s Day lunch in the Aerie, and with 16 story high views of the East Grand Traverse Bay, the landscape alone is worth the trip. And if the scenic aesthetics don’t do it for you, the Spa also offers Mother’s Day packages, with options including three hours of pampering for Mom or a Mother-Daughter joint facial and manicure/pedicure.

Mackinac Island Grand Hotel
Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is not only hosting a Mother’s Day luncheon, but they have built attendance to it into an unbelievable package for the weekend. In addition to lunch on Sunday, the renowned hotel also offers breakfast and five-course dinners daily, receptions on both Friday and Saturday nights, history lecture on the Hotel, waiver of golf fees, free admission at the island’s Art Museum, and more for the perfect weekend of relaxation and fun with Mom.

Have an absolutely inspired idea for Mother’s Day that didn’t make this list? Comment here and share it! And to all you Moms out there (from all of us kids) thank you for everything you do! Happy Mother’s Day!

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