Mother’s Day will be a bit non-traditional for the second year in a row as most cities are still facing COVID-19 restrictions. However, that means it’s a good time to look for virtual events for Mother’s Day weekend that celebrate connection. Here are some fun things to do with the important women in your life, whether you’re able to see them in person or prefer to connect online.

Virtual events

If restrictions are still in place in your area, or geography is keeping you apart, you’re probably looking for awesome virtual Mother’s Day ideas. Many creators are hosting events on Zoom, so they’re great whether you’re with your family or celebrating from afar. Some creators will even send materials, food, or event swag right to your door.

1. Cook brunch together (or apart)

A cooking class is a great opportunity to learn new techniques, even if you and your mother are already wizards in the kitchen. Cook a delicious and vegan Mother’s Day brunch, organized by Vegan Lifestyle Coach Christina Gdisis. You’ll receive the ingredient list six days prior to class. On the day of the class, you can log in to Zoom and cook together, whether you’re sharing a kitchen or not. If you’re not able to have your mom by your side, purchase her a ticket to the class too.

2. Make a treat

Want to make something sweet and special for your mom? Attend a free virtual cooking class hosted by Homemade Events where you’ll learn how to make decadent cream puffs that will delight your mom. Once you register for the event you’ll receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link to tune in. You’ll also get access to a recipe page one week prior to the event to sure you have all the ingredients you need!

3. Gift her a picnic box

Do you have a foodie mom who you won’t be able to see in person this Mother’s Day? Get her a curated picnic box from Made in the USVI, a pop up shop run by the Enterprise Zone Commission and the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts. Available on the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can choose between a Meat and Cheese Charcuterie or Atlantic Smoked Salmon box that will be available for pick up on Mother’s Day. The boxes are stuffed with lots of other goodies too, like prosecco, a homemade brownie, and guava jam.

4. Go on a virtual retreat

Are you and Mom both in need of some zen? Relax together at an online Mother’s Day retreat. Prior to the event, you’ll receive an adorable pouch filled with everything you need for the retreat. On the day of, you’ll enjoy graceful strength training and flexibility movements, aromatherapy, meditation, and a burn ceremony. Stick around at the end for an optional 30 minutes of journaling and tea time.

5. Have the kids craft their gifts

Craft with your kids and make handmade gifts for the special women in their lives by taking part in a virtual crafting event hosted by Kelly Sansone. The class is geared toward children ages three and up, and the instructor will teach children how to make a card and a gift for Mother’s Day. Materials will be shipped directly to your home or you can pick them up if you live nearby.

6. Play bingo

Get competitive and play virtual bingo hosted by Christ the King Church with your mom for Mother’s Day. The ticket price includes four bingo boards, and for $5 more you can get two entries for the 50/50 drawing. If you want to play other games together for Mother’s Day, look around for other events in your area or online, from Scrabble tournaments to poker games.

7. Learn something together

If you’ve been missing the time you once spent bonding with your mom at the nail salon, consider this free class hosted by the nail care brand Sundays. The class will teach you how to give yourself a long-lasting manicure right at home. Registrants will receive a Zoom link to attend plus a list of all the items they’ll need for the class. Pick your favorite color of nail polish and get creative.

8. Attend a concert

If your mom is a music lover, consider getting her tickets to a virtual concert hosted by RidealongLIVE. Music venues have embraced lots of hybrid and virtual concert formats, and whether you’re together or apart you can listen in tandem while staying comfortable at home. Look out for other entertainers hosting online concerts, benefits, and more.

In-person events

If in-person events are available where you live, spend some quality time together doing one of these creative Mother’s Day activities.

1. Get back to brunch

Have you and your mom been missing weekly brunch? Elite Events Group Cultural Organization is hosting a brunch event in Dallas, Texas that includes food, drinks, and shopping. Choose between a regular admission ticket or the VIP experience and peruse wares from vendors all over Texas once you’ve eaten your fill.

2. Shop small

Does your mom feel passionate about supporting small businesses when she shops? In Chicago, Illinois, Crowned Goddesses has organized a Pop Up Shop event that features small, Black-owned businesses and a side of cocktails. Admission is free and hors d’oeuvres will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will also be sweets and mimosas available for purchase. Enter to win a Mother’s Day basket, and know that you’re supporting local businesses as you shop.

3. Get the whole family involved

Moms get in free to the Mother’s Day event at Green Meadows Farm Brooklyn. Pack a picnic that you can set up in the farm’s beautiful open area. Parents can lounge while the kids enjoy a candy hunt, tractor rides, and a visit with the farm’s variety of baby animals.

4. Take a dance class together

If your mom is an exercise enthusiast, try shaking up your workout routine with a pole dancing lesson at Fit & Fancy Dance Studio’s Mother’s Day event, Moms & Mimosas in Stockbridge, Georgia. Drinks and light snacks will be provided, and each attendee gets a free class pass.

5. Get artsy

For more crafting or arts inclined mothers, you can paint and drink wine at Work the Metal’s Mother’s Day Paint Workshop featuring Little Golden Fox in Louisville, Kentucky. The ticket price includes two cocktails at The Wine Bar, the opportunity to paint a floral picture on an 11″ x 14″ canvas, and a discount to shop in store.

6. Stretch, meditate, and have a beer

If you’re looking for a calm, centering event followed by a refreshing beverage, consider an event like Mother’s Day Flow. The flow is hosted by Kim Howard at Burke’s Aleworks, and the class is good for any experience level—even if you or Mom aren’t the most flexible yogis. Tickets include the yoga class and one complimentary craft beer at the Aleworks.

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