A Local Guide to Mother’s Day

3 Ways to Make Her Day Great


Mother’s Day is an opportunity to let the moms in your life know how much you love and appreciate them, but it can be hard to know just how to do that. Luckily, we know moms.

Here are some suggestions and local activities that are sure to please:

1. Time Off. Most Moms lead busy lives and would love to enjoy some peace and quiet. Here are some ways you can give Mom some time- off without the kiddos.
Kidsthletics in Corvallis is offering a pre-Mother’s Day night off on May 12th from 6-8pm. Parents can drop off their kids and have a fun night out while their kids have a fun night in which includes making a craft for Mother’s Day. Visit www.kidsthletics.com for more information.spa
Treat Mom to some quiet time to paint at Paint and Wine in Corvallis. May 13th is their Mother’s Day event, but they also have gift cards available. Visit http://www.paintandwinecorvallis.com for more information.
Give her a spa day. Many local salons have packages that include massages, pedicures, facials, and more.
Take her out for a romantic dinner for two— The Pix Theater in Albany has some romantic date night packages that include a table in the back, a movie, and dinner.
Draw her a bath complete with candles, music, a glass of wine, and most importantly, no kids.
Give her time alone either at home or out and about (while you take care of the kids and the chores).
Let her sleep in, and bring her a (late) breakfast in bed. Sometimes the gift of rest is just the thing she needs.

2. Gifts. Whether store-bought or handmade most Mom’s cherish the thought put into any gift from her family.
Paint Mom a one-of-a-kind mug, plate, figurine or another piece of pottery at Surefire Design in Albany! Call them at (541)928-7339 for more information.
Buy or make a large Mother’s Day card and have the kids put their hand prints on it. If you do this each year, she will have a collection of handprints documenting her children’s growth.  Even if your children are already older, a child’s handprint is a treasure.
Write her a letter telling her how much you love her and why. If the children would like in on the action, they could write one, too. For mom’s who love encouraging words, this is a perfect gift that she will treasure for years to come.
Even if you can’t afford a professional deep clean, you can always gather up the kids and make cleaning the house a family activity. This kind of gift can teach kids about the gift of sacrifice which not only makes it a wonderful Mother’s Day gift, but also a valuable learning opportunity for your kids.
Plant her favorite flowers in the yard or hang some hanging flower baskets to brighten up your porch.
For those with a special talent or artistic ability, a wonderful memory for Mom can be made by utilizing your talents. Write her a poem, write or sing her a song, draw or paint her a picture, or write or act out a play.

3. Family Outings. A day out with the family can be a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Here are some local ideas:
The Oregon Garden is hosting their Digging in the Dirt event on May 13th, presented by the Oregon Garden Foundation. The fun begins at 10am and ends at 1:30pm. Participants Mothers-Day-brunchenjoy a day outdoors planting our spring annual flowers. After planting, you can relax in the beautiful Garden with a brunch buffet, live music, and bottomless mimosas (for those 21 and older). Families can take a plant home with them and will also receive a free return pass to the garden to see your flowers bloom. http://www.oregongarden.org/events/digging-in-the-dirt/
A family hike that ends in a wonderful view or water to sit by, or any place your wife would enjoy. Even better, pack a picnic, prepared and packed while Mom leisurely gets up and gets ready for the day.
Thyme Garden in Alsea hosts an annual Mother’s Day event, Art in the Garden. This is the festival’s 24th year, and features artists from around the region as well as music and dancing in The Thyme Garden’s 2-acre display gardens and 80 acres of forest paths. The festival features a wide range of musical talent. This year it will be May 13th and 14th, from 10am-5pm. Admittance is free, and food is available for purchase from 11am-3pm. Wine and beer will also be available for purchase, with complimentary samples of herbal appetizers. You can find out more on their website www.thymegarden.com.
Mother’s Day Brunch in Corvallis (and surrounding areas) is always a favorite, and there are many options that allow Mom to get up late and still go out and have a nice meal. Many restaurants recommend a reservation. Here are just a few local options:
  • Ecola Hills Wine Cellars in Rickreall has a buffet-style Mother’s Day Brunch, which includes a glass of wine for those 21 and older. Reservations are recommended. Visit their website for more information.
  • Santiam Excursion Train offer a Mother’s Day brunch in Lebanon, OR, offers a 2 hour train ride with brunch. Visit santiamexcursiontrains.com for more details.
  • Valley Catering is hosting their annual Mother’s Day brunch in Corvallis on May 14th, at their clubhouse in Adair Village. They have two seatings, one at 10am and one at 12:30pm. Reservations are required. Call (541)745-7455 for more information or to make reservations.
  • Ivy Garden Tearoom in Albany is hosting a Mother’s Day High Tea on May 13th. Two seatings are available at 11:30am and 2pm. Reservations are required (541)928-7330.
  • Garland Nursery in Corvallis is hosting a tea party and planting event on May 14th at 1pm. First, you will learn about creating beautiful planter designs. Then, you select your favorite combination and the nursery team will professionally plant them for you while you enjoy tea and treats. Registration is required. Call (541)753-6601 to register or visit http://www.garlandnursery.com/event/mothers-day-tea-party/ for more information.

Whatever you do on Mother’s Day, just remember that it’s a day to honor the moms in your life. Think about what shows her how much you love, appreciate, and cherish her. While some mothers may love to be pampered with a day alone to relax, others want to spend Mother’s Day surrounded by their families. Don’t be be afraid to ask what she’d like to do, or Mother and daughter relaxing in park.maybe give her some of the options listed here. Most moms would love the opportunity to tell you what a perfect Mother’s Day looks like for them. 

by Wendy Sinclair

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