Mother’s Day is this Sunday 8 May 2022. It’s a day to celebrate mothers, nans, grandmas, carers and other important women in our lives. Celebrating the day needn’t be boring or expensive. Choose from one of the following ideas, gather your favourite people and enjoy the day your way.
Go koala spotting at Tilligerry Habitat
Located on the Tilligerry Peninsula at Port Stephens, this 9-hectare flora and fauna reserve is approximately 45 minutes from Newcastle and is one of the best spots, locally, to see a koala in the wild. The trails and boardwalks are short, flat and well maintained so they’re great for grandparents too! Follow them down to the sandy waterfront where you’ll find spectacular views across Tanilba Bay to Snapper Island and North Arm Cove. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic tables in the reserve or at nearby Caswell Reserve. Read more here.
Encourage the kids to make a handmade Mother’s Day gift
Handmade gifts are the best! This Mother’s Day encourage the kids to make a handmade gift for Mum, Nan, Grandma or other important lady in their lives. Thanks to our friends at Cleverpatch, here are 10 Mother’s Day Craft Ideas that Kids Can Make, all with easy to follow instructions. You can also try these Mother’s Day Craft Ideas Using Items You Can Find at Home. Other ways you can encourage the kids to get creative is to draw Mum a picture showing why she is special to them or, if they play an instrument or sing, have them learn one of her favourite songs.
Relax with a coffee while the kids play at a playground
There are plenty of playgrounds with nearby cafes in the local area. Ring ahead to make sure your chosen cafe is open, then grab a coffee (or other hot or cold drink) as well as a special treat from the display fridge and kick back, relax and enjoy while the kids wear themselves out on playground equipment. Check out Newy with Kid’s List of Playgrounds With Nearby Cafe’s in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter for inspiration.
Enjoy a homemade breakfast
Mother’s Day wouldn’t be the same without breakfast in bed. Here are some ideas to inspire Dad and the kids to make Mother’s Day breakfast in bed extra special:
- If you have a heart-shaped cutter, make pancakes in the shape of a heart. Place on a plate, decorate with fresh berries and dust with icing sugar.
- Fill the house with a delicious aroma on Mother’s Day morning by baking a loaf of banana bread using your favourite banana bread recipe. Toast a couple of slices, spread with butter, peanut butter or yoghurt and fresh fruit and serve.
- Slice a red or green capsicum into large rings and use them as egg rings to fry Mum’s eggs. Serve up the eggs, complete with capsicum ring, on buttered toast.
- Make Mum a ‘big breakfast’ with fried bacon, eggs her preferred way, potato gems or hash browns and sliced and fried tomato. Serve with toast.
- Health-conscious mums might appreciate a breakfast smoothie instead. Use fresh fruit (like strawberries and banana), a tub of yoghurt, almond or coconut milk and add any greens or ‘extras’ you think she might like.
- Breakfast Skewers – Thread some of Mum’s favourite fruit onto skewer sticks then add another element such as mini pancakes, protein balls or donut holes to make them extra special. Place on a plate and drizzle with a small amount of melted honey.
Enjoy Mother’s Day at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
For $10 per adult, $5 per child or $20 per family per car you can enjoy Mother’s Day at the Hunter Region’s only Botanic Gardens. Located 5km north of Hexham Bridge, the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens consist of more than 30 hectares of native and exotic plants in a 140 hectare natural bushland setting. Starting from 10am you will be able to browse market stalls and listen to live music from Jumpin’ Jukebox while picnicking on the Eucalyptus Lawn. You can also browse the gardens at leisure and enjoy food from the Kookaburra Cafe or the BBQ held by the garden’s wonderful volunteers. Visit their Facebook Event Page for more information including ticketing information. Read more about Hunter Region Botanic Gardens: Fun Nature Day Out.
Enjoy a picnic lunch (or morning/afternoon tea) at a local picnic spot
If the weather is good, pack a picnic lunch, a thermos and a picnic rug and take the family to one of these Best Picnic Spots in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter. For picnic inspiration, choose from one or more of the picnic-perfect recipes in this Free Recipe Ebook created by the University of Newcastle. If it happens to rain you can always throw out a picnic rug and enjoy a picnic on the lounge room floor at home.
Walk to Nobbys Headland
Enjoy some exercise and time outdoors with your family on Mother’s Day and explore iconic Nobbys Headland. The site is open on weekends and offers 360-degree views of the city, harbour and our spectacular coastline. Check out the recently completed Stage 2 of the Macquarie Pier Revitalisation Project that included the installation of interpretive heritage signage and an audio tour along the route to tell the story of Newcastle’s maritime history. Read more about Exploring Nobbys Headland on Weekends.
Enjoy a Family Bike Ride
If the weather is favourable, enjoy the day by getting out of the house and going for a bike ride with the family. Newy with Kids have put together a collection of 15 Kid-Friendly Cycle Paths in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter. If mum like mountain biking, check out list of best family-friendly mountain biking trails to enjoy in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter.
Create a Spa at Home
Get creative with the kids and enjoy some at-home spa treatments. You don’t need to look any further than your kitchen pantry to make these Kid-Friendly DIY Pamper Ideas for a Fun Spa Day at Home. Set the scene with some relaxing music and you’ll be feeling relaxed and pampered in no time (or, at the very least, fill an hour of the day with some messy fun).
Visit Blackbutt Reserve
Enjoy a day with the family and visit Blackbutt Reserve. If you’re feeling energetic you can walk one of the 9 different walking trails in the reserve or take along a bbq or picnic lunch and just enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at one of Newcastle’s most popular attractions. Read more about Visiting Blackbutt Reserve.
For Mother’s Day events happening in our region see What’s On for Mother’s Day 2022.
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Meg is a born and raised Novocastrian whose interests include gardening, reading and writing poetry. In between writing for Newy With Kids and working as a School Learning Support Officer, Meg enjoys camping and travelling with her family and exploring Newcastle and all it has to offer. Meg has two energetic kids and is passionate about kids having the opportunity to be outdoors as often as possible.