Mamma Mia, Special Events in NJ Just for Mom
Don’t let Mother’s Day come and go without treating yourself! We’ve done the prep work in finding 19 great events that will fit the bill for whatever kind of day you’re hoping to have. Whether you want to celebrate with your family, or you’d prefer to have the kids entertained so you can have some extra “me time,” New Jersey Family’s got you covered.
May 13, 9 am, Memorial Field
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At the 11th annual Mother’s Day 5K, run or walk in honor of loved ones. Race proceeds will benefit LIVESTRONG at the YMCA—the Y’s new cancer survivorship and recovery program.
May 12, 12–3 pm, $, free/under age 12 months
A teddy bear-themed picnic is led by Rosie Hymerling, a mother and new grandmother herself! She’ll have songs, stories, and snacks for mother and child to share.
May 13, 2–3 pm, free, registration required
Moms and their families go on a guided nature walk and learn some facts about Mother Nature.
May 13, 11 am–3 pm, $
Rat’s Restaurant and The Peacock Café are offering moms an elegant brunch menu fit for a queen! After, stroll the magnificent sculpture park.
May 13, 10 am–5 pm
Spend the day at the aquarium. All moms are free with a paid child admission.
May 13, 9-11 am, $, registration suggested
Moms, get some extra shuteye and let dad take the kids (ages newborn-6 years) for gym and crafting fun. Each child can make a special gift/craft to take home to mom.
May 13, 10–11 am, registration required
Non-equestrian family members can join a special Mother’s Day trail ride.
May 13, 1–4 pm, regular admission, free/moms
Treat yourself to a special afternoon this Mother’s Day. Moms and their families can enjoy a tour of the museum, a visit to the current exhibits, and a garden tour. There will also be craft activities and a scavenger hunt for children, inspired by the museum’s current Civil War exhibit.
May 12–13, 10 am–5 pm, $
Mother's Day Weekend: the museum is full of activities that show moms how special they are.
May 13, 11 am, free
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Join a two-hour, four-mile, easy, guided hike to The Women’s Federation Monument, part of the NJ Women’s Heritage Trail.
May 13, 10 am, registration required
This two-hour bird walk includes a trip to see Monk Parakeets on Railroad Ave., and ends at Skeetkill Creek Marsh on Pleasantview Terrace. Meet at the Ridgefield Nature Center, Shaler Blvd. gate.
May 13, 6 pm, $
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a concert from R&B singer-songwriter Brian McKnight. This intimate, solo-acoustic performance features McKnight on guitar and piano.
May 13, 10 am, $, free/members and moms
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a two-hour guided hike. All ages welcome (no strollers). In case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
May 13, 1–3 pm, free
An ensemble from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra offers a selection of tunes to please the whole family at this Mother’s Day concert. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. Fair weather only.
May 12, 2:30–4:30 pm, $, registration required
Mothers are welcome to participate in this kids’ cooking class in which kids ages 7 and up learn to make chicken salad, smoked salmon, chocolate truffles, and more. After, enjoy the meal and bring home the recipes.
May 13, 9:15 and 10:30 am, $, registration required
Watchung Stables offers two special Mother’s Day guided trail rides in the Watchung Reservation (ages 9 and up to ride).
May 13, 11 am–2 pm, $, free/moms, registration required
Families with elementary school-age kids and older go on a three-mile guided hike. Pack lunch for a picnic at Wyanokie High Point with a view of Norvin Green State Forest.
May 13, 3 pm, $, free/children under age 2
Sunday Sampler Series: Tap Team Two: Hoofing in America: "Hoofing" is a uniquely American creation with roots in Irish clogging, African dance, and early 20th-century street and social dances. At this event, two "hoofing" dancers will showcase Irish, African, hip-hop, and house rhythms. Be prepared to learn a few basic steps and dance in their footsteps. Children and grown-ups will want to get up and dance!
May 13, 12-4:30 pm, free
Stroll amidst the spring gardens and beautiful lilac collection at the height of its beauty and fragrance. From 1-3 pm, folk, country, and bluegrass musical entertainment is provided by the Stoney River Boys. Light refreshments and self-guided tours will be available. Limited supply of unusual lilacs will be sold.