Solve the age-old dilemma of pleasing the whole family this Mother’s Day with these off-beat activities
Fun-loving mums and nifty shoppers alike will love this special Mother’s Day market. If you manage to tear yourself away from the giant slide, jumping castle and face painting, find something special for Mum at the stalls selling ladies and men’s clothing, arts and crafts, jewellery and homemade treats. Raffle tickets will be on sale in support of Ovarian cancer research. Even if you don’t win the $250 hamper, the fact that you can lock down a great gift a week in advance while the kids enjoy themselves means that you're winning at Mother's Day. Belgrave.
Spending an afternoon at this craft workshop means that Mum will receive something delightfully handmade this year. And you can forget sticky pasta necklaces – kids will have all sort of materials, gift-wrap and colourful cards at their fingertips. While they’re gluing up a storm, parents can enjoy the gallery’s scenic grounds, extensive art collection and café. Bendigo.
In our dreams, this would involve monkeys wearing bonnets and zebras playing croquet. In the real world, this leisurely day includes sack races, stilt-walking and giant twister for little ones and bubbly in the Meerkat Bistro for grown-ups. Pair that with a thrilling safari tour and you've got yourself a Mother’s Day adventure to remember. Entry is free for kids under 15. Werribee South.
Who says Mother’s Day doesn’t exist under the sea? Pay your respects to the new king penguin mums before sitting down to a gourmet breakfast (with pancakes for the kids) or a three-course lunch – bubbly included. Sit guppy-mouthed at the spectacular Coral Atoll tropical fish display while little nippers are kept entertained with fun art and craft activities. Melbourne.
Join forces with your mama to achieve running greatness at one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events for breast cancer research. Kids will love the opportunity to dress up, cheer Mum along or even join in. Whether you choose to walk or run the 4km or 8km trail, the positive attitude and encouragement from the crowd make this more of a social gathering than an endurance test. Melbourne.
Thrill-seeking mums will be treated to free unlimited ride rickets when they purchase one for a child. That's a pretty huge saving, and a pretty huge number of goes on the Great Scenic Railway rollercoaster. St Kilda.