Mother’s Day on May 9, 2021, brings celebration challenges, even though we might be getting used to a new “normal.” But some things never change, right?! Flowers, chocolate, and chubby little arms wrapped around your neck are always wonderful on Mother’s Day (or any day). With special gifts, delicious foods, and fun activities, you can make Mother’s Day special for the moms and grandmas in your life and enjoy a special family day – because we might as well!

Let’s Eat!

Whether your tastes range from burgers and fries (*raises hand*) to fine dining, there is a multitude of take-out restaurant options in Calgary with delivery and curbside pickup. Last year, Avenue Calgary put together a wonderful list of restaurants offering a wide range of options or you can check out the list put out by To Do Canada. Do you have a favourite local restaurant? Many are offering take-out and it’s a great opportunity to give yourself a treat while supporting a business near you.

Personally, I’m a fan of heading back in time to Heritage Park. They are offering curbside pickup for food items from the Selkirk Grille and the Alberta Bakery. Order some cinnamon buns and sausage rolls and plan a picnic to mark the occasion.

Mother’s Day brunch is a classic, right? When you can’t go out, the Calgary Farmers Market is making it easy with Mother’s Day Brunch Boxes.

The Calgary Zoo is serving up a chef-created menu of delicious brunch or dinner favourites – perfect for leisurely bedside dining or a family feast at the dinner table. All you need to do is heat and serve.

Have a penchant for pancakes? Check out the Family Feast options at IHOP for Mother’s Day. They have curbside pick-up or delivery!

If you’re feeling a little fancy, order online at Bonterra Trattoria. Delicious!

Special Gifts for Special People

Gift giving during COVID-19 can be a bit of a challenge. Of course, you can order online, if you’re organized enough, but that just isn’t personally realistic for all of us.  Thankfully, many places in Calgary are also doing curbside pick-up, so you don’t have to try to come up with a gift idea you can buy at the grocery store, although a bunch of flowers wouldn’t hurt, either. Check your favourite store and see if you can order over the phone.

Chocolate is a classic gift option, too. Many of the specialty chocolate stores in Calgary have delivery or curbside pickup. Check out Epiphanie ChocolatePurdy’s, Rocky Mountain Chocolatiers, Lindt Chocolate Canada, Cococo Chocolatiers, or Master Chocolat Bernard Callebaut Chocolatiers.

Darvonda Nurseries spring season was such a hit last year, Glow Gardens is back by popular demand! A major supplier of bedding plants, flowers, produce plants such as tomatoes plants, and other fruit plants, Darvonda is bringing a Glow Gardens pop-up to a neighbourhood near you, opening May 1, 2021. You can also get 2-for-1 hanging baskets at Aspen Crossing.

If you need some inspiration, the Calgary Farmers Market invites you to treat Mom with some local love this year with their ready-to-give gift bags. They include things like candles, bath salts, and lotions. (The specially curated bags need to be ordered by May 2, 2021.)

Fun at Home Activities

Not going to lie, this is a hard one, as I feel we have actually done every possible activity already. Walks, puzzles, crafts, movies: check and check again. Get started by checking the Family Fun Calgary weekend guide.

Of course, you can Zoom or FaceTime (or go old-school and pick up the phone) with Grandma for some personal connection and maybe a virtual tea party. Conduct a special Mother’s Day interview and your kids might learn something fascinating about Grandma and her life when she was young. Get inspired with questions here.

Maybe your mom would like to start the day with breakfast in bed. Don’t forget the coffee or tea!

Take a virtual tour of museums or other experiences. We’ve also had great fun with digital escape rooms; there was much cheering and laughter, whether we got a clue right or wrong!

Have you heard of Pinnovate, Calgary’s DIY studio? Pinnovate DIY Delivery is coming to you! From doormats to gnomes to macrame, they’ve got something for everyone. This is a unique and fun way for the whole family to imagine and create. materials, instructions and YouTube tutorials to set you up for fun. I’m quite amused by these doormats!

If Mom is as much of a Disney fan as I am, then you’ll want to check out the fun activities on our Disney Magic at Home page!

When in doubt, head out on a walk, do a puzzle, and cuddle up with a movie (maybe a home movie?)! Those are classics for a reason.

Whatever you do for Mom this year, make it special by making sure Mom doesn’t have to do any work and make the most of your time together. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Looking for more tips on how to keep your kids occupied during the COVID-19 crisis? Find our best ideas, activities and inspiration here!