This year, Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 9. That means you still have plenty of time to plan a nice, relaxing day for Mom. Try to surprise her by giving her the day off from the normal grind of chores and kids. Below are some suggested activities or outings to try in the Charlotte area.
Carowinds: Carowinds is open for the season on weekends! Pick up a season pass if you plan on visiting this nearby amusement park more than twice before the end of summer. It is a real cost-saver, plus you get a preferred parking spot if you arrive early enough. Of note, there is a brand new coaster called, Intimidator, plus the Nick-kids area has been spruced up and re-branded with a Peanuts theme. On May 10, the park is open 10am-6pm. (The water park is not open yet.)
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont is again hosting its annual Mother's Day at the Garden event. The first 500 moms get a free plant upon arrival and you can also picnic on the grounds. (Either reserve a lunch at the Garden or bring your own.) This year, moms will also be offered complementary mini-massages from Dr. Mitch Moser and a complementary beauty consultation provided by Mary Kay cosmetics. Visit the website for hours and entrance fees.
Bike Charlotte is a 16-day event packed with different riding opportunities and festivals. On Mother's Day, there is a family bike ride starting at 2pm in Freedom Park. The 11-mile ride will go through Myers Park and Dilworth with the slowest riders setting the pace. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is FREE. Bring your helmut!
Need some more ideas? Consider strawberry picking, visiting the Carolina Raptor Center, treating Mom to a movie, or even making her a meal. Keeping Mom first in your thoughts is the bet way to make her feel special this year.
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