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Top ways to celebrate Mother's Day

You can always say it with flowers
You can always say it with flowers
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Mother's Day is more than a date on a calendar. It's a way to say "thank you" for everything mom has done for you all throughout the years. It's a special way to recognize her unique personality, her gifts and talents, and to show your appreciation for what she has taught you and shared with you throughout your life.

If Mom is in a personal care home or adult living facility, she may appreciate just being taken out for dinner, a walk in a park or garden, a trip to the movies, day on the Strip or just a visit at your home. Take her preferences into consideration: as people age, their tolerance for noise and hubbub may change and a quiet time spent with a few loved ones may be more than enough excitement. Other seniors love to get out in the hustle and bustle and enjoy a throng of people and the people-watching associated with this busy-ness.

However you choose to celebrate the day, do so with joy and understanding. The mom you remember from childhood may just be a shadow of who she really is now. Ask questions about the past, joke about shared moments. If she enjoys it, play a board game like "Reminiscing," where you can share special times and experiences. The day is about her and what she wants to do, so ask her and she may just surprise you.

Happy Mothers day to all the moms, grandma's, aunties, foster parents and single dads out there. You are appreciated!

A day at the Clark County Museum
A day at the Clark County Museum s. damon

A day at the Clark County Museum

One special way to celebrate Mother's Day is to take mom on a nostalgic visit to the past. The Clark County Museum offers families the chance to explore Nevada from prehistory to the age of glitz and glamour, with displays in an enclosed museum and a change to literally explore the past through an extensive walk-about. You will see a train, old general store, houses galore (from the 20's to the 60's) restored to their former glory, a beautiful little wedding chapel, an old mining site, a tiny Native American village and so much more. All this at a ridiculously low cost. It's an easy way to spend several hours on a pleasant day.

Visiting the Bellagio fountains and Conservatory
Visiting the Bellagio fountains and Conservatory s. damon

Visiting the Bellagio fountains and Conservatory

If mom loves extensive floral displays and beautiful arrangements, the Bellagio Conservatory is perfect for her Mother's Day excursion. Changing with the seasons, the sights and colors are breath-taking, and after checking out the flowers, you can watch the dancing water outside the casino. For even more fun, check out the buffet. It's literally a world-class experience. All this in one location.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Botanical Garden and other feats of nature
Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Botanical Garden and other feats of nature s. damon

Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Botanical Garden and other feats of nature

If mom is up for a walk in the heat, she will love visiting the botanical cactus garden at Ethel M. It's a bit of the desert, cultivated and arranged for beautiful photo ops and a pleasant stroll. Once the heat gets too much, you can head inside for a taste of preservative-free chocolate and a self-guided tour of the factory, before picking up that special box of chocolates of her own design. If she prefers a more natural environment, the Wetland Bird Preserve or the Springs Preserve may be more to her liking. Whatever she enjoys outdoors, even a picnic at Sunset Park, is bound to be a wonderful day spent together.

Dinner out at Buca di Beppo (or elsewhere)
Dinner out at Buca di Beppo (or elsewhere) s. damon

Dinner out at Buca di Beppo (or elsewhere)

Buca di Beppo is a taste of old Italy and dining is done family-style. If you have a good sized brood, this may be the perfect place to gather and mangia with la famiglia. If Italian food isn't her thing, she can have her choice of any type of restaurant in this town. That's the beauty of living in a cosmopolitan area!

A trip to a market garden
A trip to a market garden s. damon

A trip to a market garden

Gilcrease Orchard is a rarity in the desert, a real living orchard and garden where you have the choice of selecting your own produce or buy it at the stands. It's certainly fresh and the joy of discovery can be as much fun as anything else you can imagine. If mom comes from farm stock, once had a garden of her own, or enjoys wandering among the apple and pear trees, this may be a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours on her special day.

Taking mom to the movies at the Galaxy
Taking mom to the movies at the Galaxy s. damon

Taking mom to the movies at the Galaxy

Going to the movies has sure changed since mom went as a kid with 25 cents in her hand for the show, a drink and popcorn! There is nothing like the Galaxy Luxury Theatre for opulent comfort and the ultimate in seating. Mom can sit back in her own reclining chair and enjoy the latest movie to its best advantage. The popcorn and alcoholic beverage is optional.