Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and I realized that I am quickly running out of time to figure out something to do with my mom that a) I can afford and b) she’ll like to do (hi Mom!).
Trusting that I’m not the only one feeling this way, I put together a list of ideas and am now passing them on to those of you who, like me, are panicking and grasping at straws. And they’re (almost all) free.
Remind her how beautiful North Carolina is
Let her get some sun
Good for her heart, good for her soul. Head to the public access points on Lake Norman and Wylie and watch her stress melt away.
Magical at Christmas, magical at every holiday (even if they’re Hallmark holidays).
Cost: $0 for your mom on Saturday and Sunday. Bonus! The first 250 moms get a free potted plant. 6500 South Newhope Road
Because nothing is cooler than watching a bird like Willow come in hot, and moms get in free on Sunday.
Cost: $0 for your mom. 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville
What’s a little friendly competition between a mother and her children? Unless it’s Monopoly, not much.
Cost: $0 for moms who are playing with a paying child at Adventure Landing. 10400 Cadillac Street, Pineville
Have a picnic
Grab a blanket and head to Romare Bearden, Freedom Park, Fourth Ward Park or First Ward Park for the best views.
Tour Fourth Ward
It’s charming year-round, not just when it’s ready for Christmas.
Cost: $0. Get the map and information at the Charlotte Visitor Info Center at 501 S. College Street
Go on a scavenger hunt
The art in Uptown is interesting, all over the place and makes for a great game.
Cost: $0. Here’s the scavenger hunt. Good luck.
Ride the trolley
When was the last time you did something completely new with your mom?
Cost: $0. Any of the stops Uptown every 15 minutes until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Walk the greenways
The one behind Midtown is especially lovely.
Go to a museum
ImaginOn and the Wells Fargo Museum are free. Got a little bit of cash? Levine Museum of the New South and the Bechtler are $8.
Because there’s nothing more your mom loves than wine (and you, of course). Rocky River is 30 minutes from Charlotte and has plenty of spots to picnic.
Cost: $8 to taste eight wines. 11685 Reed Mine Road
Go strawberry picking
The work at Hall Family Farm is hard, the reward is sweet (punny!).
Cost: $0 to get in, but $2.39/lb for the strawberries. 10713 Providence Road West
Watch people create art on the Rail Trail
Or even help. Murals are being painted at 3 different spots on the Rail Trail three different days in May, and on Saturday the 7th, the MLK Boulevard stop (behind the Wells Fargo Building) is being painted from noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: $0. It’s all volunteer-based.
Hang out at BIKE! Charlotte
There are plenty of rides happening Mother’s Day weekend (see those here), but on Sunday, you and your mom can enjoy a Sunday Slow Riders Mother’s Day Ride. It meets at 1:45 p.m. at Legion and leaves at 2. Details.
Listen to jazz at the Bechtler
The Ziad Jazz Quartet are in town Friday night and you can see them live at 6 and 8:15 p.m. It promises to be good – the show is called Smoking Saxophones.
Cost: $14 for the public, $8 for members. Buy your tickets here. 420 South Tryon Street
The music festival is back at Romare Bearden Park on Saturday the 7th at 3:30 p.m. It’s known for highlighting local and regional acts.