Updated for 2018!
It always seems to approach so quickly. We are so busy planning the holidays, what to send in to school for Valentine’s Day, where to go for spring break…then BAM, it’s Mother’s Day! Now, in my family, my husband always works on Mother’s Day so I spend the day with my mom and my boys. Each year I end up waiting until the last minute to decide what to do even though I click “like” on a hundred cool events I want to attend. I wanted this year to be different!
Luckily, NJ offers a wide variety of fun and exciting Mother’s Day experiences. There are events to meet for every age, interest and budget. To make planning easier for myself and for all of you, I decided to put together a list of some amazing Mother’s Day events in NJ!
Mother’s Day Events in NJ
Moms are FREE at Medieval Times – May 1-13: Step back in time this Mother’s Day at Medieval Times where your special Queen is free (with the purchase of one full-price adult ticket).
Mother’s Day Card at Michaels Craft Stores – May 5 10am-12pm: For only $2/person, kids can make unique frames to celebrate mom on her special day!
Mother’s Day Walk-In Event at Chef It Up Mount Olive – May 4 6pm-8pm: Kids ages 2.5 and up can put together an edible strawberry patch. It’s only $10/person!
Flower Bouquet for Moms at Michaels Craft Stores – May 12 10am-12pm: For only $2/person, kids can make unique cards to celebrate mom on her special day!
MAKEBREAK Mother’s Day Frame at Michaels Craft Stores – May 12 1pm-3pm: Just buy the frame and the rest of the supplies are FREE!
Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend at Terhune Orchards – May 12-13 12pm-5pm: Celebrate mom with free wine tastings and bakery samples.
Beautify Butterflies, Birds Family Festival at Camden Children’s Garden – May 12-13 1pm-4pm: Families can enjoy the beautiful gardens all day, plus moms ride FREE on all garden amusement rides!
Mother’s Day Picnic Baskets at Grounds for Sculpture – May 12-13 11am-4pm: Pre-order a delicious picnic lunch for mom (by May 10) and enjoy a day on the grounds.
Moms are FREE at Wild West City – May 12-13 ALL DAY: Go back in time this Mother’s Day and explore the old west. Moms are free with a paid child admission.
Mother’s Day at Willowwood Arboretum – May 13 12pm-4pm: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a self-guided tour through the beautiful gardens including the lilac collection. Light refreshments will also be provided.
Mother’s Day Tea Party at Morey’s Piers – May 13 12pm-5pm: Families are invited to a fun tea party by the tea cups to celebrate mom. Kids can also decorate cookies. Moms ride free 12pm-2pm.
Mother’s Day Cruise with Lake Hopatcong Cruises – May 13 9am, 12pm and 6pm: Families can celebrate mom while enjoying a scenic ride around Lake Hopatcong. Moms get a complimentary cocktail too! Check out my review of my experience with Lake Hopatcong Cruises.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Alstede Farms – May 12-13 Seatings at 9am, 10:30am and 12pm : Families can enjoy a scenic hayride then a yummy buffet brunch with farm fresh food. Moms also get FREE ice cream that day at the farm! (We attended this event 3 years ago and LOVED it!)
Mom’s Dig For FREE at Diggerland – May 13 11am-6pm: Bring mom to Diggerland USA for a fun day of digging with family!
Moms are FREE at Jenkinson’s Aquarium – May 13 ALL DAY: Mom gets to enjoy an under the sea adventure for FREE with a paid child admission.
Moms Golf for FREE at Lake Hopatcong Golf Club – May 13 11am-9pm: Enjoy a fun day playing mini golf with mom while enjoying the gorgeous views of Lake Hopatcong!
Moms are FREE at Monmouth Park – May 13 ALL DAY: Enjoy a day of racing with mom this Mother’s Day. There will be fun giveaways and a Mother’s Day Brunch (additional fee).
You can also visit some gardens!
Walk the gardens at Frelinghuysen Arboretum which are open to the public from 9-5 pm and it is FREE!
Check out the Maccullouch Hall Gardens which is FREE and open to the public from 9-5 pm.
Another FREE location to visit is the Cross Estates Garden which is open to the public from 9-5 pm.
The last FREE garden is the Leonard J. Buck Garden which is open from 9-5 pm.
A special Mother’s Day event is held at Presby Iris Gardens from 12- 2:00 pm which includes boxed lunches, live music, and an impressionist artist on site.
The wisteria is in bloom at Van Vleck Mansion which is also hosting a special Mother’s Day event here: 1- 2:00 pm with live music – bring your own chair.
Keep checking back because we will be adding to the list as new events arise!
Happy Mother’s Day!