Mother's Day memories. Photo by Jennifer Coe
Mother's Day memories. Photo by Jennifer Coe

20 Fun Things To Do on Mother's Day in Connecticut

Mother's Day is May 9, 2021, and we are betting all the mamas really need this one to be special (one word: pandemic). Depending on what mom's preferences are, a great Mother's Day may include a delicious meal, a day of pampering, or a fun day out with the family.

If you are celebrating with a great meal, make sure to check out all the best places for moms to eat a meal they haven't cooked. These Mother's Day Brunches and Breakfasts in Connecticut should give you plenty of options to choose from. To continue the day showing mom just how special she is, we've rounded up 20 awesome things to do on Mother's Day 2021 in Connecticut!


Editor's note: Some events and operating hours could change, depending on COVID-19 status through the spring. Check with businesses before heading out to events. Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and social distancing. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

1. Take mom for a hike. 

Connecticut's beautiful hiking trails are the perfect places to explore. Have little ones who use a stroller? Don't worry. Check out these places you can hike with your stroller babies

2. Does mom like ice cream? 

Try one of these knock-your-socks-off ice cream parlors. There's no better way to follow a yummy brunch than by enjoying a cool treat with the family. 

3. Get some exercise and fresh air together.

Try one of the bike paths that are all over the Greater Hartford area and take a nice, long ride with the family. Biking is a great workout and fun for kids of all ages. 

4. Take a river cruise. 

Enjoy the beautiful views along the Connecticut River on a RiverQuest Mother's Day Cruise. If you're lucky, you may even spot some eagles or other wildlife.

RELATED: Connecticut Day Trips Guide

5. Hang out with animals

Spend some time at one of Connecticut's animal destinations, like The Beardsley Zoo or The Norwalk Aquarium. Mom will love seeing her favorite creatures up close, but she'll also get a kick out of watching her little ones' faces light up. 

6. Ride a roller coaster

Be one of the first adventure-seekers in line for the rides at Lake Compounce's 2021 opening day, which is May 8. There's no better place in the state to experience the thrill of old-fashioned wooden roller coasters, like Boulder Dash! 

7.  Visit old Wethersfield

Bring the family to Bicycles on Main in Old Wethersfield. This quaint and cozy town has so much to offer. Mom will love the antique shops, coffee shops, and the old-fashioned feel of this historic place. Don't forget to stop at the Heirloom Market at Comstock-Ferre for some amazing seeds for the garden.

Fresh tulips. Photo by Ally Noel

8. Enjoy the blooms of springtime.

Wade through a sea of beautiful flowers at Colorblends Home and Garden. Tulips, crocus, snowdrops, and other types of spring blossoms are all exploding in color.

9. Take mom roller skating.

Maybe mom would like to re-live her youth at one of these Connecticut roller rinks. Skating is so much fun and is also great exercise, plus mom can hear some of her favorite tunes while going around the rink. 

10. Go on a day trip.

A staycation is still a vacation, and there are so many options for day trips, whether you take mom to the coast or the mountains. With just a couple of hours in the car, the whole family can experience a fun getaway in New England.

11. Experience nature up close. 

Hike, see animals up close, and learn about the natural world at one of Connecticut's nature centers. Visiting one of these centers makes for such a nice, leisurely afternoon outside.

RELATED: Zoos and Gardens in Connecticut

12. Expand your horizons at a museum.

The Bruce Museum reopens on May 8, and it's "pay what you wish" admission through September 6, though a $10 donation is suggested. The museum has a new feature, a Let in, Let go, multi-sensory video projection installation created by Holly Danger.

13. Have a unique train and tea experience.

Essex Steam Train has a Mommy and Me Teatime and train ride through the Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy light finger foods while taking. in the views.

14. Attend a mini-festival on the farm.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center's Spring on the Farm" festival is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. The festival offers fun and games, animal interactions, arts and crafts, food trucks, and more.

15. Get on the water and see marine life.

The Norwalk Maritime Aquarium is running Marine Life Encounter Cruises for Mother's Day weekend. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride while seeing animals like whales and dolphins. Note that pre-registration is required. 

Feed a hungry alpaca. Photo courtesy of Roaring Acres Alpacas

16. Meet some alpacas.

Does mom like soft, furry, sweet-hearted animals? Celebrate Mother's Day a day early on open farm day, May 8, at Roaring Acres Alpacas. These animals are cute as can be and so friendly.

17. Go to the beach. 

Some people swear that springtime is the best time to visit the beach. Run your toes through the sand at these Fairfield-area beaches. Dip your feet in the water and stroll the beach looking. sea glass. 

18. Get some tea with Alice.

Make reservations to try out this cozy Alice in Wonderland-themed tea room in Mystic. There are plenty of delicious treats to choose from, including macaroons flown in from Paris. Mom deserves the best.

19. Make mom a special keepsake.

All of these make-your-own pottery places are open (with restrictions). You can reserve a table or bring home a take-home kit. What a great way to make a unique gift for mom that she'll cherish. 

20. Spend some time on the farm.

Brown's Harvest is having its annual Asparagus Festival. There are vendors and artisans selling their wares, and admission is free. The festival also features face painting, live music, kids' crafts, food trucks, and a jump pad.


If you're looking for more fun ideas for things to do with kids in Connecticut, check out our Spring Guide and list of awesome May activities!

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