Spend the day on the lovely grounds of Bartram’s Garden. Photo courtesy of the garden
Spend the day on the lovely grounds of Bartram’s Garden. Photo courtesy of the garden

20 Awesome Things to Do with Mom on Mother's Day in Philly

From tots to teens, children throughout Philadelphia know moms should be celebrated on Mother's Day. After all, they are chauffeurs, mathematicians, chefs, event planners, negotiators... moms do it ALL! And this year more than ever, moms from the city to the suburbs deserve a little extra TLC.

However, sometimes it is tough to know how to spoil Mom...breakfast in bed, an empty sink, no laundry to fold, peace and quiet throughout the house? All stand-out ideas... but perhaps what mom really wants is to make memories with her children. Thankfully, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up more than a dozen ideas that go beyond brunch and flowers.

Our list contains activities for creative moms, outdoorsy moms,and history buffs as well as options for moms who want to try something new. For gift ideas, browse our recent article, Mother's Day Gifts Moms Actually Want After A Long Year. With all of this info, you are ready to make mom's day almost as special as she is. Enjoy.

Places featured in this article:


Bartram’s Garden
upcoming events
(Wed Apr 14, 2021 - Wed Jun 16, 2021) Homeschooler Days
(Wed Apr 7, 2021 - Wed Jun 2, 2021) Little Explorers Toddler Program

Wilmington Riverfront/Fort Christina Park/Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard
upcoming events
(Sat May 1, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Weekend Sails on Kalmar Nyckel
(Sat Oct 16, 2021) Halloween Ship Day

West Chester Railroad
upcoming events
(Sun May 30, 2021) Memorial Day Express
(Sun Jun 6, 2021 - Sun Sep 19, 2021) Summer Picnic Train Rides

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Franklin Square Fountain Show
(Thu May 13, 2021 - Thu May 27, 2021) Storytime in the Square

Museum of the American Revolution

Peace Valley Nature Center
upcoming events
(Sun Apr 18, 2021 - Sun Jun 20, 2021) Naturalist Foray

Graeme Park
upcoming events
(Fri Apr 30, 2021 - Fri Dec 31, 2021) Tours of the Historic Keith House

Palumbo Park
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 13, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Mural Arts Philadelphia Spring Tour

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 13, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Mural Arts Philadelphia Spring Tour

Spring Into the Arts Walking Tour
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 13, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Mural Arts Philadelphia Spring Tour

West Philly Tour
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 13, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Mural Arts Philadelphia Spring Tour

Peddler's Village
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 17, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Murder By Gaslight 2 – The Murder of Emmeline

The Philadelphia Zoo
upcoming events
(Mon Mar 29, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age

Bury the Hatchet
upcoming events
(Sun Feb 21, 2021 - Sun Dec 26, 2021) Family Fun Day at Bury the Hatchet

Linvilla Orchards
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Mon May 31, 2021) Spring Hayrides at Linvilla Orchards

The Franklin Institute
upcoming events
(Wed Mar 31, 2021 - Sun Jul 18, 2021) Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition

Crayola Experience
upcoming events
(Sat May 1, 2021 - Mon May 31, 2021) Free Admission at Crayola Experience for Nurses

Blue Cross RiverRink
upcoming events
(Fri May 7, 2021 - Sun Sep 26, 2021) Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Please Touch Museum
upcoming events
(Thu May 6, 2021 - Sun Jun 27, 2021) Double Rainbows Pop-Up Exhibit at Please Touch Museum
(Fri Jun 4, 2021 - Sun Sep 12, 2021) The Pigeon Comes to Philadelphia! A Mo Willems Exhibit
Kennett Square Story Stroll
Work2gether - 7:00 AM
Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age
The Philadelphia Zoo - 9:30 AM
Franklin Square Fountain Show
Franklin Square - 12:00 PM
Private Hayrides at Highland Orchards
Highland Orchards - 6:00 PM
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Blue Cross RiverRink - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides