Sunday 8 May
With Mother’s Day coming around so soon again (when did that happen already!?) it’s time to get creative and come up with some new ideas to say thanks for being a perpetual pain in the arse (don’t deny it; you know you are).
OK, so here goes. Here is a curious jumble of Mother’s Day ideas in Melbourne you could take up for this year.
Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run 2016
Every year, you’ve got the Mother’s Day Classic to consider. It sounds like some kind of super sport, and I suppose it is for those less inclined to rigorous activity.
The Mother’s Day Classic is a traditional fun run (or, let’s be honest, walk) to raise money for breast cancer research. It’s a pretty cool way of spending time with Mum outdoors, as well as getting in your workout for the week (and feeling charitable on the side).
You can sweat it out together on the 4km or 8km track around Alexandra Gardens on our famous Tan Track. Or if you’re really not keen on getting the heart racing, you can always volunteer with Mum instead.
Where: Alexandra Gardens
When: From 6am
Cost: $50 walking adult, $55 running adult, $30 walking child/concession, $35 running child/concession
Mother’s Day Lunch or High Tea
If working up a sweat is really not your cup of tea, and if a cup of tea is really your cup of tea, I recommend skipping the running track and instead heading straight to one of Melbourne’s many Mother’s Day Lunches or High Teas.
There are really too many to count these days, among them:
- Mother’s Day at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
- Mother’s Day High Tea at the Langham
- Mother’s Day Luncheon on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
- Mother’s Day High Tea Buffet at the Marriott
Melbourne Chocolate Walking Tour
It’s still active but comes with plenty of indulgences too. Seriously, just because it’s Mother’s Day doesn’t mean every event you do has to be Mother’s Day themed. Why not join one of Melbourne’s delicious chocolate walking tours and show Mum around our Willy Wonka-worthy city.
Melbourne River Lunch Cruise
I know, I keep getting you guys on your feet. So if you’re really looking to relax, consider this lunch cruise on the Yarra River. The cruise will take you through some gorgeous cityscape while staff serve up some delectable fare.
Where: Southgate Promenade Berth 5
Cost: $95 adults, $65 child
Bush tour and tasting
Image: Visit Victoria
Is your Mum more of a true-blue Aussie gal? Hem-hem, woman. I love this bush tour idea at Peppermint Farm. The folks will take you on a tour around their garden showing you all the native tucker you can find in the outback.
And then you can sit down with Mum overlooking a gorgeous view of Bunyip State Park, sipping some divine wine, and being served up organic, bush-flavoured lunch. Thrown into the deal is a range of bush foods Mum gets to take home with her.
Where: Peppermint Ridge Farm, 540 Tynong North Road, Tynong North
When: 10.30am, 12.30pm, or 2pm
Cost: $45 per adult
Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs
Have you put your Mum through hell lately (or, really, just always)? The Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs is the perfect place to take her to let her unwind. You can get a range of different packages, from the full-blown body massage and facials to simply enjoying the various hot springs on the premises.
Just make sure it really is a relaxing treat and not a time to tell your Mum all about the hectic time you’re having at work!
Where: Springs Lane, Fingal (Rye), Mornington Peninsula
When: Open from 7.30am to 10pm
Cost: From $40 per adult or buy one of their Mother’s Day gift ideas. Bookings HIGHLY recommended.
Sky High Mt Dandenong
Sticking on the outskirts of the city, you can always take your Mum to SkyHigh Mt Dandenong for their Special Mother’s Day Lunch. The SkyHigh restaurant has beautiful views over the bay, including the city, and a wealth of walks to work off the lunch!
Where: 26 Observatory Road, Mt Dandenong
Cost: $75 adults, $45 child
Mother’s Day High Tea at Boneo Maze
Sliding back down to the Mornington Peninsula again (I’m biassed, since it’s close to home!), there’s the Mother’s Day High Tea at Boneo Maze. To be honest, I don’t know how much Mum is going to delight in the Hedge Maze, vintage carousel, jumping castle or mini golf course, but hey, at least it’ll get the little ones out of her hair, right?
So while Dad entertains the kids, Mum can sit back with her complimentary glass of bubbly. The Mother’s Day package also comes with a range of savouries and sweets.
Where: 695 Limestone Road, Fingal (Rye), Mornington Peninsula
When: Open 10am-5pm
Cost: $35 adults, $25 children
Got a Mumma who loves a challenge? Take her to a Melbourne Escape Room for an hour of nail-biting problem solving. This is a great idea for a more mature family – the perfect bonding session. Naturally, if your family’s anything like mine, make sure it’s clear the challenge is about team effort rather than boasting and bickering!
Matilda the Musical
Don’t fob it off as a kids’ musical! Matilda the Musical is made for everyone (and there are certainly a few more risque jokes in there Mum is bound to appreciate). It’s witty and comical – an ideal Mother’s Day outing. But get in quick! There aren’t many tickets left now.
Where: Princess Theatre
When: 1pm and 6.30pm
Cost: Tickets from $69
Got more Mother’s Day ideas in Melbourne for our readers? Please leave your suggestions in the comments section below!