6 Special Events to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Baystateparent Magazine

From Boston to the Berkshires, here are some memorable places to take mom. 

Duckling Day 

Boston Common 

Ducking Day on the Boston Common.

A beloved, three-decade-long tradition, Duckling Day draws over 1,000 people to the Boston Common for playtime, picnics and quite possibly the most adorable parade you’ve ever seen. Celebrating the classic children’s book, “Make way for Ducklings,” little ones come dressed like characters from the story. Led by the Harvard Marching Band, they parade to the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculpture at the picturesque Boston Public Garden. Come early for Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment including a creative play area, a magician and other performers, interactive circus games, live music, and more. All families are welcome to decorate their wagons or strollers, bring a picnic, and celebrate mom in America’s oldest public park. Registration is $35 per family. Find more at friendsofthepublicgarden.org

Lilac Sunday 

Boston 

Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum.

Experience the springtime bloom of the Arnold Arboretum’s renowned collection of nearly 400 lilacs. The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, a 281-acre preserve in the heart of Boston, brings this Mother’s Day event back for the first time since 2019, offering tours with Arboretum experts, hands-on children’s programming, and more. This is the only day of the year that picnicking is permitted at the Arboretum, so pack lunch and plan to stay all day. The event is free, though donations to the Arboretum are appreciated. Parking is limited to perimeter streets. Details at aboretum.harvard.edu.

Brunch at Powisset Farm 

Dover 

Mother's Day Brunch at Powisset Farm.

Enjoy a locally-sourced, farm-to-table buffet brunch on the sweeping grounds of this historic farm. Live music, lawn games, and visits with the farm animals are all in store. Beer, wine and mimosas available for mom and dad. Adults $65, children $20. Tickets at thetrustees.org

Family Yoga in the (Sculpture) Park

Lincoln 

Family Yoga at deCordova

Get moving with mom! This kid-friendly yoga class at deCordova Sculpture Park weaves a balance between imagination and mindfulness. For ages 3-12 and a caregiver, the class will take place on the lawn by the famous Two Big Black Hearts sculpture. Adults $20, children $12. Register at thetrustees.org

Daffodil and Tulip Festival 

Stockbridge 

Daffodil and Tulip Festival at Naumkeag.

Take a drive to the Berkshires for Naumkeag’s annual springtime celebration where you can stroll through 8 acres of their world-renowned gardens with over 130,000 daffodils and tulips. Take a self-guided tour of the first floor of the 1884 estate, browse the seasonal gift shop, and grab a mixed bouquet or container plant from the greenhouse to bring home. Food and refreshments will be for sale at the outdoor snack shack. The festival runs Thursday through Monday, through May 15. Advanced purchase of timed tickets, $20 for adults, $5 for kids, required at thetrustees.org.

Spring Bloomfest

North Andover 

Spring Bloomfest at Stevens Coolidge House & Gardens.

The Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens, an early 20th-century estate with acres of stunning gardens, showcases the beauty of more than 175,000 tulips and other flowers at this annual festival, running through May 15. Two special activities are offered as part of the event on Mother’s Day weekend – an “After Hours” in the evenings and a floral workshop on Saturday. During the “After Hours” guests can picnic and explore the gardens at sunset, from 6-8 p.m. At the Mother's Day Floral Workshop, you’ll learn step-by-step instructions to assemble a spring inspired centerpiece based on both the colors and seasonal blooms flourishing in the garden. Bloomfest is $20 for adults, $5 for kids. Advanced tickets are required for all events at thetrustees.org.