With re-openings and restrictions loosening up, this Mother’s Day is proving to be one for the books, with lots of activities planned to celebrate moms and all they deserve on their special day. Gather the whole family to shop, followed by a skate at the rink for Mother’s Day at American Dream, take a scenic boat ride on Tuckerton Creek at the Tuckerton Seaport, or brunch and sip chardonnay among the vines at Tomasello Winery. Scroll down for more ways to celebrate —and make memories this Mother’s Day (and check out our NJMOM guide for gift hints too).
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22 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day
Pamper mom with a day of shopping and dining at American Dream, followed by a Mother’s Day skate on their NHL regulation-size ice rink. During this special skate, DJ Mark Wolf will be spinning lots of throwback hits that the whole family will enjoy. You can also treat mom to an exclusive SkyBox Suite where she can watch the fam splash around at DreamWorks Water Park, take a special visit to the newly-opened Tracy Lee Stum Museum, also known as the TiLT Museum™, or show her some love with unique and special gift offers, available exclusively at American Dream. Want to hear all about their latest openings and events? Be sure to follow American Dream on Facebook and Instagra
Cost: Prices vary depending on the activity
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Featured Event: Mother’s Day Workshops at Island Spa & Sauna
There is no better way to recharge than transporting your mind and body to another place. Island Spa and Sauna in Edison is the perfect place to release your tension and recharge, and sneak in a little R&R this Mother’s Day. Buy a gift card for Mother’s Day and receive 10% off purchases of $250 or more + receive a complimentary admission ticket (offer expires May 16), or sign up for one of their special Mother’s Day workshops, where you can make a DIY scrub with your kids, share a day of relaxation with other moms, or bond with expectant moms with meditation and movement.
Cost: prices vary
Island Spa and Sauna
1769 Lincoln Highway, Edison, NJ 08817
River Queen Mother’s Day Dinner
May 9 at 3:30 PM
Take a calm inland water scenic cruise on the Manasquan River and enjoy a variety of entrees during your trip. Registration is required. All ages are welcome, and the cruise is 2 1/2 hours.
Cost: $65 for ages 13 and up and 12 and under are $30
800 Ashley Ave., Brielle, NJ 08730
The Grenville Hotel & Restaurant Mother’s Day Brunch
May 9 with reserved seating times
With entrees like stuffed French Toast and Eggs Benedict and Penne Vodka with Seafood, the Grenville in Bay Head has plenty of choices within steps to the Bayhead Beach. Please call ahead to reserve a spot and check availability.
Cost: $39.99 for ages 15 and up, $34.99 for ages 10 to 14, and $29.99 for ages 10 and under
Grenville Hotel & Restaurant
345 Main Avenue #4735 Bay Head, NJ 08742
Farm To Table Brunch with Alstede Farms
May 8 and 9 reserved seating times
Fruits, salads, a carving station, and breakfast and lunch options will keep mom and the family full and happy with their farm-to-table brunch. After the meal, take a tractor-drawn wagon ride, visit the farm animals, or visit the Tomasello Winery outdoor patio for a wine tasting.
Cost: $149.99 for a table of four or $229.99 for a table of six
1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ 07930
Mother’s Day with Catcha Fish Reggae Band
May 9 from 4 PM – 7 PM
Take your car or your boat to the Sun Harbor Seafood and Grill restaurant and chill out to the sweet sounds of reggae music. Ryan Zimmerman’s Catcha Fish band will be sure to lure mom into a good time.
Cost: Prices vary for food and drinks
Sun Harbor Seafood and Grill
451 East Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ 08005
Mother’s Day Weekend at the Bellview Winery
May 8 and 9 from 12 PM – 5 PM
Treat mom to her favorite bottle of wine or try the signature Fiesta Sangria or Mimosas, while feasting on bites from Top Shelf Mobile Cuisine. Zac Runfolo will be up on the vineyard stage to entertain for the afternoon. Reservations are required.
Cost: $31 and up
150 Atlantic Avenue, Landisville, NJ 08326
Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend at Terhune Orchards
May 8 and 9 from 12 PM – 5 PM
Celebrate mom and get $2 off all tasting flights during Mother’s Day weekend. The whole family can get in on this event— taste wine, visit the barnyard, listen to live music, and shop in the farm store.
Cost: Prices vary
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton, NJ 08540
Mother’s Day with Bridge Beat Duo at the Federal Twist Vineyard
May 9 from 1 PM – 4 PM
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy music, wine, and food. Cousins Maine Lobster will also be available.
Cost: prices vary
Federal Twist Vineyard
8 Federal Twist Road Stockton, NJ 08559
Mother’s Day Boat Tour
May 7, 8, 9 reserve your time
Take mom out on the water for a one-hour narrated boat ride pointing out sites and history of Tuckerton Creek. Online reservations are required, and there is a limit of 10 people per tour.
Cost: $15 per person
120 W Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Mother’s Day Mani’s and Mimosas
May 9 at 12 PM
Enjoy bottomless mimosas, a buffet-style brunch, gift bags, and more. Services are not included in the ticket price for this Mother’s Day in NJ event.
Pinky’s Deluxe Lounge
6105 West Jersey Avenue #Suite 4 & 5 Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Hopewell Valley Vineyards Mother’s Day Brunch
May 9 at 11 AM
Try the Hopewell Valley Vineyard’s famous ricotta pancakes, breakfast pizza, and baked goods. Wine, mimosas, and bellinis are available too. Reservations must be made by May 5.
Cost: $41.94 for adults, $15.54 for ages 12 and under and children under 2 are free.
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Road, Pennington, NJ 08534
Mother’s Day Mini Sign Workshop
May 9, 11 AM – 1 PM
Looking for a Mother’s Day activity for all ages? Board and Brush in Livingston has just the thing. All materials are provided and all participants are taught step-by-step to create a mini sign. There are a variety of paint and wood stain colors available. Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $35 per adult, $35 per child
Board & Brush
25 W Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ 07039
Tomasello Winery- Hammontown Vineyard Mother’s Day Brunch
May 9 from 9:30 AM – 4 PM
Chose from the breakfast or lunch menu and create a Mother’s Day feast with their wine under the vines. A children’s menu is also available. Reservations are required, and seating is limited.
Cost: Prices vary depending on times
Tomasello Winery Hammonton Vineyard
225 North White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037
(800) 666-9463 x 1
iPlay America Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift
May 9 from 12 PM – 9 PM
Mom gets to choose her day—you can either ride free all day at iPlay and receive a flower or take the day off and let dad go, where he can ride free all day when he brings the kids to iPlay. Mom gets a flower either way.
Cost: Mom or Dad is free
110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Mother’s Day Brunch at Laurita Winery
May 9 at 10:30 AM
Indulge in an omelet station, carving station, chilled display, several entrees, and a dessert buffet for Mother’s Day. A children’s menu is also available. Please call to reserve seating; online bookings will not be available.
Cost: $52 per adult and $30 for ages 6-12
85 Archertown Rd., New Eqypt, NJ 08533
Mother’s Day Walk
May 9 from 10 AM – 12 PM
Take a guided walk with a Tenafly Nature Center Naturalist. All ages are welcome; an adult must accompany children. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.
Cost: Member $5 per person, Non-member $8 per person, Moms and children under 2 are free
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670
Four Sisters Winery Traditional Mother’s Day Dinner
May 9 from 12 PM – 4 PM
Indulge in wine, dinner, and dessert at the winery. Lisa Coppola and Friends will perform live music. Vineyard tours will also be available. It is recommended to make reservations early since seating is limited.
Cost: $35 per person plus tax, $20 for ages 4-10, and ages three and under are free.
Four Sisters Winery
783 County Road 519, Belvidere, NJ 07823
Mommy and Me Mini Sessions
May 9 from 9 AM – 2 PM
Try a unique mommy and me beginner class (kids must be 8+) by turning liquid glass into a work of art. Decide if you want to make a heart, flower, galaxy, globe, unicorn, horn, bowl, or vase.
Cost: $69 and up
The Morris County School of Glass
89 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Make Macarons or Afternoon Tea Treats
May 9 12:30 PM – 2 PM (Macarons) or 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Afternoon Tea)
Learn how to make French Macarons with a trained pastry chef. Enjoy strawberry champagne jam, strawberry buttercream, and chocolate ganache fillings in this fun and educational class. Or take the Afternoon Tea class later in the afternoon and learn how to make scones and cream, Russian tea cookies, and mini fruit tarts.
Cost: $65 per class
221 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Sharrott Winery Mother’s Day Three Ways
May 9 times most activities are from 10 AM – 5 PM
Enjoy Mother’s Day with wine, mimosa flights, and a delicious brunch menu too. Ryan Tennis will provide live music earlier in the day, and Brian & Mindy will be live later in the afternoon. Reservations are highly recommended.
Cost: prices vary
370 S Egg Harbor Road Hammonton, NJ 08037
Mother-Daughter Day of Fashion
Schedule an appointment in May
If you’re seeing your calendar filling up with invitations, now may be a great time to add a few new outfits to the mix. And what better way than with your mom and a personal stylist? Give the gift of a one-on-one “Mother-Daughter Day of Fashion” with a personal stylist, complimentary with the purchase of a $100 Westfield Gift Card during May 2021. The session can be virtual or in-person in a private styling suite, where you can try clothes from stores like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Club Monaco, J Crew, and more at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus.
Cost: prices vary
Westfield Garden State Plaza
One Garden State Plaza Paramus, NJ 07652