What can I say about this motherhood lifestyle in which I am so fully entrenched? Honestly, that I never knew I had the capacity to love another being as selflessly as I do my kids and I am forever awed by the fact that I created two little individuals who can be so charming, frustrating and disarming all at once.
Despite how exhausting and oftentimes thankless being a mother may seem, when my kids put their arms around my neck and tell me they love me, all the chauffeuring, vomit cleaning, homework assistance, meal planning and refereeing seem to melt away.
These two happy, little people I have sprung from my loins are daily reminders that the sacrifices and grinds that can sometimes make mothering feel like all work and no play are proof that ultimately its gifts are boundless.
So what will I be doing this Motherâ€™s Day? While Iâ€™d love to tell you that Iâ€™ll be sipping champagne from dusk to dawn, reading the stack of magazines and books Iâ€™ve been hoarding for the past three months and being waited on hand and foot, such a celebration would not be all that appealing to my kids.
And honestly, the reason Iâ€™m being commemorated at all is precisely because Iâ€™m a mother and so I always attempt to spend the day doing at least one activity I know these kids I mother will enjoy.
So if youâ€™re looking for activities that will help you and your kids bond â€” and revel in the true meaning of this holiday â€” keeping reading forÂ my favorite ways to spend Motherâ€™s Day on May 12th this year.
#1 MOTHERâ€™S DAY ART WORKSHOP
At the Staten Island Childrenâ€™s Museumâ€™s Up4Art weekend workshop, moms and their kids will learn how to work with Watercolors, create beautiful watercolor Mother’s Day cards and make a lasting memento of their experience. A great workshop to bring your kids to and an opportunity to spend an afternoon together creating a handmade piece of art. And once youâ€™re done, enjoy the rest of the museumâ€™s offerings.Â Mothers get to spend some quality time with their children and what mom doesnâ€™t love a gift created with love and by their childrenâ€™s little fingers?
Address: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Livingston.
Age appeal: 2-10
Time Saturday and Sunday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Cost: Free w/admission
Information: 718-273-2060 www.statenislandkids.org
#2 Ecology Walk: Mother’s Day Walk
Families are invited to get their Motherâ€™s Day morning on a with a nature walk through Clove Lakes Park. Families will enjoy the sights and sounds of migrating songbirds and keep an eye out for nature’s new mothers inhabiting the park.
Where: Clove Lakes Park Martling Ave. Bridge
Time: 9-11 am
Age Appeal: All ages
Information: 718-483-7105 www.statenislandmuseum.org
#3 Get your Archery on with the Urban Park Rangers!
Parents and their kids can get hands on experience mastering new skill requires practice and patience. Fishing and Archery programs help develop these skills while connecting you with nature. Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. Whether you chose to grab a simple bamboo pole at a quiet lake, or join more advanced salt water or fly fishing programs, the Rangers have a program that fits your skill level. Archery is also a wonderful way to improve focus and develop patience. Our trained Rangers will demonstrate the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Archery is a great way to build upper body strength. Families and children ages 8 and older are welcome to participate in our fishing and archery programs. Participation in a mandatory safety reviews lead by a trained Ranger is required. All equipment is provided. All fishing programs are catch and release only and most fishing programs are first-come, first-served. Seining programs, which use nets to catch creatures close to shore, are great for kids of all ages
Where: Willowbrook Park Archery Range Eton Place & Richmond Ave.
Information: 718-967-3542 www.preserve2.org/blueheron
#4 Mother’s Day Art & Craft Fair
The Alice Austen House’s annual Mother’s Day Art and Craft Fair features about a dozen local artisans offering unique high quality items for purchase. The items must be made by the vendor, this gives visitors the chance to meet the artist behind the product. There is a wide range of items for sale including: homegrown herb and spice blends, apparel and accessories, children’s toys and stuffed animals, fine art, greeting cards, hand-made soap, stone and sterling silver, one of a kind jewelry derived from vintage pieces, scarves and much more. Along with these great items, we will have refreshments for sale and various raffles. Pete Wagula will be playing the guitar for everyone’s enjoyment while they shop as well. Come support community vendors, and spend an afternoon at the Alice Austen House, while enjoying the panoramic view from the Statue of Liberty all the way to the Verrazano Bridge. Perhaps even find a gift for Mother’s Day! The fair runs from 11:00-5:00 each day. The Alice Austen House is wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair ramp located in the rear of the house. And while you’re there check out their Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture by Alice Austen
Where: 2 Hylan Blvd & Edgewater
Age Appeal: All ages
Cost: Free/donations accepted
Information: 718-816-4506 www.aliceausten.org