Get out your calendars—Mother’s Day is just around the corner! This year, the big day will fall on Sunday, May 9th, so you still have a bit of time to plan your celebrations.
To give you a few ideas, we’re sharing some pandemic-friendly ways to celebrate one of your favorite ladies in Omaha this year! On this list you’ll find some traditional ideas—like shopping, crafting and spa days—along with some unusual activities that are sure to stand out—like dog bars and farmers’ market shopping. But no matter how you decide to celebrate, we hope your mom feels loved this Mother’s Day. And if you yourself are a mom, in any form or fashion, thank you for all that you do. Happy Mother’s Day!
Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases around the country, we encourage you to stay home if you’re feeling sick. And, as always, please wear a mask and stay 6 feet from others if you and your mom do decide to venture out into town.
Take your mom to shop for junk, collectibles, furniture, antiques, gifts, crafts and so much more at this vintage and artisan craft market held at the Sarpy County Fairgrounds, April 30-May 2 and Mother’s Day weekend: May 7-9! This year, you can expect over 75 vendors selling everything from memorabilia to handmade and repurposed pieces. Tickets cost $20 per person for the entire weekend—and parking is absolutely free! Plus, don’t miss the delicious food, goodies and junk galore that will be available. Masks are heavily encouraged; spaces will be cleaned regularly; hand sanitizer will be available all around the property; and social distancing is required. Click here for a full list of Junkstock’s current COVID-19 policies.
Treat your mom to a tea party at The Tea Smith! This popular Omaha area tea shop offers a large variety of fresh, loose leaf teas from all around the world, along with any tea accessories you need to create the perfect cup. New to the world of tea? The helpful staff at The Tea Smith can help you begin your journey by providing information and tea education. Take your mom by one of their cozy shops in the area and settle in for the afternoon—we promise you’ll have a tea-riffic time!
Surprise her with a spa day
We’re big fans of self-care, so it’s no surprise that we included a section dedicated to it on this list. And nobody needs a self-care day more than your mom! Fill a box with some local, self-care essentials: a candle from Wax Buffalo, a bar of luxurious soap from Benson Soap Shop, some skin care products from Earthly Beauty, and maybe a bag of local coffee from one of our favorite Omaha coffee shops. She’ll love the effort you put in and you’ll love that you supported local businesses along the way.
If your mom is a dog lover or has a few pups of her own, head over to Omaha’s newest craze: Omaha Dog Bar! This new watering hole isn’t just dog-friendly; they actually encourage you to bring your furry best friend along to play on their massive 10,000-square-foot dog park. You do need a membership or day pass to visit, which just makes sure that you will take all liability for your dog and confirm that they are up-to-date on all vaccinations. Click here for more information and to get a day pass before visiting!
Take a family hike
Hit the farmers’ market
Wake up early, grab some coffee and head out on a morning field trip to the farmers’ market with your mom! After you’re done shopping, go home to cook up a grand meal for your whole family to enjoy. We recently updated our guide to Omaha area farmers’ markets with 2021 information. So, grab your reusable bags and hit the town, because more than nine markets are waiting for you.
Bake sourdough together
Baking bread is all the rage these days, especially since quarantine started in March 2020. So if you want a fun, exciting hobby to do with your mom, why not try your hand at bread? The most popular bread that people have been making over the past year is sourdough, which can be slightly trickier since you need a sourdough starter to, well, get started. This elusive ingredient is a wild yeast that helps add flavor and levity to sourdough bread. And while you could make your own, the process takes about a month. Fortunately, Omaha’s own farm-to-table restaurant Kitchen Table has been selling their famous starter to locals for years. You and your mom can pick up a jar of the good stuff at their “General Store” with curbside pickup.
Sign her up for a local subscription box
Over the past several years, gift and subscription boxes have gained more and more traction—and we aren’t exactly surprised. What is more fun than receiving a box of carefully curated goodies every month? If you’re searching high and low for a fun gift to get your mom this year, consider purchasing a local subscription or gift box. It is the gift that keeps on giving, after all! No matter what she enjoys doing in her spare time—going outside, eating Nebraska beef, indulging in fancy ice cream or supporting her favorite football team—there is a box perfect for her on our list of 10 Nebraskan Subscription & Gift Boxes to Gift This Year.
Take her on a shopping spree
As one of the oldest art institutions in the state, Joslyn Art Museum is our local headquarters for enjoying art exhibitions, connecting with local artists and learning new art skills. No matter what your mom wants to learn how to do, Joslyn Art Museum will have a class just for you! Their virtual education experiences are available for all ages with topics ranging from painting and ceramics to jewelry making and photography. To see upcoming topics and classes, click here.
Set her up with a local CSA
If your mom loves all things local and natural, including fresh produce, honey and dairy products, consider signing her up for a small farm’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program! These programs allow her to own a “share” of a farm and receive a portion of produce and other goodies every week. Visit our post, CSAs + Places to Get Fresh Produce in the Omaha Area to get started.
Check out some of Omaha’s wine bars
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a glass of wine. Luckily, Omaha is home to several incredible wine bars where you and your mom can enjoy a nice glass of wine, some appetizers and even great music! If you’d rather enjoy the wine tasting experience from the comfort of home this year, many local wine bars are also offering curbside pickup and delivery. Check out our list of the best wine bars in Omaha and Council Bluffs to get started!
Take a day trip to a nearby town
Happy Mother’s Day!
If you are a mother, thank you so much for everything you do! We love and appreciate you. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!