By Kailee Isham
Are you a teen looking for something to do with your mom for Mother’s day? Well, I know how that feels. My mom is one of my best friends, and I’m always looking for fun and creative ways to spend time together. If you’re having trouble thinking of fun things to do that your mom will really enjoy, I think you’ve come to the right place.
A great way to help your mom relax this Mother’s Day is treating her to a massage. There are lots of great places around Indy to get this done, but I would recommend Foot Finesse—they are great at what they do, and their pricing is very reasonable ($30/hour for a foot massage and $30/half hour for a chair massage).
Escape Room Indy
I recently went to an Escape Room with my family, and it was a blast. For those of you who don’t know what an Escape Room is, the name pretty much says it all. Using clues and tools found in the room, you have to solve every challenge within an hour to escape. If your mom likes puzzles, she will love the Escape Room. You can go with just your mom, or your whole family can come. Themes for the different rooms range from bank heists to kidnappings, and pricing is $26-$29 per person (depending on where you go).
If your mom is adventurous, a great option is to put together a scavenger hunt for her. Whether you’re looking for specific landmarks, people-watching, or searching for objects, putting a scavenger hunt together to complete with your mom gives her what she really wants—quality time with you. BONUS: scavenger hunts can be hilarious if you’re creative. Photo and video scavenger hunts in particular can add some extra laughs.
Volunteering is an excellent way to spend time with your mom and help out the community while doing so! Your mom will be happy to see you doing something selfless for others, you can have a blast talking and laughing with your mom, and whatever organization you choose to volunteer with will be grateful for your help. If you choose a cause that is important to you, it can be an especially meaningful experience.
Picnics combine two of the greatest things known to mankind—food and the outdoors—into one lovely experience. On a day when the weather is nice, prepare a meal with your mom’s favorite foods and take her to a scenic park. It’s a great way to enjoy some quality time with your mother and take advantage of the lovely spring weather!
Another fun outdoor activity: hiking. Spring is a wonderful time to get out and about with your mom, especially if she’s an active person. There are lots of beautiful places to go, such as McCormick’s Creek State Park, Turkey Run State Park, and Low Gap Trail. If you packed a picnic before heading out, you could spend all day enjoying the great outdoors together!
Ice cream sampling
If you’re a human (which, chances are, you are), then you probably like ice cream. It’s one of the facts of life. Now, you may think to yourself, “Kailee, I would love to take my mom out for ice cream, but there are just so many places to go! How do I choose?” I have an interesting proposition for you: DON’T choose. Take your mom to 4-6 ice cream places, get an ice cream in the smallest size at each place, and share each ice cream! You won’t have to wonder if you missed out on a better ice cream place, and you and your mom will have a blast sampling all the different stores. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite place!
If your mom enjoys shopping, one thing you could do is take her out to pick out a new outfit, then treat her to lunch/dinner at a yummy restaurant. If budget is an issue, consignment stores such as Simply Chic on East 96th Street have lots of fashionable outfits at a discounted price.
Want to give your mom something she can keep forever? Maybe you should go on a photo shoot together! Visit places that have importance to you, places you think are beautiful, and places you spend a lot of time, and take lots of pictures! Not only can this be a great way to spend quality time with your mom, but you can also have a photo book made with all the pictures you take and give it to your mom as a keepsake from your day together.