4 Fun Things to Do Virtually with Mom This Mother’s Day

While you may not be able to physically see your mom, unless you’re one of the lucky ones who can, there are many things you can do online to share a lovely experience on Mother’s Day. Since we can’t take mom out to a nice brunch or dinner, we’ve collected a few options for you to better enjoy the day.

New York Botanical Garden Azalea Garden

1. Virtual Tour Through the New York Botanical Garden’s Azalea Garden

This year in place of its annual Garden Party, the New York Botanical Garden is hosting a Facebook Watch Party featuring a virtual tour of NYBG’s spectacular Maureen K. Chilton Azalea Garden in peak bloom with personalized Mother’s Day greetings from its members and patrons.

Other activities on NYBG’s line-up include crafting whimsical paper flowers, making a memorable card with botanical images from their collections and enjoying a festive Spotify playlist for the occasion. 

Thank you New York Botanical Garden for all you do!

Where: NYBG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/250101482711561/

When: Sunday, May 10, 11am

Call Your Mother

2. Caroline Hirsch’s Documentary Call Your Mother

Maybe Mom needs some laughs. Or you want to discuss your relationship.

Comedy queen Caroline Hirsch produced Call Your Mother, a documentary that explores the relationships between comedians and their mothers. The featured comedians include Awkwafina—who had an orchid named after her at the NYBG, Judy Gold, Norm McDonald, Bridget Everett, David Spade, Louie Anderson, Rachel Feinstein, Jim Gaffigan and more.

Where: Comedy Central

When: Sunday, May 10, 10pm

Wave HIll

3. Wave Hill’s Mother’s Day Zoom Yoga

Have mom join in the launch of Wave Hill‘s 2020 season with a free session of Zoom Yoga in the Garden with Susie Caramanica of Yoga Haven. You can also take advantage of Wave Hill’s wonderful series of online tours and offerings called Branching Out, which includes guided nature expeditions, family art projects, adult workshops, and recordings of its concerts and performances. We love how it’s called “branching out” because that’s exactly what we are all doing. 

Where: Zoom, register for the class and you will receive an email with information

When: 9:30-10:30am

Monet Garden Giverny

4. Virtual Garden Tours

Why not take your mom on a virtual garden tour of beautiful flower-filled spots around the world. Oh, this is a great thing to do. We love visiting these tours because it’s an elixir to the stresses of the day and reminds us how life reblooms and is full of beauty. Here are a few highlights worth checking out

Where:

Keukenhof: Explore the tulip heaven known as Keukenhof in the Netherlands, which though physically closed remains virtually open through a series of beautiful and informative videos: Go to the Blue River with head gardener Stefan or watch Rosanne Philippens perform in the garden.

Monet’s Garden at Giverny: You can learn about the symbiosis between the artist and gardener at Monet’s garden at Giverny in a video by the Royal Academy of Arts.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Escape to Kew Gardens via “Virtual Kew,” the online portal for the famed garden, which touts the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world.”

When: anytime

Photo credits: Cover: Monet’s Garden at Giverny, Royal Academy of Arts video, Youtube, 1) New York Botanical Garden, 2) Bridget Everett in Call Your Mother, 3) wavehill.org, 4) Monet’s Garden at Giverny, Royal Academy of Arts video, Youtube