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20 Fun Things for a Mom to Do in NJ on Mother’s Day, by Category

by Christina Mastroeni
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The second Sunday of May is quickly approaching and it’s time to honor the wife, mom, aunt, grandmother, sister, and friend that means so much to us for Mother’s Day. While late-morning brunch seems to be popular, there are other creative options to celebrate Mother’s Day alone or with loved ones. Whether it’s been a busy year, or that special someone just wants a day to themselves, this list has a “me time” day covered and options for tagging along too. Keep reading to see a list of things your special honoree can do to celebrate Mother’s Day in New Jersey.

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For Those Who Are Active

BCAS Mother’s Day Nature Walk @ Teaneck Creek Conservatory | 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck

This nature walk provides a chance to spend outdoors in a chill setting on May 12th, from 10AM-12PM. The goal is to take a stroll and appreciate the nature surrounding walkers. The walk is open to all ages, and will take place rain or shiner. For those interested, donations can be made to the Teaneck Creek Conservatory (TCC). Registration is recommended for this event.

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JC Families Mother’s Day Celebration | Hamilton Park, Jersey City

The JC Families Mother’s Day Celebration will be held in Hamilton Park from 4PM-7PM on Friday May 10th. Guests can enjoy the sun setting while experiencing arts + crafts, cookie decorating, food vendors, + more. This event is great if looking to celebrate with little ones after school as Garfield the Cat will be present to promote the new film coming to theaters later in May of 2024.

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Mother’s Day 5K | 67 Maple Street, Summit

For those looking to have a little more impact this Mother’s Day, try signing up for a 5K race. The race is a tradition that honors mothers and individuals who have made special impacts on our lives. The Summit YMCA will host its event on Sunday, May 5th from 8:30AM-10:30AM. Registration is required and ends on May 3rd.

Mother’s Day Open Swim @ Five Star Swim School | 1655 Oak Tree Road, Edison

Moms swim free at Five Star Swim School on Sunday, May 12th from 3PM-4PM. Those interested in more information should check out the event page with access to the school’s phone number. If unable to make it to this location, Five Star Swim School has other locations across NJ in Cherry Hill, Deptford, East Brunswick, East Hanover, Galloway, and Princeton, and one in Lehigh Valley, PA.

Sunday Morning Fitness Hike @ Schiff Nature Preserve | 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham

Located on the events page hiking lovers can find access to a Sunday Morning Fitness Hike. The hike will take place on Sunday, May 12th from 9AM-11AM at the McVickers Brook Preserve. This hike will cover five miles of varied terrain. The hike is for adults only, free for members of the preserve, and $12 for nonmembers. Leashed dogs are also welcome.

For Those Who Love DIY

Bazaar Star Beadery | 216 Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

Bazaar Star Beadery is a space where customers can purchase beaded jewelry, or create their own wearable art. There are also a variety of crafty classes to gift to that special someone such as Peyote Stitch, Beading on the Loom, Wire Wrapping, Ease of Earrings, + more. Beads range in size, shape, and color, allowing each person to create a truly unique design.

Color Me Mine | 55 Parsonage Road, Edison (Menlo Park Mall)

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Located right outside Nordstrom in the Menlo Park Mall, Color Me Mine is a ceramic painting space for adults and kids to enjoy painting mugs, plates, decor, + more. On Sunday, May 12th, Color Me Mine will host an event called Mimosas with Mom. There will be two seatings from 11AM-12:30PM and from 1PM-2:30PM. Crafts range from flower vases, picture frames, jewelry boxes, + home decor.

Doin’ Dishes | 50 Church Street, Montclair


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Doin’ Dishes is an arts + crafts staple in Montclair Center where students can create together. Ceramic options include, mugs, plates, business card holders, tiles, + more. There are also adult classes Thursday evenings from 6:30PM-8PM, with an experienced ceramics painter.

Glassworks Crafting Studio | 151 South Street Suite B, Morristown

Glassworks Crafting Studio is a creative space with glass decor for all occasions. Prices include $25-$35, $36-$60, $61-$100, and $101-$220. If your woman of the day needs (or wants to make) a soap dish, pencil cup, spoon rest, serving trays + platters, Glassworks has those Mother’s Day gifts covered.

Indigo Road Studio | 10 Vose Avenue, South Orange


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Indigo Road, similar to others listed under DIY, provides a creative space to craft or shop all things pottery. If the woman in your life needs a new vase, bowl, or planter, Indigo Road Studio has options in different sizes and colors. For a longer-term gift, classes are available over the summer for hand-building and pottery wheel learning.

Mud Clay Studio | 6 Main Street, Madison + 370 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair


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This studio has two locations in Madison + Montclair. Both allow patrons to take classes or one-time activities like a Claydate. Moms can learn the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, surface decorating + more. 

ReWax + UnWine | 2 Division Street, Jersey City 

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A reservation at ReWax + UnWine is a craft outing and a party all in one. Located near the intersection of Division Street + Newark Avenue, ReWax + UnWine encourages letting “the good times glow as you sing, dance, and create beautiful custom candles.” There is a series of events happening for Mother’s Day through May 11th + 12th such as a Charcuterie Brunch, DIY: Tea Party, Chair Massages, Moms That Love to Party (karaoke + candle making), + a Mommy + Me event.



For Those Who Just Want to Relax

Alba Vineyard | 269 County Road 627, Milford


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Alba Vineyard is located on Riegelsville Warren Glen Road (also known as County Road 627) across from the Musconetcong River. This 93-acre estate is a great space for events and celebrations. Mother’s Day weekend will be celebrated at Alba Vineyard on Saturday, May 11th + Sunday, May 12th. Available events are self-guided wine flights, food through a partnership with The Riegelsville Inn, and music.

Brook Hollow Winery | 594 State Highway 94, Columbia


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Brook Hollow Winery + Event Facility has a weekend packed with plans to celebrate Mother’s Day. Between Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th patrons can partake in premium wine tastings, free wine tours, and live music. On May 11th the winery will be open later for late music and a $10 taco bar meal. On May 12th from 11AM to 2PM there will be a Mother’s Day Brunch.

High SocieTea House | 20 Old Newark Pompton Turnpike, Wayne


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For those who appreciate tea time, reserve a memorable moment at High SocieTea House in Wayne. The space holds a large tea room with vintage and rustic decor. Mother’s Day events start as early as Thursday, May 9th. Mommy + Me seatings are available on May 9th and 10th from 6PM9PM. There will be three seatings on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12th): 10AM-12PM; 1PM-3PM; and 4PM-6PM.

Island Spa + Sauna | 1769 Lincoln Highway, Edison

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Located in Edison, Island Spa + Sauna can bring a peaceful easy feeling to any day. The space has day passes for guests to use services like a personal locker space, five saunas, an ice sauna, four soaking tubs, a steam room, + more. Island Spa + Sauna also has add-on services like massages, Korean Body Scrubs, Yoni steams, + facials.

On the Side Day Spa | 740 South Avenue West, Westfield


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A day at the spa sounds like the most relaxing way to celebrate. On the Side Spa in Westfield is located South Avenue West. Don’t let the busy street deter the idea that this space is a peaceful oasis. Inside, there are a number of ways to be pampered including massages, hydrafacials, wraps, and scrubs. For those who aren’t sure what service would make the perfect gift, try purchasing an e-gift card.

Rock Spa Club | 154 Valley Street, South Orange

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Rock Spa Club is located right next to Elitist Coffee in South Orange, making this area a great space to grab some downtime and lunch. Rock Spa Club’s services include massages, facials, and foot reflexology. Gift cards are also available for purchase.

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SoJo Spa Club | 660 River Road, Edgewater

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SoJo Spa Club is as refreshing as a far-away paradise vacation, but it’s conveniently located in Edgewater. This establishment has a day spa and hotel experience all in one which can give the gift of me-time for a little or as long as desired. Day Passes can be purchased which give guests access to ten different heated pools + baths, saunas, treatment rooms, a coworking space, a rooftop garden, + a relaxation zone. Additional services can be purchased like massages, acupressure, + Korean Body Scrubs.

Ventimiglia Vineyard | 101 Layton Road, Wantage

Wine has become a family tradition at this vineyard. Ventimiglia Vineyard has variety when it comes to white and red wines. In honor of Mother’s Day Open Tastings are available on Saturday, May 11th from 11AM-5PM and Sunday, May 12th from 11AM-4PM. Mom and her crew can relax, enjoy wine, and look out at beautiful scenery.

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