Mother’s Day Guide for Southeast Michigan Families

Gift ideas, local celebrations and Mother’s Day recipes to spoil Mom — she deserves it!

Mom, Mommy, Mama, Mother, Ma. 

Moms go by many different names, and they play many important roles in our lives, too. From being our first teachers to our lifelong mentors and caregivers, our moms deserve to be celebrated for all they do. 

Show your mom (or aunt, grandma, sister or any other special ladies) the love she deserves this Mother’s Day. Mark your calendars for May 12, then begin preparing with some of these ideas that are perfect for all the moms in your life. 

This article was recently updated on April 1, 2024 by Metro Parent’s Assistant Editor, Nikki Roberts. The update included her research and fact-checking expertise to provide the latest information on Mother’s Day events and activities, aligning with Metro Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to

Looking for more family activities? Check out our guide to Things to Do with Kids This Spring in Southeast Michigan. 

Mother’s Day Recipes

Is your mom a chef in the kitchen? Give her the day off by preparing one of these yummy breakfasts, or treat her to a homemade dessert. These recipes are so easy, the kids can help, too! 

Perfect Gift Ideas for the Perfect Mom

Show Mom your appreciation with a gift that is as special as she is. 

Make a handmade card 

If a picture says a thousand words, then maybe a card can, too! Kids will love making these adorable flower cards for Mom. The best part? You likely have all the materials you need to make them at home.

Gift a handmade keepsake

From functional crafts to sentimental keepsakes, moms treasure handmade gifts from their families. This Mother’s Day, skip the flowers that will wilt in a week and buy Mom a pretty houseplant. Then make a DIY planter to add that personal touch. 

Need more crafting gift ideas? We rounded up 6 of our favorite DIY Mother’s Day projects, from handmade cards to personalized tote bags

Host a Mother’s Day tea 

Experiences make great gifts, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money or even leave the house to give Mom a fancy Mother’s Day tea. We’ve rounded up our best tips, recipes and ideas for hosting at-home tea service

Gift Mom some “me time” 

Our moms are our superheroes, and even the strongest heroes need time to relax and recharge. Give Mom some “me time” with one of these luxurious spa treatments around metro Detroit

Celebrate Mom at Local Mother’s Day Events

If the special lady you’re celebrating loves to get out and about, then check out some of these Mother’s Day festivities going on around metro Detroit. 

Walk-A-Mom at Stony Creek Metropark

May 12, 2024

Families can enjoy a spring hike on the trails with mom or grandma and take time with the wildflowers that are starting to bloom. Choose the nature trail of your choice to enjoy and be sure to stop by the nature center to get a certificate. All moms and grandmothers receive a flower to plant a home. Registration is not required.

Royal Oak in Bloom in Downtown Royal Oak

May 12, 2024

This annual flower and garden sale offers flowers, plants and landscaping items. Check out the vendors selling everything from perennials to copper sprinklers, annuals to trees, tomato plants to wind chimes, porch swings to etched stones.

Decorate a Mother’s Day ToteBag! at Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

April 29, 2024

Ages 13 and up can join the Main Branch to decorate a tote bag in honor of Mother’s Day. Supplies are limited. RSVP required.

Make A Gift for Mom! at Jefferson Branch

May 11, 2024

Come out to Jefferson Branch to use charms and beads to make a piece of jewelry to give to a special mom in your life on Mother’s Day. RSVP required.

Looking for more Mother’s Day ideas in metro Detroit? Check out these Mother’s Day events and more in our calendar.

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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