13th May is around the corner which means Mother’s Day is coming soon! Ran out of original ideas? Want to surprise your mum but unsure of exactly what to do that’ll be different from all the other years? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are 9 unconventional ways to spend time with your mum this Mother’s Day — for these are experiences you won’t forget!
1. A home-cooked Mother’s Day meal
Ever taken for granted the warm, lovingly-prepared, home-cooked meal that your mum places on the table every single day without fail? This Mother’s Day, instead of spending hundreds of dollars at a fancy restaurant, why not switch roles and surprise dearest mum with a simple meal in the comfort of your own home!
From mac and cheese to beef bolognese pasta and steak, to even rice with side dishes, these easy-to-prepare meals taste great and require basic culinary skills. A vase of flowers and a beautiful greeting card with heartfelt messages will beautifully complete the evening.
2. Reminisce old times at Pulau Ubin
Heard multiple stories from your mother about how she used to run around in the kampung and other mischiefs from her childhood? Then bring her out to Pulau Ubin for a day of reminiscing! Besides seeing the conserved houses, she’ll get to enjoy some peace away from the city and walk around the beautiful quarries.
The boat ride to the island is also extremely therapeutic, and a day away from the city will also allow you to spend quality time as a family without distractions. If you decide to go on a weekend after Mother’s Day, head over during the festival, Pesta Ubin (May 26th to June 24th), where you’ll get to learn more about the island!
3. A therapeutic stroll through Tulipmania
Does your mum love flowers? Instead of getting her the usual bouquet, why not surprise her with rows after rows of beautiful flowers at Tulipmania! The floral display features tulips in the colours of the rainbow and is truly a sight to behold. It’ll also be the perfect background for an #ootd shot with your mum for your Mother’s Day dedication post!
Tulipmania ends a day before Mother’s Day though, so do catch it before then! It’ll be the perfect pre-Mother’s Day surprise!
While you’re there, why not stay a little longer to witness the Garden Rhapsody? This mesmerizing light and musical show featuring the Supertrees promises to be a magical night. The best part? It’s free of charge!
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 9.00pm
Date: 13th April 2018 (Friday) – 13th May 2018 (Sunday)
(Guided Tours at 11.00am and 3.00pm daily, 2.00pm to 5.00pm on 5th and 6th May)
Address: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, (S) 018953
Price: Admission charges to the conservatories applies
Showtimes: 7.45pm and 8.45pm (Daily)
Address: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, (S) 018953
4. Enjoy a play under the stars
What if your mum doesn’t fancy flowers, or activities that involve the warm summer heat? Maybe Shakespeare in the Park will be a better option for her. Their annual plays differ from year to year. This time, it’s the classic Julius Caesar, a political thriller.
The extraordinary set and realistic portrayal will bring the story to life. All you’ll need is a mat (and maybe an umbrella, in case it rains) and you’ll be all set for an unforgettable experience, under the stars.
Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Caesar
Venue: Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, (S) 179037
Price: From $45
5. Eat to your heart’s content at Artbox
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by eating your way through Artbox? Bangkok’s renowned flea market is returning to Singapore, and although it happens after Mother’s Day, there’s still plenty of reason to indulge and treat your mum to a day of fun and feasting!
With their signature Dragon’s Breath Candy, authentic Thai Milk Tea and ombre, multi-coloured bottles of fresh fruit juice from The Juicy Way, Artbox provides many opportunities to capture these moments in Instagram-worthy pictures!
Opening Hours: 3pm – 11pm
Date: 25th to 27th May and 1st to 3rd June 2018
Address: Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay (Next to Marina Bay Sands), 12A Bayfront Avenue, (S) 018970
6. A Mother’s Day IKEA treat
Ikea is known for its myriad of themed, wonderfully colour-coordinated showrooms that leave people in awe, and wishing that the staged rooms were their own. While walking through the beautiful displays, fulfil your mum’s idea of a dream home by getting her some furniture pieces that’ll jazz up the house! From a fluffy carpet to a full-body mirror, give your mum the freedom to shop to her heart’s content!
Re-energize thereafter with a meal at their restaurant. After all, the savoury meatballs and yummy cakes shouldn’t be missed during a trip to Ikea. For families with young children, this is also the perfect opportunity for the kids to hang out at the fully equipped children’s play area, where they can have the time of their lives while the adults relish a temporary stress-free day.
Alternatively, you could get any of these products (all under $15!) – and still be able to beautify your home, as the perfect Mother’s Day gift!
7. Catch a musical
Rather than watching a movie (unless you haven’t watched Infinity War, in which case, you should), why not catch a musical? This time, the award-winning broadway musical, Legally Blonde, arrives in Singapore and falls perfectly during Mother’s Day itself! Tickets come with a complimentary entry to CE LA VI Lounge and a glass of bubbly. How’s that for a memorable night out with your mum?
Date: 10th to 20th May 2018
Address: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, (S) 018956
8. Weekend getaway at JB
Sick and tired of routinely doing the same things in Singapore? Cross the border and escape with the fam bam by visiting City Square Mall at Johor Bahru! Your mother will definitely be happy at the chance to shop and eat to her heart’s content with the significantly cheaper food and clothing options. Just a little further out, KSL is another alternative with multiple levels of fashion outlets, cafes and even a large movie theatre!
City Square Mall
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Address:Lot J3-12A, Level 3 Square Shopping Mall 108, 106, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Address: 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malalysia
9. Get the perfect Mother’s Day gift with Shopee
Instead of searching high and low for an ideal Mother’s Day gift, let’s just say we’ve got what you need. For starters, take a look at our round up of cool gadgets that are under $100, that would make the perfect mother’s day gift for the stay-at-home mum!
With the Automatic Bottle Opener, she will never have problems opening jars again. Artistic mothers might also enjoy the Rocketbook, where they can keep their artistic creations for life, or even create memos and notes without losing them ever. This other guide might also provide you with more gift inspirations, ranging from skincare and makeup products, to portable chargers and even wines! Pleasing your mum is not that difficult honestly!
Shopee would like to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!
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