Keen to celebrate Mother’s Day in style this year? Whether you’re a Victorian local, a domestic traveller or you’re simply hoping to send your mum a surprise gift from interstate, there are plenty of Mother’s Day activities in Melbourne that she's sure to love.
Don’t get us wrong – finding unique presents for Mum year after year is no easy feat. And while a laidback Mother’s Day lunch never goes amiss, it certainly doesn’t hurt to push the gift-giving boundaries every once in a while!
Want to really wow her? Make May 9th the best day of the year and treat her to a unique experience in Melbourne that she’ll remember forever (and earn yourself some major brownie points along the way).
1. For the Foodie
If self-isolation sucked the fun out of your Mother’s Day festivities last year, it’s time to go all out for Mum in 2021! While not strictly in Melbourne itself, a visit to Green Olive at Red Hill is worth the hour-long drive. And besides, when it comes to treating Mum to the best wine tasting and dining experiences in Victoria, it pays to venture a little further out of town. At this flavoursome food and wine pairing experience, you and Mum will enjoy five bite-size tapas dishes made using produce from the farm while you sip on a variety of wines made on site. This sensorial experience is perfect for foodies, wine-lovers or mums with an appreciation of the finer things in life. If you plan on spending your Mother’s Day day visiting some of the more well-known Melbourne attractions, you’ll no doubt appreciate an adventure out of the city centre.
2. For the Tech-Savvy Mum
If your mum’s got her own Instagram account and she’s mastered the mysteries of Zoom, it might be time to indulge her digital addiction with a DIY Botanical Phone Case Workshop. In this beginner-friendly class, you and Mum will work with delicate dried flowers, fruits and resin to create your own DIY phone case under the guidance of professional technicians. As far as Melbourne workshops go, this is as unique as they come!
3. For the Keen Creative
Celebrate the wonders of womanhood with a creative ceramics class in Fitzroy! Taught by expert ceramicist and clay enthusiast, Linh Dinh, you and Mum will learn to work with clay in order to create your very own piece of earthenware – complete with a unique boob design, no less! Is there any better way to marvel at the magic of motherhood while learning some serious new skills? We think not! Looking for more of the best Mother's Day craft experiences in Melbourne? We've got you covered.
4. For the Grey Nomad
If her international travel plans have been dashed, treating Mum to a cooking class from her destination of choice is one of the most thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts you could manage. Opt for an Italian cooking class or pasta making class in West Footscray and take her on a journey to the birthplace of pasta: Emilia Romagna. Known for its rich cooking culture, we have this sun-soaked region in the north of Italy to thank for many of our favourite foods. And while it’s unlikely she’ll be setting foot on the green rolling hills of Emilia Romagna’s lush countryside any time soon, an authentic Pasta Making Masterclass is as close as she’ll get to the wonders of Italian gastronomy without leaving Melbourne. “In Italy, making pasta together is a Sunday tradition,” says Marina, founder of Pasta Journey, Melbourne’s popular authentic Italian cooking school. “We cook together and express our love for family and friends through food. My pasta journey began at four years of age in my Grandmother Benedetta’s kitchen in Sicily, where she taught me to craft my first handmade tagliatelle. I love to teach and can’t wait to share my family recipes with you.” When it comes to finding fun things to do in Melbourne, this is the kind of Mother’s Day activity you won’t want to miss.
5. For the Green-Thumbed Mum
Seeking out Mother’s Day presents for plant-lovers or gardening gurus? Head along to a DIY terrarium workshop in Melbourne at local flower studio, Bloomin’ Marvellous, and discover all there is to know about these self-sustaining ecosystems. Ditch your device and dig into some dirt together as you learn to layer soil, pick the perfect plants and make a terrarium that requires minimal maintenance or upkeep. This meditative experience is the perfect alternative to Mother’s Day flowers and is far more memorable!
6. For the Cocktail Queen
Looking for Mother’s Day activities that equal parts fun and fabulous? Gather the girls and gead along to a private cocktail making class in Fitzroy and shake the night away as you sip on homemade margaritas and master the art of the espresso martini. Perfect for mums who love to learn new things, meet new people and giggle the night away, a mixology masterclass in Melbourne makes for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Discover how to make your favourite cocktails in a relaxed and welcoming environment and pick up some impressive new skills for your next soirée.
7. For the Spirit Specialist
Looking for Mother’s Day gifts that go above and beyond? We reckon Mum will relish the opportunity to indulge in a Gin Making Masterclass in North Melbourne. One of the most sought-after Melbourne workshops, this hands-on experience starts with a complimentary gin cocktail before jumping into the nitty-gritty of the distilling process. You and Mum will get to taste, test and then select your favourite botanical combinations and create a beautiful bottle of your own signature gin to take home.
8. Give the Gift of Choice
Not sure what kind of class Mum would love the most? Surprise her with an experience gift voucher and let her choose her own adventure! Has she always wanted to learn to paint or try her hand at a pizza making class? No matter her area of interest or level of experience, our curated selection of workshops and local experiences are among some of the best things to do in Melbourne. Whether you’re seeking out Mother’s Day gifts for new mums, the perfect present for Grandma or even something special for your awesome aunty, there are countless Mother’s Day ideas to explore.