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slides: 10 Free (or Almost Free) Things to do for Mom on Mother’s Day Weekend

Saturday, May 07, 2016


Money could be a little tight this weekend with families putting much of their resources into Mother's Day brunch and dinner. 

However, there are plenty of free things to do for mom to go along with the big meal and actually save some money this weekend. 

To help you out, GoLocal has put together a list of 10 free things to do for mom this weekend. 

Happy Mother's Day!

See the Slideshow Below 


Video Wall Photo: Elvis Kennedy/flickr 


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Send Flowers 

Send over some colorful flowers to brighten up the day, weekend and the house. 

Chances are, the next time you are in the kitchen, they will be sitting on the table as the new center piece. 


PHOTO: Dale Cruse/Flickr

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Pick up After Yourself 

Let's face it, mom has picked up after you more times then you can probably count. 

Toys all over the place, video games all over the place, clothes all over the place. You name it, she has most likely picked it up. 

So turn the tables and pick up after yourself, put your stuff away wherever it is supposed to go. 


PHOTO: Jeff/Flickr

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Call Mom Everyday 

Especially if you don't live at home or are living at school, nothing will brighten up a mothers day like a phone call, but not a phone call because you need or want something. 

A phone call just for the heck of it. 

She will enjoy it. 


PHOTO: Ken Banks/Flickr

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Portland Aerial Tram

Take mom on a relaxing ride around Portland via the airways by taking the Portland Aerial Tram. 

The Tram is not free but it's only $4.50 and it's one of the most enjoyable ways to get to where you want to go. 

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Give Mom a Day Off From Laundry 

Doing the laundry for a household of people is a tedious job that can take hours of a day. 

Tell mom to take a day off from the laundry and get the rest of the family to team up and do it for a day, maybe the weekend? 

Imagine the great day that mom could have if she didn't have the stress of laundry hanging over her head. 


PHOTO: H.A.M Phtgrphy/Flickr

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Write to Mom Everyday 

In a day and age where it is all about emailing and texting, a handwritten letter would be a nice way to change things up on a daily basis. 

You can start by slipping a letter inside the Mother's Day card. 


PHOTO: Fredrik Rubensson/Flickr

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Check out Hoyt Arboretum

Take mom to Hoyt Arboretum and enjoy trees and plants that are both familiar and unexpected, including more than 2,000 species, 63 of which are vulnerable or endangered.

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Cut the Grass 

Don't let mom cut the grass, volunteer to do it instead, actually insist on doing it so she gets time to do what she wants. 

Or maybe mom does not cut the grass which means she probably calls a company, another relative or a neighbor to do it and stresses about when they are coming and how much they charge.

Then she has to worry about how it looks and if it's done right. 

Give her a break and just do it yourself. 


PHOTO: Osseous/Flickr 

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Movie Night 

Plan a family movie night at home and let mom pick out the movie that she wants to watch. 

Grab some popcorn, maybe a beverage or two and enjoy. 

An alternative to a movie would be binge watching a show on Netflix that she has yet to watch due to how busy she is. 

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Walk Through Forest Park

Take mom on an adventure through Forest Park. 

The Park has over 80 miles of soft-surface trails, fire lanes and forest roads. It stretches for more than seven miles along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, overlooking Northwest Portland and the convergence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.


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