Mother’s Day comes around every year, and it can be hard to keep the ideas fresh and exciting when it comes to celebrating. Sure, breakfast in bed is fun and all, but how about adding a new family tradition into the mix for your celebration this year? Get inspired for some family fun with these Mother’s Day games right for party people of all ages. From all-about-mom bingo boards and customized mommy mad libs to on-theme charades and karaoke, these can all be accomplished with zero budget commitment — and little prep work. And all can be set up right inside your own home to make cozy and meaningful memories mom will never forget.
Turn a favorite game from childhood into one that celebrates mom on Mother’s Day by whipping up a game of DIY mad libs. Customize a story about your mom — factual or fictional — but substitute key words for blanks. Under each blank, specify the part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) and let everyone fill in words of their choosing. When everyone’s done, read all the resulting stories out loud for some seriously humorous results.
If your family’s the karaoke type, give the activity a special Mother’s Day twist by choosing only from a catalogue of songs around the theme. Think The Shirelles’ “Mama Said,” Tupac’s “Dear Mama,” Kanye West’s “Hey Mama,” and Dolly Parton’s tribute to mom strength, “Coat of Many Colors.” Or pick from songs special to the mom you’re celebrating — maybe her favorite tunes, or her wedding song. No fancy equipment required for this one: In the absence of a proper karaoke machine, just grab a toothbrush as a microphone and belt out those tunes.
Make your own bingo cards for a personalized Mother’s Day game sure to keep the crowd laughing. Create grids on each card, and fill them with words and phrases related to mom: her favorite catchphrases, her dependable habits, the characteristics that define her. Designate a caller, and hand out prizes when winners fill their boards and call out “Bingo!”
This game will show everyone in the family just how much they call on mom for everything — all day, every day — and how they’d be lost without her. Give each person five safety pins at the beginning of the game. The rule of the game is that no one is permitted to say “mom.” Whoever hears another person say the word gets to steal one of their pins. The one with the most pins at the end wins.
This age-old party game is completely free and requires nearly no prep. Just scribble some ides on strips of paper and toss them into a bowl. Instead of writing the names of movies, give it a Mother’s Day twist by jotting down topics specific to mom — like her catch phrase or her favorite vacation destination. Then, set a 60-second timer for the group to guess what each player is miming. (Hilarity will surely ensue.)
Print out a sheet containing two columns. On one side, list famous moms from movies and TV shows: Carol Brady, June Cleaver, Claire Huxtable, Lucy Ricardo, and Sophia Petrillo are among some ideas to get you started. On the other side, list the first names of the characters who played their fictional kids. Challenge your assembled group to try to match up all the pairs correctly.
How well do you really know mom? Print up a list of questions for the whole family to ask mom. And when she shares the answers, everyone will get to know her better than they ever did before. Ask her about her quirky hobbies, misadventures, favorite foods, and first date. Get as profound or as silly as is age-appropriate for your group — and walk away with a deeper understanding of the family’s shining star.
On the flip side, see who in the group already knows mom best: Create a trivia game based on mom’s favorite things to do, favorite and least favorite holidays, most treasured keepsakes, firsts, fumbles, and cherished memories; include any details family members might already know if they’re really paying attention. Then ask family members to write down their best guesses on the trivia questions, and award prizes for who knows mom best.
Divide your crew into groups and send them on a treasure hunt. Set goals for the hunt around a theme — like finding objects for each letter of mom’s name, or finding items in her favorite color — and let the teams tackle the challenge. Gather some prizes for the winners — and don’t forget to take pictures of each group with their items for a lasting memory.
Pass the Poetry
Give everyone a piece of paper and sit in a circle. Let each person write a line in a poem about mom. Then, pass the sheet to the next person to write the next line. When you finish the game, you’ll have a set of poems dedicated to mom, which you can bound together for her to keep and cherish. (Seem like a daunting creative task? Limit the poetry to haikus — so each person will only have to come up with five or seven syllables!)