Mother’s Day in Adelaide | Events, Gift Ideas & Fun Family Activities | 12 May 2024

Mother's Day Adelaide ideas

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Adelaide on Sunday 12 May 2024

Mother’s Day gift ideas and family-friendly activities to show Mum how much you care.

We think Mums everywhere deserve some extra love and attention on Mother’s Day to show how much they are loved and appreciated. Take the time to find out what that special Mum or female role model in your life would love most, or drop a hint to those who never quite know what to get you!  

If you want to head outdoors to enjoy time with family, perhaps a visit to your local park or the beach for a walk may be just what you need. Or how about a leisurely drive through the hills to take in the autumn colours.   Other gift ideas that are fairly traditional but always lovely to receive are fresh flowers or a pot plant, chocolates, jewellery or a good book, time out to read the book … did we mention not having to do dishes?

Below you’ll find out what’s happening over the Mother’s Day weekend in Adelaide this year, plus scroll down for some great gift ideas for Mums (and suggestions for Dads who are hopefully reading this too!).


Events and Family Activities – Mother’s Day weekend in Adelaide:

Mother’s Day High Tea | Glanville Hall & Utopia @ Waterfall Gully | 12 May 2024

Two magnificent venues, one at Utopia Waterfall Gully and the other at Glanville Hall Semaphore South, will be sparkling with tiny teacups, vintage china and ...

Vergeside Markets | Largs Bay | 11 May 2024

The Vergeside Markets Mother's Day Giftorium is the final event in the Vergeside Markets Largs Bay calendar. With a huge variety of stalls, delicious food ...

Mother’s Day Classic | Adelaide | 12 May 2024

The Mother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Their aim is to deliver a ...

Government House Open Day | Adelaide | 12 May 2024

Government House in Adelaide will open its gates to the public for a special History Festival Open Day with free entry. Her Excellency the Honourable ...

South Australia’s History Festival | 1-31 May 2024

South Australia's 2024 History Festival is a celebration of the past, with a focus on the theme of power. Held throughout May each year, South ...

Raclette Igloo Experience Adelaide | 10 May – 9 Jun 2024

Gather your friends and family in your private igloo, feast on Raclette cheese and drink mulled wine for this melted cheese foodie experience. It’s a ...

Tasting Australia | Family Friendly Events | Adelaide | 3-12 May 2024

Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel Tasting Australia is where foodies come to discover what’s new on the menu. Intimate dinners with world-class chefs, adventures ...

Potted Potter | The Unauthorized Harry Experience | Adelaide | 8-12 May 2024

A Parody by Dan and Jeff - All Seven Harry Potter Books in Seventy Hilarious Minutes. Potted Potter is flying back to Australia by magical ...
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Mt Lofty Botanic Garden

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Books & Gift Ideas

♥   Fresh flowers or a pot plant from your local nursery or florist.

♥   A recent family photograph in a frame – print your own at home or via Officeworks/Kmart etc.

♥   A bottle of perfume – perhaps a new fragrance or if she is running low, a new bottle of Mum’s favourite scent.

♥   Spoil Mum with a luxurious cashmere poncho or scarf from Adelaide label Lonely Goat Cashmere.

♥   A new book – take a look at the Dymocks Mother’s Day gift guide – shop local at book stores such as the Dymocks Store in Adelaide or Dillons in Norwood.

♥   A unique gift from the SA Museum shop on North Terrace – or check out their website and buy online.

♥   New winter pyjamas, slippers or a soft, fluffy robe – try Peter Alexander, David Jones/Myer or Cotton On.

♥   Scented candles – proudly and authentically hand crafted in Adelaide and mindfully poured in small batches, Etikette Candles are made from 100% soy wax – shop their collections here.

♥   Buy a spa gift voucher for Mum to use when beauty and day spas reopen. Try Cocoon Spa & Wellness, or Endota Spa or Temple Day Spa. 

♥   Buy a dining gift voucher for Mum to use at her favourite cafe or restaurant.

♥   Luxury bath products – scented oils/bath bombs/body lotion – try Lush, Mecca or The Body Shop.

Handmade & Homemade Gifts

♥   You can’t beat a handmade card as a unique keepsake – include a handprint/footprint or draw a tree with fingerprints for leaves.

♥   Family Collage – go through old and recent pictures, find your favourites and put together a slide show or print out a collage on paper for Mum to keep.

♥   Breakfast in bed – hot coffee, warm fluffy pancakes or poached eggs on toast and freshly squeezed juice – add fresh herbs or flowers in a vase and serve on a tray.

♥   Pick flowers and some greenery from the garden and arrange in a vase/bottle/jar and add a handwritten note.

♥   Make a terrarium – use a round glass bowl (such as a fish bowl) or for an open version use a low, wide bowl. You will need soil, various sized/coloured pebbles and your choice of plants – succulents are ideal.

Food & Wine

♥  Beerenberg have scrumptious gift packs and gourmet baskets containing their assortment of products.  Visit the Beerenberg Farm Shop in Hahndorf or shop online here

♥  Buy Mum’s favourite bottle of wine online or at a cellar door. Visit the Adelaide Hills Wines website to find out which wineries are open, or check out the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley or McLaren Vale regions too.

♥  For Mums who love a G&T visit a local gin distillery such as Ginny Pig in McLaren Vale, Ambleside Distillers in Hahndorf or Barossa Distilling Co in Nuriootpa.

♥  Give Mum a break from cooking and order takeaway – her choice of course!

♥ Prepare a tasting board of Mum’s favourite cheeses, crackers, chocolates, pastries and fruit and pair with a glass of her favourite wine. Support our local producers like Udder Delights Cheese, Baylies Epiurean Delights and your local fruit & veg shop. 

♥  Buy from a local food box delivery service and prepare a delicious lunch or dinner so Mum can put her feet up – try The Family Cook, Thomas Farms, Hello Fresh or Marley Spoon.

The Sweet Tooth

♥  Melba’s Chocolates – shop their special Mother’s Day range (order online or visit them in Woodside or Angaston)

♥  Charlesworth Nuts – nuts, fruits and chocolates (12 retail stores in SA or shop online)

♥  Haighs Chocolates – a traditional favourite for many Mums  (order online or visit one of their SA stores).

♥  Bracegirdles – shop their range of speciality chocolates (open for takeaway or order online for hand delivery)

♥  Robern Menz – home of FruChocs and Violet Crumble (order online or find in selected supermarkets)

♥  St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert (open for takeaway or dine in)

♥  Barossa Valley Chocolate Company (order online or takeaway)

♥  Shibui Dessert Bar – Adelaide (read our review)

♥  Just Bliss Chocolates (order online)

FREE Family Activities

♥  Go for a walk, take a picnic to a park or enjoy one of our magical botanic gardens – visit Adelaide Botanic Garden, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden or Wittunga Botanic Garden.

♥   Head to the coast and take a walk along the beach – walk along the new Glenelg to Seacliff Coastal Walk or if you have the energy try the Hallett Cove Conservation Park walking trails.

♥  Explore the beautiful grounds of Carrick Hill – take a rug and picnic hamper or dine on a range of take away food and drinks from the cafe.

♥   Go for a family bike ride – explore the city, ride along the Linear trail or head to the Hills

♥   Have a family picnic at home – put together a delicious lunch or high tea and set it all out on a picnic blanket (and don’t let Mum clean up!)

♥   Family film or games night – Mum’s choice of game and/or movie!


things to do in Adelaide for families

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