Try these ideas for making this Sunday special.

Mother’s Day is coming up fast. For families with older kids, it can sometimes be a challenge to keep things fresh. Sure, flowers and store-bought presents or gift cards make Mom feel appreciated. But if you’re looking for something with a more personal touch, we’ve got some ideas—and almost all of them will work even at the last minute.

Plan a meal.

A number of local restaurants are having special Mother’s Day brunches. Or make her a meal at home. If that French toast in the above photo looks tasty, you can find the recipe in this story from The Columbus Dispatch. Want to try something more ambitious? Check out our Cooking with Kids feature, with a child-friendly take on Crab Cake Benedict.

Make a handmade card or craft.

Trust us, she’ll love that the kids invested the time and effort. Try the paper flowers on Page 25 of our May issue. Find the e-edition HERE if you don’t have a copy handy. Want more ideas? Search our website for “Olivera Bratich” who creates our monthly Hands On craft.

Attend an event.

There are lots of events around Central Ohio that allow kids to spend time with Mom and do a shared activity. Here’s a sampling:

May 12

Mom & Me, Make a macramé plant hanger, plant a succulent in a handmade clay pot and take it home. All supplies provided. $20 for the first potted plant with hanger; $15 for each additional. 1:30 p.m. Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus. 614-486-4402. ohiocraft.org

May 13

Flowers for Mom, Make a flower craft for Mom and pick up a scavenger hunt list for a self-guided flower walk at this free event. Noon. Sharon Woods Metro Park, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville. metroparks.net Moments with Mom: A Mother’s Day Adventure, Bring the family to participate in activities celebrating Moms at this free event. Plant trees in the wetlands, create a Mother’s Day gift and hike along a memory lane nature trail that leads to the 1930s-era house at Gallant Farm for even more surprises. All ages. 1 p.m. Gallant Woods Park, 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware. Mother’s Day Crafternoon, Bring Mom and help her make a nature craft at this free event. 1 p.m. Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Westerville. metroparks.net Mother’s Day Photos and Carriage Rides at Easton, Spend Mother’s Day at Easton with complimentary photos from 1-4 p.m. at the Central Park Fountain and carriage rides from 3-7 p.m. Rides are $10 per adult; children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Pickup is between Eddie Bauer and Zara in the North District. Easton, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus. eastontowncenter.com/events

For more ideas, check out our events calendar at columbusparent.com/calendar.