What better way to spend some quality time together on Mother’s Day than enjoying the charm and beauty of two beloved Boston traditions?

Take part in, or just take in the annual Duckling Day Parade, hosted by the Friends of the Public Garden. Kids and families dress as characters in the children’s classic story Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, and wind their way to the famous duckling statues. The parade waddles off at noon. More information

And then, head to Jamaica Plain to breathe the perfumed air at the Arnold Arboretum’s yearly festival for a favorite flower, Lilac Sunday. Tours, crafts, music, and special permission to picnic under the blossoms make this day as lovely as the lilacs themselves. Details