Mama, it’s time to get out and have some fun!

Mom’s night out is something I am always dreaming about, but sadly, it does not happen as often as I’d like — because, well, life happens. But once you have your night out on the calendar, let’s make sure it’s a good one. Here are a few unique and local ideas for you and your mom friends to try.

A charcuterie party

We are all currently in love with all things charcuterie. It’s our grown-up version of Lunchables, and we are here for it. So why not get a group of mom friends together and take a charcuterie class — before long, you’ll be making some amazing boards like the pros.  

Olive & Fig offers private group or one-on-one charcuterie workshops. These can be done virtually or in person — this flexibility is key. Learn how to pair your favorite cheese with your favorite wine, and enjoy every bite! No need to share with the kiddos — this night is just for you!

Paint night

Maybe you and your mom friends have more of an artistic flair, or maybe you’re like me and just want to try something new. Why not book a private painting party and bring along snacks and drinks to Ceramica in Stoneham. You can paint an assortment of ceramics or work with clay. I’ve done this with some local moms and enjoyed it as we laughed at our artistic attempts. This is also a great way to support a local woman-owned small business. This is great place to make personal gifts or be selfish for the night and make something for yourself. 

Taco crawl

Next on the list is something I have always loved to do — a taco crawl! Make a list of local Latinx restaurants, and stop by to try their take on delicious tacos. This can be done in your own neighborhood or further from home. I am always up for traveling for some good tacos.

The top neighborhoods on my list are East Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge. Here are some of my favorite places, ranging from small, family-owned businesses to larger well-known restaurants: Taqueria Jalisco in East Boston, Taco Loco in Somerville, and Naco Taco in Cambridge. My must haves are the currently famous birria tacos or the traditional al pastor. And don’t forget to try a refreshing agua fresca. 

Whatever you like to do, why not turn that fun hobby into your next mom’s night out. Try something new and enjoy that much-needed time off with friends to recharge your mom batteries. Because mama, you deserve it! 

Nancy is a mom of five girls ages 10 to 1 and a zoo wrangler to two rescue pups, a black lab named Duke and a chihuahua named Pancho. She loves black coffee, hot weather, a bargain, and all things guacamole. Being a mom to five strong little women is no small task. Her bilingual home is filled with all the wonders and joys that chaos brings. On days where she finds a tiny bit of time to herself she writes at As a graduate of Bowdoin College, Nancy has gone from classroom teaching to focusing mainly on the nonprofit education sector. She has had the privilege of working with organizations like Summer Search and Posse, and she has served as a community organizer. Before motherhood, she lived in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom to her five amazing girls and has been happily married to her best friend for the past 18 years (he’s clearly outnumbered). They are excited to raise their first-generation American daughters together while keeping them close to their Guatemalan roots. Nancy is thrilled to find herself contributing to Boston Moms, especially coming from a fear of writing. It’s a testament that it’s never too late to keep dreaming and growing!