“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”

Sophia LorenMother’s Day is a great day to show our mothers we care. Though if we’re good kids, we show her more than one day a year.

You could buy her the obligatory flower arrangement, or you could go one better and spend some quality time with your mom.

Spend the day together at one of the events listed below, or go out to dinner, or for a walk; get creative. No matter what, your mom will appreciate the time together.

So here’s your mission on Mother’s Day: Show the lady a good time, and promise to do it more than one day a year if you don’t already.

Second Sunday

Enjoy music from Rustic Remedy, Shrimp City Slim, Austin Fitzhenry, The Honeybees, Michael Lindsey with Caroline Nelson, Oliver Penegar and Carlo Garcia from the Charleston School of the Arts, and others as you stroll down King Street.

And that’s only the beginning of what Second Sunday has to offer. Window shop and dine alfresco while taking in the sights and sounds of this monthly event.

Though mom is the guest of honor, another special guest will be Spoleto Festival USA, which will set up shop at George and King streets during the event, offering fee-free tickets and Second Sunday specials.

For more on Second Sunday, check out susanlucas.typepad.com/second sundayonkingstreet.

Aquarium adventure

On Sunday, mothers will get free admission to the South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, with a paying guest or child.

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m., check out the new Madagascar Journey, the famous albino alligator, the renovated Saltmarsh Aviary and the playful river otters.

Mothers will be recognized during daily programs, including the interactive dive shows.

For ticket pricing and more info, call 577-FISH (3474) or go to scaquarium.org.

Harbor cruise

If your mom loves the water, consider taking her out on a two-hour harbor cruise aboard the Palmetto Breeze. And as if the cruise weren’t awesome enough, the trip includes Sunday brunch and mimosas.

Another bonus? Moms get aboard free with a paying adult. The price is $35 for an adult, $25 for children 12 and under.

The catamaran will depart from Shem Creek at 11 a.m. and return at 1 p.m. For reservations and more information, call 886-8133.

Soccer mom

Another great option — not to mention a great cause — would be heading out to Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive, Saturday night for Kick for a Cure.

Wearing special pink jerseys, the Charleston Battery will play the Rochester Rhinos starting at 7:30 p.m. After the match, the jerseys will be auctioned off, with proceeds split between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Dragon Boat Charleston.

Ticket packs for the match include one ticket and a Kick for the Cure koozie for $11; $3 from each Battery Pink Ticket will be donated. General admission is $10-$18.

Gates open at 6 p.m.Call 971-4625 or check out www.charlestonbattery.com for details.