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Mother’s Day deals, discounts & free fun

It’s her day. Mother’s Day.

For the important occasion, attractions, restaurants and other venues in South Florida are offering discounts and other promotions. 

Please return to this feature, as other events & deals are added.

 

Deals, discounts & ideas for fun for Mother’s Day

Broward

Plant Affair

Native plants, exotic plants & yard art are among the items for sale at Plant Affair is 9 a.m. –  5 p.m. May 7 & 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 8 @ Volunteer Park, Plantation 33323. Entry is free. Information is online.

Flamingo Gardens 

Flamingo Gardens, which is featuring a Beauty of Orchids exhibit, is offering free entry for mothers accompanying another person paying a regular entry fee.  The offer is valid 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 8, information is online.

Grand Prix Beach Party

Free entry for Grand Prix Beach Party at Las Olas Oceanside Park in Fort Lauderdale

Butterfly World

Butterfly World offers a discount voucher online for $5 off regular fees. Butterfly World is in Coconut Creek. The popular walk-through attraction, features free-flight aviaries with tropical foliage and thousands of butterflies and birds from different parts of the world. The attraction is inside Tradewinds Park,  3600 W. Sample Road. On weekends, entry fees into Tradewinds Park are $1.50 for ages 6 & older.

Photo/Bonnet House

Bonnet House

Free entry for mothers  11 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 8 with another person paying full price. Other deals @ historic Bonnet House & gardens. Information is on the website. Bonnet House is at 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-5393

Hollywood beach

Rock out with free live entertainment oceanside in Hollywood, including 7 p.m. May 8 featuring Brothers of Others.  Venue is on a lovely pedestrian promenade. Fees apply for parking. Hollywood bandshell is at 320 Johnson St., Hollywood.

Downtown Hollywood

Downtown Hollywood murals offer free outdoor display

Gulfstream Park shopping & dining plaza

Free live music outdoors at Gulfstream in Hallandale

Miami-Dade

Japanese Festival

A free Japanese spring festival is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 8 at Ichimura Miami-Japan Garden on Watson Island. 

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Mother’s Day and Spring Plant Sale are both happening 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Purchase a Mother’s Day Picnic Basket for $70 for two adults or a Mimosa Tasting for $19. For more information and tickets, click here.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Entry is free @ Miami Beach Botanical Garden. It’s at 2000  Convention Center Drive 33139, 305-673-7256, website

 

Photo/Mounts Botanical Garden

Palm Beach county

Rapids Water Park

Free entry for moms May 7 & May 8 accompanying a kid paying the regular price for age 3 and older. Rapids Water Park is at 6566 N. Military Trail, Riviera Beach. Information, 561-848-6272 or  website.

Mounts Botanical Garden

Free entry for moms,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 8, including dog moms with their dogs. Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Rules for dogs & information are online.  

Other fun

Parks

Vendor markets

Farmers markets & vendor fairs feature food, vintage wares & handmade items

Museums

Free museum entry if you have this one thing… Valid May 8 at participating museums for Bank of America patrons.

Water Taxi

Water Taxi offers scenic transportation & deals

Mother’s Day restaurant offers include:

Whether Mom wants brunch or dinner, enjoy a frugal feast with these Mother’s Day restaurant specials.

Prezzo in Palm Beach Gardens & Boca Raton, offers mothers a free mimosa with brunch May 8 & free glass of bubbly with dinner.

Auntie Anne’s: Get salty with Mom at Auntie Anne’s for Mother’s Day. From May 6 to 8, Pretzel Perks members enjoy a buy-one-get-one FREE pretzel product. Join the loyalty program here by downloading the app

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Let BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse make your Mother’s Day meal. The restaurant offers $40 Family Meal Deals, feeding four to six people. Choose from the following: Burger Bundle, Chicken Breast & Thighs Bundle or Pasta Feast.

Plus, for a limited time, the restaurant is offering half off large pizzas with promo code HALFOFF. The offer is only available for take-out or delivery through the website or app

California Pizza Kitchen offers heart-shaped pizzas May 8 for dine-in orders. Diners receive voucher May 8 valid for May 9-17  for BOGO pizza, pasta or salad, website

Del Taco: Enjoy a frugal feast on Mother’s Day. Del Taco’s value menu offers 20 items under $2. Let Del Taco do all the work and choose from burritos, tacos and more for the perfect feast for the whole family without breaking the bank. 

Denny’s: Start Mother’s Day with a big bargain breakfast. The popular diner is offering an Endless Breakfast for just $6.99, including eggs, pancakes and hashbrowns. For an extra buck, add unlimited bacon or sausage. The offer is available through June 21

Edible Arrangements: Fresh fruit is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Edible Arrangements is offering a special Mother’s Day Chocolate & Cheesecake Platter — featuring limited rose vanilla white chocolate-dipped strawberries. Through May 6, select platters are 20% off for pick up only — use promo code PICKUP20.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Family meals are a great way to take the stress of cooking off the list on Mother’s Day. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop offers family meals with generous portions of meat, sides, fixings and more. The Taco Family Meal is available in two sizes — Regular (serves 4 to 6) for $35 and Large (serves 6 to 8) for $50.

Jamba: Get juicy at Jamba for Mother’s Day. On May 7 and 8, Jamba Rewards members get a FREE breakfast item with a purchase of $15 or more. Join the loyalty program online or by downloading the app. 

Joe’s Crab Shack: There’s nothing fishy about celebrating Mother’s Day at Joe’s Crab Shack. If mom loves seafood, treat her to the seafood restaurant’s 4-course Mother’s Day Menu on May 8 — starting at $45. The menu includes an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. 

Marble Slab Creamery: On May 8, Slab Happy Rewards Members can indulge in a delicious offer, buy one, get one free Regular Ice Cream. The deal is valid at participating locations in-store and online. 

Moe’s Southwest Grill: Moms can save money on dining out at Moe’s Southwest Grill. Every Sunday, including on Mother’s Day, May 8, kids (12 and under) eat FREE at all locations nationwide. Limit one complimentary kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entrée of $6 or more. 

Olive Garden: If you take Mom to Olive Garden, enjoy an extra take-home entrée for just $6. Pick up enough for the whole family. Choose from Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. 

Pizza Hut: Everyone loves pizza, including mothers! Celebrate Mother’s Day with an inexpensive pizza party, thanks to Pizza Hut’s ongoing deals and discounts. Share a slice of pizza and fun with Mom…plus, it’s an easy clean-up after the gathering. 

Razzoo’s Cajun Café: Enjoy Cajun cuisine at Mother’s Day. When dine in with Mom at Razzoo’s Cajun Café on May 8 and enjoy two flash-fried crab cakes, get a bounce-back coupon for a FREE Le First Chomp appetizer. The coupon is redeemable within the next month.  The restaurant has locations in North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. 

Schlotzsky’s: Enjoy a sweet treat on Mother’s Day at Schlotzsky’s. From May 6 to 8, Schlotzsky’s Rewards members get a FREE Classic Cinnabon with an entrée purchase. To get the deal, download the Schlotzsky’s app and the offer will automatically be added into your account. 

Smokey Bones: Treat Mom to any of Smokey Bones‘ smoked or fire-grilled favorites over Mother’s Day weekend and receive a $10 off $30 coupon. The coupon is valid May 9 to 22.  

Sonic Drive-In: If you’re looking for an inexpensive date with Mom, check out the current deals from Sonic Drive-In. You can always stop by for the chain’s daily happy hour and enjoy half-price drinks, while catching up with her. 

Subway: Get sandwiched by savings at Subway on Mother’s Day. Enjoy a buy-one-get-one FREE Footlong Sub online with this promo code. The offer runs through May 21

TCBY: After lunch or dinner, chill out with Mom at TCBY. Mom’s first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt is FREE on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day gift card bonuses

Many restaurants are celebrating Mom by offering gift card bonuses and discounts. Buy the gift card as a treat for Mom or a way to save on dining out with the whole family.

Most gift card bonuses are only available online. However, some are available online and in-restaurant. Before buying, be sure to confirm the bonus. 

Applebee’s: Let Applebee’s make dinner for Mom. Buy a $50 gift card and the restaurant will throw in a $10 bonus card for her — from April 11 to June 26. The bonus card expires Aug. 7. 

Bonefish Grill: This isn’t just a Mother’s Day deal. In fact, the offer is available April 19 to June 19. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus at Bonefish Grill. The $10 off coupon can be redeemed June 21 to Aug. 21. 

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Gather the family and enjoy a meal at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. For every $50 spent in gift cards, receive a $10 bonus — from April 19 to June 19. The $10 off coupon can be redeemed from June 21 to Aug. 21.

Chili’s: Does Mom enjoy Tex-Mex and margaritas? If she does, treat her to lunch or dinner at Chili’s. Buy her a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card — from April 21 to June 26. The bonus card is valid April 22 to July 31. 

Del Taco: Spice up Mother’s Day at Del Taco. Buy a $25 gift card and enjoy a $5 bonus card. However, if mom really loves Del Tao, get a $100 gift card and get a $25 gift card. The online bonus offer is available March 29 to May 8. The bonus gift card is active upon receipt and expires July 12. 

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Need bagels for a Mother’s Day breakfast-in-bed or brunch? All Einstein Bros. Bagels gift cards purchased online through June 24 are 20% off.  

Flower Child: Make Mother’s Day blossom at Flower Child. Buy a $50 gift card and receive $10 bonus card — from May 1 to June 30. The bonus card is valid July 1 to Sept. 30. 

Fogo de Chão: If Mom enjoys steak, Fogo de Chão can make Mother’s Day sizzle. For every $125 in gift cards purchased online, get a $25 bonus card — from April 19 to June 19. The bonus card is valid June 20 to Sept. 1. 

Grand Lux Café: Treat Mom to a luxurious lunch or dinner at Grand Luxe Café. From April 28 to May 8, purchase a $50 gift card online and receive a $10 bonus card. The bonus card is valid May 9 to June 9.

IHOP: Hop over to IHOP for breakfast (or any other meal) on Mother’s Day. From April 4 to July 17, buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card. The bonus card expires Aug. 21. 

McAlister’s Deli: Slather on the savings on Mother’s Day at McAlister’s Deli. Receive a $5 eReward (online) or physical reward voucher (in-store) for every $25 purchased in gift cards — from April 18 to June 19. The reward is valid June 30 to Aug. 31.

Millers Ale House: With $50 gift card, receive $10 bonus card

Moe’s Southwest Grill: Enjoy burritos and more on Mother’s Day at Moe’s Southwest Grill. For every $25 in gift cards purchased online or in-restaurant, receive $5 Moe Rewards — from April 18 to June 19. The reward code can be redeemed June 20 to Aug. 31 by unlocking it through the Moe Rewards program. 

On The Border: Heat up Mother’s Day at On The Border. Through June 30, buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card. The bonus card is valid July 1 to 31.

Outback Steakhouse: Give Mom the Australia experience, even if just for a meal. Buy Mom a $50 gift card at Outback Steakhouse and enjoy a $10 bonus — from April 19 to June 19. The $10 off coupon is valid June 21 to Aug. 21. 

Panera Bread: Enjoy a fresh and hot deal for Mother’s Day from Panera Bread. Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased. The bonus offer is available April 20 to May 31. The bonus cards are valid June 1 to 30. 

RA Sushi: If Mom loves sushi, get her a $60 gift card at RA Sushi and enjoy $10 promotional card. If Mom really loves sushi, buy her a $200 gift card and receive a $60 promotional card. The bonus offer is available April 4 to May 8. The promo cards are valid May 9 to June 19. 

Red Lobster: There’s nothing fishy about saving money! Buy Mom a $50 gift card at Red Lobster and receive a coupon good for $10 off your next order of $30 or more. The coupon is valid June 27 to Aug. 31. 

Red Robin: Get a juicy deal at Red Robin. Buy a $50 gift card and get $5 Bonus Bucks. The bonus offer is available April 18 to June 19.  The bucks are valid June 20 to Aug. 21.

Schlotzsky’s: Get sandwiched by savings on Mother’s Day at Schlotzsky’s. From May 1 to June 20, buy a $25 gift card and enjoy a $5 eReward. The reward must be unlocked in the Schlotzsky’s app prior to Aug. 31, after which it will expire after 14 days. 

Subway: Stop at Subway for a great deal on Mother’s Day. Get a FREE 6-inch sub with the purchase of a $25 gift card — through June 30. Limit four bonus cards per order. The complimentary sub voucher is valid July 1 to Aug. 31. 

The Cheesecake Factory: Moms are always so sweet! Treat Mom to an extravagant lunch or dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. From April 28 to May 8, purchase a $50 gift card online and receive a $10 bonus card. The bonus card is valid May 9 to June 9. You could even use the gift card for a cheesecake for a Mother’s Day brunch at home. 

Living on the Cheap has some restaurant bonuses you can get if you purchase gift cards.

Outback Steakhouse: Give Mom the Australia experience, even if just for a meal. Buy Mom a $50 gift card at Outback Steakhouse and enjoy a $10 bonus — from April 19 to June 19. The $10 off coupon is valid June 21 to Aug. 21. 

Panera Bread: Enjoy a fresh and hot deal for Mother’s Day from Panera Bread. Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased. The bonus offer is available April 20 to May 31. The bonus cards are valid June 1 to 30. 

RA Sushi: If Mom loves sushi, get her a $60 gift card at RA Sushi and enjoy $10 promotional card. If Mom really loves sushi, buy her a $200 gift card and receive a $60 promotional card. The bonus offer is available April 4 to May 8. The promo cards are valid May 9 to June 19. 

Red Lobster: There’s nothing fishy about saving money! Buy Mom a $50 gift card at Red Lobster and receive a coupon good for $10 off your next order of $30 or more. The coupon is valid June 27 to Aug. 31. 

Red Robin: Get a juicy deal at Red Robin. Buy a $50 gift card and get $5 Bonus Bucks. The bonus offer is available April 18 to June 19.  The bucks are valid June 20 to Aug. 21.

Schlotzsky’s: Get sandwiched by savings on Mother’s Day at Schlotzsky’s. From May 1 to June 20, buy a $25 gift card and enjoy a $5 eReward. The reward must be unlocked in the Schlotzsky’s app prior to Aug. 31, after which it will expire after 14 days. 

Subway: Stop at Subway for a great deal on Mother’s Day. Get a FREE 6-inch sub with the purchase of a $25 gift card — through June 30. Limit four bonus cards per order. The complimentary sub voucher is valid July 1 to Aug. 31. 

The Cheesecake Factory: Moms are always so sweet! Treat Mom to an extravagant lunch or dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. From April 28 to May 8, purchase a $50 gift card online and receive a $10 bonus card. The bonus card is valid May 9 to June 9. You could even use the gift card for a cheesecake for a Mother’s Day brunch at home. 

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More free and cheap things to do this weekend:

Friday, May 6, 2022

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Grand Prix Beach Party in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free Dental Screening for Children

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | CVS Pharmacy Parking Lot

First Fridays @ 5 concert series

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Boynton Beach Amphitheater

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Downtown Delray Art Walk

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Free Gables Gallery Night first Fridays

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Downtown

Free Gallery Night entry

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Old Town Untapped in Pompano

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Contemporary Arts

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free Friday Night Sound Waves concert in Fort Lauderdale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

First Friday Art Walk

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Arts Garage

Free outdoor family-friendly films

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Navy Days beach olympics in Fort Lauderdale

9:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Fort Lauderdale beach

Free entry for Dog Expo in north Broward

9:00 am to 12:00 pm | FREE | Windmill Park

BSO Shredding & prescription drug disposal for Broward residents

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | BSO Weston District Office

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Free Dental Screening for Children

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE

Grand Prix Beach Party in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free event featuring US Navy Band Southeast in Fort Lauderdale

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free symphony Wallcast at SoundScape

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, May 8, 2022

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pinecrest Gardens

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

8:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park

Free for moms & dog moms at Botanical Garden in West Palm

9:00 am | FREE | Mounts Botanical Garden

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Free entry for moms & dog moms with dogs at Mounts in West Palm

9:00 am to 3:00 pm | Mounts Botanical Garden

Las Olas Oceanside Park vendor market

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Japanese Winter Festival

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Ichimura-Miami Japanese Garden

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Merrick Park

Grand Prix Beach Party in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

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