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Mother’s Day 2013 is coming up soon (Sunday, May 12, in the off-chance it slipped your mind), so we’ve rounded up a list of Mother’s Day 2013 deals and freebies that you can pick up at various restaurants, stores, and recreational locations. Most of these deals are available only on Mother’s Day, but a few are available all weekend or only on Saturday.
We’ve organized this list into national deals and local deals for our Minneapolis/St. Paul readers. Please leave a comment if you know of any other deals or freebies and we’ll add them to this list. You can also check out this weekend’s restaurant deals post for more offers, but know that some restaurants do not accept coupons on Mother’s Day.
As always, we recommend contacting your location in advance to be sure they’re participating in the promotion.
Your turn: What are your plans for Mother’s Day?
Your girl can make Mother’s Day extra-special this weekend by decorating a pretty card and matching envelope, then adding a special message to Mom on the inside at American Girl stores. Find an American Girl location near you.
Free eBook – Gluten-Free Recipes for Mother’s Day
Download a free gluten-free Mother’s Day cookbook from Attune Foods.
Kids can build a free Sweetheart Frame at Lowe’s and then personalize it with a photo for Mom. The Build & Grow Workshops is on Saturday from 10-11am, and kids will also receive a free apron, googles, and patch for participating. Find a Lowe’s location near you.
Kids can make a Mother’s Day Heart Necklace from 10am-12pm on Saturday. You’ll need to pay $2 per child for a 30-minute reservation.
Buy 1 5×7 folded card, get 1 free at CVSPhoto.com with coupon code MDAYFREE through 5/11. You can order online to pick up your order in-store the same day – perfect for last-minute card buyers!
Get a free 8×10 photo collage from Walgreens + free in-store pickup through Saturday with coupon code COLLAGE4YOU.
Pottery Barn Kids
Mothers and grandmothers are invited to join Pottery Barn Kids for a special Mother’s Day Doll Tea Party on Saturday, May 11 at 3pm or 4pm along with their child/grandchild. Bring a favorite doll or teddy bear for an afternoon of refreshments and special felt flower bouquet craft. Cost is $10/child, reservations are required. Find a Pottery Barn Kids location near you.
Printable Mother’s Day Cards
About.com has compiled a list of 15 free printable Mother’s Day cards that you can just print and send.
Buy a Redbox eGift Card for Mother’s Day and you’ll get a bonus 1-day DVD rental via email on Monday, 5/13.
Get a free $10 Bonus Card when you buy $50 in gift cards at Applebee’s. Offer is available at participating Applebee’s locations and also online for a limited time. Find an Applebee’s location near you.
Mom gets a free slice of pie and a complimentary carnation at Bakers Square on Mother’s Day, no coupon needed. Find a Bakers Square location near you.
Get a buy one, get one free deal on Mother’s Day at Caribou Coffee when you print this Facebook image or show it on your smartphone. Find a Caribou Coffee location near you.
Moms that come in to Champps Americana during Mother’s Day weekend (Friday-Sunday) and use their MVP League Card will get $10 off a $30 purchase every month. Find a Champps Americana location near you.
Dunn Bros Coffee
“Recharge” your Dunn Bros Coffee gift card with $30 or more and you’ll get a free beverage of your choice through 5/27 (you can recharge your card as often as you want).
For every $50 of Outback Steakhouse gift cards you purchase from 4/1-6/16, you’ll get a $10 Bonus Card valid 5/13-7/15. Bonus Cards are not valid the day of purchase. Find an Outback Steakhouse location near you.
Buy $30 or more in Pei Wei gift cards before 5/26, then bring in your receipt on your next visit to get a free Pei Wei combo. Also, buy 1 entree and get 1 free for Mom with this printable coupon which is good Saturday and Sunday. Find a Pei Wei location near you.
Moms who dine at Tony Roma’s on Sunday will receive a card for a free entrée (up to $15) to use on their next visit. Also, buy $50 in gift cards and get $15 in RomaBucks free through 6/17. Find a Tony Roma’s location near you.
Twin Cities Deals
American Swedish Institute
All moms, grandmas and great-grandmas get free museum admission to the American Swedish Institute this Sunday from 12-5pm.
This weekend is Fishing Opener in Minnesota, but Mom can fish for free (a.k.a. without a license) on both Saturday and Sunday.
Great Clips IMAX Theater
Moms get in free to the Great Clips IMAX Theater at the Minnesota Zoo this Saturday and Sunday (with a paid admission by someone else in the party).
The Landmark Center
The Landmark Center in St. Paul hosts the free St. Paul Civic Symphony’s Annual Mother’s Day Concert: “Imaginary Lives” at 1pm.
Minnesota Children’s Museum
Moms receive free admission to the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul all day (9am-5pm) on Mother’s Day.
Moms get in free to the Minnesota Zoo on Saturday and Sunday during the Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend celebration. There will be additional special offers at the gift store, IMAX theater, and Call of the Wild restaurant.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Moms are admitted free to the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in Elk River on Saturday and Sunday when accompanied by a child of any age. Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother’s Day with various family activities. Tickets are $9/adult, $7 senior and student, $6/child.
Red Balloon Bookshop
Stop by Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul on Saturday at 10:30am for a special Mother’s Day storytime and cardmaking session with local author Marianne Richmond (Oh, The Things My Mom Will Do) and crafter and educator Jane Snell Copes. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Science Museum of Minnesota
Enjoy a special Mother’s Day Brunch at the Elements Cafe at the Science Museum of Minnesota on Mother’s Day (seatings available at 10am, 12pm and 2pm), then check out the museum for free. Tickets are $25.95/adult, $19.95/seniors, $11.95/kids 6-12, $4.95/kids 3-5. Reserve your spot by calling 651.292.0034 ext. 11. View a menu here.
Williams-Sonoma – Maple Grove
Kids and dads can stop in for a hands-on cupcake decorating event just for mom at Williams-Sonoma Arbor Lakes from 10am-12pm on Saturday. Children will also be able to make a card for mom. (This may or may not be available at other Williams-Sonoma locations.)
The Works Museum
Moms get in free to The Works Museum in Bloomington on Mother’s Day.
CherryBerry – Maple Grove
Mom gets free yogurt at CherryBerry in Maple Grove on Mother’s Day (I do not know if this is going on at any other CherryBerry locations).
D’Amico and Sons
Moms eat free on Mother’s Day at D’Amico and Sons when dining with their children and with the purchase of one whole salad, sandwich, pasta, pizza or entree. This offer is valid at seven Minnesota D’Amico and Sons locations.
All moms jump free on Mother’s Day at Sky Zone Minneapolis (I do not know if this is valid at other Sky Zone locations).
Texas Roadhouse – Coon Rapids
The Texas Roadhouse in Coon Rapids is open at 10am on Mother’s Day for kids crafts, a bounce house (weather permitting), face painting and more.
West Side Perk – Bloomington
Buy a $50 gift card to West Side Perk and you’ll get an additional $5 on your card for Mother’s Day.