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Mother’s Day 2016 Freebies and Deals
Moms are so often under appreciated and overworked. The following restaurants and retailers have chosen to show all the moms out there just how special and loved they are. If you are a mom, allow yourself one day of fun and rest by taking advantage of some of the below offers:
Amazon: Get a $5 credit with download of select free games via the Amazon Underground app.
Barnes & Noble: Check out a Mother’s Day story time on 5/7 at 11 a.m.
Educents:Ã‚ Send Mom a free $10 gift card to use on their website.
Half Price Books:Ã‚ Get a $5 bonus card for each $25 gift card you buy to Half Price Books throughÃ‚ 5/8.
Lakeshore Learning: Kids can create a free Let Love Bloom! Card for mom on Saturday. Drop in between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to make yours.
Lowe’s:Ã‚ Kids can build a free Chalkboard Planter at Lowe’s. The Build & Grow Workshop is on Thursday at 7 p.m., and kids will also receive a free apron, googles, and patch for participating.
Kids’ Crafts eBook: Sign up to a receive a free eBook containing fourteen Mother’s Day craft ideas for kids.
Photo Card:Ã‚ Save 30% on personalized cardsÃ‚ at CVSPhoto.com with coupon code MOMCARD30. You can order online to pick up your order in-store the same day – perfect for last-minute card buyers!
Printable Cards:Ã‚ About.com has compiled a list of 15 free printable Mother’s Day cards that you can just print and send.
Printable Kids’ Craft:Ã‚ Smilebox has some funÃ‚ free printable bookmarksÃ‚ for Mom.
Public Gardens:Ã‚ Friday, 5/6 is National Public Gardens Day. Many will offer free admission (and more).
Walgreens: Get a free 8″ x 10″ photo print, plus free store pickup.
Applebee’s: Get a free $10 Bonus Card when you buy $50 in gift cards at Applebee’s.
Bakers Square: Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus card.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s:Ã‚ Moms eat free on Mother’s Day at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s with purchase of an entree of equal or greater value (up to a $10 value).
Benihana: Purchase $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 promotional card.
Bonefish Grill:Ã‚ Enjoy a $10 bonus card with the purchase of $50 in gift cards.
Chipotle Mexican Grill: Purchase $25 or more in gift cards and bring in your receipt on your next visit to redeem a free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos.
Einstein Bros Bagels: Get a $5 bonus card with $25 gift card purchase.
Fogo de Chao:Ã‚ Moms who dine on Mother’s Day will receive a complimentary lunch or dinner on their next visit.
Hooters: Get a free meal for Mom with purchase of a drink on 5/8.
Joe’s Crab Shack: Receive a $5 Bonus Buck Card for every $25 gift card purchased.
McCormick & Schimick’s: Mom will receive a free chocolate dipped strawberry with her meal. It is recommended you make reservations if you plan to dine here.
Noodles & Company: Get a $5 Bonus Card with every $25 gift card purchase.
Olive Garden:Ã‚ Get a $10 Bonus Card when you buy a $50 gift card.
Outback Steakhouse: Get a free $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards.
Panera Bread: Get a free $10 bonus card for every $50 of gift cards purchased in-store.
Pei Wei Asian Diner: Get a $5 bonus card when you purchase $25 in gift cards.
P.F. Chang’s: Receive a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Receive a $5 Grazie Gift bonus for every $25 gift card purchased.
Ruby Tuesday: Get a $15 bonus for every $50 in gift cards you buy.
Starbucks: Get half off any Frappuccino blended beverage from 3-5 p.m. each day through 5/15; Starbucks Rewards members get an extra hour and can get the same deal from 3-6 p.m. Also, buy a Starbucks gift card of $10 or more onlineÃ‚ and you’ll get an extra $10 added for a limited time.
TCBY: Get a free small size cup (up to 6 oz.) of yogurt for Mom on Mother’s Day at participating locations.
T.G.I. Friday’s:Ã‚ Buy a $50 gift card, get a $10 Bonus Bites card.
Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) Deals
American Swedish Institute: Moms and grandmas get into the American Swedish Institute free Sunday from 12-5 p.m.
ArtiCulture: Make Mother’s and Father’s Day cards on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.
Bell Museum of Natural History: Free admission for all visitors on Sunday; the museum is open from 12-5 p.m.
Como Zoo: Moms can enjoy a bonsai show, complete with experts from the Minnesota Bonsai Society, all day Saturday and Sunday in the Ordway Gardens. Admission is free.
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line:Ã‚ Mom rides the streetcar free on Mother’s Day.
Eastman Nature Center: Stop by for a free drop-in The Queen Bee: Mother of the Hive event on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.Ã‚ Visit the queen bee and her 35,000 daughters. “Tour” the hive from the safety of a screened tent.
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary: Enjoy a free Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. or 3-4 p.m.
Fishing:Ã‚ This weekend is Take-a-Mom fishing weekend, which means Mom can fish for free (a.k.a. without a license) on both Saturday and Sunday. Please note that Fishing Opener is not untilÃ‚ next weekendÃ‚ (Thanks, Janet!).
Jerry’s Foods: Kids can come in for a free cookie decorating event, plus enjoy other kids’ activities on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The first 150 kids to the event will receive a wrapped carnation for Mom.
Mall of America:Ã‚ Bring Mom to the Beautiful May Soiree on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. for product sampling, makeup touch-ups, hand massages, and more.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts:Ã‚ The whole family can enjoy free Family Day on Sunday from 11 a.m-5 p.m. The theme this month is Musical Mother’s Day.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: All visitors get free admission on Friday, 5/6 for National Public Gardens Day.
Minnesota Zoo: Moms get free admission to the zoo on both Saturday and Sunday.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm: Moms accompanied by a child get free admission to the living historic Kelley Farm on Saturday and Sunday.
Richardson Nature Center: This Sunday’s free family fun day theme is Animal Moms. Come by from 3-4 p.m. on Mother’s Day.
Thanks to Family Fun Twin CitiesÃ‚ for some of these!
8th Street Grill: Mom gets a free mimosa. Reservations for their brunch buffet are required.
Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill:Ã‚ Moms get a free mimosa or Bloody Mary at the Mother’s Day brunch.
D’Amico & Sons: Get a free meal for Mom with purchase of another meal (in house, eat in only).
La Fonda de Los Lobos: Moms get a free regular or strawberry margarita.
The Melting Pot:Ã‚ On Mother’s Day, moms eat free with the purchase of a 4-course fondue experience.Ã‚ (Thanks, Martha!)
Pizza Luce: Bring Mom in for brunch on Mother’s Day and she’ll get a free mimosa or other beverage with purchase of an entree.
Rodizio Grill: Moms get a free “Mom”osa or Bloody Mary on Mother’s Day. Also, buy $50 in gift cards and get a $25 bonus certificate.
Scena Tavern: All moms get a free Blood Orange Mimosa or a non-alcoholic Italian soda.
Your turn: What are your plans for Mother’s Day?