Mother’s Day… A day to celebrate all of the women who have done the amazing / terrifying / wonderful / exhausting / beautiful / challenging / blessed work of raising children! A day celebrated with gifts, cards, special activities, time off, a meal together, and more.
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Here we are over 100 years later celebrating all of you AWESOME moms out there!
We polled our Facebook readers and asked what moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day. The most popular answers:
- a full night of sleep / get to sleep in / a nap
- massage / spa day
- quiet time without being bothered
- to be lazy / no household responsibility
- a maid/clean house
- mimosas (brunch optional)
- a day out with the family
- a day where someone else is in charge / makes all the decisions
ATTENTION DADS. MEN. SIGNIFICANT OTHERS.
If you’re reading this looking for ideas, see list above. Seriously, these are things moms actually want.
We also know the moms out there wouldn’t mind a special activity planned by someone else and a meal they don’t have to cook… SO, we’ve got ideas for activities to do with mom, places to make crafts for mom, unique places to find gifts, and a list of local restaurants and Mother’s Day Specials.
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS
ACTIVITIES WITH MOM & DEALS AT LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
♥ Visit Mayfaire by-the-Lake – Lakeland’s outdoor art festival along the shores of Lake Morton, happening Saturday and Sunday. Check out our post for tips on attending with kids.
♥ Take the entire family for a night out at Lake Mirror – Friday night at 8pm is Broadway By The Lake. The ISO will be joined by voices from Lakeland Community Theatre to share favorites from Broadway including Mama Mia, Hair, Chicago, Wicked and more! Saturday night beginning at 5:30pm is the Mayfaire Saturday Night Party with live music, food trucks, and fireworks.
♥ Bok Tower – Free admission is offered to all mothers on Mother’s Day! Treat Mom to a beautiful day at the Gardens with live carillon concerts at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. and special menu selections in the Blue Palmetto Café.
♥ Art Centric Studio Painting Classes – Get your creative juices flowing at Art Centric Studio. There are Mother/Daughter painting classes on Saturday, May 13 both morning AND evening. Registration required, seats limited. Visit Art Centric Studio’s website to register.
♥ Golf at Family Fun Center – Moms Golf FREE all day on Sunday, open Noon-10pm
♥ SkateWorld Lakeland – Moms Skate FREE on Sunday from 2-5pm
♥ PicassoZ Art Cafe Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Event – Bring mom in to paint, mosaic or make a candle May 13 & 14, and we’ll give her a complimentary beverage coupon to Tea Largo AND a FREE charm of her choice from our Trinket Bar jewelry mixology studio.
♥ Plan a picnic at Circle B Bar Reserve – be sure you pack a tablecloth, napkins/paper towels, utensils, food, drinks, and wear walking shoes to explore the trails after you eat.
♥ Take mom for a sweet treat – we’ve got a full list of local ice cream and dessert places in our Sweet Treats & Frozen Eats Guide to Lakeland.
♥ Plan an ice cream party at home – be sure you get her favorite ice cream flavor, along with toppings, whipped cream, and cherries.
You likely know where to find flowers or buy a spa/pedicure/massage gift certificate, so we’re going to skip the obvious here and give you a few unique gift ideas and places to shop.
♥ Purchase a one-of-a-kind gift at the Polk Museum of Art’s MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire-by-the-Lake – you’ll find jewelry, artwork, prints, garden decor, ceramics, and other unique items that make great gifts for mom.
♥ Order an Edible Arrangement for the fruit/chocolate covered strawberry lover.
♥ Wash her car or have it detailed – Exotic Car Services, Help Me Help You Mobile Detailing, Miriam South Car Wash, TNT Touchless, Lakeland Car Wash, Anointed Hands Detailing, Register Auto Detailing can all help!
♥ Shop Local – find unique gifts at local stores like The Shop at the Polk Museum of Art, Brooke Pottery, Home Essentials, Simple Vintage | Scout & Tag, Rafa Natural, Traditions Unlimited, Black Swan Bazaar, Two Hens & A Hound, The Juice Box, Arteology, Babe’s Shoes & Apparel, Hattie’s Branches, or Stationary Loft. You can also find homemade items and local goodies at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday morning.
♥ Give her tickets to an upcoming event at the Lakeland Center, Lakeland Community Theatre, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater, Straz Center in Tampa, Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, or other event venue.
♥ Make a gift for mom at home – we’ve saved a few ideas on our Mother’s Day Pinterest Board.
We’d highly recommend calling to check on reservations, especially for restaurants with Mother’s Day Specials. Some places are opening earlier than normal for brunch, others are only open for dinner. We’ve provided links for you to find hours, locations, and additional information. We love to support local businesses, so you’ll only find local restaurants on the list below, maybe even a few you didn’t know about!
♥ Hallback’s Bar & Grill at the Lakeland Airport is having a feast for a QUEEN, with 2 seatings for Mother’s Day Brunch at 11:30am AND 2pm. Walk-ins welcome, but reservations suggested, 863-937-8900.
♥ Red Door Lakeland is having a Mother’s Day Brunch from 11am-3pm Sunday, call 863.937.9314 for reservations.
♥ Frescos in Downtown Lakeland is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet Sunday from 9am-2pm in their downstairs event area. Seatings will be at 9:30 am and 12 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 863-608-1347. (The regular Sunday brunch will still be held upstairs and does not require a reservation)
♥ Masons Live is offering FREE brunch for moms. Doors open 11am, free brunch for moms is 11am – 3pm. $7 for customers. Reservations are available and recommended – call 863-333-0096.
GREAT LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Whatever you do this Mother’s Day, tell your mom/wife/mother of your children how great she is. Say it out loud with words, tell her what you love about her, tell her why she’s special. And then make it a point to tell her those same things every week. This means more to us than anything you can buy in a store!
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