In case you haven’t gotten the memo, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! We’ve rounded up a big list of Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals 2016 to give you a heads up on ways to save.
Whether you’re a mom or have a mom you need to treat to a day out, you’re bound to find something of interest in this list. (And please help us and other readers out by leaving a comment if you know of any other freebies or deals – thanks in advance!)
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National Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals
Cards, Crafts & Printables
Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards – Don’t want to buy a card? Check out these free printable Mother’s Day cards on About.com.
Free Printable Mother’s Day Coupons – Find a template for free printable Mother’s Day “coupons” on Zulily.
Free Printable Mother’s Day Questionnaire – Have the kiddos fill out a free printable Mother’s Day questionnaire for a unique and amusing memory-making opportunity.
Educents – Send a free $10 Educents gift card to a mom in your life.
Lakeshore Learning – Kids ages 3 and up can make Mom a free Let Love Bloom! Card for Mom on Saturday, May 7th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Michaels – Make a Mother’s Day card and bracelet on Saturday, May 7th from 1-3 p.m. Supplies are included.
Shutterfly – Use the coupon code CARD4U to get a free photo card for Mom (you’ll need to pay $0.99 for shipping).
Walgreens – Get a free 8×10 photo print with coupon code FREEGIFTPIC through May 7th, plus choose free in-store pickup.
Events & Entertainment
Free Zoo Admission – Check this list of zoos that offer free admission for moms during Mother’s Day weekend.
Barnes & Noble – Celebrate Mom with a free storytime and activities on May 7th at 11 a.m. They’ll read Mom School and How to Babysit a Grandma.
Bass Pro Shops – Get a free 4×6 photo on Friday or Saturday at Bass Pro Shops.
Fandango – Use the coupon code 10MDAY to get 10% off any gift card purchase of $50 or more through May 8th.
National Public Gardens Day – Many public gardens around the country are offering free or discounted admission on Friday, May 6th.
Flowers & Gifts
Discounted Gift Cards – Shoppers at Kroger (and its affiliates) can save on gift card purchases made in the store by loading digital coupons to their card. Right now I’m seeing the following deals:
- American Express: $5 off two or more gift cards
- Applebee’s: $10 off two or more gift cards
- Bath & Body Works: $5 off two gift cards
- Darden / Fandango: $10 off $50 or more gift card
- Fandango: $10 off two gift cards totaling $50 or more
- JCPenney: $5 off two gift cards totaling $50 or more
- The Limited: $10 off two gift cards totaling $50 or more
- L.L. Bean: $10 off two gift cards totaling $50 or more
- Michaels: $5 off $25 or more gift card
- Sephora: $10 off two gift cards totaling $50 or more
- SpaFinder: $10 off two gift cards totaling $50 or more
- Steak ‘n Shake: $5 off two gift cards totaling $50 or more
- Yankee Candle: $5 off $25 gift card
Amazon – Get free 1-day shipping on jewelry, watches and more – no Prime membership necessary.
AMC Theatres – Purchase a digital gift card worth $25-$100 and they’ll add 10% to the balance with coupon code MOMMA.
Family Christian Stores – Shop their Mother’s Day Sale to get Mother’s Day gifts for $5 each or 50% off. Shipping is free on orders of $50 or more or with ship to store.
Flirty Aprons – Use code MOM65 to take 65% off and get free shipping on adorable aprons for Mom at Flirty Aprons through May 6th.
FTD – Before you order, pick up a Groupon where you can spend $15 for $30 or $20 for $40 worth of flowers and gifts. This voucher is valid toward taxes and shipping/delivery fees. Another option: redeem three My Coke Rewards points for a $20 reward code.
Groupon – Take 20% off local deals with coupon code NOW20 through May 7th.
Half Price Books – Get a free $5 bonus card with each $25 gift card purchase through May 8th.
LivingSocial – Save 20% on last minute gifts for Mom with coupon code TREATMOM through May 7th.
MyPublisher – New customers can get a free 8.5″ x 11.25″ photo book with option of a photo finish or book jacket cover (a $39.99 value) – just pay shipping.
Spa & Wellness – Get 15% off + free shipping on all Spa & Wellness gift cards with coupon code HAPPYMOM16.
Target – Target has a number of boxed jewelry gifts marked 50% off for Mother’s Day – available both in-store and online.
Need more ideas for Mother’s Day gifts? Check out these posts:
- Mother’s Day Gifts Under $25
- Beautiful, Unusual (and Budget-Friendly!) Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from ModCloth
Restaurant Offers – Freebies
Caribou Coffee – Caribou Perks members will see a BOGO offer for any beverage valid on May 7th or 8th.
Chuck E. Cheese’s – Print a coupon for a large one-topping pizza, 4 drinks, 30 tokens and a single salad bar for $29.99.
Hooters – Moms get a free meal (value $10.99 or less) with purchase of a drink on May 8th.
McCormick & Schmick’s – Mom gets a complimentary chocolate dipped strawberry on May 8th; bring the family in to dine at their traditional brunch or buffet.
MOD Pizza – Mom gets a free pizza or salad on Mother’s Day.
RAM Restaurant & Brewery – Moms get their choice of a free appetizer or dessert with purchase of an adult entree – just show this post on May 7th or 8th.
TCBY – All moms get 6 oz. of free froyo on Mother’s Day.
Wienerschnitzel – Moms get a free chili dog, small fries, and small soda on Mother’s Day with proof of “Mom-bership” (an embarrassing story about your kids, a family photo, or your kids).
Restaurant Offers – Gift Card Bonuses
In addition to these, Sam’s Club and Costco both have a number of discounted gift cards available.
Applebee’s – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a free $10 bonus card.
Bonefish Grill – Give $50 in gift cards and get a free $10 bonus card for yourself.
Caribou Coffee – Buy a $25 gift card and get any medium drink free.
Chipotle – Purchase $25 or more in gift cards, then bring in your receipt on a future visit for a free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos.
Noodles & Company – Get a $5 bonus card with every $25 gift card purchase.
Olive Garden – Get a free $10 bonus card with every $50 gift card purchase.
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-cafe.
P.F. Chang’s – Receive a $10 bonus card when you purchase $50 in gift cards.
Starbucks – Buy a $10 gift card with VISA Checkout and you’ll get an additional $10 added to your card for free.
Seattle Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals
Events & Entertainment
Bellevue Botanical Garden – Check out the Mother’s Day Social at 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day and enjoy light refreshments, music, and beautiful scenery.
Bloedel Reserve (Bainbridge Island) – Get half-off admission on National Public Gardens Day (May 6th) with this printable coupon.
Cedar River Watershed Educational Center (Seattle) – On Mother’s Day you can bring the family to enjoy tea, coffee and snacks while strolling the grounds of the Education Center. They’re open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Center for Wooden Boats (Camano Island) – Come to Cama Beach for the annual Mother’s Day Saturday Sail on May 7th. Sign up for free boat rides on a variety of boats, then participate in other fun activities while you wait for your ride (toy boat building, Mother’s Day card making, etc.).
Country Village Shops (Bothell) – The Mother’s Day Celebration is May 7th and 8th. Mom can enter to win a special $150 Country Village shopping spree and children can create a free charm bracelet for Mom.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (Tacoma) – Moms get half-price admission on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fred Meyer – Kids can decorate and plant a pot for Mom at Fred Meyer on Saturday, May 7th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. You buy the plant and pots, and Fred Meyer will provide the soil and decorating materials. (Thanks, Thrifty NW Mom!)
Garfield Community Center (Seattle) – Check out the annual Mother’s Day event on Saturday, May 7th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Haggen – Visit your local Haggen on Saturday, May 7th to decorate a cake for Mom. You’ll pay $5 for a single layer cake kit, plus each kid will receive a chef hat, apron and Junior Baker certificate. (Thanks, Thrifty NW Mom!)
Hands On Children’s Museum (Olympia) – Mothers and grandmothers get in free on Mother’s Day.
Imagine Children’s Museum (Everett) – Moms and grandmothers get in free on Mother’s Day.
Kids Discovery Museum (Bainbridge Island) – Moms and grandmas enjoy free admission on Mother’s Day, plus kids can make a special button on a first-come, first-served basis (included with admission or membership).
KidsQuest Children’s Museum (Bellevue) – All moms and grandmas get free admission on Mother’s Day.
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden (Shoreline) – Stop by the Mother’s Day Plant Sale from May 6th-8th. There will be free activities for kids, free tours of the garden, and more.
Museum of Glass (Tacoma) – Moms get in free on Mother’s Day, plus save $10 on all general membership levels.
Northwest African American Museum (Seattle) – Mothers and “mother figures” get in free on May 8th.
Northwest Railway Museum (Snoqualmie) – Moms ride free with a paying child of any age on Mother’s Day weekend (May 7th and 8th).
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (Tacoma) – All moms receive half-off general admission on May 7th.
PowellsWood Garden (Federal Way) – Receive 2-for-1 admission on National Public Gardens Day (May 6th) with this printable coupon. On May 7th-8th you can celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend (regular admission price of $3-$7; kids 5 and under are free).
Remlinger Farms (Carnation) – Moms enjoy free admission to Remlinger Farms Family Fun Park with a Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet purchase.
Renton Library – Celebrate Mother’s Day early with a Mother’s Day event on Saturday, May 7th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids ages 6 and younger (accompanied by an adult) can read stories and make crafts to honor Mom. Light snacks provided.
Ride the Ducks of Seattle – Purchase a full price ticket and Mom will ride with you for $10 (+ tax) on Mother’s Day. Choose ticket type “Mother’s Day Mom” when buying tickets online for May 8th only.
Seattle Aquarium – Bring Mom to the newly renovated Ivar’s Acres of Clams for a seafood brunch buffet, plus Mom gets free admission to the Seattle Aquarium with brunch purchase.
Seattle Children’s Museum – Moms with their kiddos get in free to the Seattle Children’s Museum on Sunday, May 8th.
Streissguth Gardens (Seattle) – Receive a free 4″ plant (while supplies last) with this coupon on May 6th.
W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory (Tacoma) – Save 10% on all purchases in the gift shop on May 6th with this printable coupon.
Washington State Parks – Sunday, May 8th is a State Parks Free Day, which means that you don’t need a Discover Pass to get in to a state park.
WiggleWorks Kids (Bellevue or Puyallup) – The first 50 moms who arrive on Mother’s Day get a free gift.
Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle) – Moms receive half-price admission on Saturday, May 7th for the annual Mom & Me at the Zoo event.
Burgerville (Vancouver) – Moms get a free fresh Strawberry Shortcake.
Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant – Mom gets a complimentary glass of Prosecco at their special Mother’s Day dinner.
Lunchbox Laboratory – Moms with tats eat free on May 8th. Don’t have a tattoo? No problem – they’ll have some temporary ones for you.
Neighborhood Grills – Mothers eat free on Mother’s Day at all of their five locations.
What other Mother’s Day freebies or deals do you know of? Please leave a comment and we’ll add them to the list. Thanks for your help!