Museums, gardens, restaurant chains and other businesses are offering freebies, deals and sweepstakes for moms on or around Mother's Day.
Admission to many public gardens across the country is free on National Public Gardens Day -- May 9 -- and through Mother's Day weekend. Search for deals at gardens near you. Museums often offer free admission to moms on Mother's Day. Check with museums in your area.
If none of the meal deals below appeals to you or your mom, check your favorite restaurant's site or Facebook page for promotions.
- Boston Market (450 restaurants nationwide) is giving moms a free meal on May 11 with the purchase of a meal of equal or greater value.
- California Pizza Kitchen (in more than 30 states) has a Mother's Day sweepstakes you can enter by liking its Facebook page and uploading a photo of your mom for a chance to win one of four $1,000 gift cards. Enter through Twitter and Instagram by using #CPKMom.
- Champps Americana (50 locations nationwide) will give any mom who is a member of its MVP League and uses her membership card May 9-11 a $10 off a $30 purchase reward loaded to her card every month.
- Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will give mothers who make a reservation and dine at its locations in 28 states for the $39.95 Mother's Day brunch a $25 gift card for a future visit. The gift card must be used by June 30.
- McCormick & Schmick's (in 24 states) is giving moms a complimentary chocolate-covered strawberry with brunch on Mother's Day.
- Redbox's (OUTR) Mother's Day special offer is 50 cents off a second movie or game through May 11 if you rent one movie or game (select titles) at the regular price.
- Shoney's (in 16 states) is giving moms a free slice of strawberry pie May 11 with the purchase of a buffet or entree.
- Snapfish has printable cards, breakfast-in-bed menus, origami flowers and party banners for Mother's Day that you can download for free.
- Spaghetti Warehouse (in seven states) is offering moms who dine in its restaurants on May 11 a complimentary lasagna on their next visit.
- Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) has a sweepstakes for a three-night stay at a spa and resort in Phoenix, roundtrip airfare for two and a $500 spa certificate. Sweepstakes ends May 12. Enter through the Texas Roadhouse Facebook or Pinterest page or an alternate site.