Moms deserve a break from cooking and a mimosa Sunday.
To help families honor mom, several restaurants are offering free treats, Mother's Day meals and discounts or will have special menus. Many more restaurants are offering savings through gift card promotions.
Across the country, some zoos, aquariums, museums, mini-golf courses and similar entertainment venues are treating mom with free Mother’s Day admission.
And one of the best deals is available everywhere mimosas are served.
Smartphone app Ibotta is offering moms across the country a free mimosa Sunday at all bars and restaurants through a special cashback rebate.
The “Mimosas for Moms” rebate will be available all-day Sunday for new and existing users under the "Restaurants and Bars” category. After buying the cocktail at any bar or restaurant, upload an itemized receipt to get up to $5 cash back added to your account.
Once you earn $20 through the app, which also offers rebates on groceries, online shopping and more, you can transfer money to a PayPal or Venmo account or choose a select gift card.
Be prepared for restaurants to be busy.
Brad Plothow, vice president of brand and communications for Womply, a small business software provider, said 44% of all restaurants reported Mother’s Day as the top sales day of 2017.
“While people grill at home on July 4, have friends over for the Super Bowl … the cultural norm for Mother’s Day is to take mom out for brunch or dinner at a restaurant of her choice," Plothow said.
Mother's Day freebies
Unless otherwise noted, these deals are available Sunday at participating locations.
Abuelo’s: The Mexican restaurant chain is giving away gifts to moms at all locations Sunday. Gifts vary by region and options include free shirts, flowers or a free entrée bounce back card.
Another Broken Egg Cafe: Moms who dine-in Saturday or Sunday get a free $10 Brunch Buck to redeem May 14-27.
Arooga’s: Moms eat free with a purchase of another meal and a beverage. Dine-in only and limit one discount per check.
Beef 'O' Brady's: At participating locations, moms eat free with meal purchase "equal or greater value up to $10."
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse: On Saturday and Sunday, participating locations are presenting moms with free wine glasses while supplies last.
Chicken Salad Chick: On Friday and Saturday, the first 100 moms at every restaurant will get a free “sweet surprise.” For the two days, the Perfect Pair special, which includes two scoops of chicken salad, egg salad or pimento cheese, will be $5.99 and there will be other specials and giveaways throughout the weekend.
Duffy's Sports Grill: Moms get a free glass of wine and a $10 MVP bonus added to their rewards account to use on a future visit through June 16. Sign up for the MVP loyalty program at www.duffysmvp.com.
El Fenix: Moms get a free Sopapilla with purchase of any entrée Sunday. Choose from regular, strawberry paradise or chocolate caramel.
First Watch: Moms get a free box of chocolates while supplies last.
Fogo de Chão: Moms who dine in between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday get a dining card for a free meal to redeem May 14 through July 12. Plus, kids 6 and younger dine free and ages 7 to 12 are half price.
Hooters: Moms choose a free meal from a special Mother’s Day menu with any drink purchase at participating locations. Free menu item options may vary by location and some locations will offer a buy-one-get-one free deal for moms, according to a news release.
HopCat: Moms get a free order of the chain’s award-winning Crack Fries with any other dine-in purchase.
LaMar's Donuts: Moms get a free regular doughnut including the chain's Red Velvet Cake Donut and a free small coffee.
Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: Moms who dine-in Friday through Sunday get a free $10 bonus card to redeem May 14 through July 14.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament: Through Sunday, mom is free with the purchase of one full-priced adult with code MOM18. A Mother's Day package upgrade, which includes a “Mom’s the Queen” sash, souvenir glass of champagne or mimosa and framed photo, is available for $20 during checkout or at the door.
Miller’s Ale House: Moms get a free house wine or a Bloody Mary with purchase of a meal and a $10 bonus card to redeem May 14 through Aug. 31.
Orange Leaf Yogurt: With a coupon, moms get free frozen yogurt at participating locations. Options vary. Set Price Cup locations will give a free beginner cup Sunday and Weigh and Pay locations will give $3.30 off.
Pluckers Wing Bar: To get a free meal up to $15 value Sunday, moms need to take a photo with one of their kids at Pluckers, then post that photo to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #Pluckers and show the server the post.
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar: Moms get a free house margarita during brunch or dinner and kids under 10 eat free from the kids menu at the seven Florida locations.
Roy’s Restaurant: To celebrate chain’s 30th anniversary, each table Sunday gets a $30 dining card to use May 14 through June 15. Restaurants also will open at 9 a.m. Sunday for a special three-course brunch and the special dinner menu starts at 3 p.m.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Moms get a free $25 dining card Saturday and Sunday that can be redeemed May 14 through July 1 at participating locations. Some exclusions apply.
Shoney’s: Moms get a free slice of strawberry pie with purchase of a buffet or entrée.
Spaghetti Warehouse: Moms who dine-in Sunday will get a coupon for a free 15-layer lasagna to use on their next visit and can enter a contest for a chance to win $1,000.
TCBY: Moms get their first six ounces of frozen yogurt free at participating locations Sunday.
Texas de Brazil: Moms dining in Sunday get a $20 certificate to redeem on two dinners Monday through Thursday between May 14 and July 31. Most locations are opening early at 11 a.m.
Texas Steakhouse & Saloon: Moms who dine-in Sunday get a free certificate for their next visit.
Wienerschnitzel: Moms get a free chili dog, small fries and soda with proof of “Mom-bership.” To show proof, moms can bring their children to the restaurant, present a family photo or share a favorite family story or memory with restaurant employees.
Zoës Kitchen: Mother’s Day also is International Hummus Day and on Saturday and Sunday the chain is giving a free classic hummus starter with any entrée purchase online or in-store with promo code ZKHUMMUS. Also for the weekend, purchase any large Mediterranean Family Dinner and get four free chocolate chip cookies when you mention code ZKMOTHERSDAY with in-store and phone orders.
More freebies: Locally-owned businesses also will treat moms to freebies and one of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants' social media channels.
Free and discounted family activities
Bass Pro Shops: From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, get a free 4-by-6-inch photo at the outdoors store. Plus, on Sunday, the first 100 to get their photo taken get a free accessories bag and sunglasses case. Limit one per family, while supplies last. Learn more at www.basspro.com.
Golf: Like other outdoor entertainment venues including water parks, many courses including mini-golf venues have varying offers such as moms golf free when accompanied by a regular price guest. At 76 Golf World in Stuart, Fla., moms play free with paying child Sunday.
Movies: Twenty-five theaters will show free sing-along screenings of Mamma Mia! at 10 a.m. Sunday. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the theater box office starting at 9 a.m. Learn more and find participating locations at www.mammasdaysingalong.com. Also, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations have special movies paired with special menus.
Museums: Many have Mother’s Day promotions where moms get in free, including the Children's Museum of Phoenix, which also is giving free admission to grandmothers Sunday. Many museums are posting details of specials on social media and websites.
Zoos: Many zoos across the country have Mother’s Day promotions where moms get in free, including the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Fla. and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. Check with your local zoo to see if they’re running a special.
J.C. Penney: From 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, kids can decorate Mother’s Day flowers during the department store’s monthly Kids Zone program. Children must be accompanied by an adult and parents will receive an extra 10% off coupon to use Saturday.
Michaels: From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, the arts and craft stores have two Kids Club “Flowers for Mom” programs. The cost for kids 3 and up is $2 per project and kids 6 and up $5 per project. Learn more and register at www.michaels.com/classes.
Special menus, items and deals
Participation varies and some offers are only available for loyalty and rewards members.
Auntie Anne’s: Existing members of the My Pretzel Perks loyalty program have a reward for a free classic pretzel when they purchase any pretzel through Sunday. Sign up for future offers by downloading the app at www.auntieannes.com.
Bertucci’s: Weekend specials Friday through Sunday.
Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill: Moms get a free mimosa Sunday at all locations.
Boston Market: With purchase of any family meal, add a whole rotisserie chicken for $2.99 through May 31. Plus enter the chain’s Mother’s Month Sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes at www.bostonmarketsweeps.com/MothersMonth.
Bruegger’s Bagels: Get heart-shaped bagels in blueberry, cinnamon raisin and plain varieties Sunday. Pre-order dozens by Saturday.
Carrabba’s: A special menu is available Friday through Sunday.
Corner Bakery Cafe: Through Monday, if you’re signed up for emails or texts, you’ll get a buy-one-get-one free coupon. Sign up for future offers by texting CORNER to 222233.
California Pizza Kitchen: The chain will have a special cocktail called the “She’s LaMarcable.” There will also be a contest to shake their CPK MOMents on the chain’s social media acoounts using #CPKMOMentsSweeps. Learn more at www.cpk.com/MOMentsSweeps.
East Coast Wings + Grill: Moms who dine in Sunday get a coupon for $10 off a $25 purchase to redeem May 14-31.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Heart-shaped bagels are available Sunday in chocolate chip, cranberry and plain.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse: Special Mother’s Day brunch starts at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Furr’s Fresh Buffet: Restaurants will have a special menu available 11 a.m. to close Sunday. Also, moms will get a scratch-off card with a discount to redeem May 14 through June 24.
Golden Corral: A special dinner celebration starts after 11 a.m.
Houlihan's: Get $4 “Mom-osas” and the restaurant will have a three-course for $25 a person.
Hurricane Grill & Wings: Buy one entree and two beverages and mom gets a meal of equal or lesser value for free.
Luby’s: On Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will have two specials. Get a Texas ribeye with six fried shrimp, two sides and bread for $15.99 or citrus salmon for $13.99.
Macaroni Grill: Locations are opening early at 9 a.m. Sunday for a special brunch and prix fixe menus. All-day Sunday get a coupon for 20% off your next visit to redeem May 15-31.
MCL Restaurant and Bakery: Special Mother’s Day menu Sunday.
Mimi’s Cafe: From 11 a.m. to close, there’s a three-course menu, which costs $18.99 for adults and $8.99 for children.
Mrs. Fields: Get 15% off with promo code MDay15. Orders can be placed online and picked up.
Newk's Eatery: Get a mimosa with an entire bottle of champagne for $6.99 at participating locations.
Outback Steakhouse: Through Tuesday, Outback has the Queensland Meal, which includes a signature entrée, two sides and an individual-sized cheesecake.
Ovation Brands: Old Country Buffet, Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet and Ryan’s restaurants will have a special menu available 11 a.m. to close Sunday. Also, moms will get a scratch-off card with a discount to redeem May 14 through June 24.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille: The restaurant opens early at 11 a.m. Sunday and has Mother’s Day cocktail specials — Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or Brandy Milk Punch — for $4.95 each from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pizza Inn: Rewards members get a special offer for a free buffet for mom when they buy an adult. One coupon per party, per rewards member.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Friday through Sunday, get half off a mini bag of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies at participating locations.
Primanti Bros.: With any purchase $3.99 or more Sunday, moms get a free Primanti's sandwich or salad Sunday at all locations except Florida and the stadiums.
Red Lobster: All U.S. locations are opening 10:30 a.m. Sunday and will have a Mother’s Day brunch featuring the Shipwreck Mary, the chain’s spin on a Bloody Mary.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse: There will be a $39 brunch prix fixe menu.
TGI Fridays: Take home a free slice of red velvet cake on to-go orders $20 or more with promo code FREECAKE at checkout. Participating locations will have half-priced bottles of wine and Strawberry Frosé will be $6 or $7 depending on location.
Tony Roma’s: On Saturday and Sunday, there’s a special brunch until 2 p.m. and a special dinner menu. Also kids eat free.
Vitality Bowls: Bowls are buy one, get one 50% off Sunday for loyalty members.
WingHouse Bar & Grill: Get all you can eat wings for $15.99 while supplies last Sunday.
Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista and follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/featured-newsletter/bargainistabest.