Not that we’re necessarily suggesting you go cheap for Mother’s Day – but we’re pleased to provide you with a list of places that are saluting moms this weekend with free admission and/or activities:
- Minnesota Zoo: Moms receive free admission Saturday & Sunday sponsored by Macy’s (May 10 & 11).
- Minnesota Children’s Museum: Moms (and grandmothers!) admitted free on Sunday, May 11. The fun exhibit Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice is currently in its final weeks.
- Science Museum of Minnesota: Celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission to the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit and Omnitheater with any paid admission (available in person at the box office or by calling 651-221-9444) OR free admission to the museum with reservations to the Science Museum’s Mother’s Day Brunch (prices here).
- American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis: Moms (and grandmothers!) are admitted free on Sunday, May 11. Check out the Papercut! exhibit or enjoy a special Mother’s Day smorgasboard ($20-$50).
- Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River: This 1860’s-era working farm grants free admission to mothers with accompanying child on Saturday & Sunday (May 10 & 11).
Venues that are always free:
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Family Day, Sunday, May 11. Make a paper flower bouquet for someone special, start a mini-garden and hunt for garden scenes in the MIA’s galleries.
- Landmark Center: St. Paul Civic Symphony presents a free Mother’s Day concert, 1pm.
- Como Park Zoo & Conservatory: The annual Mother’s Day Bonsai Show takes place Saturday & Sunday (May 10 & 11). Read Joy’s review of it here.
Other ideas for Mother’s Day fun:
- The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis: This month’s Free Second Saturday is all about Wind & Weather. 11am – 4pm.
- Creative Kidstuff: Make-and-take thumbprint necklace keepsake craft scheduled for all locations Saturday, May 10, 10am – 1pm.
- Wild Rumpus Books: Project Kid Craft Day – paper carnations for someone special! Saturday, May 11, 11am.
- Craftstravaganza, Minnesota State Fairgrounds: 100% handmade goods plus free workshops and activities throughout the day. 10am – 5pm.
And remember, the entire month of May is Minnesota Museum Month so keep in mind all of our state’s engaging museums and the special events that have been scheduled to celebrate it. Check back on Family Fun Twin Cities for updates!