Hopefully someone is making brunch reservations for you this Mother's Day—but what to do with the rest of the day? Well, there's nothing like feeling appreciated, and what says, "We appreciate you, Mom!" better than free admission (or a free meal, free champagne, or free joust)? Check out these places around town where the free carpet is rolled out just for mamas on Mother's Day.
1. The GRAMMY Museum
The museum that's guaranteed to put a tune in everyone's head gives Mom free admission on her special day.
2. The Zimmer Children's Museum
The Zimmer really gets it: Mom gets free admission, and so does everyone else in the family. Let the little ones run themselves ragged, and the rest of the day is Mom's.
3. Mamma Mia Sing-along
My, my—how can we resist this? Two local cinemas are offering free Mother's Day sing-along screenings of the Abba-inspired, Streep-infused movie.
4. Medieval Times
If Mom really wants to be treated like a queen, take her to see some jousting and feed her some turkey legs. Medieval Times in Buena Park will treat. Use the code MOM18 when purchasing another full-price adult ticket for any show May 1-13, 2018.
5. Angel Stadium
For the mom who loves baseball, bring her to watch the Angels take on the Twins and she gets a free Mother's Day sunhat. The first 20,000 adults in attendance score one.
6. Dodgers Stadium
If Mom roots for the Dodgers, they're also playing at home this Mother's Day; moms attending the Reds game at Dodger Stadium get a gift of a Mother's Day cosmetic bag.
Mmmm...The Country's Best Yogurt participating locations have a free cup of fro-yo for every mom who comes in.
You're a mom? Prove it! The hot dog chain is giving away a free chili dog, small fries, and small soda to all who can show their mom status. Bring in the kids, show off a family photo (or photos, plural, in most cases), or tell the story about that time the kid needed rescuing after climbing the you-know-what near the you-know-where.
9. Malibu Country Mart
This outing is a double act: Mom can enjoy free champagne or rosé and light bites at BED|STU boutique, while the kids make their last minute Mother's Day cards at Burro—all free.
10. Santa Monica Playhouse
Mom (or anyone mom-like) gets a free ticket to either the daytime show (Finding Belle) or the evening show (Aleichem Sholom) all Mother's Day weekend. Free tickets are only available by phone, at 310.394.9779 ext 1.
11. The Melting Pot
There's nothing cheesy about this way of saying you're fondue her. All moms who enjoy the special prix fixé menu at the Irvine location on the special day get a take-home gift.
12. Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
At both locations (Downtown LA and Beverly Hills), moms dining on Mother's Day get a return engagement, with a complimentary dining card for their next visit. Restrictions apply, and dinner pricing is all day.
13. The Princeton Review
How about a day off from homework duty? The Princeton Review is offering moms a free hour of homework help online tutoring—because a little coverage is what Mom really needs.
Happy Mother's Day from Mommy Poppins!
Top photo courtesy of Malibu Country Mart