There are many fun places to visit in the Twin Cities this Mother’s Day weekend where moms and grandmas get in FREE! Plus, because it’s Minnesota Museums month, many museums are offering deals throughout May (including free admission for kids!). Here are some I could find! (Check back for updates!)
American Swedish Institute – Free admission for Moms on Mother’s Day. 12:00 – 5:00pm. Celebrate your mamma or mor mor with a day at the American Swedish Institute! Moms and Grandmas recieve free admission to the museum, including Turnblad Mansion and Osher Gallery.
The Bakken Museum. Though not Mother’s Day specific, admission is always FREE on the second Saturday of the month. This Saturday, May 10th from 11:00 – 4:00 their theme is Wind and Weather!
Como Zoo. Always free (though donations are welcome). Enjoy the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Mother’s Day Bonsai Show Saturday and Sunday.
Creative Kidstuff – Mother’s Day Thumbprint Necklace Event. Make and take a keepsake gift mom will love. This event is free at all Creative Kidstuff locations. Saturday, May 10th 10am to 1pm. Creative Kidstuff has 6 store locations in Minnesota: Edina, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, St. Paul and Wayzata.
Hennepin History Museum. During the month of May they are offering 2-for-1 admissions & 15% off on new memberships (Individual on up!).
Landmark Center – Free Mother’s Day Concert. 1:00pm. The SPCS (St. Paul Civic Symphony) season comes to a close with Richard Strauss’s uplifting tone poem “Death & Transfiguration.” Minnesota Orchestra principal cellist, Tony Ross, joins the SPCS for music by Haydn and a rare performance of David Diamond’s “Kaddish.”
Midtown Global Market. Celebrate Mother’s Day this Family Friday with live entertainment and a kids’ craft project! Friday from 5:00 – 8:00pm. (Note: Free parking for Midtown Global Market shoppers at Midtown Exchange Parking ramp for up to 2 hours with validation with any purchase.)
Mill City Museum. Kids visit free in May with paid adult at the Minnesota History Center and Mill City Museum.
Minnesota History Center. Kids visit free in May with paid adult at the Minnesota History Center and Mill City Museum.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Sunday, May 11th is this month’s Family Day at the MIA from 11:00 – 5:00. The theme is May Flowers. The entire event is free!
Minnesota Orchestra: FiddleFire! / Sultans of Swing Concert. Sunday, May 11 at 2pm. Orchestra Hall. Friends & Family concerts encourage children and families to explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. Children’s tickets (up to age 17) to this performance are FREE and adult tickets just $5! At 1pm come for Sound Discovery Stations in the lobby, where you can learn more about the instruments used on stage, and even try playing some yourself! Limit two free childrens’ tickets per adult ticket purchased.
Minnesota Zoo – Moms get in free both Saturday and Sunday. Plus, special offers at the gift store, Great Clips IMAX Theater, and Call of the Wild restaurant for moms both days. May 10 – 11.
Oliver H. Kelley Farm – Moms get in free Saturday (10-5) and Sunday (12-5) when accompanied by a child. Check out my review with photos here. Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother’s Day Weekend. Help plant seeds in the garden, harvest the first greens and meet the new baby animals as they try out their young legs. Parents, children and grandparents are encouraged to enjoy this event together.
Science Museum of Minnesota. In honor MN Museums Month, now through May 31, receive one free child’s admission (ages 4 to 12) with paid adult admission. Includes all exhibits, Ultimate Dinosaurs, and the Omnitheater!
Three Rivers Park District. The Three Rivers Park District is offering various fun events for moms. For example:
- Brunch at the Lowry Nature Center (Sunday – NOT free except for kids 2 and under)
- Animal Mothers at the Eastman Nature Center (Sunday 1-4)
- Create a picture frame for mom for free at the Carl Kroening Interpretive Center (Saturday 10-12)