Mother’s Day… A day to celebrate all of the women who have done the amazing / terrifying / wonderful / exhausting / beautiful / challenging / blessed work of raising children! A day celebrated with gifts, cards, special activities, time off, a meal together, and more.
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Here we are over 100 years later celebrating all of you AWESOME moms out there!
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We polled our Facebook readers and asked what moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day. The most popular answers:
- a full night of sleep / get to sleep in / a nap
- massage / spa day
- quiet time without being bothered
- to be lazy / no household responsibility
- a maid/clean house
- mimosas (brunch optional)
- a day out with the family
- a day where someone else is in charge / makes all the decisions
ATTENTION DADS. MEN. SIGNIFICANT OTHERS.
If you’re reading this looking for ideas, see list above. Seriously, these are things moms actually want.
We also know the moms out there wouldn’t mind a special activity planned by someone else and a meal they don’t have to cook… SO, we’ve got ideas for activities to do with mom, places to make crafts for mom, unique places to find gifts, and a list of local restaurants and Mother’s Day Specials.
Mother’s Day Specials in Lakeland + Polk County
2022sun08may8:00 amsun5:00 pmMother's Day - FREE Admission for Moms at Bok Tower Gardens8:00 am - 5:00 pm Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853 Event Organized By: Bok Tower Gardens
Special Events + Mother’s Day Brunch in Lakeland
We’d highly recommend calling to check on reservations, especially for restaurants with Mother’s Day Specials. These events feed from our calendar.
Activities for Mother’s Day in Lakeland
♥ Check out Up Up & Away Florida – a hot air balloon festival on the SUN ‘n FUN Campus with colorful balloon glows, hot air balloon launches, tethered balloon rides, live music, food and beverage options, helicopter rides, kids zone, and more. You can even come and go during the day if you want to try and catch both morning and night balloon launches.
♥ Visit Mayfaire by-the-Lake – Lakeland’s outdoor art festival along the shores of Lake Morton, happening Saturday and Sunday. Check out our post for tips on attending with kids.
♥ Take the entire family for a walk around Lake Mirror and a stroll through Hollis Garden.
♥ Plan a Picnic at one of our favorite picnic locations.
♥ Catch a movie at the Silver Moon Drive-In.
♥ Plan a picnic at Circle B Bar Reserve – be sure you pack a tablecloth, napkins/paper towels, utensils, food, drinks, and wear walking shoes to explore the trails after you eat.
♥ If you have older kids, spend time as a family ax throwing at Ax Caliber or try the golf simulators at The Back Nine, or see if your family can escape at Lakeland Escape Room or Escapology. Plan a mini-golf date at Family Fun Center.
♥ Does mom love the outdoors? Spend the day on a canoe or kayak tour.
♥ Take mom for a sweet treat – we’ve got a full list of local ice cream and dessert places in our Sweet Treats & Frozen Eats Guide.
♥ Plan an ice cream party at home – be sure you get her favorite ice cream flavor, along with toppings, whipped cream, and cherries.
More Brunch / Lunch / Dinner Ideas
♥ Take mom out for a beverage at Swan Brewing. It is family-friendly!
Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
You likely know where to find flowers or buy a spa/pedicure/massage gift certificate, so we’re going to skip the obvious here and give you a few unique gift ideas and places to shop.
♥ Purchase a one-of-a-kind gift at the Polk Museum of Art’s Mayfaire-by-the-Lake – you’ll find jewelry, artwork, prints, garden decor, ceramics, and other unique items that make great gifts for mom.
♥ The Shop at Polk Museum of Art has a variety of unique gift items to choose from. Open all weekend during Mayfaire!
♥ Instead of flowers, give a unique plant from The Nectary.
♥ Order an Edible Arrangement for the fruit/chocolate covered strawberry lover.
♥ Wash her car or have it detailed
♥ Get all your shopping done in one place – Lakeside Village has a variety of gift stores including Anna’s, Books-A-Million, Francesca’s, Versona Accessories, and Yates & Hagan. (TIP – Spend $150 at Lakeside shops and restaurants between May 2 – 6, 2022 and receive a FREE BRACELET from Anna’s – learn more)
♥ You can also find homemade items and local goodies at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday morning.
Spring Activities Guide
Check out our full Spring Activities Guide for more things to do in Lakeland, Polk County, and Central Florida from January – May.