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Celebrating Moms – Mother’s Day Specials and Brunch Locations in Lakeland + Polk County

Mothers Day Lakeland Florida

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!

We polled our Facebook readers and asked what moms REALLY want for Mother’s DayThe 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

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 events near you in Central Florida.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2023

Mother’s Day Events and Specials in Lakeland + Polk County

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2022 Specials – Check Back for Updates

2022Sat07May10:00 amSat1:00 pmMothers Day Kid Crafts @ Greenwise10:00 am - 1:00 pm Publix GreenWise Market Lakeland, 4747 Florida Ave S Ste 110, Lakeland, FL 33813

2022Sat07May1:00 pmSat4:00 pmMother’s Day Afternoon Tea @ Haven Coffee Roasters1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Winter Haven - Haven Coffee Roasters, 140 3rd St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880

2022Sat07May2:00 pmSat4:00 pmMother's Day Card Crafternoon2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Mulberry - Cultural Center, 103 SE 1st St, Mulberry, FL 33860

2022Sat07May5:00 pmSat10:00 pmBuena Block Party: Mother's Day Weekend5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Downtown Lakeland, 100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 Event OrganizerBuena Market

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 OrganizerBok Tower Gardens

2022Sun08May10:00 amSun2:00 pmMother’s Day: A Day For A Queen!10:00 am - 2:00 pm Vintage Warehouse - Lakeland, 4308 Wallace Rd, Lakeland, FL 33812

2022Sun08May12:00 pmSun9:00 pmMother's Day at Family Fun Center - Free Mini Golf12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Family Fun Center Lakeland, 4825 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813 Event OrganizerFamily Fun Center Lakeland

Mother’s Day Brunch: Lakeland

We’d highly recommend calling to check on reservations, especially for restaurants with Mother’s Day Brunch near you. These events feed from our calendar.

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2022Sat07May11:00 amSat1:00 pmMother's Day Royal High Tea11:00 am - 1:00 pm Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader's Alley, Lakeland, FL 33801 Event OrganizerDreams Come True Entertainment

2022Sat07May11:00 amSat2:00 pmMother Daughter Tea Luncheon - Lake Wales11:00 am - 2:00 pm Circle of Friends Ministry - Lake Wales, 105 E Stuart Ave, Lake Wales, FL

2022Sat07May1:30 pmSat3:00 pmMother’s Day Tea at Sweet Magnolia's Bartow1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Bartow - Sweet Magnolia's Cafe, 135 S Central Ave Bartow, FL 33830

2022Sat07May4:00 pmSat5:30 pmMother’s Day Tea at Sweet Magnolia's Bartow4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Bartow - Sweet Magnolia's Cafe, 135 S Central Ave Bartow, FL 33830

2022Sun08May10:00 amSun5:00 pmMother's Day Brunch at Federal Bar10:00 am - 5:00 pm Federal Bar Lakeland, 124 S Tennessee Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801 Event OrganizerFederal Bar Lakeland

2022Sun08May10:00 amSun5:00 pmMother's Day Brunch at Nineteen6110:00 am - 5:00 pm Nineteen61 Lakeland, 1212 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803 Event OrganizerNineteen61 Lakeland

2022Sun08May11:00 amSun2:00 pmMother's Day Brunch @ Bartow Golf Course11:00 am - 2:00 pm Bartow Golf Course, 190 S. Idlewood Ave Bartow, FL 33830

2022Sun08May11:00 amSun3:00 pmMother's Day Brunch at The Red Door11:00 am - 3:00 pm Red Door Lakeland, 733 E Palmetto St, Lakeland, FL 33801 Event OrganizerRed Door Lakeland

2022Sun08May12:00 pmSun5:00 pmMother's Day Brunch at Front Page12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Bartow - Front Page Brewing, 190 S Florida Ave, Bartow, FL 33830

Activities for Mother’s Day: 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.

♥  Visit a U-Pick Blueberry Farm or a U-Pick Peach Farm – check out our list to find a farm near you!

♥  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.

Get more ideas in our Outdoor Activities Guide, Indoor Activities Guide, and Free Things to Do in Lakeland + Polk County.

More Brunch / Lunch / Dinner Ideas

♥  Local breakfast treats can be found at Charlie’s Mini Donuts, Hole in One Donuts, Uncle Nick’s Bagels, Reececliff, and Fat Jack’s.

♥  Head to a Downtown Lakeland Restaurant for lunch or dinner – The Purple Onion, Bay Street Bistro, Black & Brew, or Mitchells are all great choices.

♥  In the mood for Italian? Scarpa’s Italian, Il Forno, and Palace are our favorites.

♥  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 where you might find specials for Mother’s Day.

♥  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.

♥  Shop Local – find unique gifts at local stores like Scout & Tag, Rafa Natural, Traditions Unlimited, Gaines, Babe’s Shoes & Apparel, or Stationary Loft.

♥  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 Lakeland Farmers Market on Saturday morning.

♥  Give her tickets to an upcoming event at the RP Funding Center, Theatre Winter Haven, or Lakeland Community Theatre.

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Spring Activities Guide

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