Mother’s Day in Wichita will be fun if the weather plays nice! This year Mothers Day is on Sunday, May 8.
We’re compiling the list of things to do for Mother’s Day near Wichita, including free admission, things to do and restaurant specials. If we learned anything last few years, it’s that you don’t need a long list of events. You can still celebrate Mom and all she’s done for you – and it doesn’t have to be super expensive.
We have some ideas based on what’s available here in the Wichita area. We finally have confirmed free admission deals (yay!). Other ideas might include a Mothers Day brunch to go, a beautiful vase of spring tulips, and a heartfelt greeting card or note.
This list is a work in progress that we’ll keep adding to as we find deals and changes start to unfold in the metro. If you know of a Mother’s Day special that should be included, please let us know in the comments below.
Mother’s Day Weekend Events in Wichita
Botanica Membership Special is happening right now. Save $10 off the price of an already-affordable Botanica membership for your mom. Special price good through May 8, 2022.
First Friday events happening throughout Wichita. Many of them are completely free. Visit CityArts if you haven’t been. This is one of my favorite galleries; very approachable and welcoming and it has such a cool vibe.
Bouquet Workshop at Trader Joe’s If you’d like to get some last-minute instruction on arranging a beautiful bouquet for Mom, Trader Joe’s is hosting 30-minute workshops on Friday, May 6. Tickets are $25 and admit two people. Tickets include fresh flowers (3 options to choose from), various ties and paper to choose, light bites and refreshments, and a donation to The Village. The workshop will be held outside with different time slots. Tickets and more info
Come Fly a Kite at Chapin Park on Saturday, May 7 What’s more fun than a good old-fashioned kite fly? Bring mom and she’ll enjoy some family bonding time letting the wind take away her cares and her kite! More info My friends Mark and Susan will be there with the kite-mobile. They will steer you in the right direction when it comes to finding a high-quality fun, interesting, and affordable kite. (I just asked them for one that was really easy to fly and they got me into a delta. It is perfect!!!)
Your Choice of Free Yoga on Saturday, May 7. You can go to the Wichita Art Museum garden from 9-10 a.m. or to Naftzger Park for free yoga from the YMCA at 10-11 a.m.
Mark Arts is having an Art Market on Saturday, May 7. Bring your mom or go shopping for her gift from the vendors selling one-of-a-kind, unique handcrafted and artistic pieces. Free admission. Info here
Spring Fling at Fulton Valley Farms Spend Mother’s Day in the country with shopping, food, cocktails and iced tea. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7 & 8, the farm will host a Mother’s Day extravaganza. General admission is FREE; Mom’s Tea Time in the Woods is available for $30 per person or brunch is $45. We’ve been out to this farm and it is so worth a visit – especially if you love getting away from the big (ha ha) city for a while. More info here
Free Admission for Moms
Wichita Art Museum is offering FREE admission to the Art Deco exhibit on Saturday, May 7, 2022. This is a very good deal, as admission to the museum itself is also free on Saturdays. You should go! (Bring your mom.)
Sedgwick County Zoo is offering moms free admission to the zoo on Mother’s Day again in 2021 with at least one paid admission. Wahoo!
Botanica is also offering free admission for moms. As with the zoo deal, everyone else pays regular admission. May is a wonderful time to see the gardens!
Sedgwick County Historical Museum has FREE admission on Sundays for everyone – not just moms. Seriously, if you haven’t been to this beautiful museum yet, it’s time to go. And if you have been, maybe now’s a good time for a revisit. One of my favorite museums in Kansas.
Old Cowtown Museum is going to be open and FREE for your whole gang on Mother’s Day (because it’s free for everyone on Sundays). Grab your reticule and bonnet. The weather should be perfect for a stroll through the streets of 1865 Wichita. (We hope. Better grab a shawl just in case.)
Kansas Cosmosphere brought back its Mom’s Day BOGO deal. Buy one All Access Mission Pass and Mom can get here for FREE on Mothers Day Sunday. Call 620.665.9312 for tickets and this year bring Mom to see a documentary in the Carey Digital Dome Theater, experience a planetarium show, see live science in Dr. Goddard’s lab and explore the Hall of Space Museum.
Carousel Skate Center Mothers skate free with the admission of a child during open hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 8, 2022.
Mothers Day Dining Deals for Wichita, KS 2022
Auntie Anne’s: Get salty with Mom at Auntie Anne’s for Mother’s Day. From May 6 to 8, Pretzel Perks members enjoy a buy-one-get-one FREE pretzel product. Join the loyalty program here by downloading the app.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Let BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse make your Mother’s Day meal. The restaurant offers $40 Family Meal Deals, feeding four to six people. Choose from the following: Burger Bundle, Chicken Breast & Thighs Bundle or Pasta Feast.
Plus, for a limited time, the restaurant is offering half off large pizzas with promo code HALFOFF. The offer is only available for take-out or delivery through the website or app.
Denny’s: Start Mother’s Day with a big bargain breakfast. The popular diner is offering an Endless Breakfast for just $6.99, including eggs, pancakes and hashbrowns. For an extra buck, add unlimited bacon or sausage. The offer is available through June 21.
Edible Arrangements: Fresh fruit is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Edible Arrangements is offering a special Mother’s Day Chocolate & Cheesecake Platter — featuring limited rose vanilla white chocolate-dipped strawberries. Through May 6, select platters are 20% off for pick up only — use promo code PICKUP20.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Family meals are a great way to take the stress of cooking off the list on Mother’s Day. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop offers family meals with generous portions of meat, sides, fixings and more. The Taco Family Meal is available in two sizes — Regular (serves 4 to 6) for $35 and Large (serves 6 to 8) for $50.
Marble Slab Creamery: On May 8, Slab Happy Rewards Members can indulge in a delicious offer, buy one, get one free Regular Ice Cream. The deal is valid at participating locations in-store and online.
Olive Garden: If you take Mom to Olive Garden, enjoy an extra take-home entrée for just $6. Pick up enough for the whole family. Choose from Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.
Pizza Hut: Everyone loves pizza, including mothers! Celebrate Mother’s Day with an inexpensive pizza party, thanks to Pizza Hut’s ongoing deals and discounts. Share a slice of pizza and fun with Mom…plus, it’s an easy clean-up after the gathering.
Schlotzsky’s: Enjoy a sweet treat on Mother’s Day at Schlotzsky’s. From May 6 to 8, Schlotzsky’s Rewards members get a FREE Classic Cinnabon with an entrée purchase. To get the deal, download the Schlotzsky’s app and the offer will automatically be added into your account.
Sonic Drive-In: If you’re looking for an inexpensive date with Mom, check out the current deals from Sonic Drive-In. You can always stop by for the chain’s daily happy hour and enjoy half-price drinks, while catching up with her.
Subway: Get sandwiched by savings at Subway on Mother’s Day. Enjoy a buy-one-get-one FREE Footlong Sub online with this promo code. The offer runs through May 21.
Mother’s Day gift card bonuses 2022
Many restaurants are celebrating Mom by offering gift card bonuses and discounts. Buy the gift card as a treat for Mom or a way to save on dining out with the whole family.
Most gift card bonuses are only available online. However, some are available online and in-restaurant. Before buying, be sure to confirm the bonus.
(Speaking of gift cards, don’t miss Dillons’ 4x fuel points on gift cards that are usually offered this time of year.)
Applebee’s: Let Applebee’s make dinner for Mom. Buy a $50 gift card and the restaurant will throw in a $10 bonus card for her — from April 11 to June 26. The bonus card expires Aug. 7.
Bonefish Grill: This isn’t just a Mother’s Day deal. In fact, the offer is available April 19 to June 19. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus at Bonefish Grill. The $10 off coupon can be redeemed June 21 to Aug. 21.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Gather the family and enjoy a meal at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. For every $50 spent in gift cards, receive a $10 bonus — from April 19 to June 19. The $10 off coupon can be redeemed from June 21 to Aug. 21.
Chili’s: Does Mom enjoy Tex-Mex and margaritas? If she does, treat her to lunch or dinner at Chili’s. Buy her a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card — from April 21 to June 26. The bonus card is valid April 22 to July 31.
IHOP: Hop over to IHOP for breakfast (or any other meal) on Mother’s Day. From April 4 to July 17, buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card. The bonus card expires Aug. 21.
McAlister’s Deli: Slather on the savings on Mother’s Day at McAlister’s Deli. Receive a $5 eReward (online) or physical reward voucher (in-store) for every $25 purchased in gift cards — from April 18 to June 19. The reward is valid June 30 to Aug. 31.
On The Border: Heat up Mother’s Day at On The Border. Through June 30, buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card. The bonus card is valid July 1 to 31.
Outback Steakhouse: Give Mom the Australia experience, even if just for a meal. Buy Mom a $50 gift card at Outback Steakhouse and enjoy a $10 bonus — from April 19 to June 19. The $10 off coupon is valid June 21 to Aug. 21.
Panera Bread: Enjoy a fresh and hot deal for Mother’s Day from Panera Bread. Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased. The bonus offer is available April 20 to May 31. The bonus cards are valid June 1 to 30.
Red Lobster: There’s nothing fishy about saving money! Buy Mom a $50 gift card at Red Lobster and receive a coupon good for $10 off your next order of $30 or more. The coupon is valid June 27 to Aug. 31.
Red Robin: Get a juicy deal at Red Robin. Buy a $50 gift card and get $5 Bonus Bucks. The bonus offer is available April 18 to June 19. The bucks are valid June 20 to Aug. 21.
Schlotzsky’s: Get sandwiched by savings on Mother’s Day at Schlotzsky’s. From May 1 to June 20, buy a $25 gift card and enjoy a $5 eReward. The reward must be unlocked in the Schlotzsky’s app prior to Aug. 31, after which it will expire after 14 days.
Subway: Stop at Subway for a great deal on Mother’s Day. Get a FREE 6-inch sub with the purchase of a $25 gift card — through June 30. Limit four bonus cards per order. The complimentary sub voucher is valid July 1 to Aug. 31.
Mother’s Day retail specials 2022
You can celebrate Mom with more than just food. There are also a few Mother’s Day retail specials for 2022 or review our list of frugal gift ideas.
Whole Foods has a special deal on tulips for Amazon Prime members. From May 4-10, get a 15-stem single-color bunch of tulips for just $9.99, while supplies last, both in-store and through delivery on Amazon Prime.
Coach: Add to Mom’s handbag collection with a gift from Coach. Save 25% on select styles with promo code SAVE25 — for a limited time.
Direct Gardening: Moms love gardens and flowers! Buy one plant at regular price and get second one for just one penny at Direct Gardening. Just send Mom a note letting her know flowers for her garden are on the way.
Groupon: Save big on gifts and flowers for Mom through Groupon. The money-saving site is offering a wide variety of deals on spa treatments, jewelry, flowers, gift baskets and more.
Massage Envy: Give Mom the gift of relaxation at Massage Envy. Through May 8, the mini-spa is offering buy-one-get-one FREE facial. The offer only applies to a 60-minute Customized Facial session purchased at non-member, non-intro rate.
Thanks to Living on the Cheap for giving us permission to share from their list of Mothers Day freebies & restaurant deals.
Mothers Day Gift Ideas
Fresh bouquet or live plant Many stores have special Mothers Day items available for sale now. At Aldi, you can often pick up a spring tulip bouquet for only $5. Whole Foods usually has specials on fresh flower bouquets as well. Or you can pick up a pot of blooming flowers, a cool succulent planter, an easy-to-grow houseplant, or other kinds of live plant at almost any local garden center or farmers market right now.
Tulip bulbs from Botanica It’s hard to predict how long they’ll last, but the annual Botanica tulip bulb sale is on now, every Friday morning until they sell out. Bulbs are just 15 cents. Of course, they’re not blooming so add these beauties to a basket of gardening gifts for Mom.
Free Trees Mom is a big deal so if you’re going with plants why not go all out for some threes. The Arbor Day Foundation offers 10 FREE trees with a six-moth membership. Memberships start at $10.
Fuel Points Dillons has a huge selection of gift cards available and – just in time for Mothers Day – you can download a coupon that will get you 4 times the fuel points on a gift card purchase. So, for example, a $50 gift card gets you 200 fuel points, which is worth 20 cents off per gallon on one fill-up. If your mom is frugal like me, the gift card is nice but the fuel points are awesome! Ha ha.
Give the Gift of Time If the mom you’re celebrating has young kids, giving her the gift of time is likely to be treasured. That could mean watching the kids for a few hours or maybe she just wants to spend the time with you! Give her the choice and make it happen.
Clean the House What a great gift this would be! Some moms wouldn’t appreciate you doing this and would consider it an affront, so proceed with caution. But you can clean MY house all day long and I would be thrilled. (Actually, let me revise that: if you live in my house, you have my wholehearted support in cleaning it. 🙂 )More Free and Cheap Things to Do this Week
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These restaurant deals were valid last year. We’re tucking them over here in case we ever need them again – kind of like Mom’s cabinet full of empty margarine containers.
Chicken N Pickle Bring Mom to Bingo, Brunch & Beer Sunday, May 9 at 10 a.m. The Bingo is FREE. Beers from Wichita Brewing Co. are $3. Funky Monkey Shaved Ice on N. Woodlawn is giving moms a free 12 oz. shaved ice with purchase of another shaved ice. The deal is good from noon to 8 p.m. while supplies last. They said this is their 8th year doing it, but I didn’t know! LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee: Moms get a FREE red velvet cake donut (or any donut with a hole) and small coffee at LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee. Regal Cinemas: Is Mom a film fanatic? Throw Mom her very own Private Watch Party at Regal Cinemas — with up to 20 friends and family members. The private screenings start at just $99. Stroud’s has a Mothers Day dinner for 4 available for pre-order that features pan-fried chicken ($49.99) or country ham ($59.99), along with sides and cinnamon rolls. Curbside pickup only on these bundles.
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