Mother’s Day in Wichita will be fun if the weather plays nice! This year Mothers Day is on Sunday, May 14, 2023.
We’re compiling a 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 Mother’s 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 please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother’s Day Events and Ideas in Wichita
FREE Admission on Mother’s Day(May 14th):
- Botanica – Moms get in FREE to the gardens. They will have some special activities for Mom, including a Mom-mosa bar. More Info
- Wichita Art Museum – It is now always free for general admission. It is also the last chance to see “Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper” This exhibit does cost to visit. More Info
- Sedgwick County Zoo – Moms get in FREE with an additional paid admission. More Info
- Cowtown – Everyone is always FREE on Sundays. More Info
- Wichita- Sedgwick County Historical Museum – Is always FREE on Sundays More Info
Explore with Mom:
- Get a Wichita Explore Card and save $2 on admission to many Wichita area Attractions.
- Bramble Cafe, the beautiful outdoor cafe at Elderslie Farmin Kechi, opens for the season on Mother’s Day. Go see the goats.
- Take Mom on a Bike Ride or Explore a Walking Trail. Not much is cheaper or more relaxing than walking or biking outside.
- Take mom to Exploration Place Parkrun, which is every Saturday and FREE.
- Enjoy a Boat ride down the Arkansas River with ICT River Rides on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights—$ 5 per rider.
- Check out the Self-Service Kayak Rentals in Wichita.
- Go to one of the many Farmer’s Markets in Wichita. FREE to walk around.
- Go to O.J. Watson Park and take a train ride, kayak, pony rides, miniature golf, and more.
- Take Mom to the Keeper of the Plains and find the Wichita Troll. It’s always FREE and fun to go see.
- Have a fun and FREE day exploring Wichita Murals
- Catch a movie at the Starlite Drive-In
- Road Trip? Explore one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas
- Book a spot at The Selfie Spot on Douglas, where you can pose at dozens of Instagram-worthy photo booths.
Unique Shops/Gifts to Get Mom a Gift:
- The Wichita Flea Market is on Saturday, May 13th, at Riverfront Stadium. See what treasure you will find. Wichita Flea Market
- See what you can find at a Bin Store. They get their items from retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, Dollar Tree, and Target. Prices you can’t beat. Wichita Bin Stores
- Enroll Mom in a Class with Evolve. Wichita Activity Guide. Click HERE to see the Sumemr 2023 Guide.
- Get tickets for Mom to a Twilight Tunes on the Terrace concert at Botanica. Checkout the schedule HERE
- Uptown Cheapskate Wichita. They have nice, gently used clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. Uptown Cheapskate
- Check out our Citywide Garage Sale list. Find your mom a unique gift! 2023 Citywide Garage Sales
- Shop at the Outlets and Discount Stores in Wichita
Special Events on Mother’s Day Weekend 2023:
May 13th, 2023:
- May 13th – Wichita Flea Market at Riverfront Stadium
- 9 am – 5 pm
- More Info
- May 13th – Old Town Farmers Market
- 10 am – 2 pm
- More Info
- May 13th – Kansas Grown! Farmers Market at Sedgwick County Extention Office & Derby Central Park
- 7 am-Noon
- More Info
- May 13th – Taco & Tequila at the Wichita Boathouse
- 12 pm – 9 pm
- Free to attend (food and drinks will be sold from local vendors)
- Tequila Tasting from 2 pm – 5 pm = $40
- Taco & Tequila website
- May 13 – Spring Fling Fulton Vally Farms
- Visit the reindeer, have a cocktail or treat, and shop over 40 vendors.
- Free to attend
- 9 am – 4 pm
- Teatime & FashionShow does require a ticket. Click HERE
- May 13th – SHiNE Dance Fitness at Naftzger Park
- Free class for ages 8 and older
- 10 am – 11 am
- More info
- May 13th – Comedian Josh Wolf at Temple Live
- $29 – 49
- Doors open at 6:30/ Show at 8 pm
- More info
- May 13th – County Concert with Paul Bogard and Band at the Stockyards
- $15 at the door
- Doors open at 7 pm/concert around 8:45
- More info
May 14th, 2023:
- May 14 – Chicken N Pickle
- Free to attend
- 10 -2 Bruch and MOM-OSA bar
- 11-2 Pop-up vendors
- Photo ops, kids craft table and more
- May 14 – Volley Mama Pickleball Tournament
- 10 – 1 at Chicken N Pickle
- Register HERE
- May 14 – Botanica
- Mom and Members get in for FREE. everyone else is general admission
- 9 am – 5 pm
- Learn more HERE
- May 14 – Wichita Art Museum
- It is now always free for general admission.
- Last chance to see “Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper” This exhibit does cost to visit
- 10 am – 5 pm
- May 14th – Sedgwick County Zoo
- Moms get in FREE with a paid admission
- 9 am – 5 pm
- May 14 – Cowtown
- Everyone is always FREE on Sundays. More Info
- May 14 – Wichita- Sedgwick County Historical Museum
- Is always FREE on Sundays More Info
- May 14 – Mothers Daughter Tea Party with the Pincess
- This event is at Cowtown and its $30 (1 adult & 1 child)
- 11 am
- Click HERE to get your tickets
Mother’s Day Deals 2023:
Botanica Membership Deal:
- May 7th through May 14th Membership Deal
- You must come to Botanica to purchase, no discount online or over the phone.
The sale prices are for Botainca Memberships:
- Individual plus guest $45
- Family $55
- Family Plus One $70
*no additional discounts during this week, the prices will be as listed
Get you mom Little Big Town tickets for a fun concert at Hartman Arena. They are running a Mother’s Day special where you can get tickets for $35 by using the code: MOM23. This deal runs from May 9 -14.
More info coming soon…
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.
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!!!)
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
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. 🙂 )
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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.