Wondering what to do with mom on Mother’s Day?
You could take her to brunch or dinner at a crowded, expensive restaurant — or you could take the less traveled road to Mother’s Day celebrations.
Here are a few not-so standard ideas that are big on fun and light on your wallet:
Biltmore: At the Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., moms get free admission on Mother’s Day with the purchase of an adult or youth ticket. You can explore the historic French Renaissance chateau and its 8,000 acres of gardens. Admission includes access to the estate’s Antler Hill Village and a tour of the winery. Buy tickets at www.biltmore.com or at the door.
Crossroads Community Church: Crossroads Community Church in Marietta is offering free family portraits on Sunday, May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. Visit the www.crossroads2christ.org for additional information. Crossroads Community Church, 793 Roswell St., Marietta. 770-906-7307.
Georgia Aquarium: Take mom to the Aquarium and she will get a free Total Ticket admission with the purchase of one child, adult or senior admission. Purchase tickets for everyone else in your party in advance online, then pick up a free ticket for mom at the ticketing window when you arrive. This cannot be combined with other offers. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta.
Hooters: At Hooters, all Moms eat free on Mother’s Day. Visit a participating location on May 10 and with the purchase of a drink, your mom gets a free meal valued at $10.99 or less. The offer is good for dine-in only. For locations, visit www.hooters.com.
Hurricane Grill & Wings: To celebrate Mother’s Day, Hurricane Grill & Wings John’s Creek location will offer a free dessert of choice to all moms with the purchase of an entrée on Sunday. Hurricane Grill & Wings, 9700 Medlock Bridge Rd, Ste 120,Johns Creek.
Intimacy: Brunch at Intimacy will feature mimosas and light bites Sat., May 9 and Sun., May 10 from 1 – 4 p.m. RSVP for the event to get free valet parking. In addition, nightwear is 15 percent off though Sunday. For information, visit MyIntimacy.com. Intimacy, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.
Outback: Outback Steakhouse is offering a three-course Mother’s Day menus for the affordable price of $19.99. The Mother’s Day special is available now through May 10 and includes a choice of soup or signature side salad, an entree (either 9-ounce Outback Sirloin and choice of shrimp, 6-ounce Victoria’s Filet Mignon, 12-ounce Prime Rib, or New Zealand Lamb) and Outback’s Classic Cheesecake or Carrot Cake.
Pure Barre: Visit Pure Barre in Virginia Highlands for any class on Sunday, May 10 and enjoy “Mimosas and Muffins with Mom.” Take a barre class and have brunch afterwards with free mimosas and muffins. Sign up in the studio or by email at email@example.com. Pure Barre, 1402 North Highland Avenue NW, Atlanta.
Shake Shack: Mom can get a free single cup or cone of frozen custard on Sunday, May 10 at Shake Shack. The signature chocolate and vanilla flavors are available as well as red velvet. Shake Shack, 3035 Peachtree Road, Suite A146, Atlanta. Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.shakeshack.com.
Starbucks: Take mom for a Frappucino Happy Hour at Starbucks now through May 10 from 3 – 5 p.m. and get 50 percent off any Frappucino Blended Beverage.