Show your appreciation for mom this weekend by taking her out to dinner, or to one of several Mother's Day events in Jacksonville. From an orchestra experience on the beach, to a whimsical tea party, there's enough going on to make any mom happy. No matter what you decide to do for mom this year, be sure to tell her you love her and how much you value her in your life.
Join the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach for the 17th annual Pops at the Beach Mother's Day concert. Things get started at 6 p.m. with one of Jacksonville's best local musicians, Goliath Flores. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Fawzi Haimor kicks the show off at 7:30 p.m., performing well known music from the movies and Broadway. Admission is free; however, preferred seating is available for $10 per person.
Mother's Day Brunch at MOCA
Cafe Nola Chef Kathy Collins has prepared a special menu for MOCA's annual Mother's Day Brunch. Mom's in attendance also receive a free Mimosa. The menu features Roasted Salman and Croque Madame, among other specialty dishes. The cost is $25 per person ($8 for children under 10). Reservations are strongly recommended. Call MOCA at (904) 366-6911 and dial extension 231 to reserve your table today. The brunch starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Mother's Day at the Zoo
Moms get into Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens for free with the purchase of one adult or child's ticket. In addition to the regular exhibits, the Jacksonville Zoo features a "Plains of East Africa" exhibit between 10:00 and 10:45 a.m., a leopard exhibit at 11:00 a.m. and a "Great Apes" show at 2:00 p.m.
Free Chicken Wings for Mom
While Hooters may not sound like a typical Mother's Day attraction, the restaurant is offering a 10-piece order of its popular wings on Mom's special day. No purchase or proof of motherhood is necessary. There is a limit of one order per mom and the offer is valid on dine-in orders only. There are four locations in Jacksonville, including one in The Jacksonville Landing. The restaurants are open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Mother's Day.
Mother's Day Boat Trip
Take mom on a guided boat tour of Jacksonville's St. John's River. Reservations are required. The two-hour boat ride begins at 10 a.m. and ends around Noon. All mothers leave with a gift. For reservations, contact Kelly Savage at 904-256-7613. The recommended donation is $15 per adult. The boat ride is held on Saturday, May 7th -- the day before Mother's Day.
Sweet Pete's Whimsical Mother's Day High Tea Party
Sweet Pete's -- a local candy shop in Springfield -- is hosting a "whimsical" Mother's Day tea party at 11 a.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children. The menu features light lunch items such as sandwiches, scones and dessert. Vanilla milk tea will be served along with lemonade.