Well, we have a weekend full of sunshine, fun events and special things to do to (as usual because Tampa rocks, Duh), but don’t forget Sunday is reserved just for Mom!
We’ve got you covered with fun things to do this weekend as well as a few ideas on how to make Mother’s Day unforgettable for that special lady in your life.  I’m sure some of you have been dragging your feet to make reservations for Mother’s Day brunch or dinner, check out my blog from yesterday for a few of my top picks and recaps of specials happening right here in Tampa Bay.  Don’t forget to share your fun photos of how you spoil your mom with us this weekend on Twitter @VisitTampaBay on Instagram @VisitTampaBay or on Facebook and we will feature a few photos.


Moms work hard to make sure everyone is taken care of.  Below are a few Tampa Bay attractions that are offering FREE admission just for Mom (with a paid admission) this weekend.
Henry B. Plant Museum: Treat Mom like royalty! Moms get in FREE on Sunday (May 11).  She will enjoy escaping to an extravagant Victorian palace at the former Tampa Bay Hotel which includes an exquisite exhibit, The Pottery of Wedgewood, featuring more than 80 examples of Wedgewood’s creations from the 19th century. For more information visit: http://plantmuseum.com/
Florida Aquarium: Treat Mom to a sea of memories and spend the day with over 20,000 sea creatures!  Moms enjoy FREE admission Saturday and Sunday (May 10-11) with the purchase of a full paid admission. For more information visit: www.flaquarium.org
MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry): Saturday and Sunday (May 10-11) Moms get in FREE with a paid child’s admission. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1mD4iaa
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo: Bring Mom to the Zoo this Saturday or Sunday (May 10-11) from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Mom gets in FREE! As an added bonus, Moms also get in FREE to Sea Lion Splash with the purchase of another full-priced combo admission ticket.  Make a splash this Mother’s Day and don’t forget to check out all the cute little Zoo babies (like the two baby elephants, warning: cuteness overload). For more info visit: http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/
Tampa Bay History Center: This Sunday (May 11) Mom’s will receive FREE gallery admission (with one paid admission) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be arts and crafts for the kiddos and be sure to make time to enjoy a unique waterfront dining experience at Columbia Café on location, before, after or during your visit. For more info visit: http://tampabayhistorycenter.org/
Glazer Children’s Museum: This Sunday (May 11) Mom’s not only gets FREE admission to the children’s museum, but they are also invited to a special Mother’s Day relaxation lounge. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This quiet getaway will include complementary chair massages (from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and a self-serve nail polish table and mock-tinis! For more info visit: http://glazermuseum.org/events/mothers-day

For the Moms who would rather be spoiled by gifts, below are a few ideas…
Epicurean Hotel: Spa Evangeline is offering a unique service for Mother’s Day gift certificates – curbside pick-up. All you have to do is call ahead and a member of Spa Evangeline’s team will greet you at the curb with a fresh picked spa basket, gift card and even a bottle of wine to pair with it all. No parking, long lines or worrying about what to buy! Hours for curbside service are Mon.-Sat. from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. - now through Mother’s Day. www.SpaEvangeline.com
(Photo Credit: Caudalie USA, Epicurean Hotel, Spa Evangeline)

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: The baby boom continues at Busch Gardens this spring, and just in time for Mother’s Day! Three baby giraffes and a baby Southern Tamandua are a must-see, must-experience animal attraction.  This weekend could be the perfect change to get Mom an annual pass at a great rate, just $13 a month! For more information visit: http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/

Mother’s Day Brunch: Here’s a link to my blog yesterday about all the Tampa Bay restaurants rolling out the red carpet for Mom this Sunday! Don’t wait until last minute to make your reservations folks, they fill up fast! http://bit.ly/1mD4iaa

Okay, now that we have Mom covered let’s take a look at other events happening this weekend!
Tropical Heatwave, Ybor City: Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10
WMNF-‘s 33rd annual festival is one of the country’s largest running festivals and has become an annual rite of Spring for fans of extraordinary and eclectic live music. The festival returns Friday and Saturday at various venues in Ybor City. Rock out to two nights of live music with 55+ bands! Music venues include: Cuban Club (main stage), New World Brewery, Orpheum, Crowbar, Carmine’s and Market on 7th.  The music kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. You can purchase $40 weekend passes (in advance) $50 at the gate.  For more information visit: www.wmnf.org/heatwave

Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park: Saturday, May 10
We’ve all been there… that moment with a macaroni and cheese package says “easy open” and you end up using scissors, a knife, hammer and a light saber using ninja moves trying to open it.  Well, Saturday let the pros cook the Mac & Cheese for you! This Saturday, join Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Friends of the Riverwalk for the first ever Mac & Cheese Throwdown! This FREE event is open to the public and will showcase almost 30 local participating restaurants competing to be Tampa Bay’s BEST Mac & Cheese.  The event will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and although admission is free, mac & cheese lovers can dive into samples (five samples) for $10 and enjoy beer and wine for $5.  For more information visit: www.TampaGov.net/MacNCheese 

Events coming up…

Brews with Attitude, Craft Beer Festival, TPepin’s Hospitality Centre: Tuesday, May 13
Disney on Ice, Tampa Bay Times Forum: May 15- May 18 (ticket giveaway coming next week)
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR, Tampa Bay Times Forum: May 20 & May 21
Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park: Saturday, May 24 (ticket giveaway coming soon)
Sunset Music Festival, Raymond James Stadium: Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25