11 Mother’s Day Events and Free Admission Specials (2022)

mother and baby giraffe at Milwaukee County Zoo Wisconsin
Moms get in free at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Mother’s Day 2022.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8th, and there are some great deals and specials around town just for moms. Here are our team’s favorite ideas for celebrating mom this weekend:

1. Free admission for moms at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Stroll through the Streets of Old Milwaukee, visit the butterflies in the Vivarium, stop by the special exhibit “Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family“, and more.

The museum’s website says that Mother’s and Father’s Days are opportunities to celebrate parents and their influence on our lives and communities.

“Recognizing the diversity of family structures, we honor and welcome all caregivers on these holidays. On Mother’s and Father’s Days, visitors can enjoy one free adult admission per group.”

To reserve your one free adult admission, please call 414-278-2728.
To reserve your one free adult admission, please call 414-278-2728.

2. Free admission for moms at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Say hello to all of the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo, especially the moms! (The aviary is currently closed.)

Porcupine mom, Quinn gave birth to a baby porcupette on March 27th.  The gender is not known yet. Quinn has been nursing and grooming it since it was born. The baby is curious about its surroundings and has been following its mom around each day.

You can also visit the African lioness Patty Sharptooth, and her two offspring Eloise and Amira.

On Mother’s Day, the Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All mothers receive free admission, however regular parking, concessions, and daily attraction rates still apply.

For more information on Mother’s Day, sponsored by The Corners of Brookfield, please call the Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Department at 414.256.5466.

3. Free admission for moms at Discovery World.

Moms can simply show up and tell the staff at Discovery World they are a mom to receive free admission on Mother’s Day.

Make STEM projects together in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab, explore your favorite exhibits, and visit the aquarium.

4. Visit Boerner Botanical Gardens.

Boerner opened for the season on May 1, and its formal gardens feature a rose garden and a peony garden, as well as variety of annuals and perennials. Plus, there’s a fragrant herb garden, a daylily path, and a serene rock garden with trickling streams and waterfalls.

Rest in the shade or have a snack inside the elegant gazebo, and don’t miss the regal shrub mall, historic garden house, and expansive arboretum. Kids will also love the stroller-friendly bog garden walk in the northeast corner of the property.

If you’re a resident of Milwaukee County, you’ll save $1 per ticket.

5. Spring Floral Show (Mitchell Park Domes)

Through May 29, 2022
Admission: Adults $8, Juniors (6-17) $6, Under 5 FREE (Milwaukee County residents save $1 per ticket)

Photo Credit: Facebook, @MitchellParkDomes

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can stop and smell the flowers inside The Domes. At the newest floral show called “Senses,” you can enjoy the aromas of fragrant herbs and colorful hydrangeas, hyacinths, lilies and many more spring favorites. Move serenely through a landscape filled with over 2,000 plants, and envision a world ruled by peace. Get the details >>

6. Mother’s Day Planting Parties at Lamm Gardens

2708 Sherman Rd., Jackson, WI 53037
(262) 677-3010

kids participating in programs at Lammscapes landscaping Jackson Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @lammscapes

Lammscape’s beautifully landscaped grounds are open to the public for events and workshops throughout the season. On Mother’s Day weekend, you can create your own planter filled with Spring flowers and bows. Sign up here.

7. Stroll through the Grohmann Museum Rooftop Garden

1000 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 277-2300

rooftop sculpture garden at Grohmann Museum MSOE campus
Photo Credit: Facebook, @grohmannmuseum
Located on the Grohmann Museum on the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) campus, this rooftop garden features a dozen large, bronze statues of men at work – toiling in the field and foundry, heaving hammers or pinching molten metal with hot tongs.
Each sculpture is about 9 feet tall and weighs a thousand pounds. From their perch along the roofline, they have a commanding view of the city that was built on the hard work they depict.
The Grohmann Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.

8. Mother’s Day at Bookworm Gardens

1415 Campus Dr., Sheboygan, WI 53081
(920) 287-7895

Trust us when we say this one is worth the drive!Bookworm Gardens is an absolute must-visit, whimsical children’s garden based completely on children’s literature. The two-acre garden offers the young and young-at-heart the opportunity for free, unstructured play in a beautiful and secure environment.

Special elements of the garden include outdoor classrooms, a small amphitheater, a greenhouse and an outdoor creation station. Reading nooks and crannies are plentiful, as are benches for resting and chatting. Read more about our visit to Bookworm Gardens and see more pictures here.

This Mother’s Day weekend, birds will be chirping, flowers will be blooming, stories will be read, and memories will be made. After you explore the beauty of spring at the Gardens, moms get to choose a Bookworm-inspired gift to take home (while supplies last). Plus, mothers get FREE admission to the Gardens! Register here.

9. Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival at Haggerty Museum of Art

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This free, family-friendly festival will celebrate Keith Haring’s artwork. Create sidewalk chalk art across the Marquette campus, meet the Haggerty Museum of Art’s community partners, enjoy live music, visit a food truck, and more.

Parking is available in the Wells Street Parking Structure (1240 West Wells Street) or in the metered spaces on Clybourn Street, located between North 11th and 15th streets. A limited number of parking passes will be available in the Museum on the day of the event, please request one when departing. 

10. Pet Palooza in Greendale

Celebrate spring by bringing your family and pets to Downtown Greendale as a kick-off to Mother’s Day weekend! Shop, eat, drink, and participate in fun pet-related activities.

Let your dog run the Agility Course with Happy Tails Pet Training, test their speed in the Doggie Dash, or get some insight on what your pet is thinking from the Pet Psychic! Get some dog training tips, participate in Make & Take crafts, or enter your pet in the Pet Fashion Show.

11. Kid-Friendly Brunch Ideas

Sabrosa Cafe & Gallery. Photo: Instagram, @jillmarz

If you’re looking to take the whole family to brunch, here are 25 brunch spots that are especially family-friendly.

Lowlands Cafes are treating moms to one complimentary “Mom-osa” or Lowlands Brewing Collaborative bier May 7th and 8th. Plus, their Grand Cafés and Buckatabon are whipping up some “mom-umental” Mother’s Day specials.

Check back for more Mother’s Day specials to be added as the big day gets closer.

Cheers to you!

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