Take Mom to high tea on Mother's Day — or to a yoga class

Mother's Day Weekend at the Zoo Mom or grandma can explore the zoo for free with the purchase of a full-priced child's or adult's admission. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $19.95 (Dad), $17.95 (seniors), $14.95 ages 3-11, Mom free. (813) 935-8552. lowryparkzoo.com.

Orchid & Rose Fantasy Festival boasts an array of orchids and rose plants, workshops (10 a.m. Sat. orchid talk, 11 a.m. Sat. rose care talk). Rosarians on hand to answer questions. Free orchid plant to first 100 moms with kids present on Sunday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. USF Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. $5. (813) 974-2329. www.cas.usf.edu/garden.

Mother's Day at Selby Stroll the gardens with your mom as Selby offers free admission for all moms. Also, three brunch seatings (9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.) with music from 1-3 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. Free admission, brunch tickets: $45 adults, $35 members, $18 ages 6-12, under 5 free; tickets available online. (941) 366-5731, ext. 230. selby.org.

TradeWinds Brunch and Room Deal Moms who have brunch at the TradeWinds Island Grand on St. Pete Beach will receive a certificate for a free one-night stay this fall. (Certificates are valid from Sept. 7 to Dec. 25 and subject to availability.) The brunch includes an omelet station, waffles, seafood, prime rib and desserts from pies to petits fours. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. at the TradeWinds, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $39.95 for adults, $32.95 for seniors and $17.95 for children 12 and under. Tax and gratuity not included. Menu and additional information: JustLetGo.com. Brunch reservations: (727) 363-2258.

Mother's Day On a Train Bring the family for a five-course dinner, a three-hour train ride and a murder mystery show. Mom gets a free Champagne cocktail. 5:30 p.m. Sun. Seminole Gulf Railway/Colonial Station, 2805 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. $59. Toll-free 1-800-736-4853. www.semgulf.com.

Symphony and Fireworks for Mom Grab a blanket or chairs and take Mom out to the Bay View lawn for the Florida Orchestra outdoor presentation of "Symphony of Life." Fireworks immediately after the concert. 7:30 p.m. Sun. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. Free; $25 VIP (includes wine, cheese and fruit). Toll-free 1-888-237-8772.

Moms' VIP Tasting Mother's Day VIP wine sampling with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Abilities Foundation. 6-8 p.m. Fri. Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 347-0743.

Women & Wine In honor of Mother's Day, sample wines like "She Wine" from Chatom, "Working Girl Wines" from Washington state and other women-influenced wines. Proceeds benefit National MS Society bike team. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri. Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $10, includes wine glass. (727) 892-9463. uncorkedwines.com.

Special Mother's Day Art Mixers Treat Mom to a day of art with show and sale of artworks in a variety of media, complimentary wine bar. 1-5 and 5-9 p.m. Sat. Tampa Artist Emporium, 3415 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Free admission. (813) 835-0212. tampaartistemporium.com.

Artsy Brunch for Mom Take Mom out for brunch of made-to-order omelets, prime rib, salads and more. Then, check out the current art exhibits at the museum. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Treviso Restaurant at Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. $35, $15 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free (museum admission not required or included). (941) 360-7390. ringling.org.

Mother's Day Native American Pow Wow A weekend-long family event that explores American Indian life and traditions. Includes Creek Village Tee-Pee living area, arts and crafts vendors, fashion shows, flint knappers, blow gun demos, traditional maskmaking, grand entries, drumming, dancing, singing and American Indian food. Camping is available. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. $2 donation appreciated, 12 and younger free. Camping: $35 full hookup, $20 tents/no hookups. (352) 583-3388.

Mother's Day Brunch at the Venue Complimentary mimosas and Champagne for moms at brunch, which includes omelets, waffles, seafood, sushi and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. $29.95, kids under 5 free. The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. (727) 571-2222.

Mother's Day Brunch and Tea A brunch including special menu items, Mom's choice of a mimosa or a cup of specialty tea and a tour of the teapot show. 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Sun. Craftsman House , 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15 (includes brunch/drink/tour). (727) 323-2787. craftsmanhousegallery.com.

Mother's Day Tea A high tea that will make Mom feel like a queen with sandwiches, scones, tea and mini cupcakes. Tiaras for all mothers and pearls for daughters. 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Sun. Cupcake! Cupcakes, 12219 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. $18.95, $14.95 11 and younger. (813) 855-8424.

Mother's Day Yoga Class Mothers and daughters (ages 10 and older) can spend the morning sharing stretching, relaxation and meditative techniques. 9-10 a.m. Sun. Lotus Pond, 6201 Lynn Road, Tampa. Free (donations appreciated). (813) 961-3160. yogalotusroom.com.

I Love "Mother's" Day Run The family can celebrate Mother's Day together at this 5K run and 1/2-mile kids' fun run. Breakfast follows the run. Special awards for top Mother/Daughter, Mother/Son, Mother/Baby jogger, Oldest Mother, Youngest Mother, Triple Generation, Oldest Grandmother and Youngest Grandmother finishers. 8 a.m. Sun. John Chesnut Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. $5-$20. (813) 495-1251.

Gardens' Mother's Day Celebration Children and their mothers can celebrate Mother's Day together with a garden concert by Tim Howsare and Jodi Bowes. Refreshments available. 2 p.m. Sun. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. $3 (benefits the Gardens). (352) 683-9933. naturecoastbotanicalgardens.com.

Jazz for Mother's Day Jazz pianist Mitch Hampton performs new music dedicated to his stepmother. 3 p.m. Sun. Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N Hubert Ave., Tampa. $18, $15 Gorilla Theatre and Tampa Jazz Club members, $5 students with ID. (813) 879-2914.

Take Mom to high tea on Mother's Day — or to a yoga class 05/06/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 4:30am]

    

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