It's time once again to celebrate the hard work and caring of good old mom. Here are a few options for activities in the Tampa Bay area:
Animals and family: Lowry Park Zoo is offering free admission to moms with the purchase of a full-priced child ticket. The ticket must be purchased on Saturday and Sunday only. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 935- 8552.
Mother's Day tea events: The Museum of Science and Industry is putting on a high tea service in the BioWorks Butterfly Garden. Services are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $24.95 for adults and $19.95 for children. The price includes tea service and a gift for mom. MOSI 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 987-6000.
• CupcakeCUPCAKES! hosts a Mother's Day tea on Sunday. Attendees can expect an assortment of teas, savory sandwiches, scones and cupcakes, as well as special gifts to take home. There are three different seating times: a Princess Tea from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., an Empress Tea from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. and a Queens Tea from 2 to 3:15 p.m. 12219 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 855-8424.
Artwork and sangria: Tampa Artist Emporium is offering complimentary sangria and champagne punch while you shop for gifts created by more than 70 local artists. Let's Eat! will provide food, and Bay Banquet will provide complementary flowers for mom. Photographer Dave Pritchard will be on hand to photograph the occasion. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Artist Emporium, 3415 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa; Free. Call (813) 835-0212.
Mother's Day Ball: The Peachtree of Life Foundation presents its inaugural Mother's Day Ball at 6 p.m. Sunday at the A La Carte Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive. $45 for adults, $20 for children. Includes live entertainment and dinner. Call (813) 323-6252 or visit ticketannex.com.
Jazz concert: Gorilla Theatre hosts a concert for Mother's Day. Jazz pianist Mitch Hampton performs a series of new compositions dedicated to his stepmother, Susan Hussey, and to fellow musician Freddie Hubbard. Hampton will be joined by Mike Ross on bass and Walt Hubbard on drums. 3 p.m. Sunday, 4419 N Hubert Ave., Tampa; $5 to $15. Call (813) 879-2914.
Gospel stage play: I Sho' Do Miss My Mama, a gospel play about the value of a mother who prays, at 4 p.m. Sunday at Pepin Hospitality Center, 4121 N 50th St. $20-$25 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. Call (813) 516-3921 or visit www.inspirationsbyyvonne.com.
A benefit show: Take Back the Night: The 14th annual Mother's Day benefit show features Sugar and Spice, Southside Horns, Women's Blues Revue and more at 5 p.m. Sunday at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. $7-$10. Proceeds go to local domestic violence programs. Must be 21 or accompanied by parent. Call toll-free, 1-800-594- 8499.