Mother’s Day is coming up, and now is the perfect time to show the special women in your life just how much you care. While flowers and candy are always wonderful, what most Moms want is to spend the day with the people they love. There are plenty of fun, family-friendly things to do in Bradenton this Mother’s Day, so choose a few from this list and plan a weekend adventure she won’t soon forget.
“Mommy and Me Giraffes” at Painting with a Twist
Saturday, May 11th 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Painting with a Twist: 5917 Manatee Ave W, Ste 209, Bradenton, Florida 34209
Spending a few hours at Painting with a Twist is a great way to bond as a family while creating a keepsake you can treasure forever. During this all-ages event, you can either each create your own “Mommy and Me Giraffe” painting, or you and your Mom can do one together.
The cost is $25 per person, and you’re encouraged to bring your own drinks and snacks. The studio provides cups, napkins, and plates, as well as everything you’ll need to create your masterpiece. This event may sell out, so you’ll want to reserve your spot online using the link above or call the studio at 941-795-7928.
Mother’s Day Charity Boot Camp at Key to Life Training
Saturday, May 11th 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Key to Life Training: 7420 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34209
Start your Mother’s Day off right with a fun and challenging Mother’s Day Charity Boot Camp at Key to Life Training. This event is sponsored by 21st Century CARE and all proceeds go towards helping cancer patients in the Bradenton area.
The cost is $15 and includes an hour and a half workout, food, drawings, dancing, and champagne. You can pay at the door or register ahead of time using this link.
Mother’s Day Weekend at Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens: 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida, 34234
On Saturday and Sunday, Sarasota Jungle Gardens is celebrating Moms with a free ticket for mothers or grandmothers with the purchase of a regular priced ticket. Gather up the family and spend the day bonding among the tropical botanical gardens. Everyone will love feeding the flamingos, interacting with animals, and enjoying the animal shows and performances.
Regular admission is $17.99 for adults, $16.99 for seniors, $12.99 for children ages four to six and free for children three and under.
Manatee Players’ Production of Barnum!
Sunday, May 12th 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Manatee Players Theater: 502 3rd Ave. W. Bradenton, FL
Take Mom on a musical adventure that chronicles the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum, who eventually partnered with James A. Bailey to Create the Greatest Show on Earth! Tickets to the Manatee Players’ production of “Barnum!” are on sale now and can be purchased online, at the ticket office, or by calling 941-748-5875.
Mother’s Day Lunch at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard
Sunday, May 12th 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard: 4250 County Road 675 E, Bradenton, FL 34211
Most people don’t even realize there’s a winery in Bradenton! Whether it’s your first time or you’re already a fan, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to visit Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard for Mother’s Day Lunch. Enjoy a delicious a meal catered by Seven Continents Catering and listen to live music from Marc Mannino while relaxing in the gazebo tucked inside the vineyard.
The menu will include a fruit and cheese station, frittata, tea sandwiches, carved ham, and more. The cost is $39 per person and includes a mimosa or glass of wine. Purchase your tickets using the link above, or call the winery at 941-322-0976.
Mother’s Day Buffet at enRich Bistro
Sunday, May 12th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
enRich Bistro: 5629 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34209
The Mother’s Day Buffet at enRich Bistro is sure to delight everyone in your party! It features decadent delights including a benedict station, house-made French toast, shrimp n’ grits, a carving station featuring roasted leg of lamb and Angus beef tri-tip, a delicious dessert bar, and more.
The cost is $35.95 for adults and $21.95 for children under 12.
Pier 22 Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner
Sunday, May 12th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m to 10 p.m.
1200 1st Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
This year for Mother’s Day, Pier 22 is offering their award-winning brunch including prime rib, peel and eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon, sushi bar, salads, omelets, eggs benedict, waffles, pastries, and more. “Mom-miosas” and Bloody Mary’s are also just $4 all day. The buffet is available from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the last seating occurring at 2 p.m. The cost is $34.95 for adults and $14.95 for children.
Mother’s Day Dinner starts at 4 p.m. and features an array of choices including lobster bisque, lamb lollipops, grouper Oscar, surf and turf, and more. You can see the full menu here.
Both lunch and dinner will likely sell out, so you’ll want to make your reservations ahead of time by calling 941-748-8087 or booking online.
Mother’s Day Cruise Aboard the Anna Maria Island Princess
Sunday, May 12th 11:30 a.m.
Bradenton Beach Marina 402 Church Ave, Bradenton Beach
Mom is sure to love cruising around while sipping a cocktail aboard the Anna Maria Island Princess. During the special Mother’s Day Cruise there will be flowers for Mom, a free mimosa, and live music. The cruise departs from Bradenton Beach Marina at 11:30 a.m. and guests may begin boarding one hour before departure. The cruise lasts for 90 minutes, and you’re welcome to bring your own food or purchase snacks from the bar. Keep your eyes open, because there’s a good chance you’ll get to see some dolphins and manatees!
The cost is $32.10 for adults, $26.75 for seniors, and $21.40 for children 10 and under. Get your tickets today using the link above.
Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner
Sunday, May 12th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant: 995 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, Fl 34221
For a gorgeous view and delicious food, you can’t go wrong with Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant in Palmetto. Their Mother’s Day Brunch is even bigger than the regular Sunday brunch. It will feature a rib carving station, Belgium waffles, biscuits and gravy, honey-glazed ham, and more. The brunch buffet is $22 for adults, $12 for kids aged 5 to 12, and free for kids under 5. All Moms also get a free glass of wine or mimosa. There are currently no more reservations available, but walk-ins are welcome.
After brunch is done, they’ll go back to their regular menu, but with some additional specials including filet and lobster and pretzel-crusted snapper. Moms still get a free glass of wine or a mimosa during lunch and dinner. There will also be live music starting at 2 p.m. A limited number of reservations are available, you can get yours by clicking here.