Getting mom at the airport?

Back in 1908, Anna Jarvis probably didn’t have pie-throwing and roller-coaster rides in mind when she began her quest to make the second Sunday in May a day for honoring our mothers.


And she probably didn’t think going into debt for a rushed Mother’s Day brunch should end up being part of the deal.

So I bet she’d enjoy knowing about some of the cheap, offbeat and totally fun Mother’s Day offers and activities I found this week for my Well-Mannered Traveler Column on

For example, participating TCBY shops are offering moms a free cup or cone on Mother’s Day and T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants will give mom a free dessert if you buy her an entrée. Moms get free carnations at Jacksonsville International Airport  and a free round of miniature golf in Philadelphia. And everyone gets free admission at 17 museums in the San Francisco Bay area. Here are some other spots around the country offering free, fun stuff for mom.

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