The “Moms-don’t-Crack” Mom: Age is Beauty Festival If Mom has a slight wild streak, she can get her groove on at Belly Dance lessons the day before Mother’s day at no charge. It’s a good way to warm her up for the wild breakfast in bed you’re going to make for her on Sunday morning. Mom also gets a free 8×10 photo if she’s at least 60 years young (http://www.myspace.com/s_sobad).
Culture Mom: Sweet Auburn Springfest 2 Celebrating the history, heritage and achievements of African-Americans, the annual multicultural festival, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, is located near the Civil Rights ‘Walk of Fame.’ It is known for the three F’s: Family, food and fairs. The theme for 2009 is “Linking the Global Family” and will include a Business and Technology Expo and a car and bike show (http://www.sweetauburn.com/).
Outdoor Mom: Gem & Mineral Show What do malachite, lapis cabochon and barite have in common, besides being precious and semiprecious stones, fossils or rock? They’re all going to show up at the Gem & Mineral Show at the Cobb County Civic Center. Mom’s a jewel (the rock of the family); so take her there for Mother’s Day. It’s on the house (http://www.gamineral.org/may-show.htm).
Jazzy Mom: Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta At the JazzFest, billed as the “nation’s largest free jazz festival,” Mother’s Day lasts all month long (http://www.atlantafestivals.com/).
Park Mom: Semi-free: Lasershow, Georgia‘s Stone Mountain Park Watch the sky explode into a rainbow over the north face of the Mountain. Free with admission to the park, but Mom’s not paying. Right? (http://festivals.stonemountainpark.com/mini-section).
Museum Mom: It’s Free Admission Day at Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and the Smith Plantation Mom can be a home-touring philanthropist on Mother’s Day 2009. It’s Open House at the three antebellum homes, which will also collect food donations for the North Fulton Food Bank the same day (http://www.roswellgov.com/index.php?p=379).
Classic Shopaholic Mom: Atlantic Station Where you don’t spend a dime unless you just want to. Great place to unwind and window shop with no pressure (http://www.atlanticstation.org).
History Buff Mom: If Mom is a history buff who is up for celebrating Her Day the Thursday or Friday before May 10, she can take a gander at some cold hard cash at the Federal Reserve Bank (http://www.frbatlanta.org) or make a quick stop at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion (http://mansion.georgia.gov). The tours are free, or self-guided if she prefers. The Governor’s Mansion tour is also available online. (Tip: She can get free recipes from the governor’s own personal chef). Also, the Historic Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place for nearly 7,000 Civil War soldiers, as well as “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell (http://www.oaklandcemetery.com).