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Military Discounts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, which means now is the time to start planning something special for your Mom—if you haven’t already.

Your gesture doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant. There are plenty of activities you can do together or homemade gifts you could make to give thanks. For military members, many retailers and businesses are offering discounts to help you out this Mother’s Day holiday.


Show Mom you care by spending some quality time together. All of these activities are fun for families and can be cost effective with your discount.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Moms will receive free admission to the Cincinnati Zoo on Mother’s Day. Show your military ID any other day and adults receive $3 off admission and children receive $2 off admission. The military discount is valid for immediate family members only.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Moms will receive free admission to the Cleveland Zoo on Mother’s Day. On any other day, the Cleveland Zoo offers a military discount for the service member (active or retired) and up to six people in the group. For more details, call 216-635-3310.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Moms can enjoy free admission at the Columbus Zoo on Mother’s Day with one paid child’s or grandchild’s admission ticket. The regular military discount is $2 off admission for active and retired service members and up to six people in their family. Proof of service must be presented.

Toledo Zoo Mothers will receive free admission to the Toledo Zoo with one paid child’s admission ticket on Mother’s Day.

Cedar Point Active and retired service members and up to six people in their group receive $22 off admission tickets when proof of service is presented.

Newport Aquarium Active and retired military personnel, spouses and dependents are eligible for a military discount on admission. Adults receive $3 off tickets and children receive $2 off tickets with proof of service.

The Wilds Military personnel receive free admission on the Safari Transport tour and the Open Air Safari tour. The Wilds Zipline tour offers $10 off to military members. For more details, call 740-638-5030.

Hocking Hills Adventures Military members will receive a 10% discount off any canoe trip.

Ohio History Connection Active service members, veterans and their dependents receive $2 off admission. The Ohio History Connection, including many of its affiliate museums and historical sites, participates in the Blue Star program, which offers free admission to active duty personnel and their families Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame A military discount is available with proof of service.


These popular retailers also offer military discounts, but it’s recommended to call ahead. Some local retailers may not participate in national discount programs.

Banana Republic Active service members and veterans receive 15% off full-priced items in-store only. Proof of service required.

Cabela’s Cabela’s Legendary Salute offers a 5% discount to active and retired service members.

Under Armour Active service members, veterans, spouses, dependents and first responders receive a 10% online discount at Under Armour. Troops ID verification is required.

Dress Barn Military discount varies according to location.

Eddie Bauer Military discount varies according to location.

Kohl’s Military discount varies according to location.

Homemade Gifts:

Do you have a knack for crafts or home improvements? A great way to show appreciation for Mom is to complete a project she’s wanted to cross off her list. The following home goods retailers can help you out.

Joanne Fabric and Craft Stores Current and former service members and family members receive a 10% discount at check-out with a valid ID.

Lowe’s Veterans and active service members receive 10% off purchases with a valid military ID.

Home Depot Veterans and service members receive 10% off purchases with a valid military ID.

Michael’s A 10% discount off your purchase is available in-store with a valid military ID.

Flowers and Chocolate:

Sometimes it’s best to stick with what you know, and on Mother’s Day you can’t go wrong with a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy. These are thoughtful gifts that don’t have to break your bank.

Flowerama Select locations offer a military discount so call ahead to your local store to verify the discount.

1-800-Flowers Military members receive a 20% discount on select flowers, candy and other gifts.

Teleflora A 25% online discount is available to all military service members.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Military service members receive 10% off their purchase with a valid military ID.

These are just a handful of discounts you can take advantage of this May. There are plenty more out there to help make your Mother’s Day special.

To all the hardworking Moms–Happy Mother’s Day!