Mother’s Day Weekend to Bring Delicious Family Fun at Moody Gardens

Mother’s Day Buffets, Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off, Spa Services, Hotel Packages, and More!

Mother’s Day, the annual holiday that celebrates motherhood, has been extended into a weekend-long celebration at Moody Gardens with a variety of ways to honor moms throughout the region. In addition to the traditional brunch and buffet on Sunday, guests will find a plethora of attractions including Palm Beach, spa options, and inviting hotel packages. A big bonus for families is the weekend now includes the Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off with activities on Friday and Saturday.

“This is that one special holiday when we all get to honor our mothers with that precious family time. Moody Gardens offers the opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled weekend full of activities for everyone,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO, John Zendt, who added, “This year, Yaga's Wild Game BBQ Cook-off, being held at Moody Gardens will provide some additional fun with free activities, live music, and more all for a great cause that benefits children in Galveston county. Palm Beach will also be open as we prepare to kick off the summer season.” added Zendt.

Guests are invited to leave the cooking, cleaning, and entertainment to Moody Gardens this Mother’s Day Weekend. A full schedule of events and activities is set for Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14:

  • Visitors can enjoy some quality time with the family at the Moody Gardens attractions including Palm Beach, Rainforest and Aquarium Pyramids, Discovery Museum, and more. View the weekend schedule and purchase tickets at
  • This year Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off is being held at the Moody Gardens West Parking Lot. The event will feature a fundraiser dinner on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat on Friday; a 5K Fun Run, BBQ cook-off, free live music and free kid’s activities on Saturday. For more information and a full weekend itinerary visit
  • Two delicious buffets are being offered on Sunday, May 14. Spend the afternoon at the Moody Gardens Hotel with a delicious Mother's Day Brunch at the Frances Moody Ballroom. Seating times will be available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The buffet will feature a chef carving station, seafood display, waffle station, pastries, and more. A second option is also available for guests to enjoy a water view of Offatt’s Bayou for a delicious Mother's Day Buffet at the Garden Restaurant inside the Visitor's Center. Seating times will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet will feature Crusted Texas Redfish, Roasts of Ribeye, salad station, seafood gumbo, specialty desserts, and more. To view menus and make reservations visit

Those who are seeking to treat mom to a weekend getaway can check out options at the Moody Gardens Hotel. Guests can relax at the spa, lounge by the pool, and enjoy all of the activities happening all weekend long. A special hotel package includes admission into Palm Beach, Mother's Day Buffet for two at the Frances Moody Ballroom on Sunday, May 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and valet parking. The first 50 guests to reserve this package will receive a gift from the Moody Gardens Spa.

For more information please call 409-744-4673 or visit